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Companions (a.k.a. small pets, non-combat pets, mini-pets, or vanity pets) are small creatures (or mechanical replicas thereof) that follow your player character around. They are mainly for show. Several of these companions have their own characteristic behaviors (see individual descriptions).

Companions cannot attack or be attacked in the normal sense, however, [Sleepy Willy] and [Lil' K.T.] will kill critters, [Clockwork Rocket Bots] will battle each other, and [Crashin' Thrashin' Robots] "will fight other fighting robot companions", a PvP game within the game. Companions have a small hidden amount of health and can be killed by the pet swimming in lava, standing on fires, or other environmental means of damage.

You can own as many companions as you like. Each one you acquire is added to the pets section of your character sheet.

The Blood Parrot, spawned from the [Bloodsail Admiral's Hat], and the Coyote Spirit, spawned from [Don Carlos' Famous Hat], are exceptions and are summoned from the corresponding item. These are both items of apparel of some value in their own right, and having the item of apparel disappear when the pet is spawned would not be a welcome change. Because these two pets spawn differently than the other companions, they are not currently counted toward the pet achievements.

Peddlefeet, when spawned by being shot with a [Silver Shafted Arrow], is also an exception and does not count toward the pet achievements.

You can only have one companion out at a time, and summoning another one replaces the one that's already out.

Once summoned, companions will attempt to accompany your player character as you move about the game world. Some appear to be better at this than others. Jumping down from an elevated location will often send a companion off on a circuitous route to reach your new location. If your companion gets left behind, it may catch up and reappear, but may have to be re-summoned. There is no penalty for re-summoning. (The Tiny Snowman is stationary, and will not follow you.)

If you are teleported or use any form of transportation that reloads the environment your companion disappears and has to be re-summoned. The only ship or zeppelin that doesn't is the ship between Teldrassil and Darkshore, and the zeppelin between Orgrimmar and Thunder Bluff. If you log out your companion disappears and has to be re-summoned during your next session.

While some companions can only be purchased by certain factions, most vended companions and many dropped companions can be traded at Auction Houses. Companions obtained through quests are bind on pickup and cannot be sold. Pets you learn how to summon cannot be learned again, so you are prevented from owning duplicate pets.

Also, for some reason, most companions have 42 hit points.


Game considerations

Though intended to be a cosmetic accessory, companions have some impact on the game.

A [Disgusting Oozeling] projects a "Disgusting Aura" when it accompanies its owner. The aura reduces the owner's defense and all resistances by 20, and colors its owner green as if the owner were poisoned.

Companions do not stealth. If your character uses stealth, your companion will reveal your presence.

  • In PvP, companions will reveal your location to opponents.
  • In PvE, mobs do not notice companions, so having one can be useful to indicate your location to party members.

Flying pets of any sort can sometimes interfere with clicking to target. This affects the pet owner, PvP opponents, and even party members desiring to buff or heal the pet owner. This is not normally a significant problem, but in the midst of frantic PvP combat, the interference can be noticeable.

The [Ethereal Soul-Trader] will vend several items to its owner. One of these, [Diluted Ethereum Essence], is designed for being used in combat (but see [Elixir of Detect Lesser Invisibility], the impact is minor). The other items are a set of costume items with no stats that allow you to dress up as an ethereal, a ball that can be played with in-game (there are others, such as [Heavy Leather Ball]), [Ethereal Mutagen], which will transform a non-combat pet into a fleshbeast, and [Ethereal Liqueur], a conjured alcoholic beverage.

Achievements

  •  Can I Keep Him? grants 10 achievement points when you obtain a vanity pet.
  •  Plenty of Pets grants 20 achievement points (and replaces 'Can I Keep Him?') when you collect 15 unique vanity pets.
  •  Plethora of Pets grants 30 achievement points (and replaces 'Plenty of Pets') when you collect 25 unique vanity pets.
  •  Shop Smart, Shop Pet...Smart grants 40 achievement points (and replaces 'Plethora of Pets') and a [Reeking Pet Carrier] is mailed to you when you collect 50 unique vanity pets.
  •  Lil' Game Hunter grants 50 achievement points (and replaces 'Shop Smart, Shop Pet...Smart'), and a [Little Fawn's Salt Lick] is mailed to you when you collect 75 unique vanity pets (Added in Patch 3.0.8)
  •  Looking For Multitudes grants 10 achievement points and a [Perky Pug] is mailed to you when you have grouped with 100 random people for WOTLK Heroic Dungeons. You must finish dungeons.

As noted above, the Blood Parrot (see [Bloodsail Admiral's Hat]) and the Coyote Spirit (see [Don Carlos' Famous Hat]) are spawned from items rather than learned, and are not currently counted toward the pet achievements. Similarly, the [Crashin' Thrashin' Robot] created by engineers remains an item due to its cooldown characteristics.

Temporary companions

There are companions that can be acquired for a time that aren't normally regarded as companions, but pretty much do the same thing as permanent companions. Many of these are in the context of a quest. Some examples are the orphans for Children's Week, Peddlefeet from the [Silver Shafted Arrow], Nass from N [20-30] Kickin' Nass and Takin' Manes. None of these count toward the pet count achievements. When a temporary companion is spawned your current companion is despawned.

Note: The Snufflenose Gopher might appear to be a temporary companion, but will draw aggro like a combat pet, even though it does not fight.

Horde exclusive companions

These companions are only available to the Horde, although they can be sold to Alliance players through the use of Neutral Auction Houses.

Vendor

Others

Alliance exclusive companions

These companions are only available to the Alliance, although they can be sold to Horde players through the use of neutral Auction Houses.

Vendor

Others

Neutral companions

These companions are available to members of both factions, either via neutral vendors, quest rewards, as a rare drop from mobs, or created through the Engineering profession.

Parrots

Bc icon.gifCrocolisks

Frogs

Dragon whelplings

Mechanical

Others

Holiday companions

These companions are only available when certain seasonal events are underway.

Feast of Winter Veil

These companions are available as gifts during the Feast of Winter Veil event, and can be kept and traded all year round.

Love is in the Air

This companion is available as a received item during the Love is in the Air event.

  •  [Truesilver Shafted Arrow] – BoP Event Reward - permanent training to summon, but cannot be traded to other characters.
  •  [Silver Shafted Arrow] – BoP Event Reward - creates a Peddlefeet companion for another player, once per consumable arrow.
    • The companion is the same, by either method.
    • Receiving Peddlefeet by the second method does not count toward the pet achievements, since the skill to summon Peddlefeet is not learned.
      • Giving ten Peddlefeet companions to other players by shooting them with the Silver Shafted Arrows has its own event achievement,  [Shafted!].
    • This second method of obtaining Peddlefeet is limited to around two weeks after the Love is in the Air event, depending on when the Silver Shafted Arrow (duration of 10 days) is looted from the container.
      • Most of the arrows are used up quickly, so a more realistic limit is "while the event is in progress".

Noblegarden

Children's Week

These companions are available as quest rewards during the Children's Week event, but cannot be traded to other characters.

Midsummer Fire Festival

The Spirit of Competition

Brewfest

This companion is available as a BoP quest reward during the Brewfest event.

Hallow's End

This companion is available as a rare BoP drop during the Hallow's End event.

Obscure companions

Collector's Edition

These companions are only available to players who bought the Collector's Edition of the game. They are not tradeable in any way. Players may only choose one companion, but each character on the same account can choose a different companion. As the item is bound to your account, it is now possible to have all three on one character.

Burning Crusade: Collector's Edition

These companions are only available to players that purchase the Collector's Edition of the Burning Crusade expansion pack. Only European players are able to obtain both companions for each character.

Wrath of the Lich King: Collector's Edition

This companion is only available to players that purchase the Collector's Edition of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack.

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector's Edition

This companion is only available to players that purchase the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector's Edition.

BlizzCon

The Murky companion is only available to people who attended the BlizzCon event and worked on both US and European realms. Another baby murloc was made available to European players through conventions and competitions.

Arena Tournament

The Murkimus the Gladiator pet was given to all players who entered the 2009 or 2010 Arena Tournament and played at least 200 rated arena matches with a 3v3 arena team.

World of Warcraft Trading Card Game

Available only to those players who receive a rare "loot" card in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

Blizzard Worldwide Invitational

The Spirit of Competition

  •  [Competitor's Souvenir] blue and purple Chinese dragon – Reward available only in China, and only during the 2008 Summer Olympics Spirit of Competition event. There were samples of this companion in the Ironforge and Orgrimmar battle rooms during the 2008 Summer Olympics. On EU and US servers, this appears to have been due to a bug, and the item does not appear to even have a valid item id in the US and EU.

China-Only Giveaway

  •  [Enchanted Jade] a housecat made of jade. Given out to players on Chinese realms who logged in between October 19 and November 24, 2009. Grants the Feat of Strength  Jade Tiger.

Korea-Only Giveaway

  •  [Enchanted Onyx] a housecat made of onyx. Given out through the mail to players on Korean realms as part of a promotion. Grants the Feat of Strength  Onyx Panther.

World of Warcraft Anniversary Pets

Mailed to all players as gifts for WoW's 4th and 5th anniversaries, one to every character. These pets bind to account, do not disappear once learned, and can be kept so that any new character can learn them by mailing one from an older character that has the item.

Mountain Dew Promotion

Available via the Mountain Dew Choose Your Side promotion website by redeeming using a Battle.net account. Available only from June 9, 2009 - August 20, 2009.

Battle.net Account Conversion

Mailed as a thank-you gift, first sent on Oct. 15, 2009, to all early adopters of converting their World of Warcraft accounts to Battle.net accounts, before Nov. 11, 2009 (Nov. 12, 2009 for EU Realms).

Blizzard Authenticator Activiation

Sent as a thank you for linking a Blizzard Authenticator to your account.

Blizzard Pet Store, Limited Time

First available for purchase on Feb. 22, 2010 for a limited time, are two new plush toys: the Gryphon Hatchling and Wind Rider Cub. These toys come with a matching "BONUS In-game Companion" of the same name, via a loot code card. The companions are Account-bound and are not faction-based.

The Blizzard Pet Store

Some pets are available exclusively through purchase from the Blizzard Pet Store. (US/EU)

Consolidated table

WoW Classic

Burning Crusade

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Wrath of the Lich King

Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.
Item Binds On Companion Name Source
Alliance [Ammen Vale Lashling] Use  [Ammen Vale Lashling] 40 Champion's Seal during the Argent Tournament after you become Champion of the DraeneiDraenei Draenei race.
Horde [Argent Gruntling] Pickup  [Argent Gruntling] Complete H [25-30] A Champion Rises during the Argent Tournament.
Alliance [Argent Squire] Pickup  [Argent Squire] Complete A [25-30] A Champion Rises during the Argent Tournament.
Neutral [Curious Oracle Hatchling] Pickup  [Curious Oracle Hatchling] Northrend Children's Week.
Neutral [Curious Wolvar Pup] Pickup  [Curious Wolvar Pup] Northrend Children's Week.
Alliance [Dun Morogh Cub] Use  [Dun Morogh Cub] 40 Champion's Seal during the Argent Tournament after you become Champion of the DwarfDwarf Dwarf race.
Horde [Durotar Scorpion] Use  [Durotar Scorpion] 40 Champion's Seal during the Argent Tournament after you become Champion of the OrcOrc Orc race.
Alliance [Elwynn Lamb] Use  [Elwynn Lamb] 40 Champion's Seal during the Argent Tournament after you become Champion of the HumanHuman Human race.
Horde [Enchanted Broom] Use  [Enchanted Broom] 40 Champion's Seal during the Argent Tournament after you become Champion of the Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf race.
Neutral [Frosty's Collar] Account Frosty Available only through purchase of Wrath of the Lich King:Collector's Edition.
Neutral [Ghostly Skull] Pickup  [Ghostly Skull] From Darahir <Reagents & Magical Goods> in Underbelly of Dalaran for 40g.
Neutral [Giant Sewer Rat] Pickup  [Giant Sewer Rat] Rare fishing drop from Dalaran Sewers.
Neutral [Kirin Tor Familiar] Pickup  [Kirin Tor Familiar] Taught by Archmage Vargoth after completing  Higher Learning
Alliance [Mechanopeep] Use  [Mechanopeep] 40 Champion's Seal during the Argent Tournament after you become Champion of the GnomeGnome Gnome race.
Horde [Mulgore Hatchling] Use  [Mulgore Hatchling] 40 Champion's Seal during the Argent Tournament after you become Champion of the TaurenTauren Tauren race.
Neutral [Murkimus' Little Spear] Pickup Murkimus the Gladiator From completing 200 ranked 3v3 arena matches in the 2009 Arena Tournament.
Neutral [Nurtured Penguin Egg] Pickup Pengu From Neutral Sairuk in Dragonblight or Neutral Tanaika in Howling Fjord (exalted with Kalu'ak and 12g).
Neutral [Perky Pug] Pickup  [Perky Pug] Complete  Looking For Multitudes
Horde [Sen'jin Fetish] Use  [Sen'jin Fetish] 40 Champion's Seal during the Argent Tournament after you become Champion of the TrollTroll Troll race.
Alliance [Teldrassil Sproutling] Use  [Teldrassil Sproutling] 40 Champion's Seal during the Argent Tournament after you become Champion of the Night elfNight elf Night elf race.
Horde [Tirisfal Batling] Use  [Tirisfal Batling] 40 Champion's Seal during the Argent Tournament after you become Champion of the UndeadUndead Undead race.
Neutral [Albino Snake] Use  [Albino Snake] 50g Bought from Breanni in Dalaran.
Neutral [Cobra Hatchling] Use  [Cobra Hatchling] Random chance from  [Mysterious Egg].
Neutral [Gundrak Hatchling] Use  [Gundrak Hatchling] Dropped by Mob IconSmall Raptor.gif Gundrak Raptor in Zul'Drak.
Neutral [Proto-Drake Whelp] Use  [Proto-Drake Whelp] Random chance from  [Mysterious Egg].
Neutral [Tickbird Hatchling] Use  [Tickbird Hatchling] Random chance from  [Mysterious Egg].
Neutral [White Tickbird Hatchling] Use  [White Tickbird Hatchling] Random chance from  [Mysterious Egg].

As of patch 3.0.9, there are 108 non-combat pets in the game.

Gallery

Bugs

Patch 3.0.2, Oct 14, 2008, introduced the companion inventory item, the container, as a charged item with a single charge that spawns the companion in your pets section. After the patch was introduced, all existing pet items (i.e. those in the mail, in your bags, in the bank, etc.) were disallowed from being put up for auction. The auction system would see the pet items as "an item with charges used" and would not post them. These items are still usable, but simply may not be auctioned. New pet items created after the patch, by purchasing from a vendor or receiving as loot, may be auctioned as before.

API

As of patch 3.0.2, a number of companion-related functions have been added to the World of Warcraft API, chief among them GetNumCompanions() and CallCompanion().

Patch changes

Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Several new companions added: [Murkimus' Little Spear], [Turkey Cage], [Spring Rabbit's Foot], and [Strand Crawler].

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