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How to hunt?

Postby 123hai » November 2nd, 2014, 12:03 pm

Hello everyone.

I just really started collecting pets and getting into pet battles, so im not quite sure how to properly colletct them.
I cant really find a guide to this, maybe im blind, in that case, please excuse me.

What i want to know is, is it better running around in circles for hours to get: 1. a rare version of a certain pet and 2. the right breed for it, or just try a few times and just take one with the right breed to upgrade it later.
Im asking this because im trying to find the Wild Serpent Hatchlings as rare ones, but I so far only managed to find 1/3 in rare in a few days now.

I know this is a specific case, but I'd like to know a general strategy to collecting. I know some pets like the Minifernal and the Unborn Valkyr are so rare that you would just upgrade them, but what about the rest? How rare are upgrade stones in general?

Thanks in advance

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Re: How to hunt?

Postby Azaelia » November 2nd, 2014, 12:26 pm

For me it depends on what your long term goal is.

I've always been a collector that just loves to have the pet, back from storing the cages in your back pack :P So for me I am more than happy to fly around looking for one of everything capturing them despite the quality and getting happy seeing a few rares along the way, and then going to upgrade them later, purely because I'm more orientated about the number and not the quality/level (Currently on 609 and hoping to get lucky with Std the Squid this week!).

So just think what is your goal and work from there, either way it's a pretty long journey for some parts but it's nice when you finally get there, or even start seeing progress being made :)

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Re: How to hunt?

Postby Dolz » November 2nd, 2014, 1:00 pm

Azaelia pretty much states the way to go.

I my case I first collected the wild pets. During that hunting I used the battles to level the pets I already had. Later I started upgrading them to rare, either by Flawless Battle stones or by hunting for rates. Save your FBS for hard to find pets and hunt for rare wilds on easy to find pets.

When collecting wild pets I have two recommendations.

1) Get a Terrible Turnip, it's Weakening Blow is a must to keep from accidentally killing that pet you've been desperate to capture.

2) Concentrate on leveling a rare in each family to 25 to make captures easier.

Good hunting.

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Re: How to hunt?

Postby Klax » November 2nd, 2014, 1:16 pm

I usually hunt around for the breed(s) I want, rather than quality.

This is because I have lots of stones left over to use, however, I don't just burn a stone if I get the pet breed I want. I wait 'til I am done battling in that zone(s) (ie: captured all the pets I need) and make sure they do not appear as secondary w/other pets/zones, too. I have often run into getting the breed I want rare down the road while looking for other pets (and therefore, stone saved).

Also, I always upgrade pets I cannot cage first over those I can cage and get a friend (or in a trade) to upgrade for me.

You will likely have lots of chances to get some rares in WoD, as you have to get at least 500 wins for one of the achievements, so you are bound to run into a few rares along the way. Also, there are benefits/rewards to the Menagerie in your garrison that may help you out as well.

Each person is going to have their own strategy... I have read the boards and picked a bit here and there to come up with mine, mostly configured to the amount of time I have to play.

At the end of the day, it is all about exploring and having fun!

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Re: How to hunt?

Postby Iibis » November 2nd, 2014, 1:33 pm

I'm no pro, but if I recall correctly, I collected all wild pets so that I tried to hunt for a rare or at least uncommon in each zone. Especially if there were only 1-2 breeds of each pet, though I wasn't initially aware of breeds at all. If the pet wasn't spawning fast, I didn't bother farming them for hours just to get a rare. Sometimes if the pet had max 3 breeds I would just try to get one of each so that if there later was a need, I could potentially upgrade the pet.

On one hand, it's nice that the pet list isn't full of grey/white pets (I do have plenty of those too), but on the other hand if the pet in question has multiple breeds and you don't currently know a situation where you would need that pet, then it might be better to hunt for a rare or a specific breed once you know what you'll need. But that's a different point of view than the pov of someone who wants to create their own tactics and teams :)

Edit. Once I learned about breeds, I tried to check wowhead/warcraftpet comments about which breed might be useful, and then I tried to get those breeds just in case I would need them too one day.

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