See, this is what I mean. I planned to log into the Cataclysm beta yesterday to finish rounding up the data on common pets so I can merge it into the Petopia database, but two minutes after I logged in the server came down for maintenance.
Okay, fine – the pets will still be there when it comes back up. And they were – and so were another five-ish pet looks to tame. I just can’t keep up!
Karoma is a level 85 Spirit Beast from Twilight Highlands. Wain found him in the southern part of the zone but we don’t know yet if he might have other spawn points.
Like all spirit beasts, Karoma is an exotic Ferocity beast with the skills Roar of Courage, Spirit Mend, and Spirit Walk.
And like the other spirit beasts, he is neutral (yellow) until you attack him or try to tame him. [Edit: Karoma seems to be scrappier than the other spirit beasts - he starts out as hostile instead of neutral.]
Yes, the ghost wolf has returned! As a spirit beast, but hey – you take what you can get. At least you can tame this look again!
The first question I’ve heard from almost everyone is: Will the original ghost wolves, the Grimtotem Spirit Guides, be turned into spirit beasts?
I Am Not A Blizzard Dev (IANABD) but I am extremely doubtful that Blizzard will change the existing ghost wolves.
[Update: Characters with an old school Grimtotem Spirit Guide who copy their character to the beta do indeed still have a Wolf and not a Spirit Beast. Rikaku was generous enough to provide a screenshot of her Grimtotem Spirit Guide on the beta realm.]
A quick shot of history for those who are unfamiliar: Way back in November of 2007, Blizzard updated Dustwallow Marsh, including Grimtotem shamans that summoned a ghost wolf called the Grimtotem Spirit Guide. The Grimtotem Spirit Guide could be tamed – assuming you had the right equipment and help and whatnot, since they only existed for a couple of seconds.
Anyway, at first Blizzard said that they were going to leave the Grimtotem Spirit Guide tameable … and then they changed their minds. They replaced the Grimtotem Spirit Guide with an untameable Grimtotem Spirit Wolf in the wild, but they left those hunters who had tamed a Grimtotem Spirit Guide alone. Thus the ghost wolf became the classic retired pet, the measure we use to judge all subsequent retired pets.
My many thanks to Wain for finding and sharing this spirit beast, as well as for the screenshot above.