Cataclysm beta build 13277 may go down in history as one of the most pet-obsessed-hunter-loving builds ever.
One of the big sets of changes involves rare and named cats. Several of them – primarily the ones that looked a lot like the non-rare cats around them – have changed looks. Now instead of being normal cats they are saber cats – in other words, they use the high-shouldered, saber-toothed ‘riding’ models.
A couple of important notes:
- If you have one of these cats alreday tamed, they WILL change to the new look.
- Rak’Shiri’s new look is the same as the night elf starter pet. You will be able to get this look without starting a new night elf!
- The old looks for Shango and Rak’Shiri are still available on other cats. We are not losing any looks. (More notes on Rak’Shiri below.)
Rak’Shiri is the only change here that may panic some hunters because Rak’Shiri already had an unusual look.
So I’m asking your assistance, helpful readers, in explaining to other hunters what’s going on and how to deal with it.
Here’s the situation:
- Rak’Shiri is changing from an aqua saber cat (riding tiger) to a white one with black stripes (same as the night elf starter pet).
- If you have Rak’Shiri tamed, your pet will change looks.
- If you want the new look, you don’t need to do anything – the change is automatic.
- If you want to keep the old look, you will want to tame Shy-Rotam instead.
- In Cataclysm, Shy-Rotam is no longer spawned by a quest – she’s always there. So once Cataclysm launches, swapping your cats out will not be a tedious process.
I know a lot of hunters have an emotional connection to their pets. Shoot, that’s pretty much why Petopia exists! But I’ll be honest, here – because this is my blog and all. *grin*
I believe that getting access to a whole new look without starting a new night elf character is worth the trouble of changing the existing look.
You can maintain your emotional connection with the old look by taming Shy-Rotam or with the new look by keeping Rak’Shiri. (Look – my cat finally finished his moult!)
I know some of you will disagree with me, and that’s fine. All I ask is that you keep it civil, here and elsewhere.