Believe it or not, there are only 22 non-combat pets that are BoP drops. Some are relatively easy to acquire, others a bit tougher. Unfortunately, there’s even a couple that are seasonal or (worse) no longer available like the Vampire Batling. Let’s not putter around and check out the five best already! (**note** all pet pictures courtesy of http://www.warcraftpets.com)
I bunched these four together as they only have a slight skin variation. Muckbreath would be my biased favourite simply on name alone. They come from the Outland fishing daily, as a chance drop in your Bag of Fishing Treasures.
4. Tiny Shale Spider
This one makes the list simply out of uniqueness. I can’t think of another pet that comes close to this look, and it’s also one I don’t see very often when traveling about Azeroth. Could be in part due to the difficulty in acquiring it. You need to track down, and kill, Jadefang in Deepholm.
3. Sinister Squashling
This is one a tonne of people should have gotten in the last couple of weeks during the Hallow’s End holiday. This adorable little pumpkin plant came from Treat Bags or even dropped from the Headless Horseman himself. Alas if you didn’t get one, there’s always next year.
2. Searing Scorchling
Up until last year, you could get the Scorchling from Ahune during the Midsummer Festival. That’s not the case anymore. Instead, this little Fire Elemental is about the only reason to continue doing the Molten Front dailies long after you’ve completed any of the achievements/gear upgrades you sought. He comes from a vendor named Zen’Vorka. You buy his cache for 30 Marks of the World Tree and then basically hope for a random drop.
1. Phoenix Hatchling
If you’ve been following the site for any length of time, you’ll know this is my favourite vanity pet. Of course that plays a part in its ranking, but you would be hard to argue its beauty and popularity (second only to the Celestial Dragon btw). Even the Dark Phoenix that comes as a Guild Reward doesn’t look quite as nice as the original (though still awesome in its own right). The Phoenix comes from Kael’thas Sunstrider on Heroic Magister’s Terrace and I’m incredibly happy it dropped for me in one of my early visits or I’d probably still be farming the guy.
There are many pets in World of Warcraft, and a myriad of ways to get them. But when it comes to the ones you’ve got to go out and track down yourself, and also hope the random number generator loves you, these are the cream of the crop.