Blizzard recently announced that they were introducing a new pet to their World of Warcraft in-game store in the Guardian Cub, which will sell for $10. Unlike other purchasable pets, this pet will be salable for in-game gold on the auction house, making the cosmetic pet a tacit way for players to exchange money for in-game currency.

“While our goal is to offer players alternative ways to add a Pet Store pet to their collection, we’re ok with it if some players choose to use the Guardian Cub as a safe and secure way to try to acquire a little extra in-game gold without turning to third-party gold-selling services,” says Blizzard. “However, please keep in mind that there’s never any guarantee that someone will purchase what you put up for sale in the auction house, or how much they’ll pay for it. Also, it’s important to note that we take a firm stance against buying gold from outside sources because in most cases, the gold these companies offer has been stolen from compromised accounts.”

“While some players might be able to acquire some extra gold by putting the Guardian Cub in the auction house, that’s preferable to players contributing to the gold-selling ‘black market’ and account theft,” they note.