Updated Thu, Jan 12, 2012 by Saia
Over the past few weeks, we’ve covered how you can get loads World of Warcraft pets. Today we’re going to look at how you get some of the easiest and hardest; those from the Pet Store and the Trading Card Game.
Landro can help with all your TCG needs.
Launched by Blizzard and Upper Deck Entertainment in 2006 and now run by Cryptozoic Entertainment, the Trading Card Game offered players a chance to get super-rare loot cards that offered unique items like consumables, mounts and, of course, loads of pets.
Each set traditionally has three loot cards and you basically have two options to get them and neither is cheap. The first is to avidly collect the cards, either because you’re a player or just have a thing for rare items, and be lucky. The second is even more expensive: buy them online from specialist sites or the slightly riskier eBay.
Getting the pets is simple. You scratch off the foil, redeem the code on the official site, choose which character and realm you want to redeem the code on and get a new code in return. You then have to toddle down to Booty Bay and give the code to Landro Longshot who will give you the loot.
This adorable little hippogryph was released with the first Trading Card set, Heroes of Azeroth. But, if you can’t get one, don’t worry as his skin was reused on the Cenarion Hatchling which can be purchased on the Blizzard Pet Store for just $10.
Released with Through the Dark Portal, Bananas is an adorably little gorilla summoned by a charmed banana.
March of the Legion, the fourth expansion for the TCG offered up a rather unique pet, a pet which isn’t actually a pet. When summoned. the Dragon Kite appeared in the form of a blue, black, green or red paper dragon, similar to those created in China. The Kite has an added effect of attracting lightening which will travel down the Kite’s string and zap the player periodically, making their screen shake.
The same expansion also featured the truly epic - if not in color - Robot Chicken. This mechanical fowl comes with a pair of rockets stapped to its wings. Every so often, it will launch into the air and explode in a flurry of metal feathers or else return to your side.
A certain lich will send this to his fans.
In keeping with the theme of TBC and Outland’s unique creatures, Hunt for Illidan offered up an interesting little companion. This pet, when summoned, appeared as an Ethereal Trader and acts as more than just a mere companion.
Every mob you kill with this pet at your side will see the Trader take a portion of its essence which is turned into currency that will allow you to transmog a non combat pet as well as purchase bindings you can wear that will make you look like an Ethereal.
Of all the mounts released as part of the TCG, the most sought after is, of course, the Spectral Tiger. Even now it still retails for over $500 on eBay and remains a firm fan favourite so what better a way to recognise than with a spectral kitten? Awww.
The Tuskarr Kite is a player version of one of the many kites seen drifting on the wind in Northrend. It’s also a gorgeous piece of purple loot, even if it’s a simple reskin of the Dragon Kite, right down to the lightening attraction animation. Still, it’s a lovely little companion even if it’s not strictly a pet in the traditional sense.
Ah Goblins, they’ve got something of a reputation for … shall we say … making cheap replicas of branded goods. In Worldbreaker, Landro unveiled his very own XT pet, based on the ‘official’ Wonderworks version found in the Blizzard Store.
This is what the baby version of a certain epic mount looks like.
In War of the Elements, Landro expanded his range to include Landro’s Lichling, his unbranded version of the Lil’ KT pet found in the Blizzard store. As with the XT, it’s identical to it’s official counterpart.
Yep, time for another cat. This cub was the common loot card released as part of the Twilight of the Dragon’s expansion. It’s mini pet version of all those poor level one nightsabers Night Elf newbies have to kill in their starter zone.
Released just before Cataclysm, Throne of the Tides offered up a marine inspired pet which was perfect for explorers wandering in Vash’jir. The pet is a tiny puffer fish encapsulated in it’s own bubble of sea water (this model was later reused in Darkmoon Island’s Sea Pony).
Ahh Grells, the Murlocs of the land. They’re annoying little creatures and also a loot pet from the Crown of Heaven expansion.
Featured in the Uldum themed expansion set Tomb of the Forgotten is a sweet little pet. Yes, it’s a Sand Scarab of your very own … a tiny, scuttling dung beetle will follow you on your travels. Lovely.
Recently datamined by the usual suspects, the Eye of the Legion has just been confirmed on the new PTR as Timewalkers: War of the Ancients collectable pet, the next expansion set to be released by Cryptozoic. It’s a floating green eye just like those found on the bridge during the Well of Eternity as you head up to fight Azshara’s minions.