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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. mvallas's Avatar
    /slow clapAmusing Blizzard.../slow clapVery amusing. I didn't know your business senses would steep to this level.What's next? Mini-pet Bone Density machines? (+3 if you get the reference...)
  1. Howard Moon's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    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.
    The load of bullcrap in that paragraph is Hilarious. I wish they wish they would announce things like this straight up and to our face.
  1. Baelic's Avatar
    Oh the shit-storm that's going on in the WoW forums, it's delicious.
  1. tusker's Avatar
    Another "issue" overblown by the masses. No surprise here.
  1. Mekh's Avatar
    I don't get it. What does that have to do with gold selling? The gold stays within the economy and only changes its owner if the seller finds a buyer for this useless piece of garbage.
  1. Reiga's Avatar
    This is practically a way for Blizzard to sell in game gold.
  1. Durandro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BlackMage66652 View Post
    It took 7 years, but it's looking like it's time to quit if this goes live.
    If this is the thing that makes you quit, then I feel very sorry for you.

    Pets are OPTIONAL.
  1. badaku's Avatar
    Who gives a damn if it's tradable? It's gonna go for 5k max if people start to "flood" AH with them. If it was cheaper than $5 I'd undestand the complaining...

    also,

    Quote Originally Posted by Aethicus View Post
    It's no different than if player A decided to give player B 20k for no reason. That doesn't hurt the economy what-so-ever.
    Qft.
  1. deathonabun'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?
    That's my only complaint. $10 for a virtual item for ALL my characters, sure. $10 for a one time use item. Yeah... no thanks.
  1. Audréy's Avatar
    Well its a way to "buy" gold even if the ratio will be bad compared to gold sellers, its a legal way to do so without any risk of getting the account banned and if people are ok with that, it wont be so long till the next level, they always do it in small steps to check out the acceptance and only stop if the mass protest.
  1. Rofty's Avatar
    EDIT : Oh, whatever. At this point, I'm not even sure Blizzard isn't run by monkeys anymore. Just... so much stupid, stupid decisions, I cannot believe it.

    This is not an insult towards them, by the way. I am simply, honestly, wondering what in the world is going on in their heads right now.
  1. Attsey's Avatar
    This has happned due to the muppets that keep buying fail mounts and pets from the store. A fool and his money are soon parted.
  1. Moonky's Avatar
    The thing that bothers me is not so much the BoE element, this I already knew was coming. But rather the whole "you only get one pet for $10" unlike current pets which are all characters on a Battle.NET account. Oh well enjoy being rich Blizzard, oh wait.
  1. Opheliac666's Avatar
    SWEET!! Another way for me to get rich!! ^_^!!!
  1. Arishia's Avatar
    For those who don't see what the big deal is, they are selling a single use BOE pet for exactly the same price as all the other BOA pets. 10 dollars for a single use pet versus 10 dollars for a pet on every character you have, forever. People are annoyed, and rightly so.
  1. DoctorDoomkin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BlackMage66652 View Post
    It took 7 years, but it's looking like it's time to quit if this goes live.
    You're upset over a pet...a non-combat pet that you could get through either Gold or money...that you don't NEED to have on your character to improve him in any way, shape or form.

    Quitting over something optional that doesn't have any impact on you is probably the dumbest thing I've heard. Don't want it? Don't freakin buy it.
  1. Attsey's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Opheliac666 View Post
    SWEET!! Another way for me to get rich!! ^_^!!!
    Dont spend all your virtual gold at once.
  1. Meldon's Avatar
    aaaaaaaaaand here it is !!! Blizzard method to sell in game gold. Didn't they fight chinese farmers that sold in game gold ??? now i can trade 10dollars for 100k gold if i want
  1. Accaris's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Torticoli View Post
    What the... How... Why would they... For Frak's sake, just use your time and money to design more raids and bosses, more quests, new zones, new races and classes, I don't know ! I swear, I just don't get who in the world is in charge over there anymore...
    You think this pet took one guy more than 1 hour to design? You think they're not working on new quests, new raids, new bosses, new zones? You've seen the previews for 4.3, right? What do you say about that? You know a new expansion is coming, right?

    ---------- Post added 2011-10-10 at 06:12 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Nephyron View Post
    now i can trade 10dollars for 1k gold if i want
    Fixed it for you
  1. DoctorDoomkin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hellfury View Post
    What this is comming to... its just a way to sell gold really, they dont even try to disguise it lol
    Implying that you don't even realize that the TCG mounts are also sellable on the AH.

    But you don't see them in the AH. Because people don't want them.

    Why would a WoW version of Nyan Cat be any different?

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