Patch 7.2 is adding some new Hunter pets to tame including a whole new family. Falcosaurs are being added to the Raptor family. Gryphons, hippogryphs, wyvern, owlcats, and wolfhawks are being added to the new Feathermane family.
I know what you’re thinking: How am I supposed to tame new pets when my stable is already full? I’m right there with you. I dislike abandoning pets, especially rare ones, but it might be necessary in this case because having gryphon pets for my dwarf is too good to pass up.
Update June 2017: I have a guide on where to tame all the Feathermanes on Wowhead.
There is a little bit of hope regarding the stable situation:
.@LeonardLumbar Thanks for all of the feedback on this, there are plans, but nothing to share now 🙂
— Jeremy Feasel (@Muffinus) February 23, 2017
Hopefully whatever the plan Muffinus is referring to is coming in patch 7.2. Update: It’s not. I also hope that they add special abilities to all the families without one (which was also hinted at a while ago), but there’s no sign of that yet.
Feathermanes aren’t exotic, so all specs can tame and use them, but you won’t gain the ability to tame them unless you invest AP in Titanstrike. You won’t be able to tame them right when patch 7.2 drops either. There are several steps you must take before you unlock this ability:
- Achieve Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part 2, which unlocks flying in the Broken Isles. This is likely to take a few weeks at least. We’ll have to wait and see what kind of reputation grind there is.
- Complete the quest to unlock your class mount, in our case the Wolfhawk. This is a fun little solo scenario with Odyn at the Field of the Eternal Hunt.
- Unlock all of the main traits on Titanstrike, which allows you to purchase Tome of the Hybrid Beast for 10k Order Resources. Note this requirement only include the main traits being added in 7.2, not the 50 “infinite” traits. You can purchase additional tomes and send them to other Hunters on your account as this item is bind to account. MM and SV get different mount recolors for maxing their artifact traits instead of the tome (you can still earn these colors as BM, you just need to get all the traits for the other spec).
Beasts in this family
There are several previously-unused skins/colors that will likely be added for taming. As of this writing, a rare black gryphon in the Hinterlands (Jetwing) has already been discovered on the PTR. Jetwing flies high in the sky in the central part of the zone, so you must dismount up in the air, damage him, then survive the fall to tame. There is also a white one out there somewhere, and maybe more.
Gryphons, wyvern, and old world hippogryphs all have hover and flying animations, while the new Broken Isles hippogryphs walk on the ground once tamed. Owlcats bring us one step closer to taming Druids.
The only Wolfhawks found so far reside on the southern coast of Eye of Azshara, in 3 separate caves. Currently they fly/hover when idling or attacking, but stay on the ground while running (as seen below).
I was kind of hoping to have pterrordax, skyscreamers, and dread ravens added to a flying family like this. It seems like a good place for them, especially the dread ravens. But I’m sure one or more of them will become pets some day (5 years ago we wouldn’t have figured gryphons would ever be pets).
As for a special ability, Feathermanes get Updraft (same one that Rylaks have).
Visit Petopia’s Feathermane page for all the different looks.
You’ve probably seen these guys infesting the shorelines of the Broken Isles. Every color and mob is tameable in 7.2, with the exception of matriarchs (because they’re level 111). They’re being added to the Raptor family (which still doesn’t have a special ability as of this writing).
Petopia updated their Raptor page to show the new looks.