Blizzard has updated the Wrath of the Lich King beta realms with a new build: 8770. As usual with beta build, the patch notes are not significantly updated so we’re largely on our own for finding changes.
I’m done with the liveblogging thing now and this post is complete. Fair warning — it’s rather scattershot. :>
First major change: Beast Mastery, the 51-point BM talent, has now been fully implemented. According to Koraa on the WOtLK Beta Hunter forum:
The NYI tag should be off now, it’s completely implemented. Though, we’re still working on the pets themselves.
No mention of what the new exotics are yet, but hey — 5 more pet talent points is nothing to sneeze at!
Okay, I’m in! The Wintergrasp zone is apparently open, but I happened to be logged out in Sholazar Basin, right above some new gorillas!
- Hardknuckle Charger (76-77, Sholazar Basin) – Black gorillas. They know Thunderstomp Rank 5(!)
- Hardknuckle Forager (75-76, Sholazar Basin) – White gorillas. Can’t be tamed.
- Softknuckle (2-4, Sholazar Basin) – Adorable baby gorillas. Can’t be tamed.
I believe these gorillas replaced the bristlepine boars that were here before.
Also, there’s a new piece of the threat display – a red dot that shows up next to the portrait of either you or your pet, depending on who has aggro.
Mammoth artwork is now in, but the mammoths I see in Sholazar Basicn do not seem to be tameable. Were there mammoths here before? You know, I think the map may have changed. Hmm .. and it looks like the map-clearing-when-you-discover-a-place is working now too. Excellent!
The Goretalon Matriarch that I posted about earlier today is no longer bugged, and she can be tamed. Unfortunately she’s level 78 so I can’t tame her yet.
The Sapphire Hive drones, which I had thought were silithids even though they are labeled as beasts, cannot be tamed. The Primoridal Drakes can also not be tamed. Nor can the rhinos, the hydras, or the giraffes. Of course, this is just in Sholazar Basin. There may be tameable examples elsewhere.
Wintergrasp is pretty, but there don’t appear to be any NPCs at all here and certainly no beasts. So I think I’ll skip it for now.
Arctic Ram cannot be tamed. Neither can Blighted Elk. That’s a pity — I was really hoping for elk.
The world server went down, so I logged in Kate (who is in Kalimdor) — and she earned the title “Flame Warden” on login. Cute!
Confirmation on the worms! They are an exotic pet — and Beast Lore even says so. And indeed, you must have the Beast Mastery talent now to tame exotics — when I try (untalented) I get the message: “Creature not tameable.”
I hope that that is a temporary error message and that it will eventually tell you why you can’t tame this creature. But at any rate once I took the talent I could make the tame. And here is Kaet with her (rather disturbing) worm!
Worms eat cheese, bread, and fungus. They use the Tenacity tree. They know Bite and their family skill is Acid Spit:
Acid Spit: Your worm spits acid at an enemy, causing 46 to 64 Natuyre damage and reducing its armor for 20 sec. (40 Focus, 20 yd range, Instant, 20 sec cooldown)
Silithus seems like a good place to pick up a silithid also, but the wasp-like ones here aren’t labeled as beasts even. But ahha! There’s a Hive’Regal Ambusher, and he can be tamed! And as Vabuka points out in the comments, he is incredibly twitchy!
Silithids eat meat and fungus and use the Cunning tree. They know Claw and their family skill s Venom Web Spray:
Venom Web Spray: Sprays toxic webs at the target, preventing movement for 4 sec and causing Nature damage over time. (80 Focus, 20 yd range, Instant, 2 min cooldown)
As an aside, Sean on the WotLK Beta Hunter forum has pointed out that pets in this build no longer have resistance skills in their spellbook. Instead it looks like pets get 1 point of each resistance for each level.
While Hive’Regal has red silithids, Hive’Zora has yellow ones and Hive’Ashi green ones. The shape is the same, though, on the tameable ones. Pity — I wanted a big beetle
Hey! What happened to Kill Command?!
Kill Command: Give the command to kill, increasing your pet’s damage done from special attacks by 60%. Each special attack done by the pet reduces the damage bonus by 20%. (75 Mana, 45 yd range, Instant, 2 min cooldown)
Hmph. Okay, there are a lot of new beasts for me to track down and tame. I’m going to call this liveblog over and get down to work. I hope to have a round-up of the worms and silithids later this evening or tomorrow.
Beta testers, I’d love your help! Just e-mail me a screenshot of the creature with the Beast Lore tooltip showing. Doesn’t have to be artistic — I won’t be posting it. :> I just need to know what color the beast is, what level, and whether or not it can be tamed. Thanks!