Ever notice funny things programmed into the game for monsters? Post them here! Or compare notes with your fellow monster biologists in this thread!
1. Regent Valley: Grawl Religion
For example, when going to King's Watch from Fort Ranik, you may chance upon a "new kind" of Grawl- Grawl Petitioners. The name replaces both Grawl Ulodytes and normal Grawl. This group of Grawl will travel from the end of the bridge nearest Fort Ranik towards the center of Regent Valley. They will cross the bridge, then go down the bank next to the second bridge, traverse the tar rivers, then climb up the third bridge to congregate at the Statue of Melandru. On the way, they will attack Grawl with a new name- Grawl Heretics- and try to kill them. Grawl with normal names (Ulodyte and the normal hammer warrior grawl) will also attack the Heretics.
Is this some sort of religious infighting among the Grawl? I've never seen a single Grawl Heretic who was also a monk, while most of the Petitioners are made up of Ulodytes/monks, so it's natural for the Petitioners and normal Grawl to win the fights. Are the Petitioners performing a religions cleansing of some sort?
Lastly, what purpose do they have for meeting in groups at the Statue of Melandru in Regent Valley near King's Watch? When they finally get there, you'll notice two circles of Grawl- the inner one nearest to the statue and made up only of Grawl monks, the outer all warriors.
2. Diessa Lowlands: The Hydra Migrations
I frequently farm in Diessa Lowlands, starting from Grendich Courthouse. I then usually move towards the Ascalon Foothills.
Sometimes, you'll meet some Hydras on the way. I've found 2 distinct groups. The 1st one nearest the Courthouse is found in the charred pit in the vale near where you fight Garfazz Bloodfang. You will find at least 2 in the group, though I've seen it as big as 4.
Usually, I farm them as well, but once I made my way from the Courthouse to the area near Garfazz, towards the area where you fight the Charr Flame Keepers of the Fires in the North quest. While farming the Charr there, I suddenly was attacked from behind by a Hydra. This marked one migration path for the Hydras, but I didn't fight any others. If there were at least 2 in that group, where did the other one go?
The second group will be encountered right before getting to the portal to the Ascalon Foothills. After a few moments arriving in the area, I usually encounter them while fighting the Storm Riders there. I only remember encountering 3 of them at a time. Usually, there will be one in the lead, then a pair following a very short distance after.
Unfortunately, my urge to hunt and farm usually gets the better of me, so I didn't have the chance to really observe them until today. The latter two will turn and go towards the pits behind the Grendich Courthouse, though I'm unsure of their path as they're usually dead before they can get there.
However, due to some bad luck (or good luck for Tyrian biological studies), my W/N was unable to catch up to the 1st single in the lead of the group, who took a different path (I ambushed the latter two from behind, the 1st one didn't aggro me but went on). He crossed the bridge, went right through the group of Charr and Gargoyles, then towards the pit where you encounter the 1st group from Grendich!
Obsessed with the Hydra, I chased him, but was killed by DP from the Gargs and chasing Charr. I rezzed in the Ascalon Foothills shrine, promptly gave chase (hoping I didn't lose the creature), slaughtered the Charr and Gagoyles in my way, and caught up with him!
His path led me near Grendich, as he took the sloping path next to the bridge and towards... Dragon's Gullet! I followed him all the way, Sprinting to leave behind the ambushing Devourers. We passed by the place where you can fight the Gargoyle boss, and came upon the tar lake with dragons' bones sticking out of them.
Finally- he entered the portal of the Charr Flame Temple Corridor!
In addition, I remembered always finding some Charr rangers fighting something in a hidden pocket of the Temple Corridor, though I'd usually make it too late to see the corpses of the fallen creatures up close. But one time, I went there and found the rangers had lost the fight- with Hydras triumphant!
Putting all together, this has got to be a migration pattern of the Hydras in the Ascalon Foothills crossing the Diessa Lowlands towards their home in Dragon's Gullet.
(At this point, I apologize for my extreme enthusiasm, but I'm very, very, very amused by all this. It think it's a nice touch on the part of ANet to give the monsters not just fighting characteristics but almost real animal personalities and behavior.)
So, anyone wanna compare notes or add to this bestiary?