SavageOut of all the unique hunter pets in Mists, I only had eyes for one – Savage. I read about him during the beta and thought he had the most gorgeous skin. In fact, there was a day I had a dig around The Arboretum when I noticed an Alliance Hunter standing in a nearby spot shooting a flare into the distance. I was wondering why she was doing this as she proceeded to do this for about a minute, not moving from that very spot. It was only after I read Euphy’s post a few days later that I realised the significance of what I’d witnessed.

I was so happy that Blizzard decided to implement such a thing for hunters as I’ve always loved the thought of taming that elusive rare. Even when they added the Crystalline Tear of Loyalty in Cataclysm, that didn’t necessarily stop non-hunters from killing those highly sought-after hunter companions. But I guess 25G was reason enough to kill a silver dragon…

Tonight I decided to finally try to seek out Savage’s tracks flying straight to The Arboretum. I started by following his route on the marked map I had, although I did try looking up Euphy’s video but for some reason, YouTube was having loading issues. I kept getting “An error has occurred. Please try again later” message, even after trying a number of other videos.

So I went back to Wowhead following his entire path (each way) and reading what the latest comments were. The most important thing I noticed was his path tracking backwards. Note that this will be fixed in 5.1 as it’s been tested on the PTR already. I decided to stop at one of the confirmed co-ordinates reading through the comments for about 5mins when I decided to follow his path from Emperor’s Omen going towards Greenstone Village. Once I reached the end of the path, I headed back in the other direction. As I neared the Greenstone Mason’s Quarter, I noticed the first bloody track on the ground – hovering over the object to be sure of what it was. I couldn’t believe I had found one.

Savage hunter pet track


I had already turned down my environmental detail and ground clutter so the only thing I had to do now was follow his track backwards. I saw about five tracks ahead of me before I tried a flare on the path leading to the mine. He appeared right where my flare was so I quickly threw a Hunter’s Mark on him. Before I could tame him though, I had to abandon my throwaway silkworm. I didn’t even have to shoot him with anything and he didn’t turn around until the tame was complete.

Savage hunter pet-tame




He’s such an exceptional looking pet with the stark white coat and piercing blue eyes that I’ll probably be using him for my last three levels and beyond! :D