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World of Warcraft Companion Vanity Pets: Blizzard Store Purchases

by: Benjamin Sell ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/18/2012 • Leave a comment

The "Lil' KT," "Pandaren Monk," "Gryphon Hatchling," and "Wind Rider Cub" World of Warcraft companion vanity pets are not available by any in-game means. Instead, pet collectors must part with some real-world cash to add these rare companions to their collection.

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    There are many ways to get companion pets in the World of Warcraft. You can grind reputation endlessly, pray for a rare drop in a dungeon, scour the auction house, or simply walk up to a vendor and buy one in many cases.

    The rarest pets in WoW tend to be the most desirable. These tiny companions serve as proof that a player has put in the time or was lucky enough to pick up one of these rarely-seen pets.

    Blizzard recently added several new companion pets to the game, and while these are probably among the easiest pets to acquire, they are also amongst the rarest in the game. These pets cannot be found in-game at all. Instead, you must buy them with actual real-world money from the Blizzard Store.

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    Lil' KT

    Lil' KT   Few characters in World of Warcraft are as cute and cuddly as the infamous Kel’Thuzad. The founder of the Cult of the Damned, Kel’Thuzad went on to be one of the principal agents responsible for the spread of the undead scourge throughout Azeroth. After successfully infecting much of the known world, he was slain by Arthas and resurrected as the Archlich.

    All in all, a very interesting choice for a pet. Lil’ KT is a significantly smaller, more huggable version of the infamous bad guy who hovers along behind you.

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    Pandaren Monk

    Pandaren Monk   The Pandaren used to inhabit central Kalimdor, and were fierce allies of the Night Elves. When the elves began to become overly obsessed with magic, the Pandaren decided to pack up and establish a new home on a hidden island they call Pandaria.

    Few Pandaren are now seen in the world of Azeroth, but you can arrange to have one of them follow you around, returning any /bows it receives from your fellow players, just by ponying up a little cash at the Blizzard Store.

    Both Lil’ KT and the Pandaren Monk can be purchased for $10.00. You can pay for them online and you’ll receive a code to redeem for your in-game companion.

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    Gryphon Hatchling

    Gryphon Hatchling   WoW Players of the Alliance have a long-standing history with the mighty Gryphon. They serve as the main form of transportation in the Eastern Kingdoms, and can be tamed as personal mounts upon setting foot in the realm of Outland.

    Players have only had access to the adult Gryphons, though. Now, you can purchase both a plush Gryphon hatchling to keep in your real-world home and with an in-game version that flies along behind you wherever you go.

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    Wind Rider Cub

    Wind Rider Cub   Like the Gryphon for the Alliance, the Wind Rider forms the background of both public and private air transportation for the Horde forces in Azeroth and Outland. These lion-headed and bat-winged creatures ferry players of all levels all around the World of Warcraft.

    Purchasing the plush version of one of these mythical beasts also gets you a code for the in-game version which, like the Gryphon hatchling, hovers along behind you on your adventures.

    The plush/in-game pet combos are a bit more substantial, and subsequently are slightly more expensive. The combination stuffed animal and in-game companion will set you back $24.99 and can be ordered from the Blizzard store.

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