Cataclysm Companion Pets Preview
I finally have enough data from the beta to post a decent preview of companion pets introduced in the expansion! This might not be the final list but it's much more impressive than the first one I posted a few weeks ago, I think we had 3 pets back then. And well, you could always visit Warcraftpets, Breanni is nice.

Achievements Rewards
A couple of achievements will reward you with new pets, most of them are Guild Achievements unlocking the ability to purchase these pets for gold in the guild reward panel, assuming you have enough reputation with your guild.

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Professions get a fair amount of pets in this expansion, if your plan is to get absolutely all the pet you will probably have to learn and drop a couple of professions.

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Quest Rewards
A couple of pets are rewarded through quests, including the super awesome Sunflower.

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If a pet cannot fit in one of the category above, it's most likely here!

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Real Life Events
Two pets are tied to real life events, you probably already know about them.

  • Deathy is the Blizzcon 2010 pet, rewarded for attending the Blizzcon or buying the Stream.
  • Lil' Deathwing is the Cataclysm Collector's Edition reward.

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The drop locations of these pets is still unknown.

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Hardboiled Egg
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Fox Kit
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Landro's Lil XT
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Rumbling Rockling
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Swirling Stormling
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Whirling Waveling

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Swipe Nerf / Thunderclap and Tank Threat boost
We had already nerfed Swipe before I saw this conversation, because it was pretty far out in front of other tank AE dps. Thunder Clap's coefficient is something like 0.10 and that could probably be 0.20, which would bring it more in line.

We are also talking a lot about just buffing tank threat across the board, because we've heard a lot recently that it's still too twitchy. (Source)

Tanking classes cannot AE Tank anymore
That actually isn't an intended change. We don't want AE healing to be trivial. I'll use some examples:

A) Pile of 20 whelps. Go ahead and AE tank this and ask your dps to AE too. You probably don't even need Shield Slam.

B) One giant. I wouldn't use Thunder Clap at all on this, except as needed to keep the debuff up. We want Thunder Clap to be terrible for holding single targets. (I don't think many tanks would argue this point.)

C) A pack of 4 targets that you plan to burn down one at a time. Here is the biggest point of contention. Thunder Clap should be fine for establishing initial aggro (though Shockwave will be better), and it should be fine for keeping add #3 off of the healer. But you should feel like you have to go to town with single target abilities on add #1 that the dps are all focused on. Then you should switch attention to add #2. In Lich King, it was too easy to just hold this whole group with Thunder Clap spam, and to be fair, the dps would just AE as well.

D) The same pack as in C, but this time you decide to CC add #3 and #4. In this case, you should be able to live fine without Thunder Clap at all (unless you really need the debuff). (Source)

[...] Right. If you are trying to AE tank and a bad dps is attacking the wrong target and dies, we call that justice. If you are trying to AE tank and a healer pulls aggo, then threat generation is just too low and we need to buff it. (Source)

Druid (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Cannot macro Lifebloom while in Tree of Life on Beta
This is a (dumb) limitation of our macro system, where it gets confused if you have two spells with the same name. In this case, the Tree of Life Lifebloom is actually a different spell than normal Lifebloom. The macro tries to cast (normal) Lifebloom, sees that you can't because it isn't allowed in Tree of Life, and just bails. Lifebloom is not the only spell in this category.

We understand why this is bad and are working on a fix. (Source)

Official Wallpaper
The official website has been updated with a very nice wallpaper.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Cataclysm Companion Pets, Blue Posts, Wallpaper started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 75 Comments
  1. Izzykizzy's Avatar
    I'm glad i'm an engineer/miner and soon to be archeologist. Hopefully they will add a new pet collector's achievement after the 75 one,i got 85 now.
  1. molinator's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stressball View Post
    That wallpaper could have been really nice, if it weren't for the skewed top banner and the dumb WotLK logo. Where are my Cataclysm wallpapers?
    I was thinking the same thing about the logo.

    So I removed it,

    easy enough to crop out the top/bottom pieces if you just want the clean image.
  1. Renovo's Avatar
    I'm guessing the three "unknown" elemental pets (Rumbling Rockling, Whirling Waveling, Swirling Stormling)will be part of the Pre-Cata events? Seems like they could be rare drops from the raid bosses or somesuch. Seems fishy to not have any "fun" drops from the events, given how the zombiepocalypse went...
  1. Charo's Avatar
    Here's another new pet I found in Darkshore:
  1. Sakarti's Avatar
    Crawling Hand Thing FTW!
  1. Azerox's Avatar
    Who wants a wotlk wallpaper when Cataclysm is tha shizna? .. lulz.
  1. evonath's Avatar
    For those of you who wanted a Cataclysm Logo on the "Official Wallpaper"... here you go:
    http: //s98. photobucket. com/albums/l256/redlinerally/?action=view&current=1920x1200. jpg

  1. Neptune Sea's Avatar
    cuteness overload! Must have baby murloc and fox ki!
  1. Tanfastic's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by artemisthemp View Post
    Just me or does the Hardboiled Egg pet look like Murky?
    Yea it does... I hope it passes though, I want mah murloc without Blizzcon! >:O
  1. Andymion's Avatar
    I want that armadillo so badly. I'm going to farm critters, anyone know a good spot?
  1. Sonoka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Andymion View Post
    I want that armadillo so badly. I'm going to farm critters, anyone know a good spot?
    CoT: Stratholme?:>
  1. Spl4sh3r's Avatar
    The Rockling, Stormling and Waveling and the previously known Scorchling (Fire Festival drop) is most likely the pet you can get from Elemental Invasion
  1. Argroth's Avatar
    Those unknown pets are probably gonna be for that money grubbing Pet Store
  1. DrgnDancer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Andymion View Post
    I want that armadillo so badly. I'm going to farm critters, anyone know a good spot?
    I wonder if turkeys count? They're critters, but you can farm them with that turkey killing achievement in the Howling Fjords (also the Thanksgiving turkeys, but then you'd have to wait till next TG, since release is right after the holiday)
  1. Jaydubs's Avatar
    Speaking of professions and what you can get from them, any ETA on a breakdown of benefits from Cataclysm Professions? I'm wondering whether to keep BS or switch it to Engineering, but am not sure if rocket boots will still be available, if the cog wheels are for crafted Engineering helms only or if the +haste to gloves will be available. Moreover, will the engineering rules of Arena (no rocket boots) be the same as rated BGs?
  1. Ser Arthur Dayne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dcemuser View Post
    Boub... you're always up so early!

    The fact that they added a pet for Mining is really awesome though.

    I believe that's the first vanity item added to a gathering profession. It would be cool to see one for Herbalism/Skinning at some point although I don't know how they'd do it. Maybe a Bee for Herbalism and a... Enchanted Rug (?!) for Skinning.
    GIEF! would prefer a Bumblebee though!
  1. Nycon's Avatar
    If that "hardboiled egg" turns out to look like Murky, the super rare pet from blizzcon 05 that I have... I'll flip out and go on a critter killing spree, its all I'll do, run around the tram hunting rats 7 hours a day.
  1. Gravixlol's Avatar
    im not a pet collector but some of them look nice
    and the wallpaper looks nice^^
  1. MortalWombat's Avatar
    Mr. Grubbs you will be mine... Even if I have to kill everyone on my street when I go insane from all the farming I do for you.
  1. Humunguli's Avatar
    awesome wall paper, cropped it up for meh iphone lol

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