Mangeclaw Misadventures

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately running new hunter characters to level 10. My main goal is to research the level 10 pet quests for a new top-secret project that I’m working on, but since that requires several new characters I’ve decided to kill two birds with one stone and set these characters up for my Grand Experiment as well.

The Grand Experiment, if you remember, is where I level 18 hunters, each associated with one or two pet families, so I can see how each family plays. I won’t be playing all these characters immediately, but when I do eventually get back to them they will at least be level 10 and have their first pets.

So this evening I leveled a Tauren hunter that is slated to keep bears. Levels 1 to 9 went smoothly, then I hit level 10 and did the research I needed to do – and the pet quests — and then it was time to tame her first pet. Since I like to stretch my hunters, this Tauren was going to tame Mangeclaw from Dun Morogh and a black bear from Loch Modan.

First I used the ghost traveling trick to get to the dwarf lands. Ghost traveling involves dying on one continent (in this case near Orgrimmar), then taking a boat or zeppelin to the other continent while you’re dead (in this case the zeppelin to Undercity), then running slowly and tediously as a ghost to wherever it is you want to be (Loch Modan), and resurrecting at a Spirit Healer there (outside Thelsamar). It only works if you die on one continent and resurrect on the other — if you die in Silverpine, run to Loch Modan and resurrect, you’ll end up back in Silverpine. But apparently when you zone between continents, the information about where you died is not preserved, so the server let’s you choose your resurrection spot.

(I don’t feel too terrible about using this method to tame low-level pets because it’s a real pain in the neck. You certainly wouldn’t want to use it to try to pick up a bunch of flight points or anything like that — it’s just too much running. Also note that the portal into Darnassus from Rut’theran Village doesn’t count as changing continents. I haven’t tried the zoning between Darkshore and the Draenei lands yet, but several readers have let me know that the portal between the Eastern Plaguelands and the Ghostlands does count — which makes this the easy way to tame a lynx or dragonhawk for the Alliance. Well, ‘easier’ anyway. )

But I started running into trouble when I arrived in Dun Morogh because I couldn’t remember where the graveyard nearest to Mangeclaw was. After some running back and forth I gave in and Google’d it and realized that I’d be better off resurrecting in Loch Modan, outside Thelsamar. Thankfully I managed to miss the roving patrol when I rez’d, but as soon as I was alive again I came to an awful conclusion — I was still level 10! Both Mangeclaw and the black bears are level 11, so I had intended to level up to 11 before I started this trip, but I’d forgotten.

Well, no problem — I’ll just farm some of the handy spiders and boars around Thelsamar, I thought. I pick a target, get into range, attack, and … nothing. What?! Oh, hell — my gun was broken, presumably by the death that got me to Loch Modan. So there I was, deep in enemy territory with no chance of repairing my equipment, unable to attack, unable to tame my quarry, and unwilling to go home because I really didn’t want to face that run again, ghost or no.

After a moment of thought I realized what I could do. My axe was still functional, so I quickly tamed a level 10 boar and used him to attack the spiders. After he had established solid aggro on each spider I’d wade in with my axe and we’d slowly whittle the bloody thing down. I was worried that my axe would break before I reached level 11, but thankfully that didn’t happen.

Level 11! Time to go get Mangeclaw! I planned on picking up a black bear also by using the new dismiss-and-tame bug/feature, but just in case something went wrong I wanted Mangeclaw first. I snuck through the tunnel into Dun Morogh and ran smack into a dwarven guard on the other side. No problem, though — I still had the boar, so he defended me while I ran. Except that the defending boar flagged me for PvP, which I wasn’t expecting — last time I did this, defensive pets didn’t flag. Terrified that a passing Alliance would make this whole process even more arduous, I ran and hid in the woods until the flag wore off. :>

With that crisis past, I found Mangeclaw’s little cul-de-sac and used the boar to clear out the snow leopards in the area. Then I dismissed the boar and began taming Mangeclaw. I thought I was home free when, one single second from the tame completing, Mangeclaw did his swipe manuever and interrupted the tame.

Bugger, I thought. Mangeclaw has a swipe? Why don’t I ever remember these things? Well, I only had one second left on that one — certainly the next tame will do it. Five attempts later, the snow leopards respawned and almost wiped me out. So I tamed another boar, killed the snow leopards, and went back to trying to tame Mangeclaw.

I tried everything I could to slow him down and get me another few seconds free of his swipe. At level 11 I didn’t have Freeze Trap, of course, and while I could have normally used Concussive Shot … well, my gun was broken. So I was left with terrain — making him run up hills and around trees to get to me. But despite my efforts, he kept swiping, usually after only 10 or so seconds. That first tame, where I made it down to only one second left, seemed like a lucky fluke — and I wasn’t getting any luckier.

Now there’s another white bear in Dun Morogh — Bjarn. And I had a vague memory from somewhere that only one of the two white bears would swip and interrupt a tame. If that memory was correct, that would imply that Bjarn wouldn’t swipe. So maybe I should go tame him? Except that Bjarn is level 12, and I was just barely level 11, and I really wasn’t sure that my axe would survive another whole level of beating-things-to-death-with-the-help-of-a-boar. I could just see myself after my axe broke, slowly punching snow leopards to death with my bare hands.

So that idea was out. I’d just have to keep trying Mangeclaw. Three attempts later, more snow leopards respawned and I had to tame another boar to deal with them. I was running out of boars! But I doggedly kept on. I was not going to go through this whole thing again!

But then, on attempt #10, Lady Luck smiled on me and Mangeclaw didn’t swipe. I had tamed him! He was mine! Hooray!

A few seconds later, an high level Alliance rode into the cul-de-sac, presumably to check out what a Horde was doing in his newbie zone. But he was too late — I already had my prize! I snuck back out through the tunnel to Lock Modan (but this time I put the pet on passive and avoided flagging), tamed a black bear, and hearthstoned home.

The things we do for pets. Sheesh.

11 thoughts on “Mangeclaw Misadventures

  1. darkhallow

    I also tamed Mangeclaw at level 11 (and I still have him at level 70). I think the best way to work around his swipe is to pull him, let him swipe you, then start taming. I’m pretty sure he only swipes once per fight.

  2. slippyhunter7

    I tamed Mangeclaw on a Tauren hunter, and I can confirm it, Mange only swipes once per fight. I just let him beat on me until he swiped and tamed him, exactly like darkhallow said.

  3. Mania

    Egad, that’s useful information! I wish I’d known that last night! :>

    I’ve added a comment on the Mangeclaw page on Petopia. Thanks for the tip!

  4. murphykol

    Good to know that, the swipe thing made me mad! I got a tauren hunter and did the old fashioned run-die-res, run-die-res. Took me ages to get there!
    A handy tip is to be a Skinner/Leatherworker. I ended up trying to tame Mangeclaw with a skinning knife and an armour set made from snow lepoards and boars!

  5. keleri

    ahahaha, I did the same thing a thousand years ago with a night elf hunter and had the exact same problem. I wish I’d known about the one swipe per fight then too. I think I ended up taming him after he swiped at the very, very last second of the spell and the server registered him as being tamed anyway.

  6. The Big Stu

    I was not sure where to make this comment so I figured the top post in the game experiences would work. Most of the folks that frequent this site probably love hunters (me, me, me) I was wondering if you have ever taken a poll to see just how long people have spent trying to tame a pet. I am not talking about parking next to Humar’s tree and logging in every hour to see if he is there yet, I am talking about sitting in front of the screen waiting…or what ever you would have to do for another pet.

  7. Nÿx

    I have my main lvl 33 Alliance hunter and two alt Alliance hunters. I was just feeding my lvl 20 thistle bear (I was at same level Draenei) when someone asked if I would help them with the ghost saber. I was a n00b and had no idea what the big deal was. Didn’t know what spawning was…I was just going around happily questing. I had never heard of (GASP) petopia so I didn’t know that there were rare and elite beasts you could tame. So I followed this person to the Ruins of Mathystra. My pet and I are happily slaying the humanoids while the person hunting the ghost saber is getting very angry that something isn’t happening when they open these cat figurines (remember Lvl 20 first hunter n00b). Finally something happens to this person I’m helping and I see this gorgeous see-through white cat but it looked like the ghost saber was going to kill this person so me and poohpooh go running to the rescue and slay the bad beastie. Boy was this person pissed at me! LOL I still didn’t understand why. After much swearing and crying (a character crying is pretty funny), this person gave up and disappeared.

    A couple hours later I did a google search on what the big deal was about this cat. It was then that I found petopia and found out it could be tamed. Then I understood the crying…I wanted that cat baaaaaaaad! Took poohpooh (thanks to petopia on explaining what I needed to do) I got me a ghost saber in about 20 minutes. I noticed that it seemed to spawn (after several attempts with a pet) the first time I tried after abandoning poohpooh. I was estatic, went to work and got thinking that I didn’t like what I’d named it. I thought, how hard could it be? It was real easy first time. Hahahahaha…I took current ghost saber and we slayed through at least a level of humanoids in Mathystra. Plan was to abandon current pet as soon as new ghost saber spawned. Tricky but doable. After 3 different times of about 2 hours each and a work day in between and about 20-30 cat statuettes, I finally gave the “abandon pet then try” idea a shot. And sure enough next statuette spawned my most loved ghost saber “Haunt” (who’s at lvl 33 with me). So it took me about 6 hours and a level to get Haunt (who I’m keeping all the way up to 70).

    P.S. Took my alt hunter (lvl 14) with current love snow leopard “Frostbite” to Dun Morogh for some hunting/skinning quick and easy. So we are trying to kill a boar and snow leopard at the same time (faster skinning) and all of a sudden out of nowhere something white goes streaking past and attacks my beloved “Frostbite” well I go after it and see that its a white bear. Hadn’t seen any of those. Didn’t know there were any. Click on him and he’s a rare named Bjarn. If you can’t tell I have a major thing for white pets. I had to have him! So I abandoned Frostbite (sniff) and tried to tame him. Got slaughtered inside of 5 seconds. Rezzed, loaded up on every buff I had available and gave it another shot. He almost got me again but I did it! I tamed Bjarn. Kept the name as I am most proud of him. I still have yet to see any white bears. I’ve seen plenty of brown, black and greys but no whites and I skin in Dun Morogh a LOT. I plan on getting another snow leopard and trying to find Timber. And any other white beast I can find. Bjarn is a keeper all the way to 70.

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