Friday, January 24, 2014

5.4.7 PTR: Warlords of Draenor CE Pet Datamined

There was a recent PTR update, and an absolute gem was datamined! The Warlords of Draenor Collector's Edition pet is...*drumroll* the Dread Hatchling!

WowInsider posted a video of what it will probably look like since the version in the PTR Pet Journal is merely the Anzu boss model. It still resembles the Raven Lord and shares strikingly similar body structure to the Ji-Kun Hatchling, but you can't deny that it's absolutely adorable.

You can also check out a video preview of the Dread Raven Mount in the WowInsider link as well. It appears to be a combination of a protodrake, skyscreamer and Anzu. There's already a mount that you can acquire from the Raven Lord himself (heroic Sethekk Halls only), but unfortunately that mount does not have the ability to fly while I'm guessing the Dread Raven will.

Wain from WarcraftPets brought to my attention something interesting relating to the original "raven mount", a spell called Dread Hatchling Love Trigger. If the spell name is any indicator of what it may do, it sounds as though the Dread Hatchling will "love" (floating hearts over its head?) the mount version of itself. Interestingly enough though, instead of interacting with the new Dread Raven Mount, this love spell is tied to the original raven mount. It's possible that this is to give a small nod to mount collectors that have obtained the original version, so as to not take away from their achievement and prize.

On the battling side of things, LeCraft Tweeted a teaser of the hatchling's abilities and stats. I'm not a battling expert so I can't comment on this pet's potential, but it does seem to have similar moves to the Gilnean Raven and Crow. With so many healing comps running amok in PVP, another counter is probably be appreciated by the battling community.

I'm pretty eager to get my hands on this cute little birdy, but will have to wait since a release date hasn't been announced yet.

It's curious to me how the WoD CE pet is essentially a baby Anzu, so I'm wondering how that ties in with Draenor. Did the Raven Lord come from there? Are there other creatures similar to him wandering around the draenei world? What significance does he have in the upcoming expansion? I can't wait to find out the answers!


  1. Anzu is from Draenor though. The old druid epic flight form quest had some lore on him, such as this "prophecy of the raven god".

    "From the darkest night shall rise again the raven, shall take flight in the shadows, shall reveal the nature of its kind. Prepare yourself for its coming, for the faithful shall be elevated to take flight with the raven, the rest be forgotten to walk upon the ground, clipped wings and shame.
    Steel your minds and guard your thoughts. The dark wings will cloud and consume the minds of the weak, a flock of thralls whose feet may never leave the ground.
    The old blood will flow once again with the coming of the raven, the return of the darkness in the skies. Scarlet night, and the rise of the old.
    The raven was struck down once for flying too high, unready. The eons have prepared the Dark Watcher for its ascent, to draw the dark cloak across the horizon."

    With this pet and mount, I have a feeling we'll be seeing Anzu again in WoD.

    1. @Ian Bates: Aww, the epic flight form quest makes me so nostalgic. I never took the time to go through Anzu's lore though (I'm such a baddie), so thanks for the history lesson! :)


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