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Croxy's Crazy Critter Collecting Guide.

Postby Croxy » Mon 16 May 2011, 02:37 PM

Small pets, non-combat pets, companions, whatever you call them, they're a fun way to customize your character.

Whether you gotta' catch 'em all, or are looking for just the right little friend to accompany you in your adventures, I will attempt to lead you in the right direction.

This guide is written from the horde perspective, since that is the guild's faction.

Blizzard is constantly adding new pets. I'm trying to keep these posts small to allow for additions and edits. This will be a continual process, even after I have completed the sections. Be sure to check back from time to time.

Tips and Tricks:

Resources:
    http://www.warcraftpets.com is hands-down the best resource out there for pet collectors. It has some wonderful guides, information on pets and where to find them, and even the ability to track your own personal collection. Refer to it as often as you like. I simply cannot stress enough how instrumental this site was, and still is, to building my current collection.

    http://www.wowhead.com is another very useful site. If you've singled out one particular companion, Wowhead offers great information on drop rates. And the comments can keep you determined if the RNG is not being your friend.

Farming:
    Before heading out on a farming expedition, always make sure to visit a major city to clear as much space in your bags as possible. Put anything you don't need immediately in your banks. Don't forget to vendor any useless items you don't want to keep.

    Keeping your bags free means fewer trips to a nearby city to hawk any items you acquire. You will be amazed quickly your inventory will fill up.

    Another thing you will want to do while clearing your pets is to double check your preferred resource on source of your "prey." This can save you the frustration of going out and killing many of the wrong enemy, only to discover later, you should have gone north. ;)

    Familiarize yourself yourself with the area you will be farming. Make note of nearby towns, vendors, and mailboxes. Knowing where you're going will help save time and increase the time spent killing the particular baddie/baddies that drop your soon-to-be beloved friend.

    Take breaks! This seems counter-intuitive given the advice from above, but getting too frustrated with any task can take it's toll, and pet collecting is no exception. Don't let a vanity item ruin your fun of the game!

    Be courteous! In your travels you will be coming across players who need the very same mob that drops your pet for a quest. Let them have the kills. You do not know how long you will be in the area, while their duration is greatly dependant on the availability of quest mobs. There are many things you can do during this time. If other enemies drop the pet, simply move on. Or you could head to town to take care of business. You could always take a short afk. You could even help them with their quest. Whatever you do, DO NOT KILL STEAL!

Auction Houses:
    Being horde-side, there are quite a few pets that we simply cannot get through the original means. This means that for several companions, we have to rely on auctions.

    Check both the horde and neutral Auction Houses before buying. Pets are actually fairly common commodity on both. Chances are that for the more common of factional pets can be found on both at any given time. However, your beloved Cornish Rex may be anywhere from between a few to 50 gold cheaper on one or the other. Gold may be easier to come by these days, but if you're a poorer collector, the difference could make or break the deal.

    Watch the prices. Auction addons could be very useful in this area. Prices fluctuate depending on many, many factors. One item may be a much better price on Friday evenings due to flooding in the market. Another may be much cheaper on Wednesdays due to the habits of a certain crafter. The same is true of pets.

    Any time you see a pet listed that you have not seen before, check Warcraftpets or Wowhead for the source of them. Some people like to take advantage of the general populace's lack-of-information to make some extra gold. Educate yourself.

Misc:

    Many pets can be crafted. To this end, try to foster a good relationship with the various crafters. They will be more willing to work with you in the future. This goes for all aspects, not just pets. Farm the mats for them. Offer to pass off pet recipes free of charge. Tip. Be friendly and polite. It's not just good manners, it's good business sense.

    Be patient. RNG doesn't always go your way. You may luck out with that new pet only a few kills in. It may take you days,weeks, or even months before you see it. Don't give up! Move on to another goal if you need a break, but don't give up on the drop completely. You may just find it on the auction house at a decent price. Or it may be the very next drop when you go back to farming.

    Don't let your very human habit of applying peronas to very non-human creatures/concepts discourage you. The RNG is not sentinent or sapient. It has no instincts, likes/dislikes, bias, etc. It is random. Either you'll get the drop or you won't. There is no shortcut. No tricks. Nothing that can change that.

    There are misconceptions about how drop rates work that can lead to unneeded frustration. Say a certain item has a drop rate of 1/100. While statistics say that the closer you get to 100 kills, the more likely you are to see the item drop, it certainly doesn't garuntee it. The drop rate is not a magic number. If you kill 100 of the right npc, you are not due for anything in particular to drop. The drop rate remains constant no matter how many kills you get in. It is 1/100 at kill number 1 and 1/100 at kill number 1,368. This means that pet is just as likely to show up in the beginning as it is in the end.

    Do be an achievement hound!



Lastly, try to decide for yourself. Only you know whether a certain pet is worth the method of gaining it. No on else can decide for you.

Index:

    1. Real World Methods.
    a) Collector's Editions
    b) Trading Card Game
    c) Blizzard Pet Store
    d) Various
    2. Various In Game Methods-Part 1.
    a)Personal Achievements
    b)Guild Achievements
    c) Argent Tournament
    d) Auction Houses
    3. Vendors.
    a) General Vendors
    a1) Eastern Kingdoms
    a2) Kalimdor
    a3) Outlands
    a4) Northrend
    b) Reputation Vendors
    4. Drops.
    a) Pets from certain enemies
    b) Zone Drops
    c) Dungeons
    5. Various In Game Methods-Part 2
    a) Quests
    b) Professions
    b1) Archaeology
    b2) Enchanting
    b3) Engineering
    b4) Fishing
    b5) Mining
    6. Seasonal
    a) Darkmoon Faire
    b) Love Is In the Air
    c) Noblegarden
    d) Children's Week
    e) Midsummer Fire Festival
    f) Brewfest
    g) Hallow's End
    h) Pilgrim's Bounty
    i) Winter Veil
    7. Special
    a) Raptor Nests
    b) Miscellaneous
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Re: Croxy's Crazy Critter Collecting Guide.

Postby Croxy » Mon 16 May 2011, 04:36 PM

Now that you have a few cards up your sleeve for starting or expanding your pet collection, let's take a look at the various ways pets are gained.


Real-world methods:
Let's get this one out of the way first. These are actually some of the most controversial methods as they deal with gaining in-game items for real world money. First off, let me be clear: Blizzard has so far been very careful not to offer any item in their store, that will give anybody an advantage in dungeons, raiding, or pvp. Actually, they don't offer such advantages to any from any outside-the-game source at all.

Blizzcon: Attendees of this annual event often gain in-game vanity items such as mounts and pets. Lately, they've extended these offers to those who purchase virtual tickets, as well. The pets are almost always some variation of a murloc pet. But you don't go to Blizzcon for the pets. ;)

While you are unable to purchase tickets retroactively, you may find a few codes for the pets and mounts floating on places such as E-Bay.

Collector's Editions:

Collcetor's Editions of the games have been around since vanilla. Fortunately, all pets are still obtainable by simply purchasing and upgrading your account to the collector's edition.

CE's are more expensive than the regular version of the game. It can be hard to justify buying one if you already have a copy of that particular expansion. However, you gain more than just a pet. Each comes with maps, artbooks, etc.

There is one that seems very odd. People who bought the Collector's Edition of Starcraft II gained an ingame pet for World of Warcraft, the Mini Thor.

Pets that can be gained by this method:

    Original World of Warcraft Collector's Edition: Panda Cub, Mini Diablo, and Zergling
    As far as I know, you can only choose one of these pets.

    Burning Crusade Expansion Pack Collector's Edition: Netherwhelp

    Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Collector's Edition:Frosty

    Cataclysm Expansion Collector's Edition:Lil' Deathwing

    Starcraft II Collector's Edition:Mini Thor

World Of Warcraft Trading Card Game: Not only is this a very fun game in it's own right, it gives collectors the chance to snag some very fun ingame items by way of loot cards.

The chance of snagging a loot card from a pack depends not only the expansion, but the loot itself. As the cards progressed, and eventually changed liscenses, loot card odds changed. The most recent editions have a much higher probability of dropping pet loot cards than in earlier edtions.

Of course, if you don't play the card game and don't like your chances with buying wrapped packages to see if there is a loot card inside, you can always buy your preferred loot card off of E-Bay. Be forewarned, the pet/mount cards on E-Bay can be very, very expensive, as can long term buying of packs for the loot cards. So these pets may not be an option for everyone.

Pets gained from TCG Loot Cards:


Blizzard Pet Store: Every so often, Blizzard will add one or two pets to their online store. While most of these are digital copies only, two of them you get a real life, plushie companion as well!

Sometimes one of the pets will have all or a portion of the proceeds of their sell go to charity.

Pets that can be bought from the Blizzard Store:

And the plushies:


Various:

One pet that everyone should have is the Core Hound Pup. This charming little fellow is gained from simply attaching an authenticator to your Battlenet account. Authenticators are fairly cheap, at least in the U.S, when bought off the Blizzard Store. There is an even cheap alternative if you have a smart phone. The Authenticator app is absolutely free and still rewards you the two-headed, fiery pup.

There are also various promotions which reward ingame pets. Be on the look out for Blizzard to team up with another company for your chance at a new pet!

E-Bay As mentioned earlier, this can be very expensive and not an option for everyone. However, certain limited-edition promotional pets can still be found here.

Next post: I'll explore various in-game sources for gaining pets!
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Re: Croxy's Crazy Critter Collecting Guide.

Postby Croxy » Tue 17 May 2011, 03:44 PM

In-Game Methods:

Ah, in-game collection: The most frustrating, exciting, fun, rewarding ways to gain a few furry friends. Besides, isn't that why we pay the subscription fee? To play the game?

Achievements: True collectors know that Achievements are not bragging points. They're a means to an end. There are several pet available through a variety of achievements. For convenience, I will split the lists into player and guild achievements.

Pets gained through personal achievements:


Pets gained through guild achievements: (Note: The pets are simply unlocked by guild achievements. They still must be purchased from the guild vendor. All prices are before racial/reputation/guild discounts.Guild reputation to purchase the pet will be listed.)

Argent Tournament: The Argent Tournament seems to be a place people either love or hate. It's nestled in the northeastern reaches of ICC. Apparently it's so the Lich King can live vicariously through the pet/mount collectors that show up. Or something.

Each horde and alliance base faction, excluding the Bilgewater Cartel and Gilneas, has a handful of representatives there. However, Goblins can become aspirants with the Orgrimmar guys first.In order to buy items from these vendors, you must be a champion there and have enough of the Tournament currency, or Champion's Seals.

If you choose to collect pets this way, you're in for a fairly long daily grind. Each pet costs 40 seals but you must be a champion of the vendor's faction.

Pets that can be gained through this method:

Auction Houses: I've already given some tips when using the Auction Houses to gain a new pal, so I will move on.

There are many pets that are obtained through means that aren't available to both factions. However, the vast majority of these are at least Bind on Use. Thus, the only way for your goblin mage to get ahold of that Bombay Cat, is through either the Neutral or Horde Auction house.

With the advent of Call To Arms heroics and Satchels of Exotic Mysteries, there are now some of the pets listed below that one need not buy off the auction house. However, these satchels are not consistently available, nor are dps ever included in those who gain them. The satchels will have their own section.

Pets obtained through the Auction House(Note: All pets are normally gained through means available to the Alliance only):

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Re: Croxy's Crazy Critter Collecting Guide.

Postby Croxy » Wed 18 May 2011, 02:29 PM

Vendors:

Merchants who sell pets come in several flavors. The ones that can be found year round come in two flavors: Those who will sell to anyone who have the money and those who only want to sell to those with a better reputation.

For your convenience, I will also be breaking down vendors by continent. The merchant will be listed first, since some sell more than one pet.

Pets that can be gained from general vendors:

Eastern Kingdoms:


Kalimdor:


Outlands:


Northrend:


Pets that can be purchased from reputaion vendors:


For Argent Tournament pets, please see that section.
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Re: Croxy's Crazy Critter Collecting Guide.

Postby Croxy » Thu 19 May 2011, 02:49 PM

Drops:

Here we come to the section that really is the crux of pet hunting. It is not the last section, however. This is where you will come to love and hate the RNG.

Pets that come from drops are both a matter frustration and pride. For the rarer pets which you may not even see on the Auction Houses, you can expect to spend a very long time in one certain area.

I will be breaking down this section into pets that drop from certain enemies, those that are zone drops, and then one for those that can be found in dungeons.

Pets that drop from certain enemies:


Pets gained through zone drops


Pets that drop from dungeons:

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Re: Croxy's Crazy Critter Collecting Guide.

Postby Croxy » Thu 19 May 2011, 05:05 PM

Quests:

Questing is a very important part of the game, despite things like LFD and rep gains through battleground. Pet collectors happen to have one more reason to do lots of quests.

Pets gained from quests:


Professions:

Back in the day, the only profession that could make a companion was engineering. What's more is that some of them were Bind On Pickup. Many serious pet collectors found themselves picking up the profession so they could get as many critters as they could.

Luckily, Blizzard has taken a more open stance reguarding pets. Now many professions can make them. All pets crafted through primary professions are Bind on Use, while those gained through secondary professions are Bind On Pickup.

Pets gained through professions:

Archaeology:Secondary


Enchanting:Primary


Engineering:Primary


Fishing:Secondary


Mining:Primary

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Re: Croxy's Crazy Critter Collecting Guide.

Postby Croxy » Fri 20 May 2011, 03:51 PM

Seasonal:

Holiday events in game can be a fun break from the norm. Coming in all kinds of flavors, you can expect fun quests, unique dungeons bosses, and fun new toys! Blizzard continues to tweak holidays every so often, so it's worth taking a look even if you've seen it all before.

Darkmoon Faire:Once a month. Rotates locations between Thunder Bluff, Goldshire, and Shattrath City.


Love Is In the Air: Feb 5-20.


Noblegarden: Apr 24-30


Children's Week:May 1-7



Midsummer Fire Fesival: Jun 21-Jul 4


Brewfest:Sept 20-Oct 5


Hallow's End: Oct 18-31



Pilgrim's Bounty: Nov 20-26


Winter Veil: Dec 15-Jan2

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Re: Croxy's Crazy Critter Collecting Guide.

Postby Croxy » Fri 20 May 2011, 04:21 PM

Special:

Some pets you just can't get the traditional way, or they may require a combination of traditional means. This section is for them.

Raptor Nests:


Misc:

    Mr. Grubbs: To get this guy, there's a quest chain, a vendor and then farming involved. You'll start out with the quest Gidwin Goldbraids from Fiona. Continue the chain until Onward, to Light's Hope Chapel. Before you board the caravan, be sure to talk to it for the quest Fiona's Lucky Charm. From now on until you finish the entire chain you will gain a buff in Eastern Plaugelands that increases your chances of having a Hidden Stash. It is these items which have the chance to drop the pet.

    Crimson Lasher:While a vendor, Ayla Shadowstorm, does sell this for 1,500 gold, the vendor must be unlocked by doing quest chains in Mount Hyjal. The quest in particular that unlocks Ayla's wears is Filling the Moonwell. This will take roughly a month to accomplish.

    Hyjal Bear Cub: This adorable cub is unlocked in the same way as the Crimson Lasher. The vendor that sells this one is Varlan Highbough.

    Searing Scorchling:Once a drop off Lord Ahune, this hot-to-trot guy has been added back to the game. He is nearly a 1/2 drop from Zen'Vorka's Cache. The cache is bought from Zen'Vorka for 30 Marks of the World Tree. He is the first vendor you will see when starting the Hyjal dailies.

    Logging in during Blizzard's anniversaries has awarded pets in the past. While that is not the planned present this year, it is always a likely possibility in the future.
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Re: Croxy's Crazy Critter Collecting Guide.

Postby Croxy » Fri 20 May 2011, 04:23 PM

Preview:

The pets that have been covered above are all currently obtainable. However, an obsessive a serious collector likes to keep up with pets which haven't even been added yet. To that end, I present to you pets yet to come.

Please remember that every single pet listed below is on the PTR and not live servers. Anything about these pets could change at anytime, including implimentation. Speculation and spoilers ahead.
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Re: Croxy's Crazy Critter Collecting Guide.

Postby Croxy » Wed 25 May 2011, 01:28 PM

Now I really AM finished.

You can reply to this thread with any comments, questions, etc. Feel free to let me know what I got wrong. :)
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