Retired Pets

Every so often, a pet that could once be tamed is made untameable.

The hunters who had already tamed these pets still have them. So while you may see these pets in the game, you won't be able to tame one.

Core Hounds

NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
33
Retired
Blackrock Spire (Dungeon)

Crabs

NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
10-30
Retired
Elite
Blackfathom Deeps (Dungeon)

Crocolisks

NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
30
Retired
Spawned
Sholazar Basin
NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
30
Retired
Spawned
Sholazar Basin

Dragonhawks

NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
30
Retired
Elite
Crystalsong Forest

Gruffhorns

NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
20-35
Retired
Elite
Kun-Lai Summit

Hounds

NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
60
Retired
Skoldus Hall, Torghast, Tower of the Damned (Dungeon)
Cannot Be Tamed
60
Retired
Skoldus Hall, Torghast, Tower of the Damned (Dungeon)

Spiders

NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
54-60
Retired
Keres' Rest & High Stand, Maldraxxus
Cannot Be Tamed
54-60
Retired
Keres' Rest & High Stand, Maldraxxus
Cannot Be Tamed
60
Retired
Scaplian Ridge & Keres' Rest, Maldraxxus
NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
60
Retired
Scaplian Ridge, Maldraxxus
NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
54-60
Retired
Keres' Rest & High Stand, Maldraxxus
NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
30
Retired
Elite
Naxxramas (Raid)

Spirit Beasts

NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
15-30
Retired
Spawned
Dustwallow Marsh

Stone Hounds

NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
35
Retired
Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Wind Serpents

NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
20-30
Retired
Spawned
Elite
Sunken Temple (Dungeon)

Worms

NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
15-30
Retired
Spawned
Rare
The Slithering Scar, Un'Goro Crater
NameLevelLocation
Cannot Be Tamed
35
Retired
Spawned
Dread Wastes

Notes

Spirits of Sholazar

These creatures probably hold the award for strangest retired pets. All are summoned as part of the daily Oracles quest "A Cleansing Song".

The Spirit of Ha-Khalan is a ghostly, partially transparent crocolisk; the Spirit of Atha is a ghostly hydra, and the Spirit of Koosu is a green slime or ooze.

Between Patch 3.0 and Patch 3.0.8, all three of these creatures could be tamed -- because all three of them were labeled as crocolisks! But they were eventually retired.

When Hydras were introduced as a family, the Spirit of Atha as a proper Hydra.


Grimtotem Spirit Guide

The Grimtotem Spirit Guide, aka the ghost wolf, is perhaps the most famous and controversial retired pet in WoW.

This little wolf was an unlikely hunter pet from the beginning: it is summoned by an NPC and only lives for about 8 seconds before falling over dead. And Tame Beast took 20 seconds to cast ...

But despite this, the ghost wolf could indeed be tamed when it was first introduced in Patch 2.3. Excited hunters spared no expense, buying equipment and recruiting friends to help shorten their cast times so they could complete Tame Beast before the wolf died. And many were successful.

Unfortunately, after several weeks Blizzard decided to correct their mistake, even though they had previously said that they would leave the wolf alone. A hotfix temporarily removed the wild Grimtotem Spirit Guides from the game, although hunters who had already tamed one did not lose their pets.

These wolves reappeared in Patch 2.4 as Grimtotem Spirit Wolves, but they can no longer be tamed.

A spirit beast that looks exactly the same can be tamed, though: Karoma, the Wolf Spirit.

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