What are "Legacy" or "Pre-Patch" Pets?
In Ultima Online, when people talk about "Pre-Patch" or "Legacy" pets, they are typically referring to four specific pet types:
Some may also consider Bane Dragons and Dread Warhorses to be "Legacy" pets, but those would better be classified as "Unobtainable", as there was never a change to their spawn, they just stopped spawning.
Some people (particularly on Atlantic) refer the over intensity exploited pets as "Pre-Patch", these are not Pre-Patch pets.
|How Can You Correctly Identify a Pre-Patch/Legacy Pet?|
Those with around 350-510 Strength will still spawn as 3 slot, those above ~510 Strength will spawn as a 4 slot (this is not a precise indicator, as hits and resists will play a part in determining the Wyrm's spawning control slot). You are no longer able to get a White Wyrm with 721+ Strength that is 3 control slots. White Wyrms should have between 433-456 hits no matter what control slot they spawn as.
White Wyrms that were tamed before publish 16 will not eat gold. These are the only White Wyrms that do not eat gold.
Dragons have had issues since the original "Revert Code" was put into the game to fix exploited pets. They have been notorious for reverting and losing training points. With Publish 100, you can now train a Legacy Dragon again, but you will get a warning message that its control slot will increase. This will instantly take a Legacy Dragon to 4-control slots without spending any training points, effectively making them identical to currently spawning Dragons.
Any Legacy Dragon that was fortunate enough to receive training prior to Pub 99 will retain that training and will now be a truly unique pet as they cannot be created anymore.
Example of a Pre-Publish 16 Nightmare:
Currently, Nightmares spawn in two ranges: ~250-300 strength, which are 2-slots still, and ~300-520 strength, which are now 3-slots. A Legacy Nightmare has the strength and hits of a top end current spawning 3 slot, but still be 2-slots.
|What Is Not A Legacy Pet?|
Dread Warhorses and Bane Dragons are not Legacy pets.
These are not a Legacy because they are not currently spawning in a different configuration than ones Pre-97. These were one time event animals, and they do have a higher natural intensity than their control slot would suggest. This makes these pets rare and unique, but not technically a Legacy or Pre-Patch pet.
|Pre-Patch Cu Sidhes, Fire Beetles, Giant Beetles|
4-Slot Cu Sidhes, and 3-Slot Giant/Fire Beetles are technically Legacy/Pre-Patch pets as well. However, these pets were changed in the opposite way as the others listed above. After Pub-97, these now spawn in a lower control slot than Pre-97. This effectively makes these pets useless, other than a collectors item.
A new term we have started using to identify specific Legacy pets is an "Heirloom" pet (formerly Ultra Legacy). These are Nightmares and White Wyrms that were tamed prior to Patch 11
When Nightmares and White Wyrms were introduced, they used the horse and dragon models and applied a hue overlay on them. This is why there was 4 Nightmare models and 2 White Wyrm models.
With Publish 11, released March 14th, 2001, they changed the way Nightmares and White Wyrms spawned. Newly spawning animals did not come in different models, but 1 single model to accommodate the Third Dawn 3d Client. . Tamers were upset with this change and in Publish 12, July 24th 2001 they reintroduced the different models of nightmares and white wyrms. However in doing so they changed the way they spawned. Instead of applying a hue to the base model of similar pets (horse/dragon), they created new based models for each creature. This meant that the hue overlay was no longer applied, but instead pre-hued sprites for the White Wyrm and Nightmare were created.
If you Hue Id a Nightmare or White Wyrm in the Enhanced Client you will see their base hue ID is 0, which means default color (for the plain colors, there are other hue ID's for the new colors released in Pub-97).
Nightmares and White Wyrms tamed before March of 2001 are what we refer to as Heirloom pets.
These pets will look different than normal in the Enhanced Client Only. Essentially they are double-hued and will appear more vibrant than normal.
Heirloom (Left), Normal Legacy (Right)
The same pets in the Classic Client:
From Left to Right: Heirloom Nightmare, Legacy Nightmare, New Nightmare (void/shiny), Dread Warhorse
In the Classic Client they look nearly identical, however you can see it in the trade window.
Normal Legacy Nightmare:
Heirloom White Wyrm:
Normal Legacy White Wyrm:
Looks aren't the only place where Heirloom White Wyrms differ from their currently spawning cousins. Their behavior differs also.