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Sneak Peek: Guardian Cub Tradable Pet
A new pet is coming to a Blizzard Store near you and ... you can trade it and sell it at the auction house!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Coming soon to a Pet Store near you: the new and titanically cute Guardian Cub companion. You’ve soared across Azeroth on the majestic Winged Guardian. Soon, you'll be able to purchase a pint-sized Guardian of the Titans sidekick to accompany you on your adventures.


Stunning good looks and adorable, supersized eyes aren’t all this new pet has going for it. The Guardian Cub is also the Pet Store's first tradable pet, meaning it can be swapped between characters in-game or given as a gift to guildmates, friends, family, or that special someone -- no adoption papers necessary. Due to his finicky nature, each Guardian Cub will only give its allegiance to one owner, meaning it’s a one-time-use pet that permanently binds to a single character. Be sure to choose a master wisely.

Look for the Guardian Cub to arrive in the Blizzard Store in the weeks ahead -- in the meantime, we've prepped a mini-FAQ to explain how this flying friend will differ from other Pet Store companions.

Q: How does the Guardian Cub pet work? How is it different from other Pet Store pets?

Unlike the other Pet Store companions, the Guardian Cub is a tradable, one-time-use pet that permanently binds to a single character upon use. When you purchase the Guardian Cub from the online store, the character you designate will receive a bind-on-use item to carry in his or her inventory. You can either use the item yourself to permanently add the pet to your character's collection (consuming the item in the process), or -- after a brief initial cooldown period -- you can trade the item to another player so he or she can add it to one of their character's collections. Note that once the pet has been added to a character's Companions list, it can no longer be traded, so make sure you're giving the cub a happy home.


Q: Will I be able to carry more than one Guardian Cub at a time?

While a character can only have one Guardian Cub in his or her Companions list, you can have as many in your inventory as you like. Please note that Guardian Cub items do not stack, so each one will take up a bag or bank slot.


Q: How much will the Guardian Cub cost in the Pet Store?

The Guardian Cub will be priced the same as the other Pet Store pets ($10 USD). All sales of the Guardian Cub are final -- no refunds will be given once a purchase is made.


Q: Why did you decide to make the Guardian Cub tradable?

Since the introduction of the Pet Store, many players have been asking for ways to get the companions we offer there without having to spend real-world cash. By making the Guardian Cub tradable (much like the BoE mounts from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game), players interested in the new pet will have fun, alternative in-game ways to get one. In addition to trading the pet, players can give the Guardian Cub as a gift to another character for a special occasion; guild leaders can use them to reward members for a job well done; and so on. We also hope this change will help reduce the number of incidents of scamming via trading for invalid pet codes.


Q: Could I put the Guardian Cub up on the auction house to try to make some gold if I wanted to?

While our goal is to offer players alternative ways to add a Pet Store pet to their collection, we’re ok with it if some players choose to use the Guardian Cub as a safe and secure way to try to acquire a little extra in-game gold without turning to third-party gold-selling services. However, please keep in mind that there's never any guarantee that someone will purchase what you put up for sale in the auction house, or how much they'll pay for it. Also, it’s important to note that we take a firm stance against buying gold from outside sources because in most cases, the gold these companies offer has been stolen from compromised accounts. (You can read more about our stance here.) While some players might be able to acquire some extra gold by putting the Guardian Cub in the auction house, that’s preferable to players contributing to the gold-selling “black market” and account theft.


Q: Are you changing the other available Pet Store pets (e.g. Lil' Ragnaros, the Pandaren Monk) to work this way?

No, the other available Pet Store pets will continue to work as they always have.


Q: What about future Pet Store pets?

It's too early to say how we'll handle future Pet Store pets. We made this change in response to feedback from players looking for alternate ways to get the Pet Store pets, and we're always looking into other opportunities for improvement. We're interested in hearing what players think of the Guardian Cub when it launches, and we hope you'll have fun with this new flying friend.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Sneak Peek: Guardian Cub Tradable Pet started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 734 Comments
  1. Matchu's Avatar
    I'd rather it wasn't tradeable and all my characters got it. Now I have to choose who gets the matching mount and pet :-(
  1. balgus82's Avatar
    so let me get this straight. you can buy a pet. and sell it on the AH for gold. What happened to not trading real word money for game money?
  1. Andelormon's Avatar
    Some people can not afford the pets from the Pet Store, but can get them from the AH. The issues will be those that post them up for 15,000g plus on the AH cause they spend $50.00 to get a bunch of them and take advantage of the first few hours.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Interesting. In a way that's in-direct gold buying surely?
  1. PeaJay's Avatar
    Buying gold has finally reached WoW.
  1. Kirigi's Avatar
    LOL, looks like their coffers are getting below the 1 billion mark, time to rake in some more noob cash. Pathetic.
  1. TarzoEzio's Avatar
    Danm cute pet. But i have putten way to much gold on thoose pets. NOW I WILL GET THOOSE GOLD BACK AGIAN.
  1. lunchbox2042's Avatar
    At this point they may as well just sell the gold themselves. I smell real money auction house coming next expansion.
  1. mrsake's Avatar
    Huh... if they're going to be this obvious about it, why not just drop the pretense and directly sell gold? At least then the 10 dollars give a flat amount of gold rather than gambling on AH prices.
  1. Andelormon's Avatar
    Also. This isn't any different than getting loot cards from the TCG, and selling the item codes either...
  1. Twintop's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Q: Could I put the Guardian Cub up on the auction house to try to make some gold if I wanted to? While our goal is to offer players alternative ways to add a Pet Store pet to their collection, we’re ok with it if some players choose to use the Guardian Cub as a safe and secure way to try to acquire a little extra in-game gold without turning to third-party gold-selling services. However, please keep in mind that there's never any guarantee that someone will purchase what you put up for sale in the auction house, or how much they'll pay for it. Also, it’s important to note that we take a firm stance against buying gold from outside sources because in most cases, the gold these companies offer has been stolen from compromised accounts. (You can read more about our stance here.) While some players might be able to acquire some extra gold by putting the Guardian Cub in the auction house, that’s preferable to players contributing to the gold-selling “black market” and account theft.
    Emphasis mine. I think Blizzard has realized that they've lost the gold selling war and are trying to capitalize on it instead of fighting it. This is hardly as shocking an announcement as it once would have been thanks to the D3 AH. Programs like this have worked out fairly well for games like Eve...maybe someday you'll be able to get game time from gold (a la Eve)?
  1. Slickback's Avatar
    With this, gold selling is now legal.
  1. Skullslasher's Avatar
    LOLOLOLOLOLOL OMG. Legal GOLD selling? Blizzard my boy, you've done it this time. Have fun with declining subs.
  1. Rolly's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Politta View Post
    Another way to sell gold?
    Looks like that to me. I wonder what the gold cost will settle out at.
  1. Maak's Avatar
    It was only a matter of time before this bullshit reached WoW... Remember they announced that it would happen with Diablo III a while ago...
  1. deviancee's Avatar
    2011/10/10Blizzard announces official gold selling
  1. Heffladin's Avatar
    It's like they're begging for goldsellers to get some action... good job there.
  1. Samania's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dotSeed View Post
    Isn't $10 a little excessive for a single use pet? The others apply to all characters, include future ones, right?
    This is exactly what I was thinking...it should be cheaper if it's only for one character =/
  1. Zarasthura's Avatar
    Lol Blizzard, milking the mindless masses for all they're worth.

    It's only a matter of time before they are fully a P2P game with Cash Shop features
  1. AnnaSphyxsis's Avatar
    Oh dear blizz, you may have owned yourself big time here

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