A Return to Pet Collecting
Years ago I spent quite a great deal of time and effort on collecting non-combat pets on my hunter. I don’t know why I didn’t do it on my main, but somehow it seemed more appropriate for a hunter to have pets. I enjoyed matching them up to my combat pets for double the fun. I even neglected holiday events on my main so that I could spend more time farming pets on my hunter.
Well, that’s being rectified. I recently decided to go all-out in collecting non-combat pets on Sylvestris. Blame it on my achievement whoring nature, but I couldn’t stand it any longer. I had to do it. I had to have that fawn’s salt lick and so forth. Apparently a new reward pet is being added for the 150 pet achievement as well (a squirrel, which doesn’t excite me, but oh well). Up until now, my MO when collecting pets on Sylv was to only nab the ones I truly liked, as opposed to grabbing anything just for the achievement tally.
Today I got my happy ass over to Warcraftpets.com and deleted my hunter’s profile, replacing it with my druid’s. It was kind of startling to realize that the months and months of hard work I put into my hunter’s collection was blown out of the water in a few hours of poking around on my druid, who quickly exceeded her total tally with minimal effort.
I’ve encountered a few snares in my journey to 100 pets. Namely, my efforts to whore myself into the good graces of the Bloodsail Buccaneers have made me very unpopular with the goblin factions, which of course I took into account when I started the rep grind to begin with, but I didn’t expect it to be this far reaching. For example, I could not complete the OOX quest line (the one where you find the distress beacon in Tanaris and Feralas and the Hinterlands, then escort the robo-chicken to safety) because the final turn ins require you to be neutral or higher with Booty Bay…thankfully, I’m ingenious. The mechanical chicken pet that is the final reward for rescuing all three chickens is BoE, so any character can complete the quest then mail (or sell) the pet to less fortunate friends. I had to complete the quests on my mage in order to send the chicken pet to my druid.
A few tips for that quest chain:
- After poking through wowhead comments on the subject, I have concluded that the drop rate for the OOX distress beacons is actually fairly low. However, you still have a very good chance at getting it from your first few mobs in the zone, somehow. It dropped on the very first kill for me in Feralas, after about five kills in the Hinterlands…and then not for almost half an hourof massacring trolls in Tanaris. Be patient.
- If you find yourself stuck in Tanaris like I was, go to Zul’Farrak. If you’re high level, you can mow down half the instance in a single pull and root through the corpses for your beacon. Also, the scarab room is a good place to AoE things dead.
- If, like me, you leveled through these zones years ago and have no possible way of knowing which quests you completed, you have a few options. There’s help to be found on the customer service threads at the official website, addons such as QuestHelper can tell you which quests you have yet to complete in a zone, and so on.
- If you find yourself grinding endlessly with no luck, try finding the collapsed chicken its self and see if it doesnt have the quest available for you (turn on low level quest tracking). You may have found the beacon while leveling in that zone months/years ago, accepted the quest, then tossed it out or abandoned it or whatever. The chicken will know.
As it stands now, Sylv has 94 pets collected and many more in the works. I’m just watching those achievement points rack up…closer and closer to 9,000 🙂