Yesterday BRK forwarded me a fascinating screenshot from one of his readers.
Algörithm of Khaz’goroth snapped this shot of a gorgeous pet snoozing behind Andurg Slatechest, the Stable Master at Bouldercrag’s Refuge in the Storm Peaks.
I’m assuming it’s a Spirit beast based off the glowing eyes and the unique skin. I wonder how many Spirit beasts there will be when everything is fully released.
That’s an excellent question, especially considering that just a few days ago, Ghostcrawler responded to a post about the difficulty of taming Loque’nahak by saying:
We wanted to have a difficult to get pet for those hunters who enjoyed the challenge of it in the old days. We wanted to make sure the Spirit Beast was not absolutely the best pet for that reason.
We will probably add more over time.
Of course, “probably” and “over time” does not equal “for certain” or “anytime soon”, so we may have to wait awhile to see exactly what Blizzard has in store. But I’d love to have another Spirit Beast available — or two more, or six more — and I’d love to see something like Blackmaw on that list.
But for the moment, it’s unclear whether Blackmaw is really a spirit beast. If you use Beast Lore on Blackmaw, it says he cannot be tamed and gives his diet as .. well, everything. Which means that he is either a boar or a bear … or something entirely new. (Or, I suppose, that since he is never intended to be tamed he just has default data.)
On the other hand, some of you may recognize Blackmaw’s model as being the same as Soo-Holu, a god of the Oracles that you are transformed into during the Oracle daily quest “Will of the Titans”. Since Soo-Holu is a god much like Harkoa (and presumably Loque’nahak, as Harkoa’s consort, has some godlike qualities), that’s strong evidence of spirit-beast-hood.
On the third hand (we have lots of hands around here), the underlying model used by Blackmaw (and Soo-Holu) is the same as that used by the Cursed Offspring of Harkoa. And as gorgeous as those cats are, they are still classified as cats — despite their relationship to Harkoa.
So … Blackmaw’s family is unclear. But suffice it to say that no matter what he is, I’d love to tame him!