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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. retartedcub4gold's Avatar
    /facepalmh t t p : / / img195.imageshack.us/img195/8522/sansre1jg. j p g
  1. Oneleg's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by piripixy View Post
    10 euro --> 20.000 gold.It's better than goldseller's price.
    good luck getting 20k gold for the pet, you might get in the 3-5k range, but never 20k so 10 bucks for 3-5k meh, not worth it too me, I would just like if I didnt want to trade it away that I could give it to my other characters vs having to spend more to get it for them.
  1. Vykrn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vallius View Post
    I don't get it. If this is supposed to be something for pet collectors, wouldn't they just shell out the 10 bucks for it? As opposed to thousands of in-game coin? I can only assume, if history is any indication, that a lot of people will be buying this thing with hopes of in-game riches. The supply will be high initially, then it'll wane and maybe then the price might be worth it. just don't think it'll play out the way Blizz ia thinking it will.
    The way Blizz expect it to work out is exactly what you just said, loads will buy it hoping to make some easy gold....that's it, that's the only thing they care about.
  1. Repellerar's Avatar
    TCG cards are not the same thing, since there is no guarantee that you will get an in-game item out of a pack.
  1. Dexiefy's Avatar
    FLASHNEWS FROM BLIZZARD "You can now buy gold! well sort of... But as long as you buy it from us its fine!" This is fucking rediculous... Blizz is falling lower and lower with this game... Obviously this move is mostly influenced by fagtivision and faggotick but still its blizz who loses respect in my eyes... Keep it on blizz and soon i will never buy any of your games no matter how good they might be. You are turning into pieces of s*** which i despise, nothing else...
  1. Suedomsa's Avatar
    I never understood why people would buy tcg mounts either, i guess its just me and im content with having a couple mounts.
  1. Frolk's Avatar
    After 1month it will sell for max 500g, so it wont be worth it for more than max 2weeks
  1. Suedomsa's Avatar
    People are complaining about a stupid pet, its not gear.
  1. TheRevenantHero's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Keristrasza View Post
    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.
    But here's the difference....there is absolutely no guarantee you will get a mount or mini-pet from a pack. This is guaranteed. there is no chance involved. It's not rare. Anyone can buy it then sell it. That's why it is exactly like gold selling.
  1. Suedomsa's Avatar
    People actually bought and sold tcg mounts? I fear for some people.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Either I drank too much hot chocolate, or my tummy is having butterflies at the thought of a purchasable, tradable pet from the Blizzard store. :S
  1. Ausr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TheRevenantHero View Post
    But here's the difference....there is absolutely no guarantee you will get a mount or mini-pet from a pack. This is guaranteed. there is no chance involved. It's not rare. Anyone can buy it then sell it. That's why it is exactly like gold selling.
    It doesn't matter if they might have a chance or not. It's the same thing. You can try to argue this chance nonsense all you want but it's the same.
  1. Buckwald's Avatar
    rrraaagggeee!!! Blizzard is doing something!!! Rrraaagggeee!!!
  1. Bolvar1983's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Keristrasza View Post
    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.
    rather join the flame wagon than the blizzard money wagon
  1. Puremallace's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Buckwald View Post
    rrraaagggeee!!! Blizzard is doing something!!! Rrraaagggeee!!!
    Let ToR adopt this same practice and see what kind of rage this causes. This is pay to win. Sell the pet enough times and you can afford anything you like on the AH.

    WoW gold is selling for 9$ for 10k, so 10$ for a pet and sell it for anything above 10k and you are golden and getting more bang for your buck without the ban.
  1. Venteus's Avatar
    Yes, it is indirectly gold selling, but so is TCG. Fact of the matter is your in-game wealth can't get you much on WoW. The only significantly costly perks are purely aesthetic. No beef, I support this update.
  1. uzy's Avatar
    I see people selling game time in trade chat for 5-6k per month so these will go for about ~4k? If people want to spend $10 to get ~4k let em do it. Besides what else requires you to have thousands of gold besides mounts, BoE gear, and maxing professions. As long as they don't sell gear in the blizzard store I'll keep playing or until i get bored =P.
  1. Bribblebrab's Avatar
    the sperg begins
  1. Suedomsa's Avatar
    Ill be the first wanting to buy the pet for 50 copper on my realm, and that will be my only serious offer.
  1. mordredz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hurik View Post
    Disgusting. Shows again how desperate Blizzard is to milk the game for everything they can before people move on.
    lmao cause ppl will move on anytime soon? not really, and im sure alot of ppl could care less honestly...

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