Ok I tamed one and wandered around with it. I want to try and gather some useful information on it. 1) seems to randomly dig up ore. Not sure how long of an interval between attempts for it to do this. 2) If the ore is left on the ground for to long and the beetle is hungry, well the pile of ore is going to be munched (funny crunching noise almost expect a burp after) Now for speculation notes. There is a selection menu on these critters (right click to get options to mine- ore, ore & rock, ore & gems). So that made me curious when I tried to select another option besides just ore. I got a message similar to -you dont know how to mine this. (forget exact message) So I set mining to 100 on my char and went to the minoc mines, same message. I decided to wait it out to test another theory. I lored the beetle and noted his barding difficulty. After the beetle had spit out a few piles of ore (about 5-6 more) I lored it again. His barding rate had gone up by a tenth. I waited it out some more, lored it again and it had increased another .1, now pure speculation at this point but my guess is to get the other options to come up as useable you will have to train this thing up to GM mining. How do I get the mining skill as going up? Part of the formula for figuring out an animals barding difficulty is add the total of all skills. If I did nothing to train this there has to be some unseen skill going up. There is only one other confirmed hidden skill on pets (parry). Now how useful is this pet? Unknown as I cannot figure out if there is a means to activate this pets mining ability aside from its random digging. I will play more with it as well to decipher a bit more. Anyone else have any info. or speculations?