Sunday, April 1, 2012

Beta's Darkmoon Rabbit

UPDATE: Wamo has even more details about the encounter and the pet over on the WarcraftPets forums!

Someone found and killed the Darkmoon Rabbit on the beta, and it did indeed drop the pet!

Looks like the rabbit is a neutral mob and it spawns in the Darkmoon Cave on the faire island. Not sure of its spawn times but I'll be sure to check regularly now that a spawn point has been confirmed.

With 72 million health, it looks like we're going to need the help of a party or even a raid. I wonder if the pet that it drops will drop for everyone in the group/raid. Or if there will only be one drop and everyone will have to roll against each other. Last I checked, the Darkmoon Rabbit companion is Bind on Use, so we'll probably see it on the AH sooner or later going for a large chunk of gold.

Strangely, though, this companion isn't listed in the Pet Journal. Perhaps rarespawns don't show up in the journal, so as to keep their obscurity intact and keep them "rare"? That's just my guess so far. The Pet Journal's incomplete; the Darkmoon Rabbit might be listed in there in a future beta patch.

Anyway, check out the Darkmoon Rabbit kill thread that I linked. The rabbit pet is... PINK! Or at least that's what it looks like to me. And only for now (its tag says "Placeholder Art" so we can assume it'll be updated and changed in a future build). It's not the bright, hot pink bunny that was datamined just before Noblegarden was first released. Instead it looks like a lighter shade of pink, but pink is pink. Can't complain? :P

Personally, I'm inwardly cringing at the thought of collecting this particular companion. One, since I'm guessing it will be like a rarespawn, it will be highly sought after. I can imagine many people camping the spawn point and fighting to tag it (on PVP servers). Two, with so much health, you'll definitely need some help killing it, so take those rarespawn campers and multiply by 5-10 or more because they'll likely enlist the help of friends/guildmates. Three, the Darkmoon Island is only accessible for one week at the start of every month. I'm not exactly a huge fan of the limited time idea, but at least the pet is guaranteed to drop (I think?).... IF you're lucky enough to tag the mob, kill it before you're zerged by other players, and finally win the roll on the pet.

A lot of "ifs" are involved... more than my liking. It's not my ideal idea of "fun" but we'll see. Maybe it won't be as bad as I'm imagining it. I'm sure there will be some who enjoy this type of encounter at least.

PS: If this is an April Fool's joke, I totally fell for it lol. It seems totally plausible though. :P That's my story and I'm sticking with it!


  1. So awesome, and yet so... bleh. The thought of potentially having to get with a raid group for a rare spawn with 1 pet is not my idea of fun. I would rather they make it BoP and give one to everyone in the raid... I guess time will tell! Otherwise, unless it has new artwork it'll be low on my list. I love love love the flavor text, but the rabbit models have never been a big favorite of mine and I already have 3. Now that there will be SO many pets with Mists, I think I have to give up my 'Get them all!' mentality ;)

    1. @Saberella: Yea, I was never fond of the idea of tying pets in with raiding and PVE encounters. Individual quests and the like are ok in my book since collecting is a style of gameplay that's more personal.

      I'm hoping for a new and unique model as well! Hope for the best, prepare for the worst I guess.

  2. If it's NOT an April Fool's joke, I imagine it's meant to be killed with a holy hand grenade of some sort, not killed in a raid. 72 million health is, well, silly and doesn't really fit in with the theme of the Darkmoon Faire.

    So, if it is real, it's probably going to be part of a new Faire game or event, in which you obtain a grenade, then go kill the bunny. Heck, make the grenade something you can buy from a vendor for, say, 100 tickets (or more) and there you go, new pet.

    1. @Rachelle J: I like that idea of an epic DMF quest and purchasable Holy Hand Grenade! It could be like a bloated version of the Mechanical Chicken questline, and the reward is BoU.

    2. I like that idea, too! It also seems much more in line with the Faire, and with the original story it's spoofing :)


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