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.
Karoma is one of the “at-launch” Cataclysm spirit beasts, and is a very easy tame. Once you’re safely in some level 85 gear, simply find him (the hard part) and 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.
Karoma is a spirit beast, and comes equipped with Spirit Beast abilities once tamed. So don’t let the wolf appearance fool you.
This is 1 of 2 spirit beasts I have managed to tame (I have horrible luck with rares, but have guildies whose alt hunters have 5-10). I have also seen him an inordinate number of times on my hunter, and have had others point him out in guild or trade chat more often than any other spirit beast. This is anecdotal, not evidence of a short spawn timer, but the fact that we can do relevant questing for rep, gold, and (early on at 85) gear, means that Karoma isn’t a bad spirit beast to look for if you want to target a single one to add to your collection. Because really, what are we doing that’s useful at the bottom of Vash’jir, or back in Northrend? It’s much easier to justify this as part of a “multi-tasking” approach to taming.
Finding Karoma (lvl 85 – exotic)
Karoma has a few hotspots for spawn points in the Twilight Highlands. He is, however, a rare spawn and will not always be around.
Targeting Macros are a tried and true method of locating rares. Typically someone hunting Karoma might make a macro: /tar Kar and then swim around the area spamming the macro. If you suddenly see Karoma’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.
- Singing “Ma-ma-ma-MYYY Karoma!” is totally appropriate after taming him.
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 Karoma 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.