Do you remember rare pets from Mists of Pandaria such as Portent, Hexapos, and Savage? These pets required you to look for their tracks to hunt them down. We didn’t get any new rares like this in Warlords, but it looks like they are returning for Legion!
This time, instead of animal tracks there are little puddles of oil. The first one discovered (by Bambu on the Petopia forums) is Treble, a mechanical dog found in Highmountain. He wanders quite a big area and was a challenge to track down. I ended up finding him right near our class hall, Trueshot Lodge. Unfortunately, nothing can be tamed on the Broken Isles yet due to a bug. I did snap some pics though!
This works the same as it did in MoP: Look for the tracks, use a Flare where you think the stealthed pet will be next, and hopefully reveal it. Then you need to tame the beast before it leaves your flared area. If you’re Survival it’s as simple as using Freezing Trap, but the other two specs will have to use something else, such as Binding Shot. Tame Beast’s channel time has been reduced without the need for a glyph, so it shouldn’t be much of a problem. But yes, I do think it’s odd that Survival has better beast taming tools than Beast Mastery.
Treble is the only one discovered so far, but I am sure there will be more. For starters, there is also Rush (same model, but a red color instead) who is probably out there waiting to be found. Sound familiar? Treble and Rush are references to robot dogs from the Mega Man games.
I know not everyone is a fan of this style of taming, but I like having some variety. The other thing I like about these tames (at least how they were handled in MoP) is that the respawn time was never that long. The challenge was hunting them down, rather than getting lucky on a respawn.
Whether or not this will be expanded to non-mechanical pets remains to be seen. It’s a big continent and there’s not many Hunters out there looking for this stuff yet. Once beasts on the Broken Isles become tameable, I expect the discoveries to ramp up. Right now it’s just not worth going out of your way to look for stuff if you can’t tame it.
This is without a doubt my favorite mechanical pet yet. I can’t wait to find more!