Laeleiweyn of World of Lae has kicked off a series of Alt Appreciation weeks to “celebrate all the classes!”
This week, it’s the Hunters‘ turn in the spotlight.
My Hunter usually being my fourth or fifth alt to reach the level cap in any expansion, she tends to not do much more than get there and max out her professions. She tamed a Spirit Beast (Arcturis) at level 80 and a Direhorn at level 90, but she hadn’t done any of the special Hunter taming challenges yet. I’m not sure if she had even reached 85 yet when the Molten Front taming challenges came out in Patch 4.2; at the time, I convinced myself that I wasn’t interested enough in how any of those beasts looked to go after any of them. I hadn’t taken any time to go after the Pandaria tracking challenges, either. For Hunter Appreciation Week, therefore, I decided to spend some quality time with her by taming a couple of these special pets. I chose one of the Molten Front pets and one of the Pandaria pets.
On Monday, I thought I might try for Skarr, but when I went through the portal to the Molten Front, I discovered that Ketura hadn’t done more than open it up… and the Druids of the Talon have to have been recruited to even gain access to the area where Skarr roams. I decided to catch Ban’thalos, instead.
I sat on top of that tall tree in the Shrine of Malorne and logged in and out intermittently while spending most of my time leveling my Paladin. When Ban’thalos appeared, I was so anxious to make sure I caught him that I didn’t get any screenshots until it was all over.
With the pink crane and white Pandarian tiger looks becoming available on the Timeless Isle next week, I decided to track Bristlespine. I didn’t have a porcupine yet, whereas I did already have a crane and a Pandarian tiger in my stable. This afternoon, I started at One Keg and soon found some tracks! I must have been too far behind already, though, because my flares revealed nothing. I flew around Bristlespine’s pat route for a bit before I found the tracks again. I followed them all the way to the turnaround point by the needle sprite cave, hoping to catch him there… only to see the tracks turn around. I hurried back the way I’d come, seeing several sets of tracks facing in opposite directions.
When I got to a place where I only saw one track, I tossed out a flare and there he was! But I had not yet dismissed Ban’thalos and I got aggroed by a whole pack of needle sprites! AUGH!!! I didn’t even manage to get a Hunter’s Mark on Bristlespine before he disappeared again. Then I had several minutes of frustration trying to find the tracks again and putting out flares only to realize that I was behind him or that I was off the path. Just when I was starting to feel really annoyed, I managed to go in the correct direction from the track I’d most recently spotted. A razorquill porcupine had just aggroed on me when Bristlespine walked into my flare. I ignored the red porcupine and hurriedly tossed a Hunter’s Mark on the blue one, then began to tame Bristlespine while the razorquill continued to bite and claw me. I finished the tame just as Bristlespine was walking out of the flare area. Huzzah!
Will I do any more of these special Hunter taming challenges? Well… maybe. Perhaps someday I will be bored enough to grind out the 150 Marks of the World Tree to recruit the Druids of the Talon so that I can tame Skarr. It was a nice little thrill to finally catch up with and tame Bristlespine, but I’m not sure that the thrill sufficiently rewarded the frustration that I felt during the tracking process. Still, if another round of special Hunter taming challenges is released in a future patch or expansion, then yeah, I’ll probably do at least one of them.