In case you didn’t see Bashiok’s tweet earlier today, the Blizzard team has announced a handful of vanity items that will start showing up on the Pet Store “in the near future.” Following closely on the heels of other announcements related to a broadening range of in-game store items, the detailed items include transmogrifiable cosmetic helmets, a see-saw, and a personal Ghost Steed stable. The moggable cosmetic helmets behave exactly like Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes, introduced in patch 5.3. The helmets have no stats and are just for looks–and you can slap them right over your less-desirable headgear. Bashiok explains: They don’t have any stats, they’re just for looks, and you can use them to change the appearance of the helms for any characters of any class or race (they work with all armor types). They’re great for spicing up a Transmog set—or replacing a tier head piece you hate the looks of.
Blizzard announced that the premium Moonkin Hatchling pet is now 50% off through July 1 at 11:59 PM PDT. At the risk of rehashing the announcement verbatim, this plush, pint-sized Moonkin will follow you all over Azeroth and beyond, complete with its own /dance animation and flower-planting powers! Make sure you grab your Horde- or Alliance-specific version before the sale ends this Monday. And dance, baby, dance!
Hot off the heels of the release of the Armored Bloodwing mount, Blizzard’s released another purchasable creature to the public. The Blossoming Ancient is an in-game pet that will actually change appearance depending on the time of the year, according to the store description. This adorable little tree creature will run gamers $10.00. The Blizzard store offered this bit of background on the newest in-game pet: “Born from a seed of one of the Ancients, these spirited saplings are destined to regrow and heal Azeroth from the devastation caused by the Shattering. Adopt one, and you’ll be rewarded with joy throughout the year – as each new season begins, the Blossoming Ancient changes, bringing new life to its surroundings. Once activated, this in-game pet key applies to all present and future World of Warcraft characters on a single North American Battle.net account.”
If you have $25.00 you don’t want and crave exclusive mounts, the latest addition to the World of Warcraft store might just be for you. Blizzard has unveiled a new Armored Bloodwing flying mount to the populace, and it looks pretty awesome. Here’s Blizzard’s official description of it via the store: Soar into battle atop the undisputed ruler of the night skies—the all-new Armored Bloodwing mount. This monstrous, flesh-eating bat is the perfect companion for trips that call for death and destruction. As per the norm, purchasing this new mount will unlock it across all characters on a single North American Battle.net account. Hey, we all need giant flesh eating bats, right?
Gamers who play World of Warcraft claim to do so for a variety of reasons. Many players obsessively burn the midnight oil to progress in the latest raids, while others get their kicks from kicking the crap out of the opposite faction in battlegrounds, arenas and even the open world. You will even find a group of industrious individuals out there who claim that manipulating the auction house to make absurd amounts of gold ignites their ongoing passion for the game. At the end of the day, no matter what the primary focus is during play, it is likely that we all agree to a common denominator which also spurs on our play: the all consuming need to grind achievement points. These ‘nerd points’ have been around since the final hours of Burning Crusade and have encouraged the community to get out into the world and experience old content, raise reputations, and