Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bombyx - Trackable Hunter Pet (Silkworm)

Bombyx is the tenth trackable hunter pet that we've seen in Mists of Pandaria. He is a level 90 purple silkworm, and is considered an exotic beast - therefore he is only tamable by hunters in Beast Mastery spec. He was introduced in patch 5.1, and is a little more difficult to find than the previous nine.

The other nine trackable hunter pets in Pandaria walk in predictable paths leaving footprints that eventually lead us to the beast making them. Originally all of their tracks were backwards, several have since been fixed when patch 5.1 went live. These beasts are completely stealthed, and the only thing that will make them visible is for them to walk through a flare. A Hunter's Mark placed on the beast will keep it visible to the hunter that placed the mark until the flare wears off.

Like the other nine beasts, Bombyx is stealthed and leaves tracks that can only be seen by hunters. His tracks however are unlike anything we've seen so far. He doesn't leave actual footprints as tracks, he instead leaves a trail of Heavily-Chewed Silkweed (pictured on the right in the screenshot below.) Unfortunately because these "tracks" are basically a small tuft of flowers (and look just like a smaller version of the Silkweed herb), they do not point in a particular direction. This makes determining the direction that Bombyx is travelling incredibly difficult.


As if not knowing which direction he were moving weren't difficult enough, he also moves VERY sporadically. He twists and turns, doubles back repeatedly and even stops in place for lengthy periods of time. In the screenshot below you can see there are Heavily-Chewed Silkweed tracks all over the place. Where does one even start looking for this guy?!


Well, I can't give you a precise map like I did with the other nine pets, but I can point you in the right direction. You should begin your search for Heavily-Chewed Silkweed within the small purple circle that I marked on the map below. I watched Bombyx for quite a while, and he never left this area in the time I spent watching him.

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I also noticed that he seems to have a favorite spot that he likes to re-visit more often than other locations. He occasionally hangs out at the base of two large trees, right between the roots at 32.6, 48.46. I circled the exact spot in yellow on the screenshot below. I also circled the ridiculous amount of Heavily-Chewed Silkweed everywhere to give you a better idea as to just how sporadic his tracks are. The tracks on the right, and in front of Bombyx in the screenshot below had been there for about 3 minutes before the shot was taken. The tracks right behind him he had just left as I snapped the shot.


If your having trouble locking down exactly where he is, I would advise tossing a flair at that location and waiting patiently for his return.

I've got a video below that shows this particular spot right at the beginning. After I tame him in the video, it continues on for a few minutes just watching where Bombyx walks. Hopefully this gives you an idea as to just how sneaky this squirmy wormy is.

9 comments:

  1. Ok These are Amazing directions! I flew to the spot and launched flare and their she was. I was like OMG no way!! TY TY TY :-)

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    1. I did the same thing! I love this blog so much!

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  2. as of 5.2 no longer tameable, but still found him thanks to ur guide!

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    1. this post is a lie as of 5.3 tamed by my girlfriend

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  3. just tamed him this morning

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  4. i also just tamed it thankyou 09/04/2013 8:16 pm +10gtz (khadgar)

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  5. Áthan [Draenor]

    Captured!

    P.S. I loved tracking this one because his tracks are so random. I dropped a Flare on every Heavily-Chewed Silkweed and gave priority to those located near other. As I dropped a Flare near two close to each other and another one further away, he showed himself, Hunter Marked him and tamed.

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  6. Just tamed today 6/9/14! Thanks SO MUCH for this guide!!!

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  7. Just tamed him, thank you

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