Category Archives: Rants

Critter-gettin’ or Crittergeddon, Whatever Works

The last two days have been very big for pet-collector Wezmerelda.  I was ever-so-close to the Pro Pet Mob achievement (62 pets) and decided to grind my way up to 75.  It took me who knows how many hours (and I didn’t rig it with the Farmer Nishi exploit, thank you very much), but around 1:30 AM PST, I got my Singing Cricket!



Today I’ve been a little wayward, not really knowing what to do with my time.  I’m not in a large guild or anything, so I don’t have a whole lot of people to brag to.  I sent Cory Stockton, a Lead Content Designer (@mumper) a couple tweets about how I was underwhelmed by the model for the Singing Cricket:

No response, though I’d be surprised if I did!

Mid-day I spotted an auction that looked, well, too good to be true.  It was for a Darkmoon Rabbit, and the Buy It Now price was about 64k, and the current bid was 29k.  The player selling it was posting about it in trade, saying it was available for bids, etc.  I didn’t even have enough money to cover the 29k, so I dismissed it.  Though while chatting at a guildmate (my boyfriend’s brother – we’re a small family guild) I jokingly asked if he had 20k to spare me.  When he took me up on it, I um, wow, I just didn’t know what to say instead of giving him a big “Whoa! Thanks!”, and promising to give him every extra pet I come across for the conceivable future!

After an anxious time spent watching the auction, I had a bid strategy and a stopwatch started once “Short” hit.  About three minutes before I was going to place my max bid, the listing disappeared.  Holy crap, where did it bloody go??!!??  Adrenaline waning, I resigned myself to the fact that it was too good to be true, and went to whack at some more wild pets – I even tried some PVP, which is new for me!

Moments later, the brother messaged that the listing was back up, for only a thousand gold more – and by the same guy.  I. Was. Flabbergasted!  You mean to tell me the seller took it down only to list it again?  Why wouldn’t he play fair?  I looked him up, ready to send him a tirade, and his toon wasn’t online.  So off to to look for alts.  Sure enough I found an alt online and whispered him, telling him I was just about to place a bid of X amount when I saw it snagged, and he relisted it.  What was the deal?  He confessed that when he saw what he thought would be the winning bid he found it to be a player he knew well to be a bit of an arrogant character on the server, and he didn’t want it going to him for such a deal (the thing usually goes north of 100k, so…).

I again reiterated my interest, that this would not be up for resale and that I was an avid collector being helped out by my guild in this purchase, and, to my shock, he said yes!  I took ownership of Chompers, my Darkmoon Rabbit for 36,000 gold and it’s like a dream come true.  I also noticed it came out as the “good breed” (5 – I hadn’t known until immediately prior that it could have more than one variant), so score on that as well.  I’d say this day has been pretty epic… now if I could only get those 732 more pet battle wins towards Legendary Pet Battler… it’s on!


Jiminy the Singing Cricket, and Chompers the Darkmoon Rabbit


Too Much Distraction

Things I should be doing in game that have been woefully-neglected due to pet battles/collection:

  • Dailies
  • LFR
  • Scenarios
  • Heroic Dungeons
  • Capping (or even coming close) my Valor Points
  • Earning gold through my professions
  • Appropriate daily exercise
  • Proper nutrition, hygiene
  • Leaving this chair

I (might be) exaggerating there at the end… or not.  😉

Patch 5.1: Day One Recap

When I heard on Monday that Patch 5.1 was going to be released on Tuesday, I nearly flipped my lid.  You don’t know me well by now (unless you’re from the future and reading archives), but I’m a bit of a pet battle… um, what’s the word to describe me…. oh yeah: a bit of a pet battle psycho, so 5.1 includes a lot of new features for me.  Here’s a brief rundown of my day:

First, I scored two family-based Flawless Battle-Stones from pet dailies.  Used them to upgrade my Restless Shadeling (“Despirito”) and Wanderer’s Festival Hatchling. I’m kind of regretting not using the aquatic to raise my Tiny Goldfish named “Ponyo“.  Ah well.

I also started on the Pandaren Spirit quest, which involves fighting the legendary teams of four Pandaren Spirits.  I managed to take down the Burning Pandaren Spirit’s team after about 6 or 7 attempts.  So difficult!  It really all comes down to luck with dodges, as those guys hit HARD and if you don’t avoid a few of their hits your pets are going to die.  I thought I had written down the team comp I used, but I cannot seem to find the scribbled notes.  I’ll leave a comment if I find it.  I had zero luck with the Thundering Pandaren Spirit, but I’ll need to figure something out for the rest of them eventually.  There ARE four pets on the line here!  I can’t imagine doing the daily for these every day in the mere hopes that one of the remaining three (you get one for finishing the quest at first, and then there’s a chance to have another in your Sack of Pet Goods).

Pet drops in old world raids? Hells yes!  My tally?  Molten Core: Zero.  Blackwing Lair: Zilch.  Naxxramas: Zip.  Grrrrr.  I’m dreading running Temple AQ and coming up empty-handed.  A friend of mine scored a couple pets in Naxx, including Mr. Bigglesworth who, according to official info, is the award for acquiring ALL of the available raid pets, not a drop from KT.  I’m way jealous!

I did manage to capture a few of the new battle pets, my favorite of which you can see above. Lil Green Eyes, my new Kun-Lai Runt – isn’t he adorable?  The total list is as follows (in order of my memory):

Wow! 7 new pets!  I hadn’t realized it was so many.  I had been so bummed about the raid pets that the captured ones just didn’t keep my attention.  A few other things bummed me out today:

  • The 3000 gold I received in the mail today for completing the Taming the World achievement appears to have removed itself from the remainder of my gold.  I cannot remember spending that much gold today.  Hmmmm.
  • The Safari Hat I was sooo looking forward to (in order to promote my progress on Pro Pet Mob), was nowhere to be found.  I’ve read online that it appears to be a bug that some players are experiencing.
  • Pet battle XP appears to have been either nerfed, or bugged.  I’m getting far less XP while leveling pets up than I did yesterday.  Battles that would normally yielding me 480 XP are not giving half that.  It’s weird, and I hope it’s just a glitch and not Blizzard’s attempt to quietly slow us power-levelers down.

Gosh, that’s all I can remember for now.  I should be asleep right now, preparing for Day 2.  Hoping the rolling restarts this morning at 7:00 AM PST fix some of my issues!