OK guys, I know the information we got about pets in the WoW panels--even the Systems and Q&A panels--was a little sparse. However, Cory Stockton has been answering a lot of pet battle questions (and other systems questions) on Twitter--go ahead and tweet him @mumper if your questions haven't been answered yet! Also please post links to any interviews that discuss pets I may have missed, or if you got a chance to chat with Cory about pet battles at Blizzcon let us know what he told you!
From the WoW Q&A panel (Source: Wowhead liveblog
):Any major changes to pet battle system?
We really see expanding upon the collection aspect. More new pets in Draenor for you to collect, trainers to battle against. Couple ideas for things in Garrison--one building is called the Pet Stable, and you could get a unique trainer there, or finally get epic pet battles from that building.Will pet battles be on mobile devices?
We've talked about a bunch and put some effort into. The question is how do we get PvP battles to work? We found that we wanted the collection aspect to work on mobile too, and that's the part where we got hung up on. We have some ideas, but no time to execute on them. It's certainly something we'd love to do.
From Twitter:@undeadgoat asked: Will there be any additional levels for battle pets?@mumper replied
: The cap will remain at 25.
The first official announcement of breeding as a function of the Garrison's Pet Stable building was tweeted out
in response to a blog post by Perks N Peeves
: "current plan is you can merge two pets of the same family and pick the breed. Doing this gives chance at epic."@Proffessor_Oak asked: When we breed pets will the species be random if two different species and will it be 100% if same species -> example two cats ->cat@mumber replied
: Plan is you get to pick based on the existing breed options from both pets.undeadgoat here: I know this seems a little unclear but I think it means merge the "stats" breed (H/H, S/B, whatever) of one parent with the appearance and abilities (pet species) of the other parent--as long as both parents are Critters, Mechanicals, etc. If anyone sees any information to the contrary please let me know!@Proffessor_Oak: Will the baby pet only have a chance at being EPIC from rare quality pets to reward people for breeding rares.
: It would certainly make the chance better.@Proffessor_Oak: When we combine two pets will the baby be an average level of both parents? For example two level 25 pets = level 25 baby.@mumper
: That’s the current thinking. Also planning to let you consume upgrade stones in the process to boost epic chance.@Proffessor_Oak: New thought on baby pets - will they be BOP and not tradeable or will it depend on pet? Example: Spectral kitten baby tradeable?@mumper
: Many details still to work out, the design is early. We will update as we go.
So if any of this news is freaking you out . . . very little of it is set in stone. We can certainly make our concerns & ideas heard, but I don't think we have to worry about a lack of content in terms of pet battling and collecting moving forward!
Well great minds clearly think alike: Tamer Liopleurodon put together a lovely blog post
overlapping quite a bit with what I gathered together here. She also had some information from friends at Blizzcon who spoke to Cory directly--Corgi pets may be coming someday in the future, and we may very well see Peacocks in Patch 6.0
Also, this week's The Instance podcast
(available on iTunes, but shownotes aren't up yet on their blog) featured questions directly to Ghostcrawler from fans, nobody asking questions about spell colors, and someone literally saying in English, "Hey, let's get more questions from women," making it one of the best panels of the entire con (except for no Cory). Alludra asked some pressing questions about pet battles around the 1:10 mark:
Alludra: Hello, I'm Alludra. I like pets, and I didn't hear anything about them. It's just that you put me in a little bit of a tight spot as I'm here to cover this for my podcast and now I have nothing to report on, so thank you!
Ghostcrawler: Did you hear that one of the buildings for the Garrison is a pet stable, and part of what we want to do with that is, you can designate some of your pets to be assigned to that stable and you will see them in the world outside.
A: How many? Because I have 547.
GC: Probably not all at once.
A: OK. I have to narrow it down?
GC: You can pick favorites and just have a few at a time. ... Draenor is a harsh world. They're not all going to make it.
A: So are we going to see, the new pets that are in the old Outland that's the new Outland and now I have a headache, are they going to be like prettier versions of them? So it's like with the mutated and brokenness of Outland it changed the creatures, and the art is based on what we have and made them fluffy?
Scott Johnson: It's kind of the primal Zerg question, isn't it?
GC:It is, and that is a great example. We are really trying to distinguish Draenor from Outland, like in Draenor you won't see things like rock flayers or ravagers or mana wyrms. We all associate those with the portal opening and the influence of all that stuff. Draenor is a primal world. We use examples like Conan or Dinosaurs or the movie Avatar where it is a violent wolrd but it's also really beautiful. Primal, savage, those are all the terms we use to describe it. So there will be horrifying things but they won't all be ugly and green.
(This is edited for readability, I have a precise transcript that none of you want to see. Just listen to the podcast if you want to hear a few more jokes & stutters.)
Also a little bonus information about Garrisons (a minigame which seems to hold a lot of appeal for pet battlers even outside the Pet Stable--except we get to collect people to fight for us instead of critters!):@Restokin tweeted
: Your friends can go into your garrison (based on who is the party leader). Show off your stuff!@mumper
: Garrisons will start at 90, within first hour on Draenor.
they are "planning to let you show off your pets at the pet stable!"
SO much better than linking the armory, guise. SO EXCITED to be able to use player housing as a space to show off (as well as having an army of scribes).
More Twitter information on breeding from later in the day:@Proffessor_Oak: Forum confusion over term merge. For breeding do we get to keep the parent pets after breeding them to make baby ? Or do they fuse?
@mumper: Current plan is that you retain the primary pet and consume the 2nd.@Proffessor_Oak
: Brainstorm: For consumption process can we tag pets similar to favorites so they are never secondary. Tagged pet can only be primary
@mumper: You will be able to pick the primary pet.
That's all I've got for now! Will update this top post as we find out more/until I run up against the character limit.