March 30th, 2012
Happy Friday! The life of a dungeon-clearing warrior can be a lonely one. Friends in your party may not be online, or may be questing abroad. To whom can a solitary skeleton-smasher turn for morale support? Fear not! Fluffy companions await you, whose inventories are surpassed only by their loyalty. Oh, and pointy teeth. Or claws. In this Friday Treat, we introduce you to the pets of Torchlight II, some old friends and new.
The ferret was originally exclusive to the box version of Torchlight, though our clever modding community soon found a way to include his sheer adooooorableness. Don't be fooled by his size, the clever ferret is as fierce as a honey badger. With goggles. Due to overwhelming popular demand, the Ferret returns for all in Torchlight II.
Like a creation from the Island of Dr. Moreau, the Chakawary is a mysterious hybrid straight from the world of Torchlight. The Chakawary is best described as a Velociraptor crossed with a Cassowary. Native to the foothills around the Estherian Enclave, the Chakawary is especially suited for tearing apart some jellies, spiders, and dwarves.
Know what we love? Kittehs. Kittehs are now up in your Torchlight II, carryin' yer lootz. This tabby may look like an innocent lap-warmer, but get her into battle and the fur starts to fly. Rowr!
In homage to Erich Schaefer's bulldog "Bud," we present the Winston Churchill of pooches - solid, tough, and a formidable foe to all who fear slobber. You see that underbite? Does he file those things or what! The Bulldog, valiant in battle, will always have your back.
As teased in our last update from the Animation team, we are proud to introduce a flying pet into the Torchlight II universe. The Hawk soars above you, keeping watch on the passes ahead, and dive-bombing monsters with her vicious talons. Few things say "don't mess with me" like raptor who can tear your face off.
Poet Ogden Nash once opined, "if called by a panther, don't anther," and that's good advice for your enemies. Sleek, feral, intimidating, the Panther melts into the shadows and pounces on corrupt undead when they least expect it.
Inspired by the original 'Dog' pet of Torchlight, we went for bigger, better, and more badasser (that's totally a word). The Wolf is an all-new pet, brawnier and bigger than its domesticated cousin. Leaving paw-prints like dinner plates, man's best friend is also a Sturmbeorn's worst nightmare.
Pets have their own inventory, can learn spells, can be transformed temporarily or permanently into other creatures by feeding them certain fish, sell your unwanted inventory in town and will return with requested items from your shopping list. Here is a look at some of the pets in action.