'World of Warcraft' Pet Store Opens

World of Warcraft pets

You won't need to level up and hunt down a mount to get an animal companion in Blizzard Entertainment's latest in-game business venture. The newly opened "World of Warcraft" Pet Store accepts real money for critters and even includes a charitable angle tied to its $10 price tags.

"Today we’re pleased to introduce the Pet Store for 'World of Warcraft,' a new way for players to obtain in-game pets to join them on their adventures in Azeroth," Blizzard announced this week. "Two brand-new companions are now available for purchase exclusively at the Pet Store in the online Blizzard Store: Lil’ K.T. and the Pandaren Monk."

Each pet currently runs $10, and the Pandaren Monk comes with an extra holiday marketing pitch, thanks to its ties to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

"For every Pandaren Monk that finds its way to a player's side between now and the end of the year (December 31, 2009 at 11:59 PDT), we'll donate 50 percent of the $10 purchasing price to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in an effort to brew up a little hope, strength, and joy in a child's life," Blizzard stated.

The pets are listed in the Blizzard Store under the "Collectibles" tab and will each be available exclusively there, not through other questing or adventuring means. They do not, however, appear to have any in-battle use, so don't buy one expecting it to unleash Panda kung-fu action on your rival guilds.

What kind of pet do you want to see offered through the "World of Warcraft" Pet Store? Do think your "WoW" character could use an animal companion? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.