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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.
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  1. Dread Pirate Roberts's Avatar
    Mark the day, gentlemen. Blizzard has officially started allowing the purchase of potential gold from their store. Give it an expansion, or a Diablo 3 patch and you'll see Combat items or gold available for real money purchase.
  1. Typhron's Avatar
    TCG arguments: They weren't always tradable. Sellable before the code was used, yes, but usually not worth the amount of time and/money to get the items beforehand. It was a slow burning method of turning a profit even after.But the counter-argument is likely lost on you because WoWblinders + own monetary investment inflating self worth = effin' crazy. Biasness is an obvious factor here.On topic: I liked the idea up to till the tradable on the AH and Singe use shtick. So that's what this game is devolving into?
  1. psykodol's Avatar
    Blizzard clearly wants to increase profit from pet store.
    As already said it will depend on how many people will try to sell the pet for gold. Probably a lot in the first days/weeks.
    But I also think that a lot of people want to be the first ones to get new pets. There is a good chance they will buy it 10$ as they already did (even if its one use only*).
    On first weeks this could result in not so much demand IG for an oversold item ==> ah price cutting.

    * Concerning the "one use only" : after you use the pet blizzard could easily send it by mail to your other characters... and nothing forces them to send boe ones.
    This is a way to sell more, but also a way to ensure long time profit for this pet which wasn't the case for previous ones (big sales/profit first weeks and then few income).
    This may be the good point for long term ah selling...
    In anycase Blizzard has a good chance to succeed with that one.WOW is decreasing and they will probably try to make the more money they can from it. So no doubt : there is more to come
  1. Venziir's Avatar
    I realise no one will notice this, since it will drown in mindless whining - but this is not new. You've been able to do this through the TCG for years.
  1. Contemplation's Avatar
    This might have been said before, but even then it needs to be said again. This pet will NOT add any new gold to the economy. A person will buy this with real money, and sell it for gold. This is NOT the same as Gold selling, it is very different. All it does is move money around the server. In fact, as this is a legal way of in some way procuring gold, this will undercut the gold sellers, which may even reduce their farming which IS jacking up gold inflation.
    Really guys, you're all smarter than this, don't jump to conclusions. I love you really.
  1. Blackout15's Avatar
    "real-world cash" made me lol.
  1. mmathes339's Avatar
    1) its ugly. 2) its an even bigger cash grab than the other pets. Honestly, I see why they would not make them tradable if every toon you ever make gets one. U could just make toons, get pets, farm gold and delete the toon and do it over and over and over again. But 10 bucks for 1 pet on 1 toon? REALLY??? If it was 2 bucks it would be ok, but full price for not even half the product? *gets out his big rubber FAIL! stamp and plants it on the side of the blizz building* EPIC FAIL!!!!
  1. Stevecjr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Andelormon View Post
    Some people can not afford the pets from the Pet Store, but can get them from the AH. The issues will be those that post them up for 15,000g plus on the AH cause they spend $50.00 to get a bunch of them and take advantage of the first few hours.
    Except the fact that there will be a crap load on the ah driving the price down.
  1. cleaude's Avatar
    Seems like a small step toward the EVE model, where you can trade gametime ingame. I'm thinking they're doing this to test how it's received, if it's a failure - who cares, it's just a pet, it'll die down eventually. If it's a success, that opens a lot of possibilities, both economically for Blizzard as well as in combating illegal gold trading/hacking etc. What I like about the system is that it sort of allows gold buying, but doesn't really allow gold selling. I mean what are you going to do, buy the pet for gold and offer it to someone for real money? Don't think many people would buy that, skam risk is way too high if a safe alternative exists. By allowing players to trade this sort of thing, you're giving gold sellers the competition of the entire community, and believe me, there are lots of people with a shitload of gold and nothing to spend it on, it might actually put the gold sellers out of business.
  1. Riavan's Avatar
    Everything blizzard posted then was a cover for "we're turning F2P whilst still having a subscription".
  1. Kisuro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mmathes339 View Post
    But 10 bucks for 1 pet on 1 toon? REALLY??? If it was 2 bucks it would be ok, but full price for not even half the product? *gets out his big rubber FAIL! stamp and plants it on the side of the blizz building* EPIC FAIL!!!!
    What's funny is that this is an actual reason to rage, and yet people focus on the dumb "Blizzard is selling gold" argument, overlooking the actual issue.
  1. asharia's Avatar
    first gold buying service from Blizzard
  1. Pann's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by badshots View Post
    Rip Chinese Gold Farmers
    This will do absolutely nothing to the Gold Farmers. Based on the adverts from Gold Sellers I have seen tonight the average rate seems to be about €7 per 10000g, in order to compete with this rate the pet would have to sell for about 13k putting it in the price range of the Hyacinth Macaw which will remain much rarer.

    Players who are willing to pay such an amount for a pet are few and far between and the supply of this pet will be plentiful compared to the rare pets command such fees. I would expect that this will settle at a similar price to the Argent Tournaments, roughly 3-5k, this is simply far too low to put a dent in Gold Farmers' sales.

    Obviously many will accept a lower rate of gold per € rather than risk their account being banned, but coupled with the fact you have to wait for this sell on the AH (which could be several days compared to instant delivery from a farmer) I doubt the average gold buyer will accept such a poor return for their money.

    Undoubtedly Blizzard hopes that people will see this as way to buy gold legally and buy multiple pets to sell but anyone that thinks they will be able to make tens of thousands of gold is fooling themselves.
  1. jibbyjackjoe's Avatar
    Don't like it, don't use it! Like someone stated above, you cannot get anywhere close to decked out PVE gear with gold. You can get a good foothold, and probably get into heroic 5 mans. You can also get into heroic 5 mans with PVP gear too. At least they'll be geared correctly. I do, however, see what everyone is saying. I remember a blue stating that they have no intentions on doing this to WoW. A devious, sneaky, "thats not how its supposed to work, but if someone does it we're ok with it" work around to get the end result is still, unfortunately, the end result. WTB a REAL Blizzard Fact Checker.
  1. Mif's Avatar
    So much for "no slippery slope"...
  1. Hoager's Avatar
    It sounds on people like this pet will sell for hundreds a day on the auction house, but the pet market is too small for that. The only ones who will feel obliged to buy this pet are the pet-farmers who are unwilling to pay irl money for ingame progress, otherwise I really doubt anyone would consider paying a noticeable amount for this pet. Come on, it's not that cute is it? The only game-changer would be if Blizzard did this to everything in the store, but they haven't (yet). I think people are overthinking this, start worrying when they make everything in the store Binds-on-use instead.
  1. Strikesuit's Avatar
    And so it begins with RMT in WoW. To all those people who praised the Cataclysm model that drove so many people away, remember to be careful what you wish for. Blizzard's balance sheet must be taking a hit because so many players left, and now we're going to have real money buying gold. I wonder how many cubs I'd have to buy to be able to afford a new BOE...
  1. Dasn's Avatar
    how dare blizzard be a for-profit company and try to make profithow dare they
  1. gurv's Avatar
    "It’s potentially worth noting that no new gold is being introduced into the game's economy with those mounts or the new Guardian Cub pet."
    - Bashiok (blue.mmo-champion.com/topic/202477/blizzard-youve-crossed-the-line)

    This exact same reasoning will be shoved down player's throat when the Real Money AH will be extended to WoW.
    It's the next step, mark my words.
  1. cleaude's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pann View Post
    This will do absolutely nothing to the Gold Farmers. Based on the adverts from Gold Sellers I have seen tonight the average rate seems to be about €7 per 10000g, in order to compete with this rate the pet would have to sell for about 13k putting it in the price range of the Hyacinth Macaw which will remain much rarer.

    Players who are willing to pay such an amount for a pet are few and far between and the supply of this pet will be plentiful compared to the rare pets command such fees. I would expect that this will settle at a similar price to the Argent Tournaments, roughly 3-5k, this is simply far too low to put a dent in Gold Farmers' sales.
    I agree that this pet won't do much to farmers because the market is too small.

    However, what would happen if they decide that the pet was a success and go the EVE route, which means trading gametime on the AH. The market for that would be huge and there are so many people with a shitload of gold and nothing to spend it on. Put the gold sellers in competition with the entire community and you may just put them outta business.

    ---------- Post added 2011-10-10 at 11:10 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by gurv View Post
    This exact same reasoning will be shoved down player's throat when the Real Money AH will be extended to WoW.
    It's the next step, mark my words.
    ...so what?

    It's not like you can buy anything meaningful with gold and as long as no new gold is introduced, the economy remains stable. An AH like that has a lot more consequences in a game like Diablo where you can just buy everything and I honestly never understood their logic that it makes sense for Diablo, but doesn't for WoW.

    I for one would welcome such an AH, would give me an opportunity to get rid of all that useless gold piling up...

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