Capture ’Em All is BlizzPro’s column for all things pet battles. Warlords of Draenor will introduce a multitude of new creatures for players to gawk at, be amazed by, and intensely crave as their very own, be it a mount, a hunter companion or a battle pet. As an avid fan of pet battles I constantly get ideas of pets and creatures I’d like to see added to my menagerie, and therefore I’ve compiled a wish list of sorts. It includes both pre-existing creatures and a few Twitter personalities that I think deserve recognition in the game. Lynx cub “Rawr” An updated version of the Sunstrider Isle Springpaw Cub. I imagine it would look something like the Caracal (despite the fact that it’s not technically a lynx). Pet abilities would include “Little Big Roar”, “Ear Flicker”, and “Gnaw”. Crystalline Shardling “Shatteringly cute!” These little cute fellas need no further introduction; if
In light of the recent garrisons blog post, Mumper gave World of Warcraft battle pet fans a tidbit today for what Warlords of Draenor has in store for our little buddies. A new type of battle-stone will be available for trainers to boost their pets’ levels: @DavidMireault Here ya go: We will be introducing a new type of battle pet stone that grants levels to pets instead of quality. — Mumper (@mumper) May 29, 2014 While it’s somewhat disheartening that we won’t be able to play matchmaker with our pets, it’s exciting to see that we won’t be limited to grinding through battles to level them. Previously, battle-stones had been limited to upgrading the quality of captured pets–this offers an alternative play style that anyone going for the numerous battle pet achievements can appreciate. Warlords of Draenor features a couple other goodies for pet fanatics, as well, not the least of which
Blizzard announced that the Armored Bloodwing mount and Blossoming Ancient battle pet are discounted 35% today via their blog. The Armored Bloodwing mount is your typical flying, bloodthirsty creature of the night. Based off the same model as the old bat NPC model, the Bloodwing comes complete with gruesome special effects and a neat wind trail along its two massive wings. The Blossoming Ancient pet comes with a unique passive ability–it changes its foliage with the passing of the seasons. A great compliment to any kaldorei, Druid, or tree enthusiast, the Blossoming Ancient shares a model with the ancient tree model found in Darnassus. You can find this special deal on the web through the browser-based store–it doesn’t look like the in-game store has been updated to reflect this discount yet. The sale lasts until this Tuesday–June 3 at 11:59 PM PST, to be exact. So you better hurry!
If you saw the teaser bug-looking mount that the official Warcraft twitter account posted on Twitter the other day with the words “Is that a saddle?”, we now know what the mysterious mount is – the Grinning Reaver! The source of the mount is unknown, but it is being added into the current PTR patch instead of 6.0 (the pre-expansion patch). It is also a level 20 flying mount, which makes it likely this mount is a Blizzard store mount. However, the second mount that also showed up on the PTR at the same time, is the one that has people really sitting up and taking notice because the Warforged Nightmare comes along with something we have only seen previously as a TCG item – a hitching post! For those not familiar with the War Party Hitching Post TCG item, it summons a hitching post that allows any player above
So this is a thing… Savage. #Warlords pic.twitter.com/vGUow21sKv — World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) May 14, 2014 Anyone want to take guesses at what it is and how you’re going to get it? It’s definitely Warlords related – could it be a collector’s edition item?
Has your wallet recovered since the Iron Skyreaver was unveiled? We hope so. Blizzard’s begun teasing a fiery mechanical steed on its various Warcraft social media accounts. No release date has been given thus far, but apparently it’s coming Soon™. Fiery mechanical steeds are best when they can be used with friends. Coming Soon™. pic.twitter.com/M8ulGgD105 — World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) April 25, 2014 The design certainly matches the savage tone Warlords of Draenor is trying to promote. Fire. Metal. Spikes. Who knows. This could actually be the final form of one of the Azeroth Choppers bikes.
Our community can be very much divided at times. Factions, flying, level boosting, we have our share of arguments. However, it’s inspiring to see that when the opportunity arises to help those in need, we as a group jump at the chance. Blizzard announced earlier today that the Alterac Valley Brew Pup has raised over one million dollars for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Thanks to the epic outpouring of generosity from World of Warcraft players around the world who purchased an Alterac Brew Pup pet, we’ve raised $1 million to benefit Make-A-Wish in their continuing efforts to grant the wishes of children throughout the world with life-threatening medical conditions. Last November, we announced that 50% of the Alterac Brew Pup’s $10 purchase price would be donated to Make-A-Wish, and the WoW community rushed in to lend their support. Thanks again for helping to make a difference in the lives of children.
Hearthstone left open beta yesterday and officially released, which brought a cool new mount into World of Warcraft. The Hearthsteed can be unlocked in Hearthstone by winning 3 games of either ranked, non ranked, or arena. Once you win 3 games you will get an achievemen-like notification on your screen, then all you have to do is log into WoW and it’s mailed to you automatically. Then congratulations! You now have your very own Hearthsteed! You can read Blizzard’s official Hearthsteed page here.