Vanity Pets: Quick Collection Guide

Vanity pets are one of the many things within World of Warcraft I obsess over. I am waiting with eager anticipation for the next achievement tier to be released and with it (hopefully) the faction specific pets – the baby gryphon and baby windrider. Please note that is pure speculation on my part.

This aims to be a quick guide to collecting mini pets as an alliance character. This means the Argent Tournament Pets are different and the vendor bought pets from the Alliance cities will need to be bought from the AH if you are a horde player. There are horde vendors who sell most of what needs to be bought on the AH by ally characters. I am also an EU server player, so any pets exclusive to China or the American servers, for example, will appear in the “unobtainable” section.

If you want to skip to a particular part of the guide, use the clickable list here:

Part 1: Basic Buyable Pets


Sixx in the Exodar (located at about 30, 34 in The Crystal Hall) sells 3 moths, each for 50 silver. These are the Blue Moth, Yellow Moth and White Moth.

*Total Spent: 1g50s*

Next stop: Darnassus. Shylenai just outside the main city grounds (69, 45) sells two owls, the Great Horned Owl and the Hawk Owl, both for 50 silver.

*Total Spent: 2g50s*

Magus Tirth, in the Shimmering Flats, sells the Ancona Chicken for 1g.

*Total Spent: 3g50s*

Eastern Kingdoms:

Elwynn Forest. Donni Anthania, located at 44, 53, sells four cat carriers, the Bombay, the Cornish Rex, the Orange Tabby and the Silver Tabby. Each costs 40s.

*Total Spent: 5g10s*

Lil Timmy, in Stormwind (click the WoWhead link for his patrol) spawns every few hours to sell the White Kitten pet. This can go for a lot more at the AH than you buy it for originally (60 silver). He only carries one! Once it’s bought, he despawns.

*Total Spent: 5g70s*

Dun Morogh. Yarlyn Amberstill, at 63, 51 sells the crate for the Snowshoe Rabbit, for just 20 silver.

*Total Spent: 5g90s*

Go to Stranglethorn Vale and buy the Cockatiel and the Senegal Parrot from Narkk in Booty Bay.

*Total Spent: 6g70s*


Once you are exalted with Sporeggar, you can buy a Tiny Sporebat from Mycah (18,51 in Zangarmarsh). It costs 30 Glowcaps, which are collected from the zone.

*Total Spent: 6g70s & 30 Glowcaps*

Once exalted with the Sha’tari Skyguard, you can buy a Nether Ray Fry from Grella in Terrokar (64,66) for 40 gold.

*Total Spent: 45670s & 30 Glowcaps*

Dealer Rashaad in Netherstorm sells lots of pets, including the Blue Dragonhawk Hatchling (10g), Brown Rabbit (10g), Siamese Cat (60s), Cockroach (50s), Crimson Snake (50s), Mana Wyrmling (40g), and the Red Moth (10g).

*Total Spent: 118g30s & 30 Glowcaps*


Once exalted with the Kal’uak you can buy Pengu from Tanaika in Howling Fjord (also in Dragonblight).

*Total Spent: 130g30s & 30 Glowcaps*

Become a Champion of the 5 home cities to buy the 5 alliance pets from the city vendors in the ally tent at the Argent Tournament in Icecrown. You can buy the Ammen Vale Lashling, Dun Morogh Cub, Elwynn Lamb, Mechanopeep and Teldrassil Sproutling, each for 40 seals.

Once you are exalted with the Silver Covenant faction, you can buy a Shimmering Wyrmling for 40 seals too, also at the Argent Tournament.

*Total Spent: 130g30s, 30 Glowcaps and 240 Champion’s Seals*

Breanni in Dalaran sells the Obsidian Hatchling for 50g and Darahir in the Sewer sells the Ghostly Skull for 40g.

*Total Spent: 220g30s, 30 Glowcaps and 240 Champion’s Seals*

Finally, you can buy two frog pets, a Wood Frog and a Tree Frog, from Flik, a Darkmoon Faire vendor. They both cost 1g.

*Total Spent: 222g30s, 30 Glowcaps and 240 Champion’s Seals*

Part 2: Pets collected by completing quests:

You will receive your Argent Squire on completion of the quest A Champion Rises in the Argent Tournament. The person who gives you this quest will depend on your home city. The squire is a small human child (orc for the Horde I think) who follows you around looking stupid.

Heading to Darkmoon Faire with some booze (Dark Iron Ale) can net you a Jubling after you complete the Spawn of JubJub quest.

Three horrendous chicken hunting quests (kill mobs in Feralas, The Hinterlands and Tanaris until a “beacon” drops, find the dead chicken, escort the dead chicken home), will result in you being able to get your very own mechanical chicken from Booty Bay.

Complete the very amusing CLUCK! quest in Westfall to grab your own Westfall Chicken.

If you feel up to entering Blackrock Depths, you can get your own Worg Pup (from quest Kibler’s Exotic Pets) and Smoulderweb Hatchling (from quest En-Ay-Es-Tee-Why).

Complete the Becoming a Parent quest line in Feralas for your very own (very cute) Sprite Darter.

In Terrokar, in Outland, complete the Skywing questline to get Miniwing, a cool looking parrot.

Finally, complete the horribly arduous “Higher Learning” questline in Dalaran to be rewarded with the Kirin Tor Familiar.

Part 3: Player Made:

If you have engineering you can make 5 different pets. These are the Lifelike Toad (requires 265), Lil’ Smoky (requires 205), Mechanical Squirrel (requires 205), Pet Bombling (requires 205) and Mechanical Yeti (a special quest at the of the mechanical yeti questline in Winterspring just for engineers. The recipe itself requires engineering 250).

TWO of these (Lil’Smoky and the Pet Bombling) are BoP, meaning you MUST have engineering in order to acquire the pets. The other three can be bought off the Auction House if you are not an engineer.

Part 4: Drops (or ones you’re too lazy to grind for and buy off the Auction House)

Most of the pets that are drops are rare, some incredibly so. Prices can vary between 500g for the whelplings and 3000 gold for the oozling. Check the AH on your own server and do what you think is best – grind or buy.

The Azure Whelpling drops off dragonkin in Azshara, at about a 1 in 1000 drop chance. Azshara is being reshaped when Cataclysm hits – it is unknown as to whether this will mean the pet is no longer achievable.

The Crimson Whelpling drops from red dragonkin in the Wetlands. The drop rate is also about 1 in 1000.

Dragon number three, the Dark Whelpling, drops at 1 in 1000 from black dragonkin in Dustwallow Marsh.

The final whelpling, the Emerald Whelpling, also has a 1 in 1000 drop rate from green dragonkin in the Swamp of Sorrows.

The four cheapest to buy, and easiest to grind, vanity pets are those that drop out of the cracked egg you receive once a week once exalted with the Oracles faction. These pets are the Tickbird Hatchling (1 in 5), White Tickbird Hatchling (1 in 5), Cobra Hatchling (1 in 5) and Proto-Drake Whelp (1 in 10).

The raptor pets are a recent addition to the game, some easier to find that others.

Dart spawns in Dustwallow Marsh (circling around 48,17) every 5 to 8 hours and always drops the Darting Hatchling.

The Deviate Hatchling is a 1 in 1000 drop from the raptors in Wailing Caverns.

The Gun’drak Hatchling is a 1 in 1000 drop from the raptors in Zul’Drak.

Takk the Leaper (4 – 6 hours spawn time) always drops the Leaping Hatchling. He patrols the north eastern part of the Barrens, around 60, 10.

The Ravasaur Matriarch that spawns every 6 – 8 hours in Un’Goro drops the Ravasaur Hatchling, 100% of the time.

At 69,29 in the Wetlands the rare spawn Razormaw Matriarch drops the Razormaw Hatchling. She spawns every 5 – 8 hours.

The Razzashi Raptors have a 1 in 1000 chance of dropping the Razzashi Hatchling. They are in Zul’Gurub.

The Phoenix Hatchling is a 1 in 16 drop from Kael’thas Sunstrider in Magister’s Heroic. He is currently almost impossible to solo on heroic difficulty.

The Firefly is one of the rarest drop pets in game, it has a drop rate of 1 in 1,500 from Bogflare Needlers in Zangarmarsh.

The Disgusting Oozling, even more rare with a drop rate of 1 in 2,125, can go for 3000 gold or more on the Auction House. It is contained in 1 out of 85 Oozing Bags, which are a 1 in 25 drop off any “ooze” mobs across Azeroth.

Fishing in schools in Terrokar may, if you are very lucky, net you a Magical Crawdad box which may, if you are very lucky, net you a Magical Crawdad crab pet. 1 in 500 fishing casts rewards a Mr. Pinchy wish box, and 1 out of every 5 wishes is the chance of being rewarded with the crawdad pet.

The Giant Sewer Rat is a 1 in 1000 chance pet that can appear when you fish in the Dalaran sewers.

The Green Wing Macaw is a common drop from the Deadmines instance, with a roughly 1 in 50 drop rate.

Mojo is a frog that “drops” in Zul Aman. 1 in every 50 hexes removed from frogs will result in you getting a Mojo, and the Amani Hex Sticks that you need to remove the hexes are a 40% – ish drop from trash in the instance.

The rarest drop as far as vanity pets go is the Hyacinth Macaw. It is dropped from the pirates in Stranglethorn Vale, and has a drop rate of 1 in 5000.

Part 5: Quests that MIGHT drop a pet!

The fishing quests at both Outland level and Northrend can drop pets.

At Outland, the now incredibly buffed Bag of Fishing Treasures can drop one of four baby crocolisks if you are lucky enough to get the Crocolisks in the City daily. The bag may contain Muckbreath, Toothy, Snarly or Chuck.

The fishing quest in Northrend rewards a bag of treasures which has a (roughly) 1 in 100 chance of dropping a Strand Crawler.

Part 6: Buyable Only

The Black Tabby Cat can be farmed by horde but only bought by alliance, as the mobs you need to farm are friendly towards alliance characters. The Sprite Darter is the alliance equivalent of this. The price for this will vary, server to server.

There are lots of pets that are cheap for horde to buy but involve either cross faction trading (find someone friendly on the horde side!) or buying from the AH. Prices vary massively from a few gold for the common pets to up to 1000 gold for the horde faction Argent Tournament pets. For the Tournament pets I would recommend, if you can, finding a pet collector horde side to do a straight swap with you, 5 for 5. It’s what I did and it was very smooth.

The full listing is as follows (AT after a name denotes an Argent Tournament pet):

Black Kingsnake, Brown Prairie Dog, Brown Snake, Crimson Snake, Durotar Scorpion (AT), Enchanted Broom (AT), Golden Dragonhawk Hatchling, Mulgore Hatchling (AT), Red Dragonhawk Hatchling, Sen’jin Fetish (AT), Silver Dragonhawk Hatchling and Tirisfal Batling (AT)

Part 7: Pets Related to World Events

Lots of the events reward vanity pets.

Children’s Week will essentially award you three pets annually for the first and second year you do it (presuming you are starting from November 2009, are level 75 or above and haven’t done it before), and then 2 pets on your third year.

The possible pets you can choose are:

An oracle hatchling or wolvar pup for completing Back to the Orphanage (minimum level 75, quest giver is in Dalaran).

At level 65 and above you can complete the Shattrah version of Back to the Orphanage and you will be rewarded with Willy, Egbert or Peanut.

And at level 10 or above, from Stormwind, you can complete A Warden of the Alliance to get Mr. Wiggles, Speedy or Whiskers.

Winter’s Veil.

Lots of pets to be acquired purely through Lady RNG here. Father Winter’s Helper (1 in 4 chance of dropping), Tiny Snowman (1 in 4), Winter Reindeer (1 in 4) and Winter’s Little Helper (1 in 4) can all drop from the Gaily Wrapped Presents you find under the Christmas trees.


You can buy the Spring Rabbit for 100 chocolate eggs during Noblegarden, but it does also have a 1 in 100 chance of dropping from opening an egg.

Hallow’s End:

You can receive the Sinister Squashling from defeating the Headless Horseman during Hallow’s End. The drop rate has been greatly buffed, it’s now at around 1 in 20. It can also be found in the trick or treat bags you acquire from Innkeepers or the Crudely Wrapped Gifts acquired from the Hallows End quest.

Midsummer: The Scorchling is dropped by Lord Ahune, the boss in the Slave Pens, during Midsummer. His drop rate is 1 in 65.

During Midsummer, if you complete enough daily quests, you can buy a Spirit of Summer for 350 blossoms.


You can buy two pets during Brewfest. The Wolpertinger can be bought for juts 50 silver from the vendors, and the Pint Sized Pink Pachyderm costs 100 Brewfest tokens (got through doing daily quests).

Pilgrim’s Bounty:

The new holiday based around Thanksgiving rewards a Plump Turkey on completion of the meta achievement.

Love Is In The Air:

The last event based pet is Peddlefeet, who only has a 1 in 75 drop rate during a 6 day event!

Part 8: Real Money! – TCG loot cards and Blizzard Store pets.

In a few of the TCG expansions loot cards have been included that have given you an in-game pet.

Some of these are now so rare they are non-existant, and can go for lots of real money (the values I have given are the averages on eBay as of 24/11/2009).

These include Bananas ($50 – $65), the Dragon Kite ($135 – $150), Ethereal Soul Trader ($180 – $200), Hippogryph Hatchling ($70) and the Rocket Chicken ($70).

There are two new pets incoming with the new Scourgewar expansion; the Spectral Tiger Cub and Tuskarr Kite.

Since very-recently (I’m not good with dates), you have been able to buy two pets on the Blizzard website, for $10 or £9. These are the Pandaren Monk and Lil’ KT. These are both BoA items.

Every player that did the compulsory switch to Battle net during November 2009 also received the Mr. Chilly penguin pet.

Part 9: Achievements

There are currently two pets awarded for achievements in pet collecting. These are Stinker, a reward for collecting 50 pets and the achievement “Shop Smart, Shop Pet… Smart” and the Little Fawn, the reward for the 75 pet achievement Lil Game Hunter.

Part 10: Hard to Obtain in November 2009

This is a listing of the pets that are hard to obtain in 2009 – ie possible, but would probably cost you lots and lots of money!

The first set of these are those associated to the Collector’s editions of the WoW game and expansions. These are:

the Zergling, Panda Cub and Mini Diablo were rewards from buying the original WoW game as a collector’s edition. You had to choose one of the three pets.

The Netherwhelp was the worldwide reward for buying the Burning Crusade Collector’s Edition. Some European customers didn’t receive their Netherwhelp pet at first, so EU players were compensated by also receiving Lurky, a peach coloured murloc.

Finally, the Collector’s Edition of Wrath if the Lich King rewarded Frosty.

Gurky is an unknown here. He is limited to EU servers (yay!) and is a reward for competing in fan competitions. The frequency that he is given out is a total unknown.

Part 11: Impossible to Obtain in November 2009

Finally this section includes those pets that are impossible to obtain at this period in time. This includes pets open only to those playing in the USA or China, as well as pets rewarded for specific in-game events.

Pets from specific in game events include the two given for the 4 year and now 5 year anniversary of WoW. During the 3rd week in November of 2008, all characters that logged on were given a Bind on Account pet – the Baby Blizzard Bear.

All those that log on during this week in November 2009 (starting November 22nd), will receive an Onyxian Whelpling. This will also become unobtainable after the birthday celebrations end.

Those that took part in the Winter’s Veil celebrations in 2007 received the Clockwork Rocket Bot.

During the Beijing Olympics in 2008, players that took part in battlegrounds had the chance to receive the Spirit of Competition dragon pet.

During the Scourge Invasion event pre-release of WotLK, players that ran Karazhan would receive the Vampiric Batling after defeating Tenris Mirkblood.

Those who attend Blizzard conferences and invitationals have also almost always received a mini pet. The Worldwide Invitational in 2007 gave players Lucky, the yellow pig and 2008 gifted players with the Mini Tyrael. Blizzcon 2005 gave Murky the murloc, and 2009 gave Grunty, the Murloc Marine.

Participating in 200 3v3 Arena Tournament games in 2009 gifted players with Murkimus the Gladiator, another baby murloc.

Some pets are unachieveable by all those living in the EU region. These include the Essence of Competition (a Beijing Olympics event pet rewarded to Chinese players) and the Jade Tiger (a new pet given to Chinese players as compensation for the realms being offline for a long time). Chinese players also had the chance to collect Poley, the Tiny Green Dragon and Tiny Red Dragon, from iCoke promotionals.

The Silver Pig and Golden Pig are also presumed to be China only pets, acquired sometime during the Spring/Lunar Festival.

Pets awarded to players on the US realms include the Warbot (a Mountain Dew soft drink in-game pet).


And that’s my complete guide to where and how you can collect the 146 vanity pets in the World of Warcraft.

I hope you enjoyed this guide and wish you the best of luck pet hunting!

If you want to take a look at my collection, it’s available here.



3 Responses so far »

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    Ophelie said,

    Good breakdown of how to get the different pets! This will come in handy! *bookmarks*

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    Jaedia said,

    Can I add, I killed WAY over 5000 pirates and never had a Hyacinth Macaw drop :< but after seeing one sell for at least 15000g in trade, I'm quite proud of my finding it for 3000 on the neutral AH 😀

  3. 3

    […] View From The Branches has posted another awesome guide in the form of Vanity Pets. I’d actually considered doing my own guide on vanity pets, though I guess I don’t have […]

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