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Trading Card Game: The Hunt for Illidan

Soul-Trader Beacon
Soul-Trader Beacon
Binds when picked up
Use: Teaches you how to summon this companion.
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Neutral Neutral

Vocalizations (on-click)

"Harvests souls" when owner kills player/mob that yields exp or honor. Pet doubles as vendor with unique items sold only to owner.

Trading Card Game promotion.
Loot code required.
3 allowed
June 19, 2008

This pet, the largest land-based companion to date, is redeemed through the extremely rare 'Ethereal Plunderer' loot card from the World of Warcraft The Hunt for Illidan TCG expansion. The card may be scratched to reveal a code allowing access to this pet. The code may be redeemed at Blizzard's promotion retrieval page. The pet may be obtained in-game from Landro Longshot in Booty Bay.

This pet doubles as a specialized vendor. When its owner kills a mob that grants experience or honor, the Ethereal Soul-Trader will "harvest its soul", yielding a small amount of Ethereal Credits to the owner. In exchange for this currency, the following items may be purchased:

Note that you cannot sell your unwanted items to the Ethereal Soul-Trader.

Level 0: Health 0Power 0Speed 0
Requires Pet Level: 1

100% Hit Chance 


Bashes the enemy, dealing 394 Humanoid damage.

Vs. Dragonkin

Vs. Beast
Requires Pet Level: 10

95% Hit Chance 


Blasts the enemy with a beam of arcane power, dealing 433 Magic damage.

Vs. Flying

Vs. Mechanical
3 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 2

A ward of powerful magic surrounds you, blocking the next attack.

1 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 15

Increases damage by 100% for 1 round.

4 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 4

95% Hit Chance 


Deals 591 Magic damage and has a 25% chance to stun the target.

Vs. Flying

Vs. Mechanical
5 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 20

100% Hit Chance 


Equalizes the health between the user and his enemy.


Health gained cannot exceed the caster's maximum health.



Magic pets cannot be dealt more than 35% of their maximum health in one attack.


Damage Taken 

50% from Dragonkin abilities

33% from Aquatic abilities

The Cape of Stranglethorn — Eastern Kingdoms
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Yes finally got this awesome looking pet was surpriced this guy sold it 2 me for only 25k :) ty again for that its awesome collectors item :)

Apr 9, 2014 at 11:50am | Edits: 0 | Chamber of Aspects-EU | Pets: 565 Compare collections | Score: 2745
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Trying to obtain this on my server now.  Saw a few evade me on the AH for 56k gold, but alas, they were on ally side where i has not enough gold.  I msg'd the seller, but haven't heard back - was hoping to obtain from seller through neutral AH.

Mar 29, 2014 at 11:09pm | Edits: 0 | Ysera-US | Pets: 537 Compare collections | Score: 2544
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So insanely happy at the moment.  I just found this awesomely expensive pet for 53k on the auction house on my home server.  I can't wait to level him and then go start earning shards.  I couldn't really decide between the names Windbag and Tatters for him.

Mar 24, 2014 at 6:39am | Edits: 0 | Shandris-US | Pets: 579 Compare collections | Score: 2978
Top RaterKuddles 
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Ranged players may find a bit complicated reunite the credits needed to purchase the garment this pet sells since you need to fullfill several conditions to obtain a credit:


Soul Trader must be at you side at all times. If you run from one place to other he's usually left behind, so you have to wait for him. Second, you (and he) must be near the corpse whe's going to suck. And finally, it must be YOU the one who delivers the killing shot: hunter and warlock pets will interfere with this.

Mar 15, 2014 at 2:25pm | Edits: 0 | Quel'Thalas-US | Pets: 571 Compare collections | Score: 2905
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I got a lucky shot! Saw this little guy for 63,2k on AH.

Mar 10, 2014 at 9:24am | Edits: 0 | Azralon-US | Pets: 485 Compare collections | Score: 2133
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Love this guy so much! He does get in the way when I'm doing something, but I'm totally ok with that just to have him. The best part was using him in raid and being a hunter and taking out the oozes from the Shaman in SoO, he goes nuts getting me shards. Which I'm saving up for ...not sure yet, lol. But the count (at the moment) is 700+. 

Fighting wise, he has some cool magic attacks, but I stick to my Nether Faerie Dragon in that department. Sorry Ethereal-dude. 

Jan 14, 2014 at 8:29am | Edits: 0 | Tanaris-US | Pets: 552 Compare collections | Score: 2621
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Just got this badboy today, was an early birthday/Christmas gift for myself (I call that a "from me, for me" gift lol). I haven't battled him yet, but he's pretty damn cool. I've been wanting to collect him for awhile and I'm happy to have him in my collection. The only thing I'm bummed about, is the fact that you can't sell trash items to him, you can only sell back the items you bought from him, for the credits back. That's the only drawback to him so far. He's well worth saving the gold for.

Nov 28, 2013 at 7:53am | Edits: 0 | Aerie Peak-US | Pets: 538 Compare collections | Score: 2426
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As of patch 5.3 he is his original large size!! :)

May 22, 2013 at 12:34pm | Edits: 1 | Khaz'goroth-US | Pets: 592 Compare collections | Score: 3004
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One of my favorites and a good attention-getter, although he can be a bit annoying at times since he says "I have arrived, shall we set to work then?" every time you dismount or zone.


When battle pets went live he sadly shrunk by about half, previously he was taller than my dwarf characters. A Blizzard blue post confirmed that this was intended "to scale him to fit better with other battle pets". Now I have to use a Papa Hummel's Pet Biscuit if I want him to regain his former size. :(

Oct 26, 2012 at 12:12am | Edits: 0 | Zangarmarsh-US | Pets: 465 Compare collections | Score: 2145
Top RaterNightriderr 
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What sucks is when I started pet collecting the first thing I did was buy a TCG pack- and guess what was in it. Thats right, him. I didnt think it was rare to a gave it away. Man am I a idiot or what?
Nov 1, 2011 at 12:31pm | Edits: 0 | Shadowsong-US | Pets: 385 Compare collections | Score: 1608
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I recently got this pet. It is not my favorite because if I am in a low level area I don't want or need it around. And I am in low level areas questing for Loremaster, farming for pets, or doing Archaeology.

HOWEVER, it is the pet that has triggered the most questions from other players as many want it. But as they learn that is comes from TCG loot they are not happy.

I want the suit/costume and then I can go for the fun stuff.
Sep 21, 2011 at 12:50am | Edits: 1 | Alterac Mountains-US | Pets: 216 Compare collections | Score: 952
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My favorite part is the Mutagen. I think most pets still do their "tricks" with it on.

The Frostling still pelted with snowballs.
Aug 29, 2010 at 10:51am | Edits: 3 | Whisperwind-US | Pets: 597 Compare collections | Score: 3049
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I love this pet I save up my credits and sell the Liquer in trade chat at 4 gold a bottle and laugh to death when they mutate...
Often ppl will order me to stop look through his invetory and offer to buy the Pauldrins for then not seeing that most the stuff is BOP
Mar 1, 2010 at 8:24pm | Edits: 1 | Silver Hand-US | Pets: 458 Compare collections | Score: 1748
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Try using mutigen on toxic wastling it will still eat AND get bigger so end result is a shadowfiend looking pet bout size of a shadowfiend:)also can makem green if use item on the distgusting ooze
Feb 23, 2010 at 12:52pm | Edits: 0 | Onyxia-US | Pets: 140 Compare collections | Score: 0
Site MVPAeonesti 
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It is not yet noted in the description above, but this pet is now available through Landro's Pet Box as a random chance drop. The drop rate is low, and you will not see a rare pet if you already own it (making it hard to track opening statistics). But it is an alternative to the current prices of $150+ on eBay if you have UDE points to burn :)
Jan 26, 2010 at 11:11am | Edits: 1 | Icecrown-US | Pets: 556 Compare collections | Score: 2576
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Still the best pet in game to take out and confuse people :D
Dec 30, 2009 at 5:03pm | Edits: 0 | Korgath-US | Pets: 215 Compare collections | Score: 0
Site MVPBindar 
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A good place for a high-level character to farm Ethereal Credits on Northrend is in southwest Sholazar Basin where there are opposing camps of Frenzyheart Wolvar and Oracle Murlocs. If you have gained reputation with one of those two factions then fight the other. The NPCs have fairly low health and strength (considering their high-70s levels), and drop small amounts of cash silver, scrolls, and potions. They respawn quickly in large numbers.
Nov 15, 2009 at 10:08pm | Edits: 0 | Aggramar-US | Pets: 592 Compare collections | Score: 2971
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I just found out that you can sell the stuff you get from him back to him and get your credits back in full. I don't think its like the other stuff where you only have two hours to do it either.
Oct 1, 2009 at 6:18am | Edits: 1 | Muradin-US | Pets: 173 Compare collections | Score: 0
Site MVPDacoolist 
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Having this pet out in a heroic where you are constantly looting bodies etc, might cause problems being able to open him as a vendor, since he is always click able. Or unless you use your pets for annoyances-which is great too!
Sep 29, 2009 at 12:54pm | Edits: 0 | Darkspear-US | Pets: 317 Compare collections | Score: 1375
Top RaterZoros 
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The Ethereal Essence Sphere, like all throwing objects in the game can appear in you bag before the graphic shows it making it you. The difference with the sphere is that is so slow that you can out run it by foot and take the one in you bag and throw it back, creating two spheres out of one. In one raid we did this about one hundred times with just 3 spheres and everyone in the raid say about a hundred glowing balls flying around. Note that new people to the scene will not see the spheres.
Sep 28, 2009 at 7:26pm | Edits: 1 | The Venture Co-US | Pets: 598 Compare collections | Score: 3009
Site MVPDaned 
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This pet gets the most questions and comments from people who see it, bar none. And the question is always "how do you get ethereal soul credits?" It being a vendor immediately gets attention from everyone!
Sep 28, 2009 at 11:40am | Edits: 0 | Feathermoon-US | Pets: 292 Compare collections | Score: 0
Site MVPMastr 
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A fun thing to do with this pet is to put all the clothes on that he sells and baby spice yourself. At the same time, give him a pet biscuit and your roles are reversed! Now the pet is the master and you are the pet. As an undead even without the spice I come up to his knee when he has biscuit buff.
Sep 27, 2009 at 5:45pm | Edits: 0 | Burning Blade-US | Pets: 605 Compare collections | Score: 2791
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Ethereal soul-traders will travel with those who can free the essences they need from unruly hosts.
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