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Patch 7.0.3 is Live: New Pets & Models, Pet Tuning, And More!

July 19, 2016
UPDATE: There have been a few reports that winning a queued pet PVP match has a chance to reward Pet Charms.

Also, it should be noted that Garrison Perks have been removed. This includes the reduced cooldown on Revive Battle Pets from the Menagerie. The ability now has a standard 8 minute cooldown even while in Draenor.

Patch 7.0.3
The pre-expansion patch is here — It introduces a new event-exclusive pet, Pet Battle changes and tuning, plus quality of life improvements. Is your collection ready to face the Burning Legion? [source]

Patch 7.0.3 New Pets and Models
96 new pets have been added to the game! Keep in mind these pets cannot be collected yet, and will only be available once Legion is released.

Players can have a small taste of what's to come and preview all of the new pets in the Pet Journal — which pet are you most excited to collect in the expansion?

Felbat Pup
The pre-expansion patch isn't without its goodies! Two new pets will be available to collect prior to Legion's release.

The first pet, Felbat Pup (pictured right), is an event-exclusive pet that uses a new bat model.

It can be purchased during the upcoming Demon Invasion event. This World Event is scheduled to begin early August of this year.

Completing open world scenarios will reward Nethershards, which can be spent at special vendors in Stormwind, Orgrimmar or near each of the invasion points.

Check out Wowhead's guide to Demon Invasions for more information on how to acquire this new pet!

Be sure to take part in these invasion scenarios as the Felbat Pup is considered event-exclusive. Once Legion is released, this pet will likely no longer be purchasable. It can be caged though, so it may pop up on the Auction House from time to time.

Nursery Spider
The second pet is the Nursery Spider (pictured left), sold by none other than Breanni in Dalaran.

It costs 200 gold and players can pick up this little arachnid right now! Better have a battlestone ready; it's base quality is uncommon (green).

Updated Models
The Felbat Pup isn't the only pet with a new look. A few existing pet models have been updated with fluffier, less-polygonal appearances.

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These updated pet models include (examples pictured above)...

  • Sheep
  • Squirrels
  • Mice and Rats
  • Rabbits, Bunnies, and Hares
  • Crow and Raven


With the large influx of new pets and model updates, we're still diligently working on updating the WarcraftPets database.

Thank you for your patience and your continued support. Stay tuned, we'll be rolling out new pet profiles and updates in the coming weeks.

Changes and Updates
A few changes were made to pet-related activities.

  • Pet Charm rewards from Draenor Pet Battle dailies have been reduced (roughly cut in half).
  • The Brawler's Guild is now on hiatus. We hope collectors managed to collect Clock'em! If not, don't worry. The Brawler's Guild will return at an undisclosed date during Legion.


In addition to the changes listed above, there are also some quality of life updates.

  • Players can now use spells, abilities, and other toys while transformed using the Magic Pet Mirror. Entering combat will still remove the costume.
  • Gift wrapped pets
    Promotional pets and companions purchased from the Blizzard Store now initially appear in the Pet Journal as wrapped gifts that players can click on to 'open', causing an unwrapping animation (example pictured right). This special effect cannot be applied to pets by players.
  • The Pet Journal now has additional search functionality, search and filter by pet ability! Example: Typing "Flock" into the search bar in the journal will return a list of pets with the Flock ability. This can sometimes lead to mixed results, however, as some abilities share names with zones (Howl and Howling Fjord, for example).
  • Bonkers can now be caged. This battle pet comes in multiple breeds, so it's a great time to clean up (or add to) your collection!
  • A new category was added as a source in the Pet Journal — Discovery. Currently only two pets can be filtered using this new category, both upcoming Class Order Hall Mission rewarded pets.


Pet Battle Tuning
Blizzard first announced possible pet tuning changes during Legion Alpha, and have since updated that list with additional changes.

A few changes were scrapped, however nearly all of the proposed adjustments are now live. The following is a list of the Pet Battle tuning changes released in today's pre-expansion patch.



There are also a few undocumented changes. Please note that we're currently investigating these unlisted changes, and that ability tooltips on pet pages may not appear properly yet.

Posted by Quintessence

Netherspace Abyssal — Pet of the Month: July 2016

July 15, 2016
Netherspace Abyssal - PotM July 2016

A demon invasion sent by the Burning Legion will be upon us Soon™, however it would seem that the Legion has already infiltrated our pet collections. This month we're taking a look at the Netherspace Abyssal.

Collecting the Netherspace Abyssal
Netherspace Abyssal casting idle animation Hellfire
The Netherspace Abyssal is a battle pet that drops from Prince Malchezaar, the last boss in the Karazhan raid zone.

Who is this prince and what is he doing occupying Karazhan? All we know for certain is that he claims to have ties with the Burning Legion, and must maintain The Legion's influence over Medivh's old residence.

Players at max level should have no problem defeating Malchezaar. Lower level players will want to bring some friends to assist, not only with the encounter but also clearing the rest of the raid instance up to Prince Malchezaar.

To reach the last boss, players will need to defeat four raid encounters.



The remaining bosses in the zone are optional and are not required to unlock Malchezaar.

Prince Malchezaar's encounter is a fairly straight forward one. He has three phases, each one progressively more challenging than the last, with the his last phase being a 'soft enrage' (watch out for those falling infernals).

The Netherspace Abyssal is not a guaranteed drop from Malchezaar, so it may require a few raid clears and attempts before acquiring this pet. Collecting it will add to a player's progress in the Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition achievement.

Hopefully the upcoming expansion will shed some light on Prince Malchezaar's involvement with the Burning Legion and Karazhan. In the meantime, his summoned infernals are free for the taking...but just the very, very small ones.

Battling with the Netherspace Abyssal
The Netherspace Abyssal has a dynamic kit which makes for an interesting pet. Its moves span several different family types, and have a lot of utility to boot.

Its one completely straightforward move, Crush, deals Humanoid damage. Immolate, an Elemental move, also deals damage but has a damage over time aspect as well. Both share slot one.

In slot two is Immolation, which deals damage to the opponent’s front pet as long as the Abyssal is alive and the buff persists, even if it swaps to the back row. Its other slot two choice, Explode, deals huge damage and kills the Abyssal, even overriding its Magic family trait preventing more than 35% of their life being taken away in one attack.

Netherspace Abyssal using Meteor Strike on enemy pet
Slot three hosts a couple of interesting moves. Meteor Strike (pictured above) makes the Infernal fly into the air for a turn, then come back down. It’s a mechanic similar to Burrow or Lift-Off, but it deals Magic damage. Lastly, there’s Nether Gate, which doesn’t deal much damage but acts as a force swap, making a different pet join the battle.

Together, these moves make for a pet which deals decent DPS and can dodge a bit, but doesn’t have a lot of longevity otherwise. Its flashiness means that you’re best served planning ahead a bit and playing deliberately. After all, you don’t want to get burned.

Check out our forum thread discussion on the Netherspace Abyssal and submit your own thoughts on this pet.

Battling Discussion on the Netherspace Abyssal

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

Pet Battle Changes In the Upcoming Legion Pre-Patch

July 09, 2016
REPOST: Blizzard announced a date for the end of the current PVP Season, which means the pre-expansion patch isn't too far away!

Here are some reminders on what will be changing, updated, and what's new in the upcoming pre-expansion content patch. Are you prepared for Legion?

UPDATE: The price for the Felbat Pup was lowered to 150 Nethershards in a recent PTR patch. The number of Nethershards earned per invasion scenario was also lowered.

The Legion Pre-Patch is on the PTR, ready for testing! A release date for the pre-expansion content has not been announced yet. [source]

Collectors and battlers will want to keep in mind a few notable Pet Battle updates plus a new addition as the pre-expansion patch draws nearer.

Upcoming Changes
A number of changes and updates to Pet Battle content will be released along with the pre-expansion patch. Note that the following is not set in stone and may be subject to change prior to release.

    Magic Pet Mirror costume with Zen Pilgrimage
  • Using abilities and spells after using the Magic Pet Mirror no longer cancels the costume (example pictured right). Entering combat will still remove the transformation.
  • Pet Charm rewards from Draenor dailies will be reduced (roughly cut in half).
  • The Brawler's Guild will be going on hiatus for an undisclosed amount of time, making Clock'em unavailable until it re-opens in the future.
  • Many pet tuning updates will be released, including but not limited to changes to Howl, Pandaren Water Spirit, Graves, Cleave, Thunderbolt, and more. For the full list of changes, check out the official thread for upcoming pet tuning changes.
  • Updated sheep model
  • The WoD Digital Deluxe Special Bundle will officially retire. Collectors will need to seek out physical copies of the WoD Collector's Edition to collect the mount and Dread Hatchling pet once the sale has ended.
  • A number of battle pets will be receiving model updates! These include but are not limited to: rabbits, rats/mice, squirrels, sheep (pictured right), and raven/crow. Say farewell to the polygonal shapes of these existing pets — come the pre-expansion patch they'll be much fluffier!


A New Addition
Felbat Pup
The Legion Pre-Patch isn't without its goodies; a new pet will be available during the pre-expansion Demon Invasion World Event.

Complete open world scenarios and collect Nethershards to spend at special vendors located in Stormwind/Orgrimmar and near the invasion points.

The new pet, Felbat Pup (pictured right), will cost 1800 Nethershards. Each invasion will reward 260 shards, so collecting this pet will require the completion of roughly seven invasions.

It's unclear if this pet will be exclusive to the Demon Invasion World Event, or if it will remain available once the event has ended, similar to the Bronze Whelpling.

Whereabouts of the Deathwatch Hatchling
Deathwatch Hatchling
Currently the Deathwatch Hatchling is still listed in the Pet Journal as a guild vendor pet, and can also be found under the guild rewards tab on the PTR. It's unknown if this will change prior to the Legion Pre-Patch's release.

We'll have to wait and see if the Deathwatch Hatchling will be joining the Thundering Serpent Hatchling (MoP Guild Gold Challenge Mode pet) on the Black Market Auction House in Legion.

With the fate of the Deathwatch Hatchling up in the air, collectors may want to add this pet to their collection sooner rather than later. There's still some time before the Legion Pre-Patch and expansion release, so collect away!
Posted by Quintessence

Pet Battle Royale: Snowy Owl vs Qiraji Guardling

July 08, 2016
Pet Battle Royale
While 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. Are you ready for another Pet Battle Royale!

Here, we examine a few different battle pets and then you, the WarcraftPets community, vote to determine the winner.

Seasonal Squabble
The Qiraji Guardling and Snowy Owl only spawn at opposite sides of the calendar. As a result they're like fire and ice or, well, summer and winter. They're very different, and so they're destined to butt heads. We're going to give them an arena to do it.

Here’s the tale of the tape...

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Breed: Qiraji Guardling
Name: Kruq'ai The Stabby
Age: 12,138 years
Height: 31 inches
Weight: 22.7 pounds
Reach: 11.9 inches
Wingspan: 65 inches
Hometown: Silithus
Signature Move: Whirlwind
Favorite Food: Sweet Nectar



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Breed: Snowy Owl
Name: Lulahoo
Age: 2.9 years
Height: 14.5 inches
Weight: 13.2 pounds
Wingspan: 33.9 inches
Hometown: Winterspring
Signature Move: Predatory Strike
Favorite Food: Mice




One of these pets is an unresting ancient sentient being which, after several millenia of military training, excels at battle. The other is a bird. It's also summertime, which means the Guardling has a bit of an edge. It can call for backup amongst its currently spawning compatriots, while the Snowy Owl won't be seen again until December.

However, because the community picks the winner, the Snowy Owl may have the most valuable asset of all in this Royale: everyone loves an underdog.

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

Will it be Qiraji Guardling Kruq'ai the Stabby or Lulahoo the Snowy Owl? Log into our forums and cast your vote to make your voice heard.

Head to the poll and cast your vote

Voting ends July 15th, so don't delay in helping decide which pet takes all!
Posted by Liopleurodon
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