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World of Petcraft #20

May 07, 2012
Enjoy our monthly web comic created for WoW pet collectors! We feature a new World of Petcraft strip each and every month.

World of Petcraft #20

About the Artist
Meaghan McLaughlin is an aspiring artist and the author of "Nerds Illustrated." She's currently available to create custom artwork of your WoW characters for a modest fee.
Posted by Breanni

Account-Wide Achievements and Pets In MoP

May 08, 2012
In a recently released official blog, Ghostcrawler expressed Blizzard's goal and intent for account-wide achievements. [source]

Pet-Related Achievements
According to Blizzard's current design model, a few achievements will be "account-only". For these achievements, it's unlikely to earn them on a single character, therefore:

...the cumulative work of all your characters on those criteria will count.

Under this guideline players could add to their progression or complete pet achievements such as Legendary Pet Battles (win 5,000 pet battles) on any of their characters.

This will definitely make it more convenient, but don't let that stop you from attempting to earn an achievement all on one toon should you desire to!

Faction-Specific Pets
Ghostcrawler also touches on the topic of faction-specific pets in his latest blog post. Note that there might be exceptions and this entire system is still a work in progress.

You also won’t be able to use a faction-specific pet, mount, or title on the wrong faction.
Posted by Quintessence

MoP Beta: New Achievement Reward and Guild Pet

May 10, 2012
Another beta patch was released and a new achievement reward was discovered! [source]

New Achievement Reward
Completing the achievement Pro Pet Mob (raise 75 pets to level 25) will reward players with a Singing Cricket.

Whether or not this pet will actually sing, like its name implies, is unknown. If it does, perhaps it will take song requests!

New Possible Guild Pet
The guild vendor was updated with some new items, including a new possible pet, the Thundering Cloud Serpent Hatchling. There is also a mount of similar name currently priced at 3,000 gold.

Thundering Cloud Serpent Hatchling

For the time being, the Thundering Cloud Serpent Hatchling does not have a sale price, and the item on the vendor appears to only be a placeholder. Much like the Dark Phoenix Hatchling, it's likely that this pet will be a reward for completing a guild achievement. We'll just have to wait and see which achievement will be necessary to unlock this mystical companion!
Posted by Quintessence

MoP Beta: Title Reward and New Children's Week Orphan

May 11, 2012
UPDATE: The title "Tamer" has been replaced with "Zookeeper". [source]

Additionally, the Cooking School Bell is unfortunately not the new Pandaren Children's Week quest item. It's part of the new cooking dailies. [source]

The MoP beta is trucking along, and another build was recently released. There are some interesting changes and additions in the latest patch. [source]

Achievement Title Reward
Many have been requesting for a pet collecting title to proudly sport, and this request might be fulfilled in MoP!

The achievement Time To Open a Pet Store now rewards the title Tamer . It also now only requires 335 Pet Battle achievement points, down from 400. The achievement points necessary will probably encompass all achievements earned in the Pet Battles tab, including the three sub-categories - Collect, Battle, and Level.

New Children's Week Orphan
A Cooking School Bell was added recently, and as the tooltip indicates, this item appears to be an item used to summon a new orphan for next year's Children's Week.

It's likely that the orphan NPC will be a Pandaren child, and the quest chain will start in Pandaria. We will have to wait and see what the rewards will be for completing a new Children's Week quest chain, but maybe it will include a companion pet!


New Pet Battles Item
Another new item was discovered from the most recent patches. Datamining revealed a Battle Pet Bandage. It's currently unknown where this item comes from, and how the use of the pet bandage will be integrated into Pet Battles.

However, it does seem probable that pets will require healing and sometimes reviving between battles. [source]

Pet Battles Still WIP
Pet Battles are still not quite ready for testing, however there have been consistent updates and changes to the UI and the battling system with each beta patch. We will have more in depth coverage and details of Pet Battles once it is fully activated on the beta.

For those curious and would like to read more about Pet Battles in its current state, feel free to check out this blog post or the WarcraftPets forums.
Posted by Quintessence

MoP Beta: Three New Pets and The Black Market

May 12, 2012
Ready for more delectable datamined previews from the recent beta build? Here they come!

New Pets
Three new BoP pets were discovered in the latest beta patch. It's unknown where these pets will come from at this time. [source]

  • Aqua Strider
  • Grinder
  • Hopling


A New Auction House
MMO-Champion has a small preview of a new Auction House coming in MoP - The Black Market. [source]

This new market will be used by NPCs to sell special items that are not normally sold for gold. An example would be the Ashes of Al'ar mount being sold by Mei Francis, a mount vendor.

Guess who will also be taking part in The Black Market? Breanni!

Breanni sells at The Black Market

As seen in MMO-Champion's screenshot (reprinted above), this pet-loving gnome is expanding her business ventures and will be selling pets on this new AH.

It's still unclear which pets will be available through The Black Market. Better start saving up gold while waiting for a list of possible companions, though. Looks like the this market won't be cheap!
Posted by Quintessence

New Pet! Fetish Shaman

May 15, 2012
With the launch of Diablo III, the new Fetish Shaman is now live!

You can obtain a Fetish Shaman by picking up the Diablo III Collector's Edition, sold in stores in limited quantities beginning today.

New Pet! Fetish Shaman

The D3 Collector's Edition includes:

  • Diablo Skull and 4GB USB Soulstone
  • Exclusive In-Game Content (Diablo III Aesthetic Artifacts, StarCraft II Battle.net Portraits, along with the WoW Fetish Shaman pet)
  • Behind the Scenes Blu-Ray/DVD Set
  • The Art of Diablo III (book)
  • Diablo III Soundtrack (CD)


Be sure to get yours soon while supplies last!
Posted by Breanni

MoP Beta: Releasing Pets and Flavor Text

May 25, 2012
Catch and Release
Currently there is a cap of 500 companions in the Pet Journal on the beta. With a possible limit on the max number of pets a player can have in MoP, duplicate or unwanted companions may seem inconvenient.

The good news is that there will be a new ability in MoP to "release" pets - essentially removing a companion from your Pet Journal without having to put it into a cage. Using the release ability will help make juggling and organizing a collection consisting of hundreds of pets less troublesome!

However, it was initially possible to release any and all pets (even the very rare and hard to obtain ones), and this proved to be problematic since there was no way to retrieve said companion if it was released on accident.

According to a recent blue post, thankfully a measure has been taken to help safeguard collections and those extra rare pets from accidental deletion. [source]

We have added restrictions on releasing pets in the latest build. The only pets you can release are ones that you have caught though the pet battle system.

Fun-filled Facts
The Pet Journal is shaping up to be a very useful tool for Pet Battles as well as collecting, and it was updated with pet descriptions! Many reveal interesting and often amusing tid-bits about each pet.

For example: "Shy Bandicoon - A goblin alchemist once claimed that the bite of this raccoon gave him the gift of prophecy. Turns out, it was just rabies."

Despite many companions sharing similar models, each pet has its own unique flavor text under the Info icon in the journal preview window.

You can check out the WarcraftPets forum thread that lists many of the pet descriptions. MMO-Champion also has a transcribed list of the companion flavor text.

There are quite a few to read through, but these pet descriptions are sure to brighten up anyone's day!
Posted by Quintessence

MoP Beta: New Pets, Minor Glyph, and Reporting Names

May 31, 2012
Another MoP beta build will be released soon, and there are new pets in this patch!

New Pets
Wowhead News datamined two new pets from the upcoming beta patch [source]:

  • Thundering Serpent Hatchling (Bind on Pick Up)
  • Jade Crane Chick (Bind on Use)


A third companion, the Singing Cricket was also added, however it's not necessarily new. This particular pet was discovered in a previous beta build as the reward for completing the achievement Pro Pet Mob. The cricket companion is currently tagged as Bind on Use.

The Thundering Serpent Hatchling could also possibly be the Thundering Cloud Serpent Hatchling that was discovered on the guild vendor, but was not yet implemented at the time. Only time will tell if these two serpent hatchling pets are indeed one in the same.

A Dark Follower
MMO-Champion did some datamining as well and discovered a neat minor glyph specifically for shadow priests that love their pets! [source]

Glyph of Shadowy Friends

Glyph of Shadowy Friends - Your Shadowform extends to your non-combat pets.

It will be interesting to see how the purple haze of Shadowform affects certain companions. What will the Dark Phoenix Hatchling look like with an additional dark cloud swirling around it?

Reporting Pet Names
Also uncovered were two new client strings that suggest players will have the ability to report an inappropriate pet name. [source]

  • REPORT_BATTLEPET_NAME_CONFIRMATION - Are you sure you want to report %s for inappropriate battle pet name?
  • REPORT_PET_NAME_CONFIRMATION - Are you sure you want to report %s for inappropriate pet name?


While companion names can be changed and customized in the expansion, remember to follow any naming guidelines Blizzard set into place to ensure a healthy and enjoyable game experience for all. Show your pets some love, and be sure to give it a nickname it would be proud to sport.
Posted by Quintessence

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