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Pets to collect: 0
Pets to upgrade: 0
Pets to level: 429 =P
Thrilled to have all the pets now, but I seriously miss collecting already. It's nice to always have something to work towards, and leveling them all is so grindy - not a motivating goal whatsoever. I'll pick away at it, but I doubt I'll get it done before December - I just don't have the patience and this isn't the only game I play.
Update: so playing in the beta got me hooked on the Toybox - something else to collect! While the list of toys is still in flux, I went from 54 toys to 120 toys (out of ~150) in under a week on live, so when WoD gets here, I'll hit the ground running on my second WoW collection. Blizzard owns me in so many ways...
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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.