New character model clues in Patch 5.2 NPCs?!

The good people over at Wowhead have been very busy datamining new models on the Patch 5.2 PTR, including some that could be indicators of the look of new character models!

Mounts and Pets

There are several new mounts shown, continuing the earlier dinosaur theme of the triceratops mounts, and a couple of flying mounts along with a new look armored tiger. All are shown below, do head over to Wowhead to have a look at the models in their full glory! There are additional mounts viewable on wowhead, including a “Trex” mount which is very similar to the raptor mounts available for Horde players.

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Apart from the new mounts, there are also new pets, the cutest of which, the Zandalari Hatchling can be seen in the video above. They will likely be available as drops from battle pet battling, or as drops from the raid, or rewards from daily quests on the new daily quest hub on Thunder Isle. It seems likely to me that the four similar-looking dinosaur mounts are from dailies, while the others are drops. Along with the Zandalari Hatchling, there are also several porcupine pets, and rather fun little micro-sentries. These, again, likely come from either random drops in the new raid, or from dailies, or perhaps just roam wild around the area!

Humanoid Models

The really interesting news is twofold. The datamining of a new troll model, called the Jungle Troll, has set off the rumor mill as the community has thought that it’s possible these could be precursors to the new character models. You can see the Jungle Troll in motion in the video above, main observations are that it’s a lot heavier and more muscular looking than the existing models, and that it has far more detail on the hands and feel, not something the current models are renowned for. It’s not obvious, though, whether the troll models are able to blink or not! What do you think of the troll model? Would you like to see your troll character models looking more like that?

It should be noted of course that this model is datamined, and may not be final. What’s more, Blizzard Community Manager Vaneras commented on the EU forums that, while players may think that the new models are indicative of the look of character models, but it may not be the case. Now, they would say that, naturally, but take the speculation with a pinch of salt!

Lastly, there is also a captured titan, viewable in the video. This is certainly interesting from a lore perspective, with the heavy titan influence on the Mogu and the Thunder King. Is it possible that Ra-Den is a Titan construct captured by the Mogu and enslaved for their means? What do you think?

  • Stephen Hart

    not sure if you already noticed olivia my dear, but voljin had his model updated too in patch 5.1/ and of course the tauren had there models updates in the form of the yongul in kun li summit 

    • http://twitter.com/Luke_Malcolm Luke Malcolm

      If you look closely, the Mogu represent the Draenei’s Skeleton aswell.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FPXO267IVAHL3MK4HRRNRQPNDA Bush Swanson, The American Dre

    That dino baby looks SIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!

  • Eric Argoni

    seriously this gets you guys excited? warcraft charges you 15 a month and this is what you get every couple months>? i feel so sry for your bank accounts

    • Kingmob23

      We would complain, but after playing garbage like GW2, $15 a month for WoW seems like a steal.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/WGCTO4OQZ332LAZL3G47DV6VEA james

        After garbage like Pandagate and Cata, $15 a month seems like robery.

        • Kingmob23

          Actually, MoP is Blizzards best WoW expansion yet. I wasn’t going to get it as I bought into the GW2 hype. But after playing all the homogenized classes, repetitive DE’s, and the ultra simplistic spvp that GW2 offered, I decided to give WoW a shot again and haven’t regret the return.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.dixon.75 Jordan Dixon

            “But after playing all the homogenized classes, repetitive DE’s, and the ultra simplistic spvp that GW2 offered,”

            so after playing all the homogenized healer, tank, and dps roles…doing repetitive dailies, dungeons and raids……and ultra unbalanced pvp that WoW offers….

            your not regretting the return? see what i did there?

            no game is worth paying 15 dollars a month for AFTER you already pay for the game

            one day you get an itch up ur sleeve to see how much you actually have paid on the game….mine is around $1,200 after chr xfers and race changes…and realize, that no game should ever be worth that much money

            that number is repulsive to me, being it was spent on one single game

      • http://twitter.com/Luke_Malcolm Luke Malcolm

        I wouldn’t say GW2 is garbage, its a good game, but it isn’t worth a sub either thats why the game is better off as B2P/F2P, just way to overhyped, I’m worried ESO will suffer the same fate.

        Its has it own style & isn’t a copy like alot of other MMOs. 

        But after playing WoW for 8 years, Its really the only game really worth 15 bucks and prbly wont ever do it again for another game.

    • lacroix927

       I feel sorry for you that you had nothing better to do than research new wow pc skins and make a lame comment about it. I think you need somethin to do

  • http://twitter.com/Draemador Brad Boivin

    The troll model isn’t a new model, it’s a new texture on the old model.  Looks nice, but would be a cheap cop out to what has been promised.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=613324421 Jay Darnell

      Looks like it has a higher poly count than the original.