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Core Hound Pup

Core Hound Pup
Core Hound Pup
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Promotion: Authenticator Account Link

Core Hound Pup
Core Hound Pup
Binds when picked up
Use: Teaches you how to summon this companion.
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Neutral Neutral

Hops around and rolls over, rears up on hind legs, and fights over a bone.

Fiery blaze (on summon); pit-pattering footsteps; vocalizations (periodic and on-click)

Special promotion.
1 allowed
Wrath of the Lich King
Patch 3.3.0 | Posted: December 9, 2009

This pet is received via an in-game mail sent to all characters (current and future) on all accounts tied to a account that has been linked to a Blizzard Authenticator. If the authenticator is removed from a account, the Core Hound Pup will disappear from the collection of all of characters associated with the account. If an authenticator is reattached, the pet will be re-mailed to all characters. If you switch authenticators while in-game, the pet will remain intact.

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

100% Hit Chance 


Scratches the enemy, dealing 394 Critter damage.

Vs. Undead

Vs. Humanoid
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
3 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 2

100% Hit Chance 


A distant howl frightens the target, increasing the damage they take on the next attack by 100%, lasts 2 rounds.

4 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 15

Increases your chance to dodge an attack by 100%.


Lasts 1 round.

Requires Pet Level: 4

100% Hit Chance 


Blasts the enemy with fire, dealing 413 Elemental damage.

Vs. Mechanical

Vs. Critter
4 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 20

100% Hit Chance 


Burrow under the ground, becoming unattackable for one round.


On the next round, you attack, dealing 591 Beast damage.

Vs. Critter

Vs. Flying


Elementals ignore all negative weather effects. Enemy pets can still gain the beneficial effects from weather when facing an elemental.


Damage Taken 

50% from Aquatic abilities

33% from Mechanical abilities

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So they are getting rid of the authenicator so what happens to the pet.

Dec 8, 2023 at 6:54pm | Edits: 0 | Proudmoore-us | Pets: 1544 Compare collections | Score: 12352
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just did authenticatur and got pet, now i wonder if cancel , will pet disappear, hmm

Aug 24, 2018 at 6:37pm | Edits: 0 | Garona-us | Pets: 1124 Compare collections | Score: 8979
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I just got mine today from Bizzard. So you can still get an Authenticator and get this really great pet.

Jan 9, 2018 at 12:59am | Edits: 0 | Eldre'Thalas-us | Pets: 882 Compare collections | Score: 5277
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Just received a mail from Blizzard to activate the authenticator, and the pet is still available, in case someone is still wondering.


Dunno actually if it's worth it or not though

Jul 18, 2017 at 5:30am | Edits: 1 | Draenor-eu | Pets: 651 Compare collections | Score: 3310
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Did not properly appreciate this little guy until I got his final ability.  When I did, he became the heavy hitter of his team, able to 1 shot almost any wild pet opponent if I howled before a hit.  His adorable resting animations are just a bonus.

Sep 1, 2014 at 5:48pm | Edits: 0 | Shadow Council-us | Pets: 563 Compare collections | Score: 2858
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Can you still get this pet? If so can someone link me to the right authenticator to buy or is it just with any authenticator

Aug 15, 2014 at 8:17am | Edits: 0 | Suramar-us | Pets: 1034 Compare collections | Score: 5727
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i need to reactivate my authenticator to get mine back. anyone got any team suggestions for this guy?

Jan 11, 2014 at 11:41pm | Edits: 0 | Zul'jin-us | Pets: 493 Compare collections | Score: 2175
Top RaterKuddles 
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This pet is directly attached to your authenticator, not your account, which means if you remove authenticator, Core Hound no longer will be available in game. It will became grey on your battle pets list and you won't be able to summon him even just as companion, until you re-activate the authenticator (mobile or keyring) or buy a new one. It will count for your captured pets though, despite the fact it is greyed and all his current stats and level will be preserved until you can reactivate him.

Dec 10, 2013 at 11:59am | Edits: 0 | Quel'Thalas-us | Pets: 1179 Compare collections | Score: 8880
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This guy is an Elemental, so he has strong defense vs Mechanical abilities, and he also has Burn which is a powerful attack against mechanicals. Might be useful vs mechanicals hmm?

Oct 4, 2013 at 9:43pm | Edits: 0 | Kilrogg-us | Pets: 192 Compare collections | Score: 892
Top RaterAmritasya 
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I named mine AlmostFerocious.  He's trying his best.

Jul 27, 2013 at 1:40pm | Edits: 0 | Silvermoon-us | Pets: 1058 Compare collections | Score: 8461
Top RaterFlorasia 
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I love this pet. Everytime I make a char I always couldn't wait to go to the mail box and go get him. Now with MoP out I don't have to go to the mail box anymore but I always try to summon him when someone else has him. I also love all of the emotions that he does it makes the pet more fun and interactive :D Happy Collecting :D 

Feb 19, 2013 at 3:01pm | Edits: 0 | Cairne-us | Pets: 811 Compare collections | Score: 3906
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With the introduction of pet genders to this site, I have found out that my core hound pup is female. Will now be changing her name to whatever variation of "Flaming B*tch" the game will allow :)

Jan 22, 2013 at 6:30pm | Edits: 0 | Elune-us | Pets: 827 Compare collections | Score: 5199
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I love this pet he packs quite a punch. He will be on my main team untill I find another that can woop him like a dog.

Dec 18, 2012 at 10:16am | Edits: 0 | Bladefist-us | Pets: 516 Compare collections | Score: 2669
Top RaterAubreebree 
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I like the incentive for getting an authenticator. If you think about it, we really cared about getting the pet for our collection and now all our Blizzard games are more protected from hackers.
It really is a great pet too. I use him a lot!
Jun 30, 2012 at 1:38pm | Edits: 0 | Alterac Mountains-us | Pets: 732 Compare collections | Score: 3662
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I think its awesome that they decided to add this little one as a "reward" for getting the Authenticator.
Mar 28, 2012 at 4:53am | Edits: 0 | Lightbringer-eu | Pets: 308 Compare collections | Score: 1414
Site MVPXanderian 
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To all the GM's and Officers out there, as a GM myself, I have started to enforce some new rules regarding promotions and permissions in our guild and its bank. I have found it extremely useful to ask members of my guild to prove the security of their accounts by summoning their Core Hound Pup. For some insight into how to apply this to your guild, please read the "Promotions" section on our site. Guild Policies
May 25, 2010 at 4:49am | Edits: 4 | Proudmoore-us | Pets: 769 Compare collections | Score: 4027
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I'd like to correct a previous post and say that, yes, the Pup DOES interact with the fetch ball. I love playing fetch with my pup.
Apr 4, 2010 at 1:23am | Edits: 0 | Hellscream-us | Pets: 565 Compare collections | Score: 2789
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You get this pet when you get an authenticator. It comes in the mail from Breanni. The core hound pup is very cute, and makes a good guard dog, he likes to stand on back legs, dig and fight over a bone, and i havent seen him do it but ive been told he rolls over.
Feb 21, 2010 at 4:02pm | Edits: 0 | Malygos-us | Pets: 157 Compare collections | Score: 711
Top RaterPhaedra 
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Since you only get this little guy if you have an Authenticator tied to your account, some guilds are using him as a security feature on the guild bank: people don't get access until they show their Corehound Pup pet.
Feb 12, 2010 at 10:56pm | Edits: 0 | Gilneas-us | Pets: 1068 Compare collections | Score: 7117
Site MVPVephriel 
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The Core Hound is most likely modelled after Cerberus - the mythical beast who guards the gates of hell.

Since we now receive a Core Hound pet along with having an Authenticator, you could say that it's the one guarding your account from potential threats. :)
Dec 10, 2009 at 3:30pm | Edits: 0 | Wyrmrest Accord-us | Pets: 1735 Compare collections | Score: 13873
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Found in the Firelands and the Molten Core, core hounds can trace their lineage back to the alpha male, Magmadar.
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