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Skarr

Waiting for Skarr

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When I heard that hunters would have 50 stable slots, I was excited. There have been so many pets which I’ve tamed, abandoned and retamed over the years – Humar the Pridelord, Uhk’loc and Ironback were just a few of those. But it’s only now that I’ve actually looked at revisiting some of the ones I always wanted to add but never did.

Skarr was one of the few pets from Cata which appealed to me but was highly sought after. I’ve always gone for the unique rare pets so when I saw this black molten cat, I knew I would have him one day. I just didn’t realise it would take this long to do it. My hunter was not getting a lot of game time back then and there was always something to do on my priest like collecting Silver Dragon shots and hunting camel figurines so it wasn’t high on my list of priorities.

That all changed when I decided to log in and try my luck last night. All I had to do was make it past the flaming path and wait.

Skarr-camping

While waiting for Skarr, I noticed Karkin sitting on one of the crumbling rocks located on the far side of the great divide so in case he shares a spawn timer with Skarr, I headed over to tame him. Better than looting a Crystalline Tear of Loyalty, am I right?  Unfortunately, as I started making my way across, I fell to my death on the fourth jump.

One good thing about dying there (if you don’t have a druid to save you) is being able to rez on Fireflume Ridge making the ability to tame him even easier. I was already specced into MM for Skarr, plus he’s a lot more appealing than any of the spiders around the place (or in general for that matter); I just needed to go back and clear another stable slot before heading back out to log in my camping spot.

Karkin

It was several hours before I logged back in to check the spawn and wait. Around midnight, a dwarf alli hunter turned up to entertain me unexpectedly. He died several times as he jumped from rock to rock and then failed miserably as he attempted to tame Kirix. I think he gave up when he tried to kill the spider and died in the process after his pet carked it. Karkin ended up spawning twice in the time I was waiting. This time I did kill him before heading off to bed a couple of hours later.

Today I logged back in periodically but he didn’t turn up until the early evening. Once again he spawned on the far end around 37, 35 and was able to tame him without any issue – silencing him (which almost killed him), then hitting deterrence and tame (just to be safe).

Skarr

Woot, here’s to two new pets in the family.

Now I can go back to farming the Timeless Isle.

 
Hunter - icon by Discopriest

The Art of Dinomancy

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After seeing a few hunters with Direhorns over the last couple of days, I was quite excited about adding one to my stable. The question was where to get one?

First you must head to the Isle of Bones, just above Kun-Lai Summit. You’ll have to fly over eel-infested waters, err… a short distance of fatigued water to find yourself on the shore of the Isle. If you head straight for the middle of the landmass, you’ll find two flights (one for each faction) giving you an easy way back if you need it.

Before you attempt to tame the first one you see, you’ll need to loot a tome from the Zandalari Dinomancers called the Ancient Tome of Dinomancy. These trolls can be killed fairly easily (even though they’re elite) but you’ll need an interrupt for their Dino-Mending ability which can last up to 30secs if not interrupted. They tend to cast this at least once, depending on your DPS. At 50% they transform into a direhorn but gain a buff increasing their damage by 50%. I managed to get the tome after only four kills but your mileage may vary.

Direbeast

As soon as I stepped onto the Isle, I noticed several different forms of Direbeasts which was very cool. In fact, I looted the tome from this very Dinomancer I was killing. The best part is, they are not exotic so you won’t need to be specced into BM to tame one but if you have more than one hunter, each one will need to farm a tome for themselves.

Before you decide on a direhorn to tame, why not ride around the isle to see all the different varieties before settling on a colour and type. Just remember the level of the direhorn matters so don’t get any ideas about trying to tame the adults :)

On a side note, the Dinomancers also drop the four miniature battle pets. I managed to get all four yesterday without having to do an excessive amount on farming so you may even walk away with extras.

Zandalari AnklerenderZandalari KneebiterZandalari FootslasherZandalari Toenibbler

There’s also a faction specific vendor who sells an Intact Direhorm Hide which can transform you into a direhorn for a short time. The illusion comes in various colours and may come in handy while manoeuvring around the island and although it’s fun to levitate across the water, I had trouble getting onto the ship in this form.

Levitating Direform

I settled on one of the first ones I saw as I liked the colour combo the most. I decided to stay on the Isle a bit longer to try out my new friend and to see if I could farm my last dino pet which I managed to do a few kills later. Next, it was a quick hearth back to mog my gear.

Tallys-hearth

This is the mog I used until about a week ago, but since I’ve seen several hunters with the same type of look (particularly those shoulders), I’ve opted for something new.

Direhorn

There’s also rare on the ship if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous or need a break from bone farming.

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Strike Me Rare

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Yesterday I was curious to see how much of the AQ40 set I could pick up after farming the Classic Pets recently, so I looked up the Striker’s Garb and realised I had all the BOP items, idols and scarabs between my bags and the Guild bank.

It turns out I still needed the belt and gloves so I killed my way up to the end (short of two optionals). Unfortunately, neither dropped but I happened to have a couple of substitutes in my bag.

My next task was a matching pet and I happened to have the perfect one in mind. I always thought those Arcane Wyrms were so cool looking after seeing them back in Coldarra. Back then, I remember wishing they were tameable so I was excited to hear that they now were. There are quite a few colours around but I loved the look of this one in Silithus. It took a while to actually see him though but camping rares is something I’ve spent countless hours on over the years.

Acroniss

So after I collected my AQ set, I headed back to the cave in Twilight’s Run and waited while working on my Valentine post. Once I had a set worked out in Mogit, I switched over to my laptop on the other side of the room so I could re-create the set in WMV. This was great as I could still be logged into the game for the tame and play around in WMV for my superhero post.

It only took a couple of hours before Acroniss spawned which caused me to immediately race over to the main computer. However, as I ran over to start taming, I had inadvertently become caught in the laptop/headset cords, and fallen forward into my desk chair and desk across the room. My knees didn’t know what hit them.

The good news was I managed to take a couple of pics before I started taming but I was afraid that someone would come along and kill it since there was quite a bit of traffic from levelling players.

Striker-Garb

As you can see, I managed to get her without further incident so went back to AQ40 for some obligatory shots. Why? Because It’s Red… or rare in this case – and hot pink!

Striker-Garb-pet Striker-Garb-redbug

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