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Hallow's End: Two New Pets

October 18, 2014
New Hallow's End pets
There are two new ghostly pets to collect during this year's Hallow's End in-game festival — Cursed Birman and Widget the Departed.

These two creepy cats can be purchased from the special holiday vendors in Stormwind and Orgrimmar, and cost 150 Tricky Treats each. For more information on collecting Tricky Treats, check out Wowhead's comprehensive guide.

Wowhead guide to Hallow's End

The Cursed Birman and Widget the Departed are Bind on Use and cageable, so if trick-or-treating doesn't interest you, the Auction House will be a good place to look for these pets.

Hallow's End concludes on November 1st, so don't delay in collecting these cats. They're the purrfect companions to celebrate this spooky season with!
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 6.0 is Live: New Pets and Accuracy Changes

October 14, 2014
Patch 6.0
The pre-expansion patch is here — "The Iron Tide" introduces a few new pets and accuracy changes to Pet Battles. It's just a small taste of what's to come in Warlords of Draenor! [source]

Patch 6.0 Pets and More
The Iron Starlette is a reward from a quest chain. Players will need to fight back the Iron Horde that have taken over a revamped, level 90 version of Blasted Lands. At the very end of the short adventure, the final quest Report to the King (Alliance) and Warning the Warchief (Horde) will reward the pet.

While battling the Iron Horde in Blasted Lands, keep your eyes open for a special drop off of the Ironmarch orcs. There's a chance you'll loot a Time-Locked Box which teaches the Bronze Whelpling.

According to Jonathan LeCraft, Senior Game Designer, the Bronze Whelpling will still drop from mobs after "The Iron Tide" event is over. This pet is also cageable so if you're not interested in killing orcs, the Auction House might have a Bronze Whelpling with your name on it!

Bronze Whelpling
Another new pet that you'll be able to start working towards (if you don't meet the requirements already) is Stormwing (pictured right). Completing the achievement So. Many. Pets. (collect 600 unique battle pets) rewards this beautiful blue bird.

Last but not least, Sky-bo is a new pet that seems to have snuck into Blingtron 4000's daily gift package. Be sure to speak with him for a chance at your very own miniature version of a Sky Golem!

There are more pets that might become available in the weeks prior to WoD's release, but we'll have to wait and see if these in-game events are updated with the new holiday content.

Although there are only a few new pets to collect in Patch 6.0, the Pet Journal has previews of upcoming WoD pets. These pets cannot be collected at this time, but we've added them to the database for your viewing pleasure.

Over 90 new pets added!

Accuracy Changes and Damage Ranges
A few months ago, we covered the changes to hit and critical strike in Pet Battles. These updates are now live with Patch 6.0.

Accuracy and damage changes to Alpha Strike
Many abilities have had their values changed and now have 100% base hit (example right, tooltips courtesy of Wowhead).

A damage variance was also implemented for some attacks, such as Crush and Dive.

Keep in mind that the accuracy change mainly applies to pet abilities that were already very close to 100% base hit (90-95%). Attacks with low base hit, such as Demolish, remain largely unchanged.

With these accuracy updates, miss-streaks should occur less often. However, it is still possible to miss, especially if a pet is under the effects of an ability that reduces hit. And even though your pets may hit more often than miss, these changes mean trainer pets will also have a better chance at landing an attack.
Posted by Quintessence

Wowhead's Guide to Wild Battle Pets of Draenor

October 03, 2014
Curious about the upcoming pets found in Draenor? Wowhead has a great guide showcasing all of the wild pets. [source]

Wowhead guide to Draenor wild pets
Written by Serrinne (@SerrinneWoW on Twitter), the guide covers all the wild pets found in each Draenor zone. Primary, secondary or both, Serrinne notes if you'll find them accompanying multiple pet teams. And just in case you're unsure of what to look for, there are also reference images of each pet.

We're in the process of adding these pets to the WarcraftPets database, so in the meantime check out this guide! It's a great way to see a comprehensive overview of all the new wild pets of Draenor.
Posted by Quintessence

Fel Flame — Pet of the Month: September 2014

September 22, 2014
Fel Flame — Pet of the Month

Things heat up as we discuss the Fel Flame in this Pet of the Month!

Collecting the Fel Flame
Fel Flame
The Fel Flame is a wild pet that can be found in Shadowmoon Valley. Don't confuse this zone with the Shadowmoon Valley of Draenor, though. This pet will only spawn in Outland.

To find the Fel Flame you'll need to find its preferred habitat. Wherever you find fel fire, it's likely that a little flame is wandering around nearby.

The largest concentration of fel fire and lava can be found at The Hand of Guldan in the center of Shadowmoon Valley. However, the Fel Flame can also spawn around any of the smaller pools in the zone. Just be wary of the green waters since they're usually occupied by hostile creatures.

If you have flying in Outlands, be sure to fly up and around the volcano at the center of The Hand of Guldan. The Fel Flame may not look like it, but it can be a mountain climber and will sometimes be on the ledges of the volcano.

It might be possible to coax the this pet to spawn by killing creatures and miscellaneous wild pets near The Hand of Guldan, but the effectiveness of this method is mostly anecdotal. Of course there's no harm in trying whatever you can to get your hands on this hot pet!

Battling with the Fel Flame
The Fel Flame is good for only one thing: pure elemental destruction. It is very heavy on the DoTs. Four out of its six abilities have a DoT component.

Immolate and Flame Breath both have a front-end hit with a DoT. Immolate is Elemental damage, while Flame Breath uses Dragonkin damage. The Fel Flame also uses Immolation, which will deal damage to the front pet for 9 turns. Long DoTs like that are great for combos, but this one will only last as long as your Fel Flame stays alive.

Fel Flame using Scorched Earth
Fel Flame also has a weather effect. Scorched Earth deals a certain amount of damage to the front pet on each team for nine turns. However, because the Fel Flame is an elemental pet, it ignores detrimental weather effects, making this another sort-of long-term DoT.

The two abilities which don't have a DoT component are Burn and Conflagration. Both are Elemental damage. Burn is a straightforward nuke. Conflagration is the ability that puts the 'cannon' in 'glass cannon'. It is a large hit with a long cooldown, with an additional large hit if the target is burning. Good News Everyone, because the above DoTs and weather effect cause your opponent to be burning. Immolation doesn't, but it shares a slot with Conflagrate so it's kind of a moot point.

Like the proverb says, if you can't take the corrupted heat, stay out of the fel kitchen.

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

Battling Discussion on the Fel Flame

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

WoD Beta: Updated Pets, Mystery Bag and Hogs Removed

September 19, 2014
There were updates to the WoD pets in a recent WoD Beta patch, and a new item was added to the Menagerie vendor. [source]

Updated WoD Pets
A number of wild pets was recently removed from the beta Pet Journal. These pets were set to be found in Draenor, however they were not fully implemented.

  • Bloodbeak
  • Bloodthorn Hatchling
  • Cerulean Moth
  • Crimsonwing Moth
  • Fen Crab
  • Glowing Sporebat
  • Ironclaw Scuttler
  • River Calf
  • Sapphire Firefly
  • Violet Firefly

List of all WoD Alpha datamined pets

Although it's disappointing to see any pet removed from the game, there will still be many pets to collect in the expansion. There's a total of 96 new pets so far, one of which received a light makeover.

The Karabor Kid was first introduced into the beta Pet Journal a couple of weeks ago, and has since then received a bit more flair. Renamed to Argi (pictured above), this baby blue goat is now decked out in gold jewelry and has even grown a dark blue mane. How fashionable!

What's In the Bag?
The vendor located at the Menagerie inside your garrison has updated her wares and has a new item for sale.

Mystery Bag from vendor
You can purchase a Mystery Bag for two Pet Charms. Inside the bag you'll find a random family battle-training stone. These new stones are Bind on Pick Up and grant one level when used on a pet.

If you prefer a leveling stone that is not tied to a specific pet family, the Menagerie vendor also sells Flawless Battle-Training Stones for three Pet Charms each.

Hogs Removed
A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Hogs was no longer the reward for completing the PVP achievement during WoW's 10th anniversary.

At the time it was unknown what would become of this bloodthirsty gnoll, however developer Jonathan LeCraft has shed some light on the fate of Hogs.

This is disheartening news, but we remain hopeful that Blizzard will find an appropriate situation to award this iconic pet in the future.
Posted by Quintessence

BlizzCon 2014 Pet — Grommloc!

September 17, 2014
Blizzard recently sent out an interesting message on Twitter. We now have a sneak peak of the BlizzCon 2014 pet! [source]

BlizzCon 2014 pet — Grommloc
In addition to the preview image above, there's also mention of a name for this ax-wielding murloc.

We previously reported that an icon of the same name was recently datamined from the WoD Beta. Wowhead has found additional details linked to the "grommloc" icon, including a placeholder pet named BC01.

Although all signs seem to point to Grommloc as the pet reward for BlizzCon 2014 attendees and Virtual Ticket holders, the official BlizzCon website has not been updated with information on the contents of the goody bag yet. More details will likely be available in the near future.

With a weapon that big, we can't think of a better pet to safeguard all of the BlizzCon rewards and goodies!
Posted by Quintessence

WoD Beta: Two New Pets and Achievement Updates

September 03, 2014
The latest beta patch wasn't large in terms of new pet-related content, however there are new pets to behold and some notable achievement updates. [source]

Two New Pets
Trunks is a pet that was recently added in the latest beta patch. Although it shares the same model as the other baby elekk pets, Trunks is from the Magic family and has a unique set of abilities.

You'll need to take your Elekk Plushie for an adventure to earn this pet (more on this below), but once collected it's sure to keep your plushie good company.

Karabor Kid
If a new adorable elekk isn't enough for you, the second newest pet might interest you.

The previously datamined "spacegoat" model made its debut in the beta Pet Journal. It's called the Karabor Kid (pictured right), and according to the journal will be available from the Blizzard Store in the future.

With a name like Karabor Kid, one could get the wrong idea. But it doesn't look like we'll be adopting any Draenei children any time soon. Well, depending on your point of view.

List of all WoD Alpha datamined pets

Pet Battle Achievements
A new achievement was added, Taming Daenor. Defeating all of the Draenor trainers unlocks "Pet Battle Daily Quest". It's currently unclear what this daily quest is, but hopefully the reward is a pet!

In addition to Taming Draenor, some updates were made to two previously implemented achievements.

As mentioned above, there will be a new baby elekk to collect. Trunks will be the reward for the achievement An Awfully Big Adventure. And boy, is it an adventure.

Elekk Plushie
You'll need to defeat 44 trainers, located all across Azeroth and beyond, with the Elekk Plushie (pictured right) on your active team to complete this achievement.

Unfortunately, the plushie doesn't have any damage dealing moves, so get your carry teams ready!

The second updated achievement is Victory in Hillsbrad. For earning a victory in WoW's special 10th anniversary battleground you'll now receive a title corresponding to your faction instead of the pet Hogs.

We don't know if Hogs will ever be a pet that we can collect, but we will continue to remain hopeful that he'll eventually be released.
Posted by Quintessence
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