Feral Vermling

Today, I managed to get the Feral Vermling as a reward for completing the achievement Going to Need More Leashes. It did prove quite difficult at first as a lot of my pets weren’t accessible from the first transfer, like my Crawling Claw.

As I still needed 16 unique pets to qualify, I decided to copy over my priest again. This brought my collection up to 498 pets but only 248 unique ones – 2 shy of the achievement so I headed over to The Jade Forest for a couple of unique captures.

On a side note, getting to Pandaria for the first time has changed. There used to be a port outside Garrosh’s Chamber but you now have to do a couple of quests to get there. The initial quest can be auto-accepted from Org.

Feral Vermling

Since the pet looks just like the annoying vermin in the Valley of the Four Winds, I headed back there for a photo op. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the achievement come up after the 250th unique capture which was anti-climactic but according to my achievement list, I did get it – also confirmed when I checked my Pet Journal.

Feral Vermling

By the way, in case you missed it, I managed to capture the Tiny Twister which was the only one missing from my Wild Pets of Eastern Kingdoms yesterday.

Wild Pets of The Jade Forest, as well as the other zones will be coming over the next week.

Latest Changes to Pet Battles

Latest Changes to Pet Battles

The last build resulted in a few changes in relation to Pet Battles.

[bluequote author="Mumper" link="http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/6201230895#14" source="http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/6672182/"]We have made a few adjustments to the both the weakened by capture pets and the overall XP curve. Details below!

  • Catching any pet level 15 or under retains its current level.
  • Catching a level 16-20 pet will lose 1 level.
  • Catching a level 21-25 pet will lose 2 levels.
  • We have dramatically reduced the XP required to level for pets after level 10.

We have reduced the cool down to 10m in the next build. Don’t forget you can get single use heals in the Sack of Pet Supplies from the Tamer dailies as an alternative to using the Stable Master or your Revive spell.

Finally, the cool-up’s that we added to the heal spells (both the player and stable master) are to deal with exploit cases of players using multiple characters/accounts to avoid cooldowns. We used 3 minutes as a baseline since most players can fly to one in that amount of time from pretty much anywhere on a full speed mount.[/bluequote]

Before I even saw this, I noticed that the pets I was capturing in Outlands were not the level I had fought. This is somewhat annoying in the fact that at the moment, I have been trying to beat the Outlands Grand Master which is a very tough fight in itself as all the Grand Masters use elite pets in their teams. That’s understandable. However, the pets I need to fight in this case are nowhere near that level. This is where the problem occurs.

Now if the reason was due to the fact that they hadn’t implemented the Northrend Battles yet, then I would be ok with that but there has not been such a steep incline in other Grand Master battles as this one. Part of the problem seems to be the limited pets available (if any) at around the 15-24 mark.

The levelling feature was rather fun at first but it’s become a lot like how levelling pets used to be before they made the change to hunter tames which meant that taming a level 10 pet (back in the day) when you were an 60 hunter would mean a lot of grinding to get that pet up to your level.

Today I managed to capture several pets in Cataclysm zones, only to find that my captured pets were downranked FOUR levels as opposed to the intended 2. OUCH!

Other changes include:

  • a third chat tab for Pet Battles
  • Pet quality is now displayed in chat upon successful capture
  • every time I summon my cat, the skin randomises

This is a great change as it’s an easy way to see what quality pet you have.

Edit: The ‘weakened by 2 levels’ feature is now working as intended.

Chance Meeting on the Beta

Late last night I logged back in to the beta to do a bit of pet battling as I was having some trouble beating the Grand Master of Outland. As soon as I left our City, I noticed an Alliance character hovering in the air. When I highlighted their name it was none-other than Euphyley. I waved, but she seemed to be AFK so I headed off into another zone.

Reaching the gate entrance into the Vale, I saw I had a dig there so I paused for a few minutes. In the meantime, I decided to send Euphy a quick tweet:

So I headed back for a quick photo opportunity. It was pretty exciting as it’s the first blogger I’ve found on the beta. It’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t communicate better other than emoting to one another and tweeting back and forth. The spot turned out to be a pretty blinding one so we focused on other things.

I was trying out my new Battling costume at the time (which Euphy admired) so she did the next best thing…

I took the opportunity to show her my newly acquired toy from earlier. His emotes proved quite funny.

Before riding off into the sunset, I took special notice of Euphy’s pet. It’s one of the new unique hunter trackable pets coming in Mists. Another pink pet for her stable :P

Character Creation Screens

Character Creation Screens

If you started one of the older race combinations on the beta lately, you may have noticed the new character screens for each class. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to go past the character selection process when you go to personalise your character but this is what you’ll see.

Priest creation

Blood Elf Priest character creation screen

Hunter creation

Orc Hunter character creation screen

Don’t you just love the class set feel to each of them?

When you first select the class, you’ll get the default face and hair so I went a step further to customise the figure to how Cymre and Tallys would look :) WTB that dress for Cymre :P

One of the quest reward gowns

Didn’t you hate questing only to find none of the rewards were usable on your toon? Quest rewards now give class specific gear which I think is great. The same goes for dungeon rewards which often give you a choice of two items dependant on spec, so the spec you queue up as also plays a role in the reward.

Mists Weekend

Over the last couple of days, I managed to do quite a bit of pet battling in Northrend, as well as looking through some of the latest priest changes. However, when Cool came to pick me up, I didn’t notice anything unusual at first because I was busy with my pet battles. But BOY did I notice when I finally captured my Eagle…

At first I thought he was just showing off but when I stopped to look at him, I realised that he could easily qualify for my Game Glitches post. Turns out it happened as part of a transporter malfunction :P

Since he looked like some crazy, naked Alliance toon, I suggested we duel.

Actually, I remembered I had glyphed my Penance spell which allows me to cast on the run so I wanted to try it out. It’s a nice addition to our abilities, even when I decided to replace my instant Holy Fire – another fun addition. The funny thing was, after I finished playing with my spell, Cool noticed that my critter was attacking him :P So he suggested I summon another pet I wouldn’t mind getting killed but to summon some pet I wouldn’t mind losing, in case he kills it and it disappears from my journal. So I summoned a L10 squirrel. Guess what? As soon as he came out, he ran straight for the woods. I guess I would too if I saw a hostile L87.

After that bit of shenanigans, Cool and I looked at buying another vendor set for my Shadow spec but I was having a lot of crashing issues as soon as I ported from Org to the Valley. So as soon as I was physically able, we set off for Kun-Lai Summit which offers another vendor to purchase some more level quality gear. Our currents sets for our off-specs were mostly LFR quality so the new gear was quite a nice upgrade.

A lot of weapons have new designs, including the staff I was using. It reminds me of an activity on Romper Room, an old kid’s TV show, just more ornate :P

There was also a new loading screen which looked pretty cool…

We queued up to DPS in a dungeon, but the wait was about half an hour. So to fill in the time, we went looking for some more champions, managing to find another four. The dungeon turned out to be Temple of the Jade Serpent, a dungeon we had done before, early in the beta. I didn’t have much fun the first time being L85, having no addons and not really knowing what to expect. But I’m happy to say, today it was – as Shadow. The first boss, I hated back then as I was so focused on healing that I was having a horrible time jumping around when I needed to move. But today as a DPS it wasn’t bad at all. In fact, all the bosses were pretty straight forward and died without much issue. We even managed to complete the quests there and I managed to get a couple of upgrades which was nice.

After having a good look through my bags, I managed to create a pretty decent Shadow set, resulting in a lot of bag room from sold Cata raid items, etc. I was particularly excited to have a few new dungeon pieces to play with so I swapped a few items to add to my Disc set too. A few had no spirit but I wanted to test the limitations on the setup. We queued for our second dungeon as our main specs and managed to get Mogu’shan Palace, one we had not done yet. Even though we were unsure of where to go after one encounter, it wasn’t too bad. I did have a couple of mana issues, but that was partly due to being only my third dungeon healing since I started the beta. So after the dungeon, I went back to as much spirit gear as I could had which should help some.

Our new inn

Our new inn in the Vale

Later while working on some Archaeology, I noticed the new animation to Void Tendrils. They’ve become a lot bulkier again. I actually prefer the way they looked before but it’s still an improvement to how they originally looked.

I thought this Yak Wash was pretty interesting :)

Most Interesting Questgiver

You may have seen this advertising campaign for the Dos Equis brand of beer before but if you haven’t, get ready for a treat. I was first told about this series of commercials starring American actor Jonathan Goldsmith as “the world’s most interesting man” a couple of years ago. Back then, I found it so silly that I couldn’t watch the whole thing – although I did make it about half way through the video.

I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis. Stay thirsty, my friends.

Last week, I logged into the beta to play around in MogIt but was getting too many errors. However, I was quick to notice a new NPC on the scene. The Pandaren that used to send you to Pandaria had been replaced by

Most Interesting Questgiver

When you speak to him, he reveals that the Jade Forest is going through some ‘violent reconstruction’ but tells us that the Valley of Four Winds is ‘ripe for explorin’.

I admit that I was hoping for some kind of cutscene or boat ride on a pirate ship or similar but sadly, it was just an instant port to the Valley. After talking to Private Tim P. O’Rary on arrival, Cool and I decided to buy the cloth and plate sets for fun.

Pandarian sets

Not too shabby

Soon after that, we went on the hunt for some Champions of Pandaria. Now that was fun :)

But let me leave you with a tribute to the Most Interesting Man in the World.

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