Guide to Companion Vanity Pets in World of Warcraft (WoW): Rare Drops
Not every pet requires a faction grind or even a purchase price, there are those available through simple luck of the draw. Check out all the WoW pets available as rare drops.
There are pets available in the game that require no faction grinding, no purchase price, and no participation in holiday events. There are several rare companion pets that simply drop off of various mobs within the world. The catch here is that they do so quite rarely, so dedicated pet collectors (like mount collectors) will be required to spend a good deal of time farming to acquire them.
The Azure Whelpling is a blue-colored baby dragon that faithfully flutters along behind its master. It drops off of Blue Dragonspawn, Draconic Mageweavers, Blue Scalebanes, and Draconic Magelords found in Azshara. These mobs are all 50-54 elites, so farming this pet at lower levels is all but impossible. The Azure Whelpling has a drop rate of approximately 1 in 1,000 kills.
The Crimson Whelpling comes from Red Whelps, Flamesnorting Whelps, and Crimson Whelps found in the Wetlands. These mobs are all around level 25, and the drop rate is 1 in 1,000.
The Emerald Whelpling is found in the Swamp of Sorrows. It drops off of Adolescent and Dreaming Whelps and appears about as frequently as its red and blue cousins, about 1 in 1,000 kills.
The Green Wing Macaw is one of the most common of the rare drop pets. With a little bit of luck, players can get one or even two of these pets during a Deadmines run. They drop off of the Defias Pirates and appear about 2% of the time.
The Hyacinth Macaw is a little bit harder to obtain. It is found on Bloodsail Mages, Swashbucklers, Warlocks, and Deckhands in Stranglethorn Vale. It has one of the lowest drop rates of the rare drop pets at just 1 in 5,000 kills.
Non-Instance Pet Drops
The Black Tabby cat is one pet that is much easier for members of the Horde to acquire. It drops off of the low-30s level mobs Dalaran Shield Guards, Theurgists, and Summoners found in the Alterac Mountains about .1% of the time.
The Black Tabby has a much better chance of appearing on a rare mob known as a Dalaran Spellscribe found in Silverpine Forest. It appears about 1 in 7 times there. All of these mobs are friendly to Alliance players, so only members of the Horde can pick up the drop.
The Disgusting Oozeling is another pet that takes a bit of effort to acquire. It is one of several possible contents of an Oozing Bag that drops off of various 50-57 slime and ooze-type mobs. The drop rate for the bag is approximately 1 in 25. Once you’ve gotten a bag, you have a 1 in 85 chance of it containing the Oozeling.
The Firefly pet almost perfectly resembles a tiny version of the mobs from which it drops: the level 62 Bogflare Needlers found in Zangarmarsh. It drops from approximately 1 in 1,500 Needlers.
The Sprite Darter Hatchling is another faction-specific drop, as it only drops from the Alliance-friendly Sprite Darters in Feralas. It has an approximate drop rate of .1%. Alliance players can still obtain the pet, they just need to complete a lengthy quest chain culminating in the level 48 quest “Becoming a Parent."
Instance Boss Pet Drops
The Phoenix Hatchling is one of the more difficult pets to acquire on the list, but it has a correspondingly more frequent drop rate. It has a 1 in 16 chance to appear as loot from Kael’thas Sunstrider in the Magister’s Terrace instance. Players can earn the pet in both the regular and heroic versions of the instance.
That’s it for our guide to rare drop companion pets. Be sure to check out the other sections of the guide for more information on pets available through the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, from vendors, and through raising your reputation with the game’s various factions. With so many in-game pets now available, there's never been a better time to give WoW pet collecting a try.