Jadefang is a rare Shale Spider that spawns within an upper alcove nestled deep within the Crumbling Depths of Deepholm. As hinted at by his namesake, Jadefang possesses an awesome green glow. What’s really cool about this, is that he’s the only Shale Spider currently in-game with this look.
Well… apart from the little companion that he drops when killed.
Because of the pet loot item, Jadefang is on pretty much everyone’s radar. Whether you’re an avid collector of WoW pets or not, everyone enjoys free pet loot, right..? Since Jadefang is a unique-skinned rare spawn exotic pet, tamable by Beast Master hunters, having him also be the bearer of treasure can be viewed as sort of a cruel joke played by Blizz, with BM hunters being at the brunt of it.
At any rate, whether you seek Jadefang as a companion, or for his Tiny Shale Spider drop, getting a chance at him does not involve the typical camping process. Jadefang spawns at the back of a small alcove, several feet up within the cave wall of the Crumbling Depths. Unless you can steal a catapault from Isle of Conquest, there are only a couple of ways to get to him…
Map provided by the fine folks at WoWHead –>
The most obvious and popular one is to acquire a certain daily quest called “Underground Economy“. The quest giver is Ricket, who can be found on certain days within the Crumbling Depths at around 61,26 (approx. coords). This quest grants you the use of Ricket’s Tickers, which are explosives used to mine ore from the depths. However, you can also use them to vault yourself up into the air (ie: into Jadefang’s cave). Just remember not to turn in the quest before you acquire Jadefang and/or his pet, as you’ll lose the bombs in the process, then have to wait again for the quest to become available.
This method will get you to Jadefang, but the catch is, the quest is only available every other day. Plus, you have to progress through enough quests in Deepholm in order to unlock the dailies. If you don’t, Ricket won’t appear at all.
Another technique I’ve seen mentioned is an engineering trick used by hunters, achieved through the use of a Nitro Boosts malfunction, combined with Disengage. Apparently some have had success using this trick, but I’m not an engineer, so I can’t confirm how effective it is. I do know that the malfunctions are totally random, and that each use has a 3 minute cooldown. This sounds like it might be fun IF you have plenty of time to kill. If you don’t stick the landing on your first shot, it could make for a long day…
The third method, and the best one IMO, is to be a Night Elf. 😀
This method worked great for me because:
A) Hey… would ya look at that… I’m a Night Elf!
B) The Underground Economy daily is not available to me.
C) I’m done with camping pets.
Night Elves have the luxury of being the only class that can fly within the crumbling depths as a ghost (ie: Wisp Spirit) — all other classes have to run. Because of this unique little trait, we need only die near the area where Jadefang is located, then res up in his cozy Shale Spider penthouse. At that point we can either punch him in the nose and take his pet, or… if you’re a a BM hunter, you could tame him.
I chose both.
I used this method in back-to back days to get both Jadefang and his pet. It was probably one of the easiest and most successful rare pet hunts ever.
If you’re alliance, then you can still get to Jadefang using similar methods, but you’ll need a Night Elf Druid with you. Both of you will go in the cave and die near Jadefang’s spawn location, then fly back in and have the Druid res up in Jadefang’s cave, followed with res’ing you up there as well.
Jadefang is a neutral mob, so he won’t attack unless provoked. Also, he’s not elite, which means he can be killed pretty easily.
Anyway, that’s the basic jist of how to get to this guy. I’m not certain of his spawn timer, but it’s really easy to check for him — you don’t even have to enter the cave. He is targetable from the surface above if you happen to use a rare mob finder addon, or just a simple /target Jadefang macro.
Right now I’ll present a tutorial for the Night-Elf-Hunter-Easy-Mode technique I used, but I’m sure the info will help those of you non-nelfs as well.
Garwulf’s Jadefang Taming Tutorial for Night Elf Hunters
- Look at your character portrait and make sure it says you’re level 85. *wink*
- Go to Deepholm and fly to (61,22).
- If Jadefang is there, he’ll show as a yellow dot on your minimap. If he’s there, you’re in luck… go to step 4.
- Ride into the cave until you reach the same approximate coordinates.
- At some point it’s a good idea to get naked, well that’s generally a good idea always, but as it pertains to taming this WoW pet, you should remove as much HP bolstering gear as possible so that you can expedite the dying process.
- The are a couple of rock worms in this location. Insult each of them with a mother joke or something.
- Fly back into the cave in wisp Form, but instead of going to your corpse, fly right into Jadefang’s hideout, which is just above your mutilated remains.
- Put your clothes back on ffs.
- At this point you can do what you will. Beat him like a rented mule or sweet talk him into your stable.
and lastly… because pictures are fun and help to better tell a story…
Garwulf’s Screenshot Tutorial for Taming Jadefang
So anyway… that’s how to go about getting a crack at this rare pet – either for his exciting pet loot, as a BM hunter pet, or both.
As I’d mentioned (repeatedly), you must be a Beast Master in order to tame him. Jadefang is a Tenacity (tank) pet, with two very nice pet abilities. One of his abilities is a pretty sweet stat and resistance buff called Embrace of the Shale Spider. The other ability is Web Wrap, which is an excellent utility – especially for PvP. Web Wrap is a 3 second stun, with a 30 yard range, on a 31.5 sec CD (w/ 3/3 Longevity). Coupled with Intimidation, this can provide for some awesome stunlock, sure to unnerve opposing players. 😈
Personally, I prefer to use high-damage pets for PvP, but I have yet to take Jadefang out for a trial run. His two awesome pet abilities, combined with some of the great talents available in the Tenacity tree, should make him a decent PvP companion for certain BM BG hunters, or perhaps even a few BM arena comps.
Regardless, he just looks badass… Now go get him if you haven’t already! 🙂