One of the most fun things about playing a hunter is choosing and taming your pets. Unlike warlocks (whose pets come with names), mages and shamans (whose pets are temporary summons), we actually get to name our pets ourselves.
Sometimes, however, that’s not a bonus.
I once ran around for 2 months with “Scorpid” before I found a name for him. But, in the last 4-odd years of being a Hunter in warcraft, I’ve found that each hunter has their own methods for naming pets – now made easier by the internet! (also now made easier by Inscription, which can make a scroll that allows Hunters to rename their pets)
- Real life inspirations – name your pet after someone you know and like/hate in the real world:
- Belphzooka has a ravager named Kevin. Apparently his brother’s name is Kevin.
- BigBearButt has a Devilsaur named AnnCoulter.
- Russ, the big brown bear, is named after one of my little cousins’ favorite stuffed bears, whose name is also Russ. (The stuffed Russ is considerably less “tank” looking than the in-game Russ)
- Siana’s teal kitty, Mirya, is named for the main character of a good friend of hers.
- Silly/amusing names or names inspired by the pet itself:
- Sometimes this works well – but sometimes not so well. After seeing my 12th corehound named Stompy (especially now that they don’t stomp anymore), this can backfire.
- Breana is famous for The Pookie (be careful, or he’ll chew your face off)
- Angoleth had a ravager for awhile – he was called Tim… the ravager.
- BRK’s big red kitty is named Hobbes – whether for the Philosopher or for the comic strip, we’re not sure, but either works!
- Just make one up!
- Take a look at your pet, and just come up with something. Obviously you may not strike on the perfect name right off the bat, but you never know!
- Lunauviel, a good hunter friend of mine, has her pets named Crisolin (crab) and Zaethiir (nether ray) – she’s looking for a Corehound name now.
- I’m pretty sure Dalbarr’s windserpent Myrgaith has a made up, but very awesome, name too.
- Use your character’s native language: get a friend of a different race, turn your character’s language to your race’s native tongue, and start spitting out words.
- Head on over to the wowwiki.com page for your race and look at the available words for ideas too.
- Angoleth’s windserpent, Ishura, is named for the Darnassian word for “Sparky”
- Go digging through the baby books until you find a name that means something like what you want your pet name to mean.
- Google is a great resource for this kind of thing too
- If you absolutely MUST have a name that you’re SURE is accurate – avoid online baby name books, otherwise they’re a great source of unusual names from around the world
- Remember that historical names are fair game!
- Use the Pet-o-licious Namerator (or another online name/character name generator)
- Ask Mania to name it for you – her crew of naming experts are quite good at coming up with both serious and silly names for pets.
Just remember that things don’t have to be all that complicated. Sometimes you’ll tame a pet and have no idea what to name it. And sometimes you’ll tame a pet, and know his name is Spot, and name him that, and be perfectly happy with it! Both methods (the research method and the “whatever pops into your head” method) are great ways to name your pet.
How do you come up with your pet names?
*yes – this is Angoleth back with her Stranglethorn panther, at level 40ish, back from the days when your hunter pet would run along side your ground mount. I know it was easily exploitable, but I miss having my pet charging along next to me.
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