Ghost Wolf!

The comment thread for the last Petopia update and my GMail inbox were both filled with reports of a new ghostly wolf in Dustwallow Marsh yesterday. I haven’t been able to get down there yet myself, but apparently this ghost wolf is summoned by one of the Grimtotems — but is not classed as an NPC’s pet and so you can start the process of taming it. The problem? It dies after just a handful of seconds regardless of damage, and since Tame Beast lasts 20 seconds you can’t finish taming it before it dies.

[UPDATE: As of 01/14/2008, Blizzard has announced that this creature can no longer be tamed. This reverses their previous comments on the matter.]

Resourceful hunters wracked their brains thinking of ways to shorten the length of time it takes to cast Tame Beast — so far as I know this is the first time we’ve had cause to consider that problem! And it looks like someone managed to do it — kimisawa just posted a comment with screenshots of another hunter who tamed the ghostly wolf!

My thanks to kimisawa, Mugungo, Ryno, Jakal, and everyone else who has been frantically trying to figure out how to tame this wolf. Now that we know it’s possible, I want to know more about exactly how it can be done!

Edit: Our own Mugungo from Dunemaul managed to tame one of these amazing wolves today and sent me a screenshot. Click the thumbnail for the full-sized pic.

Mugungo from Dunemaul shows off his new ghostly wolf.

He also sent a guide about how he tamed his wolf:

I thought I would post a small guide on how to get the awsome ghost wolf. First of all, I dont know how to do this as a non-troll, but what you should do, is get the meta gem Mystical Skyfire Diamond. Then, spam aspects ’til it procs. You will have to get lucky with the wolf spawns to time the spawns with the gems proc. Then use troll zerking (the shaman blood lust skill may stack with the gem, i am unsure) and then have a leather worker drop the drums. Then you must click on the wolves EXACTLY when they spawn, and hope your taming finishes!

Also, this wolf looks awsome with bestial wrath on. Attached screenys show it with BW and I also put a screeny that is a good representation of how clear the wolf looks. =D

Again, click the thumbs for the full pic:

An artistic shot showing off the transparency of the ghostly wolf!The ghostly wolf in Bestial Wrath -- big, red, and see-through!

In the comment thread below, Maera also gives a little guide that I wanted to pull up and repeat where it’s more visible:

I tamed my little wolf with the help of Mappy (70 shammy) and my Fiance. I also was toting the Skyfire Diamond and the Drums of Battle. Found one of the Grimtotems to harrass, demanding for the wolves to be summoned. Luwl. Dropped the drums once I had aggro from the Grimtotem, and started spamming trueshot aura to get the Diamond to proc. Once it did Mappy immediately threw down Heroism. Started the tame, and hello ghost wolf!

I strongly suggest making a macro to target one of the wolves the very moment they spawn. The seconds to complete the tame is so small a window, and every little piece of time you can scrounge is crucial.

The other thing that might make you panic is that your wolf may die the second after you finish the tame. My wolf fell over dead the moment the tame was complete, I think because the wolf was intended to die after only eight seconds or so after being spawned.

[UPDATE: As of 01/14/2008, Blizzard has announced that this creature can no longer be tamed. This reverses their previous comments on the matter.]

212 thoughts on “Ghost Wolf!

  1. Juvial

    I’ve heard some people say that they would never tame such a low level pet because it’s too much of a grind getting it to 70. Since the latest patch, leveling a lower level pet seems to be much easier. I believe someone mentioned going to serpent lake in Zangar so I started there with the fish mobs, which really works great with some breathing pots. After several runs through some lower level instances however is where I saw the biggest difference. I just put pet on submissive and let it sit back and watch. Mine is currently sitting at level 61. At this level it’s finally starting to hold it’s own in fights when soloing and feel more comfortable using misdirection on it now.

  2. Juvial

    Has anyone mentioned the sound these wolves make? Very different than any other pet for sure. This whole time I’ve been playing with my sound off for different reasons. Just recently is when I discovered the difference. Definitley a ghostly sound. And as far as how it runs, I’ve seen some documentries on wolves and my personal opinion is they run more like “real” wolves than other wolves in the game.

  3. Alanonymous

    THE WOLF HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY AND IS NO LONGER TAMEABLE: Per Drysc on 1/14/08: Through a hotfix we’ve recently removed the ability to tame a Grimtotem Spirit Guide. Players who have already gone through the trouble of taming the creature will be able to keep them unchanged. This hotfix only removes the possibility to tame this creature from here on.

    The removal of the spirit guide has been debated within design discussions for a while now as to what impact the pet and its precedent has on the game.
    The unintended nature of the taming, the undead status of the guide, appearance of the wolf in relation to the feel of the hunter class, and the complex processes of taming were all issues touched upon and discussed.

    Ultimately the discussions brought us to the conclusion that this should not be a permanent addition to the pet selection available to hunters; however, those that have already tamed them should be allowed to keep them due to their efforts in obtaining one.

    found here http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=3907976716&sid=1&pageNo=1

    Glad to have mine

  4. sandy

    you misinformed egotiscal humans – leave well alone ghost wolf is a shift changer for a short time to benefit the north american indians from a dimension you will have to reincarnate into you are all out of your depth go your way day by day live as theGreat Creator requires a lifein speech of Holiness – let nothing go into your thoughts but purity & beauty of nature – you should not open your minds to let darkness in – you will be shown when our Father is ready

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  8. mandi

    is ghost wolf a game or not?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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