Have you ever wondered how people can have cute pets following them around in World of Warcraft?
First of all, there are three kinds of pets, but only one of them is accessible for everybody.
Warlocks and Death Knights can have minions, and hunters can have pets, which help them hunt. The third type of pets is also called companions or vanity pets – or sometimes non-combat pets. This article will teach you how to find them.
Six Ways to get Companion Pets
Unless somebody offers you one for free, you will have to obtain it by any of the following six ways:
* Buy them from a vendor.
* Get them from a loot.
* Craft your own pets.
* Buy them in the Auction House.
* Get them as a quest or achievement reward.
* Get them from a loot card.
Only a few of the pets can be bought from vendors in the game. These pets are normally very inexpensive, but you have to know where to find them.
In each of the big cities, or around them, there are vendors who sell pets like rabbits, cats, cockroaches, owls etc.
If you are looking for more exotic, but also more expensive pets, you’ll find vendors in Dalaran and Netherstorm, where you can get mana wyrms, snakes, cats and raptor hatchlings.
Get Lucky and Loot a Pet
When you kill mobs or beasts, you might get lucky and loot a pet. Some of these drops are really rare, and you should be prepared to kill thousands in order to obtain just one of the pets. Others drop more occasionally, and it would be worth your time going after them.
With some professions you can craft your own pets. The engineer can make a squirrel and a toad that can be used by everybody, as well as some combat pets which only engineers can use. The same goes for jewelcrafters. They can make trinkets and, when you use them, a pet comes out and fights by your site for a while. These trinkets can only be used by jewelcrafters.
Find Your Pet in the Auction House
Check the pet section in your Auction House, whenever you pass. Some of the pets you’ll see here will be vendor pets; some will be crafted, and others will be looted pets.
If you don’t know where to find the vendor pets, or you don’t want to spend time farming and killing mobs and beasts to get a rare pet, this is where you’ll find them.
Quest Rewards and Achievements
Some quests will reward you with a companion pet when you have completed them. This will also apply to some achievements, too. Check your achievement log, and you’ll see that having 50 pets will give you one more for free – this happens once again, when you have 75 pets. Also, if you do random dungeons with random people, you’ll get an achievement and a pet when you have met 100 new people in this way.
You can either buy sets of trading cards and get lucky and find a loot card amongst them, or you can buy specific loot cards from vendors or auction sites.
The pets you get from loot cards are often very rare pets, and you’ll notice that very few other players have them.
Prices vary from a few dollars for a loot card, to several hundreds.
Now you have several ways of starting your pet collection.