Last night, I wasn’t really in the mood to do much questing so I thought I’d see if I could track down Patrannache. I’d heard he was the toughest tame in Pandaria so I was up for another challenge after my first Hunter tame the other night. Now I knew his tracks would be small but I didn’t expect them to be THAT minuscule (although it does make sense when you think about it). Not only that but he tends to zigzag quite a bit along his route.
My attention peaked when I picked up his trail just outside Stoneplow. I had read that his track also runs backwards so when I found his first footprint, I was sure to zoom in to see which direction his print was facing. His footprint was headed toward Nesingwary’s Safari so I followed another track in the opposite direction. This led me to the stone path leading out of Stoneplow. Unfortunately, that’s where I lost the trail as the tracks were so hard to see (even with my environmental detail and ground clutter turned down). So I hung around the marsh area for about an hour riding around and circling back. In the meantime, I read that he walks extra slowly but I was a little unsure of his exact route – short of watching the video as I still couldn’t watch any youtube videos (for some reason) on the laptop.
After about an hour, I gave up and went to bed thinking I’d try again later. Today I logged in after watching Euphy’s pathing video on my phone and tried again – working backwards from the marsh area. No luck. The only thing I could think to do was to go back to where I’d seen his tracks last night and wait – just outside Stoneplow. OMG! I picked up another track. Geez, they are tiny!
See his tiny track just to the right of me
As I zoomed in, I was able to pick up the next three tracks picking him up in my second flare attempt. Unlike Savage, Patrannache turned around while I was taming him but before I knew it he was mine.
Now to pick a name.
By the way, what’s with the ugly Hunter quest reward set, pls tell me it gets better by the time I’m 90.
Out of all the unique hunter pets in Mists, I only had eyes for one – Savage. I read about him during the beta and thought he had the most gorgeous skin. In fact, there was a day I had a dig around The Arboretum when I noticed an Alliance Hunter standing in a nearby spot shooting a flare into the distance. I was wondering why she was doing this as she proceeded to do this for about a minute, not moving from that very spot. It was only after I read Euphy’s post a few days later that I realised the significance of what I’d witnessed.
I was so happy that Blizzard decided to implement such a thing for hunters as I’ve always loved the thought of taming that elusive rare. Even when they added the Crystalline Tear of Loyalty in Cataclysm, that didn’t necessarily stop non-hunters from killing those highly sought-after hunter companions. But I guess 25G was reason enough to kill a silver dragon…
Tonight I decided to finally try to seek out Savage’s tracks flying straight to The Arboretum. I started by following his route on the marked map I had, although I did try looking up Euphy’s video but for some reason YouTube was having loading issues. I kept getting “An error has occurred. Please try again later” message, even after trying a number of other videos.
So I went back to WoWHead following his entire path (each way) and reading what the latest comments were. The most important thing I noticed was his path tracking backwards. Note that this will be fixed in 5.1 as it’s been tested on the PTR already. I decided to stop at one of the confirmed co-ordinates reading through the comments for about 5mins when I decided to follow his path from Emperor’s Omen going towards Greenstone Village. Once I reached the end of the path, I headed back in the other direction. As I neared the Greenstone Mason’s Quarter, I noticed the first bloody track on the ground – hovering over the object to be sure of what it was. I couldn’t believe I had found a track!
I had already turned down my environment detail and ground clutter so the only thing I had to do now was follow his track backwards. I saw about five tracks ahead of me before I tried a flare on the path leading to the mine. He appeared right where my flare was so I quickly threw a Hunter’s Mark on him. Before I could tame him though, I had to abandon my throwaway silkworm. I didn’t even bother to shoot him with anything and he didn’t even turn around until the tame was complete.
He’s such an exceptional looking pet with the stark white coat and piercing blue eyes that I’ll probably be using him for my last three levels and beyond! :D
I’ve fallen in love with a lot of the creatures in Pandaria, particularly from a Hunter’s perspective, although many (like the cats) are just gorgeous to look at. I previously uploaded all of the ones I’ve come across in my travels which you can find in my Wildlife of Pandaria gallery.
I’m looking forward to taming one of the new cats but with so many colours, it’s hard to decide which one I’ll end up getting. Here are just a few of them.
There will be six new pet families available to Hunters in Mists.
Some of the Basilisks in Old Azeroth will be included in the six colours tameable, including Stranglethorn Vale. The one below may be found in The Jade Forest.
There are six colours roaming around Pandaria – black, blue, brown, green, pink and white. However, only three of these appear to be tameable.
They don’t really appeal to me but maybe they do to you.
There are four colour variations in the game right now – blue, grey, red and white.
Last night, Coolidge logged onto the beta to find that an Alliance hunter had tamed one of the Terracotta Guardians. They are classified as exotic (being Elementals) but how cool would it be to have one of your own? Blizzard seems to be in the process of working out how they want them to look as their skeleton has changed a couple of times now, they previously looked like a lion with the sleek neck.
Another exotic tame, these pets look just like the mount you’ll get from The Anglers rep. This family also includes the Fen Striders and other look-alike creatures from Outlands.
So hunter lovers, who are you looking to tame?