Ghost Wolf Gone

I'm sure a number of other hunters will be posting about this or already have. If you aren't a frequent person to the Blizzard Hunter Forums this might have escaped your attention, Ghost Wolves are no longer tameable... in fact I don't think they exist in game any more aside from the lucky few who were able to tame them prior to the Grim Totem Spirit Guide being removed from the game.

That isn't anything new... I'm a long enough player to remember back when they removed the Serpents as a tameable thing from the game and only a few people kept them, and you only saw them either running around town or in BGs because Blizzard had killed the ability for the Serpent Pets to gain loyalty, or even be fed. Blizzard brought the pet "back" in TBC as tameable.

No, the thing that has hunters royally pissed off, myself included, is because they said

Hi Fierce,

While this feature of the Grimtotem Spirit Guide wasn't exactly intended, it was agreed by the development team that this is a fun use of in-game mechanics, and we therefore have no plans to address this issue - it will still be possible in future for everyone who wishes to tame this NPC to do so. :)

I hope this alleviates your concerns!

Game Master / / Customer Service Forum Representative - EN

"You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!"
which can be found @ http://forums.wow-europe.com/thread.html?topicId=1782078645&pageNo=1&sid=1

Then Drysc drops a bombshell today, with no warning whatsoever from anyone at Blizzard - brillant job there - telling all hunters that whoops nope not intended.

Through a hotfix we’ve recently removed the ability to tame a Grimtotem Spirit Guide. Players who have already gone through the trouble of taming the creature will be able to keep them unchanged. This hotfix only removes the possibility to tame this creature from here on.

The removal of the spirit guide has been debated within design discussions for a while now as to what impact the pet and its precedent has on the game.
The unintended nature of the taming, the undead status of the guide, appearance of the wolf in relation to the feel of the hunter class, and the complex processes of taming were all issues touched upon and discussed.

Ultimately the discussions brought us to the conclusion that this should not be a permanent addition to the pet selection available to hunters; however, those that have already tamed them should be allowed to keep them due to their efforts in obtaining one.
This can be found @ http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=3907976716&sid=1&pageNo=1

Am I upset? YES. I had no intention of taming this thing, since it would have taken a specialty meta gem, and a few people to help me just to get, and then I would have had to go through the horror that is grinding up a lowbie pet. However, you do not say one thing and then do the other.

As I said on Mania's blog (Petopia Blog --->), this is something we were taught in Elementary School. You do not say one and do the other. Its called LYING.

Oh, wait, I forgot... Corporation - n. - "an ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility." (Ambrose Bierce, 1906).

We treat Corporations as "persons" under the law, but these "people" don't have the decency to not lie to their customer base. That's just wrong and stupid. Can I please suggest that whomever made this idiotic decision to lie to the hunter community take a huge pay cut (No not Drysc, he's just the messanger last I checked) and go back to Pre-School and learn how NOT to LIE.


  1. Every word and every lie is so true. But I expect nothing less of Blizzard these days.

    Kind of sad when your customer is not shocked when they hear about your lies.

    You'd think Blizzard would take that into consideration...it being their "image" and all.

    but i've come to realize in some areas of the game, blizzard will never change. How they run and roll will never cease to surprise me any longer.

    And eventually i expect no one will be able to feed their ghost wolves.

    A bit gloomy I'm sure...

    Your verbage on it though is well written and you've already been quoted in several places.

    It's just all too true.

  2. What I don't get is why they decided to change it back now after having said it would be no problem to keep it. No one was outraged over them letting us keep it. What possible reason did they have to change it back? In fact, it was more work for them to introduce the hotfix than it was to leave things be. It's almost as if they're being mean to us.

    This is so not cool. I was really looking for forward to taming a ghost wolf. *pouts in the corner*

  3. To go along with that, why did they say we could tame serpents? Then they took them away. Why would they do that in the first place?

    I can only imagine how a hunter feels now if they used to have one...seeing them being tamable nowadays.