My pet battling enthusiam has brought me to the edge. I got my Safari Hat, and also took down all of the official Master Pet Tamers, including Grand Master Aki.
I have a sad related to this.
I am a Pandarian Hunter, and I do not like any of the mail sets that are out there right now.
I am a Hunter, and not just any Hunter, a Bear Hunter.
No, not a beer hunter, a bear hunter.
I keep browsing mail armor sets in the hopes I’ll find something that grabs me.
The flame set from Firelands was good as a human, but as a panda, I find I’ve got too much surface area to be attractive while on fire.
Plus, you know, the smell of burning fur. Ugh.
In looking over the mail sets out there, the one thing I keep running up against is that none of them say “I go out there and hunt things that would hunt me back.”
There aren’t any camouflage outfits, no gillie suits, nothing of a muted pattern that has any real style.
On the more romantic side of things, we don’t have any archer-style robin hood outfits, or anything I could see a Dungeons & Dragons style ranger wearing.
Instead, Hunter sets seem to say “I went out, killed something, then hollowed out its skull and wear it like a hat. I’m very emotionally balanced.”
Is that what WoW Hunters are? Beings who go out, kill something, then take the carcass and make clothes out of it?
As one style of armor, sure, it’s something that touches on the old D&D idea of being a hunting dragonslayer, going out to seek out materials resistant to dragonflame in order to survive hunting other dragons. Dragons don’t hurt themselves with their own flame, so we’ll make a set of armor out of dragonscales. It’s reasonable, it makes sense.
But for everything? As a concept it’s gone way too far.
What I want is a set that I can wear that feels like I am a Hunter prepared to go out into the wild actually hunting things. Like, on a safari.
Cue the Safari Hat.
Have you seen the Safari Hat? If you defeat 40 Master Pet Tamers, you get the Safari Hat mailed to all of your characters.
It is not transmoggable, not now. It confers 10% bonus to leveling XP for your battle pets.
As soon as I saw it, I loved it.
The Safari Hat is exactly what I want as a Hunter to inspire the set I wear. I am, and play as in my role-playing heart, an old-fashioned Big Game Hunter eternally out there on safari, exploring the wildest places in the world for the new, the amazing, the challenging.
Can you imagine it? I can.
I can picture my Pandarian Hunter, with the Wolfslayer Sniper Rifle from the Big Bad Wolf in Karazhan, wearing the Safari Hat and a safari set of armor looking like a set of linens with a ‘vest of many ammo pouches’, seated on the back of one of the new honking huge Triceratops mounts.
That is how I want to roll.
I want to be a bear, wearing safari threads almost like I mauled a human hunter and stole his stuff. With a massive rifle… riding a dinosaur.
If that doesn’t say TOTAL BADASS, I don’t know what does.
You can keep your freaking laser beams.
I’d like to add, and this is a key thing to consider, I don’t want to be a bear hunter that looks like he killed a human, and then made armor out of the human to wear. Just the safari clothes are fine, aaaight?
EARLY MORNING PICTURE EDIT:
Found a couple of pictures of exactly what I’m talking about, the Van Pelt look from jumanji, who even has a big ass cape/cloak and the honking big gun. Even his whiskers are panda-like!