Alisha Adkins is an author, gamer, and zombie enthusiast. She is currently pursuing her dream of writing and quietly starving to death.
What Exactly Does "Cool" Mean?
This term is, of course, completely subjective. What is "cool-looking" is in the eye of the beholder, and your pet aesthetic may be different from my own. Nonetheless, this list contains visually intriguing pets that should at least whet your appetite for pet collecting and give you some ideas about where you'd like to begin when building your own pet collection.
The Best-Looking Battle Pets in WoW by Type
Since you'll need a variety of pet types for a successful battle pet team, for the purpose of organization, this article will examine the "coolest looking" pets broken down by pet type:
1. Humanoid Pets
Unless you're lucky enough to have one of the rare limited edition murloc pets such as Deathy, Lurky, or Murkablo, the best looking humanoid type pets are arguably the following:
- Curious Oracle Hatchling - This pet is a possible reward for completing the Children's Week quest chain in Dalaran. It has abilities similar to those of hopling pets, but its look is totally unique.
- Lil' Bad Wolf - This recently added worgen pet drops from The Big Bad Wolf in Karazhan and is one of the pets required for the Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition achievement. This is a humanoid pet with beast abilities and, like the Curious Oracle Hatchling, its model is one-of-a-kind.
- Harbinger of Flame - This naga-like pet drops from Sulfuron Harbinger in Molten Core and is part of the original Raiding with Leashes achievement. Sporting another striking one-of-a-kind model, this pet has a strong arsenal of abilities and can hold its own in pet battle PvP.
2. Undead Pets
There are so many interesting undead type battle pets that choosing the coolest is no simple matter.
However, unless you are one of the few proud possessors of a limited edition Fetish Shaman or Frosty battle pet, then your best options for drawing oohs and aahs from jealous players are probably the following:
- Crawling Claw - This pet is visually awesome and also one of the strongest battle pets in the game. It has both the ability to deal massive damage and force your opponent to swap out his active pet. The Crawling Claw is obtainable through archeology and can occasionally be found on auction houses (where it tends to be quite expensive).
- Creepy Crate - The reward for completing a quest chain only available at Hallow's End, this non-tradable pet is a crate that expels noxious green gas and occasionally licks its lips with a large pink tongue. It is visually fantastic and also reasonably good in battle (provided that you upgrade it from its original uncommon state with a battle stone).
- Restless Shadeling - This ghostly pet only spawns at midnight, server time, in the Master's Cellar, which is located outside of Karazhan in Deadwind Pass.
3. Beast Pets
There are a multitude of beast pets available to be tamed in the wilds throughout the world of Warcraft, but many of them aren't terribly inspired. Most snakes and scorpids, for instance, pretty much look the same. Here are three beast type pets that really stand out:
- Diemetradon Hatchling - Available for taming throughout the southwest of Un'Goro Crater, this dino beast has a unique and striking model.
- Feline Familiar - When you summon this pet, it flies along next to you on a tiny broom. For this reason alone, the feline familiar is a must-have. On top of that, it is probably the best pet for grinding experience in the game. It is only available for 150 tricky treats during Hallow's End, but can often be purchased on auction houses throughout the year. Be aware that It starts out as an uncommon quality pet, so upgrade it if you intend to use it in battle.
- Molten Hatchling - While most spider pets share the same model with only different colorations, the Molten Hatchling has its own unique one, and it's extremely cool. This pet only spawns in the lava pools of Searing Gorge. If of rare quality, it makes a fair contender in battle.
4. Elemental Pets
While not among the most plentiful type of pet, the elemental type does boast some of the coolest looking specimens.
In fact, I wasn't able to pare my list down to just 3, so here are 5 coolest contestants:
- Blossoming Ancient - It only stands to reason that some of the best looking pets in the game would be those that are available as purchases in the Blizzard Store. The Blossoming Ancient is the newest edition to this group, changes appearance with the seasons, and retails for $10.
- Jade Tentacle is the reward for the Time to Open a Pet Store Achievement, which is obtained by earning 400 pet battle achievement points. The look and animations of this pet are priceless; unfortunately, it's not much of a fighter.
- Terrible Turnip - How funny is this little guy? The Terrible Turnip is obtained by harvesting an Ominous Seed at Sunsong Ranch. It can also be found cheaply and in plentiful quantities on most auction houses and works well as a supporting member of a battle team with abilities to lightly heal (Inspiring Song) your full team and lightly damage (Tidal Wave, Sunlight) the entire opposing team.
- Tiny Bog Beast - You too can have your own miniature swamp thing! This tamable pet is found in the north of Wetlands.
- Venus - You can also own your own replica venus flytrap from Little Shop of Horrors, provided that you earn the That's a Lot of Pet Food achievement awarded for collecting 400 unique pets.
Honorable mentions also go to Core Hound Pup, which is free with the addition of a Battle.net Authenticator to your World of Warcraft account, and Electrified Razortooth, which still looks cool, but was recently nerfed.
5. Flying Pets
Flying Pets aren't among the most remarkable of Warcraft pets, but here are a few of note:
- Cenarion Hatchling is a cute little pet available through the Blizzard Store. It is exactly the same in both appearance and abilities as the TCG loot card pet, Hippogryph Hatchling.
- Pterrordax Hatchling - Available through archeology, this flying pet can frequently be found on auction houses for 2,000 to 3,000 gold.
- Jade Crane Chick is a race-specific pet available to Pandaren characters through their faction battle trainer. It begins as uncommon quality, so you may wish to upgrade it if you plan to make it a part of your team.
6. Critter Pets
Critters are another pet type that is abundant in the wild. However, while plentiful in number, few of them really inspire the imagination. Here are my picks for most visually interesting:
- Egbert is one of the possible rewards for completing the Children's Week quest chain in Outlands. He is of uncommon quality and is often found on auction houses for around 1,000 gold.
- Imperial Silkworm - From the moment I first saw a silkworm in Mists of Pandaria, I wanted one as a pet of my own. Patch 5.1 granted my wish by adding this pet to the game. It is produced through the tailoring profession; tailors have a chance to obtain one when creating imperial silk. Because the market is currently flooded with these, they frequently retail in auction houses for less than 1 gold apiece.
- Scooter the Snail shares the same model with several other variety of snail, but his coloration is vibrant and appealing. This pet is a quest reward during Children's Week and, when upgraded to rare quality, has one of the highest health values of any pet in the game.
7. Dragonkin Pets
It's hard to go wrong with a dragon pet because, as everyone knows, dragons are just plain cool. Here are a few of the most awesome ones:
- Emerald Proto-Whelp - Added in patch 5.2, these beauties are the green version of the red BOE Proto-Drake Whelp. They spawn in Savage Thicket within Sholazar Basin, Northrend.
- Emerald Whelpling - There are a number of dragon type pets that share this cute whelpling model. Most are world drops and are frequently available on auction houses, although their prices vary wildly. Varieties include the Crimson Whelpling, Dark Whelpling, Azure Whelpling, and the elusive tamable wild pet Nexus Whelpling. All of them are equally adorable; I just chose the Emerald Whelpling because I am partial to green.
- Sprite Darter Hatchling - Alas, although originally available as a quest reward, these pets are now only available as a rare world drop in Feralas. Keep an eye out for one on your local auction house.
8. Aquatic Pets
Among battle pets, aquatics tend to be rather odd fish with abilities that frequently feel a bit awkward to utilize.
For pet battles, I have found frog varieties to be the easiest to use. However, frogs can't hold a candle to these pets when it comes to the looks department:
- Spawn of G'nathus - This purple eel-like creature looks awesome and generally can hold its own in battle as well. It drops from G'nathus in Townlong Steps and is commonly available in auction houses.
- Purple Puffer is a purple blowfish pet that is obtained through a TCG loot card code.
- Gahz'rooki - the only pet hydra in the game, Gahz'rooki is available for 1 Radical Mojo from the Darkspear Rebellion Quartermaster and is, for the moment, relatively plentiful in most auction houses.
9. Mechanical Pets
Mechanical Pets appeal to the inner steampunk in us all.
Mechanical types come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but perhaps I am an android-lover at heart, because my favorite are the ones with humanoid-like appearances. Here are some of the ones of which I am personally most fond:
- Son of Animus is a robot with swirling red liquid in its midsection. This Throne of Thunder drop makes an excellent addition to leveling pet teams and can regularly be found in auction houses, although it usually sports a substantial price tag.
- Tiny Harvester - This tamable pet can be found throughout Westfall. It is slow to win battles but has excellent survivability.
- Tranquil Mechanical Yeti - This mechanical pet can be made by engineers. It is not only cute but is also a powerhouse in battle.
10. Magic Pets
I've saved the best for last. There are a plethora of cool-looking magic type pets in WoW. Here are some of the stand outs:
- Enchanted Broom - This Fantasia-inspired pet not only looks cool but is also extremely versatile. It is available to Horde characters for 40 Champion's Seals from the Blood Elf Argent Tournament vendor, but can be regularly found in the auction houses of both factions. Originally an uncommon quality pet, upgraded to rare, it makes a fantastic addition to almost any PvP pet battle team.
- Lesser Voidcaller - This impressive-looking mini-version of the warlock pet can be looted from High Astromancer Solarian in The Eye and is one of the pets required to obtain the Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition achievement.
- Twilight Fiendling is a mini-version of the shadow priest limited-duration pet and can be found in corrupted areas of Twilight Highlands. Unfortunately, its abilites are weak, but it looks so freakin' cool!
- Viscidous Globule - With all of the oozling magic pets available, Viscidous Globule stands out with its unique model. It drops from Viscidus in Temple of Ahn'Qiraj and is one of the pets required for the original Raiding with Leashes achievement.
- Netherspace Abyssal is a bad-ass pet that shares a model with the rare tamable pet Minfernal. It has a mean arsenal of abilities and drops from Prince Malchezaar in Karazhan.
Also of note are the ultra-rare limited edition Baneling, Mini-Diablo, and Zergling magic pets.
© 2013 Alisha Adkins
Ashley Cogdill from Indiana/Chicagoland on January 24, 2016:
Love battle pets!! I want these. :)
Fiiji on November 02, 2013:
I just got a rare upgrade stone for beast pets and I have no idea which pet I should upgrade!!!
Jessica Peri from United States on July 03, 2013:
You're right, these battle pets are all terribly cool and I don't own most of them! When I saw the Diemetradon Hatchling in my travels however, I knew I had to capture it. I'll have to add these guys to a bucket list once I've leveled a bit more.