WoW Trading Card Game Loot Pets
Perhaps the rarest category of WoW pets are those only available through the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game (TCG). These pets require WoW players to input codes from loot cards to redeem their in-game rewards. These loot cards can be found in card packs or purchased from Ebay, though most are not cheap.
Bananas the baby gorilla is available to those who find the rare “King Mukla" loot card in the Through the Dark Portal booster packs. He’s a tiny tan gorilla who beats on his chest and randomly scratches his backside. The “King Mukla" card goes for roughly $100 on Ebay.
Players who find the rare “Kiting" card in “March of the Legion" TCG packs are rewarded with the “Dragon Kite" companion. The kite changes colors each time it’s summoned, and occasionally is inexplicably struck by lightning. Currently, this loot card goes for roughly $200 on Ebay.
The largest of the companion pets, the Ethereal Soul-Trader is also the most useful. Every time its owner kills a mob that grants experience or honor, the Trader will “harvest" its soul, earning the owner “ethereal credits" that can be used to purchase semi-useless items from the pet itself.
The Soul Trader is granted to players who enter the code found on the “Ethereal Plunderer" card from the Hunt for Illidan booster packs. Currently, it can be purchased for around $200 on Ebay.
The Hippogryph Hatchling companion pet is granted from the code found on the “Thunderhead Hippogryph" TCG loot card. This baby hippogryph faithfully hovers along behind your character. The card currently sells for around $85 on Ebay.
Players who find the “Robotic Homing Chicken" loot card in March of the Legion booster packs will be rewarded with one of the most interesting WoW companion pets, the Rocket Chicken. This sweet little pet is exactly what it sounds like, a mechanical chicken with two enormous rockets strapped to its back.
In perhaps the most awesome idle animation of all time, the Rocket Chicken randomly blasts off, usually landing safely, but occasionally exploding into a rain of feathers. The “Robotic Homing Chicken" card currently sells for around $115 on Ebay.
The engineering and TCG loot card pets are some of the most rare and interesting pets in World of Warcraft. Though I often question the sanity of those willing to pay real-world money for a virtual pet, the high prices the loot cards fetch on Ebay is a testament to the demand for these tiny companions.
Although, considering the amount I’ve spent on booster packs with only one of these pets to show for it, perhaps paying a large sum to guarantee you get the pet you want isn’t a bad idea, after all.