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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
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Pet Battle: [17-18] Winterspring

Season: Winter

Want it Want it | Got it | Exclude — Community: 52.2% have it
Neutral Neutral
Ground (hovers)

Flutters about.

Vocalizations (on-click)

3 allowed
Mists of Pandaria
Patch 1.12.1 | Posted: September 25, 2012

This wild pet spawns in Winterspring but only during winter months.

Starts spawning: December 21
Stops spawning: March 20

Although it was first spotted November 1, 2012 and continued to spawn until March 1, 2013, Blizzard has since changed the spawning of this pet to correspond with the Northern Hemisphere real-world seasons. This means the Snowy Owl will begin spawning at the start of the winter solstice.

Read more about this pet in our Pet of the Month!

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

100% Hit Chance 


Pokes at the enemy with a sharp beak, dealing 394 Flying damage.

Vs. Aquatic

Vs. Dragonkin
Requires Pet Level: 10

100% Hit Chance 


Flings 1-2 Quills at the enemy, dealing 197 Flying damage per hit.


Hits an additional time if the user attacks first.

Vs. Aquatic

Vs. Dragonkin
Requires Pet Level: 2

100% Hit Chance 


Lets out a loud shriek, dealing 197 Dragonkin damage and reducing the damage the target deals by 25% for 3 rounds.

Vs. Magic

Vs. Undead
5 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 15

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
3 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 4

50% Hit Chance 


Deals 788 Flying damage.


Always hits if the target is Blinded .

Vs. Aquatic

Vs. Dragonkin
4 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 20

100% Hit Chance 


Deals 591 Flying damage.


Deals double damage if the target is below 25% health.

Vs. Aquatic

Vs. Dragonkin


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


Damage Taken 

50% from Magic abilities

33% from Beast abilities

Winterspring — Kalimdor
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Official GM response from Customer Support:


Hey there!


Good question about the Snowy Owl! This year, with patch 5.3, it & the Qiraji Guardling spawns changed so that they match up with real-life calendar days for Winter & Summer.


Thus, Snowy Owl has not begun spawning on any server, & will not until Winter officially begins in the real world, Northern Hemisphere (hint: December 21st for 2013). Then you'll know when to go out and catch that feathery little guy!

Nov 3, 2013 at 8:29am | Edits: 0 | Akama-US | Pets: 763 Compare collections | Score: 3894
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Not going to lie, the people who are already searching for rares and bragging in general chat about how many they are killing are driving me insane. Why can't we all just catch one for our achievement and then either upgrade with a stone or return in a few weeks/month to hunt for a rare? Seriously, it's the first day of spawning!

Dec 21, 2013 at 4:37pm | Edits: 1 | Korgath-US | Pets: 704 Compare collections | Score: 3690
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Just captured mine, poor quality. Captured it at 2.01 GT ,just below Timbermaw Hold. Finally I have Zookeeper title :3

Dec 21, 2014 at 8:04am | Edits: 0 | Ravencrest-EU | Pets: 506 Compare collections | Score: 2261
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It seems Blizz may have changed the seasons to match the RW. If this is the case, the owl may not spawn until Dec 21st, the actual start of winter. It would make sense, since the blossoning ancient changes for each season. I was excited to get my last Kalimdor pet this morning, too :( 


Update: Found this

Nov 1, 2013 at 7:28am | Edits: 2 | Nordrassil-US | Pets: 665 Compare collections | Score: 3615
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On 2/4/16, 7:30 ET I spent less than 30 minutes collecting all three breeds.  Just flew the paths spamming this macro:



/tar Snowy Owl

/stopmacro [noexists]

/script PlaySound("RaidWarning")

/run RaidNotice_AddMessage(RaidBossEmoteFrame,"Snowy Owl!", ChatTypeInfo["RAID_WARNING"])


Now granted I didn't get a rare, but with battle stones as easy to get as they are that wasn't a big deal to me.  Best of luck!

Feb 4, 2016 at 8:03am | Edits: 1 | Lothar-US | Pets: 763 Compare collections | Score: 4556
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December 20 and I have not yet located snowy last for safari too

Dec 20, 2015 at 1:39pm | Edits: 0 | Shandris-US | Pets: 532 Compare collections | Score: 3001
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First comment since March. Dropped by in the crazy hope there was some secret way to geta Snowy Owl before December 1st, but I guess not. Only pet left for my Kalimdor Safari. 

Jul 26, 2015 at 6:07am | Edits: 0 | Thunderhorn-US | Pets: 836 Compare collections | Score: 4229
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For those of you looking, don't give up. But yeah looks like the spawn for these has been uber nerfed. Lap of Winterspring hitting all spawn spots found only one uncommon. Was on Norgannon at 7am so the zone was fairly dead. I dropped battle and let a near by Dwarf named Itess catch it, got her achiv. I'm just trying to catch a rare of all wild pets, only have 3 preWoD to get. Snowy Owl, Minifernal, Wanderer's Festival Hatchling. Wish this was a achiv.

Dec 23, 2014 at 7:44am | Edits: 0 | Stormreaver-US | Pets: 689 Compare collections | Score: 3872
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Has anyone seen this pet come as a secondary in a battle? 

Dec 22, 2014 at 1:05am | Edits: 0 | Dalaran-US | Pets: 764 Compare collections | Score: 4007
Top RaterRoyaltara 
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...eagerly awaiting the 21st!  Just 10 more days!!  I want to complete my Kalimdor and WORLD safari's...and this is the ONLY pet I need...phreakin winter solstice!  I've been waiting for this since MAY!!


I FINALLY GOT MINE!!!  ...along with my Zookeeper title!!  WOOOT!!

Dec 11, 2014 at 11:21am | Edits: 1 | Aerie Peak-US | Pets: 706 Compare collections | Score: 4225
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Someone just told me it's December 1st

Oct 22, 2014 at 4:39pm | Edits: 0 | Staghelm-US | Pets: 546 Compare collections | Score: 2551
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Caught mine on US-Lightbringer at about 1am server. It was poor quality. Found another green one a few minutes later. Left the battle and let everyone in General know the location. It does not matter if it is green or poor, you will still need to stone, so show some love to your fellow hunters.

Dec 24, 2013 at 12:19pm | Edits: 0 | Lightbringer-US | Pets: 481 Compare collections | Score: 2340
Site MVPGhostred 
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I'm asking if I am right in thinking my SB owl is better than my PB owl. They are both poor and the same level. But the SB is listed as the better pet in my collection.


My other thought is one is male and one is female. Should I keep and stone both of them both to save for the next expansion to breed them? I wonder if we'll be able to sell our baby pets?

Dec 24, 2013 at 1:13am | Edits: 0 | Zangarmarsh-US | Pets: 494 Compare collections | Score: 2484
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They are out there. It helps to kill all other battle pets in the area of a spawn point and then camp it. While they don't share spawn points per say, the area can only have so many battle pets spawned, so by killing th other other ones (hares and chimpmunks), the server has a chance to spawn an owl. Worked for me and others I told to try it on Sargeras at around 11am pacific an uncommon one and left. Figured I would let others get theirs then come back for a rare later.

Dec 21, 2013 at 4:13pm | Edits: 0 | Sargeras-US | Pets: 829 Compare collections | Score: 4644
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Is this a primary only pet, or has someone confirmed it as a secondary pet also?

Dec 21, 2013 at 12:32pm | Edits: 0 | Proudmoore-US | Pets: 543 Compare collections | Score: 2760
Top RaterUtharkruna 
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2:00 AM GMT (UK) - Arrived in Winterspring.. the seach begins!


Have waited 5 months for this!


Update: 8:53 am - 67/43 North East of Everlook


One spotted and captured


Quality: Poor

Breed: P/B

Cap lvl: 17


Quit looking at 3am. I've done several laps since around 8:30 and still only found one!


Still it gives me 'World Safari' Ach and 'Zookeeper' Title... :)



Dec 20, 2013 at 8:59pm | Edits: 1 | Twilight's Hammer-EU | Pets: 726 Compare collections | Score: 4340
Top RaterBass 
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thru testing, tried using npc scan id 7554.This works, you have to disable any addon to do with pets. when i log on i check npc scan and snowy owl is not found.tried using flight path to see across crz and have yet to get a snowy owl to pop. evening using target macro as i was flying.At this point i would venture a guess that they are not spawning yet. I also have a ticket in with support. still waiting will edit when i get an answer.

Also had a toon doin pet daily there for 2 months and nothing

Nov 2, 2013 at 11:12am | Edits: 0 | Ysera-US | Pets: 894 Compare collections | Score: 5344
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a friend of mine and I had an idea about catching this little guy, since "winter" is quite far off. So, I made a death knight on an Oceanic server, levelled him to 60, and have him parked out in Winterspring. I'm hoping that the seasons are reversed, since they are IRL, and maybe I can catch an owl later this week. I'll post again with my findings. :D

Jun 17, 2013 at 3:56pm | Edits: 0 | Khadgar-US | Pets: 797 Compare collections | Score: 4261
Top RaterCelestya22 
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For the purpose of seasons, if you have the new Blossoming Ancient from the pet store, its summoned look changes dependant on the season (in game).


Note: You must actually summon it to get the current season to display. In the journal it always displays summer (all green foliage). 


So I'm checking it daily to see when summer rolls around. :) 

Jun 15, 2013 at 8:58am | Edits: 0 | Area 52-US | Pets: 575 Compare collections | Score: 3256
Site MVPKomi 
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After multiple battles, it seems very likely that this pet will not appear as an add to your fight. You must find an owl spawn to nab it.


Thanks to WarcraftPets for letting me know they were up; got mine (common) just after midnight up by Frostsaber Rock.


(Also saw Siam-Rotan and Rak'shiri... ah, a moment of nostalgia for the good ol' days when Winterspring was endgame content.)


If you see owls on the flight in, but then when you land, they are gone, you are a victim of cross-realm zoning. When you are flying, you're "on" one server, but when you land, you're in another, shared by all servers in your data center, not just your battlegroup. Same deal with minfernal and scourged whelpling. Best of luck to everyone!

Nov 1, 2012 at 3:47am | Edits: 2 | Muradin-US | Pets: 917 Compare collections | Score: 5197
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Winterspring's furbolg prize the brilliant white feathers of these majestic creatures for ritual purposes.
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