Pet and Mount collecting went mainstream with the implementation of the Achievement system – now, instead of being bag-space-starved weirdos who do strange reputation grinds, pet and mount collectors get achievement points, rewards, and have so much more bag space that collecting pets and mounts has gotten more … acceptable.
It can still be a bit overwhelming and confusing though, especially with all the new pets and mounts available in Northrend, so this guide is here to help you decide which of the new and exciting offerings you want, and how to get them.
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PET – The Ghostly Skull, available in the sewers for 40G. (The vendor is Darahir, in the northernmost room of the Underbelly)
If you fish, also start casting in the sewers for a Giant Sewer Rat pet. He’s random and very rare, and be prepared to use a lure even at max (450) fishing to avoid get-aways.
MOUNTS – Just outside Krasus’ Landing (the FP) is Mei Francis. She sells the Armored Brown Bear for 750G, either an Armored Blue Windrider (Horde) or an Armored Snowy Gryphon (Alliance), and the famous Traveler’s Tundra Mammoth (which carries two passengers and vendors as well!). She also sells a Wooly Mammoth for 200 Emblems of Heroism. (Hmmm, gear or mount…?)
Bonus – next to Mei is the entrance to Breanni’s shop. Named after the patron saint of pet collectors, Breanni (famous for Warcraftpets.com) sells pet toys – fetch balls, grooming kits, treats and a pet leash.
These loveable walrus folk want you to have a penguin, Pengu of your very own (for 12G). The catch is, they want you to do a lot of chores for them first!
They have outposts in Borean Tundra (at Kaskala, on the south coast), Moa’ki Harbor in Dragonblight (on the coast south of Wyrmrest Temple), and Kamagua, on a small island (The Isle of Spears) off the southwest coast of Howling Fjord.
By doing the regular (non-daily) quests in all three towns, you should reach Honored. Once all non-dailies are completed, the only way to get Revered and then Exalted is through dailies. There are three, one in each base, and all are very quick.
The Way To His Heart in Howling Fjord simply requires you to go south, catch some Tasty Fish with the provided net, then lure a walrus bull across a channel to meet his true love. 500 rep, 5 minutes.
Planning For The Future is similarly easy. Just north of Moa’ki Harbor (in Dragonblight) where the quest begins, there are huts with pups to collect. Either kill or CC the nearby Den Mothers, click on and loot each pup, and continue. Collect 12 and return for another quick 500 rep.
Preparing For The Worst at Kaskala in Borean Tundra only needs 8 boxes of supplies, scattered around the village. They spawn pretty quickly, so unless a lot of people are doing the same quest you should also finish this quickly.
If you begin these dailies at 0/12000 Honored, it will take approximately 22 days to reach exalted and get your penguin. (Not counting +rep for humans).
Once you declare your allegiance to the Oracles, you can begin earning rep with them. Once you reach Revered, you can buy a Mysterious Egg for 3G. After seven days, the egg will hatch into something. There is a possibility that you will get a Cobra Hatchling, a Proto-Drake Whelp, a Tickbird Hatchling (brown), or a White Tickbird Hatchling. These pets are NOT BoP, so if you prefer to ally with the Frenzyheart, haunt the AH and prepare to spend! (Note – these do NOT currently show up under pets: you must search ‘Cobra,’ ‘Tickbird,’ ‘Whelp,’ or some permutation thereof to find them!)
You will be at Honored with them after finishing the allegiance chain, so it will only take seven days of doing their dailies (1700/day for the three possible dailies) to get to Revered.
You might also get a MOUNT from this egg, the Green Proto-Drake.
Engineering – Mechano-hog: Horde, Mekgineer’s Chopper: Alliance. NOT Engineer only. The Schematic requires 450 Eng. and Exalted with Horde Expedition or Alliance Vanguard, and the vendor-bought materials cost 12,500G (plus 12 titansteel bars), so this will be very expensive!
See above for the Green Proto-Drake
Red Drake – Wyrmrest Accord, 2000G, requires Exalted reputation (1600G w/ rep discount).
One of the easier rep mounts, because you can wear their tabard while doing Heroics to grind rep. You can also do their dailies:
Dragonblight: Defending Wyrmrest Temple – ride a dragon to kill 5 drakes, 3 dragons, and destabilize the Dragonshrine. 250 rep.
Coldarra: Drake Hunt – go and catch a drake hatchling, and return it to the Transitus Shield. 250 rep.
Coldarra: Aces High – ride a drake and use it to kill 5 elites (requires level 80). 250 rep.
After doing the other quests which offer Wyrmrest Accord rep (Dragonblight and Coldarra), you should be honored, but at only 750 reputation/day available from dailies, the tabard will be a faster path to a red drake.
Sons of Hodir:
Reins of the Ice Mammoth available at Revered, 1,000G (850 w/ rep discount)
Reins of the Grand Ice Mammoth available at Exalted, 10,000G (8,000 w/ rep discount) – carries two passengers (but does NOT have vendors)
The Sons of Hodir do not have a tabard, so reputation must be ground via dailies. To begin gaining reputation, start at K3, the goblin town in Stormpeaks, with They Took Our Men! and continue until you reach Dun Niffelem and can start doing their dailies. There are 6 dailies available, meaning that 1950 rep/day can be had, along with turn-in quests. Revered can theoretically be reached in 9-10 days, Exalted in 22-23 days. (See here for details on quests)
While in the process of opening up Sons of Hodir, you will do a number of quests (the ‘blue lady’ quests) involving this village. Once completed, you will be able to do various dailies (1-2/day), which reward a Hyldnir Spoils bag which can contain a White Polar Bear mount.
While your faction controls Lake Wintergrasp, you can collect Stone Keepers Shards by running dungeons (normal and heroic). For 300 of them, you can buy a Black War Mammoth.
Black War Bear : For The Horde / For The Alliance
Get into a raid that is doing this achievement, be present for the kills of all four opposing faction leaders, get a Black War Bear in the mail (and five achievements)!
Black Proto-Drake â€“ Heroic:Glory of the Raider
Plagued Proto-Drake â€“ Glory of the Raider(normal)
Red Proto-Drake â€“ Glory of the Hero
Violet Proto-Drake – from What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. Requires all seven holiday title achievements to have been achieved (minimum one year).
Bronze Proto-Drake â€“ guaranteed drop from the Infinite Corrupter in Heroic CoT-Strat (timed-25 minutes and he will spawn before the final boss).
Blue Proto-Drake â€“ low drop rate from Skadi in Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle.
Black Drake â€“ drops from Sartharion in 10-man Obsidian Sanctum with three adds alive when he is killed.
Twilight Drake â€“ drops from Sartharion in 25-man Obsidian Sanctum with 3 adds alive when he is killed.
Blue Drake â€“ 10-man Eye of Eternity. Low drop rate from Alexstraza’s Gift, the box which spawns after Malygos’ defeat.
Azure Drake â€“ 25-man Eye of Eternity. Low drop rate from Alexstraza’s Gift, the box which spawns after Malygos’ defeat.
Grand Black War Mammoth â€“ low drop rate from Heroic Vault of Archavon.