Category Archives: Pet Battles

Pet Leveling Essential Toolset

There are myriad ways of acquiring information about the best way to level ones pets, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the tips I’ve found useful.  Below is a list of pets, locations, and best practices:

1. Terrible Turnip

Now this is more useful for capturing pets as you get to higher levels, but as capturing will be an integral part of the leveling process I thought it wise to include.  The Terrible Turnip has a vital move that can save you from accidentally killing an elusive rare, Weakening Blow.  This spell deals damage without reducing the opponent’s health below 1 health point.

Terrible Turnips are usually acquired through a random drop when harvesting crops (dropped as an Ominous Seed) at your farm at Sunsong Ranch in Valley of the Four Winds.  To start with this, you’ll need to become acquainted with The Tillers faction.  Once the seed is planted, your Turnip may be harvested the next day.  If you do not want to slow down the process by waiting for the RNG gods to be on your side, they are also usually plentifully available through your Auction House at reasonable rates (I’ve seen as low as 200 gold).  Don’t be the one who accidentally crits a last move on that rare Minfernal!

2. Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling

This guy is amazing for power-leveling pets and I would include him in your early team to 25.  Leveling each and every pet afterwards will be twice as fast with the Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling on your team!  His true usefulness becomes available at Level 20, in the form of Explode.  Explode is a suicide move, instantly killing the poor Dragonling, but taking away a large percentage of the enemy’s health.  Anywhere from about 20% for weak hits to 60% for strong ones.  At Level 25, that means that up against a beast opponent, you can commit seppuku when the enemy’s at around 800 HP and knock him out.  You have to make sure to time this correctly, however.  You don’t want that speedy rabbit to Dodge out of it.  There will be times where your timing will be off, but for the most part it is a consistently rewarding leveling tool.

Decoy is also a helpful tool for swapping in the low level pets mid-fight, if for some reason you’re not comfortable with putting them in the pole position.

Now as to why killing off a pet is important — because when a member of your pet team dies, they lose their share of the experience points awarded upon winning the battle, with the total now distributed among the live pets who actually fought in the battle.  So you bring out a Level 6 for one round of the fight, and have the Dragonling (mine’s name is Harikari) solo the remainder and die at the end, and you have a nice chunk of  experience that goes to the Level 6 alone.  Sometimes taking them up several levels at once!  I’ve had Level 1’s hit Level 6 in one battle.  It’s a pretty huge win.

Note: This XP method was temporarily broken on the release of 5.1, which made power-leveling very slow for a few days.  But thankfully it was deemed a bug and corrected – *whew*!

3. Darkmoon Zeppelin

Those times when I timed one of the Explodes wrong using Harikari and failed a match are now over, because I recently acquired the Darkmoon Zeppelin (purchased at the Darkmoon Faire for 90 Prize Tickets), who happens to ALSO have the Explode move (as well as Decoy).  This guy just gives an extra safety buffer for misses with the other.  Plus it’s sometimes fun to see some different spells  (Rocket vs. Breath) from time to time.  Note: Minfernal, Pet Bombling, and Sploder also have the Explode spell, but I think the Zeppelin is most fun!

4. Good Set of Locations

Here are a few of the locations I’ve used for my power-leveling endeavors.  The key component is that all enemies in these regions are between levels 21-25, and they are close to a Stable Master.  That 8-minute Revive cooldown can be tortuously long when you’re short of Pet Bandages!

  1. Dragonblight east of Wyrmrest Temple (approx 64.49, 52.55) – Fight the Dragonbone Hatchlings.  They are plentiful, respawn quickly, and the flight back to the Stable Master is about 6 seconds long!
  2. Vale of the Eternal Blossoms, between Mogu’shan Palace and your choice of Horde or Alliance Shrines.  There are aquatic and flying pets all over this region, they are high level, respawn quickly, and there’s a short flight to your local Stable Master.  This is usually where I take my Level 22 pets to “finish them off”.

5. Grand Master Pet Trainer Battles

Each day there are about 16 opportunities for battling Grand Master Pet Trainers and receiving a daily reward of a Sack, which usually awards Battle Pet Bandages, silly modification consumables for your pets, or useless (sellable) grey items.  And sometimes pets and battle-stones!  For these battles, there are experience multipliers due to the increased difficulty.  On the battle that you’re comfortable with (you stay out of this, Thundering Pandarian Spirit!), you can include a pet that’s a few levels under 25 and easily get him up far more than you would in regular wild battles.  The seven Grand Master Pet Trainers in Pandaria have the highest XP multiplier at x5 the normal XP.  So do your dailies!

6. Battle Pet Bandages!

An often overlooked but vital power-leveling tool.  If the above XP multiplier isn’t enough to motivate you to do your dailies, consider Battle Pet Bandages.  They can ONLY be acquired through dailies at this time, and they are very convenient while you’re doing your Trainer dailies – especially the Pandarian Spirits!

I’m 52 pets into my Pro Pet Mob achievement, and I’m still learning tricks.  Do you have any up your sleeve?

Bragging Rights

I’m a sucker for competition, and I’m usually let down because I lack the skill to compete in much.  Gear score?  Nah.  Maybe back at the end of Wrath when no one was an Arms Warrior.  PVP rating?  Are you kidding me?  But thanks to WOWProgress.com‘s Pet Scoring algorithms, I’ve got a game I can play to win!

pet_score

#1 spot on Durotan-US, woot!  And nearly the top 300 in the world!  I’ve been in a race with a mage on the server, and every couple days (or few hours?) I’m updating the status to see where the standings are.  He will take the lead for a bit, then I’ll be able to work to back up above.  It’s pretty fun.  Along with this I get to work towards my Legendary Pet Battler (3714 as of this publishing) and Pro Pet Mob (count at 52 presently).

It feels pretty good to be in the lead, and I’m only a little embarrassed to say it.  🙂

 

Gender in Battle Pets

World of Warcraft battle pets can be boys or girls – and not just via naming your Gilnean RavenLenore“.  Yes, I’m serious!  If you’ve spent any time getting into your pets’ abilities, or on varied battle pet forums, you may have noticed something called Breed IDs.  These Breed IDs set the skill makeup of the particular pet you’re fighting with, or against.  Does your pet have more health points, power, or speed?  With few exceptions, most pets several different breed makeups.  All the battle pets in game are assigned one, and you draw from them randomly upon engaging.  WarcraftPets.com has a great write-up here, if you’re interested in exploring it more.

One of the most heralded websites taking us behind the scenes on Breed IDs is Warcraft Battle Pets by Christoph Schaffhauser.  It’s great for establishing which breed your pet is and gives you an idea if it’s one of the better breeds of that particular pet.  For example, if you have a pet that has a skill that doubles its damage if it moves first, and yours shows that the health gets the highest piece of the pie, you may want to find a version of it with higher speed.  It can get very complicated but at least the information is there should you desire it.

An interesting thing I found while perusing the listings was little male (♂) and female (♀) symbols next to the individual breeds.  How curious!  Upon further digging, and confirmation from @mumper himself on the new WarcraftPets.com interview, the genders are indeed embedded into the Breed ID’s and may play some role down the road.

I would love love LOVE to find a Kun-Lai Runt with a bow in her fur, along the lines of this beauty below…

Yeti with Bow

Just look at that bow… isn’t she a cutie pie?

Too Much Distraction

Things I should be doing in game that have been woefully-neglected due to pet battles/collection:

  • Dailies
  • LFR
  • Scenarios
  • Heroic Dungeons
  • Capping (or even coming close) my Valor Points
  • Earning gold through my professions
  • Appropriate daily exercise
  • Proper nutrition, hygiene
  • Leaving this chair

I (might be) exaggerating there at the end… or not.  😉

Pandaren Spirits Beaten!

Our Best ABBA Impression – Agnetha’s the blonde.

I thought this was going to be several weeks down the line, but I guess persistence won out: today I completed the Pandaren Spirit Tamer quest.  As my reward, I selected the Pandaren Earth Spirit pet, who I named Agnetha.  I named “her” after a member of the Swedish super-group ABBA because I had the song “Mamma Mia” stuck in my head the whole time I was researching/choosing the pet I was going to select.  So, apropos.  Ooh, I think I’ll name the remaining ones after members of ABBA as well.  Suh-weet!

I selected the Pandaren Earth Spirit as my first (guaranteed) pet because there is some speculation that the pet type drop in the dailies bags is tied to the type of Spirit you’re battling.  In that case, the Thundering Pandaren Spirit was by far the most difficult (and most reliant on RNG), and I’d like to not hit him up again anytime soon.

I managed to complete the dailies for the other three however, and I still spent a few Pet Bandages to keep things quick but it all worked out pretty well.  Alas, no stroke of luck for me tonight, so no additional Spirit Pets for the moment.  At some point in the near future, I’ll write up a guide of what pets I used for each boss.

Pro Pet Tip: Major Payne Daily

The Major Payne pet battle quest in Northrend is known to be one of the most difficult in the game.  He did indeed live up to his gimmicky name!  After numerous tries and team compositions, I finally settled on a group that works:

I line ’em up so that Clockwork Gnome comes out first, and re-engage Major Payne until Grizzle goes first.  Turrets go up first and again on cooldown, with Metal Fist in-between.  I find no use for Blitz in this pairing, but it can come in handy if he lives to fight one of the others.  I find that, unless everything goes wrong, Grizzle dies during his hibernation, and then usually Beakmaster X-225 is next.  Mechanical vs. Mechanical is not usually a great pairing, but when/if Clockwork goes down I sub in Lil’ Ragnaros, whose Flamethrower + Conflagrate does heavy damage.  And I save Huge Toad for last, and basically spam Frog Kiss for its damage increase with each hit and possible transform.  Usually Bloom doesn’t get a chance to play for very long!

So that’s my winning team.  Feel free to post your winning teams, or let me know if this or a similar comp worked well for you!

Patch 5.1: Day One Recap

When I heard on Monday that Patch 5.1 was going to be released on Tuesday, I nearly flipped my lid.  You don’t know me well by now (unless you’re from the future and reading archives), but I’m a bit of a pet battle… um, what’s the word to describe me…. oh yeah: a bit of a pet battle psycho, so 5.1 includes a lot of new features for me.  Here’s a brief rundown of my day:

First, I scored two family-based Flawless Battle-Stones from pet dailies.  Used them to upgrade my Restless Shadeling (“Despirito”) and Wanderer’s Festival Hatchling. I’m kind of regretting not using the aquatic to raise my Tiny Goldfish named “Ponyo“.  Ah well.

I also started on the Pandaren Spirit quest, which involves fighting the legendary teams of four Pandaren Spirits.  I managed to take down the Burning Pandaren Spirit’s team after about 6 or 7 attempts.  So difficult!  It really all comes down to luck with dodges, as those guys hit HARD and if you don’t avoid a few of their hits your pets are going to die.  I thought I had written down the team comp I used, but I cannot seem to find the scribbled notes.  I’ll leave a comment if I find it.  I had zero luck with the Thundering Pandaren Spirit, but I’ll need to figure something out for the rest of them eventually.  There ARE four pets on the line here!  I can’t imagine doing the daily for these every day in the mere hopes that one of the remaining three (you get one for finishing the quest at first, and then there’s a chance to have another in your Sack of Pet Goods).

Pet drops in old world raids? Hells yes!  My tally?  Molten Core: Zero.  Blackwing Lair: Zilch.  Naxxramas: Zip.  Grrrrr.  I’m dreading running Temple AQ and coming up empty-handed.  A friend of mine scored a couple pets in Naxx, including Mr. Bigglesworth who, according to official info, is the award for acquiring ALL of the available raid pets, not a drop from KT.  I’m way jealous!

I did manage to capture a few of the new battle pets, my favorite of which you can see above. Lil Green Eyes, my new Kun-Lai Runt – isn’t he adorable?  The total list is as follows (in order of my memory):

Wow! 7 new pets!  I hadn’t realized it was so many.  I had been so bummed about the raid pets that the captured ones just didn’t keep my attention.  A few other things bummed me out today:

  • The 3000 gold I received in the mail today for completing the Taming the World achievement appears to have removed itself from the remainder of my gold.  I cannot remember spending that much gold today.  Hmmmm.
  • The Safari Hat I was sooo looking forward to (in order to promote my progress on Pro Pet Mob), was nowhere to be found.  I’ve read online that it appears to be a bug that some players are experiencing.
  • Pet battle XP appears to have been either nerfed, or bugged.  I’m getting far less XP while leveling pets up than I did yesterday.  Battles that would normally yielding me 480 XP are not giving half that.  It’s weird, and I hope it’s just a glitch and not Blizzard’s attempt to quietly slow us power-levelers down.

Gosh, that’s all I can remember for now.  I should be asleep right now, preparing for Day 2.  Hoping the rolling restarts this morning at 7:00 AM PST fix some of my issues!