Feb 112014
 

zeldra_loque

Make no mistake, Loque’Nahak is the most sought after pet by Hunters. He is the crown jewel of every Hunter’s stable, and he is as hard to get today as he was back in Wrath of the Lich King. You know, when he was the only game in town?

I don’t have any secrets to guarantee success, nor do I have a ritual to make him spawn at will. I have tamed him twice in the last couple of months, and will share with you my strategy, in hopes that you have some of the same luck I did. Luck being a key word here.

The big challenge with taming him today is that we are now in the era of cross realm zones (CRZ). The pool of Hunters seeking to tame Loque’Nahak is far greater than if you were segregated to your own realm. You see on your realm the pool of Hunters is someone finite, whereas with CRZ it’s virtually infinite. Despite the incredible Hunter population, I firmly believe that if you’re committed to the cause, taming Loque’Nahak is a matter of when, not if. Let the hunt begin!

Loque’Nahak, of course, can be found in Sholazar Basin in Northrend. He has seven spawn points mostly along the ring that surrounds the zone. They are designated in green on the map below.

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There are a couple of basic methods for finding him, camping and circling. Camping involves choosing a spawn point and then sitting there for hours waiting for him to appear. The downside to this is it’s boring, and if you only choose one spot, you’re giving yourself a one in seven chance of getting him. I have tamed him on four Hunters and not once have I camped.

I prefer circling around the basin. I may stop at spawn point and sit for five or ten minutes, but mostly I continue to do loops until I find him or get bored. Usually after about 20-30 minutes, it’s the latter.

If you’re going to circle, make sure you have the fastest flying speed, and for God’s sake, fly low. If you’re NPC Scan happens to go off, you don’t want to waste time in a lengthy descent to the ground. You fly at maximum speed whether you’re  two feet off the ground or 200 hundred feet.

I mentioned NPC Scan. This a must have addon. If you’re not familiar with it, what it does is scan for npcs and will alert you if it finds one. When it does, it will cache the information, so you need remember to delete your cache before you start your hunt. To do this, navigate to the \world of warcraft\cache\wdb\enUS folder and delete the file called creaturecache.wdb.

Finding him is all about luck and timing. By timing I mean being able to hunt at the right time of day and week. My last tame occurred on a Wednesday at 9:25 am. Not exactly prime time in Azeroth.

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Although WoW is open 24/7 it does have peak times. I would advise against searching between 7pm and midnight. I’d also avoid searching for him on weekends. I’d say that 4pm on Friday to midnight on Sunday are the worst times.

We are also at the end of an expansion where folks are knocking things off their bucket list. Taming Spirit Beasts is probably on every hunter’s list.

So in terms of time of day/week, overnight hours are your best bet, but that requires staying up extra late into the wee hours of the morning. I’ve never chosen to do that.

Next I would say Monday – Thursday between 5-9am are your next best opportunities. Sunday mornings are probably a pretty good time to look as well.

As far as times of year, waiting until the end of an expansion is not recommended. People are bored, they’re leveling new characters, they just have a lot more time to doing things like hunt Loque’Nahak.

The next best time to find him will be the first week that Warlords of Draenor is out. Everyone will be focused on leveling and playing the new content. Also, when Warlord’s beta begins you might see crowds thin out a bit.

If looked for him recently then it’s likely you’ve seen other Hunters camping various spawn points. The last two times I tamed him, nobody was there. There is no rule that says more than one Hunter can’t camp the same area, but you should remember to exercise proper petiquette.

If Loque’Nahak should spawn and the other Hunter beats you to the tame, let him have it and congratulate him. Don’t be a jerk and kill Loque’Nahak. I had a Hunter kill King Krush while I was mid-tame. Don’t be that guy.

As far as taming Loque’Nahak, there isn’t anything special you should do, other than being Beast Mastery. He is level 76. Don’t waste time trapping or anything else. Keep it simple. Make sure you don’t have a pet out, and then just target and tame. Even at level 76, your risk of dying during taming is pretty small.

So that’s it. I wish I had a magic pet biscuit, but I don’t. I most recently tamed Loque’Nahak after three weeks of earnest searching. The key for me has always been patience, hunting during times when populations are low, and having lots of luck, and not being a jerk towards other Hunters seeking to tame him.

Good Spirit Beast Hunting!

Jan 152013
 

If you tuned in to the live recording of Hunting Party Podcast #156, you would have heard us opining on the need for more stable slots; and that’s before knowing the full extent of pet changes in patch 5.2.

Kalliope over at Where the Wild Things Are posted a nice teaser video on some of the pets coming our way in the next patch. It’s chock full of cool new dino skins, Direhorns, and at last, three new porcupine spirit beasts. These red, green and blue beauties come with their own unique taming challenges similar to what we saw in patch 4.2.

The real challenge won’t be taming any of these guys, it will be finding the stable slots to hold them. It’s safe to say that whatever rationale existed to limit our stable slots no longer applies in patch 5.2. We need more, and fast.

Where the Wild Things Are: Preview of the Pets of Patch 5.2


Jun 132011
 
Patch 4.2 is practically here and I’ve decided that I might do a bit more raiding on my alt. hunter, and thus I needed to get his stable in order. That meant ensuring I had all of the necessary raid buffs and debuffs covered, as well as making sure I had a spirit beast or two, or three in my arsenal.

One quick note before I begin, if Nochecazador from Of Marks and Beasts  happens to be here, you might want to stop reading after I mention Gondria (see Still Waiting for Jadefang).

Now my strategy for taming creatures is pretty simple. I decided which ones I’d like to have and then I fly out to their spawn locations and I tame them, because they are almost always there when I arrive. With that in mind, let’s go tame some pets.

First off, no stable is complete without a spirit beast. They have an agility buff, a healing spell and they just look plain awesome. Okay everyone, sing with me now “…ba-da-da-da-DUM-DUM-dum-dum My Karoma!“ 


Well as you all know spirit beasts are the junk food of hunter pets so you can never have just one. So off I went in search of more, and the find them I did.

Hello Ghostcrawler, now about the disappearing gun in patch 4.2? I’ve never looked for GC before and I’ve got to say they couldn’t have put him in a more desolate looking place. Vash’Jir is a beautiful zone, but this area looks like an case study on coral bleaching due to global warming. When you see GC here you can’t help but want to tame him or put him out of his misery. I  chose tame.


Next up, Gondria. What can I say, when you find these things as often as I do, the risk of the screen getting assaulted by raspberry latte goes way down.



And finally, I couldn’t let Eddie have all the fun, so I thought I’d let Darkbrew get in on the action. Sadly, I wasn’t running with a BM spec, so I added Jadefang to my other pet collection. Sorry gang.

So, three spirit beasts and an additional rare sighting. Not bad for just a little flying around. If it’s any consolation, I did swing by the spawn points for Skoll, Arcturus, Sambas, and Loque’Nahak and none of them wanted to come out and play.

Good Hunting!

May 042010
 

At last we’re happy to bring you one of our long lost episodes. This episode was originally aired live on March 27, 2010. We talked about patch 3.3.3 changes and Spirit Beasts and the future of hunter pets in general.

As always, here is the iTunes store linkthe Hunting Party Podcast feed, and the direct XML feed. If you email us comments or questions, we’ll read them on the next show. Send an email to huntingpartypodcast@gmail.com. Also, we love iTunes reviews. So please drop by iTunes and mention what you thought of the show.

If you don’t do syndicated podcasts, and just want to download this week’s MP3 and play it on your player of choice, click here.

Nov 072009
 
Loque
It’s a beautiful day for hunting spirit beasts…Let’s get two!  So I decided to try my luck again and headed to Sholazar Basin this morning.  As I was making my second loop of the basin lightning struck again and there was Loque’Nahak right by the Goretalon Matriarch.

If you’ve ever tried patrolling the basin then you know two laps doesn’t take very long.  Once again, right place, right time.  The approximate taming coordinates were (58,22) and I got him around 11:00 a.m. server time.

I’d say that Loque’Nahak is probably the second hardest spirit beast to find.  Here’s why,
  1. Sholazar is a great place to farm saronite and herbs.
  2. Loque’Nahak has a lot of spawn locations and all of them are pretty much on the ore farming route.
  3. Odds are that someone is going to run into him shortly after he spawns.

That’s two spirit beasts in under twenty four hours with about 1/2 hour of search time.  Well time to switch back to my survival spec.

Good spirit beast hunting!
Nov 062009
 
Gondria

I was bored today and decided I would see if I could find a spirit beast. After about 15 minutes of flying around Zul’Drak there it was.  Other than the occasional heroic, quests and bank errands he probably won’t see the light of day, but it’s cool nonetheless.

Of all the spirit beasts I think Gondria is by far the easiest to get.  Here’s why,
  1. He has a very concentrated spawn area making it easy for you to cover all possible locations by flying around.
  2. Other than quests (and spirit beast hunting) there is very little reason for players to be wandering around these parts.  He’s in a low traffic area.
  3. He’s easy to spot on the map, because he cons yellow and everything else cons red.

Like all spirit beasts you need to be in the right place at the right time. Oh and for all you coordinate trackers, I tamed him at 67,78 around 3:35 pm server time.

Good Spirit Beast Hunting!