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Patch 7.2 PTR: New Achievement and Updates to Class Pets

February 17, 2017
UPDATE: Thanks to ‏@Nemo2342, we now know how the Rogue pet will be obtained in 7.2.

Crackers sitting on shoulder
Crackers is a quest reward that's unlocked a few quests after turning in Khadgar's quest to increase your Artifact Knowledge level.

It's unclear if there are additional prerequisites, such as level 25 Artifact Knowledge or artifact weapon level 35.

Crackers has a fun and unique interaction. Target this pet and emote /whistle, and it will sit on your character's shoulder! (pictured right) This will work for any class, not just Rogue.

This week's 7.2 PTR update included a new achievement related to the Pet Battle Dungeon, and updates to the upcoming Class Hall pets. [source]

Pet Battle Dungeon Achievement
Son of Skum
A new achievement was added in the latest PTR build — Pet Battle Challenge: Wailing Caverns.

This achievement is earned after players complete the challenge version of the Pet Battle Dungeon (no healing or reviving while inside).

The reward for the achievement is a new pet, Son of Skum (pictured right), which happens to also be one of the pet "boss" encounters you'll find while running the dungeon!

Death Knight and Monk Pet Updates
Ban-Fu, Cub of Ban-Lu
Death Knight and Monk class pets were added in this week's PTR patch. There are a number of prerequisites prior to collecting each one.

Keep in mind that this content is previewed from the PTR and is subject to change.

These pets can be purchased by max level players from a vendor found within the respective Order Hall. Each pet costs 10k Order Resources, and is BoP and not cageable.

Although these are pets sold by a vendor, purchasing them is not that simple.

In order to even view the pets on the vendors, players must first complete their class mount questline.

According to Blizzard's 'What's Next' recap from BlizzCon of last year, the class mount quests will only be available after players complete the Broken Shore intro-scenario and quests, and have earned max Legionfall reputation.

After completing the class mount storyline and unlocking the class pets on the vendor, players must then rank up their artifact weapon to the fullest. This includes empowering the weapon, and learning the new artifact traits coming in Patch 7.2.

Check out Wowhead's guide to empowering artifact weapons in 7.2 for more information on the process of progressing your weapon further.

Monks will need to earn the achievement Power Ascended before they can buy their class pet, Ban-Fu, Cub of Ban-Lu (pictured above).

Locked Death Knight pets

Death Knights must empower and fully unlock traits for all three artifact weapons. The ability to purchase each of the three new whelpling battle pets is tied to the corresponding weapon:

A Rogue pet, Crackers, is currently listed in the PTR Pet Journal, but it's still unknown how this companion will be obtained.

Check out all 7.2 datamined pets

These new class pets will likely be long-term goals for many collectors and will require a substantial time investment. Will you be going after these pets?
Posted by Quintessence

Cat Fight: Who Won?

February 09, 2017
We heard the internet likes cats, so it's a good thing we have plenty of cats ready to do battle.

Check out the video below to witness the latest Pet Battle Royale winner as determined by you, the WarcraftPets community.

And the winner is...
Though our old friend Archduke Bobo taught his protege Stony Stallone well, in the end this old cat still had a few new tricks to teach that young'in. Our very first Pet Battle Royale is still a favorite in the community, it seems. Hold your little head high, Bobo.

We hope you enjoyed the Pet Battle Royale series. Stay tuned to the site for our next fun project!
Posted by Liopleurodon
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Patch 7.2 PTR: Order Hall Pets and New Pet Battle World Quests

February 02, 2017
A new 7.2 PTR build was released this week that included updates to a few Order Hall pets, and the introduction of new Pet Battle World Quests. [source]

Order Hall Pets
Class-specific pets received a little more love in the latest PTR build.

Blood Whelpling, Frost Whelpling, Unholy Whelpling

Previously, the 3 datamined Death Knight companions had placeholder models and skins. These whelplings now have updated appearances (pictured above), one representing each of the Death Knight specializations.

We still don't know much about these whelplings or how players will collect them.

Ban-Fu, Cub of Ban-Lu
There's also a new pet coming just for Monks — Ban-Fu, Cub of Ban-Lu. (pictured right)

Much like the Death Knight pets, it's currently unclear how Monks will obtain this new cub.

All 7.2 datamined pets

It would seem more and more class-specific battle pets are being released as we progress further into the expansion.

We can only wonder if all classes will eventually receive a collectible pet from their Order Hall. And if so, which class is next?

New World Quests
Completing a short storyline and new scenario in 7.2 will unlock a new area of the Broken Isles to explore — the Broken Shore.

Unlocking this zone will also grant access to new World Quests, a few of which might be of interest to Pet Battlers.

Broken Shore trainers

Players will find 3 new trainers on the Broken Shore. (pictured above)

New Pet Battle World Quests
Each trainer has three epic quality level 25 pets. They can only be battled if the associated World Quest is active.

At the moment these quests reward standard Pet Battle items, such as Pet Charms.

It's unknown if these new Pet Battle World Quests will grant credit toward Family Familiar.

We'll have more coverage of new updates and additions as PTR testing continues, so stay tuned!
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 7.2 PTR: New Pets and Pet Battle Dungeon

January 21, 2017
Nameless Mystic
UPDATE: Site Director of Wowhead, @perculia, discovered another new trainer on the 7.2 PTR — Nameless Mystic (pictured right)!

This NPC can be found on the Broken Shore, and is located on the hill above the area where Drak'thul is (south-west of Deliverance Point in southern Broken Shore).

Similar to Sissix, interacting with this NPC currently does not start a Pet Battle.

The PTR is up and running with the next patch, ready for testing. 7.2 will bring us 8 new pets, possibly new trainers, and the long-awaited Pet Battle Dungeon! [source]

New Pets
Currently there are 8 datamined pets coming in Patch 7.2. Here's a summary of what's to come:

  • 3 Death Knight-themed whelplings
  • 3 dropped pets from a new reward bag
  • 1 battle pet from the Rogue Order Hall
  • 1 pet (pictured right) from an unknown source

All 7.2 datamined pets

The new whelplings currently use Placeholder Pet Journal entries, and it's unclear where they (and the undead canine) will come from.

A Hearthstone-themed battle pet model was also datamined by Wowhead, however it does not currently appear in the PTR Pet Journal.

Stay tuned, we'll have more updates on these pets as PTR testing continues.

New Trainer?
@Mononic1 on Twitter discovered a new possible trainer hiding in the Broken Isles in 7.2. [source]

This new trainer is named Sissix (pictured right). She's located near the eastern-most flightpath on the Broken Shore.

At the moment, interacting with her only brings up a short dialogue and does not start a Pet Battle.

We can only speculate what new challenge she has for us. Could there be more hidden trainers in the upcoming patch? We'll have to wait and see!

New Feature: Pet Battle Dungeon!
Very briefly mentioned during BlizzCon 2016, the Pet Battle Dungeon was (and still is) a highly anticipated feature. The good news is that it is currently up and ready for testing on the 7.2 PTR!

Keep in mind that this content is still undergoing testing and is subject to change. You can leave constructive feedback on the Pet Battle Dungeon on the forums or in our dedicated forum thread.

The Pet Battle Dungeon begins with a quest in Dalaran (Broken Isles). Head to Breanni's shop and an NPC will offer you a new quest (A Call From the Caverns) if you are level 110 and have at least one level 25 battle pet.

Skull entrance outside Wailing Caverns
This quest sends you to Wailing Caverns in Northern Barrens. Find Muyani above ground, outside of the dungeon; she's located in the left eye-socket of the skull entrance (pictured above).

Muyani is concerned about a growing (pet) menace inside Wailing Caverns and would like you to investigate.

Wailing Critters scenario
The follow-up quest, Wailing Critters, sends you inside a new instanced version of the dungeon. Simply speak with her again to queue into the scenario.

There are 7 Stages in this Pet Battle Dungeon, comprised of 11 different encounters you'll need to complete. Be prepared to set aside some time for some serious Pet Battling.

All enemy pets are level 25 and have either the Elite or Boss passive. Note the opponents during Stage 1, as these 3 pet-types will be found throughout the dungeon.

Growing Ectoplasm

Detailed overview of 7.2 Pet Battle Dungeon

Opponent teams are "locked" per instance. You can speak with the NPC at the start of the dungeon to teleport out, but it will reset your progress and possibly change the second and third pets on the enemy teams.

Unlike the Celestial Tournament, you can heal and revive your pets in this version of the dungeon. But rest assured, there's a challenge waiting for those seeking it!

Completing the dungeon and turning in the quest rewards an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone. We're left with a cliffhanger for now, but hopefully this hints that future Pet Battle content will continue the story of this mysterious and ominous Shadowy Figure!

After turning in Wailing Critters, Muyani will have another quest for you. This quest will only appear if you have enough level 25 pets (possibly 15 max level pets, the same requirement as the Celestial Tournament).

Damp Pet Supplies reward bag
The next quest, Pet Battle Challenge: Wailing Caverns, is an account-wide weekly quest similar to the Celestial Tournament: NO healing or reviving in the challenge version of the scenario.

It yields a new reward bag, Damp Pet Supplies, which has a chance to drop 3 new pets.

Patch 7.2 is shaping up to be a big patch for Pet Battlers and collectors! Are you ready for a new challenge?
Posted by Quintessence

Nether Faerie Dragon — Pet of the Month: January 2017

January 19, 2017
Nether Faerie Dragon - Pet of the Month January 2017

Whether you're looking for a Dragonkin to help complete the Dragons! portion of Family Familiar, or simply seeking a pet that's effective against most Flying opponents, this month's pet is an excellent contender. It's the Nether Faerie Dragon!

Collecting the Nether Faerie Dragon
The Nether Faerie Dragon is a wild pet that spawns in Dire Maul in Feralas. They appear in the surrounding area outside of the dungeon, not inside. Its base level is 11-12 and this pet can come in five different breeds.

Nether Faerie Dragon
Unlike some other wild pets, the Nether Faerie Dragon only spawns in a centralized location and not throughout the zone. This makes looking for the pet straight forward, but can also lead to the area being "farmed out" by players looking for a specific breed or quality.

Some methods for hunting down this translucent dragon include realm hopping, checking the area on characters on different servers/regions, or "forcing" spawns by clearing out other critters and wild pets that are not the Nether Faerie Dragon.

There are usually abundant Nether Faerie spawns in the Dire Maul area, but sometimes luck may not be on your side. While waiting for new spawns, it might be beneficial to clear out some regular mobs and creatures. Who knows? You might come across the Nether Faerie Dragon's cousin, the Sprite Darter Hatchling!

Battling with the Nether Faerie Dragon
The Nether Faerie Dragon is a versatile, if slightly fragile, battler. It deals damage in two different families. The most common moveset used includes Moonfire, a big Magic nuke with weather effect, and Arcane Blast, a scaling Magic attack. These two moves have decent synergy, and turn the Nether Faerie into a hardcore Flying killer.

Its other two offensive moves are both Flying, and both are subject to RNG. Slicing Wind uses a varying number of small hits. Cyclone is an object which may damage any of your opponents’ pets in each of the 5 turns it persists on the battlefield — but also, may not.

Nether Faerie Dragon using Life Exchange
The last two moves are mostly defensive. The first, Evanescence, dodges for one turn. The second, Life Exchange (pictured above), is a bit more difficult to describe. It equalizes health between the Nether Faerie and its opponent. This can range from very effective to harmful, depending on how hurt that opponent is.

If you need a pet to defeat a Flying pest, the Nether Faerie Dragon is your best bet for the job.

Battling Discussion on the Nether Faerie Dragon

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 and is a Pet Battle columnist on the fansite Blizzard Watch.
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 7.1.5 is Live: Four New Pets & New Shoulder Enchant

January 10, 2017
Patch 7.1.5 is live this week! There are four new pets and a new Pet Battle shoulder enchant. [source]

Four New Pets

7.1.5 introduces a new Bonus Event: Mists of Pandaria Timewalking. Two new pets will be available for purchase during this event, Infinite Hatchling and Paradox Spirit (pictured above).

Both of these pets are Bind on Pick Up and not cageable, so better save up those Timewarped Badges.

In addition to this new event, an older feature received an update and is being re-released in this patch. The Brawler's Guild is back with new challenges and rewards!

Tylarr Gronnden
Tylarr Gronnden (pictured right) is a new pet purchasable from the Brawler's Guild quartermaster. According to a Wowhead guide, this pet requires Rank 3.

With the return of this secret fight club, Clock'em is now also available again. Previously this pet required Rank 4, however it now only requires Rank 3. The price for it has jumped significantly, 500 gold up from 30 silver.

Last but not least, the fourth newest pet is Trashy (pictured left). Mage turned fisherman, Conjurer Margoss, is now selling this lovable little critter for 50 Drowned Mana.

Margoss seems to have quite an attachment to Trashy; players can only purchase this pet if they've earned Margoss' trust and are Best Friends with him.

New Shoulder Enchant
If you're in need of more Pet Charms and other Pet Battle consumables, look no further than Boon of the Zookeeper!

Boon of the Zookeeper is a new shoulder enchant sold by Draemus, located in Breanni's shop in Dalaran (Broken Isles).

The wearer will sometimes loot Pile of Pet Goodies from defeated creatures. It can contain pet related items such as Pet Charms, bandages, and treats. It's unknown if it will also drop new or older pets.
Posted by Quintessence

Pet Battle Royale: Siamese Cat vs Cheetah Cub

January 06, 2017
Pet Battle RoyaleWhile pet battling can be a good time, sometimes it's a lot of fun to think how our favorite companions might fare in a different kind of fight. The ring is ready for another Pet Battle Royale!

Here, we present two different battle pets and then you, the WarcraftPets community, vote to determine the winner.

Old vs New
The winner of our very first Pet Battle Royale, Archduke Bobo, gained quite a bit of fame for his victory. Some pets may be a bit sore over that. They think the old cat may be getting soft, sitting in the lap of luxury like he is. They think maybe some young blood, with a flashy new model, should challenge Bobo for his crown.

Here’s the tale of the tape...

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Breed: Siamese Cat
Name: Archduke Bobo
Age: 9.8 years
Height: 20 inches
Weight: 8.7 pounds
Reach: 12.9 inches
Hometown: Stormspire
Signature Move: Prowl
Favorite Food: Yak Milk

Breed: Cheetah Cub
Name: Stony Stallone
Age: 4 years
Height: 22 inches
Weight: 7.2 pounds
Reach: 14.1 inches
Hometown: North Barrens
Signature Move: Pounce
Favorite Food: Salmon

You Decide Who Wins!
So, WarcraftPets, who should win?

Their battling data is mostly the same. Stony learned pretty much everything he knows from Bobo, so their fighting style is devastatingly similar. True to Stony's observation, Bobo has added a bit of weight in the past year. The tape doesn't lie. However, Bobo's fire seems to be renewed by his young challenger, and he's been training hard.

Of course, there's always the It factor to be considered. Bobo is older, and looks it, while Stony has that cute little baby face.

Will it be Stony Stallone the Cheetah Cub, or Archduke Bobo the Siamese Cat?

Head to the poll and cast your vote

Voting ends January 14th, so don't delay in helping decide which pet takes all!
Posted by Liopleurodon
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