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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. frogger237's Avatar
    Face is ugly on it so I wont buy it for myslef but if i can get a bunch of gold from it I will probably buy one.
  1. blackmartinix's Avatar
    finally a way to buy and sell gold
  1. endersblade's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by blackmartinix View Post
    finally a way to buy and sell gold
    Probably the absolute biggest issue with this. Really, no matter how much the turn-around is, you're still allowing people to pay for gold, plain and simple.
  1. Bolvar1983's Avatar
    do blizzard even care about players anymore cataclysm has had more reskins and copy paste bosses, even the firelands mounts are bloody reskins and the content of cata is terrible and if they dt fix or give warriors a good buff in 4.3 they can kiss good by to my subscription im sick of blizzard jsut caring about the money.

    piss off customers and give poor content = loss of moeny and players which is infact true for cataclysm, why are rich big companies so far up there own arse that they dnt even care
  1. Nest's Avatar
    Such a nice choice for Blizzard to try to make more money. Blizzard could use their time on improving the game, not ruining it.
  1. buggerlugs's Avatar
    i like the store pets but no, im not buying a 1 time use pet for the same price - make it $5 max and i might think about it
  1. Bolvar1983's Avatar
    official EU forums on the guardian cub http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2793392677
  1. toychristopher's Avatar
    Just go ahead and put in the real money auction house like diablo.
  1. Argroth's Avatar
    Don't worry, Blizzard doesn't sell gold they just make round about ways of doing it....

    Jesus never underestimate Blizzards ability to weasel out of expectations of keeping their word. Since these will translate to online gold it will affect game play so now all those people who say "PetStore stuff is their own waste of money that affects no one else" are now wrong.Blizzard found another way to be a dirty underhanded company, congratulations.
  1. volwratth's Avatar
    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.
    Pretty sure you could already send the old pets as a gift to players accounts and WHOLE ACCOUNTS ALL CHARACTERS for the same price..... Wow this crap is such a rip off. Can't wait till Dec 20th!!
  1. Arnoww's Avatar
    frankly i'm getting sick of blizzard just being money ...... es * you know the word
  1. Bolvar1983's Avatar
    who would gift a pet to someone. or if ur a GM giving it to say well done what aload of crap most ppl say thanks or gz and most ppl hate each other on wow
  1. Akyno's Avatar
    Enough with those companion pets allready! I dont care for stuff like that.. Just come with some majro class changes Blizz.
  1. holz's Avatar
    So you can (indirectly) buy Gold legally now?
  1. Bolvar1983's Avatar
    well we all know that blizz give us the middle finger and probably got all of there dev teeam to make this stupid pet its made cute so lil kids want there parents to buy it and talk to you like a retard like get rewarded for a job well done or gift it someone its like there talking to retarded people.
  1. Stormgnoef's Avatar
    That's it time to move on.Thanks god swtor is out in 2 month
  1. Puremallace's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stormgnoef View Post
    That's it time to move on.Thanks god swtor is out in 2 month
    It is not funny how bad ToR would have to screw up right now not to make a big dent in subs for WoW. Blizzard is practically handing them subs.
  1. Stormgnoef's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Puremallace View Post
    It is not funny how bad ToR would have to screw up right now not to make a big dent in subs for WoW. Blizzard is practically handing them subs.
    We already got 40 ppl guild from wow moving to swtor.Will be prolly plenty more when it's launched.
  1. Suedomsa's Avatar
    Lol who in their right mind would pay more than a few copper for a pet on the ah?
  1. Keristrasza's Avatar
    I love the sudden out cry of "Legal gold selling" this is the same shit people were doing with the Trading Card creatures. Buy a pack for $7.99-$9.95 (Depending on location) get a mount, sell it on the AH for 75,000g. Guess what? That means I just basically bought 75k for roughly $10. It's no difference, so please use a little common sense before joining the flame-wagon.

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