Gather ‘Round Children

Check out this post to see the King Krush solo-taming video.

…did I ever tell ya ’bout the time I tamed that great big massively monstrous Devilsaur in Sholazar Basin, known as “King Krush“. Oooohs and Aaaahs ensue…

King Krush
King Krush

For those of you unaware, King Krush is a rare exotic pet in Sholazar basin, only tameable by Hunters with the 51 point Beast Mastery talent, and is probably the biggest taming challenge in the entire game. He’s only level 75, but he hits like a wrecking ball and casts a 5 second fear that interrupts taming. Solo-taming him requires a little extra effort.

Alrighty… here’s the story on how I successfully solo tamed this beastie. I know I’m probably not the first guy to have pulled this off, but I have yet to see a comprehensive and detailed guide on how to do it. So here ya go.

First order of business was a respec. I went 51/5/15. The idea behind this was to gain as much health as possible, while also getting the 4% damage reduction. The extra 10% stamina from Survivalist and the 4% damage reduction from Survival Instincts makes a huge difference (5/5 Survivalist granted me about an extra 1.4k). I doubt I would have been telling this story without those extra little buffs from the Survival tree.

Secondly, I sorted through my inventory and bank vault looking for stamina and haste items. I swapped out a few enchants I’d had for Heavy Borean Armor Kits, which grant 18 stamina, and just over 200HP total w/ talents. What I ended up with was a mix of Brutal Gladiator gear, Hateful Gladiator non-set epics and Swiftarrow pieces. My S2 Crossbow added almost 250HP, so I grabbed that also. For the haste, I used my Fezzik’s Pocketwatch, Stained-Glass Shard Ring and Thorny Rose Brooch.

Next stop was the auction house. I picked up some Baked Manta Ray and Potions of Speed for additional haste, and some Stamina Scrolls and Elixirs of Mighty Fortitude for more health.

These were the buffs I had during the tame.
Buffs I had on during the tame

At the time of the taming I was at 23,490HP self-buffed, with 858 Haste (26.17% IAS). The timer on Tame Beast was shaved down to 15.7 seconds. The image above shows the list of buffs I had when starting the tame (with the exception of Spirit Bond). I recreated the steps today to show what buffs I was using for the taming.

Since taming any rare in Sholazar is a feat due to competition from other Hunters, as well as other players looking to complete Frostbitten, you have to be quick when you spot either Krush or Loque. There’s no time for dilly-dallying around once you see them. You’ve got to tame them fast or someone else is liable to come along and ruin things for you.

The best way to put a bead on them is to create a target macro like this:

/target Aotona
/target King Krush
/target Loque

Spam this as you fly around the spawn areas. Aotona is not tameable, but drops nice loot, and some believe is tied to the others’ spawn timers. I can’t confirm the spawn timer part, but it’s a good idea to kill Aotona anyway for the drops.

In my case, the macro wasn’t necessary. I had my WoW window minimized and was afk when Krush must have spawned right in front of me. A soon as I opened up my game window again a few minutes later he was there walking around. After only about 90mins of very casual searching, he popped right in front of me. That’s some crazy luck considering he supposedly spawns only three times per day max, and is now known to roam multiple spots in the basin. Talk about being at the right place at the right time. I guess it evened out for me after the countless hours spent trying to get Loque’nahak.

I spotted him at 47.2, 43.6, walking just SW of The Glimmering Pillar. Until last night, I didn’t even know Krush spawned there. I was hovering there on my flying mount while afk and checking Wowhead for info.

Here’s a map of some of his locations.

First thing I did was roll up right behind him and send my temporary pet in at him. Here’s what happened after that:

  1. I hit my buff macro for the Scroll of Stamina VIII and Elixir of Mighty Fortitude right when I spotted him. The less buttons to press, the better. Remember, you’ve got to be quick.
    /use Scroll of Stamina VIII
    /use Elixir of Mighty Fortitude
  2. I sent my pet in and threw a quick insurance heal on him.
  3. I hit Krush with a Scorpid Sting. Well, actually I forgot this part. However, I recommend you drop this on him before the tame.
  4. The next step was a little tricky. I cast The Beast Within, quickly abandoned my pet, and then started the tame. Krush casts a fear every 10 seconds which will send you running and interrupts the tame. The only way to avoid this while solo-taming is to use TBW.
  5. I hit my handy-dandy taming macro I made:
    #showtooltip Tame Beast
    /equip Merciless Gladiator's Crossbow of the Phoenix
    /use Potion of Speed
    /use 13
    /cast !Tame Beast

The taming macro was pretty key. It swapped out my ranged weps for another couple hundred HPs, used a Potion of Speed, used my Thorny Rose Brooch and then began the tame. All this in one click.

Also, keep in mind that I was already in Aspect of the Dragonhawk and well-fed with haste/stamina food. The 5% damage reduction from Aspect Mastery is of paramount importance – you don’t want to have a go at him in Viper.

After all that was done, I was the proud owner of a huge green dino. Now I just need to level him to 80 and find him a name. Hmmm… What to call him? My early choices are GREEDO or LEMMY. Greedo because he’s green and I “Solo”ed his ass. Get it..? Corny, I know. I like Lemmy because he just looks like a Lemmy, and also because I can’t get that Motorhead song out of my head now.

For any BM Hunters up for a unique challenge, I highly recommend trying to solo-tame King Krush. I’d have to say it even surpassed getting Loque’nahak in terms of a rush. With Loque, all you have to worry about is some other player sabotaging the tame. With Krush, you not only have to worry about outside interference, but you also have to avoid his fears and prevent him from eating your face off.

In closing, I just want to point out some final reminders.

  • King Krush is immune to all CC. Frost Trap will not work to slow him down either. He will run straight through it and knock you to the floor.
  • You must use TBW to avoid his Terrifying Roar, so make sure you have a temp pet when you engage him. Abandon the pet immediately after casting TBW and start taming.
  • While taming you cannot, dodge, block or parry. Your armor also drops to zero, so stacking agility is useless. Stack stamina and lots of it.

I hope this post has helped you if you should decide to take on this taming mission, and I wish you the best of luck. Happy Huntering!


48 thoughts on “Gather ‘Round Children”

  1. Hi,

    I managed to tame Krush rather easily using this method. I tamed him when I was level 76, unbuffed with normal dungeon loot gear.

    1) Send pet to attack
    2) He will use fear on the pet (and probably knockback)
    3) Right after that, dismiss pet and tame.

    He did not use knockback nor fear during this time while I was taming him. My guess was they were cooling down. I lost about 6000 HP during the taming process from normal dmg.

  2. Funny side story, a guild buddy (Infiltration) asked me for help in the area killing a boss, but I guess I got there too late. Shortly after I arrived, Krush spawned right in front of us – but we did not know who or what he was, so we killed him, lol.

    After some research, I felt horrible as you can imagine. I then became obsessed with catching him again.

    I tamed him solo a couple days ago during my 3rd day of random extended hour camping, without any help from mods, friends, potions, or macros (maybe being level 85 with pvp gear helps, lol).

    Anyway, I entered a battleground and when I returned to do a round I found him by Glimmer 4:41 realm time.

    My pet was dismissed, but when I hit the tame button, I got an error that I had an active summon already. Krush started to attack me. I summoned my pet and then dismissed it. The first 2 tames I got feared away, but the 3rd was a charm, luckily because I almost killed him and it was a drawn out battle and anyone could have come over for “help” if you know what I mean.

    So now I have him and I am very excited. I ran around the house jumping up and down and my heart was racing, lol.

  3. Funny story… I got him after looking about 5 minutes. Once I saw him there was a 80 mage running up to him to kill. Once he pulls, the mage gets WTF pwned by Krush and I’m all alone with him. So, I pop BW and a speed pot, dismiss my pet and started taming. He did get a fear off after my BW was gone so I had to FD after the fear and started over. I guess his fear was on CD because the next attempt I didn’t even pop my speed pot again and didn’t get feared and bam he was mine.

  4. For the love of god… Found him, started taming. 1/2 HP and 1 seconds left on taming and a mage rips aggro from me. Taming Stops. Krush Dies…

    • I suppose they must have changed that in a patch..?

      I haven’t tested it in several months, but I can certainly confirm that dodging while taming was impossible before. Mobs can miss, but you can’t dodge them.

  5. I decided to camp for this guy today… I use a devilsaur as my main dps pet in raids (unless my worm’s needed) but… I wanted Reptar.

    Was about to leave for a raid when the big fella popped right near the Glimmering Pillar. I was so excited… then saw two other hunters try taming… yet they both died.

    It came down to me. First try was close. FD’d, ate, tried again. All of a sudden a netherwing drake comes out of nowhere and 1, 2, 3 a draenei pally killed my Reptar. Then simply flew away…

    I’m so bummed. I had to abandon my main devilsaur too to try at him… my other 4 slots are spirit beasts and my golden worm. All priceless.

    And here I sit at where he died, mourning.

  6. Rick,

    /script PetAbandon() will only work if there’s a pet out ๐Ÿ™‚ Be careful though because it will abandon any pet without warning!

    I don’t know what the problem is for the Potion of Speed and Tame Beast but maybe you’re right… it may be case sensitive.

    Good luck!

  7. I am new at these macro’s and I’m having trouble setting up for King Krush. I have set up 3 macro’s. I have /cast bestial wrath (which works). My second is /script PetAbandon() which doesn’t work, and /use potion of speed, /cast tame beast which I believe would work if abandon pet worked. What am I doing wrong? Are any of these case sensitive? Please help.


    #showtooltip Tame Beast
    /cast Bestial Wrath
    /cast Dust Cloud
    /script PetAbandon()
    /use Potion of Speed
    /use 14
    /use 10
    /cast Tame Beast

    Dust Cloud from a tallstrider (I used Mazzranache ;)) makes Krush miss on his first attack.

    14 is Rune of Finite Variation
    10 is Hyperspeed Accelerators on gloves (I’m an engineer.)

    Unbuffed health is *just* 18K… buffed goes up to around 22K. Thanks to Stamina’d armor, Elixir of Mighty Fortitude, Scroll of Stamina VIII.

    Haste buffs speed up taming to around 12-13 seconds.

    Thanks to (for the tallstrider/gloves approach) and to Garwulf for this article!

    I’ve named my pet KรญngKrush (spawned at the Glimmering Pillar 6:30AM server time Azjol-Nerub.)

  9. I got word that King Mosh was out so I went to Ungu’ro to try to practice taming (after the 3.2.2 patch).

    First try, I realized that there was something wrong with my macro… I started taming a few seconds late. I got feared but was able to run away.

    Second try, (after editing my macro and getting another trash pet), was successful. I wasn’t feared!

    So it can still be done now! (and granted you survive King Krush’s more powerful attacks).

  10. Garwulf, yeah just noticed the nerf! And you are correct, I immediately assumed that all 51-point BM hunters have The Beast Within.

    Well, I guess I should be happy with King Mosh and level him all the way to 80. At least npcscan can correctly detect King Mosh (if it’s npcid 6584 is added ;))… I should get a certificate and rename him OrangeKrush.

    So, gratz! King Krush’s value has tremendously increased.

    • Yep. I think it’s going to be near impossible to solo tame him now, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try when my Orc Hunter reaches 80. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      OrangeKrush… lol. I was actually thinking of renaming him SierraMist, since he matches the colors to a tee.

  11. I’m going to try my hand and tame King Krush. I was able to solo tame King Mosh twice so hopefully I can survive the Krush. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Btw, Garwulf, in your article, shouldn’t #4 be “I cast Bestial Wrath…” ?

    • Yeah Jroaeyl. Technically speaking, yes, I probably should have said BW. Bestial Wrath would be the correct term, but I said The Beast Within to emphasize the importance of having the fear immunity.

      Btw, good luck on this now that 3.2.2 is live. This solo-tame just became pretty difficult with the nerf to BW/TBW duration.

  12. Oh how glad I am to find this! I’ve been after Krush since I first saw him on petopia ๐Ÿ˜€ Green is totally my favorite color, so this unique one seemed perfect for me! Sadly, no one on Argent Dawn US cares about poor Krush, so they always kill him ๐Ÿ™
    I have King Mosh, but since he just has the “tiger” skin, its not that special =.=
    I’ve already tamed Loque and Aotona, so Krush is next!! I will certainly have to gear up a bit more and get the required items to buff up. Luckily, I do have friends who will tag Krush for me if they see them. Most of them being tanks. But yeah, just wanted to give you a /hug for typing this up! Since I have Aotona and Loque, it’s time to get serious for the Krush tame!!

  13. I’m currently hunting this emerald beauty. Originally tried with a healer but that didn’t work out too well. Gonna try solo. Eonar AH didn’t have the elixir so I’m improvising with Flask of Stoneblood (1300 hp for an hour).

    Offtopic: Just so ppl no if u don’t…Aotona is now tameable….becoming the first ever tameable parrot. So now we can get all shola rares XD.

  14. Yes getting down to 200 HP had the heart racing a hell of alot ๐Ÿ™‚

    The co-ordinates where he (King Krush) spawned near the Nessingwary Camp were at 29 , 64

    he patrolled to 30 , 60 and then turned around and went back to the first co-ordinate

  15. Grats on that achievement Elmarfudd. Going down to 200HP must have got your heart racing a bit.

    South of the Nesingwary Camp?? That’s a spot I didn’t know about. Was he sort of near the Oracle camp, south of the bones? I just checked Wowhead and saw the spot you may be talking about listed on the map.

    I’ve never seen him there. Seems like he’d be killed pretty quick once he spawned since it’s right by one of the Oracle dailies.

    Anyway, good job man.

  16. I set a goal to tame King Krush 2 weeks ago on my Bloodelf Hunter “Elmarafudd” on Aman’thul. I am extremely pleased to say that I completed this task at 1.13am (Canberra Time) on Tuesday morning just south of Nessingwary Camp.

    I survived the task with 200 hitpoints left, using all the food and potion buffs you suggested above. Beastial Wrath and +Haste Enchants on my gear.

    in the previous 72 hours to actually succeeding in taming him I found “King Krush” at the exact same spot 4 times (each time he was killed) just south of the Nessingwary Camp.

    Woot for having both Loque and Krush.

    Goodluck to any others that try to get Krush

  17. Oh wow, I never use berserking as a hunter so I didn’t even think to use it… That would’ve made things even easier, huh?

    I’m just happy I finally got him :} First time, too. I doubt I would have been able to do so without your help, though <3

  18. Hi, there!

    I just wanted to give you a /hug for your post here, I followed it point by point (macros and all!) and am now the proud owner of a beautiful green devilsaur pet! I found him walking west of the Glimmering Pillar. I managed it at level 77 because I stacked haste and stam! Over 1000 for each of them at the time of taming. Been looking forward to having this pet ever since Wrath came out ;}

    Thanks again!

    ~Rajari, 77 Troll Hunter, Feathermoon

  19. Hi Garwulf! thx 4 the great guide, I think Iยดm prepared to solo tame krush now. just 10minutes ago I found him walking south of nesingwary. he was already fighting with an alliance warlock, which I killed. a horde mage was friendly enough to let him live, but then something terrible happened: a ret paladin OF MY OWN GUILD came and killed him! I was so furious… cursed be the fuckin achievement…
    I just have time for searching at the weekend (very poor chances there) and at morning before work.
    well wish me luck hunter bro^^ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    greetz from germany, kasanga

  20. I decided to camp at the gorillas for a couple hours, since I’ve seen him there twice before. He spawned right in front of me at (66,77).

  21. Grats! Which location did you get him btw? I’ve seen him by the wasps 3 times, and twice by The Glimmering Pillar. The area by the wasps is tough due to all of the possible additional aggro.

  22. I got him! ๐Ÿ˜€ The tame went off perfectly, and he only got me down to 8k out of 23k health. ^^ 5th time’s the charm!

  23. The only other difference is the run animation. Mosh runs sort of herky-jerky compared to Krush. I’m not certain of this, but some people have said that Krush is the only Devilsaur with a smooth walk/run animation.

  24. Is there any difference in King Krush and King Mosh? both are dino silver elites. Besides the obvious thrill of having the green one and the fame to follow =)

  25. Ok. Just to make sure, the pet abandon macro will have to be its own button press. Hit TBW, give the pet abandon macro a quick tap and then hit the taming/haste macro. Good luck and keep me posted. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Fate really doesn’t want me to have this pet. ๐Ÿ™

    I found him again, things go wrong and I still got feared, and two ALLIANCE kill him after I failed. I’m absolutely furious.

    Did you use any other macros besides those two? I’ve been using.

    /use Scroll of Stamina VIII
    /use Elixir of Mighty Fortitude


    /script PetAbandon()
    /use Potion of Speed
    /use 13
    #showtooltip Tame Beast
    /cast !Tame Beast

    What have I done wrong with these? I’m terrible with macros, is there a way I could work BW into the first one?

  27. Good luck with Krush Jadvya.

    The /use 13 activates the Thorny Rose Brooch. Each gear slot on a character has its own equipslot – trinkets are 13 and 14.

    Here’s something you might find helpful…

    I read a post on Wowhead from another Hunter who says he used a petabandon script in a macro to tame him. I haven’t tried it, but if it works it could save you 2 seconds easily.

    This is the script:

    /script PetAbandon()

    Try it out with a trash pet to test it.

    There are so many variables that make this a difficult tame, that eliminating one puts you that much closer to success.

    He’s an awesome pet btw. I still have yet to see another Hunter with him on Kul Tiras.

  28. I’ve been looking for this guy for the past couple of days; I found him last night but messed up on the tame and BW wore off just a fraction too early–he feared and killed me, and a belf killed him before I could start round 2

    In your Tame Beast macro, what’s the 13 mean? I’m assuming it’s your Thorny Rose Brooch; is it in your 13th bag slot?

    I’m probably going to end up practicing my taming routine tonight so I can get him this time… You’ve inspired me and I really want him. ;-;

  29. heya garwulf, Ive been keeping track of you website daily cause I love the pics you post and have alot of great stories/Information, this pic is by far my favorite. Is that his actual size compared to you or did you feed him one of those cookies?


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