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Pets to collect: 34
Pets to upgrade: 20
Pets to level: 472 =P
Having all the pets was nice while it lasted =) I'm confident I'll get there again, but not for a few months. I think they struck a great balance of ways to get all the new pets - some easy, some you can get quick if you put in a lot of effort, and some that take time, and from a variety of sources.
Leveling pets is still obnoxiously grindy, and I don't think the leveling stones are worth 2 charms per level. Several of the achievements require lots of fighting though, so hopefully that will get lots of my pets leveled as I pursue them.
Lastly: WHY ARE THERE STILL SO MANY FLYING AND BEAST? Of course these are the ones I need to upgrade =P
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The notes here say that it sold by Nat Pagle in the garrison, but it's not currently for sale. I've unlocked the level 3 fishing shack and can buy everything else he's supposed to sell (drinking hat, draenic fishing pole, land shark pet, fishing journal, crimson water strider mount), but this isn't showing up. Wowhead doesn't list how to obtain it either.
I also had to get mine off a hard-to-reach cliff, as it was the only one up when I visited. Used mutliple mage Slow Fall to get to it.
Not part of the Draenor Safari achievement for some reason!
Can't find any evidence that the schematic still drops. I see the drop rates in Wowhead like everyone else, but think it's just old numbers. One of the three mobs listed doesn't drop any loot at all anymore (ever) and many, many Gnomeregan runs on my engineer have yielded nothing. No comments I can find on any site within the past year about finding the schematic, and I don't even see it on the AH anymore.
If anyone can confirm it still drops, would love to know about it - while the pet is easy to come by, this is the only crafted pet I can't make, and I'd like to fix that =)
Looking forward to news on the legendary pet stones datamined in the latest patch! (under new icons)
I just noticed a sudden change in the frequency of the animation on this pet today. It used to be about once every 45-60 minutes, now it seems to be more like every 20 minutes (approx of course, not regularly timed).
Had it been a female, I was thinking "Pet Battletaur" = "Pat Benetar" =D
Alas, no. Checked the model on WoWHead, and there's absolutely nothing to make me think there's a connection.
I'm one of the people most negatively impacted by the score changes (my site rank dropped from ~125 to ~1000 and my realm rank dropped from #1 to #2), but even I'll say this was a wise move towards reflecting the amount of work people have put into their collections.
@Almuric: Yes, this is an Armory issue - as of the evening of 9/12 it's not listed there (I checked both before and after I got the pet, it doesn't show up in either owned or unowned).
Though slightly lower in level, I found rares easier to come by in Winterspring.
HOWEVER - BE WARNED - if you find one in the northern part of Winterspring near the frostsabers and have to duck out of combat to heal your pets to full (as we often must do when checking lots of pets in search of a rare), as soon as you forfeit, a nearby frostsaber will come and kill your critter. Keep yourself well enough healed that you can handle your rare alpine chipmunk without having to exit first.
I'm leaving this comment just in case other people have *really* bad luck. I've captured almost all wild pets and then upgraded them to rare, and out of them all, *this* seemingly normal little owl takes the prize for biggest pain in the butt. Thankfully there are tons of them in Teldrassil, so you can constantly pull them in your search, but I have checked more than *200* of them without a single rare.
Even if I'm just having really bad luck on this one, I can compare this to all the other 250+ wild pets I've upgraded and tell you that rares are harder than most.
If looking to upgrade this to rare, do yourself a favor and go to Moonglade instead of Hyjal. They aren't hard to find in uncommon as as a secondary in Hyjal, but I spent over 2 hours on three trips there without a single rare. Went to Moonglade and found 2 in less than half an hour. True, the pet levels are lower in Moonglade, but you can easily make up the difference in the time you'd save.
Just confirming what others have already stated - seems to drop only from the elites, and continuously killing the non-elites seems the best/fastest/only way to get elites to spawn. In the course of about 45 minutes, I killed 129 non-elites and 5 elites, with my pet coming from the last elite. The non-elites continuously spawn - you can come *close* to fully clearing them, but they start to respawn immediately.