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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
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  1. Spike`'s Avatar
    not surprised, another move to squeeze more money from the players to combat the loss they are getting from all the people leaving the game
  1. Steelyorc's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by GhostInTheFog View Post
    not like it's a big deal anyway. everyone is going to have the bright idea of trying to sell these things for gold and the AH will flood with them. They'll go for like 200g a piece.
    Exactly this...but...a normal irrational immature knee jerk reaction in the forums...typical...moving on
  1. Idoru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jedek View Post
    At least we agree. The only legal RMT is the kind that earns Blizzard a cut.
    People have been buying gold for almost 7 years. It's a fight that is impossible for Blizzard to win.

    At least this way some of the money goes back into the game.
  1. Jedek's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Baikalsan View Post
    Lmao arguing for the sake of it, the point always was that buying ingame items for real world cash and turning it into gold was always legal. And sending a loot code via Email takes 35 days and there are no buyout options on ebay. Grow up kiddo.
    I'm not arguing for the sake of it, I was just responding to your seemingly angry post. Yes the TCG method is legal, but utilized by few, and Blizzard did not get a cut. As for the time involved for the TCG method vs in game, you are really going to argue the new in game method with the pet isn't faster? I'm just trying to figure out why you are still so angry about these posts. The bottom line is Blizzard is legalizing RMT with their cut. Grow up kid and maybe come back when you aren't as angry
  1. Baikalsan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jedek View Post
    Did I ever specifically mention "really rare loot cards,".... no, you can make money off of any of the loot cards. I do have a clue, it just isn't worth the amount of time you have put into it. Why are you so angry? Probably because the Blizz method of gold selling will quickly supplant the TCG method. If the TCG method were easy, everyone, or should I say, a lot more people would be doing it, but they aren't. Don't be so mad Baikalsan, I'll sell you an ingame guardian pet for 15k, cheap
    Nah thanks I'll stick with my wooly white rhino and blazing hippogryph....

    I don't give a crap about TCG or the store, I have stuff from both. The point is that buying gold has been legal for a while now and blizzard profits from selling card and those sales get boosted by rare items.......learn 2 think kidda before you go mad.
  1. Awbee's Avatar
    Nooooooo! The great thing about the previous Blizz store pets and mounts was, that once purchased, it was sent to every character on that account. Me being an altoholic, I loved that and so far have purchased every store pet and mount and been happy with them on my many alts. But I'm surely not going to buy a 10$ if only 1 out of 20 characters can get it. Seems like a waste of money. I MIGHT buy it on the Auction house in a far distant future, when the (ingame gold) price of this pet has dropped significantly and gold sellers sell it for around 5k.
  1. Gratlim's Avatar
    *glup glup glup glup* More milking please They just made money for gold real though....
  1. KingHorse's Avatar
    This is not selling gold. Blizzard doesn't create gold for the transaction.

    The gold comes from other people, not Blizzard. Blizzard is selling a pet.
  1. Tokas's Avatar
    yet again they create useless shit...
  1. Baikalsan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jedek View Post
    I'm not arguing for the sake of it, I was just responding to your seemingly angry post. Yes the TCG method is legal, but utilized by few, and Blizzard did not get a cut. As for the time involved for the TCG method vs in game, you are really going to argue the new in game method with the pet isn't faster? I'm just trying to figure out why you are still so angry about these posts. The bottom line is Blizzard is legalizing RMT with their cut. Grow up kid and maybe come back when you aren't as angry
    Your passive agressive "u mad?" crap is funny as hell. I would be mad if I wasn't used to people not being able to use logic. BLIZZARD PROFITS FROM THE TCG SALES BECAUSE OF RARE CARDS AND THE SALES OF THOSE PACKS
  1. Barzulan'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. At least make it cheaper! For crying out loud, it's a whole lot more difficult to reconcile spending $10 on a pet for a single character than a pet for an entire account. $10 for 10+ pets across an account is a much better deal than spending $10 on a pet for only one character.

    Not happy with this move at all. I collect mounts/pets on my main, however I also want this pet on certain alts that use the winged guardian mount more frequently than my main.
  1. Puremallace's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by paloalto View Post
    Post pet store: "Guys, calm down. They are just vanity items. They won't ever add gear or add anything you can sell. Chill out."

    Post TCG cards: "Guys, calm down. There's a really low chance you'll get a card anyway, so why does it matter? And it's still just vanity stuff."

    Post Guardian cub: "Guys, calm down. It's just vanity stuff, so who cares if you can sell it for in-game gold. It's not like they are directly selling gear or gold."

    Post MoP: "Guys, calm down. You can get your tier gear through farming heroics or raids anyway. Who cares if people can buy it, and that's it's also BoE?"
    I am wondering myself how much it will take before WoW players revolt like Eve players did during Monaclegate. When it happens it will not be pretty. That blue post up there is just shameless.
  1. xskarma's Avatar
    lol @ all the people thinking this will be a way to make the serious cash needed to buy epics, do you think there won't be a finite market to these things?

    Sure the first month you may be rightly able to sell them easily for anywhere between 10-50k but then all the pet enthousiasts have it and the market will mostly dry up and you'll be stuck trying to sell them and waiting maybe a week or 2 before you do sell them.

    I trade high value pets all the time, sometimes farm them a bit if I'm in the mood. To sell those expensive pets takes time and patience. It's not going to be a question of simply buying them and getting money, not by a long shot.

    In the end there will be a huge uproar over nothing and the effect of it on what we do in game will be small.
  1. Jagstang's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tokas View Post
    yet again they create useless shit...
    No! It's content! Glorious content!

    Why make interesting raids and dungeons anymore? Just sell crap that wowdrones will buy.

    "Yes Master Blizzard, may I purchase more crap?"
  1. Paigeyotto's Avatar
    Soooo I don't get it on all my characters like all the other pets/mounts from the Blizzard store?Not worth 10$. If it's going to be like this, they should lower the price.
  1. Arthzil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Holy View Post
    SO basically, I feel this doesn't affect jack unless they start selling the highest level gear.
    You've really missed the picture. If people buy gold illegally why do you think they won't use this safe way?
  1. Malenurse's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lycefli View Post
    I personally welcome this It's about time they did more to directly "Fight fire with Fire" - if it helps stop some real life scams and credit card fraud, along with account thefts, it can only be a good thing.
    This but its shame none of that money goes into developing interesting end-game content, the trend now is just re-using and less bosses. Ppl can say that "game is old" and all kinds of shit, but the truth is, they can create good content only if they'd want to. U can look at the textures, sounds everything of buyable pets, those are brilliant compared to some in-game drop pets.
  1. lagzinc's Avatar
    less useless shit please. kkthxbuy
  1. Idoru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Arthzil View Post
    You've really missed the picture. If people buy gold illegally why do you think they won't use this safe way?
    If it's impossible to stop the illegal trade isn't it then better to offer a legal solution?

    I wonder how many of the nay-sayers here are actually for legalizing marijuana......
  1. Synris's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jagstang View Post
    No! It's content! Glorious content!

    Why make interesting raids and dungeons anymore? Just sell crap that wowdrones will buy.

    "Yes Master Blizzard, may I purchase more crap?"
    Because a pet one of the guys at blizzard did during his lunch break is taking away from endgame development, right?

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