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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. Gilian's Avatar
    So they are now actually selling gold for real money. Now they are officially milking WoW.
  1. Gilian'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.
    In the first few hours? Do you really think people will ask less gold for $10 later on?
  1. Idoru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post
    In the first few hours? Do you really think people will ask less gold for $10 later on?
    I think that people will ask for whatever they want, but I also think that (pretty fast) they won't actually sell for these prices.
  1. ManiaCCC's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Keosen View Post
    Every new patch brings a lot of new things especially BoE crafts or mats that costs thousand of gold since there aren't many of them in the AH.
    If you don't have time or don't want to farm they you either have to wait your guild to help or the prices to drop.
    Now you can just buy a cub AH it for an X amount of gold and buy every new expensive things a brand new patch has to offer.

    Multiply it x10 and you can have a 10man guild get expensive early-patch gear through gold buying (essentially).
    Replace the guild with a guy who just likes to spend euros, he buys 10 cubs he AH them he got an large amount of gold and then manipulates the AH or get expensive BoEs without spending one hour farming. etc etc,

    So the phrase "would have absolutely no impact on them in any way whatsoever." it's plain wrong.
    I'm not saying that will certainly mess up the economy or that will have a guaranteed impact to everyone but denying the fact that it's possible it's wrong.
    But what will really change? Gold wont be created from thin air and inflation wont rise because of that. So only difference is that guy who don't have time to farm enough gold can just legally buy it for RL money.. is that really bad? It's happening all the time. Now there is legal way to do it.As long as best pieces are still BoP, I see no reason to rage.
  1. Kisuro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post
    In the first few hours? Do you really think people will ask less gold for $10 later on?
    People can ask whatever they want. If I wanted to, I could ask 25k gold for half a stack of peacebloom. Question is, will anybody buy it?
  1. taronlock's Avatar
    Bind on character? NOT bind Account? bleah!! I don't think to buy it.
  1. Gilian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Idoru View Post
    I do think that most people are overestimating the amount of gold this pet will sell for.
    I think you are underestimating it. People will ask whatever they think is worth $10. You are not going to buy a pet for $10 and then sell it on the AH for 100g. There is no other reason for buying this pet and selling it on the AH than making gold so you will always get the highest price there is. They will even become more expensive when a new expansion is released and goldincome goes up.

    Doing a quick googlesearch this pet will cost something like 10k-20k gold since goldsellers sell 1k gold for € 0,50 or $1. I don't think it will go under 5k because it would make no sense or you are really desperate or just stupid or really really scared to get banned when buying gold illegally.
    Especially at the beginning the prices will be high and there are plenty of people who have tons of gold (gold cap) and think 15k is nothing for a pet. They make 15k gold faster than making $10 in real life.

    ---------- Post added 2011-10-11 at 08:32 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Kisuro View Post
    People can ask whatever they want. If I wanted to, I could ask 25k gold for half a stack of peacebloom. Question is, will anybody buy it?
    If no one buys it no one will sell it. People are not going to spend $10 if they are very unsure if they will make profit on it or break even. So what's the point of this pet being tradeable? So you give it away as a gift?
  1. Keosen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Idoru View Post
    I do think that most people are overestimating the amount of gold this pet will sell for.
    This could be true yes, i just think the price would be high and will be stable for a long time,i could be wrong of course.

    Quote Originally Posted by ManiaCCC View Post
    But what will really change? Gold wont be created from thin air and inflation wont rise because of that. So only difference is that guy who don't have time to farm enough gold can just legally buy it for RL money.. is that really bad? It's happening all the time. Now there is legal way to do it.As long as best pieces are still BoP, I see no reason to rage.
    First of all i'm not raging, but i guess you didn't referring to me in the first place, anyway.
    I'm most against the "legal way to do it" since it was clearly stated numerous times that Blizzard won't sell anything beside cosmetically items for real cash.
    And yes technically does not selling gold for cash but it's giving a direct way to acquire gold through cash.
    It's essentially the same with TGC but removing the "luck" factor from it, it's more like
    "Here buy a deck of cards for cash that will always have a card which you can sell in game for gold"

    I'm not really worry about hte specific but more for "what's next" to me it's clearly an experiment to check how and if an RMAH would work in WoW and also a kind of "beta test" for Diablo III RMAH.

    And of course i could be wrong again, just saying my opinion.
  1. Gilian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ManiaCCC View Post
    But what will really change? Gold wont be created from thin air and inflation wont rise because of that. So only difference is that guy who don't have time to farm enough gold can just legally buy it for RL money.. is that really bad? It's happening all the time. Now there is legal way to do it.As long as best pieces are still BoP, I see no reason to rage.
    Who is raging? Disagreeing is not raging.

    Now it's just one item. Over time it will be ten items or even more. Before you know it you can actually buy gold from the online shop. If you think this is fine then good for you.
    You can say I am overreacting but when they started selling mounts for real money a lot of people predicted this would happen and now it does. At some point everyone is buying gold because it's legal anyway and gold becomes worthless and not everyone wants to spend real money to buy gold to buy something in a videogame.

    It's not a big deal now with just one pet but it's a start.
  1. Cows For Life's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Attsey View Post
    Im curious, just how far have Blizzard got to go before you think their actions are unacceptable?
    No impact on PVP or PVE? Remember when PVE to PVP transfers were forbidden? A lot of new "goods and services" have arrived since then and at this point, you would be a fool to believe anything Blizzard tells you.
  1. Idoru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post
    I think you are underestimating it. People will ask whatever they think is worth $10. You are not going to buy a pet for $10 and then sell it on the AH for 100g. There is no other reason for buying this pet and selling it on the AH than making gold so you will always get the highest price there is. They will even become more expensive when a new expansion is released and goldincome goes up.

    Doing a quick googlesearch this pet will cost something like 10k-20k gold since goldsellers sell 1k gold for € 0,50 or $1. I don't think it will go under 5k because it would make no sense or you are really desperate or just stupid or really really scared to get banned when buying gold illegally.
    Especially at the beginning the prices will be high and there are plenty of people who have tons of gold (gold cap) and think 15k is nothing for a pet. They make 15k gold faster than making $10 in real life.

    ---------- Post added 2011-10-11 at 08:32 AM ----------



    If no one buys it no one will sell it. People are not going to spend $10 if they are very unsure if they will make profit on it or break even. So what's the point of this pet being tradeable? So you give it away as a gift?
    One thing though. While the number of pets available is unlimited, the number of actual buyers (per server) is fairly limited.
    Yes, most people have alts, but then a fairly large amount of players do not care for pets at all.
  1. Cows For Life's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kirbylock View Post
    why cant they just sell 2 versions of the pet? one that is the tradable version that can only be used on one character and another version that acts the same way as all the other pets - non-tradable and gets sent to all characters.

    if this is Blizzard's future sole way to handle all of their Pet Store pets, i will never buy another pet from them. i expect my $10 to provide a pet for ALL my characters, not just one. i cannot believe people actually where too cheap to spend $10 on a pet, and now caused it to be ruined for everyone else. now its like, spend excessive amounts of real money for a pet for all our characters or spend tons of in-game gold for them.

    i guess this is Blizzards way of making up for their subscription drop. they just keep sinking deeper.
    I think the problem was that too many people were spending on pets rather than too little (subs down, net income up).
  1. Cybran's Avatar
    I work and play wow. I have 60k+ gold and 110 pets. Will i spend real money in the pet store... No. Would i spend 10-20k on the pet ... Prolly not. Do i see the need for this pet, no. But i dont think its a bad thing. Mellow out guys, jeesh
  1. Airath's Avatar
    Awesome! Can't wait for 30 and 60 day BoE gametime tokens to be sold and bought in the AH!!!Way to go, Blizzard!
  1. Zebbedee's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post
    So they are now actually selling gold for real money. Now they are officially milking WoW.
    Thanks for that Blizz, you will never know just how much utter contempt i now have for you scum-sucking smeg breathed two-faced hypocritical %&^£*^s

    Zebbedee the Insanely peed off, ex of WoW, Soul Collectors & Rehab, Kor'gall, level 85 feral

    May your game be visited by a thousand hackers and your GM's be visited by a host of unquenchable and madly itching STDs


    Infracted. There's no need for that kind of language or hate speech.
  1. Eatme's Avatar
    Think it's tarded to have it for the same price as the other pets, as the other pet's are sorta worth it only cause you get it on all char's
  1. Gilian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Idoru View Post
    One thing though. While the number of pets available is unlimited, the number of actual buyers (per server) is fairly limited.
    Yes, most people have alts, but then a fairly large amount of players do not care for pets at all.
    Yes, but that's now. Next time they release more tradeable pets for all we know.

    These pets will be more successfull (for Blizzard) because they can now sell them for ingame gold. So there will be more to come.
  1. Aleon's Avatar
    I don't think this pet will sell less than 5.000-7.000 gold, if prices get too low people that want to sell them won't buy it, but when prices will rise they will get them again and put them on the market.
  1. The Illusive Man's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eatme View Post
    Think it's tarded to have it for the same price as the other pets, as the other pet's are sorta worth it only cause you get it on all char's
    yeah just that. The other pets from the shop were cool because you got them on every char on the account when you added the code to it. This one is just super stupid You buy a pet for the same amount as the others and get it only on ONE of your chars ofc you can send it to alts or so but you have actually buy one for each alt (or buy from ah gg) stupid move blizz

    Edit: BTW don´t see the ah prices above 1k or so maybe 100-500g after a few weeks.
  1. Tehgypsy's Avatar
    Shame the pet is so crap though, cant see it making any more than 20g. Its a matter of time before BoE epics appear on store.

    I'd like to see a boycott on this type of thing to show them we aint putting up with this crap, but 99% of the wow community is spineless, so its a pointless idea.

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