The Daily Grind: Are there MMO mobs you feel bad about killing?

Call me a softy, but I always cringe when I am sent in to slaughter the small, the fluffy, and the cute in MMOs. Sure, I’ll do it, because the quest log rules my life and removes all free will from my system, but I don’t have to feel good about it.

In RIFT, there’s a special pet you can get if you kill a wide variety of helpless, defenseless critters and loot their corpses for certain artifacts. I have gotten this pet before, but I didn’t feel particularly good about doing it. And don’t even get me started on World of Warcraft’s critter cannon…

Anyway, our discussion topic today is concerned with mobs that you feel bad about killing. Are there any? Has an MMO’s artists and animators done a particularly good job in pinging your conscience and making you regret unleashing your skills on something you’d rather be your best friend on a cross-country road trip?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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writelikeaman

The Vaadwaur in STO.

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Brown Jenkin

Generally not a fan of the varied “pwn animals” quests in MMOs. I like to keep my murderizing to sentient things :P

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Weilan

Me too, but usually in the better games I’ve played there is a reason to kill animals, like they’ve been aggressive and attacking people and stuff, or like in WoW’s Night Elf quest chain “The Balance of Nature”, the name explains exactly why you have to kill Thistle Boars and Nightsabers. But come to think of it, all MMOs that I’ve played gave this reason for killing animals and that’s OK, aside from the games where I didn’t read the quest text and don’t know the exact reasons.

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Kherova

I always felt sorry about the squirrel on the fountain in Dalaran. It was more dead than alive.

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Archebius

The Owl Griffons in Guild Wars 2. They’re just so cool…

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JonBuck

The new Featured Episode in STO is a flashback, where you play the Tzenkethi Captain Neth Parr. During this flashback, you kill defenseless civilian ships and spear-throwing primitives. Fortunately this mission is about why Parr defected to the Alliance, but you still have to do all that first.

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Diane Bradley

Those cute little monkeys in ESO. Also, I hate chopping down trees.

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Archebius

My brother hates those monkeys. I can’t remember which starter zone they’re in, but he derailed the game for a good fifteen minutes just so he could try to kill every single monkey in the place. Unfortunately, they respawn too quickly…

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Cadaver

Gnolls in EQ2. One of my earliest MMO memories is watching Fippy Darkpaw charge the guards outside Qeynos. Couldn’t help but sympathize with the brave little guy. When EQ2 came around, I went into Blackburrow to collect gnoll scalps and teeth. IIRC, they used a lot of Native American motifs. It all left me feeling a tad uncomfortable.

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Rees Racer

Having some fun with my favourite pink and purple clad Mesmer in GW2. Surrounded by butterflies and wielding the sensationally bizarre energy beam spouting greatsword, I endeavor not to slaughter the innocent beasties in my questing, although perhaps some of the rabbits are deadlier than they appear. ;)

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Schmidt.Capela

Seiken Densetsu 3 (also known as Secret of Mana 2) is one of the best SNES-era action-RPGs (which unfortunately was never officially released outside Japan, and currently can only be played in English by applying an unofficial translation to a pirate copy).

The image below shows the fight against the secret boss, the strongest opponent in the whole game.

No, not the demon looking thing, but the small black rabbit (or rabite).

And no, I’m not joking.

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Jerry

Leet in Anarchy Online, adorable little creatures..

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ichi sakari

I used to feel bad about kiting, then killing, warriors in WoW, but after you’ve done it enough times the emotions of hurting a dumb animal go away