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Magical Crawdad

Magical Crawdad
Magical Crawdad
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Fishing: Fishing [430]

Zone: Terokkar Forest (Fishing Nodes)

Approximate Drop Rate: [Mr. Pinchy] 1 in 500 fished from Highland Mixed schools

Approximate Drop Rate: [Magical Crawdad Box] 1 in 5 (of 3 available)

Magical Crawdad Box
Magical Crawdad Box
Binds when picked up
Use: Teaches you how to summon this companion.
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Neutral Neutral

Idles about while pinching claws.
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Pit-pattering footsteps

Fishing required.
Burning Crusade expansion required.
3 allowed
The Burning Crusade
Patch 2.0.1 | Posted: April 1, 2007

A flying mount or flight form (druids) is required to fish for [Mr. Pinchy]. When you click [Mr. Pinchy], he grants a wish. You get three wishes total. Wishes are on a 48-hour cooldown. One of five possible outcomes is a [Magical Crawdad Box]. Therefore, this already rare item does not even guarantee the drop, making the pet even more rare. 430+ fishing is recommended. See El's Extreme Anglin' guide Catching Furious Crawdad and Mr. Pinchy for strategies to obtain [Mr. Pinchy].

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

100% Hit Chance 


Snaps at the enemy, dealing 394 Beast damage.

Vs. Critter

Vs. Flying
Requires Pet Level: 10

100% Hit Chance 


Rushes to the enemy on a stream of water, dealing 295 Aquatic damage.


This move always goes first.

Vs. Elemental

Vs. Magic
Requires Pet Level: 2

Fills the area with a healing mist, causing your front pet to restore 157 health every round.


Lasts 3 rounds. Persists through pet swaps.

Requires Pet Level: 15

Reduces up to 98.5 damage from each attack against you.


Lasts 5 rounds.

3 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 4

100% Hit Chance 


Causes a whirlpool to form under the enemy pet.


In two rounds, the opponent's pet will take 591 Aquatic damage and be rooted for 2 rounds.

Vs. Elemental

Vs. Magic
5 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 20

Next round, your active pet will be healed for 50% of its maximum health.


Passive: Purity 

Harmful damage over time effects are reduced by 50% on Aquatic pets.


Damage Taken 

50% from Flying abilities

33% from Undead abilities

Terokkar Forest — Outland
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Site MVPGwenolyn 
Rating: +19   [Report]
I took up fishing just for this pet. Thank you Blizz for making fishing a pet friendly skill. Seven fishing pets and counting. Keep 'em coming.

Wonder if they will ever make a cooking pet. A Gingerbread Boy perhaps?
Sep 29, 2009 at 8:49pm | Edits: 2 | Aerie Peak-US | Pets: 913 Compare collections | Score: 5462
Site MVPCoy 
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I finally got Mr. Pinchy after countless hours of fishing schools. 2 wishes in, still no pet.

It was minutes before my 3rd wish was available when my friend invited me to come to Silithus with him to witness him earning the Thunderfury. I save my wish and wait patiently for his achievement to be announced in our guild.

As soon as it happened, I right-clicked Mr. Pinchy and got an achievement of my own! I now refer to his new sword as "Thunderstolen," Blessed Blade of the Windseeker.
Sep 4, 2012 at 5:14pm | Edits: 0 | Exodar-US | Pets: 928 Compare collections | Score: 5212
Top RaterPoppae11 
Rating: +3   [Report]

For those encountering Magical Crawdad and Singing Sunflower in PVP, counter with a Gilnean raven on your team or the Jademist Dancer.

Feb 27, 2015 at 5:14pm | Edits: 0 | Moonrunner-US | Pets: 621 Compare collections | Score: 3648
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Unlike what his description says, you don't have to have fishing 430 to catch Mr. Pinchy! I just caught him on my Warrior whom had fishing 124 on the cast that landed him. I also got lucky in being rewarded with the Magical Crawdad box on my first wish! Thanks Mr. Pinchy!

May 22, 2014 at 5:47pm | Edits: 0 | Wildhammer-EU | Pets: 799 Compare collections | Score: 4052
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@ Shrew: It's not a glitch, nor is it a downside. Read the tooltip of Wish, it says it heals the active pet. So if you want to switch the Crawdad out immediately after using Wish, switch to a pet that could use a heal, as the Wish will hit the pet you switch to, not the Crawdad.

Feb 16, 2014 at 11:08am | Edits: 1 | Alexstrasza-US | Pets: 462 Compare collections | Score: 2450
Top RaterFaerdin 
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This little guy was one of my first pets. He isn't entirely necessary once you find more aggressive counters to Undead or Elementals, and he sees a lot less action now, but I wouldn't be where I am without my Magical Crawdad, Jacques. There is no enemy too terrible for the Crawdad to face down.


Also, having this pet in your team effectively renders your enemy's Unborn Val'kyr (And a wide variety of other Undead pets) utterly and completely useless.

Dec 7, 2014 at 8:22am | Edits: 0 | Medivh-US | Pets: 601 Compare collections | Score: 2930
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This is by far the most underated pet.  I have this pet as the number 1 battle pet.  When I first saw it - I thought ...yeah..right.  Then I lost a few times with it while leveling.  But I stuck with it then got to level 20.  Wish....woh.  The combo on this pet and its ability to heal other pets - made this the first game changer pet.  GET IT!  I actually like hit looks and think a face re-do would make it exceptional.

Feb 12, 2014 at 11:16am | Edits: 1 | Azjol-Nerub-US | Pets: 609 Compare collections | Score: 2963
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This was the first battle pet I got up to 25 and I still use him regurarly for PvP and PvE.


Abilities I use:




Shell Sheild





Anytime he gets to half health use wish. Abilities like swarm or a poison tick do very little damage with shell shield. Snap is a fairly weak ability so it can make for slow battles but he rocks. 



Down side: Unless this is a glitch, if you use Wish (1 round ability) but then swap him out, Wish will NOT heal him while he is in the back. 

Nov 26, 2013 at 6:09pm | Edits: 0 | Arathor-US | Pets: 563 Compare collections | Score: 2792
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This guy's a stud.  Leveled him from 1 to 25 and he was almost always pretty much my tank.  Crazy health, nice heals, and good steady damage make him a formidable, if unspectacular, part of any team.  Mine is named "Mssr Pinchy".

Feb 26, 2013 at 4:38pm | Edits: 0 | Grizzly Hills-US | Pets: 620 Compare collections | Score: 2948
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It might not be the easiest pet to get, but if you are serious about battling and levelling your pets, you CANT go without the Magical Crawdad.  I would argue this guy is the single most useful pet in the game for blowing through single-player content and it can even SOLO a couple of pandaria trainers. Wish being a ridiculously great heal, a huge health pool to abuse said heal, shell armor to basically nullify stampedes and other DoTs - this immovable wall will make your game EZ mode.

Dec 19, 2012 at 11:38am | Edits: 0 | Wyrmrest Accord-US | Pets: 557 Compare collections | Score: 2702
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Mr. Pinchy makes a great power leveler for your team. With his area heals that last three rounds (you can switch another character in for two of those rounds), and his "Wish" that heals the next battle pet for 50 percent of their hit points, Mr. Pinchy makes an excellent cleric for your battle pet party. 

Oct 15, 2012 at 1:43am | Edits: 0 | Feathermoon-US | Pets: 525 Compare collections | Score: 2688
Site MVPFajita_falcon 
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I worked my fingers to the bone, labored day in and day out, walked up hill (in the snow) both ways, just to get this pet. Now that I have him, I find myself missing the journey; the end result is awesome but uneventful. Blizzard, give me another impossible pet, please. I live for the road.
Nov 10, 2010 at 6:55am | Edits: 1 | Wyrmrest Accord-US | Pets: 888 Compare collections | Score: 4647
Top RaterSharken 
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I live in Louisiana so I [b]HAD[/b] to have it!
Got Magical Crawdad on my first wish.
Mar 12, 2010 at 2:04pm | Edits: 6 | Vek'nilash-US | Pets: 880 Compare collections | Score: 5266
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Do you have to fish for this in those Schools or the waters fine aswel?

Sep 29, 2017 at 5:43pm | Edits: 0 | Kazzak-EU | Pets: 269 Compare collections | Score: 1231
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1147 casts in the big lake making the circle around and around and around....


800+ crawdads caught....61 crates...


Finally got Mr. Pinchy....first 2 wishes, Bupkis....3rd wish, bingo!


Stoned him to 25 instantly, with the team heal, the wish heal, and Surge which always goes first...he's a nice little pet


Took 11 hours total start to finish at 800 fishing skill, with Twilight Angler pole, and Fishing Hat Buff.... I was well over 1000 skill................................................. seems pretty RNG to me

Jul 28, 2017 at 4:36am | Edits: 0 | Dalaran-US | Pets: 910 Compare collections | Score: 5447
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Got mine this morning. I fished for less than an hour on the lake in Skettis and got the box. This morning I used my second wish and got the pet. It's clearly all about luck, but the good thing is that you seem to be able to farm there without too much interference from other players.

Jun 9, 2017 at 8:49am | Edits: 0 | Kil'jaeden-US | Pets: 589 Compare collections | Score: 2679
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Got Mr. Pinchy in TWO casts, and magical crawdad box on the first roll.  Am I the luckiest man alive?

Jun 6, 2017 at 2:30pm | Edits: 0 | Stormrage-US | Pets: 386 Compare collections | Score: 1715
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Before 'Battle Pets', back during The Burning Crusade, this was one of the coolest and toughest companion pets anyone could get.

I don't have numbers or stats on getting him, but from my own personal experience, it was quite an effort to finally get it.  First thing was getting your Outlands flying skill, the first place flying was introduced.  Then you had to compete with players to fish up Mr.Pinchy.  I had to capture him 3 times, so on the 9th wish I got my Magical Crawdad.

Feb 19, 2017 at 3:08pm | Edits: 1 | Ravencrest-US | Pets: 500 Compare collections | Score: 2528
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Don't be fooled by all the "it took me *insert low ammount of time measure here*". Farmed this for about an hour, and after 100 furious crawdad, 1 goldenscale vendorfish, 33 golden darter, 1 spotted feltail, 3 huge spotted feltail, 6 inscribed scrollcase, 9 mote of water and 7 curious crate... no mr. pinchy. 

update: came to try again and got mr. Pinchy on my 6th pool or so, it also dropped the magical crawdad on the first use. If you're unlucky just leave it and try another day I guess.

Feb 4, 2017 at 4:24pm | Edits: 1 | Nemesis-US | Pets: 384 Compare collections | Score: 1893
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They are still dropping... I caught Mr. Pinchy after about 25 minutes fishing (big lake with island in middle), not sure if it mattered but I did use lure with combined fishing of 1135.  Magical Crawdad dropped on first attempted, will update if I get more than one from the box.  I'm looking foward to fighting this one as it has been frequently mentioned, esp. in PvP battles. UPDATE: only the one dropped, other two "wishes" gave buffs.

Sep 24, 2016 at 8:38pm | Edits: 1 | Dalaran-US | Pets: 845 Compare collections | Score: 5010
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