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Legion Alpha: New Skins, Pet NPCs and Abilities, and Dust Bunny Revealed

January 28, 2016
Color Me Golden
Wowhead dug straight into yesterday's Legion Alpha patch and discovered what appears to be the Unborn Val'kyr's long lost sister! [source]

Gold val'kyr
The val'kyr (pictured above, image courtesy of Wowhead) is a recolored version of the Unborn Val'kyr. An icon was also datamined, called "valkiergoldpet".

It's unclear if collectors will be able to obtain this golden version, but we can only hope!

Gold manafiend
MMO-Champion also discovered a manafiend that received the gold treatment in the latest Alpha build. [source]

Similar to the val'kyr, it's unknown if this manafiend (pictured right, image courtesy of MMO-Champion) will be available to pet collectors in Legion.

It would be neat to round out the manafiend collection with a new color. We'll have to wait and see.

The More the Merrier
Even more boss pet NPCs was added to the Legion Alpha. [source]

Some interesting additions are Stitches Jr. Jr. and Lil'idan. Two val'kyr boss pets will be making an appearance as well, Harbinger of Dark and Herald of Light. It's possible that the latter will use the golden val'kyr skin pictured earlier.

With more boss pets means more pet abilities. There were adjustments to a few pet abilities, plus a number of new ones in the patch. [source]

One particular ability, Magic Scales used by Chromadon, is reminiscent of Stitches Jr. However, instead of ignoring attacks that deal less than a certain amount of damage, Chromadon will ignore attacks that deal more than 250 damage. We look forward to all of the strategies developed to defeat this boss pet!

A Dusty Surprise
Last week, Blizzard Watch reported that one of their staff stumbled upon the cleverly hidden Dust Bunny while on Legion Alpha. [source]

Barber shop rug
This adorable wild pet is tucked away in the barber shop in (new) Dalaran. Clicking on the rug (pictured right) located in the center of the room will reveal all the dust the Magical Broom has swept under there. In the form of a bunny, of course.

The Dust Bunny is a level 25 wild pet, and can spawn in as any quality (poor up to rare). It's a single spawn and does not come with a team of two additional pets.

Wild dust bunny
Being a wild pet, it can be killed by player attacks and abilities so be careful where you wave your sword! Thankfully, the rug has a relatively short respawn time of roughly 15 minutes.

You can resummon as many of these dusty pets as you please, but you can only capture the max number allowed in the Pet Journal (3).

Others can step in to battle and collect the Dust Bunny if you are unable to; it is not personal-spawned.

This is an adorable and easy to collect pet that you don't want to miss out in Legion. If you're allergic to dust, you may want to take an antihistamine first!
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Site MVPSffcorgi 
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I wonder if the Dark Val'kyr also is going to be a full pet or just a tamer battle pet.  I have visions of a set of three....

 

 

The selection of manafiends is a little limited.  Sure, they all share the name and family, but you have to include the Kirin Tor Familiar:

 

 

Kirin Tor Familiar

 

...just on looks alone.

Feb 5, 2016 at 4:04am | Edits: 0 | Wyrmrest Accord-US | Pets: 835 Compare collections | Score: 4994
Site MVPMykro9 
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Also, the dust bunny would not be complete without a grey aura, like Pigpin from the Peanuts comics.

Feb 2, 2016 at 1:41pm | Edits: 0 | Darrowmere-US | Pets: 728 Compare collections | Score: 4355
Site MVPMykro9 
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So, Chromadon's Magic scales looks like it would be easily countered with something like Lightning storm then a Zandalari raptor's black claw and hunting party combo. followed by either a second raptor, or any pet with a stampede ability, whatever family is less affected by his attacks.

Feb 2, 2016 at 1:36pm | Edits: 0 | Darrowmere-US | Pets: 728 Compare collections | Score: 4355
Djleeds 
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Can't wait to add all the new pets to my collection!  Still waiting on whether or not we're getting a pet cap increase because I'll need to further reduce my inventory if not.

Jan 31, 2016 at 6:32am | Edits: 0 | Dragonblight-US | Pets: 858 Compare collections | Score: 5131
Site MVPZiboo 
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Clever idea on the dust bunny.

 

I don't mind the reskins for color, but new is always nice!

Jan 29, 2016 at 8:32pm | Edits: 0 | Wyrmrest Accord-US | Pets: 696 Compare collections | Score: 4066
Top RaterHanaliel 
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Ohh, I adore the golden Val'kyr! The new model for the rabbits is quite adorable too; a graphic update for them has been long overdue. Can't wait to start collecting in Legion! 

Jan 28, 2016 at 8:33pm | Edits: 0 | Kael'thas-US | Pets: 785 Compare collections | Score: 4656
Top RaterKuroOfTheWind 
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and my desire to return grows greatly with news of such cuties!

Jan 28, 2016 at 4:23pm | Edits: 0 | Wyrmrest Accord-US | Pets: 856 Compare collections | Score: 5113
Graven 
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Another valkyr is cool I guess, and another abomination.  I know it's early days still, but has anything been revealed yet that actually has a new model, and isn't just a recolour?

 

Also a little surprised at the Murkidan clone - would go against their precedent regarding murloc pets.

 

I'm sure there will be lots of actual new pets to come - fingers crossed anyway.  :)

Jan 28, 2016 at 3:29pm | Edits: 0 | Terenas-EU | Pets: 771 Compare collections | Score: 4569
Ringo 
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It's disappointing that the bunny isn't a magical creature, but otherwise, this is the kind of thing I loved about the WotLK Dalaran.

Jan 28, 2016 at 2:10pm | Edits: 0 | Silver Hand-US | Pets: 803 Compare collections | Score: 4788
Top RaterZonnetje 
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Dust bunny!!!!

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