Gotta Catch Them All: Dungeon Pets

Most World of Warcraft players spend time in dungeons now and again, even the casual ones. Today we’re going to look at what pet collectors can get from running dungeons.

First off, it’s worth mentioning that some of the pets we’re going to be looking at today can only be obtained during specific festivals. Most, though, can be gained at any time, even if the drop rate is a tad low. There are five main pets which can be picked up from dungeons at any time of the year. The first is a Worg Pup, the second a tiny, Phoenix Hatchling then there’s the Lashtail Hatchling, the Siamese Cat and, of course, the infamous frog, Mojo.

The Worg Pup

Once upon vanilla WoW, the Worg Pup was actually part of a quest line that saw you wander into the depths of Blackrock Mountain. As part of it, you had to capture a Bloodfang Worg pup. After returning to the NPC Kibler, he gives to you as a quest reward for completing Kibler’s Exotic Pets. But, with the launch of Cataclysm, Deathwing sundered the world and the Worg Pup became a boss drop.

You now have to go into Blackwing Spire and defeat the orc, Quartermaster Zigris. The good news is that the Worg Carrier is a guaranteed drop and, even better, the Pup will randomly spawn with black or brown fur.

Worg pup

Once a quest chain reward, this little fella is now a boss drop.

The Phoenix Hatchling

Ahh Kael’thas. Yes, the Eye was just a set backl Magisters’ Terrace was the true end of the Sun King’s reign. We faced Kael’s pet phoenix, A’lar, in the Eye and after he falls in MgT, there’s a chance of the Phoenix Hatchling appearing on his loot table.

This little hatchling is beloved of many players and is seen more often than the infamous mount. That said, this doesn’t mean it’s a guaranteed drop, far from it. Fortunately, Magisters’ Terrace is a walk in the park, especially when you’re a level 85 in tier 13 gear, so it’s not so hard to do repeat runs.

The Lashtail Hatchling

Added during patch 4.1, Rise of the Zandalari, this little sweetie was once named Ohgan'aka - daughter of Ohgan. She’s a part of a lengthy quest chain open to both Horde and Alliance players that focuses on the return of the Zandalari tribe and the restoration of the Troll dungeons, Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman.

The chain ends with players being sent into Zul’Gurub after the Horde and Alliance bases in Stranglethorne Vale are attacked. After facing down the boss Bloodlord Mandokir and his mount Ohgan, you can free the little raptor who, in gratitude, names you as her parent. Awwww.

Siamese

The Alliance seem to be overrun with cats.

The Siamese Cat

Everyone loves cats. The Alliance territories seem awash with them however this pet is little bit special. Yes, it’s available from two sources: a vendor and a boss drop. If your toon is a higher level, just head out to the Netherstorm in Outland and buy it from Dealer Rashaad (along with various other pets) for the meagre sum of 60 silver.

If you’ve only got a low-level toon then you’re best bet is to head into Deadmines and hope it drops off of Cookie, the ship’s Murloc cook and new captain. It only drops from him around 15% to 24% of the time but it’s still the most efficient way for lower level players to get one of their own.

Mojo

So, to Mojo. Yes, it’s the turn of Azeroth’s most famous frog. Why is he famous, you ask? Well, in early 2008, a bug was discovered which allowed players to get Mojo without stepping a foot in the new dungeon. All you had to do was go over to an NPC called Prigmon and /kiss him. He’d then reward you with a Mojo of your very own.

Of course, word spread and players of all levels descended upon the Hatchet Hills and Amani Pass. The bug was closed pretty quickly, within a few hours, but Blizzard did allow folks to keep their accidental pet.

Obviously, you now need to go inside but how do you get your own Mojo? Well first you need to kill trash mobs who will drop Amani Hex Sticks. These are then used on the various frogs hopping around, most will turn into NPCs or vendors but, sometimes, just sometimes, Mojo will hop into your pocket.

Mojo isn’t just a pet though. If you /kiss him he’ll whisper one several pet phrases into your ear, all playing on the kiss the frog joke. Then you’ll be polymorphed for fifteen seconds into a tiny, hopping frog.

Mojo

Because of a bug, Mojo remains one of the most popular dungeon pets.

Seasonal Pets

Blizzard has long associated in-game holidays with a need to kill a boss that’s bigger, meaner and badder than us. This usually means running the same dungeon a few dozen times within a one to two week period. Fortunately, as well as better gear and mounts, three of these events also involve the acquisition of non-combat pets: the Toxic Wasteling, the Frigid Frostling and, of course, the Sinister Squashling.

The Toxic Wasteling

Yes, Love is in the Air is associated with many things … candy, romance and the Toxic Wasteling. Yes, every girl/guy wants their own puddle of bubbling ooze so how do you get it? Well, for starters, you or someone else in your group need to have the quest You’ve Been Served in their log. This will see you go deep into the heroic version of Shadowfang Keep to serve a subpoena to Apothecary Hummel.

Then, of course, a fight to the death ensues. If you’re lucky, the Wasteling will drop from either Apothecaries Hummel, Baxter and Frye. But now you’ve got the pet, what does it do? Well, this oozling not only has a bubbling noise, it also loves to eat. If you feed it critters, such as those cows wandering Elwynn, then it will get larger and larger.

The Frigid Frostling

When Summer’s in full swing, it means that Lord Ahune back. Yes, the Terror of the Slave Pens, awaits you in Zangermarsh and as well as his loot table, he also offers a tiny frozen elemental: the Frigid Frostling.

Getting it is really, really simple. Just use the Dungeon Finder to teleport in, kill the boss and then open your Satchel of Chilled Goods. Remember, you only get this from accessing the encounter via the Dungeon Finder and only from the first fight per day. That said, there’s a pretty good chance that you might end up with a tiny elemental of your own.

Like Mojo, the Frigid Frostling comes with a cute little bonus. He will randomly chuck snowballs at nearby players which will make a snow shower fall around them. Perfect for the heat of the summer, especially when wandering in Azeroth’s hotter climes.

Sinister Squashling

The Sinister Squashling is a beloved companion.

The Sinister Squashling

The final pet available from a seasonal dungeon is found at Hallow’s End. Except, well, it’s not just available from a dungeon any longer. In previous years, you had to kill the Headless Horseman now though, the cute pumpkin pet can also drop from other parts of the holiday celebration. This includes as a drop from the Crudely Wrapped Gifts and Treat Bags given from the daily quest or innkeepers.

Otherwise, getting the pet is simple enough. Go in, kill Thomas Thomson (aka the Headless Horseman) and then see what he drops. If you’re lucky, it’s the Squashling. The pet itself is a tiny carved Jack-o-lantern on legs which is reminiscent of something out of A Nightmare Before Christmas. It will totter after you and, sometimes, retract its arms and legs to turn into a tiny, static carved pumpkin. Cute.

That’s quite a lot of pets but it’s a great way to participate in some festive merriment and get pets at the same time. Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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