Memorable WoW Moments: Mist Howler

mist_howler_rare_wolfThese days Mist Howler is nothing special, apart from him being a rare spawn, but back in the day he was a prized pup. Mist Howler was one of the few pets available with a very fast attack speed, which was most beneficial for caster interrupts in PvP. There were a handful of faster pets, but Mist Howler was one of the few wolves with the fast attack speed, plus he was the only FAS wolf with the “wolf” model, as opposed to the “worg” look.

The minute I reached Ashenvale with Garwulf I had to have me one of the light gray wolves. It was my absolute favorite pet look at the time. Later on when I found out that there was a really special wolf with that model – I had to have him.

I searched for this pet off and on for months to no avail. Trying to find Mist Howler was like tracking down a sasquatch, and I began to think he was just a myth. Eventually I threw in the towel once I hit the 50s and was able to go after such pets as Spiteflayer and Deathmaw, both of which had the even faster 1.2 sec attack speed.

My search for Mist Howler was put on hold…until later.

Because hunters are so awesome, I ended up rolling another one back in vanilla – partly so that I could try huntering as a dwarf, but also so that I could tame some more pets! We only really had 2 functional stable slots back then, so if you wanted more pets you had to have more hunters! Once my dwarf gained the ability to tame, my first target was Bjarn. My second target….you guessed it…Mist Howler!

Right around the time I hit 20 or 21 I made the journey to Kalimdor, then on to Ashenvale to look for this ghost. I swear, Mist Howler was and still is one of the least seldom seen pets in the game, for me at least. He is extremely hard to get. This is partly because his spawn timer is pretty lengthy. I seem to recall he spawned only twice per day, and what made matters worse is he would often spawn in high traffic areas where he’d often be killed by questing players.

The second time around I still had a terrible time trying to find this guy until one day…I logged in and patrolled his spawn areas and…boom! There he was. Sitting atop this rock right next to that first little empty house as you enter Ashenvale from the south. I was so pleased to finally get the chance to tame this elusive pet, and to this day, it’s still one of the fondest hunter-pet-taming memories I have.

Although the story isn’t all that exciting, taming Mist Howler was a very memorable WoW moment for this hunter. 😉

Too bad I don’t have a screenshot of my dwarf with Mist Howler. I searched and searched, but it seems I had a hard time finding my screenshot button back then. I did find a picture of him with Death Flayer, so take that!



  1. says

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  2. Eric says

    I love my mist howler. Back in vanilla, my first toon was a hunter. As soon as I reached the 20’s I went out and camped for him until I tamed him. He was (still is) a great pet. I dropped my hunter around lv 44 (back in 2006) and recently decided to boost him to 90. When I logged back on he was still the only pet in my stable but he had lost all that speed… Great times playing with him in PvP back in the day.

  3. Nonsense says

    Hi Garwulf, have already catch one of the Direhorns from the Isle of Giants?

    I think they are a good subject for a post, all the grind for the skill book makes then deserving the title of rare pets.

  4. lawman30 says

    I never tamed Mist Howler. The closest thing I had to a tame like this (and I’m sure I’m not the only one) was Loque’nahak. Talk about your tame spawning in high-traffic quest areas where the random player ganks him because he’s a rare…..GAAAAAAAGGGHHHH!!!

    This memory of yours also reminded me of my submission on taming Terrorpene. I noticed someone recently commented on it and when I read the comment, I also re-read the piece I wrote. DAYUM did I put a lot of BS&T into taming that guy. But like your Mist Howler post reminds us: there’s nothing quite like a great tame for a persistent hunter.

    Well done, Gar!

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