GilroyKilroy wrote:Well I just tried having my low level pet in first with immediate swap and no xp was gained. Perhaps there was some AOE damage received while it was in the background and that counted?
I just tried this myself and can also attest to this. The leveling pet HAS to be in the battle for a full round to get any xp. You can pass the first round, but you can't just switch pets... and aoe damage doesn't count.
Now I have
seen a rotation where the leveling pet can be just swapped out without risking any damage, but in that case, it is the second pet in the line up... and that rotation requires starting with a pet that has a stun, and goes as follows:
Round 1) Stun the front opposing pet
Round 2) Swap in the leveling pet
Round 3) Swap out the leveling pet for a level 25
Round 4) Finish the battle normally
With that rotation, the leveling pet risks no damage, even though it is in the battle for a full round. It won't work against critters though, as they don't stay stunned long enough.
Oh, and as for leveling pets via tamer battles... I have put a level 1 up against Farmer Nishi and it went to level 11 at the end of the battle. I can usually solo Nishi's entire team with a single P/P breed Emperor Crab.