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Stable Talk: Juggling Penguins

One day someone like me is gonna kill you and your whole #@$%ing race.

With Patch 4.2 releasing, hunters and poachers everywhere are getting hyped up for these new exotic pets coming out! Or, are they? By turning the process of stalking these potential pets into challenges in-game, there MUST be some sort of reward for making them your pet or fur coat right? RIGHT!?

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Patch 4.2 will be releasing 10 “new” beasts. Five spiders, 3 spirit beasts, a camo-crab and a “blinged out” black panther that is obviously Blizzard’s attempt to spread the ideology of proletarian internationalism! ; ) Exciting, right!? Well, I got an amazingly hilarious joke for you. What’s got two thumbs and isn’t very giddy about this whatsoever? And is also in need of another oil rubbing? This person! (Points at self). Okay, so maybe it’s not as funny as I promised.

But, on a serious note, let’s talk about what we’re really getting here. First, we get the five identical spiders that differ only by the color of their limbs. Look, if I wanted five different flavors of the same crap I would buy a bag of Skittles or rent one of the Kardashian sisters. Yes, there are actually five of those. But hey, I hear if you catch all 5 spiders and put them in your active stable, there is a chance that, with their powers combined, they’ll summon Warcraft’s greatest champion, Captain Azeroth! He does have an uncanny resemblance to Captain Planet.

THE POWER IS YOURS!

Then, we have the 3 “new” spirit beasts. Two have the same skin, but different colors ( /gasp!) and both of these share the same skin as Gondria, the spirit beast found in Zul Drak which is arguably the crummiest looking of all spirit beasts. The third spirit beast though, is an owl and happens to be the only one I have my eyes on. It’s green, ghostly and comes with a pretty cool looking wing-flap effect. I have decided to capture this beast and name it Navarro (to continue my spirit beast naming scheme =P ).

Next, we have the Hunched Black Gem Cat and the Gem Crab named Karkin. Do this, picture Shadow Link, turn him into a panther and merge him with a rock Pokemon. Now you know exactly what the Black Gem Cat looks like. The Gem Crab looks pretty cool in my opinion. It has a black / white camouflage color scheme with tangerine eyes and a magma bald spot. Awesome. Unfortunately, it’s a Tenacity pet and who really uses Tenacity pets for anything other than leveling? Oh well. Enjoy your stable spot ‘till next expansion, Karkin!

These are the 10 new pets arriving with patch 4.2. In the end, unless these pets are given unique talents, then the only real excitement to be had with these pets are the challenges that are required to catch them. Yes, apparently each of these beasts will require you to partake in various rigorous tasks before you can successfully tame them. For example, when you approach the Camo-Crab, it will ask you to cut down the tallest tree in the forest with a herring. If you fail to do so, then you will be sacked.

BUT, if you somehow manage to emerge victorious from such daring challenges, what will be your reward? If you tame them, obviously your reward is the pet itself. But, what if you lop off their heads with an axe? What super-secret spoils will the beasts contain inside? The answer you seek is not known by this man. But, I believe it should be something pretty neat seeing that you had to sing the alphabet backwards while juggling penguins in order to reach the summit where said beast sleeps to await its demise. And if indeed it is something worthwhile, then prepare yourselves my fellow Hunters for the most unpleasant rare spawn farming of your WoW lives. Don’t worry though, for the poachers will be aware of their dastardly deeds once they loot a note from the beast’s corpse that reads, “Congratulations! You’re a douche!

So, seeing that the release of 10 new pets isn’t really that exciting, what then IS exciting? How about the potential of more focus on Hunter Pets? Cause let’s face it, for the most part, pets are nothing more than a DPS increase. Maybe this is a way for Blizzard to test out the waters in possibly doing something more with pets (in this case, rare pets). So, what are some things that can be added to make pets more interesting? This is a heavy loaded question so let’s lighten it up a bit by being a tad bit more specific. What can be added, in game, for Hunters to do to make the acquiring of exotic beasts a bit more interesting? Well, during a conversation with Nitsu (the other Porchmonkey; Arena Team), he came up with borrowing an idea from the world of Pokemon. How about trading them!?

Nitsu, Me and my first pet ever tamed.

Let’s look at this a bit more closely because this can really be interesting. Giving Hunters the ability to trade pets is just plain ingenious! Plenty of reasons come to mind to back up my statement.

  • No two people have the same amount of time to farm a rare spawn.
  • Everyone’s patience and spinal cords has a limit.
  • Some people get really lucky.
  • Some people have no luck at all.

In the end, it’s really all luck based. I might find the pet you’ve always wanted, twice in one week, when it might have taken you 3 weeks to find the same damn beast if at all! And by making pets tradable, I can now trade you my extra lava turtle for that wicked scorpion you found in Uldum.

We can even take an extra step here. How about being able to “adopt” pets as well? This idea is for those Hunters who have absolutely no luck or may not have the time to farm rare spawns but really want one! So, for those Hunters who have nothing to offer in trade could instead “adopt” a pet from another hunter for an X amount of cash. It’s like going to the pet store and buying that puppy you always wanted! Only this puppy just happens to have two heads, purple skin and suffers from ancient hysteria.

Of course, there are many other things that can be added for Hunters to make their relationships with their pets a bit more fun to endure. You know, something other than reviving them every time they accidentally pull that boss… Yes… accidentally… In regards to the challenges for the 10 new pets, I will try to have some strategies down by the next post. But until then, I will make like a tree and get outta here!

– Knight-Lieutenant Runehako

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  1. Allistrana
    June 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Nice Article, and i like the idea of “trading” pets, but that would work best is there’s MANY MANY rare spawns as tameable pets.
    I always thought Pets should have their own gear equipment… nothing specifically to increase their stats, but just to change their apperance. I would love to dress my Kitty in a Chirstmas Hat during Xmas.

  2. NotNitsu
    June 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    very nice blog but we need to see more of that nitsu guy i heard he has a lot to say about world of warcraft

  3. Mondlicht
    July 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    There need to be more pet rocks.

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