Artifice - Mechanical Pet Creations
Artifice is a new level 1 ability that allows players to create and trade their own modular mechanical pets.
To start making mechanical pets, you'll have to salvage parts from destroyed mechanical mobs. To help low level Artificers, new mechanical mobs have been implemented in Mulgore, Darnassus and Dun Morogh. Artificers know the ability Salvage Mechanical, which allows them to essentially "skin" mechanical mobs to collect a part. To create your first mechanical pet, you will need to have collected three parts from the variety of mechanical mob you wish to command.
Mechanical Pet Peculiarities
Mechanical pets can not be healed or affected by buff spells, can't be blinded, charmed or feared, and are immune to bleeds.
Modifying Your Mechanical Pet
For the purposes of this demonstration, we'll assume your first mechanical pet is the humble bombling, a dead simple robot designed to chase after an enemy and blow them up. You can modify your mechanical pet immediately, with all manner of unique forms. Your bombling could be fitted with shrapnel turning it into a flakling, causing its explosion to inflict bleeding damage. It could also be a rebuildabomb, a more stable bombling that, after blowing up, comes back to you and reloads with another explosive payload rather than keeling over. Grenadebots can be picked up and thrown by you, exploding upon landing. And healthblasters will instead chase down dying allies and blow up, coating them in soothing liquids that will heal them. These are only some of the possibilities the upgrade system can offer as mixing and matching designs is a thing one can do. These modifications should be about effects, not power.
Rare Upgrades are items found in the world that can be used to grant your Mechanical Pet new and unique abilities. These highly sought after items can also be crafted by engineers.
Disassembly and Trading
Disassembly is an ability that lets you convert your current mechanical pet into an item. This replaces the standard "abandon pet" feature that undead, demonic and bestial pets have. In addition to allowing you to store your favorite builds, it also allows you to trade pets to other players. You may only have six disassembled pets per character, however, and disassembled pets can not be auctioned.