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The Brain, It Is Boggled

Q: Hunters are really excited about the new pets being introduced in 5.1. Requests have been coming in from both forums & social media asking if we can expand the number of stable slots so they can collect them, rather than agonize over which pet they want to release to free up a slot. Suggestions include adding more stable slots, or adding a hunter pet tab similar to the way mounts/battle pets are listed. Are there any plans for updating Hunter pet storage?

A: Not at this time. We understand the concern and are exploring options to better optimize the system, but the hunter essence wasn’t designed to be “catch them all.”

So I had heard about this through guild chat, but this is the first time I’ve actually read the question and answer.  My initial response?  Headdesk.  Headdesk.  Headdesk.  Headdesk.  That whole saying where “assuming makes an ass out of u and mi” seems relevant here.  I mean, what do they think we hunters do!?

MY POKEMANS, LET ME SHOW YOU THEM

Oh. So that’s what Blizzard thinks we do.
Pet Battle paranoia, perhaps?

According to Petopia, there are currently ninety million around 528 pets with different looks a huntard could theoretically tame.  Each “family” of pets has its own useful skill, some of which overlap.  They are adding at least 100 more pets in Patch 5.1.  Now, not all of these possess unique skins and there are no new families as far as I know, but the number does include looks that have never been tamable before.

Each hunter has a grand total of 25 slots for pets if you include the ones on our character.  It is not about trying to “catch them all” because doing so is not and has not been remotely possible.  Maybe it was back in Vanilla days, but I played a rogue for a week when WoW first came out and Google can’t help me find the answer to that now.

At level 90, I have seen and tamed things all over the world, and I’ve abandoned my fair share of pets along the way.  I, at least, and probably the majority of hunters, are not now nor have ever been looking to “catch them all.”  I just wanted to tame the ones I liked.  When we ask for more stable space, we’re looking to have space for our favorites while being able to have a few pets to change in and out for variety’s sake.  It’d be the icing on the cake if we had space to tame some of the new-to-the-patch things that did not exist or were untamable before.

Sure, there’s probably somebody else out there who tames solely for bragging rights.  That’s not wrong, even if it may not be the way Blizzard wants hunters to see their pets.  Why do we keep exotic animals as pets in the real world, despite the bevy of laws (at least here in the United States) against many of them?  It may be the thrill, but it’s almost certainly got something to do with our pride too.  Why should pet keeping in Warcraft be so much more forcedly noble?  If someone wants to tame All the Things for vanity’s sake the sense of accomplishment alone, let them.  He or she can’t run around Azeroth with them all out at once, and I, for one, am not going to their Armory profile just to find out what’s in their stable.  The theoretical hunter who doesn’t care about his or her pets and is just collecting them for the sake of collecting won’t be made to care about them by the stable slot limit.

By level 90, a hunter has most likely filled up all of his or her available pet slots.  Thermalix has one open slot, but that’s because I sat down and forced myself to abandon four or five of the ones I had before.  Even the pets I abandoned in the end were not like Mechalis’ undead minion or Centina’s water elemental.  They had value to me, making it hard to get rid of them.

Maybe some of those pets we keep are color changers, which Blizzard in its infinite wisdom has made unobtainable post MoP.  Perhaps they are rares, with hours and effort invested in their capture.  They could be connected to emotional memories, be used for RP purposes but not for raiding, or even – as mentioned – be kept solely for the sake of the status the pet confers upon its owner.  Each reason is valid, but each pet we keep takes up a slot in a very limited space while Blizzard keeps giving us lots of new options.

The hunter “essence” right now is something like this: in order for the LOLCat to haz cheezburger, the LOLCat must first give up cheezburger.  By giving our old pets value – one of the things Blizzard seems to want us to do here – we are prevented from taming new ones.

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This is the LAST TIME, I swear!

Sunblood and Caliverne think Thermalix has a rare addiction.  She doesn’t, really – but it is true that if you camp rares, you’re probably mental on some level.

Enter Spiteflayer, a rare level 55 carrion bird in banana yellow.  This guy:

Spiteflayer

Spiteflayer
Image from Petopia

If you read up a bit on Spiteflayer, you find that because 1.) It’s a carrion bird in banana yellow, and 2.) It’s located in the Blasted Lands, which is generally not a top destination, nobody camps this thing.  Most folks show up, it’s there, they tame it, story ends.

I, however, named this blog “That Was an Accident!” for a  reason.

Camping for Spiteflayer

Camping for Spiteflayer

When Thermalix showed up, Spiteflayer was (wisely, in hindsight) not there.  Caliverne showed up, flipped his Titanium Seal of Dalaran in the air, and pronounced that the camping effort would be a success.  And so they waited.  And waited.  They practiced methods of yanking birds down to the ground (Thermalix flying in front of them, making /rude gestures = failure, Caliverne doing some fancy falling from the sky and daring warrior skill move = success).  At last, two hours in, Spiteflayer showed!  As she ran towards her target, Thermalix pulled out her bow to slay some of the cultists who were chasing her.  While they couldn’t kill her, they could make the tame take longer by smacking her lots.  Only problem here was she had not, in fact, retargeted like she thought she had.

Camping for Spiteflayer

Camping for Spiteflayer
OH MY GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE

While consoling herself with the fact that at least it wasn’t like she shot Skoll in the face, the whole thing was a big OH SHEEYIT moment.  Caliverne and Therm decided to come back in about four hours, since they did, after all, know the exact moment Spiteflayer perished.  Let’s just say that this time was waaaay past Therm’s normal bedtime, and just to make EXTRA CERTAIN that absolutely NO ACCIDENTS could occur, she removed ALL of her weapons.  Can you punch a bird out of the sky?  Not when you’re as short as Thermalix is.

Just at the four hour mark – just as Spiteflayer was due to appear in the skies – my internet connection died.  Well, sheeyit, son.  It could not be revived, and I had to pass out anyway.  Failure!  Failure!  Such epically unepic failure!

Fortunately, when my internet connection was functioning the following morning, who should be in the area but Spiteflayer?

Camping for Spiteflayer

Camping for Spiteflayer
See, nobody camps this after all.

All’s well that ends well, but seriously, don’t shoot the damn thing you’re trying to tame.  Just sayin’.

Camping for Spiteflayer

Camping for Spiteflayer
Eventual success is still success!

A Hunter’s Friends: The Rares Edition

Therm with Cerulean

Therm with Cerulean

Having race-changed Versebelg the Troll into Thermalix the Goblin, I find that I’m relearning and enjoying playing a huntard again.  I’ve been spending more time on Therm than on Mech, and have passed several important milestones: OSHEEYIT I kited stuff successfully without dying, and OMFG rare pets!  (What will happen to Centina the hunter, you ask?  I remade her as a mage, and I retamed Pogeyan while Thermalix was in Stranglethorn to complete the Nesingwary quests.)

What’s super amazing is how helpful two guildmates in particular are.  Caliverne and Sunblood are, I think, rares too, in their own right.  Caliverne, for example, happened to be out in Scholazar farming cooking ingredients.  He saw Aotona, and “Have Group Will Travel”-ed Thermalix there on the spot to tame.  Sunblood voluntarily purchased mucho alcohol to keep Caliverne sane during The Long Stalk for Skoll and showed up whenever and whereever he was needed.  I think we camped a total of eight hours or so, six and a half of which were on one day.  The awesome thing is: I didn’t even have to ask them to help me.  Once they knew I wanted Skoll, they were out in Storm Peaks looking for him long before I even realized they were in Northrend.  (While Sunblood’s dream of attempting to sheep Skoll did not come to pass, I think he’ll forgive me for it.)

Stalking Skoll: Starting to Lose It

Stalking Skoll: Starting to Lose It

Stalking Skoll: TAMING OMG OMG

Stalking Skoll: TAMING OMG OMG
Too excited to type right.

Stalking Skoll: Now WTF do we call it?

Stalking Skoll: Now WTF do we call it?
We settled on “Stormstrike.”

Thermalix probably owes both of them shares in her soul by now.  There is a slight snag in that she did sell all the shares in her soul to Mechalis in exchange for more gold to transmog with.  She made things like this:

Transmog: Mustard, Ketchup and Pickles

Transmog: Mustard, Ketchup and Pickles
The GM said it looked like WonderWoman.
Therm had been going for “condiments.”

She ran out of money to make her weapons match, but there wasn’t anything good on the Auction House block anyway.  Mechalis is totally not sure how she feels about this particular outfit.  She did force Therm to transmog herself a new getup (see a bit of it in the Skoll shots above, better ones later), claiming that her hotpants were causing shares in her soul to fall.