12 Rare Battle Pets in World of Warcraft (And How to Get Them)

warcraft battle pets

Battle pets did not exist in the World of Warcraft until the Mists of Pandaria expansion. Prior to that, they were known as vanity pets – creatures that could be summoned for purely cosmetic value.  Some had interesting animations; some just looked cool, but they were all primarily for collection purposes.

With the release of the battle pets system, pet collecting took on a whole new dimension.  Spending hours farming a pet with a low drop rate now had added incentive; you could actually level and use that pet in battles.  The battle pets system also gave players a new way of collecting pets – by capturing them through battle.  It’s as simple as finding the pet you want, engaging in battle, and using the “Capture” skill when their health is low.

So, now you’re thinking of expanding your battle pets collection? But, you probably want to collect special pets, ones that aren’t common, that you can show off to your guildies, right?  You may not want to spend hours farming for the rare pets with low drop rates.  Maybe you don’t want to spend your hard-earned gold to buy them from the Auction House.  Well, below is a list of 12 battle pets that are rare because of timing conditions (in alphabetical order.)  Maybe you won’t even have to farm them.  Maybe you’ll just get lucky and be in the right place at the right time. Happy hunting!

Time Sensitive Battle Pets

The following battle pets ONLY spawn during certain times or events.  In order to capture them, you must find them during that time, start a battle, and capture the pet you want.

All pictures are sourced from Wowhead, and each picture links directly to the original image.  Links for all the battle pets are contained in the titles.

1. Arctic Fox Kit

battle pets - arctic fox kit

Location: Storm Peaks in Northrend

Timing Condition: It must be snowing.

2. Baby Ape

battle pets - baby ape

Location: Jaguero Isle in Stranglethorn Vale, Eastern Kingdoms

Timing Condition: It must be raining. (Heads up! It must be raining on the actual island.  Just because it is raining in STV, doesn’t mean it’s raining on the island itself.)

3. Crow

battle pets - crow

Location: Darkmoon Island

Timing Condition: Darkmoon Faire must be active for your faction. (Crow appears alongside other pets.)

4. Darkmoon Glowfly

battle pets - darkmoon glowfly

Location: Darkmoon Island

Timing Condition: Darkmoon Faire must be active for your faction.

5. Little Black Ram

battle pets - little black ram

Location: Loch Modan, Eastern Kingdoms

Timing Condition: During the daytime hours, server time. (There is some discrepancy about timing with this one, but most seem to agree that it does not spawn at night.)

6. Qiraji Guardling

battle pets - qiraji guardling

Location: Scarab Wall in Silithus, Kalimdor

Timing Condition: It must be Summer.  Between June 21 – September 23.

7. Restless Shadeling

battle pets - restless shadeling

Location: Deadwind Pass, Eastern Kingdoms

Timing Condition: Spawns between midnight and 9am server time.

8. Silithid Hatchling

battle pets - silithid hatchling

Location: Gaping Chasm or Noxious Lair in Tanaris, Kalimdor

Timing Condition: There must be a Sandstorm.

9. Snowy Owl

battle pet - snowy owl

Location: Winterspring, Kalimdor

Timing Condition: It must be Winter. Between December 22 – March 19.

10. Stone Armadillo

battle pets - stone armadillo

Location: Desolace, Kalimdor

Timing Condition: It must be night time on the server.

11. Wanderer’s Festival Hatchling

battle pets - wanderer's festival hatchling

Location: Turtle Beach in Krasarang Wilds, Pandaria

Timing Condition: Wanderer’s Festival must be active.  It occurs on Sunday between 9-11am server time.

12. Widow Spiderling

battle pets - widow spiderling

Location: Twilight Grove in Duskwood, Eastern Kingdoms

Timing Condition: It must be night time on the server.


If you are interested in seeing my personal pet collection, I have made 2 ASMR videos showcasing my own battle pets.  The no talking version is here.  The whispering version is here.

Love World of Warcraft related ASMR?  Check out some of my favorite WoW ASMR videos here.



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