Dreading, because I know I'll never be lucky enough to get one. Looking forward to because there are some pets (giraffe calf, flayer youngling) that I've only ever seen once and it'd be nice to be able to upgrade the ones I've caught rather than attempting to hunt them down again.
All the UI and Journal stuff is great. I'll be able to loose 4 or 5 addons.
I love the Battle stones but hate the way they are earned. I'm not a fan of RNG personally. Especially for something like the pet battle system. I would have liked to seen the Flawless stones earned someway. Gifted for each pet you reach 25 with yourself maybe.
I don't like using Justice points for anything related to pet battles. It forces one into the PvE or dailies to purchase something for pet battles. What about those who only do PvP? I'd even rather see a new currency...Pet Biscuts or something...earned doing pet battle dailies. Use those to purchase GP Polished stones.
The I Choose You achievement should give a Flawless stone in addition to the gold. It pet battles after all, make the reward more pet battle centric.
Poofah wrote:Dreading, because I know I'll never be lucky enough to get one. Looking forward to because there are some pets (giraffe calf, flayer youngling) that I've only ever seen once and it'd be nice to be able to upgrade the ones I've caught rather than attempting to hunt them down again.
It's worse than this, however. There are lots of pets that just don't exist in a rare version: if you get a rare humanoid-upgrade stone, do you use it on your flayer, or on Peddlefeet or Wolvar Pup or Winter's Little Helper? You can always camp the flayer spawns some more to get the rare one, but if you want a rare of many of the holiday pets or engineering pets, the upgrade stone is the only route. I think that will drive demand more than anything.
For a similar reason, uncommon upgrade stones will be 100% worthless. I doubt anybody here sees any substantive difference between poor/common/uncommon for wild pets: it's 'rare' and 'everything else'. This is analogous to how I would pay 200g for the blue version of a gem for my gear rather than pay 10g for the green version (unless it's gear I'm going to upgrade within a week--but that's not the case with pets: they last until the servers implode).
This is also why epic upgrade stones would be a nightmare if they are actually implemented. There is no other route to getting an epic version of any pet, therefore the demand for these would be absolutely absurd. The announcement specifically doesn't mention them, but they are in the PTR game files so who knows...
A new item has been introduced that can be used to upgrade the quality of Battle Pets: Battle-stones.
Players will have a very small chance to obtain a general purpose and family specific Flawless Battle-stone after winning a match against wild pets; defeating higher level opponents increases the chances of obtaining a stone. Family specific Flawless-Battlestones will be of the same family as the pets that were defeated. These valuable items are not soulbound, and can be sold on the Auction House.