The Tiny Shale Spider
is a companion pet that drops off of Jadefang
, a rare spawn located in the Crumbling Depths area of Deepholm (level 82 - 83 zone). Expect some competition for this companion as there will not only be other pet collectors, but also hunters and rare spawn seekers who will be after the creature that drops the pet.Prerequisite
Much like Mr. Grubbs
, you will need to complete a prerequisite, the entire Therazane quest chain in the Deepholm zone. The goal is to unlock the Therazane faction dailies. You will need an item from one of the dailies in order to reach the rare spawn and ultimately the tiny shale spider.
The daily is called 'Underground Economy
' and it is handed out by Ricket
, an NPC that's located within the Crumbling Depths. She's a goblin standing on the left side, near some mushrooms, as you enter and reach the first room. She may not always be there since the daily quest she offers is on a rotation with other Therazane dailies.
With this quest comes an item, Ricket's Tickers
, that's needed to reach Jadefang's tunnel. If you read through the quest description you'll note that she says, "I've got a nasty habit of packin' the explosives a bit thick. Mind the kick." If you've guessed that you'll need to use a bomb to hurl yourself to Jadefang's tunnel, you've guessed right!Finding Jadefang
Navigating through the tunnels can be somewhat tricky, and you can get lost quite easily the first few times you are in there. Here's a basic run down of where to go after picking up the quest:
-- Continue going straight, deeper into the crumbling depths.
-- Once you see the colossal gyreworm (level 85 elite, non-attackable) going in what looks like a round-about, hang a right and follow in the same direction that the gyreworm is heading. (NOTE: the colossal gyreworm will "eat" you if you get too close and you will suffer heavy damage from it if eaten. so watch the way it paths and try to follow its tail.)
-- You will pass by one dead end tunnel before finding yourself in a large cavernous room with many tunnel pathways to choose from. See image below.
-- As you can see in the image, there are three objectives; tunnel 1, tunnel 2, and your final destination, tunnel 3.
-- Head into tunnel 1 (far right tunnel).
-- At the first chance you have to make a left into another tunnel, do so. This should be tunnel 2. If at the end of the tunnel you see a green rock formation below you, you're at the right place.
Once at the end of tunnel 2 you should be able to clearly see Jadefang's tunnel, the opening of tunnel 3. Notice the sheer drop. This is what makes reaching the rare spawn from directly below a challenge.
Side note: these directions can also be used to navigate and complete the Pebble escort daily since Pebble also spawns at the opening of tunnel 2.
As you may have already guessed, you are going to need to use Ricket's Tickers to fling yourself into Jadefang's area. In order to be tossed far enough to actually make it up and into the opening, you will need to jump onto the green rock formation just below the opening of tunnel 2.
Note: You cannot make the jump from tunnel 2 to the green block without a mount or some sort of boost to run speed (I haven't tested out the latter, sprint or rocket boots). Thankfully, you can mount within the Crumbling Depths! You cannot fly, though. So mount up and jump onto the green rock formation that's located just underneath tunnel 2.
Once you've made it to the green block, use Ricket's Tickers and place one down. Stand in the direction/angle that you wish to be hurled, and watch yourself soar through the air to land (hopefully) safe and sound within the rare spawn's tunnel.
You may need a couple attempts to get the direction and angle correct, but don't worry. The tickers don't have charges so you can keep placing them until you've got it just right.
Finally, Jadefang the rare, green shale spider should be located at the very back of the tunnel. She (I call her a "she" because 'Jade' seems like it would be a very pretty girl's name
) is a level 85, non-hostile beast. I believe she has an 8 - 12 hour respawn timer, but I could be wrong.
The companion pet that drops off of Jadefang is a 100% drop rate, and is bind on pick up. This kind of makes the respawn timer useless information unless you're a hunter who's going after both the non-combat companion and Jadefang herself.
Some final notes, you can hold onto Ricket's daily for more than one day. In the event that this specific daily is offered to you but Jadefang is not present, you can save the daily for when she respawns.
So that's it! There may be other (and/or better) ways to reach Jadefang, and to each player their own. It may take some effort and patience, but in the end the Tiny Shale Spider is worth it.
Feel free to provide additional information or note of any corrections that need to be made.
(last update: December 14, 2011)