Kirin Tor Familiar Pet Guide – Higher Learning Achievement


Naw, that’s the little guy!

What’s up guys, Syiler here with another guide for you! This guide is going to cover how to get the Kirin Tor Familiar pet which is a reward from completing the Higher Learning achievement!

But don’t be fooled this is no easy achievement, it will take dedication, knowledge and a bit of luck. After reading this guide you will be armed with everything you need to get your own Kirin Tor Familiar! (Apart from the luck, that costs extra.)

The Kirin Tor Familiar is an Arcane Elemental pet that is usable for pet battles. In terms of pet battling its abilities are as follows

Ability 1

Spells Kirintor (3)

Beam – Blasts the enemy with a beam of arcane power, dealing 22 Magic damage.


Spells Kirintor (4)

Arcane Blast – Blasts the enemy with a surge of arcane power, dealing 15 Magic damage. Damage increases by 5 each time it is used (Max 25 magic damage.)


Ability 2

Spells Kirintor (5)

Gravity – Slams the target into the ground, dealing 25 Magic damage. If used again on the same target, they are levitated and unable to flee for 2 rounds.


Spells Kirintor (6)

Arcane Storm – Deals 8 Magic damage to all enemies and warps the weather into Arcane Winds for 9 rounds. During Arcane winds, pets cannot be stunned or rooted.


Ability 3

Spells Kirintor (2)

Arcane Explosion – Deals 10 Magic damage to the enemy’s active pet and 6 Magic damage to the enemy’s backline pets.


Spells Kirintor (1)

Rot – Rots the target’s flesh, dealing 25 Undead damage and transforming them into Undead for 5  rounds.


Pet Stats

It has Level 1 stats of 155 Health, 12 Power and 11 Speed and Level 25 stats of 1465 Health, 289 Power and 273 Speed. It can only be obtained in one type Rare and a breed of 20% Health, 45% Power and 20% Speed.


The Kirin Tor Familiar is a cool pet for many reasons, the first it’s a unique skin in terms of pets, the second it’s difficult to obtain so you will be one of few with it and finally it isn’t to bad in pet battles either!

So lets move to how we get this badass with bracers, it is a reward from completing the achievement Higher Learning which requires you to read eight specific books on The Schools of Arcane Magic. These are all in Dalaran and have set spawn locations for each book but the catch is another “dummy” book can spawn in place of the one you actually need, these dummy books aren’t useful for anything apart from reading of course!

When you do find one of the books all that you need to do is click on the book as if you were reading it. Once you click on it you will notice that book name has been highlighted on the achievement and you have obtained the credit. The book will stay there for around 3 minutes before despawning after being clicked, so even if someone just beats you to it you can both get credit! Once the book has despawned another won’t spawn in its place for 3-4 hours, this is for both the real book and the dummy books. So it is a good idea to click on the dummy book so that it despawns and you have a chance of seeing the achievement book in 3-4 hours’ time!

Once you located all the books you will get a new book called The Schools of Arcane Magic – Mastery in the mail. Using this book will teleport you to the top of the Violet Citadel, a secret room only accessible by owners of this book.  In this room you will see Archmage Vargoth and by talking to him he will reward you with your own little Kirin Tor Familiar!

So let’s start the guide of by taking a look at the different spawn locations of the books, remember each book has its own set location, so if you only need one book then you only need to check one spot, the book won’t change positions so keep that in mind.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Introduction

The first book The Schools of Arcane Magic – Introducion is found in the room named The Violet Gate. This is the building where you end up when teleporting to Dalaran and houses the Mage Portal Trainer.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Introduction


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Abjuration

The next book is found on the ground next to a stool, within the building called the Dalaran Visitor Center.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Abjuration


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Conjuration

The Violet Citadel contains two of the book locations, Conjuration can be found on the ground floor of the Citadel, on the bottom shelf of the bookcase to the right.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Conjuration


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Divination

This is the second book to be found within the Violet Citadel, this is up the stairs and to the left of the portal that leads to the Caverns of Time. It will spawn on the floor in between the two books cases here.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Divination


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Enchantment

The fifth book is on the balcony of the building called The Threads of Fate. It spawns on the small box next to the larger box with bottles on.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Enchantment


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Illusion

Illusion is found just outside of Violet Hold, it will spawn on the boxes just next to the left of Archmage Timear.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Illusion


The Schools of Arcane Magic – Transmutation

The book of Transmutation is found on the ground floor of the Legerdemain Lounge building. It will spawn on the bookcase at the right of one of the exits. It will spawn on the second shelf of the empty bookcase.

The Schools of Arcane Magic – Transmutation


The schools of Arcane Magic – Necromancy

The final book can be found on the top floor of the Legerdemain Lounge building. It will spawn in the left bedroom on the third shelf of the empty bookcase.

The schools of Arcane Magic – Necromancy


Tips and Tricks

The books will always respawn after a server shutdown/restart so if you are able to log on when the server comes back up you will find all the books spawned, it can and most likely will be fake books but still worth checking all the spawns you still need.

Keep a note of when you have looted a fake book as you will want to return in 3 hours and sit waiting until it respawns again. This will ensure you don’t ever miss a book spawn that you need and once you find the real book you no longer need to check that location.

Teaming up with someone else who is after the pet will be extremely beneficial as more then one person can read the books as long as you get to it within 3 minutes of the first read. So working with someone means you can cover more spawn locations easier and as long as you all alert each other of a book, all can benefit!


So that is the end of this guide, I wish you the best of luck in getting this pet.

Thanks for reading #cya!

Medivh : Lore, Warcraft & You!


Medivh, last guardian of Tirisfal. The feather adornments on this key lore characters shoulders should be no surprise to Warcraft 3 and World Of Warcraft players instantly, yet not all of his lore is quite as common knowledge as most people would think.

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Eight whole centuries before the coming of the Orcs, Aegywn decided to birth a son, so that she could pass on her powers and ensure the line of Guardians for new generations to come. In this pursuit of lust and her need to do all she could to continue her lineage she settled on seducing the court conjurer, one Nielas Aran. A competent human mage of the Order of Tirisfal, one capable of supplementing the power she would pass on to her son and also noble of heart.

Magus Medivh, born a human son to his mother, Aegwynn, the former guardian of Tirisfal (Guardians are an order of powerful mages, blessed by the Order Of Tirisfal, an elite covenant specialising in dealing with protection of Azeroth from the Burning Legion over millennia). Medivh was left to be raised by his father in Stormwind Keep and would be taught the morality and respect for his power, in the hopes he would learn compassion when he became a powerful mage. He became friends with other important lore figures, such as Prince Llane Wrynn and Anduin Lothar. On a day out with his friends Llane and Anduin, the three were ambushed by three jungle trolls. None of the three were hurt badly and there battle was not too much of a risk for the trained Princes, however Medivh fell ill and fainted when he tried to use his magic to defend them. In his sleep he entered a coma, only to awake later with nightmarish visions of death.

Medivh’s life was filled with torment and anger as he tried to discover to what his power should be used for. Sadly inside the womb of his own mother, this fate was already pre-determined, as Sargeras cursed his mother for her thwarting of the demon lords plans prior to the 3rd war, and so corrupted her unborn son, so that he would do the bidding of the legion regardless of his upbringing.

This fate manifested itself as Medivh neared the age of his ascension, when he would graduate to becoming a fully fledged mage; He met with his father after this coma-like state and unintentionally entered a powerful trance with him. When the two touched they both entered a coma like state, which eventually lead to the complete drain of energy and magic from his father after several days, transferring his power to his son and causing Nielas to die in front of him.

(To this day, Nielas exists in-game as the ‘Shade of Aran’ boss within Karazhan, a 10 player raid instance on the Eastern Kingdoms.)


Shade of Aran

Shade of Aran

Medivh soon became entranced with the idea of the Legion, and the respected powers that lie dormant in such mysteries and proceeded to experiment on dark energies and unusual forces mortals are usually unable to reach. Medivh was no ordinary mortal human, he had the blessing of Sargeras, and the power of the Order behind his resolve.

Eventually Medivh’s possession forced his mind to want to be free of everything, as sought in his madness to destroy Azeroth and the people around him. He found an answer in the Orc Gul’dan, a powerful Dark Shaman, already possessed by Sargeras off in a distant world known as Draenor. Medivh contacted Gul’dan and promised the Orc the location of the Tomb of Sargeras as a reward for killing the humans and laying siege to Azeroth. (This Tomb he refers to here is actually the Temple Of Elune, which lies within the ancient Kaldorei city of Suramar, the very same city Illidan, Malfurion and Tyrande all grew up in prior to the Sundering.)

Gul’dan agreed, and the promise of power allowed the two to use the power of a dark portal, and ancient gateway system that connects world throughout the stars above as the instrument of the coming of the Orc forces to Azeroth.

In the time of this madness, Medivh had convinced his mother, the Order of Tirisfal, and the mages of Dalaran that he was fine, and that his momentary comas were the inability of his own comprehension of power, and that now he had control.

In response to Medivh’s upbringing and graduation to becoming the powerful mage he now was, they sent him his very own Apprentice, a young mage called Khadgar. Khadgar would then live with Medivh at his castle, Karazhan, a place where he would learn his master’s art and learn to be powerful under such names as Moroes, who would be Khadgar’s aide.




In the course of madness, Medivh succeeded in opening the linked portal between Azeroth and Draenor with the help of Gul’dan and his own Shadow Council. This moment caused the appearance of his mother, Aegwynn, who tried to convince her son that this course of action was wrong and what he had done would undo the world. Medivh ignored her and continued with the rituals. She decided to stop him by force, and the two battled. Medivh had trained his power, and now sat on the forces given to him by Sargeras, which caused the balanced fight to break in his favour, defeating his mother and burning her alive in the aftermath of the conflicting magic’s.

This drained Medivh heavily and after concluding the business with Gul’dan and ensuring the link was established he retreated to Karazhan for rest, meanwhile the Shadow Council went back through the Dark Portal to Draenor to prepare an invasion force.

Arcanagos, a Blue Dragon has seen Medivh’s misuse of magic, of which the Blue Flight controlled and paid a visit to Karazhan in the hopes of confronting the Guardian of Tirisfal. Medivh, again refused to listen to the dragon, and they entered combat, which lead to the burning of the dragon from within, the power to great for the whelpling to survive. This dragon would later be resurrected as the formidable raid boss; NightBane within the Karazhan 10-player instance in WoW. Medivh was reeling from the past years conflicts, his mind in tatters after the death of his father, his mother by his own hand and now the meddlesome Blue Dragonflght.



Soon after, the Orcs of Draenor had pushed on with their invasion and had successfully established forward perimeters within the Human borders in Black Morass, a zone situated between what would now be known as Blasted Lands and the Swamp of Sorrows. The Horde’s emissary, Garona Halforcen came to Karazhan to see the mage. Secretly however the two fell in love and had passionate encounters throughout her visits to the castle, which would later result in the mixed-race child Med’an being born into the world.

Eventually Khadgar would be the one to realise his master was the cause of the Orcish invasion and entertained an audience with Garona, Lothar and King Llane in an effort to find a solution to the crazed fallen Guardian.

The three agreed that something had to be done about him, and that his tyranny would only regress further into the depravities of the Burning Legions corruption. They entered a battle with Medivh promptly after, but they underestimated the powerful mage before them.

Upon entering the encounter, Khadgar, whom was only 17 years of age suddenly aged several decades older. Lothar and Llane struggled on in the fight, but were ultimately defeated by Medivh, whom was to end their lives had it not been for Khadgar taking up Lothar’s blade and thrusting it through the heart of the Guardian with all his strength. Upon this deathblow, Medivh was released from Sargeras’ curse that had since been on him since his time in the womb. His mind recalled all the horrors he had committed and very literally his life flashed before him as he died.

The curse left his body with such force it cursed the very area around them, the heroes who defeated the fallen guardian fled, as Karazhan became a corrupted, twisted remnant of the Guardians corrupted hatred driven by Sargeras, which became the raid instance we know to this day.


The end of Medivh’s story with corruption ends there, however it was known that when Khadgar had destroyed the spirit of Sargeras that held his master, Medivh’s spirit was said to have escaped. This spirit foresaw the eventual downfall of Lordaeron, and with his mother’s help his spirit form attained form again, and was resurrected by the remainder of her powerful magic. Upon his resurrection, Medivh briefly went back to Karazhan, where he would see a vision of Khadgar from the past, seeing the apprentice bury his master. He realised his life had not begun, and for the first time in his existence, Medivh was actually himself.

Medivh Visits King Terenas

Medivh Visits King Terenas

Long after the second war, Medivh returned as a prophet, foretelling the coming of an apocalyptic threat. The current king, Terenas Menathil of Lordaeron and Antonidas of Dalaran both dismissed the prophet’s mumblings as madness.

This was shortly before the king’s son, Arthas entered into his own story. The events of Warcraft 3 foretell the happenings after this point, and eventually after the Battle of Mount Hyjal, Medivh disappeared from the story. There are some theories that he may have met his end on the mortal plane and ascended to other places, or that he is infact lying in wait in the form of a crow, a familiar form he took on throughout history’s events. The latter of these ideas could be enforced by the loading screen for the raid instance in World of Warcraft clearly showing a black crow in the corner of the artwork, and outside the very instance in the sky, a single crow flying around the castle, watching over the land.

Whatever befell the powerful mage, the Last Guardian of Tirisfal may return, especially with the events of the next expansion; Warlord’s of Draenor featuring his very own apprentice as a key lore and quest driven figure throughout.

Perhaps the mysteries of his whereabouts will manifest themselves, but only time will tell.


Hopefully you have enjoyed this article of Medivh, probably one of the best written characters in the Warcraft lore. Stay tuned for more soon, as we explore all the key figures that will be playing into the story of tomorrows WoW!