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4283/5000 Legendary Pet Brawler Achievement
117/250 PvP battles toward Stunted Direhorn
512/545 Unique Pets
224/510 at max level
4 Rares left to capture in Pandaria, then all wild caught pets will be rare!
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Using a macro from wowhead comments about the 3 quests, I checked each of my characters and discovered that most had done 1 of the 3 quest chains. Only one character had done 2 of the quest chains. The Hinterlands drop rate seems horrible. Tanaris may not be bad, but it is so full of PvP these days, it's hard to quest. Luckily, my druid only needed the Feralas quest chain and got the drop in the Yeti caves - probably the 20th yeti killed. Not too bad after using the macro.
Decided to try to fish this guy up today rather than buy at AH and here are my results so far:
249 successful casts resulting primarily in fish but I did get a small number of casts resulting in objects other than fish. I wish I had checked the timing of these alternate catches (like 1 every "x" number of catches). The alternate catches:
5 Curious Crate
6 Inscribed Scrollcases
1 Goldenscale Vendorfish
4 Mote of water catches
Decided to try getting this one today and after about 100 normal Quivering Filth, and 6 elite Quivering Filth, this guy dropped on my 7th elite. Took about an hour. Tried for another 45 mins and didn't get another. As a true pet battler, I did it all with my Safari Hat on! I love that it comes from a Half Empty Food Container!
PS: Favorite place to farm to avoid the filthmongers and pull lots of mobs is 50,80. Then a quick check around the pond to be sure no elites spawned elsewhere.
After checking 3 servers every day since it became available, I finally found one! Poor quality, but P/P breed. I have been saving a stone for this purpose, so I now have a rare P/P Guardling. Caught it at 48,11, on the side of the stairs leading up to the entrance of AQ40 - it spawned as I was running by. I will say that I thought it was going to be easier on a pve server, however I actually caught it at 12:45pm EST on a heavily pvp/crz server. It just happened that no one was around!
So I am hunting for a rare for my collection and I have noticed that they tend to be up earlier in the day and along with Fluxfire Feline. On my server, it is an over abundance of Fluxfires, but there are usually a few roaches. They are also around the undeground entrance to Gnomer. Noticed that once I battle or kill them, they don't seem to spawn very quickly. Evening logins find very few paws at all. UPDATE...got mine right after maintenance today!
I was almost resigned to stoning my (long-ago caught) uncommon to make it rare, but I decided to give it a couple more tries yesterday and today to catch a rare. Yesterday and off and on today, I saw all qualities as both primary and secondary pets to the ones around Thundermar and Kirthaven (mostly secondary to the turkey, skunk and squirrel). Then my 4th primary at Thundermar (6th primary overall) was finally rare! I am not sure of the spawn times as a primary, but it seemed random.
Found my rare right outside of Uldaman cave entrance in Badlands. It was paired with a rare black rat as well. There were 3 battleable pets in this area (right near the wooden cliff walls) @ 42,10. One was un-battleable, I think because it was stuck behind the wood. The other two were fine and one was my rare! I searched for days off and on in Tanaris and it took just 30 mins in Badlands. It happens a lot to me like that...see my comments on "Chicken" too.
I'm with the last post. It is taking me forever to find a rare of these guys. I have made 2 or 3 passes of all of Uldum, hoping to get one as a primary or secondary pet, but I have not seen a single rare. Now I am focusing on all pets in the spawn zone around the river(s). I'm hoping that by posting here, it will somehow provide me with luck. Will update when there is a change.
Update...7 mins later, I have my rare!
Ahhh, I found a rare and as I was changing out pets to be sure I could capture it, a Redridge Fox killed it. :( I'm currently waiting to see if it will respawn in the same general area soon. Will update if so.
Well, one did a little bit away in 5 mins. Not the same breed, level or combo pet, but this was better! 1st was a level 6 B/B rare with an uncommon to battle. The one I caught was level 4 S/S rare. No other pet to battle. Thx Redridge Fox!!
Finally found a rare in Elwynn Forest, breed S/S. I've been looking everywhere for a rare, but especially in Howling Fjord's Westguard Keep and Duskwood and only found uncommon or lower qualities. I tried for about 30 mins yesterday and the same today in Elwynn Forest at Eastvale Logging Camp and finally got my rare. Not sure if it is better spawn percentages in Elwynn or if I just got lucky today, but I'm happy!
Over an hour and a half of engaging and checking all Little Black Rams for a rare finally proved worthwhile. Got mine at 70,79. I searched from 10pm ST to 11:30pm and the rams were plentiful. By the time I finished a full circuit around the zone, the starting area ones had respawned. I used "/tar little" to engage the ones in trees when I could and when I couldn't engage them or the ones in tiny valleys, I killed them to make them respawn. Also saw 2 rare roaches along the way.
Found the only rare (out of probably at least 50 direct battles or checks on Crimson Geodes) and it almost died. Took itself down to 6 health and I caught it. Phew! It was a H/H. I found it in Halcyon Egress, which had no mobs and no other players around. I'm not sure if I was phased or what, but I had the place to myself with no interruptions. (Unlike searching for them in Crimson Expanse, which has creatures and players all over.)
I agree with the previous poster. Tons of these and the amethyst ones in the Fungal Deep inside the cave at Verlok Stand. I found a rare of this and the amethyst within 1 min of each other.
There are also Crimson Geodes in here, but I have yet to see a rare one here or anywhere for that matter.
Tons of these and the Topaz ones in the Fungal Deep in Deepholm. You have to go inside the cave at Verlok Stand to find them all. I found a rare of this and the topaz within 1 min of each other.
Just found 2 rare in the Dens in about a 5 min time frame. I got one in the first spawned group. I battled them all and decided to see what other rares I could get in the area after reading the posts here. In the second group of spawns I found another rare Grotto Vole. The one I captured was breed S/S, the second was H/B.
Update: Found another about a min after I posted this. I guess in this case, "rares" are pretty common.
Another update: Got a rare Carrion Rat here too!
Got an uncommon a while back and I came back today to try for a rare. Took about 20-25 mins of farming and I finally got a P/P rare at 38, 50. I saw many "mothers" and only killed or battled the babies. I only killed one "mother" due to aggro and all the hatchlings kept spawning after I defeated or killed them.
The same "mother" spawned a new hatchling about 5-10 mins after I got my rare.
These guys really take a long time to respawn. If you have a list or map of the spawn points, you will find a coral snake at each one. But only about 1/4 to 1/2 of them are battle pets. I battled or killed every coral snake that I saw at each spawn point (unless uncommon quality) and they would not respawn as battle pets. They kept respawning as regular level 1 critters. Finally on my 3rd trip around points, I found a new battle-able coral snake and it was a rare! At 61,59
Was looking for a rare coral snake and realized I was missing a rare venomspitter so while waiting for the snakes to respawn, I decided to try for a venomspitter. On my 4th one, it was a rare (B/B). There were tons in the area and I bet if I kept looking I could have found a better breed rare, but I'll level this one and see if I decide I need better later on. Now to go back to waiting for the coral snakes to respawn...
Got my rare in Sargeron after about 30 mins of looking. If anyone is battling a rare and all your pets die, don't worry, the pet respawns. This just happened to me on this fight and thankfully the rare respawned right after my pets died and I was able to change out for slightly higher level pets to capture this guy. In terms of color changing, mine has yet to differ from the image in my pet book (Green with some aqua). I'll keep checking though.
Got 2 poors a while back and am searching for anything better. I did one trip around the spawn points, saw none at all. I'll try a few more times and then I think I'll give in and use a stone (whenever I get one). Will update when I make a decision.
Caught an uncommon a while back and went to get a rare today. Got it in about 15 mins of engaging, disengaging and moving onto the next spawn point. Started at the Great Gate, followed the spawn points south and west, then north-west. Got my rare (level 2, breed B/B) at 34, 45. Almost killed it because it's so low level and I have a team with levels 5, 5, and 6. I'm really glad it has a HOT and healed itself before my last attack (which would have killed it if not for the heal).
I was hoping not to be in the same boat as the two previous posts and luck was smiling on me. I made one round of the spawn areas, killing any spawns that were common or poor and was about halfway through my second trip when I was attacked by a pvp'er from the opposite faction. After dispatching with him, my second Turquoise was rare. Luckily, I was not re-engaged by the pvp'er and caught the sneaky rare! (A PVP interruption happened once in Hellfire and I lost the rare). Caught at 43, 60.
Looking for a rare and finding its hard to find any at all, nevermind a rare. I have only seen 2 as the primary pet in over an hour of looking. Found a couple as the secondary and all were common or poor. Will have to keep looking.
Update: Found a bunch as primary and secondary at Rotting Orchard, but still no rares there.
2nd update: Found lots more, including my rare, at night (approx 10-11pm ST).
I have found both spawn zones in STV and checked/battled at least 50-75 in search of a rare. Apparently either I am having really bad luck or this guy really is rare to be found as a rare. Most spawns give up a rare sooner than that (for me, at least). This is the last STV upgrade I need (other than the purchased pets and Razzashi and Hyacinth). I may give in and use a stone if my next round doesn't yield a rare.
Update: Found one as secondary to Lizard Hatchling around 43,39 in NSTV
Got mine in Dragonblight at 82,65 at 9:45pm ST on Aegwynn. I've been searching all known spots for 3-4 days (w/two characters) and finally my obsession paid off. I had logged onto one character, did a sweep in Dragonblight, logged to one in Howling Fjord, did one sweep, then logged back to Dragonblight and there she was, right under me. Common, breed H/H and upgraded soon after I caught her. Good luck everyone, it may be a long search. I am amazed at how many of us are looking.