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The April Fools 2014 Warlords 6.0 patch notes inlcuded the following:

HUNTERS — For safety, all Hunters must now wear bright orange vests at all times.

I chuckled, but didn’t think much more about it until WoW Insider’s “Around Azeroth” column featured a guild who’d taken that to heart — at their next raid, they made sure that all the Hunters were wearing orange shirts.
As super-stylish as it was, after a couple of months, Ketura had been feeling rather tired of her Ornate Dragonscale Transmogrification kit. Seeing this picture, an idea for a new Transmogrification kit sprang immediately to mind!

Orange Safety Vest

Replica Beastmaster’s Mantle & Belt, Engraved Breastplate & Gauntlets, Warmonger’s Leggings, Ravager’s Sandals, Amber Filigreed Shirt/Fine Cloth Shirt*, Spare Gunship Cannon
Although the outfit is more orange with the Amber Filigreed Shirt, I prefer the slightly more camouflaged look obtained with the Fine Cloth Shirt — a quest reward from pre-Cataclysm Loch Modan that Ketura obtained when a transporter malfunction turned her into a Dwarf for a couple of weeks a few years ago.

Here are a couple more orange-ish Transmogrification kits I’ve created recently: (more…)

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a different sort of wings

Of the three Warlock specializations, Affliction has never really appealed to me because it seems the most wholeheartedly, unabashedly evil of the three. For a time, my Warlock was Demonology; I imagined her as a wildlife biologist who was interested in studying the biology of demons and got even more thoroughly swallowed up in her chosen field than most academics do. Then the Metamorphosis mechanic was introduced, and although the Demonology-only wild imp swarm that was introduced at the same time did appeal to me a great deal, my Warlock didn’t want to transform into a demon herself, just study and control them. I changed my Warlock’s spec to Destruction and re-imagined her as a Fire Mage corrupted by her lust for power. Datamining from the Warlords alpha client has revealed a new glyph that changes the Metamorphosis effect to cause the Warlock’s normal form to sprout demon wings instead of undergoing the full transformation — suddenly, Demonology is much more attractive to my Warlock again! She promptly ran out to her trainer to pick up Demonology as her second spec, though she won’t be using it until after Warlords actually launches. As for her backstory — Sin’dorei live long enough that she could have been both a crazy fire mage and a crazy wildlife biologist at different times in her past.

(Another glyph that I am excited about is “Play Dead”, which causes a Hunter’s pet to feign death when the Hunter does — something I’ve wished my Hunter pets could do for a long time!)

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on a roll

The Pet Battling Monk reached level 70 on Friday. Sometime between level 50 and 60, I began neglecting her Archaeology. Now that she’s ready to head out to Northrend, however, I think I’ll be picking it back up. There’s nothing in particular that I want her to do in Northrend — besides looking for an Unborn Val’kyr — so in between the pet battle dailies and the LFD queues, she’ll probably go dig in Eastern Kingdoms instead of questing.

It only took me a few tries to get past Blood Knight Antari and open up the Outland pet battle dailies. With those relatively high level dailies requiring more care in assembling my teams, I downloaded the PetBattle Teams addon so that I could save combinations that work — meaning, they only require one or two forfeits to go heal before they manage to win by the skin of their teeth. Cassandra Kaboom and Grazzle the Great are the lowest-level tamers for whom I have set teams. Traitor Gluk and Kela Grimtotem don’t need set teams. For everyone else above them, though, I have a team arranged. A couple of my mid-Kalimdor level range teams are strong enough now to put a carry pet in the first slot, but I don’t have enough high-level pets of the right families to do that with any of my Outland teams yet. Speaking of high-level pets, I got Kiamore and Navie Chan to level 25. Then, I carefully chose the pets I was using for the highest and lowest-level trainer battles so as to complete “No Favorites” before allowing any of my highest-level wild-captured pets to ding 25 (none of them have, yet).

After a week of seeing neither hide nor hair of Loque’nahak — only many, many other Hunters all doing the same thing as herself, always one or two and sometimes as many as five or six — the Hunter said “forget this!” and fired up her Dimensional Ripper-Everlook. She tamed a Frostsaber Stalker at Frostsaber Rock, then travelled to the Sanctuary of Malorne to start helping out at the Molten Front.

Poor Kinevra. I’ve only been getting to her Argent Tournament dailies about once a week. I’ve realized that I am very, very tired not so much of jousting itself as of the music that plays while you are jousting — and of having to reload my UI when I’m done jousting to get the normal zone music to start playing again — though I am rather tired of the Icecrown zone music, too.

Kamalia finally won Norushen’s Enigmatic Barrier. The LFR version coordinates strikingly well with her legendary cloak! Because I am very much a tourist and transmog raider, she is now pretty much done with LFR for the rest of the expansion. The Paladin went to Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring again this week and managed to pick up the Int plate belt. I really need to take her to the Isle of Thunder to pick up some Elder Charms before I do T14 LFR with her again.

Mini-Kam got to Exalted with the Tillers and Cloud Serpents. She’s still got a long way to go with the August Celestials, of course. She spent an hour farming mogu in the Vale and got not one, but two Skyshards. For that bit of fantastic luck, I expect that she won’t get any Skyshards for several farming sessions to come.

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catch of the day

I was quite amused when I first heard about the tamable Ghostcrawler during Cataclysm. My Hunter looked for the ghost crab a couple of times, but I didn’t want to spend any time camping for it. I had other things to do, and it seemed like the competition would be pretty high. In December, when Greg Street announced that he would be leaving Blizzard, I thought to myself that I really ought to go catch Ghostcrawler. It wasn’t until last week, though, when we found out where he’d gone, that I decided to just go do it. Ketura spent most of last week in Vashj’ir. I made a circuit of the Abandoned Reef once or twice a day. On Friday, I spotted him! It took me four sightings along that particular Ghostcrawler path before I actually managed to tame him. I was a bit frustrated by how the crafty crustacean walked over my Frost Trap like it wasn’t even there. I also derped up a bit and took a couple of attempts to realize that I had to be off my Abyssal Seahorse before I started the tame cast, or it wouldn’t work.


In my circuit that day, I’d seen a human Hunter floating, also clearly on the watch. I found Ghostcrawler in a different section of the reef. That human will just have to catch him another day.

Now that I’ve tamed Ghostcrawler, Ketura has all the hunter pets she wants (for the time being). She has 36, leaving her plenty of spots for new Draenor fauna. I confess that I haven’t really gotten into hunter pet collecting because I only use a few of them regularly, and not using hunter pets makes me feel even more guilty than not using mounts or battle pets.

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Shado-Pan Ninja (Monk)



Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Puncture-Binding Spaulder, Pozzik’s Vest, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Nice Shorts, Bard’s gloves & boots, Stylish Black Shirt, Monk’s Staff
This outfit is adapted from Draynee’s Black Ninja Monk kit.

Shado-Pan Domain Keeper (Monk/Druid)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Shizzle’s Muzzle Cover, Leather Tunic of Eminent Domain, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Honorary Combat Engineer’s Leather Trousers, Loramus’ Gloves, Prospector’s Boots, Spear of Xuen
The brick red and black colors of these Rogue T9-lookalike items awarded early in the Jade Forest questline just begged to be part of a Shado-Pan set. Due to the factional dimorphism of the T9 sets, this outfit is Horde-only. The Prospector’s chestpiece and leggings or the chestpiece and leggings from the same set as the shoulders & gloves could be used for a similar look.
Other leather-wearers might want to use the Burning Blade Devotee’s Cinch.

Shado-Pan Brewmaster (Monk)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Dark Warder’s Pauldrons, Vest of Welcome, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Sunroc Pants, Swashbuckler’s Gloves & Boots, Tremendous Tankard O’ Terror, Ced’s Crusher
Most of my characters are tee-totalers because, well, I am. Way back when acheivements were the new hotness, Kamalia picked up several of the Brewfest acheivements, but she hadn’t bothered to get Brew of the Month — and thus the “Brewmaster” title — because she knew she wouldn’t actually be interested tasting the brews of the month themselves.
That was before I had a Brewmaster Monk, however. This year, Koralyra wanted the “Brewmaster” title, and so it fell to Kamalia, who was only one achievement short, to get the meta for the whole family.
The keg-shaped maces are probably my favorite Mists 1H-Mace design.

Shado-Pan Smoke Knight (Monk)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Righteous shoulders pants & gloves, Scouting tunic & boots, Red Belt of Gentle Persuasion, Aspirant’s Staff of Harmony
I originally designed this kit to go with the Ironpaw cooking accessories. Serendipitously, it also looks great with the Shado-Pan helmet!

Shado-Pan Spiritwalker (Shaman)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Pauldrons of Wild Magic, Salvager’s Hauberk, Bloodspattered Sash, Heroes’ Earthshatter Kilt (T7-10s), Seer’s Linked Gauntlets, Suen-Wo, Spire of the Falling Sun
Umlaut Paradots‘ mail contribution to These Boots Were Made For Mogging reminded me of the Salvager’s Hauberk. As I thought about what kind of set I might like to make using this chestpiece, it occurred to me that the stripe detail, especially in the back, is somewhat similar to the stripe detail on the Shado-Pan NPC uniforms. Kamalia already had plenty of dark blue in her wardrobe, but she did not have much red in her wardrobe before I created this outfit for her!

Shado-Pan Beastmaster (Hunter)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Ravager’s Mantle, Warmonger’s Chestpiece, Bloodspattered Sash, Bloodmail* Legguards gloves & boots, Cloak of Beasts, Master Builder’s Shirt, Bronze Blaster
This is something of an “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” kit. Although I only really wanted the Bloodmail Legguards, I’d collected all the rest of the set by the time the pants finally dropped. I decided to keep the whole set, “just in case”, and dumped it into Void Storage. Now I’m glad that I did!
I borrowed the combination of the Shado-Pan Helmet with the Warmonger’s chestpiece from WoW Roleplay Gear.

Shado-Pan Serpent Rider (Shaman/Hunter)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Ordon Legend-Keeper Spaulders & Greaves, Tunic of Masked Suffering, Ebonhold Girdle, Bloodmail Legguards*, Grotesque Handgrips, Big Black Mace, Bloodforged Guard, Sawbones Shirt*
Mini-Kam has been working (when I feel like it) on collecting Skyshards, but she still has a few yet to find before she can tame Milau’s momma.
The shirt just fills in the midriff and elbows; the red in the shoulders and underarms is in fact part of the chestpiece.
Suitable weapons for Hunters to use with this kit might be the Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle or Heartstriker.

Shado-Pan Runeblade (Death Knight)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Blood-Soaked Saronite Plated Spaulders, Warlord’s/Warmaul chestpiece belt gloves & boots, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Acherus Knight’s Shroud, Runed Soulblade
I didn’t want to just plop the Shado-Pan Helmet atop one of the black-and-red outfits I’d already made for Kregga — though it would certainly work well with either of them. The red-plum-blue tones of the Warlord’s/Warmaul set evoke the palette of the navy-and-brick-red version of the Shado-Pan NPC uniforms, and I’d been wanting to use those items in a DK set for some time. The DK shoulders added just the right amount of menace to the overall appearance.

Shado-Pan Lightbearer (Paladin)


Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Runic Plate Shoulders, Alabaster Breastplate, Thorium Belt, Greaves of the Martyr, Bloodforged Gauntlets, Lavawalker Greaves, Redpine Cloak, Firestorm Hackblade, Bloodforged Guard, Stylish Black Shirt
This outfit is adapted from a striking black, white, and red ensemble originally designed by Honeypants of Mogoholic.

Shado-Pan Bulwark (Paladin/Warrior)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Shoulderguards of Empty Memory, Glory of the Defender, Ogre Beater’s Belt, Legguards of the Fallen Crusader, Grips of Arcane Imprisonment, Deathseed Crushers, Rescuer’s Cloak, Stylish Black Shirt, Firestorm Hackblade, Shield of the Void
As long as Mists remains the current expansion, items containing both red and black will always immediately suggest that they be used in a Shado-Pan Helmet kit. Mists was already well enough along when I leveled my Paladin that I saved these Cataclysm quest reward items for future use in a Shado-Pan kit. Although her first Shado-Pan kit didn’t need them, they came in handy to coordinate with this chestpiece, which dropped while I was farming the Hyjal raid for something else.

Shado-Pan Blademaster (Warrior)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Expedition Mantle, The Exarch’s Protector, Darkcrest Belt, Legguards of the Shattered Hand, Inferno Tempered gloves & boots, Gilded Thorium Cloak, Red Martial Shirt, Sturdy Yaungol Spear
Keija tried really hard to talk me into letting her use Hellreaver for her Shado-Pan set, even though I think it’s just about as overused a weapon as Judgement is a gear set (especially since Demonology Warlocks got that glyph that lets their Felguards dual-wield the things). Then, as soon as she’d actually tested how it would look, she capitulated and agreed to use the spear that matches the NPC weapon. I’ll just have to come up with some other set for her to use Hellreaver with.

Shado-Pan Wildshaper (Druid)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Thunderheart Shoulder Pads, Robes of Summer Flame, Vicious Leather Belt, Gilt-Edged Leather Gauntlets, Tian Monastic Staff
I decided pretty much immediately that I wanted to use this robe for my Druid’s Shado-Pan kit. Figuring out all the rest of the pieces, though, took quite a bit of iteration.
I don’t remember if I was offered the +Agi staff as a reward option from that Tian Monastery quest or if I had to switch my loot spec to see it. Whatever happened, I thought that the +Agi staff would have better Transmogrification potential with the rest of my Druid’s wardrobe than any of the +Int options — and I’d surely get a better weapon from some other quest later. So I took it, and now I am quite glad that I did.

Shado-Pan Mystic (Priest)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Consortium Mantle, Amaranthine Robe, Silver-Thread Sash, Black Mageweave Gloves, Arakkoa Divining Rod, Inscribed Fan, Stylish Black Shirt
This outfit is largely inspired by the Shado-Pan Helmet set designed by WoW Roleplay Gear.

Shado-Pan Arcanist (Mage)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Nether Guards, Sparklight Robes, Girdle of Glowing Light, Black Mageweave Gloves, Unassuming Slippers, Rod of the Blazing Light
When I was originally designing this outfit in MogIt, I was struck by how well the T15-Normal Priest-lookalike Quet’zal’s Crackling Cord matched this robe. That item was well out of my solo-player reach, however, so I chose something else. Later, the rep requirements for many Shado-Pan Assault items were lowered, allowing me to gain the required reputation (Friendly) to buy the Valor Points version of the belt from a single clear of the first wing of Throne of Thunder LFR. Huzzah!

Shado-Pan Summoner (Warlock)

Replica Shado-Pan Helmet, Mantle of the Corruptor, Simple Blouse, Fire-Cord of the Magus, Coven Britches, Black Mageweave Gloves + Wraps of the San’layn, Oilfoot Slippers, Shadow Prowler’s Cloak, Matsuba’s Breadmaker
More decadent Warlocks may prefer to use the Cournith Waterstrider’s Silken Finery.

Shado-Pan Assassin (Rogue)

Replica Shado-Pan Helment, Shoulderpads of the Silvermoon Retainer, Scouting Tunic, Ruffian Belt*, Nightslayer Pants, Bandit Gloves, Defiler’s Lizardhide Boots, Black Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Amber Slicer of Klaxxi’ves, Wind Reaver’s Dagger of Quick Strikes
The shirt is an essential component of this outfit because it fills in a gap between the sleeves and the gloves.
The Bandit Belt would be a suitable replacement for the Ruffian Belt.
Why, yes, I did do Klaxxi rep with my Rogue just so that I could have both styles of Mantid trophy dagger to use in this kit.

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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.

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the Huntress and her pets

Last night, Ketura went out to the Isle of Giants.


don’t mind me, I’m just a baby direhorn that’s looking for its mommy

I was glad that there were a few places where there were only two Zandalari Dinomancers, because she doesn’t have good enough gear to DPS fast enough and survive long enough against three or more.

Having collected my direhorn Hunter pet, however, I’m not likely to go back and spend much time on the Isle of Giants. As much as Ketura loves raptors, I can’t seem to muster up any desire to grind for the mounts, and I’m not particularly interested in the companion pets, either.

Ketura’s been on a bit of a taming spree recently, acquring pets that she couldn’t get until she reached level 90 and going out to pick up a selection of lower level pets that she hadn’t quite gotten around to taming yet, too. Now, she has all the pets she currently has any great desire for, except for Ghostcrawler and Patrannache. Those two rares are quite elusive due to having extensive patrol routes, and I haven’t yet felt like dedicating a whole day (or more) to locating them.


front to back: Cosmo, Grimalkin, Shasta, Ilannas, Zumba

front to back: Pickwick, Cinnabar, Opie, Ardano

left to right: Anotoa, Alex, Polly, Bonnie

front to back: Lute, Yertle, Bauble, Athena, Minerva

front to back: Percy, Zangobarufio, Krasura, Lightfoot, Quincy

left to right: Promontorie, Duskglimmer, Camaro, Xandros

front to back: Applejacquie, Flittershai, Spectrumdart, Raritie, Pynkypye

Some of these Stampedes have duplicate pets in them because I only had four pets in that theme group. It’s not a full stable of 50, but hey, that leaves some room for next expansion, right?

Near the end of Cataclysm, I created my secondary Hunter, Kawneiha, in part to free up places in Ketura’s stable for Pandarian creatures; Kawneiha tamed these kitties so that Ketura could release them.




Crazy Cat Lady? Yep, that’s my Hunters.

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