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
Comments 732 Comments
  1. Yseraboy's Avatar
    Between changes to WoW, and Diablo 3's "real money" auction house, I'm curious to see which of these 'experiments' are popular/successful enough to make it into Titan.And I agree with Shawaam that the 'adorable' face on the pet makes it a "not interested" vote for me.
  1. vizzle's Avatar
    WOwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Gold selling is now legal.
  1. orzhagen's Avatar
    This sucks.
  1. Jagstang's Avatar
    Blizzard is now selling gold.........
  1. deviancee's Avatar
    btw, inb4 thread with 1000 pages + revert of this companion
  1. wrpdndprsd's Avatar
    So it's the same price as other pets where I basically get that pet on every character I make on that account in the future, but this one is $10 and I get it for one character?Screw that.
  1. sevenbug's Avatar
    you can trade it and sell it at the auction house!
    Zomg :/ Gold selling..
  1. Archimand's Avatar
    not to mention gold selling those days give u around 50k gold for those 10 dollar or so maybe less donno but still seem rather stupid
  1. Hurik's Avatar
    Disgusting. Shows again how desperate Blizzard is to milk the game for everything they can before people move on.
  1. Twintop's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rolly View Post
    Looks like that to me. I wonder what the gold cost will settle out at.
    My guess is that the market is going to be absolutely flooded with this in the beginning, especially by current gold selling sites. Think about out: drive sale price down with market saturation by selling a $10 pet for 5k gold. Resell that 5k gold for $30 (without a coupon or working with a rep) to someone who doesn't know about the pet, doesn't want to deal with fighting hundreds of listings, etc.
  1. Facepalm.jpg's Avatar
    Don't like this.
    I thought Blizzard said that the Blizzard store would only be for cosmetic, essentially this gives people an in-game advantage gold wise (Not that it's hard to get)
  1. Arishia's Avatar
    10 bucks for a one shot pet. Screw that. It was bad enough that the card game only gave you one item considering how rare those cards were, we weren't looking for another way to pay a lot for a one shot pet.At least with the other pets 10 dollars would buy all your characters that pet forever. =/ What a rip off.
  1. studkaw's Avatar
    I do not approve fight real life trading with real life trading. This cub will be a new currency.
  1. TheRevenantHero's Avatar
    Ok I'm sorry but if you're not going to make the pet available to all characters upon purchase, then lower the price on the thing. $10 for a pet you get on only one character? That's fucking stupid. Blizzard is digging themselves deeper and deeper.
  1. McFrotton's Avatar
    gold selling now legal fuck
  1. Notarget's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaSphyxsis View Post
    Oh dear blizz, you may have owned yourself big time here
    Care to explain how they owned themselves? I have a hard time seeing how this hurts Blizzard in any way.
  1. paloalto's Avatar
    Could already do this with TCG stuff, but now it's even more blatant. No chance getting the card or buying it for $600 online, just straight out $10 item ready to turn into gold.
  1. Lycefli's Avatar
    I personally welcome this It's about time they did more to directly "Fight fire with Fire" - if it helps stop some real life scams and credit card fraud, along with account thefts, it can only be a good thing.
  1. durenas's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by vizzle View Post
    WOwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Gold selling is now legal.
    It was never illegal. It's still against the terms of service. Just because blizzard is providing an avenue where they can sell something to you the customer that can then be resold for ingame gold does not grant a license for third party sites to sell gold.
  1. Dhaerow's Avatar
    Many other games have the means to buy ingame currency for real money, but when WoW moves that direction people flip a bitch. Why? These other games STILL have issues with gold sellers just like WoW does. This won't make them go away, but will make things easier for those with a disposable income. I don't really see the issue...unless your upset that you are a hard core professions farmer... /gasp

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