The highly anticipated and controversial Guardian Cub pet is now available in the Blizzard Pet Store. The reason that there's so much hoopla over this new pet is not just because it's an irresistible, cute and cuddly little companion to the Winged Guardian mount… no, no sirree… The thing that's so unique and exciting about this pet is the fact that it's tradable. The Guardian Cub is the first Bind on Equip WoW pet available through the Blizzard Pet Store.
What this means is that you can purchase these pets at the Blizzard Pet Store for a mere $10 each, then gift them to a friend in-game, trade them to another player for a different pet, etc., or… you can post them on the Auction House and sell them for in-game gold!
Obviously, there will be many players wanting to buy this pet simply to add to their collection, but by making it tradable, it's now going to provide a means by which all players will be able to essentially purchase in-game currency.
The Guardian Cub pet has a 24 hour trade cooldown on it, which means that it is not available for trading until 24 hours have passed since it's been retrieved from the mailbox. Also of note is that this pet is not Bind on Account, like the other Blizzard Pet Store Pets. The Guardian Cub is character-specific, so you'll only be able to use it with the character that's added it to their pet collection.
Of course, this will likely change in either Patch 5.0 or when the Mists of Pandaria hits, since Blizzard has stated their intention of making all pets Bind on Account.
Since the Guardian Cub has just been made available today, it's too early to get an idea of its market price. None of them will be available for purchase off of the Auction Houe until tomorrow. I imagine prices will vary greatly depending upon the server population and economy, but I'm going to predict that they'll be fetching somewhere around 8K-15K in-game gold.
Well what do you guys think of this pet?
I like it, myself. I may have to end up getting one and possibly an extra – for one lucky site visitor. You guys like the idea of a Guardian Cub contest? 😀
As far as the tradable aspect goes… I don't really care. I think it's a smart move on Blizzard's part, for sure. They are going to make a ton of money from the sale of these pets, plus it's going to put the screws to the gold sellers. I mean, it won't put them out of business, of course, but by allowing players the ability to trade a real-money item for in-game gold, it's going to definitely lessen the appeal of those shady gold-selling sites. Also, it's not like it offers players any sort of advantages… it's strictly a vanity item.
This will also be a nice option for players who are filthy stinkin' rich in-game, as they'll likely be able to save their real-money for other things, and just pick up this new Blizzard Pet Store pet in their local AH. 🙂