When Blizzard changes what pets do, it’s cause for concern. When they change how pets look, it’s cause for alarm. Well, sound the alarm bells because several of our beloved pets are getting makeovers in the Battle for Azeroth. Vultures, crabs, hyenas, and gorillas are just a few of the beasts undergoing a transformation in the upcoming expansion.
So what does this mean for Hunters? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if you don’t like these new looks then “Fluffy” the gorilla will have undergone a transmogrification of the worst kind when you call her from your stable. This change is retroactive and affects all existing pets. Like it or not, you’re pets are changing.
I encourage you to head over to Petopia to see the full list of updated pet models, but here are a few of note.
I like the black gorilla, but I’m not fond of the other variants. The only gorilla that I have tamed is the white one. He’s named Lightbrew, and there are only two pets with that skin in the game, Tsu’Kalu in Stranglethorne and Uhk’loc in Un’goro. I checked the Battle for Azeroth alpha and both of them are updated to the new model.
Crabs are another pet that got updated, and I’m dying to see what Karkin looks like after the update. I don’t know if the image truly captures his new look, but if it’s accurate he’s quite different in Battle for Azeroth.
My favorite update is the Hyenas. They look fabulous. I’ve always preferred the red one from the old model, but now there are several colors that have my attention.
It’s fashionable to say “it’s only Alpha and things may change”, but I’ve got a feeling these changes are here to stay, and I wouldn’t be surprised if more are on the way.