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Direhorn hunter pet in patch 5.2 is the triceratops we've been wanting

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Wowheads dataminers and commenters have been extremely busy lately, and one particular commenter, Ozlem, has succeeded in obtaining the new hunter pet -- the Direhorn -- already, as can be seen from the header image.

The exciting news is that, currently, this pet is not exotic, meaning it can be tamed by a hunter of any spec, not just beast masters. Of course, do remember that this is PTR, and therefore subject to considerable change before launch. There is a requirement to tame it, though, which is an item dropped from the dinomancers based on the Isle of Giants, the Ancient Tome of Dinomancy.

This currently has quite the high drop rate, although it is not 100%, but again this could be nerfed down to size on live servers. There currently are no other hurdles to navigate to obtain one, unlike the pets from previous patches and their greater challenges, despite the PTR patch notes stating the following:
Dire Horns have been added as a tamable species for Hunters that have learned the required skill. Aspiring Dire Horn owners should seek out clues regarding these auspicious beasts.
The skill may well refer to the Tome, rather than to beast mastery's ability to tame exotic pets.

It's not yet known whether these dinosaur-style creatures will be added into old zones where they'd fit in, but it seems likely that they will remain around Pandaria and on the Isle of the Thunder King. I think they're adorable! The triceratops-heavy nature of patch 5.2 is just fine by me.

Mists of Pandaria is here! The level cap has been raised to 90, many players have returned to Azeroth, and pet battles are taking the world by storm. Keep an eye out for all of the latest news, and check out our comprehensive guide to Mists of Pandaria for everything you'll ever need to know.

Filed under: Hunter, News items, Mists of Pandaria

Ghostcrawler discusses PTR class and set bonus issues

Ghostcrawler discusses PTR class and set bonus issues
Lead Systems Designer Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street posted today on the US forums, pre-empting questions about class balance and tier 15 set bonuses. Ghostcrawler describes the purpose of the thread as follows:

Ghostcrawler
Whenever a PTR build goes up, we get a flurry of simple questions that we want to address, but that don't feel patch note worthy. We are going to be posting the answers to some of these in this thread.
  • We're going to leave the thread unlocked. Feel free to leave feedback here, but be aware that this is just a running list of explanations and don't expect a lot of back and forth discussion.
  • Likewise, you don't need to ask your question here. We'll try and cover anything we see in our forums, other forums, Twitter, etc.
  • The focus of this thread is on class mechanics and set bonuses. We aren't going to cover e.g. achievements, raid encounters, pet battles, account issues, or GC's favorite cover bands. Likewise, these are simple answers, not "What is your vision for my class?"

Ghostcrawler then goes into some of the finer points about Tier 15 set bonuses.

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Filed under: News items, Mists of Pandaria

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