His name is Petey. He's cold sensitive, but otherwise an excellent specimen...slash pet.
Petey is a roller beetle that slowly grew out of Gorrik's skin. He can initially be found alongside Gorrik at the Zelbahn Garrison in the Allied Encampment but is later adopted as a mount by the Pact Commander to combat the Scarab Plague.
Following Palawa Joko's theft of Scarab Plague samples from Rata Primus to breed a new generation of the ancient pestilence in 1331 AE, the asuran entomologist Gorrik began investigating countermeasures to the plague. Gorrik's research led him to discovering that the scarabs would only use humans as hosts. To prove his theory, he planted a new species of beetle under his skin to incubate it. He survived the process and named the beetle Petey, taking note that the beetle was cold sensitive.
After arriving with the rest of the Pact Commander's allies to the Domain of Kourna to set up a local base of operations and stop Joko, Gorrik noticed that Petey had stopped eating. Before the asura could investigate the matter, however, the beetle jumped out from under his skin, ate the nearby plague samples and grew bigger. Gorrik decided to test his theory on strengthening Petey and asked the Commander to find various scattered stashes with strength-enhancing draughts which would help with Petey's last mutation and incubation.
Once Petey had consumed the draughts, he grew bigger and stronger as Gorrik had theorized and no longer showed signs of being in distress. By the time the Commander tried to place a saddle built by Blish on him, however, Petey rejected the Commander. Gorrik suggested that the Commander should try bonding with Petey first by providing the roller beetle with a "perfect meal" made from multiple creatures roaming Tyria. Upon being fed, Petey finally took a liking to the Commander and allowed himself to be saddled, becoming a reliable mount with which the Commander could combat the spread of the Scarab Plague in Kourna as Petey proved his effectiveness in clearing scarabs wherever he rolled.
- click click chrrrr
- Ready for your saddle? (If Beetle Saddle almost completed)
- Take care, Petey.
- The developers' internal nickname for Petey was Ringo for a time, a reference to Ringo Starr, the drummer for the Beatles, while their original drummer Pete Best.
- Long Live the Lich: Beetle Juice — Collect "medicines" for Petey. (3 )
- Long Live the Lich: Beetle Saddle — Collect saddle parts and bring them to Blish for assembly. (3 )
- Long Live the Lich: Beetle Feed — Collect 8 roller beetle foods and feed Petey the perfect meal. (5)
- ^ Seized
- Taimi: Oh! Forgot to mention: To prove it only infects humans, he DID expose himself to the contagion. But nothing happened!
- Councilor Mayameen: Nothing happened? He's deliberately growing a beetle under his skin.
- <Character name>: I'm sorry—he has a what growing where?
- Taimi: Oh, yeahhh, ha ha. Um...it's a new species of beetle that could help us with...you know what.
- ^ Tactical Triage
- Gorrik: He hasn't been eating. I was getting worried—all living things need nourishment—
- Taimi: Petey jumped out from under Gorrik's skin and ate all our plague samples. And then guess what? He grew BIGGER.
- Taimi: I mean, not "Kralk" bigger. But a little. So now Gorrik thinks he can grow Petey big enough to ride! Plus eat scarabs.
- Gorrik: I don't think—I KNOW. He'll be the best beetle steed ever! I just need a few items for the last mutation and incubation. [...]
- <Character name>: How do we make Petey stronger?
- Gorrik: I've heard rumor of a number of strength-enhancing draughts, some legal, some QUITE illegal. If my intel is accurate, there are caches of them hidden in various areas around the area.
- ^ Comment by Jessica Price, Reddit.com