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The OverAchiever: Littlest Pet Shop

Every Thursday, The Overachiever shows you how to work toward those sweet achievement points. This week, the bear wants her balloon.

The Littlest Pet Shop option was the clear favorite among the choices given in a recent OverAchiever. While we've previously run a guide to Lil' Game Hunter (the 75-pet achievement), we haven't otherwise revisited the topic of noncombat pets in ... wow, more than two years. Suffice it to say that a lot's changed since then. For one, we get balloons now, which is Blizzard's most inspired addition to the stable of in-game pets and something that nearly caused me to wet myself when I first zoned into a heroic with an undead warrior tank running around with a balloon. The sheer incongruity of the game's skulls-a-plenty armor sets combined with a happy little balloon is still something that alternately horrifies and amuses me.

When you stop to think about it, there's something a little twisted in going about the daily WoW routine of mass slaughter and mayhem with a balloon bobbing alongside you, but what the hell. Show me another MMORPG where you can have a balloon and annihilate existential threats to the universe. You can't accuse Blizzard of not covering the bases.

If you're a hardcore pet collector, I could probably condense this entire guide down to "bookmark WarcraftPets.com and just keep consulting it," but I suspect we can make this column a wee bit more helpful than that. Even if you're not a pet collector, there's one quested pet in here that I highly advise you not to miss.
The vast majority of noncombat pets in WoW come from one of five sources: vendors, quests and reputation, NPC drops, professions, and achievements. If you're a Trading Card Game enthusiast or just willing to drop some money on cards and pet store pets, you'll also have access to a sixth group of pets, but that's by no means necessary in order to reach the 150 needed for Littlest Pet Shop. There are over 200 noncombat pets in the game, so you've got lots of ways to get to 150 without spending real money or driving yourself bonkers over the rarest ones.

I dickered for a bit over how to arrange this and finally settled on the broad classifications given above, sorted in alphabetical order but also listed by source. In some cases (e.g., the Cockroach), you will find pets listed twice, as two vendors have them on their roster. Due to the frightening length of this list before I even through the D's, this is regrettably another article that I will have to split, folks. However, I should be able to keep it down to two installments. Today we'll deal with vendor, quest, and reputation pets.

How expensive is Littlest Pet Shop?
This'll depend a lot on your server, and how much (if any) help you'll get from a guildie or friend. While most pets are neutral, the Alliance and Horde both have access to separate groups of pets, and enterprising players sell faction-specific pets for a pretty penny on the Auction House.

If you want to do this achievement as quickly as possible and you've got money to burn, keep checking the AH. You should be able to flesh out a respectable pet collection with BOEs from the AH in short order, but the more you rely on the AH to get you rare-drop or created pets, the more expensive this achievement will ultimately be.

Is there an easier way to get some of the more difficult pets?

Yep. If you play a role that gets the Call to Arms incentive at level 85, the Satchel of Exotic Mysteries awarded for your dungeon run has a chance to contain one of 23 noncombat pets. Reportedly even the ultra-rare Hyacinth Macaw can appear in a Satchel (or at least, that's claimed by at least one player as of May 2011), so if you play a tank or healer, be on the lookout. Remember: The Satchel is BOA, so don't auto-loot from it. Open it up, check its contents, and if it contains something you'd rather have on a different character, mail it off!
Vendor pets

The average vendor pet shouldn't give you any trouble; all you have to do is show up with cash in hand and walk away with your new pet(s). To that end, I've also linked the vendors in question for your convenience, so if you're not sure where one is located, simply click on them for their Wowhead entry. Most vendor pets are not pricy, but the ones sold by the opposite faction will have to be picked up on the Auction House. If this is expensive on your server and you want to get a better deal, run a toon on the opposite faction to pick up all the pets you need, then arrange for a friend to buy them off the neutral AH in Ratchet, Booty Bay, Gadgetzan, or Everlook before someone else does. Regrettably, you can't transfer purchases over the neutral AH without help, as you can't bid on or buy items from another character on your account.

Pets like the Hyjal Bear Cub, Crimson Lasher, Nether Ray Fry, and Argent Tournament pets, while technically all vendor pets, aren't available until after you've quested extensively, so I've chosen to classify them as "Quest and Reputation" pets instead. By contrast, all of the pets below are simply things you can walk up and buy.


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