Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Where the Wild Things Are: Ankha and Magria

We continue our journey toward the Molten Front this week with a visit to Ankha and Magria, the spectral tigers of Mount Hyjal. That wraps up the rares of Mount Hyjal that were released in patch 4.2. Next week, we'll enter the Molten Front, where the other seven challenge tames reside.

Hey everyone! Kalliope here in the Regrowth of Mount Hyjal, here to introduce you to the spirit beasts known as Ankha and Magria.

These two spectral kitties trade places with each other, sharing the same path, level, and special challenging taming mechanic. They are identical in every way except for their color: Ankha is white and Magria is blue.

Both cats are level 85 and have the three spirit beast pet abilities once tamed. Spirit beast blessing is a mastery raid buff that scales with the hunter's level, maxing out at 3000 at level 90. Their exotic ability is spirit mend, a targetable heal over time which scales with the hunter's ranged attack power. Their bonus ability, spirit walk, allows the beast to enter stealth mode with a 50% movement speed penalty, but grants a 20% damage bonus to her first attack from stealth.

If you haven't freed the four ancients in Mount Hyjal yet, then you won't even see the Regrowth on the map. It only replaces the Flamewake after you've completed the quest Aessina's Miracle - and even then, the cats won't be visible until you complete Through the Gates of Hell.

Like their neighbor Ban'thalos and most other spirit beasts, Ankha and Magria are neutral and won't attack until provoked - except for the occasional defenseless critter.

The challenge to taming them is surviving their damage buff, which increases power in relation to the target's armor. If you're wearing even one piece of gear that has armor on it, you'll die before the tame completes, even at level 90.

The solution is simple - remove all your gear that has armor on it. I opt to wear pieces with no armor for style points. You can still wield your weapon, which helps for positioning the cats away from the aggressive mobs moving around the area.

It's a coin flip to see whether it's Ankha or Magria who spawns - there's no pattern. One cat or the other will spawn around every 8 to 12 hours.

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

Dodging fireballs in Mount Hyjal, this is Kalliope showing you where the wild things are.

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