Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pet Farming and the Cataclysm

The Cataclysm is upon us! Well, in a year it will be. For now we’re up to a whole lot of speculation as to how this catastrophic event will shape Azeroth. A big concern for pet collectors is whether old mobs and races that had to be killed for certain pets will exist or remain after the expansion comes out. Will the Blue Dragonkin of Azshara still be around after the Cataclysm hits? If not, how will pet collectors obtain an Azure Whelpling?

Pet farming is one of the most non-lucrative ways of making money in Warcraft for the simple reason that the rare drop rates (such as 1 in 1000 for many pets) require far too much time for a farmer to make a reasonable amount of gold. If you spend ten hours farming for a pet, and can only sell it for 1000 gold in the auction house, you’re making 100 gold an hour (and no, I’m not including the gray drops, greens, or skinning potential perks) and there’s a lot of other ways to make more gold than that per hour (dailies being one of those ways). If you’re not farming the pet for yourself or as a gift for a friend, I don’t recommend going out of your way to pet farm yourself into Warcraftian fortune.

Now I’m about to contradict everything I say: the Cataclysm might make pet farming right now extremely lucrative...in time.

We don’t know which pets will remain available in game once Cataclysm begins, and having any mini pets for sale that have become suddenly rare may be worth the time sink. The choice is up to you, but a thought to walk away with is: farm, and save up, and you may just be rewarded.