I’ve just completed my goal of catching a wild blue/rare pet of every single type available in WoW. The final one, gently ushered into the fold, was a delightful Golden Eaglet from way up in bleak Stormheim.
Why this insane quest, you may ask. Well, it all began back when pets were first introduced into WoW. In those days (for those still damp behind their shell-likes) if you wanted a wild blue, the only way you could get one was to catch one: there was no going to your local pet dealer and getting them stoned! I wanted blues, of course, so, I set about catching them. I remember that, at the time, the bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas, the dog’s dodads, was the mighty Fluxfire Feline. Naturally, I decided that a team of three would be rather nice, so, I proceeded to catch 3 blues (of course, like our beloved Pandaren Water Spirit, it was so good that Bliz nerfed it). After that, there was no turning back: I wanted 3 blues of every pet! So, that’s what I set about getting. I happily went from zone at zone, giving homes to 3 blues of every pet. But, one day, something really strange happened: the blessed Pet Journal said I couldn’t add my latest catch: there was no more room in the inn! I couldn’t understand it. It took me quite a while, but eventually I found out about the dreaded 1000 pet limit: nobody seemed aware of it back then: I don’t think they thought that anyone would ever catch 1000 pets! Oh the wailing and gnashing of teeth! The tearing out of hair and uncontrollable sobbing! (And that was only the Blighted Squirrels, the Darkshore Cubs, and the [now extremely] Lost of Lordaeron!) Talk about ‘singing the blues’!
There was nothing for it: if I wanted to carry on collecting, I’d have to release one in three of my wild catches. I was the Wild One! I wasn’t going to have to decimate my collection: I was going to have to thirdimate it (or, tertiumate, if we’re going to stick with Latin)!!! Anyway, the job was tearfully done, and I resumed my collecting, but, this time, ever mindful of that sword of Damocles dangling over my collection, I decided to settle for a single blue of each type (with a few exceptions: I mean, who could resist catching 3 rare Unborn Valks?) And so it went on, right up until today.
At least Legion, with it’s Pocket Pet Portal, has given us the long-overdue option to increase our collect by 50%. Yay!
It’s been a wild ride: sitting out sandstorms, rainstorms and snowstorms; waiting for day to turn into night; waiting for the seasons to pass from one to another; waiting for festivals to Wander along. And, of course, all that sight-seeing!
Anyway, that’s me all set until the Wild Bunch expands again, and if anyone ever tells you not to get the blues… don’t listen to them: you go get’em! Get ’em all!