I spent a big chunk of today getting myself set up to test taming ‘pet’ creatures on the PTR. I reactivated my husband’s account, installed the PTR on his laptop, copied a pre-made level 70 mage (that I have no idea how to play), read for an hour while both this character and my copied main waited in the PTR queue, ducked the hundreds of requests for teleports that came in as soon as I got on, and headed out across the world to try taming some of the controlled beasts that people have mentioned.
I had absolutely no luck.
I tried sheeping (and turtling and pigging) alone, with various traps, with Scare Beast and anything else I could think, in a group, not in a group, with one hand tied behind my back, with my fingers crossed …
My eventual conclusion: Coilfang Rays are special.
- Most of the NPC pet beasts, like Savannah Cubs and Scarlet Hounds, are created via a summoning spell apparently cast by their controllers. But Coilfang Rays do not appear to be created via a spell.
- Coilfang Rays can drop loot. Not very much has been recorded on these sites so far, but they do drop loot. The other NPC pet beasts leave corpses that cannot be looted. (Note that the sites sometimes show loot for these creatures anyway, but I verified that most of them just don’t have lootable corpses.)
- If I am understanding correctly, the Coilfang Ray has the purpose tag <Observer’s Pet>, in the same sense it might say <Hunter Trainer> or <Coilfang Matron>. In other words, it’s almost part of their name. Other NPC pet beasts, on the other hand, have “So and so’s pet” in their mouseover info in the same way that they have “Level 62 Beast”.
So at this point, I am thinking that NPC-summoned beasts can’t be tamed — no matter what Beast Lore says — and that the Coilfang Ray is not an NPC-summoned beast in the same way that the others are.
… Which is a pity, because I really wanted to tame a Scarlet Hound.