Franko: I have a question, say we get into the cage, and through the security doors there and down the elevator we can’t move, and past the guards with the guns, and into the vault we can’t open… Eldadres: Without being seen by the cameras. Klinderas: Oh yeah, sorry, I forgot to mention that. Franko: Yeah well, say we do all that… uh… we’re just supposed to walk out of there with $150,000,000 in cash on us, without getting stopped?
[pause as everyone turns to look at Klinderas] Klinderas: Yeah. Franko: Oh. Okay.
In a fit of what seems to be either stupidity, rage, boredom, insanity, madness, a period of being 3 fries short of a happy meal, or just being whacko, I have made a new hunter.
This hunter is different however; he is a dwarf. Dwarves are typically short(I’m tall), burly(I’m delicate), hairy(which I’m not), drunk(I’m sober), belligerent(when angered), and uncouth(like an Orc). In short(tee-hee) they are the opposite of me in every single fathomable way.
Why did I roll a new Alliance(eyaugh!) hunter? This idea was brandished before me by none other than Elnoriah/Eldadres of Plagued Candles who has, with Roz from Repgrind and Troutwort from Crits and Giggles, rerolled a new alliance character to play with people from this corner of the Blogosphere on the Winterhoof server.
Also, I’m planting the seeds of the downfall of the entire Alliance, but that’s none of your buisiness.
Everyone, meet Franko.
Oh don’t worry. I’m not completely out of this picture… I’ve left a little bit of myself in this picture.
Everyone… meet his pet.
He doesn’t have dash yet, either! So for now, he really is a Slow Wolf.
Oh, and because I didn’t take a screenshot of that King guy in Ironforge before I killed him last time…
I might make a little note before I continue:
The dwarf area is HARD in comparisson to the Blood Elf area. There are mobs who charge, mobs who frostshock, and mobs who seem to come at you in numbers like math problems in a calculus class. Kiting my way to level 10 has been difficult, but not without it’s reward. It was a lot of fun, if you ignore the hundreds of leper gnomes, boars, cats, bears, wendigos, rabbits, orchards, farmers, guards, the king, and the wolves you had to kill along the way, not to mention the massive distances and the massive distances. Did I mention the massivedistances? They really are big you know.
Like space, even. They’re similar.
No wonder dwarves are so tough: they put up with the worst crap from day 1, starting with the fact that they’re short, hairy, noisy, smelly, potentially spacefaring midgets.
There are some very creative people in this world.
People that are creative tend to take things, and create new things out of them. Someone took peanut butter and chocolate, combined them, and made Reeses. Someone else took hammers, attached them to strings, and engineered a piano.
This guy seems to to have made a most horrible mess, however, and an entertaining one at that!
I’m going to be hunting more than one spirit beast it seems.
There is a new spirit beast on the PTR! This is the 3rd spirit beast, which continues the tradition of 1 new spirit beast per big patch, and this is no exception.
Actually, there is one very big exception to this particular spirit beast: he’s a wolf.
I nearly died of shock when I saw this. Apparently, he has electricity crawling all over him and his light blue fur glows with the crackle of power. The picture does no justice to all these cool effects, so I order all of you to go drool over this video right now! Skoll in Video
He’s named after a character from Norse mythology: Skoll, the moonchaser. Skoll chased the moon across the sky in an effort to catch up with her and eat her. His counterpart, Hati, chased the sun for the same purpose. On the day of Ragnarok, the end of times, Skoll and Hati would succeed in their ravenous quest and feast on the sun and the moon.
Skoll, the spirit beast, matches his namesake in almost every way. His lightning fur matches the electricity that was wielded by Thor and other gods, so is a powerful symbol of his Norse heritage. His fur is blue, the colour of the night he chases under. His attack is a Moonstrike graphic, the last tie to his Norse namesake.
I, for one, am going to be camping this guy the instant the patch releases and I won’t stop until he is mine.
Loque will have to wait if I don’t have him by then, as I have bigger wolves to catch!
Special thanks to Tigerfeet for pointing out to whom the artwork belongs to(MissMonster’s portrait of Skoll is amazing, is it not? She drew a version for Hati as well!), to Mania for the screenshot of Skoll, and to zub for finding the video of Skoll in-game!
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.
There has been an awful lto of QQ on this blog of late, hasn’t there?
Not to worry, I’m not turning into a mage.
But the fact remains that I really don’t know what to write about sometimes, and QQ is easy to find and write about, so I apologize.
As a compensation to all of you, it’s time I did something new. I think it’s time I decided to be a real hunter.
Before he quit, BigRedKitty was easily one of the most respected hunters to grace the World of Warcraft. He also had something I don’t.
Okay, he had lots of things I didn’t, but that’s aside from my point.
BRK managed to capture one of the rarest, most gorgeous pets in existence: the spirit beast. Loque’nahak is one of the rarest, most difficult to capture pets in the game and it is a matter of great pride for a Beastmaster to get one, and a matter of greater pride still for me as I have never tamed a rare spawn before and what a better way to start than at the top!