I had a chance to spend more time today on the Public Test Realms for Patch 3.2. (You can also read my previous adventures on the 3.2 PTR.)
First I spent some time feeding my Venomhide Hatchling, which will eventually transform into a Venomhide Ravasaur mount. Today he gave me a quest called Gorishi Grub, in which I needed to kill Gorishi silithids to gather 10 Silithid Meat for the little guy. All of the silithids in the Slithering Scar seemed to drop the meat at 100%, so it was a quick quest.
Incidentally, both the daily quest to feed my hatchling and the overall quest to get the mount (after many days of hatchling dailies) are marked as level 53 in the quest panel. I assume they can be picked up earlier than that but I’m not sure what level.
And that calls out something else — I have no add-ons installs on the PTR, so that means that the default Blizzard quest panel now shows quest levels. Yay!
 As Gazmik Fizzwidget and Seidouyumi call out in the comments, this isn’t a new feature — it’s the so-called Colorblind Mode, and it works on the live realms also. (I say ‘so-called’ because lots of people use it who are not colorblind.) I must have turned it on at some point on the PTR. I like the quest-level feature, but I would prefer to keep my money icon-based (and Colorblind mode replaces the coin icons with letters). So for now I too will continue using Levelator (as well as FactionFriend and Feed-O-Matic). [/edit]
After feeding my ravenous hatchling I set off to see if I could find some of the new raptor mini-pets. The PTR 3.2 patch notes say that there are 8 new pets, not including Argent Tournament pets — some found on rare and eilte raptors, plus one sold by Breanni in Dalaran.
Using the item names posted by MMO, I made the following chart to try to figure out which mini-pets come from where.
|Darting Hatchling||Dart (Rare – Dustwallow Marsh)|
|Deviate Hatchling||Deviate Guardian and/or Deviate Ravager (Elites – Wailing Caverns)|
|Gundrak Hatchling||Gundrak Raptors?|
|Leaping Hatchling||Takk the Leaper (Rare – The Barrens)|
|Obsidian Hatchling||Sold by Breanni (Dalaran)|
|Razzashi Hatchling||Razzashi Raptor (Elites – Zul’Gurub)|
|Razormaw Hatchling||Razormaw Matriarch (Rare – The Wetlands)|
|Ravasaur Hatchling||Ravasaur Matriarch (Rare – Un’Goro Crater)|
Commenters on the Wowhead PTR site say that so far the drop rate for the rare raptors seems to be 100%, but there are enough people searching out those rares on the PTR that I haven’t seen any yet. I would assume that the drop rate from the non-rares is a lot lower.
I did venture into the Wailing Caverns to see if I could score a Deviate Hatchling — and I did! (That’s him on the right.) I may have just gotten lucky on the drop, but I got my little raptor from a Deviate Guardian — my 25th Deviate Guardian and my 52nd elite raptor kill inside WC. The mini-pet isn’t Bound on Pickup, by the way, so it can be traded.
I’m a little puzzled by the Gundrak Hatchling, actually. Gundrak raptors are neither elite nor rare. Perhaps this mini-pet actually comes from a dungeon raptor that I’m not familiar with? I double-checked the Gundrak raptors — the ones in Zul’Drak outside Gundrak — and indeed, they are neither rare nor elite. So … I dunno.
And while I was looking for Takk in the Barrens I was surprised to see a zeppelin flying overhead. Apparently the new route from Orgrimmar to Thunderbluff doesn’t ‘zone’ between the two cities but flies straight through. I wonder if you can jump off half-way to get to Crossroads? :>
Unfortunately that was all the time I had for the PTR today. Perhaps I’ll have some more time this weekend.