BreedIDs for the Serious Pet Battler

BreedIDs may not seem that important to a casual pet collector but it’s something you need to consider for the optimal success rate.

The Basics

Every battle pet has three stats – Health, Power and Speed which increase each time your pets level. These numbers are determined by three factors:

  1. Base Stats
  2. Rarity
  3. Breed

Base Stats

These can vary from pet to pet with some having more Speed or Power than others so if you’re looking to maximise a certain stat (H/H, P/P, S/S), this should be the decider. To determine what stat you should focus on, it really depends on the role it plays in your team. Turtles tend to have more Health fulfilling more of a tank role, while my (S/S) Mongoose is great for getting that first hit in or defensive ability. If you want your pet to hit hard, look for a double dose of Power (P/P) or (S/S) for a very fast pet. Combinations like H/P can also work if that’s what you need.


A higher quality pet will receive a larger allocation of stats each time it levels so consider a poor quality pet as the baseline, and rarity as the multiplier:

  • Poor pets will have all stats multiplied by 1
  • Common pets will have all stats multiplied by 1.1
  • Uncommon pets will have all stats multiplied by 1.2
  • Rare pets will have all stats multiplied by 1.3

It does not matter if you upgrade your pet at level 1 or 25, it will still end up with the same stats at max level.

BreedIDsJust remember:

  • Catching/upgrading any pet level 15 or under retains its current level.
  • Catching/upgrading a level 16-20 pet will lose 1 level.
  • Catching/upgrading a level 21-25 pet will lose 2 levels.


Each breed is made up of three numbers which make up the Health, Power and Speed values respectively. The image on the right displays a Flayer Youngling with the P/B breed meaning its health at level 25 (if upgraded to rare) will be 1465, with 289 Power and a Speed of 273.

Alternatively, using the number system – a breed of 3/13 will will gain 0.5 to all stats each time it levels (in addition to the values from Base Stats and Rarity). As such, each breed is made up of these two numbers – 3 and 13 where 3 refers to a male pet and 13 a female pet. As a rule, any breed between 3-12 are male, while 13-22 are female. Although there is currently no significance to whether a pet is fe/male, Blizzard may implement something later.

The following table displays the list of BreedIDs and their corresponding values.

Breed Health Power Speed Points
3 = 13 B / B 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.5
4 = 14 P / P 0 2 0 2.0
5 = 15 S / S 0 0 2 2.0
6 = 16 H / H 2 0 0 2.0
7 = 17 H / P 0.9 0.9 0 1.8
8 = 18 P / S 0 0.9 0.9 1.8
9 = 19 H / S 0.9 0 0.9 1.8
10 = 20 P / B 0.4 0.9 0.4 1.7
11 = 21 S / B 0.4 0.4 0.9 1.7
12 = 22 H /B 0.9 0.4 0.4 1.7

The more specialised a breed, the more points it will get overall so the ultra-specialised 4/14, 5/15, and 6/16 breeds get a full 2 points per level, while the ultra-balanced 3/13 breed gets only 1.5 points total making it the weakest in stat allocation.

Letter System

This makes it a lot easier to work out which pet you should be capturing since you won’t need to remember any formulas.

  • H = Health
  • P = Power
  • S = Speed
  • B = Balance

A pet with H/H refers to a double dose of Health or 2/0/0 but if you see H/B, that’s Health mixed with Balance or .9/.4/.4. There’s also B/B for double Balance or .5/.5/.5. as well as P/S for Power mixed with Speed or 0/.9/.9.

Things to Note

  • Pets don’t necessarily come in multiple breeds. A lot of quest reward, classic raid drops and certain wild pets have one possible breed.
  • Vendor bought pets like the Dragonhawk Hatchlings have multiple breeds so you may need to buy a few to get the breed you want.
  • Don’t be afraid to capture a poor quality pet if it’s the breed you’re after – you can always upgrade it later. This is especially true for a low spawn pet like the Minfernal. In this case, you should capture one and call it a great day.
  • Flawless Battle-Stones have a chance to be collected from successful wild battles and a number of reward bags.
  • Marked Flawless Battle-Stones are available from Varzok in Orgrimmar (52.5, 59.3) or Audrey Burnhep in Stormwind (69.4, 25.1) once you trade in 3x family-specific Flawless Battle-Stones. They can also be purchased from your Battle Pet Master (Serr’ah or Lio) who are located in your garrison’s pet menagerie.


For many, BreedIDs will only be important for the ones you choose to power-level through tamer battles since you’re aiming for the highest success rate. At the end of the day, do what feels right to you – whether you just want a full collection of rares, maximum level pets or the most powerful, the choice is up to you.

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. That website is awesome. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  2. Great info. And that link to the pet search: awesome! Thanks Cym. :)

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    • Tome – It’s a fantastic resource!

      Spencer – LOL

      Zal – I was hoping it was still new for someone :)

      Navi – You’re welcome.

      Lore – No worries.

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  3. My friend has been trying to get me to use this add-on, but admittedly I’ve been lazy and just link pets to him when I want to know. As usual, I’m all grey scale, and can’t choose black or white! Must be a little bit of both pet collector and battler, and then wonder why I get my ass handed to me.

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  4. I’ve seen a lot of talk about “this breed is optimal for species X”, but I have seen almost no analysis to back it up – just some “common sense” handwaving. For attacks that, say, do extra damage if you go first, I can see the advantage to pursuing a particular breed such as 5/5. But in general I suspect that impact of breed on the percentage of pvp victories is greatly exaggerated.

    That said, this post does an excellent job of explaining what people are talking about, which is very helpful.

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    • I agree. In PVP, it will be hard to create a Win-Win team since you never know who you’ll be up against as opposed to the Pet tamers who only change their start-up order on occasion.

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