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Patch 4.3 PTR: Changes in store for Winter's Veil vanity pets

The patch 4.3 PTR brings an unexpected change to the vanity pets received during the Winter's Veil celebration. These pets were unique in that players had to have a Snowball in order to summon their wintry companion.

It seems that the Snowballs are no longer necessary as of Patch 4.3, but there's a catch -- Winter's Veil pets are only able to be summoned during the Winter's Veil event. The tooltip for the pets has been changed to reflect this as follows:
  • Father Winter's Helper: Right Click to summon and dismiss your Father Winter's Helper. Requires a Snowball to summon. Helpers are very busy year-round, and only have leisure time during the Feast of Winter Veil.
  • Tiny Snowman: Right Click to summon and dismiss your Tiny Snowman. Requires a Snowball to summon. Build or destroy a tiny snowman. The snowman is larger and lasts longer during Winter Veil.
  • Winter Reindeer: Right Click to summon and dismiss your Winter Reindeer. Requires a Snowball to summon. reindeer. The Winter Reindeer only dresses up for Winter Veil.
  • Winter's Little Helper: Right Click to summon and dismiss your Winter's Little Helper. Requires a Snowball to summon. Helpers are very busy year-round, and only have leisure time during the Feast of Winter Veil.
A minor change, but it does mean that the pets, once able to be summoned year-round, are now limited to the few short weeks that Winter's Veil is available -- and it also means that the Snowmaster 9000 suddenly got a lot less handy to have around. While it's nice that the pets no longer require a reagent to summon, it seems like the trade-off for this is pretty restrictive.

Along with the changes to existing pets, there are a ton of new pets to snap up. Follow after the break for the full list.

The new Darkmoon Faire has a ton of new pets available, not just the monkey mentioned in the preview. A Darkmoon Balloon, Darkmoon Cub, Darkmoon Tonk, Darkmoon Turtle and Darkmoon Zepplin have all been datamined as well.

In addition, players can potentially pick up a Festival Lantern, Fetish Shaman, Gregarious Grell, Lumpy, a Lunar Lantern, a Purple Puffer, a Sand Scarab, and a Sea Pony from unknown locations. The Lanterns sound like they will be offerings from the Lunar Festival, while the sea animals may be vanity items from an upcoming WoW Trading Card Game expansion pack. We've already seen some previews of the Throne of the Tides expansion pack, and with a watery theme, it seems like these vanity pets would fit right in.

Brace yourselves for what could be some of most exciting updates to the game recently with patch 4.3. Look at what's ahead: new item storage options, cross-realm raiding, cosmetic armor skinning and your chance to battle the mighty Deathwing -- from astride his back!

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