The Year of the Pig is At Hand

Most Westerners do not know much about the Chinese Zodiac. It is not to say that it is not interesting, we just do not know it as well as the Greek one. Each new year represents a new animal on the Zodiac, and each of those animals have unique features that set them apart from the others. This coming Chinese New Year will usher in the Year of the Pig. Whether you agree with it or not, it is a huge part of the Chinese culture. Since World of Warcraft is a microcosm of our own world, the Chinese Zodiac can be found within it. Recently this has come in the form of a purchasable mount, and it appears Blizzard is at it again.

Recently datamined content from PTR 8.1.5 has revealed that there is a new, rather portly mount coming to WoW. This is Hogrus, Swine of Good Fortune, and he is bringing luck to those with the fortune to afford him.

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Like a bee, we are not sure how Hogrus can physically make it off of the ground. Courtesy of WoWHead

Though it can not be confirmed through datamining that Hogrus will be an in-store purchase, it can be assumed, seeing as Shu-Zen, the Divine Sentinel was released in the store for the Year of the Dog around the same time. It is wrapped in standard Pandaren trappings and glides with shimmering, golden wings. The description of the beast is as follows:

“Hogrus was first seen by Emperor Shaohao on the third day of his meditation, and is considered by the Pandaren to be a sign of good fortune to come to those who take action.”

Gotta Love the Pig!

It did not take long for fans to start chiming in concerning this pudgy addition to the mount line-up. Most of those who commented gave nothing but praise for the mount’s model, saying that it is “adorable” and “a mount many players can relate to.” Whatever your feelings about the mount are, this goes to show that Blizzard has a special place in their hearts (and wallets) for Chinese culture.

What do you think about the new mount model? Is it something that you would let your toon ride? Let us know in the comments below.