Saturday, May 14, 2011

4.2 PTR : This Just In...

There's gonna be an achievement for collecting 150 pets in 4.2.

I'm not sure what's more frustrating, that they made the reward (what I can only assume is) a squirrel, or that they called it Littlest Pet Shop ^^

I put this here as a warning to all my regular readers. Gotta catch them all! No, hang on, that's a different kids thing...


(No, no, this is not about THAT TV show. This is about Spirit beasts...)

Yesterday morning I used my Ring of the Kirin Tor to start the Daily Rare Hunt (TM) Having been told by a Guildie (waves at G) that he'd killed Vyragosa on Thursday I was aware this meant there was a chance the Time Lost Proto Drake had spawned overnight and was still active. As I was doing my first circuit around the Storm Peaks I noticed a new nameplate literally appear beneath me on the mini map as I flew past.

He's actually quite scary close up...

I named him Blue, with a nod to the kids TV character of the same name that my son loved so much growing up, and because he is. Once I'd reassured myself that there were no more rares in the Peaks that could either be a) tamed or b) poked at with sticks I decided I'd go check if Icehorn was up, via flying over Arcturis' spawn spot in Grizzly Hills... well, just in case.

My favourite. After all, every Dwarf loves a bear..

I nearly fell over myself taming Adams (I like it) and of the now full-set of Northrend Spirit Beasts I own in just under a week this will be the one that stays in the permanent pet bar. Knowing that I am not the luckiest person in the world when it comes to mobs I can only conclude that since Cataclysm the spawn rates for rares generally are up. This is therefore probably a good time to be hunting Spirit Beasts.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Now Then...

At this rate I should buy a Lottery Ticket this week :O

Of the three that remain, I tamed one this morning (^^) and saw one dead last Friday. The other I have no idea about but it's not the hugest of spawn areas to cover, so it will not take long (though Icehorn being in the starting area is not great) As for the three I've found today, the cloth from the bags alone is currently selling for 45g a stack on my AH. This stands to be a profitable endeavour as well as an enjoyable one...

In Shock News...

I did think about it...

... but in the end, this Spirit Beast survives. At least for now. First pass of the day in the Basin and he's in the last spawn spot I check. I work on the theory that the next time I find him I won't have a fight, but who knows. Needless to say, I have infinite patience, and I KNOW he's gonna respawn eventually.

I named him Lucky, because he is.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

The Thrill of the Hunt

As reported earlier in the week, my second (certifiably insane) Hunting Achievement was in it's infancy as I finished Bloody Rare. After picking up a whopping four spawns this morning (and crossing Grizzly Hills off my list of travel-to places by getting both rares I needed to complete the zone in one hit) the list of mobs to track down is looking considerably smaller. Loque is still taunting me from the top of the list, and as I flew over the Basin on my first circuit of the day I counted two BM Hunters in his known spawn spots. If I am lucky enough to find him I may well have a fight on my hands.

An early morning start has proven invaluable in snaring these guys. I can see a new breakfast routine forming in the days ahead...

[EDIT:  Four more rares added to the list across the day. Maybe it's not about the timing, simply the persistence.

Giant Dead Robot Gnomes FTW!

Of course, it's the 'hard' ones left to find including the two potential Hunter pets in the Basin and Vyragosa in the Storm Peaks (who I know was dead on Friday when I last found her, wonder how long the respawn timer is...) ]