Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Where the Wild Things Are: Dire Horns

Patch 5.2 brings an entirely new family into the mix, the dire horns. Hunters who want to tame them will need to be well-versed in dinomancy.

Hey everyone! Kalliope here on the PTR's Isle of Giants, watching the brand new dire horns in action.

Dire horns, as a completely new pet family, are an unusual mid-expansion addition. Their family ability is reflective armor plating, which deflects all spells cast in front of the direhorn for six seconds. They are non-exotic pets, so any hunter who's met the prerequisite can tame them.

The hunter must learn how to tame direhorns from an Ancient Tome of Dinomancy. This book is bind on pickup and drops randomly from the dinomancers on the Isle of Giants. The knowledge is not account-wide; any alt hunters will have to get their own tomes before being able to tame a dire horn of their own.

A small handful of tameable dire horns live on the Isle of the Thunder King, accessible via the portal in the Shado-Pan camp in Townlong Steppes, but most of them are found here on the Isle of Giants, far to the north of Kun-Lai Summit. Every dire horn on the Isle of Giants is flagged as tameable, though half of them are level 91 and therefore will not be able to be tamed until the next expansion.

They come in five different tameable colors: white, red, orange, green, and blue. In a recent build change, the shading of a few of them became much darker. At this time, we don't know whether this change is intended or not, so stick around for updates.

From the Isle of Giants, this is Kalliope, showing you where the wild things are.

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