Taming Ironback, the Rare Hinterland Turtle

It was a quiet evening in the lowland of The Hinterlands, killing turtles and making a path to get Lard’s lunch off the North coast. Paladr was enjoying the scenery and the challenge of wearing down multiple tank-like hard-shells when an unusual sight caught his eye underwater off the coast: a red nameplate hovering over a turtle.

Ironback, rare spawnSeeing that the UI indicated a level 51 gray elite named Ironback, I sat up a little bit when I saw SilverDragon pipe up that it had spotted Ironback. A quick hop on over to Petopia, and I learned that Ironback is a rare elite beast that just so happens to be tamable. I wanted him for myself, or Huntr, actually. As a level 62, it should be a pretty easy feat, but still a special pet due to the rareness. Some research reveals that the respawn time is between 12 and 24 hours. Time to go fetch Huntr, and quickly.

The Location

Spotted IronbackAs I mentioned, Ironback was swimming along the northern coast of The Hinterlands, just East of the waterfall from the highland. The approximate coordinates came out to be 83, 48.5, just to the west of where Paladr accidentally aggroed him and had to die to leave Ironback there. /silly pally. Let the screenshot and dot speak for itself. The map location will read The Overlook Cliffs.

The Tame

The steps are about as mundane as possible, with only two things to really be aware of:

  • opposing faction on PvP realm
  • Gammerita – a roaming aggressive turtle who will aggro you if she wanders while you are standing on the shore

Of course, the basic tactic is to drop a Freezing Trap to ice block Ironback while you tame him. So, place the trap on the shore and swim out and hit him with a Concussion Shot and spin 180-degrees and swim back to shore and just past the trap and immediately start spamming Tame Beast, which you conveniently have on a toolbar, right?

Moment of Taming If all goes as I have foreseen, your tame should end at the exact moment the ice block breaks. There is an awkward moment when it does, because you are not quite sure if OldIron is a friend or foe until you see him join you at your side. Feed him some fruit and he will begin to smile. Congratulations, you now have a pet with a great skin, cheap food, and more armor than he knows what to do with.

Taking OldIron fishing


  1. says

    Grats on the new pet, and I guess you can’t wait for the 2.3.2 patch that makes it so that the pet will need 33% less experience to level it huh?

  2. says

    I’d like to see a pet be able to level with like-level mobs rather than me needing to get XP from the kills. I should be able to tear through badlands as a 62 and get him leveled up, but it’s not so.

  3. Dmg says

    True I wold love to take my 3 tamed named tigers to a starting area or a lowbie area and level them that way or even better run a low level instance with one multpile times with other low levels to help them level as well as my pet, but to Blizzard that level is would be to broken since then you wouldnb’t need to worry about death or your pet’s death you have work for your pet’s level but atleast with patch 3.0.0 came out the pet’s level is 5 levels uder your own, like your level 70 anf your pet will be level 65 even if they where tamed before the patch you take them out of the stable and they become level 65 automatically which is nice.

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