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Gotta catch ’em all: the Rainbow Edition

Posted in Miscellanea, Mounts and pets with tags , , on December 19, 2012 by Aeliel

Happy almost-Christmas! Here, have a resolution to post more for the future. Maybe it’ll stick this time.

As usual, I’ve spent lots of time playing the game and not nearly enough talking about it. Let’s try and fix that, shall we?

So I’ve been mostly raiding, and believe you me I have things to say about raiding, not all of them polite, so let’s leave those for another post.

Let’s talk about pet battles instead!

Pet battles, it seems, are one of those things you either love, or absolutely don’t get the point of. Half my guild is all “oooh, a blue squirrel!”, the other half is “uh, okay?”. I’m firmly in the “oooh, a blue squirrel” camp (although having had a blue squirrel for-bloody-ever, I’m more along the lines of “oooh, a blue Infinite Whelpling off the first one I ever saw! and a breed that doesn’t suck either!”).

Before 5.1, I did my pet battle dailies religiously, and yet had no Porcupette to show for them. After 5.1 dropped, I decided I would just buy a damned Porcupette, so I wouldn’t sadface every time I opened a daily bag and no cute porcupine inside. I half-expected it to drop out of the first daily bag after I bought it, but so far it hasn’t.

Then I went on to clear up the remaining Pandaria tamers and unlock the Spirit Tamers. Picked the Earth Spirit as a quest reward because hell no I’m not redoing that fight ever if I can help it, got the Air Spirit out of the very first time I did the daily (good, because I was torn between picking that and Earth, not because Air was hard but because Air looked lonely… guess she really wanted to come home with me), got the Water Spirit the very next day, still haven’t got the Fire Spirit but oh well. (Though since Water is such a push-over of a fight, I’ve been using him to level pets on, and I’ve gotten two more copies of the pet.)

Once I had everything unlocked, I resumed going zone by zone and catching all the wild pets. It was in Valley of the Four Winds, as I stubbornly tried to find a bandicoon of the color I liked the best, that it occurred to me that I should check what wild pets came in what colors, so if at all possible I could have a full collection.

And because I’m nothing if not helpful (or rather, because I’m going to be spending the next several months in “argh, it’s blue and a good breed but the wrong damned color” hell and pain shared is pain halved), here’s the results of my checking. I know Quintessence has been doing color challenges and I probably could’ve just used the data from her posts, but I’m stubborn.

All information gleaned from WarcraftPets. If their info is wrong, mine will be as well. Corrections will be gratefully accepted. If there are no color changers involved with a particular model and no quirks to the pets, I’m not bothering to list it (owls, for example).


Four colors. Three of the four are available on stable pets, but the fourth can only be found on color changers. Most of these are aquatic – I’ll mark the outliers. All are wild pets unless stated otherwise.

Blue: Emperor Crab. The Spirit Crab (undead) is a unique version of this color, ghostly and semi-transparent with a blue glow.

Red: Strand Crawler (fishing dailies), Spirebound Crab, Lava Crab (elemental).

White / Grey: Shore Crawler (Goblin-only). If you don’t have a Goblin character and don’t feel like dragging one out of the starter zone just for the pet, both of the wild color changers listed for the last color also come in this one.

Beige / Teal: Shore Crab, Strand Crab. Both of these are color changers and come in all four crab colors.

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As for what I’ve been up to…

Posted in Achievements, Alts, Miscellanea, Mounts and pets, Professions with tags , , , , on October 2, 2012 by Aeliel

…beyond leveling and gearing, that is…

(464 equipped ilvl and climbing, with stupid green ilvl437 pants and two crafted ilvl450 rings because mine just won’t drop ARGH and the newly rep-requirement-less JP gear doesn’t include tanking pants for some dumb reason.)

Behold the reason I’ve been living in dungeons since I hit 90 (which was on day 1)…

I was the last of our group to get it, because the last achievement I needed was Hydrophobia – which is individual, not group – and I am a baddie bad who stands in the bad, apparently. (And while I know I could’ve just stood outside the door and let the others pull and kill the boss without me – I refuse to take the easy way out for anything.)

Now if I could actually ride the bloody mount, I’d be even happier. But no, it requires Cloud Serpent Riding, and the eggs to grind that rep are as rare as hen’s teeth so I’m stuck doing dailies.

And here’s the reason I was grinding professions on alts (and being stubborn about engineering on my hunter)…

Not as shiny as a realm first achievement by any means, but I’m still pretty proud.

One more day to go before raids open. Wonder if I’ll get the last heroic blues I’m missing to drop before then…

PSA: Argent Tournament

Posted in Alts, Mounts and pets, Strategy with tags , , on September 10, 2012 by Aeliel

One of the entries in my Cataclysm bucket list (which I never posted here, and now it’s perhaps a bit too late to do so) was to finish collecting the mounts I was missing from the Argent Tournament. Earlier today, I was staring mournfully at my Champion’s Seals and grumbling that I can’t really acquire them faster, when something occurred to me.

Aside from the paladin pony (for which I need to stop slacking and work on the dailies with, well, my paladin), these mounts can be earned on any character on your account and used by all of them.

This means that if you’ve unlocked the Argent Tournament on more than one character and you’re missing more than one mount, you should do the dailies every day on every single one of those characters, since this will speed up the rate at which you acquire mounts. You don’t even need to unlock Crusader dailies (although if you’ve done that, it’ll help, since it’ll increase the amount of daily Champion’s Seals you earn on that character), since the only requirement for buying the mounts from a specific faction is having championed said faction.

Yes, this is the most obvious thing ever, and I’m kind of boggling at myself that it didn’t occur to me earlier (I’d have been doing the dailies on multiple characters since account-wide mounts were announced if it had). In case I’m not the only person this didn’t occur to, I figured I’d post here.

I love being right

Posted in Mounts and pets, Patches, Raiding with tags , , on September 5, 2012 by Aeliel

Directly from a blue post about the issue:

[The Pureblood Firehawk having a 100% droprate in normal mode] was fixed because the drop rate was never intended.

If I had a gold for each time I’ve had a rehash of the following conversation…

[Randomguy] whispers: hey, is your guild still selling the Ragnaros mount?
To [Randomguy]: Yup, our price is (price).
[Randomguy] whispers: lol no way I’m paying that much, it’s 100% droprate in normal mode now
To [Randomguy]: That’s a bug, it’ll get hotfixed soon. Besides, if you’re so sure, why not just grab a bunch of friends and go get it from normal mode?
[Randomguy] whispers: lol no it’s not a bug it’s even listed as 100% on the armory
[Randomguy] whispers: and I don’t wanna roll against 9 other people for the mount

…well, I probably couldn’t buy anything of worth since it’s not been that long since the patch hit, but I’d still have a decent sum of gold.

Good lord. It’s like people have never encountered a major, exploitable bug before.

Last night in Deepholm…

Posted in Alts, Miscellanea, Mounts and pets with tags , , , on April 29, 2012 by Aeliel

So I’ve been leveling a shaman alt together with Alieth, who is leveling a mage alt. Both characters were boosted to 80 by a conveniently-placed Scroll of Resurrection (we had the old accounts, we wanted the mount for our mains, might as well get the freebie characters as well). We’ve been mostly leveling through dungeons, but since neither of us plans to level inscription on these particular alts, we took a break to go quest through Deepholm.

So that’s what we were doing last night. As we were flying back and forth from the Temple of Earth, as one does while questing in Deepholm, and I said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if we ran right into Aeonaxx?”

Alieth’s response was “Yeah, right.”

(I have the mount on my main, and so does Alieth, so running into Aeonaxx wouldn’t be a cause of “gah, why am I not on my main” hair-tearing.)

Fast-forward to about half an hour later. We’re in the Temple of Earth, doing the final quest, in the middle of killing High Priestess Lorthuna, and NPCScan goes off.

_NPCScan: Found “Aeonaxx”!

We look at each other. I say, “Why are you still here? Invis and go. Just GO.”

“I’m going, I’m going!”

(Even if I didn’t love him, I would’ve let him take it anyway. Since we’d been mostly doing dungeons, I only had one spec, and it was resto. Tiny little 5k damage lightning bolts aren’t terribly effective.)

Level 83 frost mage versus level 85 elite Aeonaxx took a bit, but eventually he went down, and Alieth’s pretty purple-haired night elf mage got a pretty purple drake to match.

A little while later, we’re puttering around doing the Therazane dailies, because they give experience and we want the reputation so hey, why not? One of the dailies is Underground Economy, and I mention off-handedly, “Wouldn’t it be nice if Jadefang spawned? So you got your mount, and I get a pet.”

“Yeah, right.”

Literally two minutes later, as we are killing gyreworms under Jadefang’s ledge…

 _NPCScan: Found “Jadefang”!

At which point we just start laughing. And a few minutes later, having killed Jadefang with my tiny little 5k damage lightning bolts (and the help of my fire and earth elementals), and I’m the happy owner of a tiny, adorable baby shale spider.

Long-awaited altdrake

Posted in Alts, Mounts and pets with tags , , , on April 9, 2012 by Aeliel

As I’ve mentioned before, my death knight originated on a roleplay server. She wears the Ashen Verdict title, she runs around with Frosty out (on the roleplay server, I had as a minor plot point of her backstory that she’d raised the whelp herself, and it decided to keep following her around after the events of Light’s Hope), and her transmogrification is fairly standard dark-death-gloom death knight stuff.

Ever since I got hilariously lucky during the Halloween event (back when event mounts and pets were still drops from the event boss), she has been using the headless horsepony as her flying mount of choice – but what I really wanted for her was a frost wyrm, to go with the frost whelp.

I’ve had the non-heroic achievements for the ICC10 Glory completed since WotLK, but didn’t manage to get heroic kills of Putricide, Blood Princes and Sindragosa before Cataclysm dropped. Well, an ICC10HM PuG shouldn’t be hard to find, right?

Riiiiiiiiiight. No. Lots of ICC PuGs being formed on the server, but they were all for ICC25 heroics, since most people just want Shadowmourne at this point. Ugh.

Then a few days ago, around 3 in the morning (I couldn’t sleep, so sue me), I was poking around at auctions on my bank alt when I saw somebody looking for a few DPS for an ICC10HM PuG. I debated with myself for a bit (late-night PuGs are very rarely successful), but then figured hey, what have I got to lose?

Three things became quickly evident upon my joining the raid group: the raid intended to do the normal achievements together with the HMs, the raid leader had just enough knowledge to be dangerous, and one of the healers was so drunk he couldn’t even type straight, never mind heal.

Then we got summoned in, and the raid leader showed he was also very confused on which raid member filled which role – he kept telling a healer to go pull, and any attempts to set him straight were met with silence.

This’ll go so well, I remember thinking.

We killed Marrowgar uneventfully. We wiped once on Lady Deathwhisper, to a botched attempt at doing Full House, then killed her with the achievement by the skin of our teeth. By that point, the leader was also fairly grumpy at me, as I’d pretty much full out called him an idiot when he mis-called killing Deathwhisper for Full House (we got lucky and she changed the last add we needed on the transition).

I refused to shut up, and by the time we got to Putricide not only the raid leader was no longer angry at me, but he was actively asking me to assist with strategy. (Ah, the wonders of actually being right…)

Putricide went down, then the Blood Princes. Blood Queen Lana’thel was a mess. Two of the people who needed to be bitten for the achievement had no clue how the bite worked. We wiped once to the berserk timer (due to misbiting), and killed her the second time by the skin of our teeth, with two people getting mind controlled and only one person left standing by the end of it all.

Which left me only needing Sindragosa. But Valithria, the healing fight, was in the way, and by that point, the drunk healer kept falling asleep, and the other healer we had wasn’t exactly spectacular.

We had a slot free, so I logged my priest (reason #1768 I’m glad I have two accounts) and healed Valithria.

Sindragosa was also a mess, with half the raid dead after the air phase courtesy of people who had no idea what to do with the frost tombs and went and hugged people.

But at the long last I got my frost wyrm!

(And then I politely excused myself. At that point, I was sleepy, and the raid wanted to attempt Lich King HM and Been Waiting a Long Time for This at the same time. No. Just no.)

So… many… eggs…

Posted in Miscellanea, Mounts and pets with tags , , on April 8, 2012 by Aeliel

A few hours of running around in circles picking up eggs netted me the ugliest tallstrider mount yet. I generally like tallstrider mounts, but come on – this one looks like a White Hawkstrider that got its feathers plucked out and is singularly unhappy about it. Ahh well.

I did my egg collecting in Falconwing Square, because I know the spawn spots there by heart (since I’ve always done the event there). “Hilariously skewed” doesn’t even begin to describe my server’s population, so there was little competition, and even if I had to take frequent breaks to slaughter a guard or five, it was still more efficient than competing with three hundred other people in Goldshire.

Since I had enough bag space to do the egg collecting in one go, I made a list of everything I got to drop from the eggs  that wasn’t chocolates before I destroyed the BoP items (with the exception of Blossoming Branches… there are a lot of bunnies in my guild’s future :D) and sent the rest to a bank alt. It seems I’m not the first person to have this idea, but hey.

Blossoming Branch
4 Spring Robes
4 Black Tuxedo Pants
3 Spring Circlet
3 Spring Rabbit’s Foot
3 White Tuxedo Shirt
1 Elegant Dress

The two new colors for the Spring Circlet (black and pink) don’t seem to drop from eggs at all, although 500 eggs is a fairly small sample size (I’ve seen it mentioned on Wowhead that the mount can also drop from eggs, although that didn’t happen to me – as I got closer and closer to 500 chocolates, I was half-expecting it to drop when I got to 490 chocolates or so, just for the RNG gods to have a good laugh at my expense), so who knows. I might go farm 100 eggs on my bank alt just to get the spare circlets… but if I do, it’ll be near the tail end of the holiday. Right now I’m a bit sick of running around in circles.

And one thing I missed commenting on…

Posted in Miscellanea, Mounts and pets with tags , on October 25, 2011 by Aeliel

…about the pet battles thing.

Well, two things really.

Most pets will become tradable

I have no illusions that this will work with pets that cost real money – such as anything BoA from the Blizzard Store, or pets from the various CEs. They did say most pets. But this might mean, for instance, that I might actually be able to buy a Toxic Wasteling – a pet that I want quite badly, but that’s eluded me so far – just off the Auction House, from somebody who was lucky enough to get multiples or who just doesn’t like the pet. And if I don’t find one on the AH…

Account wide pets

…I can just farm the event with my army of alts (I have eight characters eligible for holiday bosses as of right now – I’ll probably have more when that particular event hits), increasing my chances of getting lucky.

Also… and the one thing that will make me really happy if this system gets put in place, and really sad if it doesn’t work out… I’ll be able to rescue my Hippogryph Hatchling from obscurity and non-use.

You see, back in vanilla, before even server transfers existed (never mind faction transfers), I rerolled briefly on a different server, to a tauren druid, to try out my luck at raiding on that server. I think the whole endeavor lasted maybe half a year, if that? Then server transfers came out, I was missing alliance and my original character pretty badly, so I went back to her for the Burning Crusade and onwards and the tauren was left unplayed. (Although I did make some attempts at leveling her – but she’s still level 66, on a server I don’t play on anymore.)

While I was playing the tauren, though, the WoW TCG came out. And I bought a few packs out of curiosity. And I actually found a Thunderhead Hippogryph loot card.

I very seriously considered giving the pet to Aeliel. (“It’ll fit better, she’s a night elf, and what if I go back to playing her and regret not having the pet?”). I wish I had. Instead I gave it to the tauren, and now, well, I don’t really have it. It’s the only pet I have on an alt that I don’t have on my main.  I don’t play that character, and even if I did play her, it would make no difference. I want that pet on my main.

(Yes, I know the Cenarion Hatchling from the Blizzard Store looks identical. It still wouldn’t be the same.)

Complaining out loud works

Posted in Miscellanea, Mounts and pets with tags on July 27, 2011 by Aeliel

So following yesterday’s Azure Drake drop, we went back to kill Malygos today.

We’d decided yesterday to try and split the Malygos runs the way we do the Tempest Keep runs – my main plus my hunter, and Alieth plus any of my other alts (for Tempest Keep we use my disc priest, for Malygos we’ll probably use my tankadin). This decision was taken despite the risk of having a second Azure Drake drop for the group with Alieth in it, which would be about par for the course since it would be yet another mount I would have on an alt but not on a main.

After a few wipes we figured out a way to kill Malygos as a feral druid / hunter pair (pet tanks Malygos, I mostly sit and do nothing until after the third vortex, when I join in and help out on DPS to push Malygos to the phase change).

Guess what dropped!

And this, of course,  means that next reset we’re going back to killing Malygos with only one pair (my main plus Alieth), since we both have the drake the other is missing. (Still haven’t killed Malygos with Alieth’s pair, though – we’ll see what he drops then…)

Well what do you know…

Posted in Miscellanea, Mounts and pets, Undermanning with tags , , on July 26, 2011 by Aeliel

Yes, Malygos did indeed cough up one of his mounts on our weekly visit this time around. Hooray! But I lost the roll with a 9 to Alieth’s 19. Awww.

(I’m trying not to begrudge the mount to him too much. Maybe just a tiny bit is okay, since blue is my favorite color and Skadi still hasn’t coughed up the Blue Proto-Drake and my paladin got three Blue Drakes from bloody Oculus and and and grrrrrrrr.)

Ahh well, we will be back. For those keeping track, results from our undermanning activities so far:

Sunwell: 1/1 Thori’dal.
Black Temple: 0/1 blindfolds (I swear to God this thing should be legendary for how rare it is), 0/2 glaives (not that we have any characters that can even wield them… need to move my death knight over).
Tempest Keep: 0/2 Ashes of A’lar.
Vault of Archavon: 0/2 mammoths.
Onyxia: 0/2 drakes.
Malygos: 1/2 Azure Drake, 0/2 Blue Drakes.
Molten Core: 2/2 Sulfuras (and never ever going back unless I get the itch to get a Sulfuras for my paladin, hooray).
Blackwing Lair: still hasn’t coughed up the last Tier2 bits for either of us. (Not that we go very often, but still.)

All that weekly effort and not much to show for it, yeah? Eh, they’ll all drop eventually.