Deepholm is one of the four regions of the Elemental Plane. It serves as both home and prison for the earth elementals, ruled by Therazane, the Stonemother. Her faction, Therazane, is similar to The Sons of Hodir where players will need to unlock the pool of (daily) quests in order to purchase shoulder enchants. Besides Therazane and her elementals, the Earthen Ring has also made Deepholm its temporary home. Stationed in the Temple of Earth, they are attempting to mend the wound Deathwing opened.
Aeonaxx is a rare spawn in Deepholm that drops Reins of the Phosphorescent Stone Drake.
Players start off at the Temple of Earth in the centre. They are then tasked with finding three damaged pillar fragments, in different corners of the map, culminating with unlocking Therazane’s Throne to the north.
There are no flight points in this zone but players may use the portals in the central temple to port back to Org and Stormwind.
Aeonaxx flies around the centre of Deepholm as a friendly NPC, the mate of Aeosera (from the quest Resonating Blow). The interesting thing about her is that she drops a mount. I have yet to see this one in the wild.
Golgarok is a large giant that patrols south-western Deepholm. Just stay out of range of his Earthquake.
Jadefang is a rare with two purposes: it is a unique model tameable by a BM Hunter and it also drops the Tiny Scale Spider vanity pet.
Terborus is a gyreworm that spawns directly to the west of the entrance to the Crumbling Depths. He’s much larger than the other worms in the area and also has a golden hue.
Xariona spawns just above where Aeonaxx spawns, flying at the top of the temple in a circle. She is one of the five Rare Elites of Cataclysm.
Ankha, a neutral spirit cat located in the Regrowth in Mount Hyjal. This model looks very similar to Gondria, however, this one has a white body and black stripes. Ankha is immune to all CC and is buffed with Metal Cleaver – which increases the player’s damage taken based on their armour rating. So, take off all your gear with armour and tame Ankha, or else be one-shot.
Ban’thalos, a neutral spirit ghost owl paths by the Sanctuary of Malorne in Mount Hyjal. The challenge is that Ban’thalos flies around extremely high up, so be prepared to take fall damage or position yourself on a convenient ledge. When aggroed, Ban’thalos attacks with Harsh Moonlight – Call upon the harsh light of Elune to burn foes. Deals Arcane damage over 4 sec..
Blazewing, while categorised as an elemental, looks very similar to the Ashes of Al’ar with a golden body and fiery wings. He flies around central Hyjal, to the east of the Regrowth. As a level 81 mob, he’s fairly easy to kill – just remember not to let Flame Buffet stack too high while taking your pics :P
If fighting Garr in Molten Core wasn’t enough, you may find him to the west of the Sulfuron Spire with his usual posse of mini rock elementals. He’s one of the five Group Elites.
Magria, the other non-aggressive spirit cat is also located in the Regrowth in Mount Hyjal along with Anhka. If you’re aiming to tame this one, the same strategy will need to be used as Anhka. Out of the spectral tigers, Magria looks the most distinctive with a blue body and black stripes.
Terrorpene is the awesome looking fiery turtle located in the lava surrounding Sulfuron Spire, this mob has a distinctive fiery and spiked shell that makes it unique from the other turtles. He’s fairly easy to tame, even at lower levels although some fire resistance may help negate Burning Hatred for levelling hunters.
Thartuk the Exile is a two-headed gronn that likes to stroll along the path in Northern Hyjal around Nordrassil. He’s hard to miss because of his size and fiery Gladiator’s Pummelers.
Ok, since this zone had THREE spirit beasts, I just have to mention that I had a bugger of a job, taking a decent shot of two of them. I don’t know how many I took in the end but I was determined to keep taking screenies until I was happy with one ;P
Twilight Highlands is home to the Wildhammer dwarves and Dragonmaw Orcs, both whom inhabited Grim Batol in the recent past. Twilight Cultists have also inhabited the area, sensing the presence of the Old Gods nearby, which is explored in the questline related to Consumed by Nightmare. There’s also the Ring of Blood-style quest series that rewards a good weapon: Round Three. Fight!
Karoma is a tricky spirit beast who can spawn in six different areas of southern Twilight Highlands. If you weren’t lucky enough to tame one of the Ancient Grimtotem Spirit Guides in Dustwallow Marsh, here’s your chance now.
One of the more peculiar looking Group Elites, Julak-Doom appears to be an abomination with an octopus stuck on his head. He patrols the northern most part of Twilight Highlands to the east of the Maw of Madness.
Overlord Sunderfury spawns on top of an alter in central Twilight Highlands.
Sambas is a regal tameable lion, found in various areas of the northern part of Twilight Highlands. He’s named after Simba from The Lion King and looks like him too. This rare also shares a model with the Reins of the Golden King, the Alliance mount for earning Guild Level 25.
I managed to get this pet late one night while another hunter was AFK and hovering in the air. It was an easy tame and once he was mine, another hunter ran up to me, so I was lucky to get him by seconds :)
Tarvus the Vile is a strange looking dragonkin, kind of like a giant mutated kobold. He spawns in a southern cave to the west of the Obisidian Forest.
One of the most exciting things about Molten Front is the number of rares in the zone. All seven are tameable Hunter pets who all offer their own unique abilities to anyone game for a challenging tame. Today I managed to spot my last one from the zone. I was never really looking to tame any of the spiders although I did give a couple of attempts to Kirix one night while I was waiting for Skarr to spawn. Let’s just say I had a painful time without silencing shot.
Anthriss, a yellow fire spider is found by the Magma Springs. He has the buff Searing Webs which melts while in lava – so you’ll have to stand in the nearby lava to get Web Master while taming it.
Deth’tilac is located behind the Forlorn Spire. He has the buff Molten Will, making it immune to being tamed unless it’s at low health. He uses Deth Metal which increases movement speed when not attacked and Aura of Deth’spair which reduces healing by 99%. It also uses Deth Strike which kills a player but also reduces maximum health by 10%.
Karkin spawns in Fireplume Peak – you’ll reach him by jumping off Skitterflame’s Ledge. He’s a crab with a shiny metallic skin that casts a frontal fire attack from range. You will have to jump across the floating rocks to get in range to tame him, but not too close or else you’ll be attacked. Also make sure you’re on a stable rock or you’ll end up falling to your death – unless you picked up the daily first to quest on the island.
Today I tried to take another pic of this crab but forgot to make sure I was on a stable rock before I started taking screenshots. Needless to say, I had only taken one shot when my rock cracked and I fell to my death. It was an expensive trip to Molten Front today with my repair bill being in excess of 150G (including one spirit rez due to where my body was) :P
Kirix is located in the Furnace. He hits extremely hard and is buffed with Toxic Presence which deals AOE nature damage and additional damage to pets and minions.
Skarr is a gorgeous black cat with glowing eyes who is also located on various floating rocks in Fireplume Peak. Unfortunately when I was attempting to regain my health bar after an unsuccessful tame late one night, the paladin whose legs you see in the top right of the shot came along and killed him without much hesitation. =/
Skitterflame is located at Fireplume Peak. You’ll find him hiding somewhat in the lava having some sort of lava bath. He starts off with a full energy bar and the buff Superheated, making him immune to being tamed. Frost and ice traps will lower its energy with Cooling Down, allowing you to tame it at low energy. However, if Skitterflame’s energy goes down to zero, it will die, due to Burning Frenzy. Lava in turn will refresh its energy bar.
On a side note, I have to thank Coolidge for aggroing him, allowing me to take a rather fabulous action shot of the guy. Unfortunately, he died twice while I tried to get a good action shot, minus any ugly hostile corpses. Although it came out pretty even when I had a horrible time rock jumping a couple of times. It really does suck when you fall off a rock and don’t have a friendly druid to pick you up and transport you to the other side.
Solix is located in the Rune Cave in the Ignacious Depths. He’s buffed with Blazing Speed, which makes him immune to being tamed. He also has Flashfire, increasing its attack and movement speed by 1000%, making short work of unsuspecting players. Stuns help when taming him; having the quest Enduring the Heat can help because you can gain a protective fire buff.
For a more in-depth look at all these tames, check out Euphyley’s Guides at WoW Rare Spawns.
I actually like the change Blizzard has made to tameable rares this expansion. They are generally hard to miss these days due to their size. The only one that comes to mind who’s rather small is Grunter in Blasted Lands. I believe this is to deter people from killing them as they don’t drop loot any more besides the Crystalline Tear of Loyalty that reads “The desire to serve as a loyal companion, coalesced into a single priceless crystal.” Although the tear does vendor for 25G, spare a thought for the Hunter who’s been camping and trying to tame them.
Vash’jir is the only zone completely underwater. Players receive underwater breathing, swim speed buffs, and eventually a sea horse mount early on in questing to make transportation easier. Players learn about the history of the Highborne, as this city was home to Lady Vashj before the Sundering. We also learn about the threat of Ozumat, culminating in a battle between Neptulon and the naga. Unfortunately, I left the zone prior to finishing the chain so I didn’t get the whole story before entering the dungeon: Throne of the Tides.
Kelp’thar Forest is the first subzone players reach when questing in Vash’jir. It has tropical underwater life and is closer to the surface than other subzones. Quests introduce the threat of the naga while also reacquainting the player with stranded members of the Zul’Aman exploratory crew.
The Shimmering Expanse is the second subzone of Vash’jir. It contains The Earthen Ring quartermaster in Silver Tide Hollow, the only flight point in the zone, and tons of Azshara’s Veil. In this section, players learn about the highborne’s past and the threat of the naga through the eyes of Battlemaidens.
One of the most popular reasons to revisit the area, post questing is for two rares in particular, Burgy Blackheart and Poseidus, who drops the Reins of Poseidus.
Abyssal Depths is the last, and darkest zone, which players reach when questing in Vash’jir. They are home to the ancient god L’ghorek, which the Twilight Hammer is siphoning energy from to be prepared when fighting Neptulon in the future.
In the depths of the Shimmering Expanse there’s a ghostly gnome named Burgy Blackheart. The most notable thing about him is the 100% droprate of Burgy Blackheart’s Handsome Hat. He only spawns next to his sunken ship, Diane’s Fancy.
Captain Florence and Captain Foulwind are two faction specific rares. They don’t offer any special loot when killed but are still worth the effort when levelling in the area as they give you a nice chunk of XP. You’ll find them above the water standing on their respective ships meaning you can only attack the Captain of your opposing faction.
Now you see him, now you dont…
Find everyone’s favourite crab taking long leisurely walks along the underground beach in the Abyssal Depths. This spectral crab is named after Ghostcrawler, the lead systems designer for World of Warcraft. Another option for those BM Hunters out there. Be aware that he does phase in and out in the wild though if you go looking for him.
Lady La-La reigns supreme in the south end of Kelp’thar Forest looking like a funkier version of Lady Vashj and fashioned after Lady GaGa. She always spawns in the same spot and seems to be a common spawn.
One of five Group Elites, Mobus roams high above the whirlpool leading to Throne of the Tides.
Poseidus can spawn at one of five locations in either the Shimmering Expanse or the Abyssal Depths A highly sought after rare who drops a very sweet mount that works in all bodies of water.
Shok’sharak can be found in the Scalding Chasm in the Abyssal Depths. He’s a Faceless One that stands out from the others in the area.