Gotta love Harry Dean Stanton.
Tonight, I completed the Hunter rite of passage.
I successfully tracked down and tamed one of the new Pandaren rares, Savage!
And Repo Man or not, that was freaking intense!
I did not do this on my own. My inspiration was Cymre (of Bubbles of Mischief fame) with her recent post about tracking him.
It wouldn’t have happened, though, without Euphyley’s awesome post (At WoW Rare Spawns) detailing the how, where and why of Savage, with maps and all. And of course for the reminder that right now, before 5.1 is released, tracks are still displayed backwards, so backtrack ’em.
I was inspired by Cymre to try my own search for this beautiful white jungle cat with the blueish-purple eyes. I have always loved tigers, and the look of this white tiger is simply stunning. Of all the rares, Savage was the one I hoped the most to be lucky enough to find someday.
I started at the western-most point of the Jade Forest on Euphyley’s map, just below the bridge to the Valley of the Four Winds.
I kept tabbing in and out, comparing where I was on the map to landmarks, trying to get oriented in my mind where to go next. “All right, so if I move to that grove of trees, then I can do a southeastern loop around that lake, then head up toward the mine entrance, staying to the left of the village.”
I stayed on my flying mount for the trip, not expecting much luck on this first excursion, walking slowly, criss-crossing where I thought the trail might be.
I went the entire route, all the way to the eastern coast, when suddenly I saw it! A dot that showed up as a Bloody Track!
I checked the orientation of the paw print, and it showed the claws pointing ahead of me… which meant he was actually heading back the way I came.
I whirled around, popped a flare… and nothing. Uh oh. Oh wait, there’s another track back the way I came!
And thus began a half hour stalking session.
That was intense. I had people whispering me, and I didn’t respond to anything. I couldn’t, I might miss a track or it would fade away!
I was fixed on the screen in front of me, analyzing every trace of land for the sign of the next Bloody Track.
It seemed like no matter how far I went, there were always more tracks in front of me.
It wasn’t until I was almost all the way back to where I started, at the southern shore of that lake south of the mine, that I felt I finally got ahead of the tracks. The southern part of the lake is bordered by a trail and mountains, so it’s a natural choke point. It became slightly easier to see the tracks, and to feel I was ahead of him. It also gave me a better feel that the flare might encompass where Savage would have to walk.
I popped that flare, and the thrill when I saw the giant, white-furred head push into view was amazing.
Seriously, if you are a Hunter, and you haven’t done this yet, please do yourself a favor and go on the hunt for one of these special rares.
Visit WoW Rare Spawns, look at the various rare Hunter pets in Pandaria, and set yourself on a safari.
Wow, what a rush!
Look ma, I’m a real Hunter now!
Thank you Cymre, and thank you ever so much Euphyley!