Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BlizzCon 2014 Dates Announced

Blizzard announced the dates for BlizzCon 2014: November 7 and 8! Tickets cost $199 each and will go on sale Wednesday, May 7 at 7 PM (Pacific Time) and Saturday, May 10 at 10 AM (Pacific Time). They have yet to announce the price and sale of the Virtual Tickets.

I'm quite excited as this year marks WoW's 10th Anniversary (and I believe Warcraft's 20th?), so it's a pretty special occasion. I've already set aside time in my fall schedule just for BlizzCon this year, so I'm really amped to go. It will all depend on whether or not I can get two tickets, though, and that's up in the air still. Crossing my fingers and practicing throwing money at the screen.

Needless to say, I'm already wondering about the BlizzCon 2014 goodie bag. What's inside?! Pet? Mount? Some other awesomely awesome gift? It's a notable year and although I shouldn't expect anything, I still can't help but think something special to commemorate the occasion for BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders would be appropriate. For $200 per ticket, maybe it should be expected? Perhaps Blizzard should at least announce the contents of the goodie bag sooner rather than later.

Regardless, I'm still excited. I wasn't able to attend last year's BlizzCon, and although I was able to cover any pet-related news/info quickly and efficiently from home, I regret not being able to meet and hang out with all the pet collectors/battlers/lovers at the WarcraftPets meet-and-greet. Not to mention I could have poked at some developers. :P

Well, we'll see what happens come May 7 and May 10. Those days will be the deciding factor.

Monday, April 21, 2014

WoD Alpha: Iron Starlette and Peacocks

There was at least one other new WoD Alpha patch between now and my last post, but unfortunately the pet updates have been slow coming.

In the latest build, Wowhead lists only one notable pet-related change: Sphere of Ultimate Destruction renamed to Iron Starlette.

If you'll remember, LeCraft mentioned this yet-to-be-named pet on Twitter in early March, and one of the suggestions for the name was...*drumroll* Iron Starlette! :)

The only other update that caught my attention was the new mage polymorph: PEACOCK. Yes, that's right. A peacock. Mumper previously mentioned that they were working on a peacock pet, so with the implementation of this polymorph, I can only hope that the pet is well on its way and will be coming to a pet collection near you soon. It would make an excellent addition to my Look-a-Like Challenge - peacock pals please!

That's it for now, but hopefully we'll see more in the near future. I'm starting to get antsy - MOAR PETS.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Screenshots of WoD Alpha Models


I don't know if that model can get any cuter. Maybe if it has an animation where it chases its own tail, gnaws on an over sized bone, or dozes off to sleep. Yep, I think any of those additions would create a cute overdose.

More screenshots of the WoD alpha models can be found on MMO-Champion. None of which have been confirmed as pets (yet), but we can hope!

There are so many awesome looking (yet familiar) creatures. Other than the frostwolf pup, I can't wait to see the toucan, hippos (baby version please!), the odd hydra/plant thing, and of course the sporebats. I have a soft spot for the sporebat for no apparent reason other than they are adorably squishy looking. If any of the updated sporebat models come as a vanity pet...I'll probably squee out loud and bounce around in my chair for a good three minutes lol. :P

Friday, April 4, 2014

WoD Alpha - First Round of Datamining

LeCraft shared some "sneak peaks" on Twitter (note the "#tipsytweets" XD).
"No pet battle patch notes? Baby hippos, baby gronn, carpnado, elite pet trainers, eggs, and leveling stones. Boom. Plus more. #tipsytweets"
Now, I was excited about these small tidbits, however the 'Carpnado' portion really threw me off. I just couldn't believe that the April Fool's gag from WarcraftPets would really be implemented into WoW. With that in mind, I wasn't sure if I should dismiss this Tweet as half-truths or take it as something that needed more detail and explanation.

Well it turns out that it was the latter!

Wowhead has datamined the WoD alpha and discovered some new Pet Battle abilities and descriptions. (IMPORTANT: No alpha keys have been distributed at this time. Any emails mentioning a free key or invite to alpha is likely a phishing attempt and should NOT be opened.)
Carpnado: Summons a frenzy of furious fish on your enemies, dealing X damage, split evenly amongst them.

Tenacious and terrible, the mighty Hogs slaughters weaker enemies without hesitation.

Both heads are equally fearsome on the terrifying chimaera, each capable of its own unique breath attack.

The dark wings will cloud and consume the minds of the weak, because they are just so adorable!

This massive weapon of destruction has been miniaturized for use in the garden. Moles beware!

Made from bits and pieces of vanquished battle pets, dark magic, and just a pinch of love.

Cute enough to eat, but not recommended.

The frost, sometimes it makes the carrot stick in the ground. Not this one.
So even though Carpnado didn't make it into the game as an actual pet, an attack of the same name may be just as awesome! I can't wait to check it out and see if it's as hilarious as it is in my mind. I've been playing my Witch Doctor in D3 quite a lot lately, and Piranhado is an absolute must for me. Hopefully Carpnado in WoW will be something similar, if not more amusing.

Exciting times, pet collectors and battlers - WoD alpha has arrived!

EDIT: The cooking profession might be getting two new pets added to the craft:
Carrotus Maximus - Teaches you how to summon this companion.

Old Cooking Pot - Teaches you how to summon Lil' Leftovers.
Thanks to @EpicGems on Twitter for pointing this out to me!

EDIT #2: MMO-Champion has done their own round of datamining.
Savage Safari Hat - Huntin' pets is dangerous business. Don't go out without your hat.

Mechanical Toucan - Teaches you how to summon this companion.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Pet "News"!

So...I hear it's the first of April. Here's all the latest pet "news"!

WarcraftPets: Pet Breeding Offers Collectors New Species in WoD!
WoW: Warlords of Draenor - 6.0 Patch Note Preview
Tamer Lio: Lillidan
I'm not really one for April Fool's but these were really fun. There were so many other non-pet related gags that I enjoyed as well. Bravo WoW community, bravo!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Alterac Brew Pup Sale Generates One Million In Donations

WoWInsider reports that sales of the Alterac Brew-Pup between November and December 2013 resulted in a donation of $1,000,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. During the sale, 50% of every purchase would be donated to the non-profit organization. One million donated, and another one million under Blizzard's belt — that's a lot of players adopting this pup!

It warms my heart to hear that pet collectors can make such a huge impact on something worthwhile. Even though many may not have intentionally bought the pet to help a charitable cause, all those that participated in the sale helped give something special to a child in need of some cheer in their life. Thinking about that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

So pat your pup with pride. :)

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Possible Trainer In WoD Garrisons

LeCraft Tweeted a screenshot of an interesting NPC team that "might just visit your garrison in the future."

Nevermind my insane jealousy over this NPC having Mini Tyrael and Mini Diablo on her team; this screenshot provides an interesting preview of a future PVE battle. We'll be fighting one humanoid (that has magical attacks), another humanoid (standard humanoid abilities), and one Magical pet (possibly humanoid, magic, undead or elemental attacks).

If I were more of a pet theorycrafter, I might be able to anticipate what abilities these pets would take to produce the best team synergy. But alas. I can only stare at these little guys and cry a little on the inside because they'll never be in my pet army :( lol.

An additional tidbit LeCraft is revealing with this screenshot is that Garrisons will provide some new Pet Battle PVE content. We already knew that there MIGHT be pet breeding inside our personal player housing, but other than that, what could Garrisons mean for pet lovers? Perhaps random trainer battles each day, unlockable content, specific and unique rewards, etc.? There are many possibilities involving the Garrisons, and it'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

I just hope it doesn't cost me an arm and a leg or a bazillion years of my character's life to get to all of it. :P

Monday, March 17, 2014

Snowy Owls Hibernating Soon!

The Snowy Owl will be going into hibernation soon; March 19 soon. Be sure to capture one now before it's too late. You'll have to wait until December 21, 2014 for your next chance.

If you can't seem to find a rare quality one in the wild, remember that you can always capture one of any quality (but make sure it's the breed you want), and then upgrade it later using a battlestone. For collectors, it's better than nothing!

Personally, the Snowy Owl is my favorite out of all the pets that share the same model. The colors are subtle and graceful, very pretty. :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Critters Love Druids

I decided to play around with the Glyph of Charm Woodland Creature on my druid, and try to find some unique/interesting pets to "tame". They don't turn into permanent vanity pets, but they will follow you around for an hour. You can have an actual pet and one of these critter followers out at the same time (yay).

Browsing through the list of critters on Wowhead, I only chose ones that either didn't exist as a pet already or had a special look/color. There weren't too many options, as many of the wandering critters in the world have actually made it into our Pet Journals as captured wild pets. Still, glad there were some to play around with. The only downside is that these pets won't follow you if you hearth, zone out of the instance, or any action that causes a loading screen to pop up. :(

Anyway, to the critter followers! The glowy purple thing above their head is the result of the Charm Woodland Creature ability.

Sidenote: I didn't include any of the mice, rabbits, or prairie dogs located on the cliff near Thunder Bluff because those have been covered already. You can charm them, though, and they'll retain their armor and weapons. It just sucks if you're alliance because you have no where to go; if you hearth your critter follower will disappear. :\

Sewer Crocolisk - We have baby crocolisks already, like Toothy, but this croco is grown up yet still tiny. :)

Tame Crag Boar - I'm not a huge fan of the boar model (the flaming/undead ones look pretty cool though), but I wouldn't pass up on an actual baby boar pet. :P

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Wild Dread Hatchling Appears!

The MoP Digital Deluxe was officially archived today. It's no longer available from the Blizzard Store. But with this end, a new beginning—the WoD pre-orders are now available. Purchasing the Digital Deluxe will reward both the pet and mount immediately, so be sure to check your in-game mail!

Confirming previous datamining, the Dread Hatchling does indeed have a brief heart animation over its head when you mount up on either the original Raven Lord mount or the new Dread Raven.

Each time I see this, I imagine it chirping, "Are you my mommy/daddy?" :P

Unexpected Bug
The Dread Hatchling is currently cageable, however, this is a bug that will be fixed soon. There are also reports that relogging after caging will result in a new pet in the mail.

I'm not sure how Blizzard will resolve this issue after fixing the bug. There are already mentions that the hatchling is popping up in Auction Houses on multiple servers. Will all cloned hatchlings be removed from the game? Will players that sold their pet receive an infraction on their account? Will they be able to re-acquire the pet or will it be gone for them forever?

In any case, it's not advised that you cage and sell/trade your hatchling. It's unclear what the consequences of doing so will be. You could lose your hatchling completely. :(

All I can say is that out of respect for the game and for the developers, keep your Dread Hatchling safe and sound in your Pet Journal.

Edit: Apparently if you purchase a caged Dread Hatchling without having already purchased the CE or Digital Deluxe, you cannot use the pet. This is a good solution for all of the duplicate hatchlings without having to manually go through and delete them.

UPDATE: A fix was implemented within the hour of the discovery of the bug. The Dread Hatchling cannot be caged now.
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