I get a decent amount of e-mail every week from people who want to know whether a particular creature is tameable — because it’s not listed on Petopia, so they aren’t sure — or letting me know that Petopia is missing a particular pet — usually one that isn’t listed because it cannot be tamed. So I thought it might be really handy to add untameable beasts to the site.
To start with, I’ve done this as simply as possible. The untameable “families” — like kodos, mana wyrms, basilisks and the like – are all on a page with representative of each as a quick reference. Right now the page lives under Pet Stats & Analysis, largely because I had to put it somewhere, but as I get more FAQ-type stuff together it will likely move. Also, I threw this together relatively quickly, so let me know if I have missed any major untameable beasts. (Note that I did not include non-beasts, like undead or demons, on this page.)
Creatures that are clearly part of a tameable pet family but which cannot be tamed for whatever reason — like Scarlet Hounds and Ghost Howl – are listed on both the appropriate family page and the appropriate skin page. But to help set them off, they are shown in both places with a strikethrough font (that is, like
this) and also marked “Untameable”.
The main reason for displaying these guys this way is so that they are harder to miss. My initial thought was to list them as a separate table at the bottom of each page, but if I had just run into Ghost Howl for the first time and I wanted to know if it was worth it to try taming him, I’d look on the wolf family page under wolves that looked just like him — and if he wasn’t there, I probably wouldn’t think to scroll down.
Untameable pet-type beasts get a mob page just like a tameable creature, but it’s clearly marked in the title and right under the name that this creature cannot be tamed. I also included a note for anything that Beast Lore says can be tamed to explain how Beast Lore lies. *grin*
Untameable pet-type beasts are also listed in the Pet Database. For now I’ve just added another flag drop-down field (like Rare or Elite) for “Tameable”. If you leave the field alone, you get both tameable and untameable beasts in your results. (Untameable creatures are marked with the word “Untameable” in the Flags column.) Or you can set it to “Tameable Only” or “Untameable Only”. I am not completely satisfied with this solution, but after spending all day trying out different possibilities, I think this is the least confusing.
As always, I’d love to know what you think!