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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. Idoru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post
    They can't stop it but they did and I guess still do try to. People get banned for buying gold. If they won't get banned more people will do it. It's pretty simple.
    I've had a guildmember/friend in TBC that was banned because he bought a small amount of gold years ago. If you hear that you don't think of buying gold ever again.
    And we had members who repeatedly, even within the last year, bought gold even though they knew the risk. And not one of them got banned, or even a warning. Knowing "someone" doesn't prove anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post
    And you are naive for thinking that "the majority" wants this. Blizzard wants this because they want to make money. The majority also wants to be able to kill Ragnaros HC but that would mean Blizzard would lose money in subs if everyone would be able to do it.
    Besides how do you know if it's the majority?
    Common sense, and a broader view on what's going on in the gaming business. Blizzard aren't the only ones doing this. If people didn't want this then it wouldn't be profitable to do it.
    When I say that people "want" I don't mean that they have been asking for it. But they are willing to pay, which is all that matters.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post
    Blizzard wants this because they want to make money.
    By that logic we should have had epics for cash a long time ago. I can't think of anything that would make more money.
  1. Poinen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ssviolett View Post
    OMG how you guys can not understand - it is NOT gold selling. Gold selling = creating amounts of gold from nowhere, this wont ruin economy at all - imagine that you got this pet in loot and sold it. This is simple way to get some gold for people who prefer to spent 10$ instead of 10hours farming.

    With your logic the "gold spammers" in tradechat does not sell gold either. They didn't create the gold, they farmed it, stole it or by being smart using Ah.
  1. Idoru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Poinen View Post
    With your logic the "gold spammers" in tradechat does not sell gold either. They didn't create the gold, they farmed it, stole it or by being smart using Ah.
    And by any logic Blizzard can't be gold sellers because 1) they don't steal gold from players, and 2) they don't magically spawn gold when ever someone buys this pet.
  1. VXBlade's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Idoru View Post
    And by any logic Blizzard can't be gold sellers because 1) they don't steal gold from players, and 2) they don't magically spawn gold when ever someone buys this pet.
    It is a misnomer that gold sellers "steal" gold. Quite often they use farmers to sell to them, so they can jack the price up in real world money a little and sell it back. Or they use the in game rules to make gold the "legal" way.

    Actually, if this pet has a vendor value of anything, they are magically spawning the capability of magically appearing gold. Would be cost effective to buy 10,000 of these to buy 100g at vendor value? No, but, IF it vendors, they are magically spawning currency.
  1. Idoru's Avatar
    And hence we have 37 pages of QQ'ing about "if...."
  1. Gilian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Idoru View Post
    And we had members who repeatedly, even within the last year, bought gold even though they knew the risk. And not one of them got banned, or even a warning. Knowing "someone" doesn't prove anything.
    My point still stands. When there is no risk at all more people will do it. When there is a risk less people will do it.

    I also did not use "knowing someone" as proof. I used it as an example.

    Common sense, and a broader view on what's going on in the gaming business. Blizzard aren't the only ones doing this. If people didn't want this then it wouldn't be profitable to do it.
    When I say that people "want" I don't mean that they have been asking for it. But they are willing to pay, which is all that matters.
    Because people want it and they can make profit with it doesn't mean they are the majority. It also doesn't mean that it's the best thing for the game like I already explained. It's better for Blizzard but maybe not for the game itself or for the consumers. It doesn't matter if people want it or if people pay for it.

    Also, "common sense" and "a broader view". That's all you got?

    By that logic we should have had epics for cash a long time ago. I can't think of anything that would make more money.
    Uhm no, because that would make people play less and they would lose subs.

    And by your logic, if the majority of the people wants something it's good to implement it, everyone would have killed Ragnaros HC by now. That doesn't make it a good thing for the game, for Blizzard and their profit.

    We will see what happens.
  1. Idoru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post
    Uhm no, because that would make people play less and they would lose subs.
    Ah, I was hoping for this one.....

    Then why do we have to go through this every single time Blizzard adds a premium feature ?

    If Blizzard knows where the line is why do we have 37 pages of "THEY CROSSED DA LINE!!!!!" and "Next thing will be epics for cash, just wait and see!" ?

    P.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post
    It also doesn't mean that it's the best thing for the game like I already explained.
    I never claimed it was "the best thing", I'm saying that it isn't a bad thing.
  1. Attsey's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Idoru View Post
    Ah, I was hoping for this one.....

    Then why do we have to go through this every single time Blizzard adds a premium feature ?

    If Blizzard knows where the line is why do we have 37 pages of "THEY CROSSED DA LINE!!!!!" and "Next thing will be epics for cash, just wait and see!" ?

    P.S.



    I never claimed it was "the best thing", I'm saying that it isn't a bad thing.
    Yeah, How can Blizzard selling gold and therefore epics for cash be a bad thing?
  1. Idoru's Avatar
    It's not, because they are not.
  1. Attsey's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Idoru View Post
    It's not, because they are not.
    Really? why are they selling the pet BOE when it should be BOA?

    Im curious, do you think people using thier wealth to gain an in game advantage is fair?
  1. Idoru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Attsey View Post
    Really? why are they selling the pet BOE when it should be BOA?
    So you admit they are selling a pet, and not gold. Good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Attsey View Post
    Im curious, do you think people using thier wealth to gain an in game advantage is fair?
    People have been doing that for years. Remember the TCG?

    It's really funny to see people rage about this pet, and then say that it can't be compared to the TCG, because the cards are rare.
    Seems like when it's just a few "people using thier wealth to gain an in game advantage" it's OK.... How is that fair?
  1. Attsey's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Idoru View Post
    So you admit they are selling a pet, and not gold. Good.


    People have been doing that for years. Remember the TCG?

    It's really funny to see people rage about this pet, and then say that it can't be compared to the TCG, because the cards are rare.
    Seems like when it's just a few "people using thier wealth to gain an in game advantage" it's OK.... How is that fair?
    You seem incapable of making any leap of logic.

    Blizzard are allowing someone to buy something that they dont want and will therefore sell for ingame gold. They accept this will happen and are therefore allowing people to buy gold. Judging by their comments they think it will have a high enough in game price to make it worthwhile.

    There is no other reasonable explaination for it being BoE.

    Do suggest this compares to the TCG lottery beggars belief.

    I think people using wealth to gain an in game advantage is unfair and I dont think that Blizzard should allow such an easy way for it to happen.

    You seem to think its ok - that is something I simply cannot understand.
  1. Idoru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Attsey View Post
    You seem incapable of making any leap of logic.

    Blizzard are allowing someone to buy something that they dont want and will therefore sell for ingame gold. They accept this will happen and are therefore allowing people to buy gold. Judging by their comments they think it will have a high enough in game price to make it worthwhile.
    Blizzard is not selling gold. Period.
    Quote Originally Posted by Attsey View Post
    There is no other reasonable explaination for it being BoE.
    Except the one they already gave you. You obviously do no agree with it, but they did give you an explanation.
    Quote Originally Posted by Attsey View Post
    Do suggest this compares to the TCG lottery beggars belief.
    TCG cards are sold for cash on eBay and other sites. People buy cards (with cash). People redeem BoE items (these BoE items were obtained with cash, remember?). People sell BoE items in-game, for gold. This has been going on for years. So, people have been "using wealth to gain an in game advantage" for years.

    By what kind of logic is that not the same as this pet?

    Where's your outrage against this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Attsey View Post
    I think people using wealth to gain an in game advantage is unfair and I dont think that Blizzard should allow such an easy way for it to happen.

    You seem to think its ok - that is something I simply cannot understand.
    Well, I don't think this will result in any noticable advantages.
  1. mcillroy's Avatar
    Oh dear 10$ for one pet for one toon very expensive for someone who likes to collect them on all toons. Making the transfer between R/L money into game money is not a good idea. I understand illegal dodgy gold selling is a serious problem and despicable to Boot as its probably come from a hacked account but with all the resources at Blizzards disposal I would expect a better solution than to adopt a stance of "if you cant beat them join them" Do blizzard seriously expect this to solve the problem........ This is one pet I wont have at either price nor any future ones offered like this.

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