The days are shorter since leaving midsummer behind, and the cold weather has driven all but the most resilient—or fur-covered—indoors. Fires crackle merrily in their hearths, and the children of Azeroth are counting the minutes until Great Father Winter leaves presents beneath the tree.
While in the capital doing some last-minute shopping, laughter and cheering catches your attention. You turn to find a cadre of people hauling in the giant Winter Veil tree, as children skip and run around the wagon, shouting encouragement.
Their enthusiasm is contagious, and a smile pulls at the corner of your mouth before you turn to complete your purchase.
“It’s always been my favorite time of the year,” the merchant says, and then with a wink places a small package on top of your other items. “Merry Winter Veil.”
You pay the merchant, (perhaps a few extra coins find their way into his hand), and thank him for his generosity. Later, as you sit in the tavern to enjoy a nice hot drink, you open the package to find a small stack of homemade gingerbread cookies. The gift warms you in ways the drink couldn’t manage. As you munch on the cookies, you realize you’re rather looking forward to giving those closest to you their gifts, collected from the various lands you’d traveled to and from.
“Merry Winter Veil, indeed,” you say with a smile.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year on Azeroth! The Feast of Winter Veil is upon us, and with the holiday comes eleven holiday pets, (counting the new one for 2020!), most of which are fairly easy to obtain. So, let’s string up some lights, jingle the bells, sing some carols, and get those pets!
New Pet for 2020: Jingles!
This new pet comes in two models, and the flavor text reads; "These dazzling hatchlings have a distinctive coat color that has been highly sought after by leatherworkers for generations."
Gaily Wrapped Present
When you wake up on the 25th and open the presents beneath the Winter Veil Tree, the one you’re looking for with the pets will be the Gaily Wrapped Present. This has a chance to contain one of four pets: Father Winter’s Helper, Tiny Snowman, Winter Reindeer, & Winter’s Little Helper.
However, if you open all your Gaily Wrapped Presents on all your characters level 10+ and you don’t manage to nab one of the ones you need, all these pets are cageable! If you missed out, just head over to the Auction House. Most of the pets are rather cheap, especially after the 25th.
This present is a reward from the Winter Veil Daily: You’re a Mean One… The Alliance version of this daily will come from Wulmort Jinglepocket in Ironforge, and for the Horde it’s Kaymard Kopperpinch in Orgrimmar. The NPCs will be near their city’s bank.
What’s interesting, is there are three holiday-exclusive pets, but also an additional pet that can drop or be purchased from a vendor.
The three holiday-exclusive ones are: Clockwork Rocket Bot, Lumpy, & Rotten Little Helper.
The one that can be obtained from the holiday, or a variety of vendors found here
, is: Blue Clockwork Rocket Bot.
Again, if you do your dailies on all eligible characters and don’t manage to get the pets, all four of the above are cageable. However, keep in mind the three holiday-exclusive ones tend to be rarer, and might be more expensive than those in the Gaily Wrapped Present, depending on your server.
For this pet, you’ll need to head out to Frostfire Ridge! There are four Winter Veil dailies offered by NPCs in your garrison, and in the same area as the dailies you’ll find Snow Mounds. Looting these snow mounds will get you the pet. Easy as!
The location of the snow mounds can be found on this Wowhead page here
, or just pick up the quests and it’ll give you a good idea of where to go. That said, the area is kind of between Daggermaw Ravine and the Bloodmaul Slag Mines flightpath.
However, this pet is also cageable, and can likely be found on your Auction House.
This pet may be the trickiest of the lot.
- This little guy only spawns one at a time, inside the giant snow globes in Ironforge and Orgrimmar.
He seems to be on roughly a 30 minute respawn timer. They changed the spawn timer for this pet, so it should be less than a minute!
- But most importantly? He is a LEVEL 1 pet.
If you go into the battle with a team of 25s, you’ll murderize him. Your best bet is bringing a pet that has an ability that won’t reduce the Yeti below 1 hp, like Superbark or Weakening Blow.
- This pet is the only Winter Veil pet that is NOT cageable.
And that’s it! Congratulations on all your fantastically festive pets!
To all the pet battling denizens across Azeroth, we at Xu-Fu’s would like to wish you a Merry Winter Veil, and until next time: Happy Battling!