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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. Puremallace's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mordredz View Post
    lmao cause ppl will move on anytime soon? not really, and im sure alot of ppl could care less honestly...
    This is not 2010 where the best option was Aion or War for mmorpg's. Some serious stuff has appeared in 2011 and it is only going to get more competitive as competent companies running good games pop up.

    Blizzard is no longer the only quality American dev out there anymore.
  1. Azerox's Avatar
    Lulz that blue post is so full of bs it almost made me laugh.But on a more serious note .. mooooo!!!
  1. Khiva's Avatar
    It gets said a lot, but this really could be enough to make me quit the game. Not because of the act itself, but what it represents.
    They only care about game-breaking abuse when it gets in the way of their paycheck. It's the same reason they allow Multi-boxing in PvP.
    This is basically supported gold buying. Everyone knows the horror this sort of thing inflicts upon the game's economy, but as long as they're the ones getting paid for it they don't care.
  1. Evilution's Avatar
    Well that´s a freaking stupid idea! Same price, but only useable on 1 toon, once. F*ck that.
  1. Buckwald's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Puremallace View Post
    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.
    Yes because you can get a viable full set of 365+ ilvl gear right now on the AH. This is no where near Play to Win. This is laughable, at best.

    Edit: And let's say each pet were to go for 10k on the AH, to get a complete set of 16 items not including enchants/gems (2h DK DPS) you would probably need (around) 100K gold for either buying them out right or mats to make for the craftable pieces. That's $100 spent on pets. Not really a lucrative business model.

    Even if people did this, the number of those who would, would not impact the game at all. Once again, not Play to win.
  1. Myah's Avatar
    So, this one won't be mailed to every character? If not, it's lame
  1. ZRebellion's Avatar
    DUH of course it's not gonna be mailed to every character,its a tradable pet, the goal is not to buy a pet for 10$ and sell it multiple times for thousands of golds each time you make a new character
  1. caninepawprints's Avatar
    This is one step away from WoW selling gold to people from their website. Can you imagine the money they'd make from THAT? They'd end up putting gold selling companies out of business. But they'd also screw up the in-game economy, which is already screwed up anyway.
  1. Slavemaker's Avatar
    Wait let me get this straight, just because this thing is tradeable if I were to purchase it I no longer get a permanent pet for every single character I ever decide to make like all the previous pets, I only get ONE for my entire account?

    Is that right? Because that is no where near worth $10 if it is true, yes it is adorable but the only reason why I've ever bought pets from the store was because it was something that was given to my entire account and any new character I made, that is what made it special to me, IF and I mean IF I am right about this, I won't be getting this one =\.
  1. Elian's Avatar
    i would only accept online transactions if there were no monthly fees. "hey look i bought this pet on a game but i gotta pay $15 just to see it or use it once in a while" is just BS
  1. Nathiest's Avatar
    One step away from allowing players to buying gold.
  1. badshots's Avatar
    Rip Chinese Gold Farmers
  1. User789's Avatar
    Well this is a bit disappointing :/
  1. bas's Avatar
    great, so now Blizzard officially allowed gold selling/buying
  1. zwoopaman's Avatar
    Oh my, what's next?
  1. burzum's Avatar
    cba about the gold selling part but 10$ for ONE pet is excessive. I probably will buy only one for my collector char with in-game gold off AH.
  1. shamestia's Avatar
    Lol it's just a game you all should be more worried about the worlds economy not wows.
  1. Adramalech's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Buckwald View Post
    Yes because you can get a viable full set of 365+ ilvl gear right now on the AH. This is no where near Play to Win. This is laughable, at best.

    Edit: And let's say each pet were to go for 10k on the AH, to get a complete set of 16 items not including enchants/gems (2h DK DPS) you would probably need (around) 100K gold for either buying them out right or mats to make for the craftable pieces. That's $100 spent on pets. Not really a lucrative business model.

    Even if people did this, the number of those who would, would not impact the game at all. Once again, not Play to win.
    What is this, some actual logic and reason in a sea of whining and doomsaying? Shoo, go away!

    In all seriousness, as usual, this whole damned issue is being blown out of proportion and being made to look way worse than it actually is, when things will most likely barely change and everything will continue as if this pet never existed.

    If I'm wrong, too freaking bad.
  1. Envy-DathRemar's Avatar
    I agree I'd much rather a pet that wasn't tradeable and all my toons got. The question is who are gonna buy these pets off the AH and how much are they gonna be charged? moreso how much is $10US worth in ingame currency??

    I myself will not be buying one, either for IRL money or ingame gold.
  1. Kisuro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Repellerar View Post
    TCG cards are not the same thing, since there is no guarantee that you will get an in-game item out of a pack.
    Yeah! And what is this eBay thing?

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