• Dark Whelpling
  • Use: Teaches you how to summon this companion.
  • Sell Price: 25s

Dark Whelpling

Dark Whelpling summons and dismisses Dark Whelping, a dragon whelpling companion that follows you around, meaning it is a non-combat pet and will not aid you in battle.


This item drops from Scalding Whelps in the Badlands and from Searing Whelps in the Dustwallow Marsh. The Badlands is the place of choice as the Dustwallow Marsh whelps are mixed in with a lot of other mobs that don't drop the pet. On the flip side, you will probably be dealing with more competition at the Badlands on more populated servers.

It also has a chance to be listed on the Black Market Auction House by Breanni, for the opening bid of 1,000g.

Pet Journal


Hopes that someday it can grow up to destroy villages.


dragonkin Dragonkin: Deals 50% additional damage on the next round after bringing a target's health below 50%.
+50% damage from Humanoid -33% damage from Flying
Level 1 Level 2 Level 4
[Shadowflame] [Roar] [Lift-Off]
▲▼ ▲▼ ▲▼
[Tail Sweep] [Call Darkness] [Deep Breath]
Level 10 Level 15 Level 20


  • The Dark Whelpling is the only whelp to retain its original drop location after the Cataclysm.
  • The drop rate of this pet is 0.1% (one in every thousand kills)[1] and takes an incredible amount of patience and determination in order to get one. Due to the difficulty of obtaining one, and thus their rarity, they can sell for fairly large amounts of gold on the Auction House, at least as far as pets are concerned. The table below shows the cumulative probability of getting at least one after a number of kills.
Probability of at least one drop in X kills
Number of Kills 100 288 401 693 1386 2302 2995 4603 9206
Cumulative Probability 9.5% 25% 33% 50% 75% 90% 95% 99% 99.99%
Neither the drop rate nor cumulative probability increases based on the number of monsters you have already killed.

Patch changes

  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15):
    • Now makes a sound when clicked on.
    • Icon changed.
    Its previous icon was Inv misc head dragon 01.png.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Tiny Black Whelping item changed to Dark Whelpling to reflect the name of the creature summoned.

See also

External links

Item Battle pet