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.
Madexx is not the hardest of tames. He is, however, unique among even rare tames for one reason. He can spawn in 1 of 5 different colors. Three of these colors are unique Scorpid colors (Red, Blue, Green). The other two (Black, Brown) are obtainable through non-rare tames. Despite these possible colors, Madexx does not change between them once tamed (as some pets do, usually between 2 colors). He will stay as whatever color he spawned as.
Finding Madexxis the biggest challenge. After that, simply cast Tame Beast and enjoy your new companion.
I would find it particularly awesome to ride the new Cataclysm scorpion mounts (only for Horde, if memory serves…suck it, Alliance), and also have Madexx out. Such badassery is generally reserved for hunters anyway, but it’s a nice use of our perks.
Finding Madexx (lvl 84 – not exotic): Spawn Points
Madexx has a few potential spawn points in Northern Uldum.
Despite the close spawn locations, you may want to use a targeting macro. Typically someone hunting Madexx might make a macro: /tar Madexx and then swim around the area spamming the macro. If you suddenly see Madexx’s portrait appear as your target, you know he’s nearby. However, targeting macros as a way of 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.
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 Madexx 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.