No Epic Battle Stones

Great news everyone! Blizzard have decided not to introduce epic battle stones in Legion and I have to say, it’s definitely a relief for all the reasons mentioned below. Having over 700 unique pets would have been an overwhelming task for anyone who felt they needed to upgrade their whole collection to stay competitive or at least have a distinct advantage against other players or even tamers.

Image from WowheadHere’s how Kaivax explained it earlier:

First and foremost, thank you very much for testing pet battles in the Legion Alpha. We’ve heard your concerns and have decided not to move forward with epic pet battle stones in Legion.

To explain a bit about how we arrived at this point–

When designing rewards for the new battle pet features in Legion and the revamped pet store in Dalaran, we considered epic stones a potential direction to go. Some players are nearing the cap of max-level, all-rare pet teams, and we wanted to see if this space would satisfy their needs for a long-term future level of investment.

You have correctly identified a few of the issues that come up with this feature:

  • New players now have a harder time catching up (though we could mitigate this by speeding up the early leveling process).
  • Players with 600+ rare pets that felt as if they were nearing completion of their pet journal are back to having 600+ pets to level.
  • Power Creep – older content is now easier, future content is harder for new players entering pet battles.

One of the things we like about pet battles is that much of the early content stays relevant through all of the expansions. Similarly, the collection aspect of battle pets works well when it’s wider (more pets to collect, more variety in abilities) rather than taller (more levels). Both of these are very good reasons to avoid adding epic pet stones.

This direction also pushes us to create content that tests max-level-pet-battlers in a way that is not purely numbers, but use of abilities, use of specific pets, and memorization of enemy strategies. The Celestial Tournament was a good example of pet battle content that rewarded a varied and filled pet stable. We have some exciting things in mind for future battles versus tamers!

It’s worth noting that this feature was not intended to replace any gameplay content. We’re working on all sorts of pet battle updates that we’d like to make in future patches.

Thanks again for all of your feedback. We really appreciate your great ideas and discussion!

On the other hand, it would have been great to give my absolute favs a bit of a boost, even just a cosmetic one but I’m sure many battlers will be breathing a sigh of relief today.

Author: Cymre

Disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and pets. Other hobbies include transmog / costumes, novelty items and all things pets.

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  1. Wouldn’t it be easier if they added a new, shall we call it, “tier” of battle pet challenges in each expansion that buffed your pets until they achieved a new “tier” called, say, “level 30” or “level 35” etc? That sounds exciting and extendable.

    :: tongue out of cheek ::

    Seriously, why they gotta go for gimmicks when there’s such an obvious and easy way to keep it fresh?

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    • Honestly, I’m happy 25 and rare will still be the cap. Having to redo the same 5 or 6 battles each day is really boring when you have 700+ pets to level. I’d dread having to level them all up again even if it is 5 or so levels. Sadly, I’m still ~800 battles away from the monument.

      Another Celestial Tournament would be great or some sort of quest chain that rewarded some rare pet at the end would provide something different for sure. :)

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  2. I was so relieved when I read that. I do not want to go through leveling all those pets again. I’m around 800 away from my monument too. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m going to make it before legion. Wasn’t so bad when I actually had pets to level but now not so much fun.

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    • I know, right? Who wants to battle the same menagerie pets over and over? I sometimes fight one of the boss pets 20 times but that’s only happened a couple if times. :P

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