Pet Battles

Cool-Xao

Bullocks

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The Celestial Tournament only held one item of interest for Cool but it wasn’t high on his list of priorities. Even so, he wanted the pet so I’ve been helping him out with a lot of my duplicates and recommending which DMF pets to buy. By the time he worked his way up the tamer circuit and successfully challenged Aki, he was well on his way to collecting the last Pandaren Spirit (after giving him the other three).

Cool pet battles

Until now, he’s been a pretty casual battler so when he seemed more interested in giving the Tournament a go, I felt up to the challenge. At the time, he had already levelled 10 pets so I created a spreadsheet with the teams and pets I recommended for each opponent. This helped me determine what he still needed to capture and level while I focussed on pets he already had as opposed to a replica of the teams I used in the past.

With a pretty low tolerance for pet battling, I told him which wild pets to collect while buying any cheap ones from the AH. The Menagerie Custodian was the only one we had to farm when I noticed its ridiculous sell price. Considering how easy it is to farm, I wondered how many they actually sold back then. Coolidge managed to get it on his second run through Kara which worked out as four runs between us.

Cool pet battle storm

With his limited playtime, I helped power-level a number of pets while he worked on levelling his own every few days. At times he would say it was “too much trouble” but after teaching him my tamer circuit, it became easier and easier.

At times he seemed to enjoy the experience, especially when the match went particularly well or with a nicely timed crit but most of the time it was hard to keep him motivated. On a bad day, he would remind me that he had “all expansion to do it” and was too much trouble for just one pet but this is the pinnacle of pet battling. It’s supposed to be hard or at least a challenge.

This was probably six months ago now.

Fast forward to the present where we finished levelling his last three pets for the tournament. I have to say, it was a nice surprise when he asked for “[my] help with one of my favourite activities in the game”, coaching him through my first four tamer battles. Now if he was going to complete the tournament in any given week, I would hope it was the following trio with Mari, Blingtron and Kiryn – particularly that last fight.

Winning the tournament meant one thing – little Zao.

Cool-Xao

Being a tank, it was really a no-brainer.

Cymre Brightblade Grand Master

Pet Tamers – Draenor

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Before you can battle these six trainers of Draenor, make sure you have the experience of beating all the previous trainers under your belt. In addition to the challenges from the Pet Menagerie, these seasoned trainers offer an alternate route to level some pets.

GargraGargra
East of Grom’gar, Frostfire Ridge
Wolfus (Beast) - Bite, Call the Pack, Prowl
Fangra (Beast) - Flurry, Dodge, Dazzling Dance
Wolfgar (Beast) - Rip, Howl, Maul
AshleiAshlei
overlooking Embari Village, Shadowmoon Valley
Pixiebell (Magic) - Arcane Blast, Moonfire, Life Exchange
Doodle (Plushie) - Rawr!, Who's The Best Elekk In The Whole World?, Nap Time
Tally (Dragonkin) - Hore Gore, Stampede, Headbutt
TaraluneTaralune
South side of Auchindoun, Taladar
Serendipity (Flying) - Feedback, Cocoon Strike, Counterspell
Grace (Flying) - Slicing Wind, Call Lightning, Moth Dust
Atonement (Flying) - Alpha Strike, Nimbus, Moth Balls
VeshaarVeshaar
directly behind Veil Terokk, Spires of Arak
Darkwing (Flying) - Shadow Talon, Consume Corpse, Anzu's Blessing
Great Kaliri (Flying) - Quills, Caw, Slicing Winds
Apexian Construct (Mechanical) - Batter, Entangling Roots, Feathered Frenzy
TarrTarr the Terrible
right next to the Ring of Trials pit, Nagrand
Gladiator Deathy (Humanoid) - Deep Breath, Clobber, Scorched Earth
Gladiator Murkalot (Humanoid) - Punish, Falling Murloc, Shieldstorm
Gladiator Murkimus (Humanoid) - Punch, Counterstrike, Heroic Leap
Cymre Jones trainerCymre Brightblade <Grand Master Pet Tamer>
Overlook Ruins, Gorgrond
Idol of Decay - Dark Rebirth, Swarm of Flies, Rot
Wishbright Lantern - Arcane Blast, Illuminate, Wish
Gyrexle, the Eternal Mechanic - Launch Rocket, Railgun, Repair

Each daily will reward a bag of Pet Supplies containing some Pet Charms and a family-specific Battle-Training Stone. I especially liked the priest-themed trainer in Talador and the adorable fey dragon in Shadowmoon Valley. The Elekk will also help ease the levelling process each day.

It’s exciting to reveal my NPC is the Grand Master Pet Tamer for Draenor. Now she may have changed since she was initially introduced but her team proved quite challenging, as expected from those abilities. As such, I was able to defeat four out of six trainers using this team but I will most likely use specific ones at release so I can level up any remaining pets in my collection.

Cymre Jones outpost

See You in Gorgrond

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After a certain tweet about a name change to my NPC yesterday, I was looking to see if my character’s name had changed on WoWHead and was so excited to see a pinned location in Gorgrond. OMG! I had to log in and see her for myself. The good news is, she’s pretty close to Beastwatch – your outpost location for the zone. From there, all you have to do is head southeast to the Overlook Ruins.

Cymre Jones outpost

When you talk to her, she says:

This land is rich with treasure and adventure, and I’m not going to miss any of it.

However, I could spare some time to show you a few of my artifacts in action, if you prove yourself. Come back when you’ve mastered the pets of Draenor.

<This battle pet trainer requires a level three Pet Menagerie in your garrison>

Whoa, a level three menagerie requires the following:

  • Town Hall (Level 3) – which is only available at max level
  • Draenic Pet Battler – Win 1000 pet battles in Draenor to obtain the Level 3 menagerie blueprint

Edit: It seems this will change in the next build:

I love the fact that her pets are just pottering around and she even has a tent, some archaeology tools and artifacts lying around. It makes me wonder what her speech options will be though.

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Her team consists of a mechanical, undead and magic pet, just like the archaeology and enchanting lookalikes but even though the lantern threw me at first, it seems to be a unique archaeological find of mine, err hers.

Gyrexle, the Eternal MechanicLaunch Rocket, Railgun, Repair
Idol of DecayDark Rebirth, Swarm of Flies, Rot
Wishbright LanternArcane Blast, Illuminate, Wish

Looks like a pretty nasty team but I’m up for the challenge. How about you?

Any of this could change before the release but in the meantime, check out the video.

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