Thursday, May 22, 2008

Rediscovering Your Roots - And Your New Pet

Rediscovering Your Roots, for those of you who do not do not spend a lot of time on the Isle of Quel'danas, is a Sunwell daily quest wherein you get to travel to Razorthorn Rise (on the border of Terokkar and Hellfire) and temporarily "tame" a ravager to dig up roots for you. This quest is available to any class, but what's really interesting is that if you are a hunter, not only will you take to this quest like a fish to water, but you can put some of your hunter-skills to really good use.

I did some testing, and here's what you can do with your temporary pet:

- Any sort of pet attack macro (My pet attack/Hunter's Mark macro, for example)
- Intimidation
- Bestial Wrath (Big Red Ravagers really are Big Red Ravagers.)
- Mend Pet
- Use Sporeling Snacks and Kibler's Bits
- Teach him Growl. However, it does not show up because he already knows four moves and you can't change his moves.
- Misdirect onto him
- Bandage him
- Run around with him while mounted, just like in the old days

And here's what you can not do:

- Kill Command (kind of random, I think, because so many other pet-based abilities work.)
- Feed your ravager
- "Passive" pet abilities (Ferocity, Frenzy, Ferocious Inspiration)
- Keep him. =( If you go too far outside the area he automatically leaves you and runs back. Also, as of a recent hotfix, these guys cannot be tamed (at least not through the conventional method).

Similarly, you cannot open your spellbook to see his abilities or right click on him to see his attributes.

I'm curious to see how things that I do not have would effect him (Leggings of Beast Mastery, Devilsaur Tooth, etc.) unfortunately I don't have a lot of fun things like that to play around with.

Have any of you made some interesting discoveries on what you can/can't do with your temporary pet? Lemme know and I'll edit 'em into the list!

(Oh, and one final note while we are on the subject of dailies: do not underestimate the power of using the dailies to level a pet who is in their 60s. The other day just doing all the Sunwell quests both on and off the island got Eltanin from roughly 95% into level 63, to 65% into level 64. He is also now Loyalty Level 6. It is indeed a little challenging not having a higher-level pet for the harder quests... but who better to take on a challenge than a hunter! It's quite fun, actually.)


Khol Drake said...

Well, as a hunter you have that built-in group thing...

For a real challenge, rogue it up.

>.> :D

Andy C. said...

I tamed one of the Dire Ravens the day they got released to us, and 2 sets of dailies later it was lvl 70 and loyalty 6. I wholeheartedly agree with your statement about using the dailies to level up the pets.

Anonymous said...

I do the 3 SSO dailies in outland that give supplies (mana cells, battle plans, destroy portal) and kill 4 demons. If I do those, I gain a bubble of 68-69 pet exp. or about 21k exp. So just doing that is a level each week at minimum.

Any extra time, I head for the isle.

Itsnoteasy said...

I was aware of most of the restrictions before, but it's nice to see it all written down somewhere for future reference. :D

Now, is it just me, or is the ravager absolutely horrible at holding aggro? I mean, I usually pull off him just by auto shotting and keeping him alive.

And this ties into the "you can level a pet using dailies" thing. I tried this with Bisque, my turtle. The problem is that while I have no issue with kiting, it's not exactly conducive to grinding. After trying to kill a few of the wretched on IoQD and being mana drained into oblivion every single time, I just put him back in the stables and got mah kitteh out.

It's not much better anywhere else. Razorthorn Ridge sucks because of how little room for kiting there is and all those flayers that run everywhere and aggro from half a mile away. The BEM plateaus are jam-packed, so there's really no room to kite. And like I said, IoQD is just no fun at all because of the mass of long-range mana-draining mobs, mobs that are immune to growl, and the crazy respawn rates.

Personally, I've just been taking Bisque out to Firewing Point to chew up some elveses when I'm bored. Not very efficient, but at least I get cloth, cash and rep drops.

Nomakk said...

I really wish I could have my pet out and the tamed pet! :)

When it comes to pet leveling, i think being survival has made me know I wont have my pet keeping agro, so leveling isn't so bad/ Remember a few key things:
1) Utilize FD
2) Utilize Mis-direct
3) Melee until you can FD again
4) KNOW your pet will lose threat, just assume he's a DOT while leveling him :)

I have a great post about Pets and ideas up if anyone is interested! :) (inspired by Pike!)