The following pets are available through various branches of the archaeology profession.
Clockwork Gnome – requires 100x Dwarf Fragments (including up to 3x Dwarf Rune Stones)
Flavour text: Mechagnomes were created by the titans, apparently as servants and caretakers, much like the earthen. This mechagnome was likely damaged because it is no longer focused on its original tasks and seems content to follow you.
Fossilized Hatchling – requires 85x Fossil fragments
Flavour text: When you finished assembling this tiny skeleton through some eldritch magic, the little critter sprang back to life. He’s a pretty good pet. Since he’s a skeleton, he doesn’t eat much.
As a bonus, the Fossilized Raptor may be discovered under the same branch of archaeology using another 100x Fossil fragments to complete.
Pterrordax Hatchling – requires 120x Fossil Fragments
Flavour text: It’s an adorable green baby pterrordax! Luckily, at this size, her sonic screeches won’t turn your eardrums to bloody pulps and while she’ll TRY to eat your face, it just feels like friendly little lizard-bird-thing kisses. Awww!
Voodoo Figurine – requires 100x Troll Fragments (including up to 3x Troll Tablets)
Flavour text: Voodoo figurines such as this were built and animated to assist troll witch doctors in minor, everyday tasks such as washing loincloths or scrubbing blood off the hut floor. They were often powered by flasks of mojo, troll sweat, the flesh of tribal enemies, or by DEVOURING TINY PORTIONS OF THEIR OWNERS’ SOULS. But don’t worry. Teeny, tiny little portions. You won’t even notice they’re gone. And think how clean your floors will be!
Crawling Claw – requires 150x fragments (including up to 3x Tol’vir Hieroglyphic)
Flavour text: A legend among the tol’vir tells of a wicked djinn whom the Ramkahen sought to destroy. In an attempt to prevent his own death, the djinn tried to transfer his spirit into the body of a monkey. He was slain right in the middle of the transference, and only a fraction of his essence had moved over – only enough to possess the monkey’s paw.
I look forward to seeing more archaeology pets in Warlords of Draenor and beyond.
I just missed out on this by a hair so last week’s Shared Topic comes to us from Noahdear:
Winter Veil is around the corner and it’s time to sit upon Greatfather Winter’s lap and answer the important question, “What do you want for Winter Veil?” Is it that expensive grand expedition yak? a nice transmog custom outfit? or a Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock?
What is on your Winter Veil wishlist?
Funnily enough, I had started this post a few days ago as I wanted to see how my list differed from my previous one written earlier in the year. I’m happy to report that I can mark one of those off my list. :)
There have always been a number of items I’d love to have in-game, although some are more possible than others. A few I’ve even written about like the NPC of my character but in more of a Lara Croft type feel than an Indiana Jones or Tyrande one. Completing my Val’anyr will be one of those things that require time, patience and a lot of luck.
A few pets also rank high on that list with the Collector’s Edition companion pets from vanilla and BC. But the Ethereal Soul-Trader, Lil’ Tarecgosa and Tyrael’s Hilt have all been on that wish list as well. The Onyx Panther will be made one day (most likely at the end of the expansion).
However, I couldn’t finish this list without adding the three spirit pets I’ve been religiously trying to collect each day. If only I listened to my own recommendation and picked the Thundering pet as my reward that first day. Each time I fail, the drive to beat him becomes even stronger so I’ve been known to stay there for a while on some days. If only the amount of attempts (in consecutive battle moves) gave us a higher chance of getting the pet from the reward bag. I’ve had so many long battles with him that I would surely have the pet by now.
Although the Darkmoon Eye will have to wait until next month, I’m comforted by the fact that Jeremy’s team is a lot easier to defeat. Lastly, the remaining ones from the classic raids seem the most doable right now – if not for their elusive drops.
Hmm, I sensing a theme here… I may have a pet fetish. (Like you didn’t know that already…)
No matter, here’s to marking as many of these off my list.
Coolidge surprised me with a birthday gift today, the Soul of the Aspects pet I’ve been coveting since it came out.
When I opened my email this morning, the title read Coolidge has purchased… in the title box. I was secretly hoping that this was the gift and I was right. :D
So here I am on the Heart of the Aspects mount with matching Soul of the Aspects pet. Both available from the Blizzard Store.
But what’s a birthday without some cake – Delicious Chocolate Cake anyone? Cool was kind enough to make me one across the ocean.
Later I’ll be writing about the Dath’remar Fashion Show so stay tuned…
Here’s the complete vendor collection which consists of two Darkmoon Mounts (180 tokens each) and six Pets (90 tokens each). There’s also a Darkmoon Rabbit and wolf pet which drop from two Darkmoon Faire bosses. The Darkmooon Eye is a rare drop from challenging Jeremy Feasel
Darkmoon Dancing Bear
Swift Forest Strider
Special Animations – Dancing Bear FTW!
Today I managed to get the double achievement Darkmoon Dungeoneer and Darkmoon Despoiler which involves handing in all nine Darkmoon artifacts. As a result, I was able to buy my second Darkmoon mount. I admit that I caved in and bought ‘A Treatise on Strategy’ for 7K G but it was the last one I needed. Plus, I didn’t want to take any chances just in case the achievement was reset again.
One of the things I was most looking forward to when Patch 4.3 hit was the new Darkmoon Fair. I always made a note of when the Fair would be up as it was a good way to stock up on herbs, leather and other goodies. Reputations are another thing I like to work on and I can’t help but get a sense of satisfaction when I see a band of 999/1000 running down my reputation bar. Unfortunately, I managed to get Exalted prior to the patch when it was a lot more monotonous with the old hand-ins and deck turn-ins.
With the promise of a whole new island to satisfy our love of fun and games, it was the first thing I did when I logged in this morning. In Orgrimmar, you can talk to the Darkmoon NPC who’s located very close to the Flight Master, just look for the Darkmoon banner right next to her. She offers a quest which leads you to the Island. Once there you will receive the Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide which will allow you to get extra tickets. However, I quickly noticed that she had no quest for me when I logged in. Presumably because I had done the quest when it was offered a long time ago. After some research it was discovered that I could just head over to the island and obtain a Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide just by speaking to the Information Officer in the left tent just as you enter the Fair.
I must say that the new quests and dailies were a nice change from the old hand-ins you used to do for rep. You can purchase some Darkmoon Game Tokens from Trixi Sharpworth who’s located in her own little tent towards the far end of the main row just before the Deathmatch Pavilion on the RHS. You have a choice of Pouch o’ Tokens (5) or Sack o’ Tokens (25). The new games on offer were the:
- Ring Toss – Land 3 rings on the Darkmoon Turtle. Spamming button 1 since the turtle seems to move in the last sec procs my 4-pc heal set :P
- Tonk Commander – Use your Darkmoon Tonk to destroy 30 Tonk Targets in the time allowed.
- Shooting Gallery – Score 25 points in 60 seconds. You can even earn the Quick Shot achievement.
- Whack-a-Gnoll – Score 30 points by whacking Gnolls. Hit Hogger for 3 pts.
- Human Cannonball * – Accumulate 5 Cannon Target Points by landing near the target. If you think you hit the Bullseye (which awards 5 points and another achievement) wait a few secs for the achievement/quest to register before moving.
- Note to self: When landing in the water and using levitate to get back on land, remember to cancel levitate before you get shot out of the cannon again as you’ll just keep going, and going, and going even after cancelling the wings =/ I ended up hitting fatigue but thankfully didn’t die.
No doubt your kids will get hours of enjoyment from these Sandbox Tigers.
Note: If you’re not seeing the little red arrow to dismount from the tiger, use /leavevehicle
In addition to this, one of the quests Test Your Strength offers you 10 tickets for collecting 250 Grisly Trophies. These were very easy to acquire as Coolidge and I ran the Well of Eternity and managed to get ~60 just from there. Especially the last encounter since the demons that spawn have a chance to give you the items as well. After the dungeon, we headed over to Deepholm to farm the rest of trophies since there are large groups and the mobs respawn fast. We managed to complete our quest in ~15mins or so.
What puzzled us at first was the fact that the number of trophies we each accumulated from killing things seemed to be sporadic and differed in number, even though we were killing the same mobs. After doing some research however, I found that you just have to tag the mob as you normally would for XP, not necessarily get the killing blow.
Also on offer are quests relating to your professions. It’s a great way to get an easy +5pts if you’re still levelling any of your primary or secondary ones – completing all six will even give you an achievement. Speaking of achievements, you can get quite a few, from handing in all the artifacts to sampling all the food and drink on offer. Don’t forget to visit this exotic food vendor on the outskirts of the Faire.
If you’re a fan of the pets, be sure to try to get your Sea Pony from fishing the coastal waters around the island. Not sure if I was just lucky but I managed to get the pet within an hour of fishing. From what I’ve heard in-game and on Twitter, it seems a hotfix may be coming soon.
There are also pools of wreckage along the coast, if you go looking around the island. They offer some nice goodies relevant for 85’s, inc food, potions, ore, cloth, herbs etc.
If you’d like to know some of the back story to the Darkmoon Faire, I suggest listening to The OverLores Podcast. You can also head over to The Daily Frostwolf – Druid Edition to find out more about the ghosts in the area.
After handing in all the quests today, I managed to get 55 tickets in total. This included two of the Artifacts needed for the achievements and extra tickets. I see it’s going to take a while to get all the pets and mounts.
So here’s to the next grind; at least for the next week anyway.