Some interesting changes are coming to pet battling very soon so if you currently have access to the Legion Alpha, have a look at what’s coming. Admittedly, I haven’t tried any PVP since I picked up my Stunted Direhorn around the introduction of the Timeless Isle but I’ve seen a lot of complaints to Graves being so overpowered. Hence, the triple nerf below.


Legion Pet Battle Tuning

We’re getting close to deploying some changes to pet battles that we’ll test in the Legion Alpha. We wanted to outline some of them here for you, so that you have a thread in which you can talk about this with us. As always, these are changes we’re testing, subject to further change, not final, etc.

Undead racial

  • During its invulnerability round, the active Undead pet will now do -25% damage.

Developer note: The Undead racial ability has been one of the most powerful, and this change should help bring it in line with the others.

Frog Kiss + Sleeping Gas

Now has a 1-round cooldown.

Dev note: The ability to chain stun opponents (until resilience kicks in) simply feels bad. Rather than a blanket change to resilience, we’re trying a surgical change to one of the more aggravating aspects.

Thunderbolt, Avalanche, Grave Destruction, Carpnado, Arcane Storm, and Psionic Storm

  • Base Damage reduced by approximately 15%


  • Will now have a 5-Round cooldown, to match the other abilities with similar damage and effect.


  • Added 1-round cooldown

Dev note: AoE abilities are very powerful in the current battle pet metagame, especially “meteor”-type abilities, which are quite effective against both groups of enemies and single targets. This should bring them closer to their intended power level.


  • Clobber and Bonestorm slots swapped

Dev note: Graves has a bit too easy of a time damaging the entire enemy team. Though we see other setups with Graves, it’s been too easy to AoE, and a bit too powerful among AoE pets. We are wary of opening up additional new Graves combos with this change, and we’ll be testing this closely and reading all of your feedback.

  • Graves’ base stats changed: At level 25, Graves’ Speed will now be 244 (was 211), Power will now be 297 (was 314), and Health will now be 1587 (was 1668).

Dev note: Graves’ base stats, along with the Undead racial (which favors slow pets), made him an unfortunate opponent to play against. Combined with high AoE and Consume Corpse, he had very few downsides. This change should help bring his output in-line with other, similar pets.

Overall, this constitutes a triple nerf to Graves. However, depending on your ability choices, you may consider the Clobber/Bonestorm slot swap an improvement. Please feel free to leave your feedback in this thread, and we’ll be here reading (and responding where necessary).


I used to think Graves was a creepy looking pet but his roaming eyes are a little too comical to pull that off.


Disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and all things pets. You may know me as Cymre Brightblade. Catch all the pet battle strategies on my YouTube channel - CymreJones


February 11, 2016 at 12:11 am

Wow, thanks for the reminder. I had totally forgotten why I was playing HotS. As I’m horrific at it I stopped to retain my self-esteem, lol. I forget I was doing it in an attempt to acquire Graves, sheesh.

I hope that deal is still going but I don’t like my odds at reaching 20.

February 18, 2016 at 5:32 pm

I think that those undead changes needed to come through – Undead are way OP in PvP pet battles at the moment. However, there goes my team! :P

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