If you play a Hunter at all, then you probably know who Mania is, the one person that I consider the absolute awesomest resource and authority on Hunters in WoW.
When I first created my Hunter, and I desperately wanted guidance on how to find new skills for my pet, learn what pets I could choose from, and what the stat difference between a Cat and a Wolf were, Mania’s Petopia was what I found, and has long since continued to be my “Hunter’s Bible”.
Mania also has a wonderful blog which I follow every day, Mania’s Arcania, and a regular feature is “Name that Pet”, where readers mail in with screenshots of their new critter friends, asking for help from the community in finding an appropriate name. This will become relevant later in the post.
Yes, I know when people think of Hunter blogs, they usually think of that other guy, but in my book Mania deserves the crown. Her dedication to keeping us informed of Hunter and Pet changes is legendary.
Well, that, plus she never said in MY hearing that she thought Druids should be tamed as Hunter pets. Which clearly shows her ego isn’t writing checks her class can’t cash.
Or at least not in my hearing.
On a side note, last night Cassie had a question on pets, and I told her, naturally, to go visit Petopia. I gushed on for about 5 minutes about the greatness of Petopia, I reminisced over when I was but a Tadpole Hunter, trying to figure out where I could go at the earliest possible level to tame a critter that could let me learn my next level of Claw, so I could then scurry back to the Stables to teach it to my beloved Moonclaw…
And she called out from the living room, “How come Petopia isn’t linked on the blog?”
Anyway, my version of “Name that Pet”.
I went wandering into the bank in Shattrath, looking for mats to make a gun.
I stopped, dead in my tracks, staring transfixed at the glorious sight before me.
This was on the live server, Kael’thas, October 1st.
And as I saw this, I knew,KNEW, that Papa Hummels Pet Biscuits only affect non-combat pets.
This, THIS was a creature of beauty.
I whispered to Kahel, saying something along the lines of “Oh, how beautiful!”
After a bit, he replied back, saying, “What is?”
Remember, I’m whispering him out of nowhere.
He replies back, very nicely, “Oh, thank you. Vilebranch Raiding Wolves have the same skin, you can find them in the Hinterlands.”
Very nice, very helpful.
“Well, those may be cool, but your wolf is the most awesome I’ve ever seen.”
There was a pause of a second or two, and then he whispers back, cautiously;
“Does she look big to you?”
I answered, justly, that she was the biggest honking pet I’ve ever seen in my life.
He whispers, “Oh no, she’s bugged again.”
Can I please have that bug hit Moonclaw for just 5 minutes? In Alterac Valley? Please?
This is the first I’ve heard that Rema may sometimes bug so that she goes back to appearing as her huge, giant form to other players. Awesome!
I, personally, hereby name that pet, “AWESOME.”
Edit to add: I looked Rema up on WoWhead, and found out in the comments that it’s been reported for a long time that anyone with Rema as a pet would have that huge size thing as a permanent bug, but someone that tamed one recently says that his Rema is now normal size. So it may have been fixed for new taming… or not, since apparently the Hunter himself sees a normal size pet, it’s only other people that still see the massive honking wolf.
Expect me to tame her tonight and find out!