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Unborn Val'kyr — Pet of the Month: March 2015

March 18, 2015
Unborn Val'kyr - Pet of the Month: March 2015

Their larger counterparts are known as "fearsome creatures made of pure nightmare", and hunting down this pet might prove to be just as nightmarish. Don't let that thought discourage you, though. This month we're covering everything you need to know about the Unborn Val'kyr!

Collecting the Unborn Val'kyr
Unborn Val'kyr critter interaction
The Unborn Val'kyr is a highly coveted wild pet, not only because of her one-of-a-kind look but she's also a powerhouse in Pet Battle PVE and PVP.

The rarity and randomness of spawns also adds to this pet's desirability, making it a prize find for any collector.

On top of all of this, the Unborn Val'kyr is currently the only wild pet with an idle interaction; she will resurrect any nearby dead critters (pictured right). She's an incredibly unique pet that isn't easy to find.

The Unborn Val'kyr has three specific spawn locations in each of the nine Northrend zones. This comes to a total of 27 possible spawn points. Normally only one Unborn Val'kyr will appear as a primary wild pet a single zone, however there have been a few reports on lower population servers where two pets were found in the same zone, at the same time.

The spawn timer for this pet can range anywhere from minutes to hours. It's speculated that a player's successful capture of one will positively influence the spawn rate of the next Val'kyr, possibly triggering a faster respawn in another zone.

There are a few methods to collecting an Unborn Val'kyr. The first is to simply linger in a zone or at a spawn point. Expect to wait a very long time if you take this approach; her spawns can be unpredictable!

Alternatively, instead of waiting around, you can follow a predetermined route to check on each of her possible locations. A /tar macro is helpful, so you can quickly check an area as you fly by. You do run the risk of missing a spawn while traveling though.

Another method is to create alts on different servers, or use the Group Finder tool to temporarily transfer yourself to another server.

The last trick to finding an Unborn Val'kyr is similar to the first method, however instead of using a single character, it requires multiple characters placed all across Northrend. Being able to quickly log over from toon to toon to check a location reduces the chance of missing an Unborn Val'kyr popping up while in transit.

However you decide to hunt for this pet, you'll want to check her abilities before having your pet cast the first attack. Although not as common as before, a wild Unborn Val'kyr using Unholy Ascension can commit (permanent) suicide, making it impossible to capture her. Restarting the battle, without having killed the Val'kyr, to get her to generate a different set of abilities is recommended if you don't want to risk your little angel of death.

Battling with the Unborn Val'kyr
The Unborn Val'kyr is gorgeous little pet that really gets the job done, if the job you need done is wrecking things with Undead carnage.

Her first slot features two no-frills Undead damage abilities: Shadow Shock and Shadow Slash. Oddly, due to some tinkering with numbers over the years, for now Shadow Shock is the clear choice. Both abilities have identical accuracy, cooldown and mechanics but Shadow Shock hits for a base one additional damage. Not a make or break, just something to be aware of.

The second slot features Siphon Life, a short, lackluster DoT with an equally lackluster flat (ie, not modified by damage dealt) heal per tick.

Unborn Val'kyr using Unholy Ascension
The better choice in most situations is Curse Of Doom, a long-term debuff which explodes for 620 damage after four rounds. This explosive debuff is paired extremely well with the third-slot ability Unholy Ascension (pictured above), which carries on long after the Val'kyr is gone. For a whopping nine rounds, Unholy Ascension debuffs all the pets on the opposing team for an additional 25% damage done per hit. Doing so will kill your Val'kyr permanently though, so use it strategically!

The last ability in the Unborn Val'kyr's moveset is Haunt. Haunt temporarily 'kills' your Val'kyr. It then adds a big DoT over four turns, which deals 150 damage per tick, nearly as much as Curse of Doom overall. Haunt has been a bit buggy since its launch, killing your Val'kyr anyway if it was dodged for a while, eg, but unless you have a specific plan, it has such amazing damage throughput it's worth the gamble.

Check out our forum thread discussion on the Unborn Val'kyr and submit your own thoughts on this pet.

Battling Discussion on the Unborn Val'kyr

Pet of the Month is co-written by Liopleurodon, an experienced pet battler and long-time WoW player. She maintains her own Pet Battle blog, comprised of pet analyses, team strategies and general thoughts on pets.
Posted by Quintessence

Following Up on New Pets and Pet Battles in Patch 6.1

March 12, 2015
We're thoroughly enjoying all of the new pets in the latest content patch. Here are a few additional 6.1 notes that you may have missed.

A Daily A Day
There are two new trainers in Patch 6.1, Erris the Collector (A) and Kura Thunderhoof (H). They will only periodically show up in your garrison, but don't let their tendency to travel discourage you from completing their quest each day.

If your garrison goes a day or two without a visit from these NPCs, the in-game Looking For Group tool is a great place to find them.

Group Finder for Erris and Kura By using the Group Finder window and selecting Premade Groups, you can choose a Custom group and search for either traveling trainer (pictured above).

We also have a forum thread dedicated to those willing to share an invite for the daily, just in case the Group Finder tool doesn't return any results. But it has to be said that the in-game method is much more convenient!

It's been observed that these two NPCs exhibit some interesting behavior when it comes from traveling from garrison to garrison. If you pick up and complete their daily from someone else's garrison, Erris and Kura will remain in your garrison (and your alts' garrisons) for the rest of the day.

Best Erris or Kura in a Pet Battle and earn a visit! Even if you can't duel them a second time in the same day, you can always share the daily with a friend.

Menagerie Power-Leveling
Power-leveling pets through the Menagerie was essentially removed in 6.1, since experience from Menagerie Pet Battles was drastically reduced.

However, there is still one encounter to look forward to if you're looking to level pets while in your garrison; Squirt's team of Deebs, Tyri, Puzzle. This particular Menagerie battle has not been nerfed and grants pet experience equivalent to that of a Cataclysm or WotLK trainer.

We don't know why the Squirt battle remains unchanged in terms of experience, or whether or not this is merely an oversight on Blizzard's part. Needless to say, it might be worth spending some extra time battling Squirt's team when she visits!

Darkmoon Faire Racing Schedule
Race MiniZep
Last but not least, Blizzard announced a release schedule for the new Darkmoon Faire racing mini-game. [source]

According to the schedule, new racing features, achievements and rewards will unlock each month. The Race MiniZep (pictured right) will not be available until April's Darkmoon Faire.

Brush up and practice your racing skills; a new pet will be zooming into collections next month. Don't get left in the dust!
Posted by Quintessence

Donate and Adopt Pets through the Azeroth Adoption Agency

March 04, 2015
Azeroth Adoption Agency - Donate and Adopt WoW Pets!Once again, we want to shine the community spotlight on someone who's doing something extraordinary for the pet collecting community.

Rusti Site MVP, an avid WoW player and pet collector, took it upon herself to create the Azeroth Adoption Agency. Her vision is helping hundreds of virtual pets find loving homes in the collections of the players who need them most.

What is the Azeroth Adoption Agency?

Rusti explains:

"The Azeroth Adoption Agency is similar to an animal shelter in real life. We take in pets that people don't need and find homes for the ones that need them. This helps others to fill their collections with easier-to-collect pets, allowing them to focus on the harder-to-get ones.

"We occasionally have some really nice pets too, thanks to our amazing donators!"

How does it work?
"Anyone that joins is allowed to adopt pets. Our aim is to fulfill requests for pets that people don't have, provided that we have them in stock. So anyone that is interested need only do the following:

  • Read over the information, then register an account at our official AAA Forums and make a post in the membership section to request membership. You must include your battle tag (for us to contact you). Requests that have not been posted in the official forums will be denied.
  • Make a level 1 orc alt on the Bladefist server (US). (Any horde race or class is fine, as long as you're not in one of the secluded starter zones.) Run to Sen’jin Village and you can take the free flight to Orgrimmar from there.
  • Once a staff member or myself has made contact, your level 1 alt will be invited into the guild where you can browse the pets, make requests or ask any questions."

How can people help?
"What keeps us moving is donated pets.

"Another account on WarcraftPets has been set up under the username AzerothAdoptions. People can view the pets we are accepting under the WANTED tab. Some pets we would never outright accept due to their value or difficulty to obtain. But there are plenty that are easier to get and less valuable that we tend to go through quickly.

"Without the wonderful donators, this would not be thriving so well. They are the heart and soul of the agency!"

More About Rusti

Main Character:  Tikaraa

Race & Class:  Blood Elf Hunter

Realm & Rank:  Bladefist-US (#1)

Unique Pets Collected:  667

QuestionWhy did you create Azeroth Adoption Agency?

AnswerIt actually started off as my own personal project to find homes for several dozen extra pets I had taking up space in my storage. Then someone else requested that I help them find homes for theirs, then another person made the same request. Before I knew it, I had more pets than I started out with!

So I made a guild to provide storage and facilitate people being able to view the pets up for adoption. The guild bank quickly grew to six tabs considerably stocked with pets. So we also have a secondary guild to house all of the extras for restocking.

QuestionWhat got you interested in pet collecting and pets?

AnswerI have almost always been a casual player. In my early days on WoW, a friend gifted me a Mechanical Squirrel and that introduced me to vanity pets. Before long, I'd bought all the vendor pets and had even obtained some of the whelps.

It's been thrilling to watch as the amount of pets in the game has grown and even more exciting to now battle with them and collect so many wild pets.

QuestionWhat's your favorite pet?

AnswerOh it's so hard to choose! There are so many and some of them have such sentimental value to them. But I have to say that I adore the Pandaren Water Spirit. He's so beautifully designed and has such an adorable face. Not to mention he can kick some serious rear! That adorable face is sure deceiving!

QuestionAnything else you'd like to share?

AnswerI really want to send out a huge thank you to all of the people who have donated to the agency. Many have taken their time to farm and make pets. Some have even gone as far as searching their AH for great deals on pets to donate (which blows me away even more).

The kindness and compassion the community has shown through this project has reinforced my faith in knowing that there are some very nice people still in this game. These guys are the real rockstars!

Get Involved!
To learn more about the Azeroth Adoption Agency and how you can donate your pets and adopt those in need of a home, visit the official forum thread:

Azeroth Adoption Agency: Rules & FAQ »

For the time being, the Azeroth Adoption Agency is limited to US players only. However, anyone is welcome to follow Rusti's lead and create an AAA chapter in their region.

Our thanks to Rusti for creating and operating this virtual organization that's dedicated to the union of altruism and pet collecting. Kudos to you and your many supporters! Keep up the amazing work!

DISCLAIMER: The Azeroth Adoption Agency is operated independently of WarcraftPets. If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to Rusti through the official thread.
Posted by Breanni

Patch 6.1 is Live: New Pets, Trainers, and Menagerie Changes

February 24, 2015
6.1 is Live with 18 New Pets!
Patch 6.1 is live and there are new pets to collect, trainers to defeat, and Menagerie changes. Check it out! [source]

18 New Pets


View All New Pets

New Features and Changes

  • The difficulty of all Menagerie-related battles has been reduced (including the unlock quest Pets Versus Pests). Pets are no longer legendary quality.
  • Along with difficulty, experience gained from Menagerie battles has also been reduced.
  • A new quest from the Menagerie NPC, Unearthed Magic, rewards a new Battle-Stone, Ultimate Battle-Training Stone. Only level 100 characters with a level 3 garrison can access this quest, and it can only be completed once per character.
  • All Battle-Training Stones are now BoA.
  • Pet Charms are now also BoA and they stack to 1000. Hooray for bag space!
  • The Sea Calf is finally available from Nat Pagle for 50 Lucky Coins. It currently doesn't require reputation with Pagle, but this may change.
  • A new traveling trainer, Erris the Collector (A) and Kura Thunderhoof will occasionally visit your garrison Menagerie and offer the daily quest Critters of Draenor. These new NPCs will not appear every day, and not all characters will experience a visit on the same day. Each battle might be slightly different than the last, as they have a total of five different pet teams and their pets can "swap" between their six predetermined abilities.

With so many new pets to collect in Patch 6.1, which pet are you most excited to collect? We're torn between all 13 Raiding With Leashes III pets!
Posted by Quintessence

Lunar & Festival Lantern — Pets of the Month: February 2015

February 19, 2015
Pet of the Month: Lunar and Festival Lantern

The Lunar Festival celebrations have us glowing with excitement, so we're featuring not one but two pets in this Pet of the Month — it's the Lunar and Festival Lantern.

Collecting the Lunar and Festival Lantern
Lunar and Festival Lantern
The Lunar Lantern and Festival Lantern (both pictured right) can be purchased from Valadar Starsong in Moonglade during the Lunar Festival.

Each pet costs 50 Coins of Ancestry. Keep in mind that these pets are faction-specific; Alliance can only purchase the Lunar Lantern and Horde the Festival Lantern from the vendor. You can collect and summon both pets, however, regardless of faction.

To earn enough to purchase a lantern, you'll need to talk with some special NPCs, called Elders, located around Azeroth. They can be found in Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms, Northrend and Cataclysm zones. Speaking with an Elder will reward one Coin of Ancestry along with a Lucky Red Envelope.

Tracking down each Elder isn't too complicated (check out Wowhead's Lunar Festival Guide for the location of all Elders), but it will take some time.

You'll need to visit more than one continent to earn 50 coins. Visiting just Kalimdor, Eastern Kingdoms and Cataclysm Elders will yield enough Coins of Ancestry to purchase a Lunar or Festival Lantern. If you have a flying mount, traveling around should be a breeze, but still fairly time-consuming. Note that it's not necessary to visit every single Elder on either continent, and it's possible to earn 50 coins without taking a detour into dungeons.

If your character is lower level it's still possible to reach some of the Elders to pay your respects. Wowhead's 50 Easy Elders: Getting the Lunar Festival Pet guide provides information for both Alliance and Horde on how to reach each Elder, with or without a flying mount.

The Lunar and Festival Lantern are both cageable, so if you don't have a lot of time to trek across Azeroth or would just prefer not to, you can also find these two luminous pets on the Auction House.

Both pets are uncommon when added to the Pet Journal, so be sure to have some Battle-Stones ready for them.

Battling with the Lunar and Festival Lantern
The good news about these hot holiday pets is that these two have identical moves, stats and breeds. If you're only collecting to fight, you only need to grab one of these two magical lamps.

The Festival and Lunar Lanterns' first slot features the straightforward magic spell Beam, and the Lanterns' only non-Magic offense, the elemental Burn. Burn averages out to deal slightly more damage than Beam, but Burn has a range of damages so every turn is more of a dice roll.

The second slot brings out the Lanterns' single weather ability, Illuminate, which causes Sunny Day. Neither Lantern has any self-synergy move to use Sunny Day to its advantage, though you could always pull in a partner.

Festival Lantern using Flash
However, speaking of synergy the other ability in the second slot, Flash (pictured above), works wonderfully in concert with the third slot ability, Light. Light deals just under 300 damage with double damage if the opponent is blinded and Flash deals a little damage and blinds the opponent for two rounds. These two moves work well together, but the combo is quite easily dodged in PVP.

The last ability in these pets' movesets is Soul Ward, which has a very short 3 round cooldown and blocks the opponent's next attack. This shield lasts indefinitely, so if your opponent stalls with their offense it just makes things better for you. While they're waiting, all your cooldowns are coming back up. And then, before they know it, they just got torched by a Lantern.

Check out our forum thread discussion on the Lunar and Festival Lantern and submit your own thoughts on these pets.

Battling Discussion on the Lunar and Festival Lantern

Pet of the Month is co-written by Liopleurodon, an experienced pet battler and long-time WoW player. She maintains her own Pet Battle blog, comprised of pet analyses, team strategies and general thoughts on pets.
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Argi Adoptions Generate Over $1.9 Million For Charity

February 13, 2015
Argi charity results
Blizzard recently announced that Argi sales raised over $1.9 million for charity. [source]

Last holiday season, Blizzard had a special Argi adoption sale. For the month of December up until December 31, 2014, 100% of the adoption proceeds would be donated to the Red Cross to help with the Ebola relief efforts.

In the end, over $1.9 million was raised; a substantial amount! Those that adopted Argi during the sale not only acquired an adorable little spacegoat companion, but also helped out a great cause.
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 6.1 PTR: Heroes of the Storm Pet and Hogs

February 05, 2015
A recent 6.1 PTR patch was released and there's a new pet that's tied to the game Heroes of the Storm. [source]

Be a Hero, Earn a Pet
The previously datamined pet "My Special Pet" has finally been updated in the latest PTR build. Its new name is Graves and it will come from a Heroes of the Storm promotion.

There's currently no information on what the promotion will entail. It's possible that it could be similar to the Hearthstone achievement, where players must win a set number of games before earning the reward.

Heroes of the Storm is a game developed by Blizzard that is currently in beta. It will be free-to-play once it is officially released; hopefully acquiring the pet will not require any additional purchases.

We look forward to learning more about Graves and how players will be able to obtain this pet. Better brush up on our Heroes gameplay, just in case!

Hogs Still Unavailable
There was some confusion over MMO-Champion's datamining of the recent PTR patch, as Hogs suddenly popped up on the radar again.

Hogs was originally implemented as the reward from the 10th anniversary Victory in Hillsbrad achievement, but was removed prior to the event's release. Although it was mentioned that this pet might appear in a future patch, no additional information of when or where was given.

With this sudden re-appearance in the PTR data, there was concern that it would be retroactively rewarded for an achievement that's no longer obtainable.

However, Community Manager Bashiok has clarified the situation.

It's old data. The "Hogs" mini-Hogger pet is not a reward from that achievement, and we'll correct it in the next PTR build. We haven't determined yet if/when he'll be obtainable, or from what source.

This is a relief for many collectors. There is still a desire to collect Hogs, so hopefully he finds his way into our collections in the future.
Posted by Quintessence
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