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This guy and his snaily brethren are some of the better PVE tanks, depending on the rock, paper, scissors of it all.


Or, rock, paper, scissors, slime as the case may be.

So, what makes snails so appealing? They generally can’t die. Not only do they have a shell shield ability, they also have Dive and the damage with return heals ability Absorb. Scooter is only available in the H/H or 6 breed, which means that his health pool at level 25 with a rare upgrade is a whopping 1960, making him one of the very few pets available with over 1900 health.


The only other snail available with the H/H breed is the Shimmershell Snail. The other breeds or other snails are also amazing tanks for sure… ‘get a snail’ is largely interchangeable in the pet community for ‘get a Rapana Whelk’ after all. But health that high even as a novelty is pretty sick in a tank.

An additional strategy would be to combine his Acidic Goo ability, which has a 25% additional damage taken debuff, with his Dive. It’s also possibly a synergy buff to a glass cannon pet like a Fel Flame. This obviously sacrifices a good amount of the snail’s survivability, though. To round out his abilities there’s the 25% chance to stun beast ability Headbutt and Ooze Touch, a no-frills magic nuke.


I personally am not as in lurve with him as some other tamers are. The Undead absorb move he uses to deal damage plus his Critter type makes him take forever to kill Critters and vulnerable to Beasts. That absorb move also deals minimal damage period, so fights with him take forever regardless. But there are certain fights where snails are integral, like my thrilling strategy for the Burning Spirit Tamer. As long as you’re not fighting beasts he’s a pretty good pick.

Some tamers doodle their name with the snail’s the same way I doodle “Ms. Liopleurodon Crab.” I prefer a tank that can’t be felled by an ill-placed salt shaker in favor of one that goes well with butter, I guess. Different strokes!

You get Scooter The Snail from the original Childrens’ Week quest, from either Orphan Matron Nightingale in the Cathedral District of Stormwind or Orphan Matron Battlewail in the Drag (lower level, beneath the inscription trainers) in Orgrimmar. He was added to the original complement of pets in 2011.

Childrens’ Week

Yeah, yeah, I know. This holiday has been around since 2006 or something, and the achievements have been identical since 2008. Everyone knows what’s going to happen. But, this is the pettingest holiday of the year, and I don’t mean the 8th grade disappointing movie date variety.


There are 10 pets up for grabs, and they’re only available for this one week! Speedy, Mr. Wiggles, Whiskers the Rat, Scooter, Peanut, Willy, Egbert, Legs, Curious Wolvar Pup and Curious Oracle Hatchling are all ready and waiting to go to any psychopath willing to drag a parentless child around a dangerous, hostile landscape for kicks.

The catch is that you can get 3 at most with any given character, since it’s not a repeatable quest. Personally, right now I have 3 pets left to collect (Scooter, Legs and Egbert) so I’ll have to do the Shattrath quest on at least 2 characters.


I’ll be live streaming my quests to my twitch.tv channel on Monday April 29th at 12:30 EDT (that’s 4:30pm GMT for my EU peeps) and another at 9pm EDT. The latter may include PVP, if I feel like it. I’ve already done the School of Hard Knocks achievement, but this is for posterity. Also, I figure there’s nothing funnier than watching a noob PVP. Entertainment!

If you still need to do the School of Hard Knocks achievement, there is an excellent walkthrough done by Cynwise in his blog, Cynwise’s Warcraft Manual. You can try to play along with me, too, but I suspect mine will be less helpful walkthrough and more drinking and bitter tears.

There doesn’t seem to be any additions to the holiday from past years, but I’ll update this space if there is, or follow me on twitter for up to the minute flailing of arms. For a general walkthrough, see wowhead’s very good offering. WoWInsider has an in-depth guide to the associated achievements.

Happy Childrens’ Week!


Curious Oracle Hatchling


Much like the Wolvar hatchling, only much more tongue & teeth in the bargain.



He has the same Humanoid benefits as the Wolvar pup, but his abilities are quite a bit different. A couple of his abilities go back to the Wrath rep he’s associated with, namely the really gross Aged Yolk. Between the teeth and the yolk, this apparently gives him Dreadful Breath.



The dreadful breath ability is a fun one to mess around with, especially when paired with a frog or strider who can make it rain (not in the way that involves strippers). Backflip can be strong in PVP depending on how fast the other pet is. Super Sticky Goo is a decent choice for pvp too, though in general this isn’t a very strong pet in pvp. He doesn’t pack a strong enough punch before he’s completely annihilated, depending of course on the rock paper scissors of it all. There’s always the gross out factor, I guess.


I guess he’s cute from far away. Maybe.

The Curious Oracle Hatchling is obtained by doing the Northrend Childrens’ Week quest given by Orphan Matron Aria in Dalaran.

Mr. Wiggles


Mr. Wiggles has always been a favorite of mine. Back in the day, he’d stay by my side and eat schmutz he found on the floor in Scholomance despite my strident caution that he knock it off because it was probably tainted by the plague. Wiggles don’t care. He just eats what he wants.


Big, bad boss pulls in years were typically accompanied by /say Let’s do this, Wiggles. He was my lucky charm in raiding back when it was only pets, no battles. He also took up a space in my inventory. Uphill in the show! You whippersnapper.

So it’s really oddly fitting for me that he is currently the only attainable pet on US servers with the ability Uncanny Luck. If you’ve been fighting Lucky Yi, the Beast of Fable a stone’s throw from Nishi, you’ll have seen this in action. Because of the nature of this ability, I predict that pet PVP in 5.3 is going to see a bunch of matching up Wiggles with other pets with lower chance to hit abilities, like Moth Balls. Maybe not, I’m pretty terrible at pet pvp.


Beyond that, he’s a fairly standard critter. He has either a critter or undead dps in the first slot, a heal or 50% reduction ability in the second, and Uncanny Luck or a chance to stun with damage in the third. The key though, is going to be using his Luck in synergy with other pets. This will become more evident in 5.3, when chance to hit stuff becomes a part of the standard UI.


You get Mr. WIggles from the original Childrens’ Week quest from either Orphan Matron Nightingale in the Cathedral District of Stormwind or Orphan Matron Battlewail in the Drag (lower level, beneath the inscription trainers) in Orgrimmar.


childrens' week

Children’s Week is coming soon (the start date is 4/29 this year), so as we get closer I’ll be doing posts on the pets you should grab first if you’re starting from zero. Some of these pets have unique movesets that make them valuable for any collector. It’s not that I don’t like Speedy a whole bunch, but for the most part, a turtle’s a turtle.

All the Childrens’ Week pets start at Uncommon quality, so you’ll need a stone to make all of them rares. However, they’re all tradeable too, so you may be able to snap up an improved one from the AH.


Aside from being a clumsy penis metaphor, Willy is the only currently attainable non-combat pet which resembles a classic d&d Beholder, which could make him useful for RPers. Even more unique, one of his idle actions among others zaps other players’ pets into oblivion with an eyebeam. If you’re in the AH or a raid with the gratingly cheerful Singing Sunflower, bring out Willy and see if he can do something about it.


But sometimes, he doesn’t feel like it. Clearly this is my kind of pet.

As mentioned earlier, Willy’s moves make him unique. He’s Magic, so he defends well against Aquatic. Magic attacks are strong against Flying, but he has a varied toolkit, dealing Critter and Undead damage as well. All this make him a fairly strong leveling pet for a newbie, especially if you run along the coasts fighting aquatics.

You get him from the OG Childrens’ Week quest from either Orphan Matron Nightingale in the Cathedral District of Stormwind or Orphan Matron Battlewail in the Drag (lower level, beneath the inscription trainers) in Orgrimmar.

Easter-Themed Pets


The Easter Bunny came to our house today and left a bunch of candy for baby girl. Here’s a short post with a few Easter-themed pets you can buy in-game to celebrate the holiday. In a roundabout way, it brings real life in-game. You’ll pay for pets, and I get to pay for Stanley Steamer after a toddler smears chocolate all over the couch.

Elwynn Lamb – Purchased with tokens from the Argent Tournament. His group heal Bleat and sleep ability Soothe make him a decent support pet. Also, Jesus symbolism, so.

Egbert – An egg that hides itself the night before Easter would be fantastic. He’s kind of crappy as a battler, but look at him go!


Jade Crane Chick – A lovely spring green baby bird, aw.

Mulgore Hatchling – An ugly as sin pink baby bird, ew.


Crimson Lasher – A pretty pink flower that seems to enjoy lighting things on fire.

Pterrordax Hatchling – How amazing would it be if waylaid eggs during the egg hunt turned into a bitchin dinosaur instead of disgusting?


Mr. Wiggles – After the austerity of the Lenten season and fasting since Good Friday (because that totally happened), what’s better for Easter dinner than a nice fat ham?

Snowshoe Rabbit – Purchased from either Yarlyn Amberstill at Amberstill Ranch in Dun Morogh, or a Pet Battle trainer if you’re a dwarf. Bunnies are kind of THE thing at Easter.


Sprite Darter Hatchling – Baby dragons aren’t all that festive on their own, but this guy is all manner of Easter pastels. He would totally be at home perched on a church lady’s easter bonnet.

Spring Rabbit – The Noblegarden-centric favorite. Obtained either during Noblegarden (which starts tomorrow!) or off the AH. Has several interesting idle actions. Will make a leap to you if you get too far away. If you find another person with their rabbit out, they make lots of tiny baby rabbits. Nothing says Happy Easter like bow chicka wow wow.


Bow Chicka Wow Wow to all, indeed!