The last few Cataclysm beta patches have had me in heaven. I want to post about some of the reasons soon, but today …
Well, as I said when I heard:
“Yes! Demon dogs! DEMON DOGS! YES!”
Needless to say, I rather startled the people around me. *cough*
Blizzard surprised us in Wrath of the Lich King when they let us tame the Vargul Blighthound in Zul’Drak. That’s the black demon dog with glowing red runes and fiery feet.
Ever since, we’ve been asking – nay, begging – to be able to tame the blue and green versions of this pet look.
In the last Cataclysm beta build (13221), not only can the blue and green runed demon dogs be tamed – so can all five regular non-runed demon dogs. (You can see them all on the Dog family page.)
You can see the grey example above and to the right, posing with Mania.
Now there’s two tricky bits here.
First, all the demon dogs are Dogs, not Wolves – and that includes the Vargul Blighthound. If you have one tamed now, then as soon as Cataclysm launches you will have a pet dog and not a pet wolf.
Personally I think sticking these pets into the Dog family is great since it broadens the possible dog looks beyond just mastiffs. I really feel for those hunters who want to keep their Vargul wolf, though. Changing existing pets is better avoided when it can be.
Secondly: right now, the green runed demon dogs (over there to the right with Nefane) can only by tamed by Alliance characters. However, I fully expect the Plaguehounds in the Eastern Plaguelands to become tameable as well, which will solve that problem.
Update: As of build 13241, the green runed demon dogs in EPL can be tamed – so both Horde and Alliance have equal access to the greens.
These guys are one of the pets I’ve wanted to tame for forever. I’ve been drooling over the blue demon dogs in Tirisfal Glades since original launch! So yeah … I’m in demon dog heaven.