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Guardian Cub

Guardian Cub
Guardian Cub
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Vendor: Auction House

Guardian Cub
Guardian Cub
Binds when used
Use: Teaches you how to summon this companion.
Want it Want it | Got it | Exclude — Community: 37.4% have it
Neutral Neutral
Air (flies alongside flying mount)

Sniffs the air, looks about, spreads its wings and yawns, rears up on its hind legs, does a back flip while idle in flight.

Pit-pattering footsteps; vocalizations (periodic and on-click)

Requires purchase from Blizzard Store.
3 allowed
Patch 4.2.2 | Posted: November 1, 2011
The Guardian Cub is a mini-pet version of the Winged Guardian.

This pet was purchasable from the Blizzard Store, however it was retired in 2014

The Guardian Cub was a very unique store pet. It was account-bound for the first 24 hours after purchasing it, and players could only sell/trade the Blizzard Store item after the 24 hours was up.

Although it's no longer available in the Blizzard Store, players can still occasionally find this pet for sale on the in-game Auction House. The 24 hour trading restriction no longer applies.
Level 0: Health 0Power 0Speed 0
Requires Pet Level: 1

100% Hit Chance 


Attacks the enemy with 1-3 blades of wind, dealing 197 Flying damage per attack.

Vs. Aquatic

Vs. Dragonkin
Requires Pet Level: 10

100% Hit Chance 


Bites the enemy with Onyx teeth, dealing 433 Magic damage.

Vs. Flying

Vs. Mechanical
Requires Pet Level: 2

100% Hit Chance 


A fierce roar deals 197 Beast damage and enrages the user, increasing the damage they deal by 25% for 3 rounds.

Vs. Critter

Vs. Flying
Requires Pet Level: 15

100% Hit Chance 


A sharp wind gust deals 354 Flying damage instantly and 78 Flying damage every round for 2 rounds. Persists through pet swaps.

Vs. Aquatic

Vs. Dragonkin
1 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 4

100% Hit Chance 


Deals 492 Flying damage, but increases the damage you take for 1 round by 25%.

Vs. Aquatic

Vs. Dragonkin
5 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 20

Creates a cyclone which has a 35% chance to deal 137 Flying damage to the enemy team each round.


Lasts 5 rounds.

Vs. Aquatic

Vs. Dragonkin


Flying creatures gain 50% extra speed while above 50% health.


Damage Taken 

50% from Magic abilities

33% from Beast abilities

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Rating: +6   [Report]
The firefly-attacking animation ends with a very kitten-like faceplant. I squee'd.
Nov 2, 2011 at 12:00am | Edits: 0 | Shu'halo-US | Pets: 665 Compare collections | Score: 3329
Rating: +3   [Report]

I bought one today (12/12/12).  I can confirm that this is now an account-wide pet; I can see and use it on other characters than the one it was "bound" to.  I can also right-click it and "Put In Cage", though we'll see if I still can after 24 hours.

Dec 13, 2012 at 2:19am | Edits: 1 | Madoran-US | Pets: 604 Compare collections | Score: 3486
Rating: +3   [Report]
I bought the pet to see if I could get a decent gold>dollar conversion rate on my server, and someone priced it down to around 14k, so I learned the pet. I love the pet itself, but I think it was an experiment by Blizzard to how we will react to buying gold, even indirectly.
Nov 3, 2011 at 9:24pm | Edits: 0 | Baelgun-US | Pets: 420 Compare collections | Score: 1896
Site MVPDrozil 
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The Guardian Cub was discontinued in June 2014. The pet was made account-bound, so if you get your hands on one, it will be available to your alts as well. I like having this fellow out when I ride my Winged Guardian.


When it was first removed from the Pet Store, the item was selling on Warsong-US for 10K. I rarely see it at auction for less than 15-20K now, and it will continue to go up as they get rarer, so if you see one for less than 20K, buy it. It is cageable, too, so if you get desperate for gold, you can likely sell it after a while for more than you paid.


But you'd have to be pretty desperate, because this fellow is fun to have around.

Dec 6, 2014 at 10:20pm | Edits: 0 | Warsong-US | Pets: 465 Compare collections | Score: 2588
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The sound it makes is a little "Rawr!" As if he was actually saying it!
Nov 2, 2011 at 6:27pm | Edits: 0 | Borean Tundra-US | Pets: 639 Compare collections | Score: 2884
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I'm sad that not all my alts can have this one as well as my main to go along with their winged guardian mounts.
Nov 1, 2011 at 9:15pm | Edits: 1 | Skywall-US | Pets: 892 Compare collections | Score: 5267
Top RaterWeasei 
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This pet is available at the online store for 10$, 10 euros, or 8 GBP.
For your money you get only one pet for your whole account (other pet store pets give you the pet automatically on all characters). Prior to purchase you choose the character that should receive the pet.

This pet is the first item which can be legitimately bought with real money and sold on for in-game currency.
Nov 1, 2011 at 6:14pm | Edits: 0 | Khadgar-EU | Pets: 810 Compare collections | Score: 4215
Rating: +1   [Report]
I LOVE this pet. His animations are adorable and varied! Also when you click on him several times (besides the adorable baby growls) he actually lets out a rather grown-up roar!
Nov 17, 2011 at 10:49pm | Edits: 0 | Tichondrius-US | Pets: 564 Compare collections | Score: 2820
Site MVPKamtastic 
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the lil guy also nips at a firefly-like bug as part of his animation.
Nov 1, 2011 at 9:18pm | Edits: 0 | Garrosh-US | Pets: 845 Compare collections | Score: 5054
Top RaterDeadrun 
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I'm so happy I kept him, one look at him swatting butterflies and his big doofy grin melts my hearts. 

Jul 19, 2016 at 9:29am | Edits: 0 | Zul'jin-US | Pets: 602 Compare collections | Score: 3010
Top RaterShrewd 
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Only one available on the Auction House on Alexstrasza...85,000 gold...that's allot.

Jan 13, 2015 at 12:40pm | Edits: 0 | Alexstrasza-US | Pets: 667 Compare collections | Score: 3660
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I got on here and was kind of freaking out because the last guy said this was discontinued in June 2014, but I just searched my AH and got one for 13.5k. He's also already level 12, so I'm pretty happy with that.

Dec 19, 2014 at 10:57pm | Edits: 0 | Eldre'Thalas-US | Pets: 544 Compare collections | Score: 2637
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Late night AH browse to see if I can find a good deal on any of the few pets I don't have... and I came across this guy. Wasn't familiar with it originally and saw the post about him no longer being available in pet store so I scooped him up right away. 2,500g is all it cost me, think I got myself a steal for once!

Nov 10, 2014 at 4:54am | Edits: 0 | Skullcrusher-US | Pets: 660 Compare collections | Score: 3683
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"the Guardian Cub is a single-use item, so players will need to purchase one cub for each character they wish to give the companion. "


Is this account-wide? 


" can confirm that this is now an account-wide pet; I can see and use it on other characters than the one it was "bound" to."


Account-wide even after 24 hrs and you can put it in a cage again (after >24 hours)?

Oct 7, 2014 at 5:32am | Edits: 1 | Frostmourne-US | Pets: 577 Compare collections | Score: 3032
Top RaterSweetdr0ps 
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yes, removed a month or two ago, currently avail only through trade or ah, value around 15kish

Sep 3, 2014 at 8:30pm | Edits: 1 | The Forgotten Coast-US | Pets: 917 Compare collections | Score: 5041
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I am not seeing this pet in the store.  Has it been removed?

Aug 29, 2014 at 1:40pm | Edits: 0 | Blackwater Raiders-US | Pets: 278 Compare collections | Score: 1316
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Get him while you can because he's TOTALLY worth it. He's so cute-especially when he chases butterflies. And if you get the Winged Guardian mount they just look spectacular together!

Jun 7, 2014 at 2:21pm | Edits: 0 | Auchindoun-US | Pets: 489 Compare collections | Score: 2256
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love this little guy! Cuteness + power = total win! I named him Falkor after the flying dog-ish creature from Neverending Story because that's immediately what I thought of when I first saw his picture on the website. <3

Jun 23, 2013 at 12:08am | Edits: 0 | Thunderhorn-US | Pets: 887 Compare collections | Score: 5308
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Originally, I wasn't a fan of this pet, but he isn't too shabby in a battle!  And at least the Guardian Cub doesn't look as goofy as the Quilen Cub.

Apr 16, 2013 at 3:28am | Edits: 0 | Thrall-US | Pets: 605 Compare collections | Score: 2941
Site MVPElende 
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It is that time of year-- I named this utterly adorable little guy Moonraiser, after the winged lion King of the Isle of Misfit Toys (Rudolph, anyone?)!  : >  Kind of a big name for such tiny shoulders, but I think he can handle it!  So glad he turned out to be account wide.

Dec 19, 2012 at 10:07am | Edits: 0 | Madoran-US | Pets: 531 Compare collections | Score: 2627
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Still a little clumsy, this tiny winged lion is learning how to be the best mount it can be!
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