Pet Battles and HearthStone are distractions


I think Pet Battles and HearthStone are distractions. Darn good, but distractions. I’d try and play these games on my iphone or ipad, but can’t take it seriously while actually in World of Warcraft.

I will certainly try HearthStone when it is live, and perhaps when this expansion is ending I’ll try a pet battle too.

I have a fair pool of pets all of whom are level one and never been used. It seems a waste in a way to have some rare stuff but never use them in game. Alas time online actually playing my main is rare enough for me, so spending that time swapping cards or poking pets is not justified.

But on a portable device while I wait for a late trains or have a quick lunch? Ohhhh yeah, I’ve got time for that. I know HearthStone is going to be delivered to portable devices, and I’d think that Pet battles could be valuable there too.


Cinder Kitten Pet go to charity

The Cinder Kitten pet (nom nom nom) is the most recent little gem being sold as a vanity item in the wow store. It’s cute, grants no mechanical advantage, the proceeds go to charity (Red Cross), and is high res entertainment.

More power to all involved I say!

Cinder Kitten by WoW Insider (nice job guys). Click for the charityWill I buy one? Probably not, but I love that these are around for the folks who like pets, and also that Blizzard-Acti keep the charity spirit alive.

If you want to cry about the fall of humanity have a read in the Ref link below – some of the comments really are made by the lowest scum our poor dilapidated race has to offer. No good deed goes unpunished.

Ref: Cinder Kitten pet sales to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief charity.

Kudos: Cenarion Hatchling for Japan Earthquake Relief

Blizzard deserve some serious kudos for offering 100% of the revenue to the relief fund. Outstanding. I think the offer is not permanent, so if you’re going to buy this pet you might as well spread your addiction cash between Blizzard and their chosen good cause. Honestly I’m impressed.


Introducing the latest World of Warcraft companion up for adoption in the online Pet Store: the wild and noble Cenarion Hatchling! This little critter is the twin of the rare Hippogryph Hatchling pet players could randomly encounter in the first World of Warcraft Trading Card Game set, Heroes of Azeroth — and he’s emerged from the forests of Azeroth to lend a helping talon to some friends in need. For every Cenarion Hatchling purchased between now and July 31, 100% of the $10 USD adoption fee will be donated to the American Red Cross’s Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief efforts. This support will enable the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support, and other assistance to victims of this disaster.

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Is the Fossilized Hatchling actually rare?

fossilized hatchling pic

This fella will go so well with my undead flying chicken mount

Quick brag – got the cute Archy pet: Fossilized Hatchling, and at approx 170s in the Archeology skill which seems early in the grind to see a rare item. Not that I’m complaining (for a change).

Welcome to my very small stable of pets, don’t sit too close to lil’rag; he’s a rude one.

I’m not game to estimate the amount of work needed to get a hold of one of the purple items, and my goal for the entire grind is the silly over-super-uber-rare Two Handed Sword as a BoA.

Nobody I know is actually holding their breath, but hey – guys got to have dreams. Happy killing, especially if you are a Death Knight.

Lil’Rag pet is actually useful

lil-rag mini-petI’m not an obsessive collector of in-game pets. If I can roll on one, or get one easily then I’ll do it, but until now I’d never considered doing anything difficult or paying for one.

The Lil’ Ragnaros pet is the concept that broke my resolve. I love Molten Core, and Rag was the first raid boss who impressed me. This pet is a reminder of the real Ragnaros.

He also happens to function as a cooking fire, which I find helpful and somewhat silly at the same time. Nice job Blizzard.

Will I now be a pet collector? No, not unless we see the pets adding more clever and useful abilities. I’d pay again for a pet that could function as a Blacksmithing anvil or other location requirements of trade skills.

What happens when Mortigen meats a kitten?

I could not help it. A cat in Naxx is far more tempting than a rat in another instance. And its called Mr Bigglesworth. It had to die, death is what I do.

mrbigglesworthIf only to get the special emote from KT, and make the Hunter jealous that I got it first this time. Silly stuff like this is why I like this game. If only I was an Undead, I could eat it too.