Blizzard seems to have really enjoyed teasing hunters this expansion with the Dire Beast spell. Dire Beast is a talent which summons a random beast to fight for you for 15 seconds. Each zone in Pandaria has three different beasts it chooses from, and there are several instances where it will summon a beast which you're currently unable to tame. The most notable examples being the pterrorwings on Isle of Thunder and the gulp frogs on Timeless Isle.
There's also several beast families which have been in the game for a long time but remain untamable. Occasionally, these are added in a new expansion, such as the basilik and water strider in Mists of Pandaria. As a pet collector, I have high hopes that we'll see both old and new pet families added in Warlords of Draenor to fill our stables. Let's start with a family of beast so obvious that they already have a unique spell attributed to them in the game.
Mists of Pandaria added quite a few new beast families which are unfortunately not tamable yet.
Needs more dinosaurs
Raptors? Check. Devilsaurs? Check. Direhorns? Check. By now my hunter is pretty adept at taming ferocious dinosaurs, so I think it's fair to say if he can wrangle an elite direhorn, he is ready to tame some diemetradons, stegodons, and pterodactyls. If you've ever used Dire Beast on the Isle of Thunder you will have noticed that 33% of the time you will spawn a pterrorwing which looks pretty awesome. There is also the pterrordax breed found in Un'goro Crater. The main difference between them is the former fights on the ground while the latter hovers in the air at all times. Azeroth's analogue to the stegosaurus is the stegodon, also found in Un'Goro Crater. Being able to tame all of these could be a nice addition to the Ancient Tome of Dinomancy. Out of all these, I really would like a pterodactyl pet more than the rest.
It's been a longstanding pipe dream of hunters to be able to tame their own mounts, and while I would love to see something like that happen, what I am talking about here is being able to tame existing wild beasts as regular pets. It just so happens that quite a few of them are also used as mounts. Stampede would be a horrifying sight to anyone on the receiving end of it. The fact that we have yet to see many mount lookalike pets could mean there is a philosophical reason behind not allowing them. However, there are pets such as the Gurbashi Riding Raptor and Shattered Hand Warhound which use mount models, and they can most definitely be tamed. So, I wouldn't say my dream of a mammoth pet is entirely out of the question.
Beasts of Draenor
When it comes to new pet families, there were a few hints to come out of BlizzCon in regards to Warlords of Draenor pets, but we won't no for sure until the closed beta begins. These are the ones gathered by the posters at the Petopia forums thus far.
If you've ever wanted a flaming boar, duskstalker, icepaw bear, fire roc, or any pet with a special visual effect you may be in luck. The reason pets currently lose special effects like this is because they are applied via an aura, and when you tame a beast all auras get stripped away. This is to prevent hunters from taming beasts with damage buffs or anything else that could harm gameplay. There were a few brief periods of time where there were ways around this, but it's no longer possible. Game Designer Dave Maldonado mentioned on twitter they are looking into changing these from auras to be on the "display level." This means pets like the previously mentioned ones will be able to keep their special effects once tamed. Remember to take this one with a lot of salt. It's just a tweet.
Both Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria each added approximately 175 new hunter pet looks to the game, so hopefully we're in for the same treatment in Warlords. Would you prefer to see all new pet families, or is there some beast that's been in the game for years that you've always wanted to tame?
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