I had a lot of expectations/ideas going into WOD, mostly due to reading info coming in from people in Beta. But everything is different when you get to play it yourself. For example, Rylaks.
I wanted them so badly to be tameable in WoW as chimeras. They would be the one flying pet that I could magically tolerate and have headaches every time I ran around with one. They were one of my WOD dreams for the expansion. Let me have a tameable, preferably armored, hunter pet version of the mount.
Then I heard they were going to be a new pet family called Rylaks and they were going to flop around attempting to run after your hunter and not fly. My dreams were crushed. I’d pretty much crossed rylaks off of my tame-list.
Then Khai went out and tamed Aziza (means darling) and wow did we both fall in love. Not only is the model still beautiful, but the fighting animations are gorgeous and yet vicious at the same time. Rylaks also have an amazing little ability that has become Khai’s go-to-method-of-survival.
When in doubt and she pisses too many things off…run to the nearest cliff and…jump!
That Slow Fall is insanely handy! Of course, Khai also learned the hard way that she couldn’t be mounted when she jumped or it didn’t work. Nor is she fast enough apparently to ditch her mount and try again when falling off a cliff. Whoops. That was a painful lesson.
Do rylaks still fly once tamed? Pretty much, no. They run next to you, doing that odd flop thing…which oddly has become endearing. According to Khai, Aziza had a broken wing and can’t fly as well anymore. She can fly short distances and sometimes slow down a fall, but its easier to run madly beside Khai than constantly be flapping (and much nicer on me, no headaches!).
You can send them UP into the air to attack a flying target. And there have been a few occasions, though I can’t figure out what triggered it, where Aziza randomly flew alongside Khai while she ran around instead of hopping…
Burst of energy maybe? I dunno, but I wish I could figure it out. It makes for some pretty screenshots. Aziza has fast become one of Khai’s favorite pets and she’s one of the most versatile/useful. I couldn’t actually be happier about rylaks, and after my initial fears that they wouldn’t be tameable, and then that they were ‘ruined’ by being grounded…they are an amazing pet.
Aziza will be changing her look when Khai reaches 99 to Tura’aka, which is the armored versions of Aziza’s color.