Don’t let the title confuse you, just imagine Scooby Doo’s voice. It was the best I could come up with for a catchy title. If you don’t frequent WoW Rare Spawns (and shame on you if that’s the case), you might not know that Euphyley celebrated her one year blog anniversary last week. I don’t recall how I first came across WRS but when I did I almost immediately added it to my blogroll. It’s also my go-to for finding out what rares are in a zone, and I find if Euphyley hasn’t covered that area yet, I’m mildly disappointed. She just does such a great job of explaining who’s in the zone and where.
To celebrate her momentous occasion, she tossed out a contest asking folks to share their favourite rare(s). I’ll be honest, I wrote this post not to try and win the contest but because I thought it was a really good idea for discussion. There’s so many Silver Dragons in the game, each one bringing something different to the table.
If I’m considering my favourite rares, the first thing I have to do is eliminate two specific ones from even being considered. Zaricotl is best served original or extra-crispy. That damn bird used to be significantly higher in level than the rest of the Badlands mobs. While that’s clever on Blizzard’s part, my Rogue didn’t appreciate the glorified pelican coming up and one-shotting me. I was so happy to have a level 70 (end game at the time) online that I could ask to come get revenge. Thanks Nightwater!
Also making the naughty list is Aeonaxx. I’m now over 64 hours of camping Deepholm without so much as even seeing that dang dragon. Shoryl felt like she had taunted me by mounting onto hers last weekend, but there was no hardship. I’m just bitter I’ve never even seen the bloody thing in its natural environment. At least I’ve seen the Time-Lost Proto. Truth be told, I probably had a shot at it but was on Siori and didn’t like the look of it for her. It figures now that I want Aeonaxx for her, it’s nowhere to be found.
So what rares do I actually like?
Well, I don’t know if I like her…but she sure likes me. Loque’nahar. I’ve helped 3 people tame that cat and killed her now seven times on my own. Twice I just shook my head and flew off. Same place. Every time. And on Tumunzahar. But despite this type of relationship, Loque’s still a beautiful specimen and one of my favourites. I have five Hunters, and only one is Beast Mastery. Should one of the others (except Liouxpold) ever get to a high enough level, I might consider the spec just to have this as their pet.
The Scarlet Interrogator. This one makes the list because I’ve only encountered him once in the Western Plaguelands and I laughed my arse off. It was only because his dialogue showed up on my screen that I targeted him to see where (and who) he was. Then I found out he was a silver dragon and went about killing him. Good times were had. I still consider using “FOR THE SANDWICH!” as my battle cry. Well, for one or two characters.
Ressan The Needler has a place in my heart now as well. I briefly felt the same about Bane, but then I outlevelled him and The Needler is much closer to Brill. I had a great system: log in, scamper off, kill the giant bat-thing for half a level’s xp and then log out again in the Brill Inn. I think I’ve managed to get about four levels that way. I can still go pick him off for some xp if my heart desires. The Hunter isn’t that far along yet.
Speaking of Hunters, it’s my second ever Hunter pet that tops my list of favourite rares. I wish I could even tell you why. Something about the first time I’d even heard of it, and then saw a picture, I was all excited. I wanted it. Didn’t matter at a higher level I could get the same skin much more easily. I wanted the exact bird. Never did see it while questing in Westfall with Liouxpold. Then one day I’m traversing the area with my Draenei Shaman and I spot this mammoth. I flew offline and switched toons, then proceeded to frantically fly to Sentinel Hill. After that I had to book it halfway across the zone (old flight paths, and not nearly as many at the time) back to where it had spawned and pray to Illidan he was still there. Two deaths later, I had tamed Vultros. Still have him to this day…and every so often I get some mook who asks me “why did you name your pet after a rare spawn?”
So there you have it. The rares as they taste to an Amateur. There’s so many more I could’ve listed and for a number of reasons, but I thought I’d try to keep it relatively to the point. I’m looking forward to what others have to say on the subject. I’ve read a few already and enjoy that, like myself, many rares seem to mark locations on a road trip down memory lane.