First off, if you’re a fan of minipets or non-combat pets, you should really visit WarcraftPets. It gives you a complete list of all the pets (175, I believe), and how they can (or could) be attained.
Favorite Vanity Pet
Unlike friends of mine who are like Pokemon players on crack when it comes to Vanity Pets (and by friends, I mean friends, guildmates, wife…), I really haven’t gotten the “gotta catch `em all” bug that they’ve suffered from. I find many of the pets out there to have some appeal, but it’s more in regards to each character I have. Granted I do have one toon that collects pets, but I really never go out of my way to get them and I won’t spend any real amount of money on them for her.
Tumunzahar is kind of my “unique” pet collector. I remember when the Green Wing Macaw dropped in my first Deadmines run. I had no idea what it meant or how it worked. Now, however, it seems someone shipped it to Tum one day and it won’t leave him alone. As such, it’s almost always popped when my favorite Dwarf Priest is in a dungeon. Since then I’ve gotten him pets that just scream “get it away from me” like the Curious Oracle Hatchling.
I don’t have many rare pets, save for two that I know of and both are on Siori oddly enough. The Vampiric Battling was only available during the Scourge invasion pre-Lich King, and I was lucky enough to be in a group that went into Karazhan at that time. Two other pet collectors I know of seethe at me when I pop it out (which is usually right after they’ve hopped on their Brewfest Kodo…karma I say). The other rare pet isn’t retired, but it doesn’t drop very often. I argue that point as it seems every time I take a toon into Magister’s Terrace for the first time, old pointy ears Kael’thalas hands it over:
Yep, the Phoenix Hatchling. From the moment I saw it, it was a pet I had to have. Siori snagged it on her first run, as I mentioned. It’s one of the very rare times I’ve rolled need against my wife on something. I was giddy when I snagged it. If you haven’t already guessed, it’s easily my favorite vanity pet in the game…though I think I have to have the Dark Phoenix as well courtesy of getting our guild reputable.