When summoned by the player, the kite will appear in one of four random colors: red, green, blue, or black. There is a faint sound of rustling paper as the player moves about.
Every so often, the kite will be struck by lightning. The lightning will travel down the kite string and zap the player holding the kite. The game screen of the player and of players nearby will shake as the lightning strikes. The lightning, a purely cosmetic effect that causes no damage, occurs about once every ten real time minutes. However, if it is raining in the game world when the kite is out, then the lightning strike occurs more frequently, about once every two minutes.
As with other non-combat pets, if the player uses a flight path or zones into an instance, the kite will be dismissed. Unlike other non-combat pets, however, the kite will also be dismissed if the player uses a mount or enters water deep enough to cause the swimming animation.