I kept putting it off, but I finally did it with patch 6.0 only a few days away. I made room in my pet stable for some new pets in Warlords.
From 55 pets to 35 pets, and here’s the proof…
abandoned sent 20 pets out to pasture. I went through all of the new pets coming in 6.0 and decided I wanted to tame 20 of them for my collection. “Only” 20. The good news is, most of the pets I deleted gently released weren’t rares, or if they were then I made sure they weren’t difficult to find ones. I have all the spirit beasts and didn’t send any of them to the farm. Same deal with the ultra rare ones like King Krush or Aotona, or my pair of oil-stained wolves (one of them is a backup if I ever lose the oil coat).
The New Pets
Here’s my preliminary list of 20 new pets (in alphabetical order). Most of these choices were based on aesthetics, I already have all buffs covered in some form. Much thanks to Petopia for the images. Mousing over or clicking will tell you the exact name of the tameable beast.
As you can see, I’m a huge fan of the clefthooves. I think they might be my favorite overall pet family. The Iron Horde Battlebeast also matches the hunter challenge mode armor pretty well. I’ll use Banthar in his place for 6.0.2 probably.
If I had to narrow it down to a top 5, I think it would be (in no particular order):
It’s just too bad the awesome teroclaws are Carrion Birds (the grounded ones should’ve been raptors!). Same with Riverbeasts. Both families only have the Mortal Wounds (reduced healing) debuff. Those will end up being pets I’ll only use if the group has all the buffs covered, or just for fun out of combat.
Here’s a video I did earlier introducing the new pet families. I don’t cover all the pets of each one, but it will give you a decent overview. Plus, lots of cool scenery and music!
You can also check out the Pet of the Week feature for more new pets coming in Warlords.
Also remember that Stags, Clefthooves, and Hydras will be available to tame in the 6.0.2 prepatch.
Good luck with any stable purging you may have to do. It’s not easy. Hey, Blizz, how about some more stable slots? 😛