Sunday, October 18, 2015

Hallow's End: Three New Seasonal Wild Pets

Hallow's End is here, and it's been a relaxing and enjoyable event so far! There are three new pets: Ghastly Rat, Ghost Maggot, and Spectral Spinner.

What makes these new pets special is that they're seasonal wild pets. You can only capture them during Hallow's End, and they require an item to spawn.

To collect these pets, you'll need to gather up 5 Spooky Supplies by completing the four daily quests available in your garrison. These quests are straight forward and pretty easy. Props to the developers for placing the quest objectives all in a centralized area. Less travel time means less time wasted! :)

After you've collected enough currency, speak with Izzy Hollyfizzle in your garrison. Buy Creepy Crawlers from her, and then use the item.

Similar to the Sumprush Rodent's Rodent Crate, the item will spawn a bunch of wild pets in your garrison.

Unlike the Rodent Crate, the wild pets do not despawn! They persist through logging out and zoning, and I'm fairly confident they will last throughout the entire in-game holiday since they're supposed to be "spooky decorations". We'll see though.

You can invite others to your garrison if they want to collect the wild pets. The pets are targetable by player spells and thankfully, are insta-respawn if you come across a breed or quality that you're not interested in. Makes for quick searching if you just want to find a rare or specific breed.

These pets also count as standard pet battles, so you can farm pet experience from within the comfort of your (or someone else's) garrison. :D

Each pet comes in 4 or 5 breeds, so I had trouble deciding which to keep and which to release. Normally I wouldn't be concerned about wild pet breeds, but since these pets are exclusive to this event, I'd rather not miss out on a breed and then have to wait an entire year to collect it.

Thanks to Lio and Jere, I settled on the following breeds:
Ghastly Rat
  • S/B
  • H/S
  • P/B

Ghost Maggot
  • P/B
  • P/S
  • S/S

Spectral Spinner
  • P/S
  • P/B
  • S/S
I haven't noticed any of these pets doing anything interesting for their idle animations, which is a shame. Maybe I just haven't idled long enough though? *crosses fingers* For pets that re-use existing models, it would be awesome if they had an interaction. Something new to add to something old(er), yenno? ;P

Ah well, I'm really satisfied with how collecting these new wild pets turned out. Since this new mechanic worked out well, does this mean future holiday updates could include seasonal wild pets too? I'm half hoping the answer is yes! ^_^

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Terky Now Available In-Game!

HUGE NEWS EVERYONE. Is capslock necessary? So. Much. Yes.

Earlier this evening Perculia dropped a bombshell on Twitter.

Previously, you could only get this pet from a Taiwanese iCoke Promotion, however as of this patch (6.2.2) the Pet Journal source was updated to a drop from an egg. Additionally, a White Murloc Egg was added to the game, but there was no indication where it would come from and if players could collect this pet. Well now we know!

Some incredibly lucky or in-the-know player (or both!) discovered where we can find Terky.

Off the southern coast of Borean Tundra, Northrend, there's a cave in the water on the coast of Riplash Ruins. For those using a coordinates addon, the entrance is located at 55,88, and here's a Wowhead map for everyone else.

The cave isn't very obvious, but it's also not completely hidden. If you see a giant white pillar and some seaweed, you're in the right spot. See image above.

Following the passage from the cave entrance, you'll enter into a cavern and you'll more than likely be greeted with a TON OF PLAYERS. At least, I was. I'm sure that in a week or two, the traffic in this tiny cave won't be as bad. So if navigating through giant bodies and purposefully placed toys/obstacles isn't your thing, wait a bit until the excitement dies down.

Unfortunately, because Northrend isn't really "the go to" place anymore, it's more than likely that the entire zone will be joined with other realms. This makes realm-hopping in hopes to find a clear cave near impossible. Trust me, I tried lol. Some joint realms are better than others, but you also run the risk of joining a realm with PVP enabled (even if you specify PVE).

In any case, what you're looking for is a small pile of rocks near a red seashell on the ground. Hovering over it should reveal a "Mystery Egg" tooltip, although I'm not 100% sure that's what it was called. With so many other players camping it, it was difficult to tell. White Murloc Egg.

Loot the egg and hooray, you've got yourself a traditional (white) murloc pet! It took me many tries since there were so many others that wanted this pet too. Patience and determination helped me not throw my monitor out the window haha. *nods*

I'm so happy to finally have an original baby murloc of my own. Very grateful to the developers for adding this pet in-game, and relieved I don't have to spend thousands of dollars or gold to collect it. I don't know if this was something they had planned from the start, but regardless, it's an awesome addition that will make so many pet collectors ecstatic.

I love discoveries like this, but I'm really curious as to how someone found such an obscure treasure. It's amazing!

I can't express how excited and elated I am to collect Terky. Or how in awe I am of the developers for listening to our pleas for a re-release of one of the traditional baby murlocs, and then actually taking action by releasing it in-game. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
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