Let’s get ready to rumble!
I never thought I’d be this into pet battling as I’d never played Pokemon (or had any desire to). However, that all changed when I decided to try it on the beta.
How to Start
Unlock the Battle Pet training ability for all characters on your Battle.net account.
Things to note
- Pets gain unique abilities and attacks once they reach level 2, 4, 10, 15 and 20.
- Battle Pets have a maximum level of 25
- Players can hold up to 1000 pets and up to 3 versions of the same pet e.g. 3x Ruby Saplings – unless otherwise noted.
- The source info (under the Pet Journal) can show you where to obtain a pet, including a small blurb about it.
Any of the Stable Masters can heal/revive your pets whenever you need, for a small cost. Good to know when your own ‘Revive Battle Pets‘ spell is on an 8min CD.
Note: you will not be able to use your heal ability for the first 3mins. This was to prevent players from logging into another toon just to use the heal spell. Blizzard considers this an exploit so was changed accordingly.
Your Battle Pet trainers can sell you a racial pet (if not already known), so be sure to check before you leave. These are great starting pets if you’re not a collector.
Draenei – Blue Moth
Dwarf – Snowshoe Rabbit
Gnome – Snowshoe Rabbit
Human – Orange Tabby Cat
Night Elf – Great Horned Owl
Worgen – Gilnean Raven
Blood Elf – Golden Dragonhawk Hatchling
Goblin – Shore Crawler
Orc – Black Kingsnake
Tauren – Brown Prairie Dog
Troll – Black Kingsnake
Undead – Undercity Cockroach
Pandaren – Jade Crane Chick
Before you attempt your first battle, make sure you have an active pet inserted into the first battle slot of your Pet Journal. Eligible critters can be tracked via the mini map and will show up as a green paw icon. Just right-click on the critter you wish to battle. You’ll eventually be able to allocate up to three active pets for your team.
- When you tag a critter, you will be phased out with other wildlife until the match is over.
- A good way to level all your active pets is to have them all participate during a battle (without dying).
- You can power-level any pet by using 2x max level pets with any lower level pet in your collection. Any XP gained from the battle will go to the levelling pet. This was not always the case, XP used to be split btwn all pets left standing at the end of the battle – even max level ones.
- If your active pet is low on health, switch it out with one of your other pets using ‘button four’ on the action bar. This uses a turn.
- The harder fights gives you bonus difficulty points – either from higher quality pets (rare, uncommon, etc.) or the level/length of the fight.
- Live pets heal a portion of their health after every fight, provided they took part. The amount healed is 50% of the damage taken.
- Each battle requires a certain amount of room (on a flat surface) so make sure the ground is not obscured by rocks, cliffs or trees, etc.
- You won’t be able to start a battle if you’re in combat. Alternatively, if you’re forced into combat with a mob or player during the battle, you will be knocked out of phase and possibly lose the pet you were trying to capture.
- As you progress, you’ll start battling teams with one or two other critters.
- Failing to win a battle will not reset the match if you killed at least one of the pets in an opposing team.
- The forfeit option (next to the trap button) may be used to reset a match if the original trappable pet has not died. Note: your pets will lose a small portion of health as a penalty.
- When your pet reaches level 3 you can start capturing critters. The ‘Trap’ slot becomes active once they are below 35% health.
- Traps upgrade via specific achievements, improving your chance to catch higher level pets.
- You can only capture one pet per battle so choose wisely once you can see the other team.
- If you manage to capture a pet which has two or three team members, you must win the overall battle, otherwise the ‘trapped’ pet will be lost.
As a horde player, I wasn’t expecting to see this little guy in Durotar, but was really excited to capture something we don’t normally see out here.
Each attempt will use up a turn. Over time, your traps will improve with Strong Traps and Pristine Traps once you attain the relevant achievements. Draenic Traps require a level 2 menagerie from your WoD garrison.
|Attempt to capture|
|You will know very quickly if your trap missed or not.|
|Tipping forward means SUCCESS.|
|Falling backward will indicate your trap has missed.|
- Higher quality pets have a larger stat allotment each time you level so be on the lookout for rares.
- There is no way to determine the quality until you engage it in battle.
- The health bar can be a good indicator to determine quality, especially if you’ve already tamed a wild one of the same type. Rares will have a substantial jump in health compared to the poor, common and to a lesser degree uncommon varieties so use your initial pet as a baseline for comparison.
You can rename, release, cage (if applicable) or favourite a pet just by right-clicking the pet in your Pet Journal.
For a casual pet collector, BreedIDs or quality may not be that important but if you’re one of the serious pet battlers out there, it should be. BreedIDs are something you need to consider if you want your pets to have the best possible chance to win. More info…
A few addons I’ve found really useful:
- PetJournal Enhanced – Sort pets by level, alphabetical, pet type, rarity, pet specialisation and more.
- Rematch – If you plan on battling a lot of tamers each day, this addon makes team changing a breeze. You can even add pets to a levelling queue and sort teams into groups.
- BattlePetCount – Shows the quality of battle pets you already own during the battle, caged or tooltip.
- Battle Pet BreedIDs – Download this addon to see all the BreedIDs in-game. Good to know for any serious pet battler.
Pets are account-wide so you should notice the same active pets on each of your toons. However, Pet Tamer challenges can only be completed once per account. If you have duplicate pets or ones you simply don’t want, right-click the pet to cage them to sell in the AH or gift. Wild pets are not tradeable.
So good luck, happy battling.