The hunt for Loque’nahak is in full swing.
So far I have had no luck; even with no one looking for the beast right now it seems Loque is reclusive.
After hunting him for the little amount that I have, I realized there are some really good things to keep in mind if you want to hunt(if not now then later!) this shy but wicked awesome looking beast, and not only this beast but every rare-spawn creature you have ever wanted to tame.
1. Don’t quest in the area unless you’re a high enough level to catch that beast.
I am really happy I didn’t quest in Sholozar Basin on my way to 80. If I had gotten there at level 74-75 like some people plan on doing, I would have definitely found Loque and been unable to tame him.
If you ever want to see an angry, frustrated, and thoroughly dejected Klin, that’s one way to do it.
2. Get an epic flying mount/epic ground mount.
Especially for creatures that can spawn in any of 6+ locations over a large distance, it’s very important to have a fast means of transportation to keep a watchful eye on all of them. For areas you can use a flying mount, epic flying helps so much that you can use a gathering profession to make money on the side, and still be able to make a complete round of all the spawn points within 5-8 minutes.
Seriously? You’ll be looking a long time without epic flying.
3. Have a “dummy” pet for just-in-case moments.
Catch and designate a pet for the sole purpose of protecting you while you search. Especially on a PvP realm, being prepared for a fight at all times is crucial. Even on a PvE realm, you might get attacked by some errant mobs!
Being ambushed is a lot easier to deal with if you have a pet, so have a pet to protect you… just make sure the pet is disposable, or you’ll be a sad panda when you actually meet with the pet of your dreams and your stuck with another animal.
4. Be mentally ready to skip out on Heroics, PvP, and many other things(i.e, Don’t give up!)
Some of the harder hunts can typically take days to weeks of camping the same animal with no luck. Going after these animals tends to really make you show your true colours: can you handle the wait? Do you have the tenacity and the patience to fly in circles endlessly looking for your perfect pet? Those who can’t will drop off quickly; but those who can will eventually find it. It’s not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when”. It just takes a lot of time.
So much time, in fact, that I’ve put my Battleground bashing on hold, and only PvE if needed or it’s a raid night(hopfully better luck this week!). Speaking of which, I would trade my loot karma for a chance to raid with Loque this week, but I’m totally not going to find him.
5. Research your prey’s spawn points and environtment.
Arguably the most important part of the chase is having the knowledge of where the prey is going to be and what it is going to be surrounded by.
If I didn’t know where Loque spawned, I would be wasting a great deal of time flying around where he would never be. In addition, it’s nice to know where there are hostile creatures you might be attacked by, whether it’s a strong World PvP zone, what kind of resources are in the area, and whether or not there is a great number of people playing in the area at certain times.
Keep in mind this checklist for all those going out into the world looking for the rare pets in the game! As hunters, we are the only class who goes on ridiculous tests of hunting ability and patience like these for a certain, specific animal. It is for that that we as a class are unique: you don’t see warriors worrying about their weapons in the same way as we do our pets. They walk into an instance, kill a boss, and hope like hell they get loot. We walk around darkshore for hours opening statuettes in the hops of getting a see-through cat. We hunters spend hours and days and weeks looking for that pet that is just for us, and not necessarily an upgrade.
Rare pets are a test of patience and love for this class; so do yourself a favour and try to catch a rare pet. It’s an experience no hunter should be without no matter how demoralizing it can be. Because when you catch that one pet you’ve worked so hard to get, you get one of the best feelings in the world.