Talbuk

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A Draenic talbuk as seen in a piece of Hearthstone artwork.

Talbuks are beautifully colored, striped, horned antelope-like creatures native to Argus.[1][2] Some talbuks fled Argus with the draenei aboard the Genedar.[3] On Draenor (later Outland), a world the Genedar crashed on, the alien species thrived, becoming a viable food source for the native predators and a part of orcish culture. Talbuks live primarily in the plains of Nagrand but could also be found in Shadowmoon Valley before its corruption. They usually congregate underneath trees, but some groups of them are seen wandering with their respective patriarchs.

Talbuks are a type of wild, stag-like creatures, and a favored food of the draenei.[4] The Moongraze Stags and Bucks of Azuremyst Isle reminded the draenei of the talbuks.

There is also a herd of talbuks living in the Stormspire's Eco-Dome. Talbuk does are non-aggressive beasts that alert surrounding males when attacked, while the decidedly more aggressive sires use their large hooves to stun attackers. When weakened, these talbuk can be tagged for Aurine Moonblaze, a druid sent by the Cenarion Expedition to investigate the Ethereal technology's effects on wildlife.

One breed of talbuk is known for its twelve prongs that are sharp and dangerous. They were hunted for the orcish om'riggor ritual.[5] Most talbuk are peaceful creatures that will only attack when they are defending their herd.[6] Despite their docile nature, talbuks have been known to gore seasoned warriors to death when threatened.[7]

Talbuks became sickly and corrupt as a result of Draenor's fel corruption and subsequent transformation into Outland.[8]

They grow their horns to full size at an early age.[9]

Having had to adapt to the new landscape of the ravaged planet they inhabit, the talbuks of Argus have evolved chitinous plates.[2] The surviving Krokul use them as mounts.

Notable talbuks

Types

A talbuk on Draenor.

Types on Argus

A talbuk on Argus.
  • IconSmall Talbuk3.gif Chaosrunners Legion
  • IconSmall Talbuk3.gif Chitinbuks Legion
  • IconSmall Talbuk3.gif Cragscalers Legion
  • IconSmall Talbuk3.gif Ruinstriders Legion
  • IconSmall Talbuk3.gif Ruinwalkers Legion

Breeds

  • The Breezestrider Stallions' red coloration reflect their temperament: sanguine, fierce, and courageous.[10]
  • The  [Pale Thorngrazer] subsists completely on a diet of thistles and thorns, making its insides as tough as its outside.[11]
  • Draenei poets have likened the  [Shadowmane Charger]'s coloring to shadows cast by moonlight in an ashen forest.[12]
  • Prized for its intelligence, the silverpelt can be trained to execute defensive kicks and gorings in battle.[13]
  • Draenei have relied on the  [Swift Breezestrider], the swiftest of all talbuk, to relay messengers and their missives safely to their destinations.[14]

As a mount

Main article: Talbuk mounts

They are also a special mount available for Alliance players exalted with the Kurenai faction and to Horde players exalted with the Mag'har faction. The faction mounts are available in White, Tan, Silver, and Cobalt, with each color being available as a Riding Talbuk and War (armored) Talbuk.

There are also Dark Riding and Dark War Talbuks from the Halaa merchants which cost Halaa Battle Tokens and Halaa Research Tokens to purchase.

Along with a new talbuk model, a variety of new talbuk mounts was introduced in the Warlords of Draenor expansion, obtainable through a variety of methods.

As a companion pet

 [Young Talbuk] has a chance to drop from  [Traveler's Pet Supplies].

As a hunter pet

Main article: Stag#As a hunter pet

Talbuks are tamable since patch 6.0.2. As hunter pets, they are classified as stags.

Lightforged draenei hunters start with an Argussian talbuk pet.

Notes & trivia

  • They were originally described as being indigenous to Nagrand[4] before they were retconned to being native to Argus. Rangari Sunon still makes the mistake.
  • Unlike the talbuk on Draenor and Outland, Argussian talbuk can have two different horn shapes instead of only a single one.

References