Ban’thalos is one of the many challenge tames added back in patch 4.2. This level 85 spirit beast can be found in Hyjal, circling high above the Sanctuary of Malorne (around 28,62). The challenge to this tame is the sheer height Ban’thalos spawns at. You need to be able to get aggro and land on solid ground without killing yourself.
There are a couple of ways to pull off the tame, but first you need to have progressed the Hyjal quest lines up until you’ve unlocked the Molten Front daily quest area. If you haven’t yet, this quest will be available on your city’s “call to arms” board. Ban’thalos will be outside of your phase until you do this, along with Magria and Ankha who are also nearby.
The easiest way I found to tame Ban’thalos is with slow fall. Before you do this, make sure to take off your legendary cloak (the proc will kill Ban’thalos) and most of your gear so you don’t accidentally kill it. Fly above it, dismount, throw on Serpent Sting, and pop slow fall. Once you land start the tame immediately before you lose aggro. A well-timed Disengage will also work in place of slow fall.
You can also land on one of the tree tops without slowfall with a little trial and error. Once you do, dismount and make sure you’re still standing. If you are, mount up and fly directly upward. Now when Ban’thalos flies into range, you can dismount, shoot, and you should land back on top of the tree. If you don’t hit the tree you’ll probably take lethal fall damage.
I found this one of the easier spirit beasts to find simply because most people without NPCScan installed don’t even know it’s there, and a lot of players still haven’t unlocked this phase in Hyjal.
It’s a very flashy, unique looking pet. The wing tracers have to be my favorite part. Good luck on the hunt.
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