Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are: Glimmer

As promised, today we take a closer look at Glimmer, the surprisingly sneaky red water strider. Our next stop will be the Valley of the Four Winds.

Hey everyone! Kalliope here to inform you that the carrier has arrived. While the alliance are busy giving the horde the business, let's take advantage of their collectively diverted attention to observe Glimmer wandering about the Jade Forest.

He's a level 85 water strider, which makes him an exotic pet. Be sure you're specced as beast mastery before trying to tame him.

Once tamed, he'll have two unique abilities. The first, still water, provides a 10% spellpower and 5% crit raid buff. The second, surface trot, grants a 10 minute waterwalking buff to both him and his hunter.

Glimmer uses one of the two new Pandarian water strider skins and is the only one to have a glowing red tail.

Glimmer's path cuts through the south-central part of the zone, just missing the rare tiger Savage's trail to the north. There are several safe areas without aggressive mobs along his path, which helps make taming him at level safer.

Unlike other Pandarian water striders, Glimmer does not spend much time near the water and when he does approach a body of water, he swims across rather than skimming along the surface.

Even so, Glimmer must store some water somewhere, since he leaves flooded tracks when he walks. These tiny tracks can be very difficult to see, especially on cluttered ground, so be prepared to squint often. Glimmer also has a bad habit of phasing out near the Temple of the Jade Serpent and Serpent's Heart, which makes hunting for him in that area difficult, though not impossible if you hug the rocks near the wall southwest of the temple.

Like the other Pandarian rare beasts, his approximate spawn timer appears to be around two to eight hours.

For the most current information on Glimmer and other hunter pets, be sure to visit Petopia and the Petopia forums.

From the Arboretum in the Jade Forest, this is Kalliope showing you where the wild things are.
For posterity, the reference to the carrier arriving and the alliance giving the horde the business is a joke from the MoP beta. The NPCs from an alliance quest were broadcasting their voice chats across the Jade Forest and the three neighboring zones. Since most players on the beta were doing that quest chain, the voice chats were heard quite often by both factions. Needless to say, it got a bit tiresome.

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