I’ve been collecting rares in the game for as long as I can remember. It all began with a shot of Rak’shiri in Winterspring. I can’t quite remember why I asked Huga to take a shot of him. I think I was wanting to tame him as a pet at the time and thought it would be cool to start a collection of all the rares in the game.
This has to be one of my all-time favourite rare shots
Divine Aegis, FTW!
I always try to get a great action shot, hopefully while they are displaying what is unique about themselves whether it be a spell or whatnot. This quite often involved Coolidge getting smacked around by something while I stood back and got that perfect shot.
If only you could tame one of these as a hunter
Navimie and I even shared a collection at one time, but over the years and several computers later, I’ve had to rebuild my collection. That’s why you’ll find a pretty varied collection in the quality of shots and dimensions over the years.
Some rares have even changed in Cata. One that comes to mind is Snarlflare, a whelp I found in Redridge Mountains years ago. However, after patch 4.0.6, he’s all grown up and a full-sized black drake found on the other side of Lake Everstill.
I have a good number of them already but with new ones being added all the time, I’m not sure how many I would have in total. Most are from a Horde perspective; however, some are from an Alliance POV, when I’ve been on one of my alts.
Something about this creature seems familiar
Now you see him, now you dont…
390 rares and counting…
Just found this gem this morning.
If you know me well you wouldn’t be surprised to read that I’ve been known to camp a beast for days or for several straight hours. Lupos in Duskwood is one that comes to mind, as well as King Krush back in Northrend. There are still some I have yet to see though; like the blue and green scorpid and 2 flying rares in Deepholm. Two group rares have also eluded me so far but it’s not just about the loot for me. It’s about the tame, and most importantly – the shot. There’s nothing like an epic action shot to capture the uniqueness of a mob that is only in the game for periods at a time.
The following guide encompasses a lot of information I have in my head to date, but will give the reader some information they may be lacking in terms of location or achievement. So for those looking for something in particular; this may just be the guide you’ve been waiting for – Beyond Bloody Rare: A Guide to all Rares
If you were around as a Horde player in vanilla, this lion used to be pretty tricky to tame or even see if you were a hunter looking to tame this beauty – or even just to do the quest.
The only other cat to share this skin was Echeyakee in The Barrens. Both the result of quest summons. The former was the result of a quest asking you to slay Shy-Rotam (an elite) in Winterspring. Once she gets to ~50%, her mate spawns. Back in the day this used to be a group quest since he had an annoying AoE fear ability. The other thing was that once Shy-Rotam was killed, Sian-Rotam would despawn so a co-ordinated gp would be required.
The hardest thing was not necessarily killing Shy-Rotam for the quest but farming the meat from other cats – used to lure Shy-Rotam in the first place. This one piece of quest meat had a pretty poor drop rate and if you failed the first time in completing the quest, you had another farming session to look forward to.
Since Blizzard has made things so easy to level now, it appears you don’t even need to farm the meat any more. From what I’ve noticed lately, you’ll generally find Shy-Rotam casually hanging around her rock.
Herbing on my Druid yesterday, I managed to see Sian-Rotam peacefully sleeping not to far from his mate under Frostsaber Rock. The spawn rate doesn’t seem to be too long either as I managed to see him again a few hours later that night.
You may have heard of Lady Gaga but have you met Lady La-La?
Then let me introduce you to the rare found in the Kelp’thar Forest of Vashj’ir.
She has 2 rather interesting abilities:
- Briny Romance – Catch the enemy in a briny romance. Deals Frost damage every 3 sec. for 15 sec (seen on my cat) and
- Siren’s Song – Cause all nearby enemies to just dance!
When you first engage her you can hear music playing. On closer inspection you realise it’s coming from her… hence the name and outfit :P
All in all, we took our time killing her because she is by far the most interesting and amusing rare we’ve come across in a long time.
Lady La-La’s Singing Shell
Not bad. Our 2nd Group rare in 2 days!
Just 2 more and our Group Rare collection will be complete.
We tackled this familiar foe with 5 people using 3 ranged DPS to avoid his Massive Eruption – which deals Fire damage to nearby enemies. Although you can pull him without his adds they did have a certain affinity for Fae’s pet :P Thank goodness for Feign :)
His other 2 abilities:
- Magma Shackles – Reduces the movement speed of nearby enemies by 60% for 10 sec.
- Antimagic Pulse – Dispels magic on nearby enemies, removing 1 beneficial spell effect.
…didn’t pose much of a problem.
Like the others, you can’t kite too far from when you pull him as he will reset. We managed to keep him close to the tree towards the middle of his pathing route and managed to rotate him around the tree as the adds patrolled past. The fight itself took ~20mins due to his location I suspect, higher level and all that.
Garr’s Girdle of Memories
(He now drops Garr’s Reinforced Girdle of Memories)