This article is part of an ongoing series on how to tame all of the rare hunter pets, including how to tame all of the spirit beasts in the game. If you don’t have them all, this series is a perfect time to pick them up — most of the Wrath spirit beasts are pretty easy to come across these days. With the much lower competition, they’re often just sitting there waiting to be tamed!
The only actual taming challenges for hunters came with the new hunter pets (including new spirit beasts) in patch 4.2. For Arcturis the real challenge is just finding him in the first place. Arcturis is a rare spawn spirit beast using the spirit beast version of the bear model. Even though he kinda looks like a bear, Arcturis does not have the bear special abilities, nor is he a tenacity pet: Arcturis is considered a spirit beast with the same abilities as all spirit beasts.
Arcturis does not have any special tricks needed to tame him. Once you find Arcturis just drop a Freezing Trap to hold him still and keep him from attacking while you begin to Tame Beast. 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 Arcturis (lvl 74 – exotic)
Arcturis spawns just north of Amberpine Lodge in the Grizzly Hills of Northrend, as shown on the map above. It should be stressed again that Arcturis is a rare spawn, and will not always be there. In fact, most of the time he won’t be there — the thing that makes the spirit beasts so rare is the fact that they rarely spawn.
Targeting Macros are a tried and true method of locating rares. Typically someone hunting Arcturis might make a macro: /tar Arcturis and then fly around the area spamming the macro. If you suddenly see Arcturis’ 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 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.
As a quick note, several sites will have unsubstantiated claims from posters of tames at locations other than the ones listed on the map above. While this is possible, it is unlikely that there will be spawns outside these spots, especially given the length of time Arcturis been available.
We’d be lying if we said there is a definable respawn timers 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 Arcturis does not appear to be one of them. With Arcturis especially, respawn stories seem to range from a few hours to several days, making him among the most unpredictable rares. 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.