Gotta Catch Them All: TCG and The Blizzard Pet Store
Over the past few weeks, weÂve covered how you can get loads World of Warcraft pets. Today weÂre 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.
Trading Card Game Pets
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 youÂre 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.
The Hippogryph Hatchling
This adorable little hippogryph was released with the first Trading Card set, Heroes of Azeroth. But, if you canÂt get one, donÂt 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.
The Dragon Kite
March of the Legion, the fourth expansion for the TCG offered up a rather unique pet, a pet which isnÂt 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 KiteÂs 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.
The Ethereal-Soul Trader
In keeping with the theme of TBC and OutlandÂs 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. ItÂs also a gorgeous piece of purple loot, even if itÂs a simple reskin of the Dragon Kite, right down to the lightening attraction animation. Still, itÂs a lovely little companion even if itÂs not strictly a pet in the traditional sense.
LandroÂs LilÂ XT
Ah Goblins, theyÂve got something of a reputation for Â shall we say Â making cheap replicas of branded goods. In Worldbreaker, Landro unveiled his very own XT pet, based on the ÂofficialÂ 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 LandroÂs Lichling, his unbranded version of the LilÂ KT pet found in the Blizzard store. As with the XT, itÂs identical to itÂs official counterpart.
Yep, time for another cat. This cub was the common loot card released as part of the Twilight of the DragonÂs expansion. ItÂs mini pet version of all those poor level one nightsabers Night Elf newbies have to kill in their starter zone.
Purple Puffer Fish
Released just before Cataclysm, Throne of the Tides offered up a marine inspired pet which was perfect for explorers wandering in VashÂjir. The pet is a tiny puffer fish encapsulated in itÂs own bubble of sea water (this model was later reused in Darkmoon IslandÂs Sea Pony).
Ahh Grells, the Murlocs of the land. TheyÂre 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, itÂs a Sand Scarab of your very own Â a tiny, scuttling dung beetle will follow you on your travels. Lovely.
Eye of the Legion
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. ItÂs a floating green eye just like those found on the bridge during the Well of Eternity as you head up to fight AzsharaÂs minions.
The Pandaren Monk remains a very popular Blizzard Store pet.
Blizzard Pet Store
The Blizzard Pet Store was introduced in 2009 and offers an easy way to bulk up your mount and pet collections with adorable additions for real world money. All of the pets (bar the Guardian Cub) are Bind on Account so theyÂre automatically sent to all your characters in the mail. All of the seven pets currently for sale via the store cost $10.
Despite being labelled as the Blizzard Pet Store, the title is a tad misleading as it also sell mounts. However, when the store launched, it did so with two pets: a tiny Pandaren companion and a miniature version of everyoneÂs favourite lich, KelÂThuzad.
The Pandaren Monk
The Pandaren Monk kung fu-ed his way into our hearts but also did his bit of charity, with Blizzard donating 50% of the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Mailed by the legendary Chen Stormstout, the Monk will /bow and /drink as well as various animations. He is still available on the Pet Store and, with Mists of Pandaria, on the horizon is a must-have purchase for anyone even thinking of rolling a Pandaren or a Monk.
KelÂThuzad seems to think he has fans. We have no idea where he got that notion from but heÂs had himself a little mascot made. Yes, itÂs a mini version of himself, complete with the ability to ice block other non-combat pets. He will even kill Mr. Bigglesworth and laugh over the fallen corpses of your enemies! HeÂs also identical to LandroÂs Lichling.
Poor LilÂ XT, not only does the actual boss rank as the most irritating one in WotLK thanks to his childish sound effects, the mini pet didnÂt stand much of a chance. It was released in conjunction with the much-mocked Sparkle Pony and while stocks of BlizzardÂs first flying horse were running low, the XT remained on the sidelines, only purchased by true collectors and those with more money than sense. That said at least he stomps on other players' toys!
Foreshadowing his return in Cataclysm, the release of the surprisingly large LilÂ Ragnaros was hailed by everyone from old school raiders to newbies. Even better, the pet himself came with a very handy, if odd, side-effect. When summoned, you could use the mini Firelord as a campfire for cooking. Yep, weÂre not making that up and, in the wake of the Firelands, who doesnÂt want a not-so-tiny Ragnaros of their very own?
Following in the footsteps of the Pandaren Monk, 2010Âs charity pet was the Moonkin Hatchling. 50% of the proceeds heading, once again, to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. However, the pet actually came in two flavours (in keeping with the differing look of Horde and Alliance Druids), depending on the faction of the player it was sent to. HeÂs the perfect companion for all Boomkins who ever wanted a Mini Me of their very own and will even /dance. Come on, say aww, you know you want to!
The Cenarian Hippogryph Hatchling
A reskin of the Hatchling originally given as loot in the Trading Card Game, this little guy was released in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and raised funds to help the people of Japan affected by the quake. While Blizzard is no longer donating the proceeds to charity, the Hippogryph is still available for purchase.
The Guardian Cub
This little cub has reignited the RMT debate as heÂs the first pet that you can purchase with real money which players can then, if they choose, sell for in-game gold on the Auction House. The other thing is that, unlike most purchasable pets, heÂs bound to character, not to account. He costs $10 on the Pet Store but can go for anything up to 20,000 in-game.
Well, there you have it, all the pets you can get from the TGC and for real money. Which is your favourite? How do you feel about some of the pets in the Pet Store being duplicated for free? Let us know in the comments below.