Friday, June 10, 2011


When questing for the Therazane's followers in Deepholm, trying to build their trust so Therazane will yield the Third Fragment of the World Pillar, a side quest chain comes up, to rescue a baby earth elemental named Pebble. Pebble takes a liking to the questor, and the rock giants issue dire warnings about being too nice to the elementals. The end.

Except it's not. Every once in a while, a quest will pop up in the Therazane dailies, where the tender of the baby earth elementals says, "Pebble has gotten himself lost again, somewhere deep in the Crumbling Depths.... He seems to like you. Please, go and find him and bring him out of those tunnels..." It's a basic escort quest, with little baby earth elemental Pebble tagging along. It's so cute. Pebble is cute.

Then I found out that doing the daily 10 times marks the Rock Lover achievement and Pebble becomes a pet! Since Kuanchichi the elemental shaman clearly needs an elemental pet, I started watching for the quest. And that's when I noticed something: Pebble doesn't just trail along, he'd attack anything I was fighting. Look at him go! ...he's in the upper right.

Pebble attacks!

Pebble is Bad Ass! Here's the combat log from that same screenshot! He's hitting for around 300 a swing. Not bad for a companion!

Pebble's damage!

I wondered if that would keep up once I got the achieve. That would just be too cool. I watched to see if Pebble ever changed, but he would always track behind the mob, and pound on them with his little Pebble arms. And then ding! I got the achieve. Kuan now has Pebble as a pet.

Of course pets are non-combat. I was clearly dreaming.

Pebble no longer attacks.

Nonetheless, Pebble is, actually, super special. Why? Becuase even as a non-combat pet, Pebble is Bad Ass! He's level 83 with the health to match. Don't be attacking Pebble!

Pebble sure has a lot of health...

Anyhow, Pebble is now the pet Kuan has been keeping out. I'm not sure he isn't out of his depths getting dragged all over Azeroth, but he is very loyal even when his favorite person does things beyond his, or anyone's, understanding...

Pebble watches Kuanchichi being silly

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