Ban'thalos - New Spirit Beast in Patch 4.2

See my Patch 4.2 Rare Pet Briefing Post for an updated guide on how to tame Ban’thalos, as well as the other 9 Patch 4.2 Taming Challenge pets.

Finally… a flappy variety Spirit Beast. I knew they’d add one sooner or later.

Ban’thalos is one of the 8 new rare-spawn-hunter-pet-taming-challenges in the Firelands arriving in Patch 4.2. Like Ankha, Ban’thalos is a Spirit Beast, tamable only by Beast Mastery hunters.

I’m not aware of the trick to taming this guy, but I’ll be sure to post more information as it filters in. As mentioned in earlier posts, all of these new rare pets (supposed exotics…) will each pose a unique challenge to the hunter that tries to tame them. This is somewhat similar to the demon quest chain from the days of yore, where each challenge required that the hunter exploit a certain vulnerability in order to complete each quest.

Update: As mentioned in this post, the trick to taming Ban’thalos seems to be surviving the fall damage after dismounting to aggro him during mid-flight. I was thinking this might be the case, but I found it hard to tell from the video. It looked like there were maybe surfaces that a hunter could use as a taming platform, but at any rate…

I don’t know about you, but this Ban’thalos model looks to be a new favorite of mine. It’s somewhat hard to tell from the video, but Ban’thalos looks like he shares a similar model to Olm the Wise v. 2.0, but with a greenish glow.

Ban’thalos Preview Video

Badass comes to mind when I try to think of an appropriate term to describe this new Spirit Beast. ;)

Also… for those of you wondering what sort of UI mod is visible in this video… it’s called SpartanUI.


  1. Dwarf says

    Fly up, drop mount, shoot, disengage to avoid fall damage, deterrence the spell, tame. Didn’t even realize this was one of the supposed challenge tames until afterwards.

  2. Kruella says

    Land mount on tallest tree behind daily quest giver..use elixir of deep earth, fly upwards from tree…thats where you will land on dismount…tag owl,one arcane shot,then scatter shot,deterrence,tame

  3. Hecubah says

    Managed to tame Ban’thalos somewhere between 11:30-Midnight server time last night on Uldaman. I was on my way there to complete the Leyara’s Locket quest and get my nifty little item before logging off when NPCScan went nuts. I tried the tree trick to no avail (I died way too many times between missing the treetop and his special attack). Finally, I perched on top of the statue of Malorne’s head, right on his nose and put my freezing trap on the antlers. Facing the mountains near Sethria’s Roost, I flew up just within range, dismounted and fired off an Arcane Shot, He landed right in my trap and I was able to tame him with no problems. Hope this helps for people who don’t feel too confident in trying the tree trick! Also, don’t forget to be in BM spec! I almost tried taming him in SV (derp).

  4. Udoo says

    Just got invited to a group by a guildy so i could tame him, however the guildy was in a different phase to me and i couldnt see the beast :( he said he was staring right at it! really sucks!

  5. Icehawk says

    Just something to note. He is only spawned in the regrowth phase of Mt Hyjal. I have 2 x 85 hunters, and I noticed him with my hunter who already has him tamed. So I logged the other one on, and flew there and I could not see him anymore.
    I then re-logged the first hunter, and I could see him again. The only difference is my first hunter is doing the Fireland dailys so has unlocked the regrowth phase.
    LOL – now I have 2 of these spirit owls on the 1 hunter!

  6. Lexo says

    Just got him on Twisting Nether, about 10pm server time. A fellow rogue spotted him and called me to him. I stood on a flat part of the mountain behind the tree (you’ll see it, about the same height as said tree). I put my trap there and a really helpful druid pulled him over to me. Thanks guys <3

  7. Ookla says

    Toothpicking, learn it, live it, know it. I tamed him without taking much damage at all and not falling. There is a tree taller than all the others behind the Sanctuary of Malorne at 27,64 and it doesn’t look like you can stand on it, but position your flying mount directly on it (you look like an appetizer with a toothpick in the middle!) and drop a freezing trap. Once he’s in range aggro with him just about any shot you can, click tame, deterrence and you’re done and you won’t fall off the tree or shouldn’t if your toothpicked properly.

  8. Acck says

    You don’t need anything special for this guy. Just fly up on top of the statue. Wait. Move up just high enough so that you can see your arcane shot light up. Click off your mount. Hit arcane shot. You will fall and take like 100k damage. Pop Deterrence drop your trap. Tame. If you do not pop Deterrence he will kill you fast. EZ PZ.

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