How To Tame King Krush

Posted: by Arth

King Krush

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 any, this series is a perfect time to pick them up.

King Krush was at one time the hardest tame in the game.  Early in Wrath, he hit like a truck, and also would randomly cast a fear that would break our casting.  And while the difficulty has gotten steadily easier since gear and stat levels have improved, it’s still not a horrible idea to come in with a plan (especially if you aren’t at endgame yet).

King Krush is a Devilsaur, and as such comes with a 5% crit buff and a healing reduction debuff.  This makes him more valuable than his buff companion, the wolf (though only slightly so).  Devilsaurs, however, are only tamable and usable as Beastmaster, making their overall usefulness more limited.

To deal with the fear that he casts, don’t just run in and Tame Beast. There are a few quick thinks that can help manage the fear:

  • Drink a haste pot before taming
  • Cast Ancient Hysteria on yourself with a Corehound pet, dismiss him, then go in for the tame
  • Any other small haste buffs will also add up.  Quicker tames are better.
  • Have a priest cast Fear Ward on you.

Remember that you must have a free slot in one of your 5 mobile pet slots in order to tame a new pet. If you are full up you can either transfer one to your permanent stable at a stable master, or abandon one of your pets by right-clicking on your pet portrait and selecting Abandon.

Finding King Krush (lvl 75 – exotic only)

King Krush has a few stomping grounds in Scholazar Basin.  It’s often popular to search for him alongside Aotona, the rare bird, and Loque’nahak the spirit beast.

Targeting Macros are a tried and true method of locating rares. Typically someone hunting King Krush might make a macro: /tar Kin and then fly around the area spamming the macro.  However, targeting macros as a way of hunting requires 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 spirit beast is nearby, without having to mash buttons all the time.

Taming Etiquette:

  • 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.
  • This is the only rare I really, really want.  I search for him occasionally.  Part of it is that he’s a dinosaur with a unique skin.  Part of it is that it reminds me of my favorite web comic, Dinosaur Comics.  XKCD is Frost’s favorite, and it’s a close 2nd for me, but Dino Comics is awesome too.

Respawn Timers:

We’d be lying if we said there is a definable respawn timer for most rares.  Scour forums and news sites and you’ll find wildly conflicting anecdotes.  The likeliest scenario is that most rares are on variable spawn rates, perhaps dependent on RNG numbers.  Only a few fall within a definite range, and King Krush does not appear to be one of them.  If you have data that contradicts this, I’d love to hear it and would happily include evidence in this article.  Otherwise, pinpointing a respawn timer even approximately is, unfortunately,  guesswork.

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  1. Tikio says:

    Getting this pet is still a bit of a challenge (though it was more so in Wrath). Many hunters want to tame him and many people want to kill him for the achievement. From my own personal experience of taming him and camping for him, his spawn timer just like a lot of rares. He can spawn between 6 hours to 16 hours after kill or tame as the forums say, but from my experience, the 16 hours is what usually happens. I have done the 16 hour wait for king krush 3 times (ie see him die or tamed and come back 16 hours later) and each of those times, he was there. This also seems to work for me on other rares as well. I’ve done this method with several rares. But as the post here states, it is just guess work. No one will ever know how the spawn timers work except for the people who programmed that part of the game.

    • SourPickles says:

      Just tamed him at 12:40 pm 3/26/12 by the Makers Perch close to the road he feared me twice but i got him

  2. Hierakles says:

    I tamed two King Krushes during my recent search for Loque’nahak, and I didn’t really have any problems with the fear. My 85 hunter is sitting on about 800 haste, or 10% I think, and both tames went off before he cast anything.

  3. Fafnir says:

    Tame Beast used to be a 20s cast, hence the difficulty of the fear doesn’t exist anymore.

  4. soultaker says:

    still exist this pet?? because since i was looking for Loque’nahak and a tamed it, i havent see this pet yet, never… is it still exist?

  5. Chris says:

    Article says ” do not run in and just cast tame pet” Thats exactly what I did for mine, although I tamed him akwardly on the side of a hill-y slope, still worked thoguh

    • Arthemystia says:

      A lot of the old challenges of taming Krush have been rectified by the level increase. I haven’t changed the guide because not everyone will be at endgame who is trying to tame him. The advice may still be relevant for some, and taming guides get a lot of hits. But yes, for some, just running up and taming him will be sufficient.

  6. Ice says:

    I’ve tamed him but he is tiny!! anyone know why?