If you are a World of Warcraft battle pet collector, there is probably a list of pets you have been unable to capture no matter how hard you try. I am willing to bet that the Minfernal and Scourged Whelpling are somewhere near the top of that list. I have recently been lucky enough to acquire them both using a method I discovered at WoWHead.com, and I am very excited to share it with other pet collectors.
Over at WoWHead, Bratamoli posted a comment on the Scourged Whelpling page about the “Daily Respawn Theory” surrounding the respawn times of the Scourged Whelpling and Minfernal. The theory originates from a forum post on the official forums made by Telvoso. He says:
“I wanted to share my experience with the community on this week’s Scourgedd Whelpling hunting.
I rushed home from work this week when I found out server maintenance had been delayed. I made it home just in time. The servers came up 5 min. after I got home. I had logged in and was watching the realm list for mine to come up. When they did I logged into my alt. parked at the tournament grounds in Icecrown (for the pet daily). There were a bunch of the whelps up of course. Myself and a few others cleared them out but no rares to be found.
I got off work the next day and tried a theory I had. I went straight to my alt. in Icecrown and waited a few minutes to see if any whelps would spawn. Right at the time the servers went up the prior day the whelps spawned. They came in small batches over the course of 10-15 minutes. At least a dozen total I’d say.
I made sure to be home at the same time for the next 2 days and experienced the same thing each day. Respawns 24 hours later in small waves over the course of 10-15 min.
Finally, yesterday, I snagged a rare. Very exciting. Only 4 more pets that can be upgraded to rare from pet battles to go!!
Moral of the story is that if you can find out the exact time that the servers reset each week you can be ready for respawns of this rare pet.”
To summarize the theory, if you can determine what time realms came back online, either because of a restart or scheduled maintenance, the Minfernal and Scourged Whelpling will appear 24 hours later every day thereafter until the realms go down again.
To make full use of this theory it is important to understand how Cross Realm Zones (CRZ) work and how they impact pet hunting under this theory.
With CRZ, one realm is the “host” and other players from different realms connect to it. That means if you go to Felwood, home of the Minfernal, or Icecrown, home of the Scourged Whelpling, you will see players from different realms together. One of those realms is the “host” realm but it can be difficult to tell which.
Now when the servers go down because of maintenance, they do not all come back at the same time. It usually takes 10-15 minutes before all the realms are online again. Say your character is on the Aegwynn server. You log into World of Warcraft and see a list of realms that are offline. Slowly, the realms begin coming online.
Like I said before, not all realms come back online at the same time. As you are waiting for Aegwynn to come on, other realms come on first. Finally your realm comes online and you note the time: 1:15 PM. You might think that the battle pets will spawn at 1:15 PM tomorrow, right? The theory says that in 24 hours all the pets will be back.
Well, not exactly. If Aegwynn is not the CRZ host, the realm did not really come back on at 1:15 PM. What counts is what time the host realm came back online. That is why sometimes you will log into a zone as soon as a realm comes online only to find 10 people already there. They logged on first because they came from realms that were online before yours.
Since there is no way to know which realm is the host, and what time it came online, the safest thing to do is to wait for the pets to spawn around 20 minutes before the time you noted your realm coming online. That should ensure you are there when the pets respawn.
I have personally used this method and it was perfectly reliable for me. I hope it can be helpful for you too!