Blizzard loves us. They really do.
There may be debate about the effect of Cataclysm on the hunter class, but for pet-obsessed hunters like me the verdict is clear:
This is the best expansion ever.
At the moment, it looks like Cataclysm will be adding five new pet families:
To compare, WoW originally launched with 17 pet families. The Burning Crusade added 6 more for a total of 23. And we picked up 9 families in Wrath of the Lich King for the current total of 32.
Compared to Wrath, five new families may not seem so exciting. Keep in mind, though, that 7 of Wrath’s 9 new families were Exotic and not available to all hunters.
But we’re getting a lot more than new families.
The New Looks page on Petopia isn’t completely up-to-date, I’m afraid – as soon as I think I get everything the community members point out something I missed or find something new. (I’m looking at you, Wain!)
But even looking at what’s there right now, I’m counting 90+ new tameable looks. That’s roughly as many as in Burning Crusade and Wrath combined.
More than 90 more looks for hunters to tame.
I’ll give you a second to absorb that. (And you thought our new stables were big enough!)
Now most of these aren’t new to WoW but are new as hunter pets.
My own list – and the lists of many other hunters – included:
- Silithid Wasps – Check!
- Blue & Green Magehunters (aka Runed Demon Dogs) – Check!
- Silithid Scarabs (aka Beetles) – Check!
- Darkhounds (aka Demon Dogs) – Check!
- Helboars – Check!
Now there were a bunch of beasts they haven’t added (yet), like slime, bogstriders, maggots, basilisks, hydra, etc. But I’ll admit that some of those are pretty far-fetched. *cough* slime *cough*
In addition, Blizzard is also giving us the ability to tame these existing models:
- Boss silithids (aka brain bugs)
And new models for these pets too:
- Crabs (thank goodness!)
- Crocolisks (also thank goodness!)
- Turtle (one or two, depending on how you count the volcano turtle)
And that’s not counting the new models in the new families:
- Shale Spiders
Or the host of new colors available in the old models and families.
Blizzard Loves Us
There was a time way back when beta started that I could tell you which additions were my favorites. Now, though … I can’t even start.
Beetles! Demon dogs! Brain bugs! Foxes! A green tiger! Armor-plated scorpids! Volcano turtle! Qirot!
Sorry about that.
Suffice it to say that I’m excited about this expansion. I mean, c’mon – Qirot!