Bringing Down Ban’thalos


The rare pet hunting has continued to be successful for me since I landed Skarr the other night — the first of the rares I’d tamed since entering the Molten Front earlier this week.

Yesterday I nabbed Ban’thalos, making him the fifth Patch 4.2 rare pet I’ve acquired since Tuesday. The procedure I used for taming this new Spirit Beast was as follows…

Garwulf’s Taming Guide for Ban’thalos

1) Locate the tall tree just left of the monument in the Sanctuary of Malorne.

Ban'thalos Taming Guide

2) Fly to the top of the tree and adjust your position until you are resting on it. Hovering above the top of the tree, use the ‘Sit/Move Down command’ (X by default, but I have it remapped to Shift+X) until you make sure you’re perched atop the tree. This is the place where you will tame him.

Ban'thalos Taming Guide

3) Once Ban’thalos has been spotted, drop a Freezing Trap on top of the tree, get on your mount and fly ‘straight up’ by pressing only the space bar. When you aggro him you will be free-falling, so you need to make sure you fall ‘straight-down’ back to the top of the tree.

Ban'thalos Taming Guide

4) When Ban’thalos is within range, dismount and pull him with a shot. Once he’s been aggro’d — pop Deterrence. You’ll take a little bit of damage from the fall, but Deterrence will protect you from his whammy of a Moonfire attack. As soon as you land atop the tree start Tame Beast. Ban’thalos will pursue you – landing in the Freezing Trap you have waiting for him.

Ban'thalos Taming Guide

Once he’s trapped, he’s as good as yours. :)

Ban'thalos Taming Guide

He’s definitely a nice looking pet, but I’m still a die-hard Ghotcrawler fan when it comes to my Spirit Beast of choice — he’s just so damn inconspicuous in BGs. He’s like a low-profile damaging blue mist that moves from target to target — where as Ban’thalos really stands out in the, “hey it’s a BM pet, let’s kill it!” sort of way.

Still though… a really cool pet, and a Spirit Beast skin I’ve wanted for awhile.


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  2. Poiekelsatin says


    Just wanted to say thankyou so very much for this. Ban’thalos is now mine :))

    Poiekelsatin :))

  3. Turzzock says

    I’ve only been playing this hunter since about 2 weeks before MoP, so I had no spirit beasts. I’ve been rushing like a madman trying to level. I was doing dailies (at lvl 90) on the Molten Front when I saw him flying around. Like stated below, I just used disengage to negate the fall damage and tamed. Easy. At level 90, no freeze trap is necessary. On the other hand, I didn’t know you had to get nekked to tame Ankha… he one-hit me 3 times at lvl 90 before I looked up how to tame him :p. Great website!

  4. Theossy says

    Dear fellow hunters!

    I REALISE that you’re supposed to complete a series of quests and unlock a daily hub related to the Firelands, in order to be in the same phase as Ban’Thalos. I did this. Or so I believe. I’ve gone so far, that I now have daily quests available to me at Sanctum of Malorne outside, and inside the portal at The Molten Front.

    Whenever I take the flight master’s hippogryph to Sanctum of Malorne, I SEE Ban’Thalos flying where he’s supposed to be. However, as my gryphon lands, he phases out and is gone. It’s as if I enter another phase in which he is not there upon landing the gryphon.

    I find this super strange, as (to the best of my knowledge) I was supposed to have unlocked the phase by coming up and until the dailies?

    – If anybody has any idea what’s up, or a possible solution I’d be extremely grateful

    • Tannim says

      What’s up is the Cross Realm Zones. When you take off on the flight path you’re in one particular zone in one server, and when you land you shift to a different zone on another server that shares space with other server populations. Unfortunately.

  5. Theossy says

    how do you know when you’ve completed the necessary quest steps? I assume I’m there, having come to a point where I got the dailies INSIDE the Firelands (Molten Front?)

    As you can tell, I wasn’t around whenever that patch hit (4.0.6?) so I’m not too confident about the quests. Since I’ll be doing a lot of waiting for Ban’Thalos anyhoo, I just wanna make sure I don’t wait too long, because I simply cannot enter his “phase”.

    Thanks in advance :)

    • says

      Ban’thalos is one of the first pets to be unlocked, so if you’re able to enter the Firelands, then Ban’thalos will definitely be available for taming.

  6. Tozurk says

    Just tamed Ban’thalos tonight. If you’ve unlocked the Sanctuary it’s much easier to drop onto the top of Malorne’s back rather than trying to use the tree; now that 5.0.4 has dropped, also make a point to get Wyvern Sting and Glyph of Tame Beast; it makes it so that once you’ve got him tagged, you can put him to sleep and have him tamed before he wakes up.

    • Chumley131 says

      My gf just tamed this today at 2:50pm server time on Bleeding Hollow. It is still able to be tamed. She sat in the tree behind the Sanctuary of Malorne and used a trap to freeze him in place, popped a haste potion and tamed him. I’d have to say, the hardest thing about taming him is fighting off members of the other faction. Best of luck to everyone!

  7. ninja666 says

    thanks for guide, got me owl today, first shot too, used the deer statue, easy as, even forgot to dismiss current pet but with ice trap still had time to dismiss pet and then tame lol

  8. Antigone says

    Thank you so much for posting this advice on how to tame him. It took me a while to actually mount up and then dis mount in mid air to aggro him because I was afraid I’d just fall out of the tree lol but when I did it it worked the first time I did it and I tamed him :] Very happy with this tame. Oh and I named her Athena :]

  9. Antigone says

    Thank you so much for posting this advice on how to tame him. It took me a while to actually mount up and then dis mount in mid air to aggro him because I was afraid I’d just fall out of the tree lol but when I did it it worked the first time I did it and I tamed him :] Very happy with this tame.

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