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- This article is about rare hunter pets. For rare small pets (also known as vanity and non-combat pets), see rare small pet.
A rare pet defines a pet that has a rare or unique skin (appearance). In this case, rare or unique means the skin is only possessed by one or a very few difficult to find or acquire mobs.
Since pet stats have been normalized, every pet of a particular type (i.e. cat, boar, bear, etc.) will have exactly the same movement speed, health, and attack speed. Primarily pets of one type are all the same as far as stats go. Pets learns new ranks of abilities as they go up in level. For more pet details and information on taming pets, see Pet (Hunter).
Though some of these pets are difficult to acquire, some hunters consider having a unique or especially good looking pet to be a big part of their enjoyment of the class, and go out of their way to get the perfect one.
|Ressan the Needler
|Diseased Black Bear
| Rabid Grizzly*Location: Outside the pit of Azjol-Nerub in Western Dragonblight
Birds of Prey
Birds of prey have a large variety of skins to choose from, however there are a few with unique skins and colors.
| Avian Darkhawk*Location: Sethekk Halls
| Avian Ripper*Location: Sethekk Halls
| Aotona*Location: Rarely spawns at the Wildgrowth Mangal or the border of Frenzyheart Hill in Sholazar Basin
Another very popular pet, there are several extremely rare and striking skins for cats. The white lions are very rare pets for Alliance players to get, since one can only be spawned by a Horde quest, and the other, while also a quest spawn, must be done at Level 60+ for taming purposes.
|Humar the Pridelord|
|Frostsaber Pride Watcher|
If you want something really rare and unique, tame Nuramoc. He has unique skins, really long respawn timer, respawns in different places, is level 70 and requires Beast Mastery to tame. You can be pretty sure that you're one of few who have this pet.
There are currently no unique crab pets available. However, since very few hunters use crabs as pets, having one at all could be considered rare.
White crocolisks such as the Deviate Crocolisk and Deadmire deserve mention, though normal white crocolisks can now be tamed at high level in the Netherstorm in Outland. There is also the Sewer Beast, an especially difficult-to-find rare spawn, in the canals of Stormwind. It has only a slight change in coloration from other crocolisks.
The only rare hyena skin is from the Scarlet Monastery
|Scarlet Tracking Hound
There are a few owls which can only be found in Outland dungeons.
There are quite a few distinct raptor skins, though most can be found on typical mobs. Outland raptors have quite a sinister appearance. They are fairly easy to get once you reach the zone they are in, so they haven't been included here.
Ravager skins are widely varied, seldom with more than one mob for a particular skin. However, there are as of yet no rare spawns or particularly difficult to find ravagers, so each is about equally "rare".
There are currently no unique or rare scorpid pets available.
Blackshell The Impenetrable in the Badlands
There are a lot of spider skins, but only two rare ones.
There are three rare Tallstriders, all with unique skins and all rare spawns or special named mobs.
There aren't any unique turtle skins.
The typical warp stalker is white with purple stripes. However, there is a species with a unique coloration available in the Netherstorm.
It's also worth noting Arikara here. While not a rare skin (it uses the easily accessible red wind serpent skin), it does have a special effect associated with it that remains after taming -- whenever the hunter calls the pet, dismounts, or zones in, Arikara will arrive with the same puff of smoke and rumble that occurred when he was summoned during the quest.
Wolves are a popular pet and there are many skins. However, only a few of these skins are unique.
|Old Cliff Jumper
|The Lone Hunter|