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Rabid Nut Varmint 5000

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

100%  Hit Chance 


Punches the target, dealing 394 Mechanical damage.

Vs. Beast

Vs. Elemental
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
Requires Pet Level: 2

100% Hit Chance 


Overtunes the user's central power core, dealing 197 Mechanical damage and increasing the user's speed by 100% for 2 rounds.

Vs. Beast

Vs. Elemental
4 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 15

The user equips additional plating, reducing all damage taken by 50% for 3 rounds.

Requires Pet Level: 4

100% Hit Chance 


Deals 256 Undead damage and turns the target rabid for 3 rounds.


While rabid, the target deals 25% additional damage and receives 50% additional damage.

Vs. Humanoid

Vs. Aquatic
5 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 20

Enters repair mode, performing no actions for two rounds, then repairs 1379 health.



Comes back to life once per battle, returning to 20% health.


Damage Taken 

50% from Elemental abilities

33% from Magic abilities

Azshara — Kalimdor
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P/P has a 309 attack 260 speed mandating Overtune if you want to use Thrash, H/H suffers from being slow as well but can counter with Extra Plating to take the hits. I prefer S/S, 325 speed which is able to surpase even the fastest pets with Overtune (650), and usually faster even without, letting Thrash do the same or more damage than Metal Fist, negating his lower power. Never take mixed breed over pure unless you are aiming to beat a specific pet and trying to min/max

Oct 19, 2014 at 12:09pm | Edits: 0 | Mal'Ganis-US | Pets: 626 Compare collections | Score: 3160
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This guy is an excellent match-up against Major Payne's Grizzle.  If you get a rare one, his speed can be just slightly higher, and his plating lets him survive the bear's brutal attacks.  On top of that, you can infect Grizzle with rabies right before he goes to sleep for some consequence-free damage boosting action.

Apr 9, 2013 at 1:05pm | Edits: 0 | Terokkar-US | Pets: 460 Compare collections | Score: 2340
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Found 7pm server inside the walls of Everlook

Oct 31, 2012 at 9:04pm | Edits: 0 | Norgannon-US | Pets: 507 Compare collections | Score: 2252
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I got my rare as a secondary to Alpine Chipmunk just south of Mazthoril.  Alpine Hares, Alpine Chipmunks, and Crystal Spiders can all have Rabid Nut Varmint 5000 as a secondary.

Sep 12, 2014 at 8:32pm | Edits: 0 | Thrall-US | Pets: 609 Compare collections | Score: 3311
Top RaterLycaon 
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I find this guy one of my most favorite pets to battle with.  His Extra Plating essentially doubles your health for three rounds, at the (sad) downside if being unprotected for one round.  He hits like a truck with Rabid Strike, and the dual effect is somewhat negated by the Extra Plating.

Aug 10, 2014 at 5:22pm | Edits: 0 | Blackhand-US | Pets: 559 Compare collections | Score: 2785
Site MVPAborella 
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Just confirming these definitely spawn as one of the alpine hare's battle partners. I got one on my 4th alpine hare battle.
Nov 5, 2012 at 10:16pm | Edits: 0 | Aman'Thul-US | Pets: 438 Compare collections | Score: 1928
Top RaterCrowclaw 
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I found this pet very useful using armor plating, rabid strike and metal fist. Since he works so well I obtained a P/P, S/S and P/S. I think P/P and S/S are must haves and you should try those out first before deciding what breed you want for your 3rd.

Nov 18, 2014 at 6:31am | Edits: 0 | Bladefist-US | Pets: 667 Compare collections | Score: 3899
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Just got one while hunting Turquoise Turtles. It was the secondary pet. Uncommon P/P. Any opinions on preferred breeds?

Oct 6, 2014 at 12:51pm | Edits: 0 | Kel'Thuzad-US | Pets: 80 Compare collections | Score: 377
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Finally got my rare as a secondary after a poor one inside Everlook. I already had begun to doubt they even exist as rares, particularly since literally every other pet in Winterspring was very easy to find as rare; I got most of them twice or even three times.

May 26, 2014 at 11:57pm | Edits: 0 | Chamber of Aspects-EU | Pets: 251 Compare collections | Score: 1144
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I just captured an uncommon one of these little guys in a different area than the map, found him by accident :)


Bitter Reaches (66,20)

Mar 2, 2014 at 7:07pm | Edits: 0 | Suramar-US | Pets: 429 Compare collections | Score: 2068
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Saw one next to some rabbits, got a rare on the first try, haven't seen another yet. Level 6 in Azshara!

Feb 17, 2014 at 11:45am | Edits: 0 | Proudmoore-US | Pets: 170 Compare collections | Score: 689
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Love this little guy, Extra plating, Rabid strike and Trash is a great combo.

Jan 3, 2014 at 3:43am | Edits: 0 | Darksorrow-EU | Pets: 280 Compare collections | Score: 1407
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Found my rare as a secondary to Shore Crab near the Ruins of Eldarath. 

Sep 26, 2013 at 7:09am | Edits: 0 | Stormrage-US | Pets: 86 Compare collections | Score: 378
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Got a rare as a secondary pet in Stonetalon while trying to find a rare venomspitter in Webwinder Hollow.  I didn't see many of them (1-2), and it took be about 25 battes to get the rare spider, so if you don't have any luck in the normal spawn spots, try there.

Jul 29, 2013 at 1:40pm | Edits: 0 | Uther-US | Pets: 426 Compare collections | Score: 2159
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I was lucky enough to get a rare one on my first try in Ashara. It is one of my main battle pets now. :P If you are still looking, around the Rocket Bases in Ashara you can normally find a few. I think even everywhere where a Goblin can be found there is a good change to see this pet..

Jul 25, 2013 at 5:48pm | Edits: 0 | Defias Brotherhood-EU | Pets: 84 Compare collections | Score: 345
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Caught a rare Rabid Nut Varmint inside Everlook at 60.0 50.6 at 1015pm Zangarmarsh time or 1215am EDT. I've looked for this pet in Winterspring and found poor quality ones as secondaries, but this one was the primary. I didn't even make the rounds and kill robocritters [I hate to do this anyways]. This is right after catching a common quality Robo-Cub! I'm very happy and good luck to you other pet hunters :) The Robo-Cub was on a hill near Horde Flight Master as another poster suggested. Thanks!

Mar 28, 2013 at 12:26am | Edits: 0 | Zangarmarsh-US | Pets: 527 Compare collections | Score: 2645
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I got this one to in Azahara but it does not show up in my pet journal.  Anyone know why?

Mar 27, 2013 at 12:53pm | Edits: 0 | Lightbringer-US | Pets: 14 Compare collections | Score: 54
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This game never ceases to amaze me, I spent nearly 2 hours the other night leveling up pets in Stonetalon and searching for a rare 5000 only to go away completely empty handed. Tonight I've seen 3 rares already in maybe 15 battles.  Glad I can finally stop searching for this one I prefer Duskwood for level 5-7 battles.

Feb 3, 2013 at 6:11pm | Edits: 0 | Shu'halo-US | Pets: 117 Compare collections | Score: 594
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Found some in Windshear Crag, Stonetalon Mts. As main and secondary pet.

Jan 27, 2013 at 6:41pm | Edits: 0 | Saurfang-EU | Pets: 162 Compare collections | Score: 672
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In Azshara i got it as a green secondary pet many times, but in winterspring got it as a rare first battle.

Jan 23, 2013 at 6:35am | Edits: 0 | Caelestrasz-US | Pets: 604 Compare collections | Score: 2951
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