yes, but difficulty of rare pet spawns differing from person to person is indicative of a percentage nerf to rare rates across the board.Graven wrote:I'm inclined to believe it's just the RNG and the psychological effect of the patch, since the pets that people are having trouble with seem to differ from person to person. For example, I myself have found some of the new 5.1 additions in rare quality without too much trouble (Harpy Youngling, Fluxfire Feline, Arcane Eye) which many people seem to have been having problems with, and yet of course I have other pets which are stubborn for me that others may have found more easily.
I just spent a few hours clearing Duskwood in circles yesterday. I am looking for a rare rat snake. I engaged ever pet marker on the board. I don't even want to know how many engagements that is, but considering the spawn of general pets in the area is pretty fast and you can get to them fairly easily with loops. 3 or so hours of engaging, estimate about 30-45 sec to engage, flee and get to the next... that is a a lot of engagements. There were maybe 15 rares of anything in that entire time.
That is just an example. I did the same with arathi, and have since the patch done a number of other zones the same way. I did this when MoP release in a haphazard trying to just get a copy of each pet, preferably in at least uncommon. I had a pretty high percentage overall of rares, and without much time spent in farming. I am now clearing entire zones and not seeing the same rate of rares as previously.
5.1 pets are a matter of how populated your CRZ grouping is with pet collectors and if you can get there at good times for respawn rates. I couldn't farm the 5.1 pets on my main server, but my secondary server is way less populated, so it hasn't been a nightmare to get those rares. Merely a matter of logging in to a camped character and clearing the lot of them multiple times.