Critters and Books


This guide is designed to be able to be completed solo, though you may need help in Scholomance, depending on your class. (requires Skeleton Key)
This guide Covers the following Achievements, and assumes you can fly in Northrend.
The guide is divided by continent.
I highly recommend the Overachiever mod, check it out.
Tourguide version available here.

Friend or Fowl?

Pest Control

To All The Squirrels I’ve Loved Before

To All The Squirrels Who Shared My Life

Well Read


Northrend Angler


Outland Angler

The Scavenger

Also would be a good idea to keep an eye on the following:

Northern Exposure – macro

Medium Rare – macro

Table of Contents

1. Map Legend and Macros
2. Northrend takes about 1 hour including fishing nodes.
3. Outland takes about 30 minutes including fishing nodes.
4. Kalimdor takes about 45 minutes including fishing nodes.
5. Eastern Kingdoms takes about 1.5 hours including fishing nodes. (& Scarlet Monastery & Scholomance)
6. Scarlet Monastery Library
7. Scholomance

Map Legend and Macros – Back to Table of Contents

Map Legend
Critters in Red
Books in Blue
Fish in Purple

Northrend Macro
/tar Arctic H
/tar Faw
/tar Roac
/tar Snake
/tar Spid
/tar Chic
/tar Crab
/tar Sheep
/tar Fjord R
/tar Skunk
/tar Huge
/tar Zul
/tar Sholazar T
/tar Steam F
/tar Borean F
/tar Borean M
/stopmacro [noexists]
/tell YOURNAMEHERE Found %t!
/stopmacro [dead]

Outland, Kalimdor, and Eastern Kingdoms Macro
/tar Scorpion
/tar Frog
/tar Toad
/tar Prairie Dog
/tar Adder
/tar Parrot
/tar Hare
/tar Swine
/tar Gazelle
/tar Moccasin
/tar Cat
/tar Cow
/tar Lava Crab
/tar Fire Beetle
/tar Ram
/tar Maggot
/tar Larva
/stopmacro [noexists]
/tell YOURNAMEHERE Found %t!
/stopmacro [dead]

Northrend – Back to Table of Contents
Northrend takes about 1 hour including fishing nodes.

/love Rabbit and Squirrel (not in macro, should be easy enough to find)
kill Rat Outside of Violet Hold
kill Underbelly Rat in the sewers
Horde read The Guardians of Tirisfal on the top floor of the horde inn

Crystalsong Forest
 Fly down from Dalaran to the river below.
Glassfin Minnow School

Dragonblight (find one while traveling through the zone)
/love Arctic Hare

Dragonfin Angelfish School Lake Indu’le
Imperial Manta Ray School along the shores

Grizzly Hills (all of them are at the same place, you should see an area of tree stumps)
/love Fawn
/love DeerGrizzly Squirrel, and Mountain Skunk (not in macro)
kill Mouse (not in macro)

Glacial Salmon School in the rivers

Howling Fjord
(1) kill RoachSnake, and Spider
(2) /love Chicken
(3) /love Fjord Penguin (not in macro)
(4) /love Crab and Sheep
(4) /love Scalawag Frog (not in macro, at pirate camp)
(5) kill Fjord Rat
(5) kill Devouring Maggot in Utgarde Keep Catacombs, (56,49) (not in macro)
Go down the ramp, down the stairs on your right, 2 flights down.
(6) /love Skunk and Fjord Turkey
(6) Slay 15 Fjord Turkey in 3 minutes.

Fangtooth Herring School in the rivers
Deep Sea Monsterbelly School

Zul’Drak (both of them are at the same place)
/love Huge Toad
kill Zul’Drak Rat

Storm Peaks – Halls of Stone (just inside the instance)
kill Gold Beetle (not in macro)

/love Glacier Penguin (not in macro)

Sholazar Basin
/love Sholazar Tickbird

Nettlefish School

Borean Tundra
(1) /love Tundra Penguin (not in macro)
(2) The Nexus (inside instance, go straight towards Keristrasza)
kill Crystal Spider (not in macro)
(3) /love Steam FrogBorean Frog, and Borean Marmot

Musselback Sculpin School
Moonglow Cuttlefish School

Return to Dalaran and take portal to Shattrath City

Outland – Back to Table of Contents
Outland takes about 30 minutes including fishing nodes.

Shattrath City
/love Ewe

Terokkar Forest

School of Darter in the rivers
Highland Mixed School in the highlands like Skettis

Hellfire Peninsula
kill Scorpion

/love Frog

Brackish Mixed School
Sporefish School
Steam Pump Flotsam

/love Toad, and Prairie Dog
kill Adder

Mudfish School
Bluefish School

Return to Shattrath City and take portal:
To Caverns of Time (if you are revered with Keepers of Time) or to Kalimdor

Kalimdor – Back to Table of Contents
Kalimdor takes about 45 minutes including fishing nodes.

If you ported to Darnassus read The Betrayer Ascendant

read The Kaldorei and the Well of Eternity in Caverns of Time
read Old Hatreds – The Colonization of Kalimdor in Gadgetzan

Floating Wreckage

Un’Goro Crater
/love Parrot

Mulgore – Horde only
read The Battle of Grim Batol

/love Hare and Swine

The Barrens
read Charge of the Dragonflights in Ratchet by Gazlowe
read Exile of the High Elves in Jazzik’s General Goods
read Sargeras and the Betrayal in the Ratchet Inn
read Mount Hyjal and Illidan’s Gift in the Ratchet Inn

Alliance fly to Darnassus if you still need to read The Betrayer Ascendant
and fly back to Ratchet

Take the Boat to Booty Bay

Eastern Kingdoms – Back to Table of Contents
Eastern Kingdoms takes about 1.5 hours including fishing nodes. (& Scarlet Monastery & Scholomance)

Stranglethorn Vale
Booty Bay

read Sunwell – The Fall of Quel’Thalas Second floor of The Salt Sailor Tavern
In the basement of “Sea Wolf” MacKinley’s building read Empires’ FallThe Twin EmpiresWrath of Soulflayer
read The Sentinels and the Long Vigil outside and up to the top floor of “Sea Wolf” MacKinley’s building

Bloodsail Wreckage
Schooner Wreckage
Waterlogged Wreckage

Swamp of Sorrows
kill Moccasin
read Rise of the Horde
read The New Horde
read The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind

read Kil’jaeden and the Shadow Pact
read The Birth of the Lich King
read The Founding of Quel’Thalas

Elwynn Forest
/love Cat, and Cow
read Lethargy of the Orcs
read Rise of the Blood Elves

Stormwind City – Alliance only
read The Alliance of Lordaeron
read The Battle of Grim Batol
read The Guardians of Tirisfal

Searing Gorge
/love Lava Crab
kill Fire Beetle

Loch Modan
/love Ram
read Ironforge – the Awakening of the Dwarves
read The Last Guardian

Scarlet Monastery Library map – Back to Table of Contents
read Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt (22.6,20.1)
read War of the Three Hammers (22.6,13.0)
read Aftermath of the Second War (30.9,9.7)


read War of the Spider (33.5,17.4)
read Arathor and the Troll Wars (40.9,10.6)
read The World Tree and the Emerald Dream (40.9,16.6)
read Archimonde’s Return and the Flight to Kalimdor (43.0,15,5)
read The War of the Ancients (44.8,13.0)
read Beyond the Dark Portal (42.6,19.4)
read The Scourge of Lordaeron (42.6,25.2)
read Icecrown and the Frozen Throne (45.9,40.9)
read Kel’Thuzad and the Forming of the Scourge (46.7,44.0)
read Civil War in the Plaguelands (41.4,43.7)

Scholomance map – Back to Table of Contents
read The Lich King Triumphant (35.4,41.5)
read The Seven Kingdoms (32.3,23.7)
read The Old Gods and the Ordering of Azeroth (17,17)
read The Invasion of Draenor (30.4,28.3)

kill Larva, and Maggot

Silvermoon City – Horde only
read The Alliance of Lordaeron
read The Betrayer Ascendant

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    Oct 16, 2009 @ 16:43 pm

    Just sayin.I don’t know if I ever said so, so I will now. I used this guide and my guildies were shocked and amazed at how fast I got these achievements (they shouldn’t be, they know I’m an achievement whore, but anyways….). So thanks a ton for writing this, I’ve recommended it to all of my guildies 🙂

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    May 9, 2009 @ 4:38 am

    You should probably put inYou should probably put in the skill requirements for fishin the floating wrekage, thining i could level my fishing while doing so I found out later after hitting 150 that floating wreckage requires 305 fishing, not sure about the other spawns though.

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    Mar 31, 2009 @ 20:05 pm

    Ah, sorry I didn’t see thisAh, sorry I didn’t see this right away.

    Upload it to another free file site, such as google sites, and let Jame know where it is. He can upload it here, but we normal users can’t upload that filetype.

    Thanks for making it!

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    Mar 31, 2009 @ 11:18 am

    Choppas amazing guide hasChoppas amazing guide has gotten downgraded on Wowhead go there sign up and save them

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    Mar 17, 2009 @ 1:54 am

    Love this guide!Well Done Choppas!
    This guide is right up there with the best!

    I followed it to a T, but had trouble finding the Schooner Wreckage
    in STV. Found it in other places but could not find it there. It may be worth mentioning that it can be found elsewhere (Ashenvale, Hillsbrad Foothills, Stonetalon Mountains, Wetlands) Hillsbrad being an obvious choice for the particular part of the guide.

    I hope you will keep going and do more guides.
    Thanks very much.

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    Mar 16, 2009 @ 0:33 am

    Tourguide helpNot sure where to put the .lua file…it doesn’t seem to work in the spots I have tried, help anyone?

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    Mar 2, 2009 @ 19:18 pm

    Added link to tourguide versionTry it out, let me know what you think!

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    Feb 27, 2009 @ 19:15 pm

    Finished testingFinished testing this guide and the tourguide version. Added approximate times for each section. Submitted the tourguide version to Jame!

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    Feb 26, 2009 @ 17:11 pm

    Sounds great! I really wantSounds great! I really want to see this guide as a tourguide version 🙂

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    Feb 25, 2009 @ 19:11 pm

    refining it a bitCurrently working on refining it just a bit and polishing my tourguide version that I am testing.

    and… Thanks!

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    Feb 25, 2009 @ 10:50 am

    I think I’ll follow this toI think I’ll follow this to celebrate getting loremaster, when I get it.

    I appreciate the amount of graft and effort that must have gone into a useful guide of this magnitude 🙂

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    Feb 25, 2009 @ 8:20 am

    Thank you oh so much forThank you oh so much for this guide. I’ve been dreading doing the well-read ones, now, I don’t have to. I’ll definitely check it out tomorrow when I get home.

    “Don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out alive.” ~ Bugs Bunny

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    Feb 9, 2009 @ 23:52 pm

    This looks absolutely great.This looks absolutely great. These achievements tend to get somewhat confusing, espiecially [url=]Well Read[/url].

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    Feb 8, 2009 @ 2:56 am

    Much better, me likey! ThisMuch better, me likey! This is a very nice guide 🙂

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    Feb 5, 2009 @ 23:32 pm

    ackWell I went ahead and changed it to larger maps, plus the maps are now clickable without the annoying “download” screen…

    I could put it back to the smaller maps with the option of the clickable maps still without the annoying “download” screen…

    Edit again,
    I didn’t like them as big as I made them… they’re now a more modest size.

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    Feb 5, 2009 @ 22:09 pm

    Hah, thats exactly what IHah, thats exactly what I thought you did originally, but it took me to some kind of download screen. Perhaps I’m just doing it wrong?

    Edit: Once I clicked “yes” to the “download”, it loaded the bigger map. This is really counter-intuitive, though I think it has to do with where your pics are hosted (google?) and not really something you can change. It’s too bad though, I really like the idea of small maps that are clickable.

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    Feb 5, 2009 @ 22:00 pm

    I could make the mapsI could make the maps bigger… or you could click on the map to open it in a new window.

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    Feb 5, 2009 @ 21:49 pm

    Looks awesome!Looks awesome!

    Edit: My only concern is that some of the maps are rather small, and the colors don’t show up too well with the smaller size. But they are probably good enough to follow 🙂

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    Feb 5, 2009 @ 21:41 pm

    ReformattedAdded table of contents, thanks Jiyambi.
    And made links and map links better.
    Plus cleaned up some sloppy code 😉

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    Feb 5, 2009 @ 16:55 pm

    NICEWould you believe that I haven’t finished these myself… I have more time available to work on a guide than I have to play WOW. I made the tourguide version of this guide and will be testing that one out ingame soon.

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    Feb 4, 2009 @ 22:38 pm

    Crap!!! :jawdrop: Was that there yesterday? 😕 I can’t remember how I stumbled across the mod, maybe it was here….LOL 🙂


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    Feb 4, 2009 @ 20:59 pm

    agreedI put that as one of the first things in my guide!

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    Feb 4, 2009 @ 20:04 pm

    Fixed mapsfixed maps and moved several of the books out of Scholomance to make the areas you need to clear MUCH smaller

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    Feb 4, 2009 @ 17:39 pm

    ModIf you’re a mod nut like me, you can get OverAchiever ( It adds info to the tooltip when you mouse over an animal you need to /love or a book you need to read or a school you still need to fish. It also puts an icon in your cookbook to let you know you still need to cook that item for your cooking achievement.

    I just found this yesterday and installed it last night after work. It’s pretty cool.


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    Feb 4, 2009 @ 14:06 pm

    All right, just finishedAll right, just finished going through this guide (well, almost, I missed a book in Stormwind cause I’m clumsy), but wow, it was amazingly useful. Three cheers!

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    Feb 4, 2009 @ 3:14 am

    UpdatedUpdated to add optional fishing achievements.
    Will be working on updating all of the maps for fishing and adding specific maps for Scarlet Monastery and Scolomance

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    Feb 4, 2009 @ 1:57 am

    More updatesAdding more in the next few days…

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    Feb 4, 2009 @ 0:21 am

    It’s just mean…That’s why I had saved them for last… the turkeys get really MAD. }:)
    So you should just get right out of the zone!

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    Feb 3, 2009 @ 23:55 pm

    Oh sweet, I know what I’mOh sweet, I know what I’m gonna do when I get home from school tonight. Mmm, achievements.

    Also, this part made me laugh:

    (6) /love Fjord Turkey
    (6) Slay 15 Fjord Turkey in 3 minutes.

    Poor turkeys, getting such mixed signals.

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    Feb 3, 2009 @ 23:14 pm

    Wow, this is reallyWow, this is really nice!

    I’m still working on holiday achievements in game right now, but I’ll definitely work on this one after the holidays have passed!

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    Feb 3, 2009 @ 22:29 pm

    *Whistle* that looks like*Whistle* that looks like one [b]awesome[/b] guide! 🙂
    I never even thought about completing achievements like that, but maybe I’ll try it now 😉

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    Feb 3, 2009 @ 22:17 pm

    WowAt first glance it looks freaking amazing! And a TourGuide version will of course be icing on the cake 🙂

    All we need now is people to try it!

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    Feb 3, 2009 @ 21:27 pm

    New GuideLet me know how it works out for everyone.
    Also I’ll likely make it for tour-guide .

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