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2-11-2011 @ 1:19PM
"Do the hunters of the WoW Insider staff have any favourite creatures that have yet to be implemented as tamable pets?"For example, I don't really understand how certain creatures that are just as feral as others are excluded. I'm a hydra fan and it aggravates me whenever I see core hounds and chimeras (especially the Outland rare spawn, though I admit it looks delightfully wicked).Does *one* extra head really mean THAT much to Blizzard?
2-11-2011 @ 1:40PM
The problem with making certain mobs tamable is that they need to A) fit them into an existing Family or B) create a new family for them including special abilities. If they can justify option A, then they usually do. But a lot of the untamable creatures aren't quite a perfect match for any particular Family. IE: Gyreworms in Deepholme are classified as beasts, but could just as easily be called Elementals. Hydras don't really fit in any one family. They're not really Crocolisks, they're definitely not warp stalkers, so where would you put them?If thy can't justify option A, then they need to come up with something for option B which includes assigning a special Ability (Buff/CC/whatever) and, in the case of Hydras, likely an exotic ability as well. Then that's just more programming, play testing, etc. and it's usually more trouble than it's worth for the small amount of hunters who would want one.
2-11-2011 @ 2:29PM
Well, for option A I'd feel if they simply altered the family name for crocolisks to something not so specific to one creature, then hydralisks (sorry, I should have added the 'lisks' part in my original post) should be at least reasonable. Not a perfect solution since I'm sure many would have a problem with it but personally something is better than nothing at this point.For option B, it'd be quite a relief, personally. There are already plenty of personalized creatures and they added even more to the mix so clearly they don't have any problems implementing more personalized families (as a generic concept).*All* creatures need testing, feedback, a few unique talent/ability ideas thrown around in a brainstorming session, etc. Hydra(lisks) just happen to be the favourite choice of THIS individual player.As for creatures to cater to a small portion of the playerbase, I have not seen a single hunter on all of the servers I actively play on (both Horde AND Alliance) that used or even *considered* using a monkey. I've always asked 'so, what's your opinion on the monkey pet family?' only to get laughed at and told that it's the joke of hunter pets and they'd rather go pet-less than tame something so stupid (their words, not mine, I don't like monkeys but I don't think they're stupid).Just a small example but take it as you will. There's always going to be someone who enjoys *something*.
2-11-2011 @ 3:08PM
It's just "hydras", no "lisks". Hydralisks are the badass worm things from Starcraft. :P
2-11-2011 @ 3:28PM
The other thing I read/heard is that they have to actually write/add each tamable pet to all the existing zones. I'm sure that adds some limitations to it as well. Someone suggested that Cata would be a great time to redo all that so maybe it was updated, but that's how pets worked through Wrath.
2-11-2011 @ 3:33PM
I wish they would add the "maggot" models to the Worm family. I wanna a giant maggot and I wanna name it Maggie! I don't think it's all that much, pretty please Blizzard? :P
2-11-2011 @ 3:37PM
@ RogueJedi86:Whoops. Sorry about that. Been so long since I played Warcraft III that I must have mistaken one of the maps (I believe it was a temple area with several teleports in Rexxar's campaign? now you have me doubting myself...jerk =P).Could have sworn that hydralisks just happened the share the same classification with smaller, younger hydras (or at least the hydras which were spawned by killing a larger one in general).Oh well. The rest of my points still stand, though.
2-11-2011 @ 4:00PM
Regarding monkeys, I tamed one from lowbie Deadmines before Cata launched and I think he's hilarious. They may not have the most useful ability ever for PvE content ( 4 sec blind isn't exactly a reliable CC), but in a well balanced 10M or any 25 you're likely to have every buff covered by players and can just pick whatever pet you want. I like Marcell, I don't raid on my hunter so I doubt he'll ever see much use, but I certainly don't agree with the other hunters you've talked to about the monkey family. /pets MarcellSeriously, I weep for the childhood of hunters who don't think Monkey's are at least amusing. I agree with you about wanting certain mobs to be tamable, though. I would love a Gyreworm and I'd take a Diametredon or at least a Basilisk over a dumb stinky old Crocolisk any day of the week. I've just taken a very "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" approach to pets this expansion. Pet-collecting Hunter's were pampered during beta. New models to existing families, several completely new families, a bunch of new rares that will only be camped for taming rather than some ridiculous achievement. I don't get my Gyreworm, but I got Terrorpene and Maddex (or will, at least). I lost my Boss tag on The Beast, but I also got to tame bosses from AQ40, AQ20 and BWL. Ghostcrawler -cannot- be killed, only tamed. My only point with my post was that, while "Just rename the croc family and throw them in there" seems obvious to us, it may be something that is vastly more complex than that or something that Blizzard just isn't comfortable with in regards to pet variety, flavor, etc.
2-11-2011 @ 4:28PM
Well, regardless of the outcome (and I do appreciate what my hunter will be able to look forward to), it's nice to have had an actual discussion on this, albeit brief.Thank you. I honestly mean that.
2-11-2011 @ 7:26PM
I actually started playing Hunter back in '05 to tame a moonkin. I was disappointed to hit Darkshore and learn otherwise =/
2-11-2011 @ 11:38PM
I still want to tame a giraffe or zebra....
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