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Pet Battle System

Latest Changes to Pet Battles


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

Originally Posted by Mumper (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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.

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.


Pet Battles and PVP


Some things have been bugging me on the beta lately. I was annoyed to find what almost appeared to be random flagging on a PVE server if you were just working on Pet Battles. I thought this was a bug since you would be flagged flying into Mulgore, for example, but I’ve since read that it’s an intentional feature. Thx to BrokenRavens for bringing this to my attention.

Here’s what Mumper had to say on the matter:

Originally Posted by Mumper (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The fact that players are vulnerable to PvP attacks while in a pet battle is intentional.  However, a couple features that go along with this are not implemented yet.

First off, the exact pet you were fighting when you were broke out of pet battle will be respawned.  Same quality, stats and skin color.  Second, you will get a 3s damage shield that absorbs 50% of incoming damage to help negate the fact that you need time to recover after exiting the pet battle interface.  Both of these will be in for the next build.

We feel its very important to keep the PvP aspect of the game intact and if you choose to play on a PvP server, you will certainly be fighting for those rare spawns. (This rule effects PVE servers as well but only in contested areas.)

I admit, I don’t get bothered too often while battling. In fact, there have only been two occasions.

The other night in Searing George, I was knocked out of my Battle (quite a challenging one due to the level) after a Hunter decided to attack me. All the battles in that zone were particularly challenging due to the lack of suitable pets I had at the time). Tonight while researching my Wild Pets of Outland post, I decided to go AFK while I went to do a few things, paying for the auto-flight from Hellfire to Netherstorm before I left. Normally you would be safe as an auto-flight kicks off the PVP flag but when I came back I saw I was dead outside Area 52. Little did I know, a L85 gnome had killed me and was busy tea-bagging me on my return. If you notice in my previous post, even though I’m currently L87 (I’ve stopped levelling so I can be surprised), I was wearing my Pet Battle set (non-transmog) so he must have felt high and mighty being a low level 85 killing someone when they’re AFK.

When I rezzed, I just buffed myself and gave myself a basic heal. This person (I’m assuming a kid) decided to fly to my rez spot and follow me as I flew all around Netherstorm. When I noticed that he was indeed following me I decided to switch back to my PVE gear and contemplated kicking his ass but to be honest I was feeling quite tired and wanted to get my previous post published. In the end I just blew it off and flew back to Area 52 to check something but I’d had enough for the night and logged out.

I really enjoy putting together these guides and sharing my experiences with whoever cares to read but times like this, the earlier achievements and new captures that I managed to get earlier don’t seem as shiny and new as they were.

Pet Battle System

Littlest Pet Shop


Achievements for the Pet Battle System have been coming pretty fast and furious on the beta. It’s a nice change as I love getting achievements so it’s been a long time coming. Today, I decided to have a look at them as Zalajin mentioned something about camping a particular critter.

After getting this double achievement earlier, I opened my achievement journal to see what else I was close to getting. It turns out I was only TWO critters away from getting the Littlest Pet Shop after getting High Quality only yesterday. But when I saw that the former achievement gave you another pet, I knew what I had to do. Initially, I headed to Southern Barrens to try and catch another two critters. But after a few minutes, I decided to try and find a Humanoid and Dragonkin – the last two I was missing for another achievement.

From there, I just opened up my Pet Journal to try and locate some around my level. Silithus – Woot! During my second day of pet battles, I saw some really cool looking beetles in Uldum. Now with Silithus a hop, skip and a jump away, I took the auto-flight to Cenarion Hold to check things out. After capturing a scarab I didn’t have, I headed over to AQ. That’s where I found the Qiraji Guarding. How annoying they used to be back in the day. Now you get one of your very own :P

Humanoid Battle

Once I had her the achievement was mine… and so was the Celestial Dragon :)

Celestial Dragon

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