There is a Pandaren child that you get with the purchase of the school bell for 50 ironpaw cooking tokens. He/She is kind of like the Argent Gruntling. Would you consider Nomi a pet? You train Nomi in cooking and he/she gives you daily quests.
I am not an expert but starting out it appears to be good to have a mechanical pet versus the critters near Orgrimmar. My Magical Crawdad is quite awesome. It comes with a lot of HP and the second spell it gets heals for 3 rounds which is very useful. The Darkmoon Monkey is pretty funny because its ...
Got this pet today after 4 carrots and on the 3rd white turnip seed was Ominous Seed which turned into the pet. On Wowhead 2 others got it with striped melon. It is supposed to be rare. I just got lucky while trying to get turnips for a banquet feast recipe.
Check Wowhead for Archeology updates. It explains a new system of buying fragments from Bran Bronzebeard with crated artifacts. You can save them up as you level to 600 in Pandaria and then turn them in for fragments. You get 5-9 fragments per crate without key stones. It does include Tol'vir
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If you are interested in power leveling you might want to check out Dugi's new guide. It has 3 leveling difficulties and "hard pushes you faster. Might be tough to get involved w pet battles and professions with this approach but seeing the video, I was impressed.