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 - 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.