The Hazards of Pet Battling

With the introduction of Pet Battles, there’s been a whole new wave of excitement throughout the player base – including serious raiders which I didn’t expect to see. Perhaps I’m regressing back to my childhood a little since Pokémon came out a long time after my DS Game & Watches and the like. In fact, my nephews were big Pokémon players with their Gameboys in hand for a while.

But in playing this new mini-game in WoW, I’ve been thinking… is Pet Battling the new contact sport? I mean, who said Pet Battles weren’t hazardous to your health and I’m not even on a PVP server… although it would certainly be a lot more detrimental if you weren’t max level or supremely geared.

Sure you’ll get the odd “Pet battle area is obstructed” message but what about these scenarios?

Fel Flame battle

Deepholm battle

So the next time you’re battling in search of that elusive spawn or rare, take care out there!

Tip of the Day: If you’re having trouble targeting a battle pet in the wild due to being underground, in a tree or similar, just /tar [insert name here] and keybind something to ‘Interact with target’ under the game menu. You’ll thank me later :)

This also works for NPCs who are underneath a whole group of PVP’ed players (**cough** Moonglade)

Author: Cymre

A disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and pets. Other hobbies include transmog / costumes, novelty items, class sets as well as all things pets.

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  1. I would definately say those are serious health hazards! I like your determination to fight them even if it does mean your on fire ;D

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  2. LOL! I think I got my Fel Flame at that same spot. Yes, pet battles are serious business full of danger, no sissies in pet battles!

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  3. I have only been doing this pet battle stuff seriously for a month and am still having a blast.

    My hubby has been laughing at me for a month since I am constantly yelling at the screen for one thing or another. Imagine my surprise when I caught him this weekend starting pet battles and yelling. It was priceless!

    All your post on pet battles has helped me alot and I just want to thank you for all of them :)

    Also a question your expertise may be able to help me with. What’s a good undead pet to level? I haven’t found any I like yet :(

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    • Thx Kaitz :)

      Tome – Yep it takes a lot of dedication to be this kind of Pet Battler :P

      Pando – Haha, even Coolidge has dabbled in Pet Battles. So far I’ve only levelled two UDs – Crawling Claw and Scourged Whelping. Although the next one I’m going to level is the Spirit Crab as it looks like a nice set of abilities.

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    • I quite like the Restless Shadeling from under Karazhan – its ground-placed DoT and heal-on-attack effects are fairly effective. It’s a pain being weak to critters, though. I swear that’s what keeps the undead pets from being much fun: getting KO’d by squirrels with embarrassing frequency. >.<

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  4. Undead is the only family that I haven’t leveled to max. I’ve heard good things about the Spirit Crab abilities too. So he’s next on my list so I can get the achievement.

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  5. Thanks guys I just captured a rare spirit crab so maybe I will try leveling him :)

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  6. Oh, what’s a bit of fire to the hardcore pet collector? :D

    It’s funny, I’ve had “interact with target” bound since Isle of Dailies back in TBC, but it never occurred to me to use it on pets…

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  7. Every once in a while I get reminded of why I transfered from a pvp server to pve all those years ago, and each time I’m so happy I made hat dacision.

    This post was yet a reminder. I’m so happy to be pet battling on a pve server. Now I just have to worry about things such as lava and falling of high cliffs. :D

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