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.
East of Grom’gar, Frostfire Ridge
Wolfus (Beast) Bite, Call the Pack, Prowl
Fangra (Beast) Flurry, Dodge, Dazzling Dance
Wolfgar (Beast) Rip, Howl, Maul
overlooking Embari Village, Shadowmoon Valley
Pixiebell (Magic) Arcane Blast, Moonfire, Life Exchange
Doodle (Plushie) Rawr!, Who’s The Best…, Nap Time
Tally (Dragonkin) Hore Gore, Stampede, Headbutt
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
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
Tarr 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
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 4x Pet Charms and some gold. 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 just one of the Grand Master Pet Tamers for Draenor. She may have changed since she first appeared in-game but her team proved quite challenging.
It was pretty much out of the blue and totally unexpected but after an impromptu brainstorming session for a new WoD achievement, Jonathan LeCraft (Sr. Game Designer at Blizzard) sent me the following DM:
My eyes grew wide as I stared at the text.
OMG! OMG! OMG!
As a veteran player, my love for the game has never waned so to have a virtual representation of my beloved character after nine years is a dream come true. You only have to look at the list of Blizzard and Community References currently in-game to know a lot of people have made an impact and it appeared I had too. I couldn’t believe it, I would actually be making an appearance as an actual NPC like El of El’s Anglin’ and Beanni of WarcraftPets fame. Funnily enough, it was a subject I had written about previously but my ideas have changed somewhat since then.
During the last beta, I was lucky enough to get an early invite so I was itching to see what MoP had to offer. This included a lot of zone exploration and the genesis of my my Wild Pet series. Funnily enough, it was a while before I tried any pet battling since I never played Pokemon so this little side game was kind of lost on me. However, I was soon hooked after a couple of battles.
My first encounter became the foundation of my beginner’s guide – Getting Started in Pet Battles. You can read about my early experiences with pet battles and my hysterical first match with my moonkin against a critter – oh if only I did videos back then. Maybe Cool still remembers me almost sliding off my chair as I almost died of cuteness. At the same time, I was interested in testing the archaeology changes which eventually led to all the Novelty Items I’ve encountered and subsequent Archaeology section of the blog.
When it came to my NPC, I asked if Cymre could wear her trademark outfit but I wasn’t sure if any customisation would be possible (like some of the NPCs I’ve seen) with edited pieces. Her current look was created with the help of WMV and Photoshop so they don’t necessarily exist like this in-game.
The pants were cropped to look like shorts since I really liked the conventional look of the upper half but the bottom portion was just plain ugly. Unfortunately, there weren’t any boots I wanted to use so after looking through every possible option in WMV (which is no small feat), these sneakers worked out perfectly. It turns out they are a recoloured version of the mage cm set but I couldn’t help notice how well they matched the shorts. The glasses would ideally look like Gunnars but sadly they don’t look as cool in-game.
So after the first preliminary screenshot (which looked similar to what you see above), I couldn’t help but tweak her a little. I had a quick look in MogIt to see if I could come up with a decent alternative – that way I could stick with in-game items while still keeping the same look. About an hour later, I ended up getting something pretty similar.
This morning I awoke to find a lot of congratulatory tweets as my npc (just one of several) had made it into the alpha. So thanks to everyone who have shared my excitement and especially Blizzard who continue to feed my imagination in this beautiful virtual world.
P.S I look forward to posting my own strat as well as reading your own but one question remains: in a battle with myself, who will be victorious? There can be only one! :D
If you ever wanted to have one of the Pandaren Elemental spirits as one (or even four) of your pets, you now can with Patch 5.1. However, you’ll only be able to pick up the quest once you have completed the entire Pet Tamer chain which currently ends with Grand Master Aki.
Just head to your Battle Trainer in your Pandaren capital city for the starting quest. For Horde, talk to Gentle San located at the top of the Shrine of Two Moons. For Alliance, talk to Sara Finkleswitch in the Shrine of Seven Stars.
Expect all four Pandaren Spirits to have level 25 Legendary pets including the corresponding spirit reward as part of the team.
Whispering Pandaren Spirit <Grand Master Pet Tamer>
Location: Exclamation Point, The Jade Forest (in the middle of Tigers’ Wood on a peak) – 28, 35
Pets: Pandaren Air Spirit (Elemental), Dusty (Flying) and Whispertail (Dragonkin)
Thundering Pandaren Spirit <Grand Master Pet Tamer>
Location: in the mountains above the Shrine of the Two Moons, Vale of Endless Blossoms – 67, 14
Pets: Pandaren Earth Spirit (Elemental), Sludgy (Magic) and Darnak the Tunneler (Beast)
Burning Pandaren Spirit <Grand Master Pet Tamer>
Location: northern end of The Underbough, Townlong Steppes – 57, 42
Pets: Pandaren Fire Spirit (Elemental), Crimson (Dragonkin) and Glowy (Flying)
Flowing Pandaren Spirit <Grand Master Pet Tamer>
Location: Lonesome Cove, Dread Wastes – 61, 87
Pets: Pandaren Water Spirit (Elemental), Marley (Aquatic) and Tiptoe (Critter)
Defeating all four Master Tamers will reward you with one of the elemental spirits as a reward as well as the achievement Pandaren Spirit Tamer.
Not surprisingly, once you complete the quest for the first time, you’ll be able to do it again as a daily which is account-wide, giving you a chance to get the other three from the corresponding elemental dailies – the Pandaren Spirit Pet Supplies.
On another note, Mumper confirmed that “the drop rates on Rare stones from battles are low. Pet daily quests offer a better rate but still not easy.”
Holy Crap! I just one-shot Aki the Chosen earning me the Taming the World, Time to Open a Pet Store, Taming Pandaria and Taming Azeroth achievements.
I was looking forward to trying her today after the servers came back up but I was really not expecting to win right off the bat… seems my rare team of my Flayer Hatchling (25), Small Frog (25) and Dark Phoenix Hatchling (25) all worked out nicely. In fact, my ravager’s reflection ability was perfect against Stormlash.
The second time round (after she converts to a daily), I managed to win again – even with a different starting combo.
Reward from Time to Open a Pet Store
Due to a bug, I’ve had Taming Eastern Kingdoms done for a couple of weeks now but the achievement doesn’t come up as complete.
I still have a few missing from Eastern Kingdoms Safari so I went looking for some Larva to add to my collection but they are about as rare as the minfernal and baby ape it seems. I read they get killed quite a lot by other mobs in Ghostlands but here I am waiting for one to spawn.
I may just go to Naxx to get one and be done with it…
Edit: I managed to find one as part of a team I was fighting. Grey but it counts…
Things sure have changed since I last battled the Grand Master Pet Tamers of Pandaria but I was excited about trying the Northrend and Cataclysm tamers since they were new to me. Last night I completed the Cataclysm part but the fact that Obalis – the Grand Master in Uldum had Epic pets was a new one for me.
Today I had the remaining five in Pandaria to battle but I left it until the last hour or so to try them out (I forgot about server shutdown). I’m not sure if the tamers were easier or I just had a good combination but I didn’t have too much trouble with them. I didn’t even have to change my team up for the most part. Those pet bandages sure came in handy though :P
So with 7mins left on the clock, I flew to the Wilds from Townlong Steppes to see if I could get the last tamer under my belt before I dropped out. At around 5mins left before the servers went down, I DC’ed from Battle.net but kept going with my battle. Luckily I won with 4mins left on the clock. I hearthed back to the Vale to see how far I could get with Aki. I knew I wouldn’t be able to complete the battle in time but it was a great way to gauge any change, if any, with my kick-ass team.
I guess I should have expected this but with 2mins left before I dropped out, this is what I saw…
Yep, LEGENDARY pets.
Something to look forward to tomorrow :)
I just had a look through my beta shots and it looks like Aki’s pets had the same stats but they sure look more intimidating with the orange colour :P