Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but an image that was posted on MMO Champion today has caused myself and many others to go, Hmmm…
Could this “Spectral Bear” model perhaps be the new Spirit Beast in Patch 3.3? I’d say there’s definitely a pretty good chance that this might in fact be the possible new Spirit Beast that could be introduced in Patch 3.3. How’s that for a wishy-washy prediction..? 😆
This was no doubt data-mined from the Patch 3.3 game files, so not much is really known at this time. I must say though, this new bear model looks very Spirit Beasty in nature. Both major content patches that have been added since Wrath of the Lich King have featured Spirit Beasts. Being that 3.3 is the third major content patch since WotLK’s release, it is quite probable that another one will be added.
These are a few reasons why I think this is the next Spirit Beast…
With the introduction of Skoll in Patch 3.2, Blizzard did away with the notion that all Spirit Beasts must be cats. Bears are popular models and a likely candidate for a new Spirit Beast skin after cats and wolves.
The bear model has no saddle, indicating that it’s most likely not a mount.
It seems unlikely that it would be a non-combat pet, because it’s a full grown mature bear. A Non-combat pet would most likely be a spectral bear cub.
The bear model is sort of a bear and Druid Bear Form hybrid, unlike any current bear model that I’ve seen in the game.
It just looks like a f**king Spirit Beast. ‘Nuff said.
So if it is in fact the new Spirit Beast, in which zone do you think it will spawn? If I had to guess, I’d say Grizzly Hills of course, but who knows… it could be anywhere. Dragonblight and Howling Fjord also have bears, as do Zul’Drak and Storm Peaks. I doubt that Zul’Drak or Storm Peaks would feature another Spirit Beast though.
I suspect we’ll know one way or another in the next few days whether or not this is a new Spirit Beast. In the meantime, if any of you on the PTR are able to confirm these suspicions, please forward me a screenshot and I’ll gladly post it.