This article is part of an ongoing series on how to tame many of the game’s 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. Apologies in advance for the same-ish nature of many of the taming guides. A necessary evil to cover the same relevant information in all the guides.
[Frostheim note: this is the one spirit beast I actually have -- happily Ghostcrawler was there the first time I went looking.]
Ghostcrawler is one of the “at-launch” Cataclysm spirit beasts, and is a not-so-subtle self-reference from Blizzard, named after the infamous man behind the blue posts. The in-game Ghostcrawler even comes with his own special Nerf Bat ability.
Despite the Nerf Bat, the only real challenge is just finding Ghostcrawler. Once you’re safely in some level 85 gear, there’s no chance of him killing you during the tame (though he is immune to traps). Ghostcrawler is a spirit beast, and comes with the same abilities as all spirit beasts once tamed (alas, he doesn’t retain Nerf Bat). So don’t let the crab appearance fool you.
Ghostcrawler does not have any special tricks needed to tame him. Since you can’t trap him, simply 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 Ghostcrawler (lvl 85 – exotic)
Ghostcrawler at least has the decency to have an easy path for us to follow when searching for him. He is, however, a rare spawn and will not always be available.
Targeting Macros are a tried and true method of locating rares. Typically someone hunting Ghostcrawler might make a macro: /tar Ghostc and then swim around the area spamming the macro. If you suddenly see GC’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 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.
- Remember to thank Ghostcrawler for letting you tame him. Then ask him if rogues deserve nerfs. Because you think they do. Large, sweeping nerfs to all specs. And PvP.
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 Ghostcrawler 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.