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Core Hound Pup

Requires Pet Level: 1

100%  Hit Chance 


Scratches the enemy, dealing 394 Critter damage.

Vs. Undead

Vs. Humanoid
Requires Pet Level: 10

100%  Hit Chance 


Wildly flails at the enemy 1-2 times, dealing 197 Beast damage per hit.


Hits an additional time if the user attacks first.

Vs. Critter

Vs. Flying
3 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 2

100% Hit Chance 


A distant howl frightens the target, increasing the damage they take by 100% for 2 rounds.

4 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 15

Increases your chance to dodge an attack by 100%.


Lasts 1 round.

Requires Pet Level: 4

100%  Hit Chance 


Blasts the enemy with fire, dealing 330.96 to 496.44 Elemental damage.

Vs. Mechanical

Vs. Critter
4 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 20

100%  Hit Chance 


Burrow under the ground, becoming unattackable for one round.


On the next round, you attack, dealing 472.8 to 709.2 Beast damage.

Vs. Critter

Vs. Flying


Elementals ignore all negative weather effects. Enemy pets can still gain the beneficial effects from weather when facing an elemental.


Damage Taken 

50% from Aquatic abilities

33% from Mechanical abilities

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"You'd better be telling the truth, you two-faced dog."

"I can get you one of them, actually. Very good guard dogs. They can watch the back and the front door at the same time."
Dec 9, 2009 at 11:56am | Edits: 0 | Whisperwind-US | Pets: 338 Compare collections | Score: 1447
Rating: +15   [Report]
I would like to point out that this is the 150th pet added to the database.

Gotta catch 'em all???
Dec 10, 2009 at 1:42am | Edits: 0 | Whisperwind-US | Pets: 461 Compare collections | Score: 2036
Site MVPAeonesti 
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This pet is almost continually doing its active idle animations (yes I note the irony). If it isn't up on its hind legs begging, it's digging for a bone, fighting over said bone, or rolling over. Basically, it's just REALLY excited to be your pet.

Oh and like KT, and some of the other newer pets, he is GIGANTIC on pet biscuits. This can lead to targeting issues, especially if you are a tank and he's doing his begging animation.
Dec 9, 2009 at 8:12am | Edits: 0 | Icecrown-US | Pets: 671 Compare collections | Score: 4000
Rating: +11   [Report]
The authenticator uses Kerberos security. Kerberos is also the 3-headed hound that guards the gates of Hades.
Dec 9, 2009 at 12:43pm | Edits: 0 | Anvilmar-US | Pets: 508 Compare collections | Score: 2435
Site MVPCrappy_oc 
Rating: +5   [Report]
Once again, my heart melts for a miniaturized version of a raid boss. Oh Blizzard, how many more tiny (fiery) bundles of love must you drop into my lap? My romantic soul cannot handle having so many adorable critters in my stores yet being able to use only one at a time. It's cruel, I tell you! CRUEL!
Dec 9, 2009 at 12:37pm | Edits: 0 | Doomhammer-US | Pets: 554 Compare collections | Score: 2482
Top RaterSuzi 
Rating: +4   [Report]
A FAQ about the Core Hound Pup is available at the bottom of the Mobile Authenticator FAQ page.
Dec 9, 2009 at 11:05am | Edits: 3 | Elune-US | Pets: 327 Compare collections | Score: 1425
Top RaterAmritasya 
Rating: +2   [Report]

I named mine AlmostFerocious.  He's trying his best.

Jul 27, 2013 at 1:40pm | Edits: 0 | Silvermoon-US | Pets: 676 Compare collections | Score: 3834
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Since you only get this little guy if you have an Authenticator tied to your account, some guilds are using him as a security feature on the guild bank: people don't get access until they show their Corehound Pup pet.
Feb 12, 2010 at 10:56pm | Edits: 0 | Gilneas-US | Pets: 545 Compare collections | Score: 2684
Rating: +1   [Report]

This guy is an Elemental, so he has strong defense vs Mechanical abilities, and he also has Burn which is a powerful attack against mechanicals. Might be useful vs mechanicals hmm?

Oct 4, 2013 at 9:43pm | Edits: 0 | Kilrogg-US | Pets: 192 Compare collections | Score: 892
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I love this pet. Everytime I make a char I always couldn't wait to go to the mail box and go get him. Now with MoP out I don't have to go to the mail box anymore but I always try to summon him when someone else has him. I also love all of the emotions that he does it makes the pet more fun and interactive :D Happy Collecting :D 

Feb 19, 2013 at 3:01pm | Edits: 0 | Cairne-US | Pets: 447 Compare collections | Score: 1893
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I think its awesome that they decided to add this little one as a "reward" for getting the Authenticator.
Mar 28, 2012 at 4:53am | Edits: 0 | Lightbringer-EU | Pets: 309 Compare collections | Score: 1416
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The Core Hound is most likely modelled after Cerberus - the mythical beast who guards the gates of hell.

Since we now receive a Core Hound pet along with having an Authenticator, you could say that it's the one guarding your account from potential threats. :)
Dec 10, 2009 at 3:30pm | Edits: 0 | Wyrmrest Accord-US | Pets: 598 Compare collections | Score: 2675
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Although they've moved away from achievement pets for every 25 pets learned, it's nice to see Blizzard using pets as a carrot for things they want players to do. This pup is much better than Mr. Chilly (sorry, Chilly), who's pretty boring. This guy is as interesting as any pet in the game, and a definitely five-star one.

I'm not a BM hunter, but anyone with a core hound pet needs to have this one out full time.
Dec 10, 2009 at 1:44pm | Edits: 0 | Silver Hand-US | Pets: 602 Compare collections | Score: 2876
Site AdminQuintessence 
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Unlike its larger predecessor, this core hound is NOT for looting. ;)
Dec 9, 2009 at 11:39am | Edits: 0 | Proudmoore-US | Pets: 702 Compare collections | Score: 4190
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Did not properly appreciate this little guy until I got his final ability.  When I did, he became the heavy hitter of his team, able to 1 shot almost any wild pet opponent if I howled before a hit.  His adorable resting animations are just a bonus.

Sep 1, 2014 at 5:48pm | Edits: 0 | Shadow Council-US | Pets: 563 Compare collections | Score: 2858
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Can you still get this pet? If so can someone link me to the right authenticator to buy or is it just with any authenticator

Aug 15, 2014 at 8:17am | Edits: 0 | Scarlet Crusade-US | Pets: 546 Compare collections | Score: 2553
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i need to reactivate my authenticator to get mine back. anyone got any team suggestions for this guy?

Jan 11, 2014 at 11:41pm | Edits: 0 | Zul'jin-US | Pets: 269 Compare collections | Score: 1130
Top RaterKuddles 
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This pet is directly attached to your authenticator, not your account, which means if you remove authenticator, Core Hound no longer will be available in game. It will became grey on your battle pets list and you won't be able to summon him even just as companion, until you re-activate the authenticator (mobile or keyring) or buy a new one. It will count for your captured pets though, despite the fact it is greyed and all his current stats and level will be preserved until you can reactivate him.

Dec 10, 2013 at 11:59am | Edits: 0 | Quel'Thalas-US | Pets: 677 Compare collections | Score: 3902
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With the introduction of pet genders to this site, I have found out that my core hound pup is female. Will now be changing her name to whatever variation of "Flaming B*tch" the game will allow :)

Jan 22, 2013 at 6:30pm | Edits: 0 | Elune-US | Pets: 499 Compare collections | Score: 2464
Top RaterAubreebree 
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I like the incentive for getting an authenticator. If you think about it, we really cared about getting the pet for our collection and now all our Blizzard games are more protected from hackers.
It really is a great pet too. I use him a lot!
Jun 30, 2012 at 1:38pm | Edits: 0 | Alterac Mountains-US | Pets: 636 Compare collections | Score: 3170
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Found in the Firelands and the Molten Core, core hounds can trace their lineage back to the alpha male, Magmadar.
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