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Pets: 605/606, all upgraded
Pets not yet at max level: 436 =P
Pet Brawler progress: pathetic
Not looking forward to these last two goals: stunted direhorn and tons of pet leveling. But it's not like there will be any other pet activities to persue for the next 7 months.
I figure I need to get 2 more pets to 25 and 2 pvp wins every single day until WoD releases in order to be 100% done (just in time to start anew).
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@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.