Vanity pets are one of the many things within World of Warcraft I obsess over. I am waiting with eager anticipation for the next achievement tier to be released and with it (hopefully) the faction specific pets – the baby gryphon and baby windrider. Please note that is pure speculation on my part.
This aims to be a quick guide to collecting mini pets as an alliance character. This means the Argent Tournament Pets are different and the vendor bought pets from the Alliance cities will need to be bought from the AH if you are a horde player. There are horde vendors who sell most of what needs to be bought on the AH by ally characters. I am also an EU server player, so any pets exclusive to China or the American servers, for example, will appear in the “unobtainable” section.
***Updated 9/12/09 in reference to the Patch 3.3 pets***
***Updated 19/02/10 in reference to the changes made to “Love Is In The Air”***
If you want to skip to a particular part of the guide, use the clickable list here:
- Part 1: Basic Buyable Pets
- Part 2: Pets collected by completing quests
- Part 3: Player Made
- Part 4: Drops
- Part 5: Quests that MIGHT drop a pet!
- Part 6: Buyable Only
- Part 7: Pets Related to World Events
- Part 8: Real Money! – TCG loot cards and Blizzard Store pets
- Part 9: Achievements
- Part 10: Hard to Obtain in November 2009
- Part 11: Impossible to Obtain in November 2009
*Total Spent: 1g50s*
*Total Spent: 2g50s*
*Total Spent: 3g50s*
*Total Spent: 5g10s*
Lil Timmy, in Stormwind (click the WoWhead link for his patrol) spawns every few hours to sell the White Kitten pet. This can go for a lot more at the AH than you buy it for originally (60 silver). He only carries one! Once it’s bought, he despawns.
*Total Spent: 5g70s*
*Total Spent: 5g90s*
*Total Spent: 6g70s*
*Total Spent: 6g70s & 30 Glowcaps*
*Total Spent: 45670s & 30 Glowcaps*
Dealer Rashaad in Netherstorm sells lots of pets, including the Blue Dragonhawk Hatchling (10g), Brown Rabbit (10g), Siamese Cat (60s), Cockroach (50s), Crimson Snake (50s), Mana Wyrmling (40g), and the Red Moth (10g).
*Total Spent: 118g30s & 30 Glowcaps*
*Total Spent: 130g30s & 30 Glowcaps*
Become a Champion of the 5 home cities to buy the 5 alliance pets from the city vendors in the ally tent at the Argent Tournament in Icecrown. You can buy the Ammen Vale Lashling, Dun Morogh Cub, Elwynn Lamb, Mechanopeep and Teldrassil Sproutling, each for 40 seals.
Once you are exalted with the Silver Covenant faction, you can buy a Shimmering Wyrmling for 40 seals too, also at the Argent Tournament.
*Total Spent: 130g30s, 30 Glowcaps and 240 Champion’s Seals*
***Updated, 9/12/09. Breanni is now selling two more pets for those exalted with the Kirin Tor – the Albino Snake (currently no correct wowhead link) and the Calico Cat. They are both 40g each***
*Total Spent: 300g30s, 30 Glowcaps and 240 Champion’s Seals*
Finally, you can buy two frog pets, a Wood Frog and a Tree Frog, from Flik, a Darkmoon Faire vendor. They both cost 1g.
*Total Spent: 302g30s, 30 Glowcaps and 240 Champion’s Seals*
You will receive your Argent Squire on completion of the quest A Champion Rises in the Argent Tournament. The person who gives you this quest will depend on your home city. The squire is a small human child (orc for the Horde I think) who follows you around looking stupid.
Three horrendous chicken hunting quests (kill mobs in Feralas, The Hinterlands and Tanaris until a “beacon” drops, find the dead chicken, escort the dead chicken home), will result in you being able to get your very own mechanical chicken from Booty Bay.
Finally, complete the horribly arduous “Higher Learning” questline in Dalaran to be rewarded with the Kirin Tor Familiar.
If you have engineering you can make 5 different pets. These are the Lifelike Toad (requires 265), Lil’ Smoky (requires 205), Mechanical Squirrel (requires 205), Pet Bombling (requires 205) and Mechanical Yeti (a special quest at the of the mechanical yeti questline in Winterspring just for engineers. The recipe itself requires engineering 250).
TWO of these (Lil’Smoky and the Pet Bombling) are BoP, meaning you MUST have engineering in order to acquire the pets. The other three can be bought off the Auction House if you are not an engineer.
Most of the pets that are drops are rare, some incredibly so. Prices can vary between 500g for the whelplings and 3000 gold for the oozling. Check the AH on your own server and do what you think is best – grind or buy.
The Azure Whelpling drops off dragonkin in Azshara, at about a 1 in 1000 drop chance. Azshara is being reshaped when Cataclysm hits – it is unknown as to whether this will mean the pet is no longer achievable.
The Crimson Whelpling drops from red dragonkin in the Wetlands. The drop rate is also about 1 in 1000.
Dragon number three, the Dark Whelpling, drops at 1 in 1000 from black dragonkin in Dustwallow Marsh.
The final whelpling, the Emerald Whelpling, also has a 1 in 1000 drop rate from green dragonkin in the Swamp of Sorrows.
The four cheapest to buy, and easiest to grind, vanity pets are those that drop out of the cracked egg you receive once a week once exalted with the Oracles faction. These pets are the Tickbird Hatchling (1 in 5), White Tickbird Hatchling (1 in 5), Cobra Hatchling (1 in 5) and Proto-Drake Whelp (1 in 10).
The raptor pets are a recent addition to the game, some easier to find that others.
The Deviate Hatchling is a 1 in 1000 drop from the raptors in Wailing Caverns.
The Gun’drak Hatchling is a 1 in 1000 drop from the raptors in Zul’Drak.
The Phoenix Hatchling is a 1 in 16 drop from Kael’thas Sunstrider in Magister’s Heroic. He is currently almost impossible to solo on heroic difficulty.
The Disgusting Oozling, even more rare with a drop rate of 1 in 2,125, can go for 3000 gold or more on the Auction House. It is contained in 1 out of 85 Oozing Bags, which are a 1 in 25 drop off any “ooze” mobs across Azeroth.
Fishing in schools in Terrokar may, if you are very lucky, net you a Magical Crawdad box which may, if you are very lucky, net you a Magical Crawdad crab pet. 1 in 500 fishing casts rewards a Mr. Pinchy wish box, and 1 out of every 5 wishes is the chance of being rewarded with the crawdad pet.
The Giant Sewer Rat is a 1 in 1000 chance pet that can appear when you fish in the Dalaran sewers.
The Green Wing Macaw is a common drop from the Deadmines instance, with a roughly 1 in 50 drop rate.
Mojo is a frog that “drops” in Zul Aman. 1 in every 50 hexes removed from frogs will result in you getting a Mojo, and the Amani Hex Sticks that you need to remove the hexes are a 40% – ish drop from trash in the instance.
The rarest drop as far as vanity pets go is the Hyacinth Macaw. It is dropped from the pirates in Stranglethorn Vale, and has a drop rate of 1 in 5000.
The fishing quests at both Outland level and Northrend can drop pets.
At Outland, the now incredibly buffed Bag of Fishing Treasures can drop one of four baby crocolisks if you are lucky enough to get the Crocolisks in the City daily. The bag may contain Muckbreath, Toothy, Snarly or Chuck.
The fishing quest in Northrend rewards a bag of treasures which has a (roughly) 1 in 100 chance of dropping a Strand Crawler.
The Black Tabby Cat can be farmed by horde but only bought by alliance, as the mobs you need to farm are friendly towards alliance characters. The Sprite Darter is the alliance equivalent of this. The price for this will vary, server to server.
There are lots of pets that are cheap for horde to buy but involve either cross faction trading (find someone friendly on the horde side!) or buying from the AH. Prices vary massively from a few gold for the common pets to up to 1000 gold for the horde faction Argent Tournament pets. For the Tournament pets I would recommend, if you can, finding a pet collector horde side to do a straight swap with you, 5 for 5. It’s what I did and it was very smooth.
The full listing is as follows (AT after a name denotes an Argent Tournament pet):
Black Kingsnake, Brown Prairie Dog, Brown Snake, Crimson Snake, Durotar Scorpion (AT), Enchanted Broom (AT), Golden Dragonhawk Hatchling, Mulgore Hatchling (AT), Red Dragonhawk Hatchling, Sen’jin Fetish (AT), Silver Dragonhawk Hatchling and Tirisfal Batling (AT)
Lots of the events reward vanity pets.
Children’s Week will essentially award you three pets annually for the first and second year you do it (presuming you are starting from November 2009, are level 75 or above and haven’t done it before), and then 2 pets on your third year.
The possible pets you can choose are:
Lots of pets to be acquired purely through Lady RNG here. Father Winter’s Helper (1 in 4 chance of dropping), Tiny Snowman (1 in 4), Winter Reindeer (1 in 4) and Winter’s Little Helper (1 in 4) can all drop from the Gaily Wrapped Presents you find under the Christmas trees.
You can buy the Spring Rabbit for 100 chocolate eggs during Noblegarden, but it does also have a 1 in 100 chance of dropping from opening an egg.
You can receive the Sinister Squashling from defeating the Headless Horseman during Hallow’s End. The drop rate has been greatly buffed, it’s now at around 1 in 20. It can also be found in the trick or treat bags you acquire from Innkeepers or the Crudely Wrapped Gifts acquired from the Hallows End quest.
Midsummer: The Scorchling is dropped by Lord Ahune, the boss in the Slave Pens, during Midsummer. His drop rate is 1 in 65.
During Midsummer, if you complete enough daily quests, you can buy a Spirit of Summer for 350 blossoms.
The new holiday based around Thanksgiving rewards a Plump Turkey on completion of the meta achievement.
Love Is In The Air:
The last event based pets are Peddlefeet, who can be bought for 40 love tokens (roughly 2 days or dailies), and the Toxic Wasteling which has a 1 in 65 chance of dropping from the Holiday Boss, Apothecary Hummel in Shadowfang Keep.
In a few of the TCG expansions loot cards have been included that have given you an in-game pet.
Some of these are now so rare they are non-existant, and can go for lots of real money (the values I have given are the averages on eBay as of 24/11/2009).
Every player that did the compulsory switch to Battle net during November 2009 also received the Mr. Chilly penguin pet. ***Updated, 9/12/09. As of Patch 3.3, those with either a key fob authenticator or mobile authenticator will receive a Corehound Pup (no wowhead link as of yet) pet in the mail.
There are currently two pets awarded for achievements in pet collecting. These are Stinker, a reward for collecting 50 pets and the achievement “Shop Smart, Shop Pet… Smart” and the Little Fawn, the reward for the 75 pet achievement Lil Game Hunter.
This is a listing of the pets that are hard to obtain in 2009 – ie possible, but would probably cost you lots and lots of money!
The first set of these are those associated to the Collector’s editions of the WoW game and expansions. These are:
The Netherwhelp was the worldwide reward for buying the Burning Crusade Collector’s Edition. Some European customers didn’t receive their Netherwhelp pet at first, so EU players were compensated by also receiving Lurky, a peach coloured murloc.
Finally, the Collector’s Edition of Wrath if the Lich King rewarded Frosty.
Gurky is an unknown here. He is limited to EU servers (yay!) and is a reward for competing in fan competitions. The frequency that he is given out is a total unknown.
Finally this section includes those pets that are impossible to obtain at this period in time. This includes pets open only to those playing in the USA or China, as well as pets rewarded for specific in-game events.
Pets from specific in game events include the two given for the 4 year and now 5 year anniversary of WoW. During the 3rd week in November of 2008, all characters that logged on were given a Bind on Account pet – the Baby Blizzard Bear.
All those that log on during this week in November 2009 (starting November 22nd), will receive an Onyxian Whelpling. This will also become unobtainable after the birthday celebrations end.
Those that took part in the Winter’s Veil celebrations in 2007 received the Clockwork Rocket Bot.
During the Beijing Olympics in 2008, players that took part in battlegrounds had the chance to receive the Spirit of Competition dragon pet.
During the Scourge Invasion event pre-release of WotLK, players that ran Karazhan would receive the Vampiric Batling after defeating Tenris Mirkblood.
Those who attend Blizzard conferences and invitationals have also almost always received a mini pet. The Worldwide Invitational in 2007 gave players Lucky, the yellow pig and 2008 gifted players with the Mini Tyrael. Blizzcon 2005 gave Murky the murloc, and 2009 gave Grunty, the Murloc Marine.
Participating in 200 3v3 Arena Tournament games in 2009 gifted players with Murkimus the Gladiator, another baby murloc.
Some pets are unachieveable by all those living in the EU region. These include the Essence of Competition (a Beijing Olympics event pet rewarded to Chinese players) and the Jade Tiger (a new pet given to Chinese players as compensation for the realms being offline for a long time). Chinese players also had the chance to collect Poley, the Tiny Green Dragon and Tiny Red Dragon, from iCoke promotionals.
Pets awarded to players on the US realms include the Warbot (a Mountain Dew soft drink in-game pet).
And that’s my complete guide to where and how you can collect the 146 vanity pets in the World of Warcraft.
I hope you enjoyed this guide and wish you the best of luck pet hunting!
If you want to take a look at my collection, it’s available here.