This article is part of an ongoing series on how to tame many of the game’s rare hunter pets. If you don’t have them all, this series is a perfect time to pick them up.
Ashtail is a unique skinned fox that came with the Cataclysm changes. He was particularly coveted for a time because everyone wanted a fox when they were introduced, even if they are rarely used in PvE situations (sadly, mine stays in the imaginary stable pen that I envision for all of my stabled pets). But still, a fox. He’s cute. And he dances. And it’s a rare. That’s like a trifecta of collector’s enticements.
Ashtail is not a hard tame. You just have to find him, and likely beat off the competition for him. The map below will help, and there’s one other trick. that can help you beat other hunters to him. And the trick is knowing his spawn location. Despite patting around the area, he always spawns precisely at 75.2, 43.6. After a quick sweep to make sure he isn’t already available, camp that spot accordingly.
Finding Ashtail (lvl 16 – not exotic): Spawn Points
I assume the southwest dots are an anomaly, not worth searching for him there based on reported tames.
Despite the spawn location, you may want to use a targeting macro. Typically someone hunting Ashtail might make a macro: /tar Ash and then swim around the area spamming the macro. If you suddenly see Ashtail’s portrait appear as your target, you know he’s nearby. However, targeting macros as a way of spirit beast hunting require a lot of button spam, which can get annoying when some of these beasts have respawn timers that are several hours (or days) long.
For those wishing to alleviate this burden, there’s NPCScan, an addonthat does the exact same thing that targeting macros do (with the same range), but without all the button mashing. With NPCScan you can be alerted any time a rare is nearby, without having to mash buttons all the time.
- If there are two or more hunters camping the same spot, try to work it out instead of fighting over a tame. This usually ends with the animal dead, and neither hunter with the tame. If an agreement cannot be reached, suggest rolling for rights to it.
- If you see a rare pet and don’t want it (or you aren’t a hunter, but then why are you reading this?), tell a friend who has a hunter and might be interested.
- If someone gives you the same courtesy and tells you about a potential tame, offer to tip them for it.
Ashtail is one of the few coveted rares that has a rough respawn timer. And, luckily, it is relatively short. The shortest respawn stories range from 30-35 minutes, with the longest generally at about 75 minutes. This, it should be noted, is a very small range for a rare. Even the anecdotal outliers are close to this range. Most rares have wildly conflicting stories accompanying respawn rate speculation. Ashtail’s short timer is remarkably uncontested by comparison. This makes Ashtail a great one to hunt for if you do your homework, because the respawn rate is reasonably low and the spawn location is standardized (as mentioned above).