World of Warcraft secret hunters have finally found a mysterious, empty cat pet after a year of searching.
Back in September 2019, Blizzard added an empty cat pet called Jenafur to the game as part of the Battle for Azeroth expansion. Players have since tried to find them but encountered a stumbling block until a few days ago when a new official lead paved the way for a solution.
In the end, a non-World of Warcraft gamer named Paul placed the final puzzle piece in the right place, took this new clue, and used it to work it out for the music in the game.
Let’s start at the beginning. The players had worked out the first step in this puzzle quest: speak to an elf named Amara Lunastar in Ashenvale to begin the hunt for her missing cat (tell her you’ll keep an eye on her). Players had worked out the second step (after searching the virtual world to find it): visit Crazy Cat Lady Donni Anthania’s home in Elwynn Forest (sounds easy when you think about it!). In her house there is an empty food bowl and two “nibbles” next to it. The players connected the two kibble parts with a straight line, extended them beyond the kibble and thus found the location of the next step: the Dungeon Karazhan in Deadwind Pass, the Eastern Kingdoms
There are 20 different foods in the dungeon that can be picked up. Players suspected the solution was music after they found a Karazhan NPC named Sebastian the Organist who had a different dialogue after interacting with Amara and the empty pet bowl: “Music is real the key to happiness. “
But in Karazhan, the players hit a wall. Secret Hunters on Discord spent a lot of time – eight months, it turned out – gathering data, developing theories, testing them, and not spawning Jenafur until yesterday. That annoying cat!
More official leads followed, perhaps in hopes of moving the community in the right direction. They failed. And then this latest clue that did the trick:
- Two stacks of goodies
- Set the 4/4 time
- The rest of the verse
- Is neatly lined up
- On the tiles
- You place your notes
- Eight bites make the music
- Our musician wrote that
This new clue confirmed that the solution included eight foods and that the players had already suspected it must be meat foods. But it was Paul who figured out exactly how these eight items had to be placed on the opera floor to bring out Jenafur: according to the time signature of a piece of music.
Paul suspected that this piece of music was Amara’s request, an in-game soundbite that was dated back in September 2019. The players had thought Amara’s wish would turn out to be part of the reward for completing the quest, that is, she would play. When he finally found Jenafur, Paul realized that it was indeed the key to the solution itself.
“‘This is what our musician wrote’ – I couldn’t see that this was anything other than Amara’s request,” Paul explained in a Google Doc that showed his work.
“I thought this was an important tool that people ignored because it’s part of the ‘reward’, but just because it’s not supposed to be reverse engineered doesn’t mean we can’t. It means it should be true must if it’s true. ” be a method to find it in the game. “
Paul used a picture of the Amara’s Wish notes posted on the internet last year but discounted as a clue to help solve the puzzle. “While the song is only made up of chords, the melody stands out clearly. It moves neatly over a single stick. And there are eight notes,” explains Paul.
Paul then designed the food placement on the tiles of the opera hall floor to match the shape of the melody as it appears on the sheet music. A few experiments later and there was Jenafur. And yes, the Amara’s Wish Soundbite will play when you find it.
The solution was received with joy by the World of Warcraft community, although some have questioned the need to use notes of a datamined soundbite instead of something accessible in-game to clear everything up. And it looks like the hunt for Jenafur is really going nowhere until the latest notice was posted two days ago. Without this hint, Jenafur might never have been found.
The puzzle creator, lead game designer Jeremy Feasel, confirmed the effort in a short and simple tweet:
Well done 🙂
– BLMuffinus fights fascism (@Muffinus) on September 13, 2020
Now of course there are guides on how to find Jenafur for yourself on YouTube. I imagine there will be a ton of players out there who want the empty cat – it makes some … interesting noises when you click on it. And apparently she likes to “consume” your other pets too.
That being said, one of the things I love about this WoW puzzle (aside from how wild the solution turned out to be) is a comment on the Amara’s Wish YouTube video embedded above. This comment, dated four months ago by a user named Kaminaris Dumb Glasses, predicted what would happen at the end of the puzzle:
“That sounds like what could be played when the Jenafur mystery is finally solved.
“IF WE NEVER SOLVE IT.”
I’m pretty sure this comment will blow up.