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. Pennygear's Avatar
    Oh man, this is the post I've been waiting for!~ Oooh, when I'm done with questing, holy f'in crap I'm going to have my work cut out for me! MR GRUBBS!! LITTLE SPIDER THING!

    And FINALLY a MURKY for the REST of us? Please oh please, tell me you're not just pulling our leg! Seeing as it looks just like Blizzcon Murky, they'll prolly change the color, but omg... BABY MURLOC, DON'T BE A LIEEEE~
  1. lunaspike's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydubs View Post
    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?

    Why would you switch from engineering. We get our own helms, we get our own special gems for them, we get a cool mini pet, and if nothing else I will still keep my rocket boots parachute combo. While the benefits of eng are not as cut and dry as others, just look at some of the cool stuff they get.

    In the upcoming 4.0 nerf (blah, will get flamed for speaking out against the great allknowing blizz but whatever)
    Our hand enchant gives 885 bonus armor, while armor on most things has been reduced. Do you realize in cata how big of an improvement that armor amount is. Even if it seems really small.
    The Ilevel359 gloves have an armor of 2998, with my engineering I can move that to 3883, which is over the ilevel359 tanking chest piece. So basically armor has been reduced on most items. Therefore our ability to put a large amount on an item is a very big benefit if you are tanking.

    Personally I won't give up my engineering, the personal gems, helm, other bonuses are just too perfect. Plus it's fun. Oh and don't forget the mote extractor. I am pretty sure there was a blue post that it wouldn't be going away. So we will still be able to gather tons of materials quickly.
  1. Rigrot's Avatar
    Pets for enchanting? Its more likly than you think!

    Im glad that the crystal thing is boe so I cna send it to my main. I must have that worm, it dose flips over your head if that isnt awesome I dont know what is!
  1. Sacrelis's Avatar
    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.
    I am posting to show my utmost support and extreme approval of this official statement.
  1. flareside's Avatar
    With all these new pets they need to make another achievement over 75. Right now as it is, its easy to get over 100 pets.
  1. Winnie's Avatar
    Its just a wallpaper Stressball, calm down.
  1. Ivresse's Avatar
    Is it just me or does that wallpaper look very 'live-action' to you?

    EDIT: I know it's painted and everything, but I can very much see that sort of image in the WoW movie if they ever do release it...
  1. pimpdaddy's Avatar
    If you are trying to AE tank and a bad dps is attacking the wrong target and dies, we call that JUSTICE-GC. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
  1. penguinsane's Avatar
    A bee pet for Herbalism sounds SO cute.

    Skinning needs to be a baby fox or a seal cub or something. :P
  1. Darling's Avatar
    Love all the pets, except the Murky rip-off. My very rare pet will probably no longer be rare now.

  1. winzi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hexme View Post
    Nice wallpaper, also i bet probably everyone and their mom is gonna pick up Archaeology now :P
    No reason not to, It's a secondary profession like fishing, cooking and First Aid.
  1. soulwax's Avatar
    The Crawling Claw is identical to the claw from The legend of Zelda: A link to the past for the SNES. The claw that came down and grabbed you if you stood still for too long in the dark world forest dungeon

    Ahhhhh, memories.....
  1. Nocturnally's Avatar
    I'm sooo excited for the Hardboiled egg murloc little pettt!...
  1. TranceDaylight's Avatar
    i wonder how big the engineer pet is.

    ---------- Post added 2010-10-10 at 01:21 AM ----------

    i wonder how big the mini fel reaver is
    miners pet looks weird, hope it has some animation and isnt just a floating crystal
  1. Cataclysmo's Avatar
    New here. I'm a pet collector. I currently have 86 pets. I can't wait for these but I'm also hoping the pets rumored to be taken out aren't true. (Emerald Whelpling, Black tabby, Razzashi Hatchling are the only ones i need of them)

    If Mr. Grubbs is even harder to get than the oozeling it's gonna drive me mad. Hopefully the Waveling and company become drops in Nagrand or something. Gonna have to change engineering to enchanting when i make all the pets.

    Rogorn- Madoran

    ---------- Post added 2010-10-09 at 09:09 PM ----------

    Sorry for double post but other new pets like snapjaws, clockbot, celestial dragon, corrupted kitten, green water snake, onyx panther, ribbon snake.

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