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A Guide to Merrymaking!

December 15, 2008

I love Christmas time.  And so, when I heard there was a title for doing all of the Winter Veil achievements, I got very excited!

I’ve gotten several of the achievements done already, and I figured I could try to write a handy guide for anyone trying for the Merrymaker title.

[Merrymaker] requires 12 other achievements to be completed.  Below, I have a list of these achievements and how to go about completing them.

[On Metzen!] Save Metzen the Reindeer.

You can pick up the quest for this from Kaymard Copperpinch outside of the Auction House in Orgrimmar, or Wulmort Jinglepocket outside the bank in Ironforge.  You’ll receive some ransom letters about Metzen, and the two locations you can find him.  One location is in Tanaris, in Lost Rigger Cove guarded by Southsea pirates (68, 41).  The other location is in Searing Gorge (70, 34).  In both locations, he is guarded by 4 mobs, with levels ranging from 44-47, so if you’re at a low level, you’ll probably want to bring help.  You just need to talk to Metzen and use the reindeer dust on him to save him.

[Scrooge] Throw a snowball at Cairne Bloodhoof during the Feast of Winter Veil. OR Throw a snowball at King Magni Bronzebeard during the Feast of Winter Veil.

If you’re looking for snowballs, there are a fewways to get them this time of year.  They can be purchased from Smokeywood Pastures vendors, engineers can craft a Snowmaster 9000, which turns water into snowballs.  You can also get free snowballs from the ground in Alterac Mountains, where you will have to spend some time looking for The Abominable Greench.  Be sure to pick up the quest [The Reason for the Season] from your Smokywood Pasture friends, which will lead you to talk to Cairne or Bronzebeard anyway.

[‘Tis the Season] During the Feast of Winter Veil, wear 3 pieces of winter clothing and eat Graccu’s Mince Meat Fruitcake.

This is probably one of the harder ones to complete, or at least the most expensive.  You’re going to need 3 pieces of winter clothing:

  • [Red Winter Hat] / [Green Winter Hat]: These drop from bosses in some regular (or heroic) WotLK instances.  The Red one is available from Grand Magus Telestra in The Nexus, and the Green one is available from Mage-Lord Urom in The Occulus.
  • [Red Winter Clothes] (Alliance) / [Green Winter Clothes] (Horde): Tailoring 250. This pattern can be picked up from the Smokywood Pastures vendors in Orgrimmar or Ironforge, but you may also receive it in the mail from completing the Metzen or Greench quests.  You may want to wait til after you’ve done those, so you can save yourself a bit of cash!  I recommend farming the mats rather than buying them in the Auction House, because prices will be very elevated right now.
  • [Winter Boots] : Leatherworking 250. Similar to the Clothes, these can be bought or received in the mail after doing the quests.

[Simply Abominable] Complete the quest to retrieve the stolen Smokywood Pastures’ stolen treats and receive a Smokywood Pastures’ Thank You.

You can pick up the quest for this from Kaymard Copperpinch outside of the Auction House in Orgrimmar, or Wulmort Jinglepocket outside the bank in Ironforge.  This sends you to Alterac Mountains, north of Hillsbrad Foothills, to locate a snowman (35, 72).  He’ll give you a quest to kill The Abominable Greench, which spawns every few minutes in the nearby area.  Unfortunately, you will probably not be the only one looking for him.  So here are some tips:
Check around the three spawn points: (30, 52), (29, 61) and (40, 73).  Which ever is least populated is probably the best place to wait.  He’ll spawn randomly at any of these locations.
Make a macro, and bind it to an easily spammable button.  Here is the one I used, and you can simply replace Arcane Shot with your own instant cast.

/target The Abominable Greench
/cast [exists] Arcane Shot

It’s good to team up with a few people, but keep in mind that if you are each waiting at different spawn points, it’s unlikely you will share the kill and all get the loot.  And don’t think you’ll be able to kite him to your friends, because everyone will attack him and kill him almost instantly.  In this case, it may be better to keep all your eggs in one basket.

[Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s] Use Mistletoe on the Horde “Brothers” during the Feast of Winter Veil. OR Use Mistletoe on the Alliance “Brothers” during the Feast of Winter Veil.

To get mistletoe, you need to /kiss at the Winter Revelers inside any of the inns in the major cities.  You can only do this once an hour, and they will give you Mistletoe, Handful of Snowflakes (needed for another achievement) or Fresh Holly.  This achievement is quite different for Alliance and Horde, so I’ll break it down.
Horde:  There are 3 brothers to find.  Unfortunately, it looks like you’ll have to have Cold Weather Flying to finish it.   Brother Malach can be found around (51,22) in Undercity, Durkot Wolfbrother can be found at (40,54) in Borean Tundra, and Brother Keltan is found on the floating ship in Icecrown.  The only way to get to this is by using your flying mount or taking the flight path that comes from a quest in Dalaran (which you can’t do until you’ve purchased Cold Weather Flying).  So here’s hoping you’re 77 before the end of the festival!
Alliance:   There are quite a few more people to visit, but getting to them is easier at least.  Here’s a list of locations, in an order recommended by someone on WoWhead:

  1. Brother Wilhelm – Goldshire near blacksmith (40.5, 65.2)
  2. Brother Kristoff – Stormwind Cathedral Square (45.8, 38.7)
  3. Brother Benjamin – Stormwind Cathedral, near pillars (41.1, 28.6)
  4. Brother Joshua – Stormwind Cathedral, end of corridor (38.7, 26.8)
  5. Brother Cassius – Stormwind Cathedral, inside the right room (43.3, 26.8)
  6. Brother Crowley – Stormwind Cathedral, entrance to right catacombs (41.0, 26.1)
  7. Brother Nimetz – Stranglethorn Vale, Rebel Camp (37.9, 3.6)
  8. Brother Karman – Theramore, with the practise dummies (67.3, 47.4)
  9. Brother Anton – Nijel’s Point, Desolace on the balcony of the inn(66.5, 7.8)

[He Knows If You’ve Been Naughty] Open one of the presents underneath the Winter Veil tree once they are available.

The presents aren’t available until the morning of December 25th, however, they will continue to be available until the end of the festival, January 2nd.  So you don’t have to log in Christmas day to get this.  If you still have a present from the previous year, I’ve heard you can open that and get the achievement.

[With a Little Helper from My Friends] Earn 50 honorable kills as a Little Helper from the Winter Wondervolt machine.

The Winter Wondervolt machines can be found outside of Ogrimmar and Ironforge, as well as in the centre of Dalaran.  The costume doesn’t persist through death, and bad news for Feral Druids:  It is canceled when you shape shift.  But 50 honorable kills are pretty easy to come by over 2 weeks if you just put on the costume and hop in an AV queue.  Be sure to keep an eye out for any of the race/class combinations for Let it Snow!

[Fa-la-la-la-Ogri’la] Complete the Bomb Them Again! quest while mounted on a flying reindeer during the Feast of Winter Veil.

Pretty simple if you’ve done the [Bomb Them Again!] from Ogri’la.  You’ll need to get your hands on some Preserved Holly which can be obtained from the quest to save Metzen the Reindeer, and afterward can be bought from the quest giver for 5 gold and 1 deeprock salt.  These also are not Bind on Pickup, so you can trade them.  If you haven’t done the pre-Ogri’la quests, you’ll have to do those first, they start at Mog’dorg the Wizened.  Note:  You will also need to have a real flying mount to turn this in.  Sorry again, druids!  However, you do NOT have to be on a reindeer when you actually do the quest – you just need to be on a flying reindeer when you turn it in.

[Crashin’ & Thrashin’] Gain 25 crashes with your Crashin’ Thrashin’ Racer during the Feast of Winter Veil.

When the presents under the Christmas tree are unlocked on the 25th of December, you’ll have a chance to get one of these from the gifts.  Like the Clockwork Robot of last year.  However, it’s got a very familiar look to it…

[Let It Snow] During the Feast of Winter Veil, use a Handful of Snowflakes on each of the race/class combinations listed below.

You can get Handfuls of Snowflakes by doing a /kiss to a Winter Reveler in any major inn.  There is a chance at getting Mistletoe or Fresh Holly as well, which will be useful anyway.  You can only do this once an hour, so be sure to hit the inn as often as you can to get enough!  This achievement can be completed in towns, including sanctuaries, so hang around the other faction’s side of the city if you want to watch out for some of those combinations.  You can also do this in arenas and battlegrounds, which is a bit more of a challenge!  Speaking as a Troll Hunter, I’m looking forward to having snowflakes constantly floating over my head!

[The Winter Veil Gourmet] During the Feast of Winter Veil, use your culinary expertise to produce a Gingerbread Cookie, Egg Nog and Hot Apple Cider.

This will require you to have at least a 325 cooking skill.  The three recipes are available, like any of the other holiday patterns, either by purchasing them from the Smokywood vendors or as a random quest reward in the mail.  The only mat for these that you cannot buy in your home city is Small Eggs.  For Horde, I recommend taking a quick trip to Thunder Bluff and searching around Mulgore for Swoops and Plainstriders, or to Eversong Woods to kill Dragonhawks.  You can pick up a few pretty quickly.  For Alliance, head to Darkshore where you can find a camp of Owlkin as well as Plainstriders who will drop these for you.  Please do not buy them on the Auction House.  Price gouging is not cool.  Also, note that you can’t get the achievement by just having these items or by eating/drinking them.  You need to actually craft them!  If you would like to finish the Treats for Greatfather Winter quest at the same time, you’ll need to pick up at least 6 eggs.

[A Frosty Shake] During the Feast of Winter Veil, use your Winter Veil Disguise kit to become a snowman and then dance with another snowman in Dalaran.

The Winter Veil Disguise Kit is a reward from completing the Stolen Treats quest, to kill the Abominable Greench (this will also get an achievement in itself).  It’s not a direct reward, but you will receive it in the mail shortly after completing the quest.  I’m sure there will be congregations of dancing snowmen in the Dalaran bank, that’s probably your best chance of finding another one.  You can get to Dalaran by mage portal or warlock summon if you are below level 74.

Hope this could help you on your way to becoming a Merrymaker!  Happy Winter Veil to all!


Upgrades for Anti-social Hunters

December 1, 2008

Like pretty much everyone else, I have been looking in to upgrades.  For me, I like to focus mostly on reputation based or leatherworking upgrades, since those are not dependent on luck.  I also don’t seem to ever get to run dungeons, it just never fits in to my schedule, and I HATE PUGS, so I usually don’t run anything unless it’s all guildies (most of which are way ahead of me in level now).

Conveniently, I’ve had my work done for me when it comes to researching dungeon and heroic drops.  Let me point you in the right direction:

  • The Hunter’s Mark – Lassirra has written a giant post with lots of great info on where to get what and why.  Check it out for sure, even if you just look at the lists of gear (but you should read it all!)
  • Stabilized Effort Scope – Rilgon has listed his plans for upgrades, and included gems as well.  While this isn’t so much a guide of where to get all the gear in the game, it’s good to take a look at how some other people are planning to gear.
  • BigRedKitty – A list of some heroic gear to watch out for, very short and to the point.

Now, it’s my turn.  These are upgrades you can get if you don’t get to run a lot of heroics, or if you’re trying to catch up to the rest of your group.  Sure, your T5 and T6 gear will be fine in heroics and probably Naxx too, but if you didn’t get a chance to get any of that, you might want to take some time to pick up some of these level 78-80 upgrades.

I haven’t done any serious number crunching on these comparisons, they are just to give you an idea and help you (and me) figure out where to focus efforts.

Note:  The 200-level crafted upgrades require Frozen Orbs, which are obtained from Heroics.  However, they are BoE, so they could potential be purchased before you set foot in a heroic.


  • [Nesingwary 4000] Engineering 450
    This is an amazing weapon.  You should probably pick it up as soon as you can.  And it’s pretty too.
  • [Zombie Sweeper Shotgun] Argent Crusade – Revered
    While it is dwarfed by the DPS and AP of the Nesingwary gun, this might be easier to pick up, and it does have some hit rating.
  • [Sin’dorei Recursive Bow] or [Sawed-Off Hand Cannon] Horde Expedition or Alliance Vanguard – Revered
    This is decent enough.  If you happen to be revered with your respective faction when you hit 78, you may want to pick it up.  No agility, but it has some hit, and a marginal DPS increase from the Relentless Strikes crossbow.
  • [Hemet’s Trophy Gun] Quest – Sholazar Basin
    If you didn’t already have something like the Crossbow of Relentless Strikes or higher, this is a free upgrade.  Otherwise, it just doesn’t quite do the trick.


  • [Savage Cobalt Slicer] Blacksmithing (395)
    Rilgon has pointed out the beauty of equipping a pair of these.  Hit rating is just as important as anything for hunters, and with 29 Hit on each of these… you’re well on your way to the cap.
  • [Whale-Stick Harpoon] Kalu’ak – Revered
    You can easily get to Revered with Kalu’ak just by doing their quests.  This may not be the Slicers, but it’s got a good amount of agility, but also has some much needed hit.
  • [Runeblade of Demonstratable Power] Ebon Hold – Revered
    This sword has really nice overall stats, lots of Agi, AP, Crit and even some nice Haste… but what it is missing is hit.  If you aren’t too concerned about hit, or you’ve made up for it somewhere else, you can’t really go wrong with one of these strapped to your back!
  • [Icier Barbed Spear] Quest – Champion of Anguish
    Again, no hit, but otherwise quite pretty.  AND FREE!  Quest rewards are free!  So if you are looking to upgrade temporarily, and don’t want to worry about the cost… why not pick it up?


  • [Truesight Ice Blinders] Engineering 430
    If you are an engineer, you need not look further.  These also only require level 72, so if you get your engineering up fast enough, it’s a very early upgrade.
  • [Helmet of Just Retribution] Quest – Utgarde Pinnacle
    The next three helms are quite equivalent, with just minor differences.  This one has it’s strong points in Stamina and Armour Pen, but it has low Intellect and no Crit.
  • [Swiftarrow Helm] Leatherworking 420
    High points are Resilience and Crit, otherwise it’s about average between the three.
  • [Toothslice Helm] The Oracles – Revered
    This has some pretty crazy high AP.  Otherwise, it’s pretty on par with the other two helms of this level.
  • [Headguard of Retaliation] Quest – Utgarde Pinnacle
    This is actually the leather version from the same Utgarde Pinnacle quest, but it’s got a LOT of AP and Agility.  The downside, of course, is that there is no Intellect.


  • [Titanium Impact Choker] Jewelcrafting 440
    Superior to everything else by far, except it has no crit.  Do what you can to grab one if you’re doing alright on crit.
  • [The Severed Noose of Westwind] Quest – Icecrown
    Pretty nice quest reward from a group quest.  Stats are all slightly less than the Jewelcrafting necklace, but it has crit rating instead of armour pen.



  • [Ice Striker’s Cloak] Leatherworking 440
    Slightly low on the agility, but it makes up for it with the haste and AP.
  • [Cloak of Holy Extermination] Argent Crusade – Honoured
    Nice agility and some armour pen, but only has about half the AP of the Ice Striker’s Cloak.
  • [Bloodbane Cloak] Quest – Icecrown
    Meeh.  It’s got average stats all around.  Nothing to turn your nose up at if you haven’t picked up the other two yet.


  • [Polished Regimental Hauberk] Argent Crusade – Exalted
    Okay, you probably won’t be able to get this right away.  It’ll take some time to get to exalted.  But I couldn’t leave this beauty out of my list, since it may or may not affect the order you go for your factions.
  • [Gilded Ringmail Hauberk] Quest – Utgarde Pinnacle
    Comparing it to the next two chests in the list, this has Armour Pen but no Crit or Hit.  Otherwise almost even.
  • [Razorstrike Breastplate] Leatherworking 425
    Crit, but no Armour Pen or Hit.
  • [Assault Hauberk] Quest – Coldarra
    Hit, but no Armour Pen or Crit.


  • [Giantmaim Bracers] Leatherworking 440
    Actually not that much better than the Eaglebane Bracers.  More agility, and a little more of a few other stats, as well as some nice armour pen.
  • [Eaglebane Bracers] Leatherworking 420
    If you are needing in hit, this is actually possibly better to wear than the Giantmaim.  But if you can make up the hit rating elsewhere, this just isn’t as good.
  • [Swiftarrow Bracers] Leatherworking 420
    Resilience & Crit.  That’s all.


  • [Grips of Chronological Events] Quest – Stratholme
    Nothing very exciting for gloves at these levels.  These ones have slightly low Agility but it makes up for it with Armour Pen and AP.
  • [Swiftarrow Gauntlets] Leatherworking 425
    Like the rest of the Swiftarrow set, this has resilience and crit going for it.


  • [Giant Ring Belt] Sons of Hodir – Honoured or [Waistband of the Thuzadin] Quest – Stratholme
    These are identical.  So you might want to save your gold and do the Strat quest.  Really high AP.
  • [Swiftarrow Belt] Leatherworking 425
    Do I really need to describe it again?  Crit and Resilence, obviously.
  • [Ranger’s Belt of the Fallen Empire] Quest – Gundrak
    Added this in because of it’s hit and agi.  This is the only belt here with any hit, and it also has 8 more agi than any of the others.


  • [Giantmaim Legguards] Leatherworking 440
    Look at all that Agi and AP!  These pants will make you hurt people.  Not much that’s bad about them at all.
  • [Swiftarrow Leggings] Leatherworking 425
    I’m not going to say it again.
  • [Jormungar Hide Legguards] Quest – Storm Peaks
    These actually aren’t too bad.  No intellect, but more crit than the Swiftarrow.


  • [Boots of Twinkling Stars] Kirin Tor – Exalted
    Takes a lot of rep, but these are nice if you don’t get another upgrade before you make it to exalted.
  • [Swiftarrow Boots] Leatherworking 425
    Blah blah Crit Resilience blah blah.
  • [Dragonstompers] Leatherworking 400
    The hit rating and AP on these boots makes them very appealing to me.


  • [Band of the Kirin Tor] 7500G
    If you’ve got the money, why not?  It’s so shiny!
  • [Titanium Impact Band] Jewelcrafting 430
    If you aren’t swimming in gold, this is a nice alternative.  Or a nice compliment, if you need a second ring.
  • [Ring of Scarlet Shadows] Jewelcrafting 420
    Really nice hit bonus for a ring.
  • [Ring of Foul Mojo] Quest – Gundrak
    It’s decent enough.  Only if you need a second ring to pair up with another one though, probably.


  • I’m not going to cover trinkets.  They’re pretty complex, and I get a little flummoxed when trying to compare them.  Once there is more info and data on them, I might do a post just for them.

When do hunters learn Mend Pet?

November 3, 2008

Level 12.

That means for your first two levels with a pet, you have to just keep them alive.  Bandage them maybe, if you must.

Find out more here.

This question frequently shows up in my Search Engine hit statistics… apparently a lot of people are curious about this, and reasonably so, you’d think you’d get it at the same time you get your pet, but that is not the case!


Creepy Cunning Pets

September 11, 2008


  • Sonic Blast: Emits a piercing shriek, inflicting x Nature damage and stunning the target for 2 sec.

Stuns are really nice to have… bats, not so much.

Birds of Prey

  • Snatch: The bird of prey grabs the enemy’s weapon with its talons, causing x damage and disarming them for 6 sec.

Ooo, disarm!  Now that’s how you annoy people.  I could see myself using that for PvP maybe… there are some pretty nice looking birds out there too.


  • Froststorm Breath: Your pet simultaneously breathes frost and lightning at an enemy target, inflicting Frost and Nature damage and slowing the target.

Everyone loooves the Chimaeras!  I like the ones in Winterspring, the blue ones… pretty sweet.  I’d like to hear more about the ability though, since I know there have been lots of strange bugs with it in the beta so far.


  • Fire Breath: Targets in a cone in front of the caster take x Fire damage over 2 sec.

Probably the shortest DoT I’ve ever seen… 2 seconds?  Is that really necessary?  I’ve always thought the Dragonhawks were really beautiful, but I wouldn’t feel right having one if I’m not a blood elf.  And I wouldn’t feel right BEING a blood elf.  So I guess there goes that. 😛

Nether Rays

  • Nether Shock: Instantly lashes an enemy for x Shadow damage. Also interrupts spellcasting and prevents any spell in that school from being cast for 2 sec.

A nice anti-spell caster ability, but I think I’d prefer a stun over a counterspell thingy, since I’m not focused enough to send my pet at casters… I just let it go where ever.


  • Ravage: Violently attacks an enemy for x, stunning it for 2 sec.

Ravagers creep me out.


  • Poison Spit: Spits poison at an enemy, dealing x Nature damage over 8 sec.

I must say, I don’t usually like the crawly type of pets… but there are some pretty sweet looking serpent skins!


  • Venom Web Spray: Sprays toxic webs at the target, preventing movement for 4 sec and causing Nature damage over time.

Like I’ve said before… I don’t see too much of a point for stopping the mob from moving if it’s just going to stand there and attack my pet anyway… also, creepy.


  • Web: Encases the target in sticky webs, preventing movement for 4 sec.

What’s with all the creepy cunning pets?  This is pretty much the same as the Silithid ability, but it’s lacking in doing damage.  I’d think they’d at least give it some extra time or something to make it not just a feckless copy of the Silithid ability.


  • Spore Cloud: Dusts nearby enemies with spores causing x Nature damage every 3 sec for 9 sec and reducing armor by y.

Another nature DoT, but I do like the armour reduction especially.  Spore bats are not creepy, I kind of like them.  I just wish they had more of a face.

Wind Serpents

  • Lightning Breath: Breathes lightning, instantly dealing x Nature damage to a single target.

Sparkle! 🙂  I have been playing around with my Wind Serpent quite a bit lately, and I must say I do like it.  It’s a little annoying how it tries to fly out to cast, but I can deal with that.

Well…. not too impressed by the Cunning pets, unfortunately.  I’ll likely be sticking with my Wind Serpent from this tree, or maybe give a Chimaera a try… they sound like fun.


Ferocity Pet Face-off

September 9, 2008

Carrion Birds

  • Demoralizing Screech: Blasts a single enemy for x damage and lowers the melee attack power of all enemies in melee range by y. Effect lasts 4 sec.

I’ve never been a big fan of the birds.  I don’t know, they just kind of bug me.  But I could see the Demoralizing Screech being pretty useful in many situations… though the duration is pretty short.


  • Prowl: Puts your pet in stealth mode, but slows its movement speed by x%. The first attack from stealth receives a y% bonus to damage. Lasts until cancelled.

I never used this ability on my cat, so having this as the special ability for my DPS pet doesn’t make much sense… I don’t think it would even be that useful for PvP, at least not for my PvP style (which does not involve sneaking).

Core Hounds

  • Lava Breath: Your pet breathes a double gout of molten lava at the target for x Fire damage and reduces the target’s casting speed by 50% for 10 sec.

Now this, this is my kind of PvP ability.  I could use a core hound for my pet for PvP, although the size of the pet might make it a pretty easy target. But they look so cool, I especially like the Kurken model.


  • Monstrous Bite: Your devilsaur ferociously bites the enemy, causing x damage, and boosts its own damage by 3% for 12 seconds. This effect stacks 3 times.

Pretty sure everyone is going to have a devilsaur.  They aren’t very cuddly, but I think I will have to train one, just to give it a try at least.  And the ability is pretty awesome.


  • Tendon Rip: Tears at an enemy’s legs for x and reducing movement speed by 50% for 6 sec.

Hyenas are kind of ugly… and the ability isn’t super.  It’s nice, but I can’t see myself using it all the time.


  • Serenity Dust: The moth’s wings produce a cloud of dust that increases its attack power by 10% and heals it for x over 15 sec.

Mmmm… pretty moths 🙂  I’ve always loved them, and I could totally see myself picking one of these up.  The special ability is pretty nice too!


  • Savage Rend: Slashes the enemy with the raptor’s talons for x damage, and causes the target to bleed for y damage every 3 sec for 15 sec. Successful critical strikes with this ability temporarily boost the raptor’s attack power.

Raptors and trolls just go together, it makes sense.  Decent ability, although not great when DoTs are not supposed to be used (like in some boss fights).


  • Dust Cloud: Your tallstrider kicks up an obscuring cloud of dust, causing all enemies within 10 yards to miss their next attack. Lasts for 8 sec.

Very unique ability, pretty neat… but I think I’d end up finding it a little feckless.  Tallstriders themselves… well, only the pink one is cool, of course.


  • Sting: Your wasps stings for x Nature damage, and decreases the armor of the target by y for 20 sec. While affected, the target cannot stealth or turn invisible.

I really like the whole armour decrease thing for some reason.  This could be a pretty viable pet for PvP or PvE.


  • Furious Howl: Increases attack power by x for Party members within 40 yards of the wolf. Lasts 10 sec.

Wolves are pretty nice, and this is a nice party-wide buff.  Depends how well it scales though, I haven’t really seen the numbers on that.

So in conclusion.. my Ferocity pet is looking like a Devilsaur, Moth, Wasp, or possibly a Core Hound if I want one of these as a PvP pet.


Tenacity Pet Showdown

September 8, 2008

Alright, it’s time I stop being stubborn about the upcoming expansion.  I haven’t been completely avoiding it, but I’ve been trying to focus myself on the game at hand, on the stuff that I can do now.

But with the 3.0 patch on the horizon, it’s time for me to start thinking about the future.

So, I’ve started to look into what pets I will want to use.  Right now, I have three pets:  Willy the Warp Stalker, the pet I leveled with from 65-70, my tanking pet.  Fiddlesticks the Cat, my reliable DPS pet who has accompanied me on many raids.  And Sparkle the Wind Serpent, the newest addition that I’ve been playing around with lately, although she still hasn’t hit the highest level of loyalty.

I’d like to tame one pet from each talent tree, but I can’t just look at which pets are prettiest anymore, since each family has a unique ability.  So I’m going to go over all the pet families in each tree and their special abilities, and try to figure out what I think about them.  I figured I’d do it here, since I’m sure I’m not the only person looking into this.  Feel free to share your opinions or help me decide which pet to pick!

I’m going to start with the Tenacity pets.  Tanking pets.  This is super important, since I’m going to want to level with a decent tanking pet at my side to hold the aggro.


  • Swipe: Swipe 3 nearby enemies, inflicting x damage.

Bears always felt a little boring to me.  Although I always thought the diseased bears from the Plaguelands and Felwood were pretty cool looking!  Swipe is an appropriate ability, and I would love to have a pet that can hold aggro on multiple mobs like this.


  • Gore: Your boar gores the enemy for x. Causes double damage if used within 6 seconds of a Charge.

I never really liked boars, although I suppose the Helboars that are present in Outlands aren’t quite as wimpy looking.  I just don’t know if they are my style.  However, the special ability is pretty sweet.  When used in combination with Charge, that’ll be a nice damage and threat boost right at the beginning of a fight, which would hopefully mean I can go all out right away.


  • Pin: Pins the target in place, and squeezes for x damage over 4 sec.

LOL, Crabs.  I don’t know how super useful the pins the target in place thing is, since that doesn’t mean it’ll stop it from attacking.  I can see the use in it, but Intimidation already has me covered there, I’d say.


  • Bad Attitude: Snap back for x damage at any target that strikes you for the next 45 sec.

Crocolisks are kind of neat, but the noise they make drives me crazy!  Too bad their special ability is so amazing for AoE tanking.


  • Thunderstomp: Shakes the ground with thundering force, doing x Nature damage to all enemies within 8 yards. This ability causes a moderate amount of additional threat.

I had a gorilla for a while, I think they’re pretty cool, and the AoE ability is pretty nice.  I’d consider picking one up again for sure, although I don’t know how much I’ll be fighting multiple things at a time.


  • Stampede: Your rhino slams nearby enemies within 10 yards, causing x damage and knocking them back 15 yards.

I am sad about this ability.  I think a rhino would be an awesome looking pet, but this special ability is not really any good for PvE.  The last thing I need is my pet knocking my target into another group of mobs or knocking him out of my shooting range.  Booo.


  • Scorpid Poison: Stings an enemy for x Nature damage over 10 sec. Effect can stack up to 5 times on a single target.

Scorpids are alright, although I prefer something with fur.  The ability is also just alright as well, I think I’d rather have something that does direct damage than a DoT, but meh.


  • Shell Shield: The turtle partially withdraws into its shell, reducing damage taken by 50% for 12 sec.

I had a turtle once.  They’re cute!  I like the ability well enough, and I’m sure it would be nice, but with the talent to improve the healing done to the pet, if I get into a situation where this is necessary, then I’m probably screwed as it is.

Warp Stalkers

  • Warp: Teleports to an enemy up to 30 yards away and gives the pet a 50% chance to avoid the next melee attack. Lasts 4 sec.

Oh Willy, how I love you!  I know the Warp Stalkers don’t get a lot of attention, but I really liked the Warp ability.  It meant I didn’t have to wait quite so long before attacking, and it was also a great way to tag mobs when competing with a Night Elf Hunter w/Cat on the Elemental Plateau.  But I think Charge makes Warp a bit feckless, and I think I might prefer to have the charge affect.  So that’s not great news for Willy.


  • Acid Spit: Your worm spits acid at an enemy, causing x Nature damage and reducing its armor for 30 sec.

Although the ability is pretty neat in that it decreases the target’s armour, I just don’t think I could get over the look of the worms.  Creepy.  Maybe if they have some really cool ones in Northrend… maybe.

So, that’s it for Tenacity pets.  Right now, I think I’m stuck between a Bear, a Boar or a Gorilla.


A Hunter in Karazhan: What’s in it for me?

September 5, 2008

As a follow up to my guide about gearing for Karazhan… this is a guide to how you can replace almost all of those items.  This is the gear that you were gearing up to get.

I’m only going to cover mail armour here, but don’t be afraid to take a good look at the leather pieces available.  Of course, they should go to a leather wearing class first, but if it’s an upgrade, having a few leather pieces doesn’t really hurt on a hunter!

Attumen The Huntsman

  • [Steelhawk Crossbow] – It’s time to replace your Valanos’ Longbow… this is a great BM weapon, and will hold you over well until you can get your hands on the Chocobow.
  • [Worgen Claw Necklace] – This neck piece is great, and has a nice +hit bonus if you’re still not capped.  I had this until I got the rep up for the SSO necklace.
  • [Stalker’s War Bands]


  • Nothing to see here – move along, move along!

Maiden of Virtue

Opera Event

  • [Beastmaw Pauldrons] – The best shoulders for this point in the game, pick them up if get the chance!
  • [Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle] (BIg Bad Wolf) – This can be considered a side-grade to the Steelhawk Crossbow, it’s a little bit faster and has a nice agility bonus, but you’ll lose the hit rating.  Great for Survival hunters.
  • [Legacy] (Wizard of Oz) – Every hunter’s best friend and worst enemy.  It’s got a horrible drop rate, but if you get it, you’re likely to not get rid of it until Wrath hits. 🙂  No hit bonus, so if you’re using a weapon for it’s hit rating, you’ll have to try to make it up elsewhere.. but it’s worth it.
  • [Romulo’s Poison Vial] (Romulo and Julianne) – Really nice trinket, especially for the hit rating bonus.  But it might be more useful for a rogue or other dual wielding class.  Still, if you get the chance – pick one of them up!


Shade of Aran

Terestian Illhoof

  • [Girdle of the Prowler] – Pretty good, good to pick up even if you have the Ebon Netherscale set, for when you have enough hit to break the set bonus.

Chess Event

  • [Fiend Slayer Boots] – These are great, you’ll probably hold on to them til Solarian or her trash drops boots for you.


  • [Rip-Flayer Leggings] – Finally, you can replace those green/blue pants I’m sure you’re sick of looking at!  Very nice pants, although not as nice as the T4 leggings from Gruul’s Lair.  Hopefully you won’t make the peccadillo of gemming and enchanting them all up and then replacing them with the T4 leggings within 24 hours like I did when they finally dropped 😛


  • [Ferocious Swift-kickers] – Another pair of boots worth picking up in Karazhan, although depending on whether you need hit or would rather get some mp5 and int, these may or may not be the boots you want.
  • [Scaled Breastplate of Carnage] – The only real hunter chest piece in all of Karazhan.

Prince Malchezaar

  • [Helm of the Fallen Hero] – T4 helm.  It’s good, but I recently replaced mine with the PvP helm, which you might want to look into.  The T4 set bonuses suck, so don’t worry about trying to get them.
  • [Ring of a Thousand Marks] – The second really nice ring in Karazhan.  It’s really nice.
  • [Sunfury Bow of the Phoenix] – Third ranged weapon drop in Karazhan!  That’s a lot.  This weapon is slower, but has a really nice agility bonus.  Again, good for Survival or Marksmanship, not so much for Beast Mastery, but you can still pick it up, it has better damage than the Steelhawk Crossbow anyway!

Trash Drops