Making money with companions

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This is a Guide to making money through selling Companion pets (a.k.a. small pets, non-combat pets, mini-pets, or vanity pets). Due to their desirability with Achievement hunters, pet collectors, and casual players alike, companion pets can be used to make a significant amount of gold regardless of your level or faction.

This is not a guide to collecting pets, simply a guide for easy money-making by selling them.

You can sell crafted pets, pets dropped from mobs, or pets sold from vendors, on the Auction House (AH).

On most servers you should easily get 1-5Gold for any pet. Some pets sell for hundreds, even thousands! You just need to be smart, do a bit of travelling or farming, and be patient with the AH. Be aware that generally cute or nicer-coloured pets sell for more.


Selling pets can be done at any level! Each starting area has a nearby pet vendor, all you need is a little bit of funding to get you started. Dropped pets can also be found in areas as low-level as Deadmines. Preferably you should have flight paths to major and neutral cities, or your Hearthstone set to Dalaran or Shattrath to cut down on your traveling time.

Cross-Faction Selling

Vendor pets may fetch an even higher price on the neutral auction house, due to the difficulty opposing faction players have in acquiring them.

You may also set up cross-faction pet selling via your realm forums, allowing the other faction to know you're selling, and assuring a buyer in the process.

Vendor Pets

There may be several reasons why somebody will buy a pet at auction, instead of directly from the vendor:

  • The item is only available to one faction (see below for more details).
  • The player doesn't want to travel far to get the pet.
  • The player doesn't have the necessary expansion to be able to buy it themselves (for example, players cannot visit Dalaran without the Wrath of the Lich King expansion).
  • The player doesn't have Faction discount, so they would pay an increased cost if they bought it themselves.
  • The item may be in limited stock, or only available at certain times/events.
  • The player simply doesn't know where the item is from.


Official alliance mini-icon Yarlyn Amberstill [62.2, 51] sells Inv crate 02 [Rabbit Crate (Snowshoe)] for 20Silver. Although her location is hard to reach, the rabbits come at a very low price.

Official alliance mini-icon Donni Anthania [44.2, 53.4] sells 4 different cats for 40Silver each. The Cornish Rex and Orange Tabby generally don't sell well as they are both similar colour.

Official alliance mini-icon Shylenai [69, 45] sells 2 owl for 50Silver. Most players don't wish to travel to Darnassus, due to being out-of-the-way, so you're likely to find a buyer seeking convenience.

Official alliance mini-icon Sixx [30.1, 33.9] sells stunning moth pets at 50Silver. Players without the Bc iconBurning Crusade expansion cannot access this vendor, so these desirable pets can achieve a high AH price. Also, as with Darnassus, most players don't wish to travel to The Exodar, due to being out-of-the-way, so you're likely to find a buyer seeking convenience.

Official alliance mini-icon Lil Timmy [58, 64] is a rare spawn vendor. He sells one item; Inv box petcarrier 01 [Cat Carrier (White Kitten)] for 50Silver, and only ever has one in stock. Due to this kitten being 'cute' and pretty hard to find, it can fetch a profit of several hundreds, especially when sold on the neutral auction house.


Official horde mini-icon Xan'tish sells 3 different snakes for 50Silver. Due to their ease to buy directly from the vendor, and unpopular looks, they are a bad choice for resale.

Official horde mini-icon Halpa [62.0, 58.4] is a Ability hunter beastcall [Prairie Dog Whistle] vendor. They sell for 50Silver and are highly desired due to their looks.

Official horde mini-icon Jeremiah Payson [67.5, 44.6] sells Inv pet cockroach [Cockroach] for 50Silver. These are not popular, and may also be bought from a neutral vendor in Outland, making this a bad choice for pet sellers.

Official horde mini-icon Jilanne [44, 71] sells stunning Dragonhawk Hatchling pets at 50Silver. Players without the Bc iconBurning Crusade expension cannot access this vendor, so these desirable pets can achieve a high AH price. Also, most players don't wish to travel to Silvermoon City, due to being out-of-the-way, so you're likely to find a buyer seeking convenience.

Neutral Vendors

Neutral 15 Narkk [28.2, 74.5] sells a couple of parrots at the cost of 40Silver. Selling these at the neutral AH is not wise, as many people access the neutral AH not far from where the vendor stands.

Neutral 15 Flik comes and goes with the Darkmoon Faire. He sells two frogs for 1Gold each. The Inv crate 02 [Tree Frog Box] is unlimited, but the Inv crate 02 [Wood Frog Box] only comes in a limited stock of one every few hours. He also runs around the faire, and can be very hard to catch up with. Holding on to these pets and selling them when Darkmoon Faire is over can be very profitable.

Neutral 15 Magus Tirth [78.3, 75.7] sells

Pet type flying
Spell magic polymorphchicken
Ancona Chicken
Ancona Chicken
Pet Level 1
Family Flying
Start health 155
Health 1481 (at level 25)
Speed 276 (at level 25)
Power 276 (at level 25)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Cageable Yes
Breed(s) Unknown

An Ancona Chicken is a chicken battle pet, belonging to the Flying family.


Ancona Chicken is sold by "Plucky" Johnson at the Mirage Raceway in Thousand Needles for 1Gold.


Name Level Damage Healing Duration Cooldown Accuracy Type
[Peck] 1 20 100% Pet type flying
[Squawk] 2 10 3 turns 100% Pet type flying
[Egg Barrage] 4 34 3 turns 1 turn 50% Pet type critter
[Slicing Wind] 10 30 33% Pet type flying
[Adrenaline Rush] 15 10 3 turns 100% Pet type critter
[Flock] 20 27 2 turns 100% Pet type flying

Patch changes

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Ancona creature name changed to Ancona Chicken.


Cataclysm-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Magus Tirth goes mad after the Cataclysm and blames his apprentice, "Plucky" Johnson, constantly attacking him. After killing Tirth the player can talk to Johnson to buy some pet chickens.

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for 1Gold. This is an out-of-the-way location, especially for Alliance, so you're likely to find a buyer seeking convenience.

Argent Tournament

All races at the Argent Tournament in Icecrown have faction-specific pets available to them. Any given character must both unlock the ability to buy from each racial quartermaster for their faction, but must earn the tokens (Ability paladin artofwar [Champion's Seals]) required to buy the pet. In addition to the racial pets, the tournament factions (Sunreavers and Silver Covenant) have their own pets. Each character thus has access to 6 pets specific to their faction. Due to the rarity of these pets and the work needed to earn them, they can be sold for a sizeable amount. Whether the cost to buy them from the vendor outweighs what players will buy them for is a subjective decision.

See Argent Tournament collectibles

Crafted Pets

The only pet of note here is the Inv crate 01 [Mechanical Squirrel], crafted by engineers. This is taught by [Schematic: Mechanical Squirrel], a world drop for low-level mobs. It is pretty likely that an engineer will have it, so he will probably not ask for a large fee. The materials are very easy to obtain, making it perfect to craft in large quantities when convenient. You can make a decent profit, from 1-20Gold depending on your server's market. While more engineering pets are available, the materials for them are much more costly, and there's less chance the engineer will have the recipe.

Farmable Pets

Which pets to farm are entirely up to the time you're willing to devote, and the server's market. There's also the random element here, which means that you may spend many fruitless hours farming, or may get incredibly lucky and make a big profit fast. Unless you have a lot of free time on your hands, avoid seeking pets such as Spell nature forceofnature [Parrot Cage (Hyacinth Macaw)]. Although they can go for upwards of 20,000Gold to hardcore pet collectors, their high price is not unwarranted, and the drop rate is incalculably low.

Good farming choices are:

Were you looking for the Combat 15 Crimson Whelp mob?
Pet type dragonkin
Inv misc head dragon red
Crimson Whelpling
Pet Level 1
Family Dragonkin
Start health 146
Health 1238 (at level 25)
Speed 289 (at level 25)
Power 322 (at level 25)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Cageable Yes
Breed(s) Unknown

A Crimson Whelpling, which is summoned by the "Tiny Crimson Whelpling" item, is a dragon whelpling battle pet, belonging to the Dragonkin family.



The Tiny Crimson Whelpling drops from any mob within the Wetlands at an extremely low rate.


Tiny Crimson Whelpling dropped from Crimson Whelps, Flamesnorting Whelps, and Red Whelps in the Wetlands. There were also Lost Whelps in the general area, but they did not drop this pet. The level of these whelps ranged in the mid-20s, so this was the first whelpling pet new characters had the chance of obtaining, and also the easiest for higher level characters to farm.


Name Level Damage Healing Duration Cooldown Accuracy Type
[Breath] 1 21 100% Pet type dragonkin
[Healing Flame] 2 70 3 turns 100% Pet type dragonkin
[Lift-Off] 4 30 1 turn 4 turns 100% Pet type flying
[Tail Sweep] 10 43 100% Pet type dragonkin
[Scorched Earth] 15 25 9 turns 3 turns 100% Pet type dragonkin
[Deep Breath] 20 50 100% Pet type dragonkin


The drop rate of this pet is 0.1% (one in every thousand kills)[1] and takes an incredible amount of patience and determination in order to get one. Due to the difficulty of obtaining one, and thus their rarity, they can sell for fairly large amounts of gold on the Auction House, at least as far as pets are concerned. The table below shows the cumulative probability of getting at least one after a number of kills.

Probability of at least one drop in X kills
Number of Kills 100 288 401 693 1386 2302 2995 4603 9206
Cumulative Probability 9.5% 25% 33% 50% 75% 90% 95% 99% 99.99%
Neither the drop rate nor cumulative probability increases based on the number of monsters you have already killed.

The Tiny Crimson Whelpling is also the chosen forum avatar of US CM Eyonix.

See also

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Now drops from any mob in the Wetlands.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): Sound effects added.

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the most common drop of the Whelpling pets, and farmed from low-level mobs.
  • Inv box petcarrier 01 [Cat Carrier (Black Tabby)] as this item only drops for horde, it can net a huge profit on the neutral AH when selling to alliance.
  • Inv box birdcage 01 [Captured Firefly] drops from level 62 mobs in Zangarmarsh, which will also offer a significant value of vendor loot while farming. It's worth hundreds of gold in itself.
  • Inv drink 04 [Dark Iron Ale Mug] while this does not directly teach a pet, it is necessary in obtaining the Inv egg 04 [A Jubling's Tiny Home] pet during Darkmoon Faire. If you know your way around Blackrock Depths, grab a few of these when the Faire comes around and sell them. Be particularly sure to advertise them in the trade channel. Explain what they do, and that the pet is only available once a month, and you're more likely to make a sale.

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