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.
- 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.
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.