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Vanity pets in World of Warcraft have always been an interesting diversion from raiding or PvPing. Since launch, collectors have eagerly tracked down and purchased any number of exotic non-combat pets from all over Azeroth.
The introduction of WoW achievements, however, took pet collecting to a whole new level. Now, dedicated collectors can earn themselves several pet-collecting achievements including “Shop Smart, Shop Pet…Smart" and “Lil’ Game Hunter."
Along with these achievements, players will receive exclusive vanity pets. “Shop Smart, Shop Pet…Smart" comes with the [Reeking Pet Carrier], containing a skunk pet, and the “Lil’ Game Hunter" achievement also grants your character a [Little Fawn’s Salt Lick] that can be used to summon a baby deer.
For those new to pet collecting, figuring out where to start your budding collection can be a daunting task. This guide will walk you through some of the easiest pets to acquire in the game, providing locations and details for all the pet vendors that can be found in or around the game’s major cities.
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Alliance Pet Vendors
For Alliance characters, there are 11 vanity pets that can be easily purchased without venturing far from the comfort of the faction’s major cities.
Near Stormwind, players can easily acquire four different cat pets from Donna Anthania, who resides in a small house between the gates of Stormwind and the entrance to Northshire Abbey. Her house can be easily recognized by the many cats wandering around outside. Donna sells four different cat pets, the Bombay Cat, Cornish Rex Cat, Orange Tabby Cat, and the Silver Tabby Cat. All four can be purchased for 40 silver apiece.
In Stormwind proper, players can purchase a White Kitten from an NPC named Lil’ Timmy found wandering the canal district. The White Kitten pet is only available in limited quantities, so eager collectors should purchase one immediately if Timmy has it in his inventory.
There is only one pet vendor located near the city of Ironforge. Yarlyn Amberstill runs around the Amberstill Ranch found SE of the Ironforge entrance. Players can purchase a Snowshoe Rabbit pet from Yarlyn. The trick is catching this fast-moving child as she chases her pet rabbit around the ranch.
Shylenai the owl trainer makes her home just outside the entrance to Darnassus. Find her just south of the road leading into the city through th e Warrior’s Terrace. Sylenai sells two pets, the Great Horned Owl and the Hawk Owl. Both cost 50 silver.
Our final alliance pet vendor is found within the Crystal Hall in Exodar. Sixx the moth keeper sells three pets, the Blue Moth, White Moth, and Yellow Moth. All three are available for 50 silver apiece.
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Horde Pet Vendors
There are 8 easily-purchasable vanity pets available to members of the Horde. In Orgrimmar, players can purchase the Black Kingsnake, Brown Snake, and Crimson Snake from a male troll snake vendor named Xan’tish. Xan’tish can usually be found wandering the city between the Valley of Spirits and the city’s rear entrance. Each of his three snakes can be purchased for 50 silver.
In nearby Thunder Bluff, collectors can purchase a Prairie Dog pet from a Tauren prairie dog vendor named Halpa. Halpa is found near the eastern edge of the city’s central bluff. Horde collectors can acquire their very own Prairie Dog for a measly 50 silver.
For those who find themselves in the undead capital of Undercity, a Cockroach pet can be purchased from an undead NPC named Jeremiah Payson. Jeremiah can be found sitting crosslegged on the bottom-most level of the city’s central area. He is instantly recognizable by the cockroaches scurrying around near him. Buy your own Cockroach pet for 50 silver.
The final three pets available from Horde vendors are purchased in the tiny village of Fairbreeze found just south of Silvermoon City. A female blood elf named Jilanne sells the Golden Dragonhawk Hatchling, Red Dragonhawk Hatchling, and Silver Dragonhawk Hatchling pets for 50 silver each. Jilanne is found inside the small house just to the left of the Fa irbreeze Inn.
For budding pet collectors, finding and purchasing their faction’s easily-acquired pets is a great way to jump start their collection. Those interested in purchasing the pets available to the opposite faction should either try and purchase them from the Auction House or be prepared to start a character of the opposite faction and transfer their purchased pets through a neutral Auction House.
These 19 pets are a mere fraction of the multitude of vanity pets available through quests, faction grinding, and other sources. Hopefully these vendor pets have whetted your appetite for more. Good luck working toward those pet achievements.
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