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Legion Alpha: 8 New Pets, Dalaran Updates, and Pet Battle Tuning

February 11, 2016
A new Legion Alpha build was recently released, and there are new pets! [source]

New Pets
Baby Elderhorn
There were 8 new pets datamined from the latest Alpha patch. It's still a mystery how we'll obtain them.

  • Baby Elderhorn (pictured right)
  • Celestial Calf
  • Corgi Pup
  • Felbat Pup
  • Fledgling Warden Owl
  • Sunborne Val'kyr


Two of the new pets will come from professions — Trigger (Engineering) and Wyrmy Tunkins (Archaeology) (both pictured below).

Trigger and Wyrmy Tunkins

We're excited to learn more about these new pets, as well as many of the previously datamined ones!

List of all Legion Alpha datamined pets

Dalaran Updates
There were two notable updates to Dalaran in the recent Alpha patch.

Dust Bunny
Dust Bunny Changes
We previously covered how collectors would catch the elusive Dust Bunny in Legion. However, the spawning mechanic of this wild pet was changed.

Instead of a single spawn within Dalaran's barbershop, players now receive a 5 minute buff when clicking the rug that previously spawned the bunny. Note: The rug will still despawn when it is activated, and will take roughly 10-15 minutes for it to respawn.

The buff from the rug, Spring Cleaning, grants the player the ability to see wild Dust Bunnies in Dalaran. The wild pet is not visible otherwise.

Players will usually find a few Dust Bunnies throughout Dalaran. Who knew the entire city was so dusty? Good thing pet collectors will be around to help clean up!

 
Pet Battle Tournament Island Updates
Dalaran received another update to what we previously reported as the Pet Battle Tournament Island.

Tournament Announcer quest pop up
The floating island just outside of Dalaran no longer hosts a tournament area. Instead, three NPCs have replaced the Tournament Announcer and his pet area. The announcer still makes a brief appearance in the form of a quest objective pop up though! (pictured above)

Bodhi Sunwayver
Sir Galveston, Bodhi Sunwayver (pictured right), and Tiffany Nelson — all three are Grand Master Pet Tamers, however only one can be interacted with.

Approaching Bodhi Sunwayver will trigger a World Quest, Fight Night: Bodhi Sunwayver, and you can battle his team for a small reward. He has three level 25 rare quality pets: Itchy, Salty Bird and Grommet.

Currently this bonus objective can be completed multiple times on the same character, rewarding gold, player experience and pet experience each time.

Developer Jeremy Feasel has confirmed on Twitter that the ability to complete the quest repeatedly in this manner is a bug and is not intended. Pet Battle quests are still very much in development and not quite ready for official release.

Pet Battle Tuning In Legion
Blizzard posted a discussion thread regarding some Pet Battles abilities that may see some updates in Legion.

"We’re getting close to deploying some changes to pet battles that we’ll test in the Legion Alpha. We wanted to outline some of them here for you, so that you have a thread in which you can talk about this with us. As always, these are changes we’re testing, subject to further change, not final, etc."

The proposed changes are for the following. A full list with explanations of tuning changes can be found in the discussion thread.

  • Undead racial
  • Frog Kiss
  • Sleeping Gas
  • Thunderbolt
  • Avalanche
  • Grave Destruction
  • Carpnado
  • Arcane Storm
  • Psionic Strom
  • Cleave
  • Graves


Constructive feedback regarding the above is encouraged and can be posted to the official discussion threads. [US forum] [EU forum]
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Site MVPOoghra 
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CORGI PUP.  I has all teh excitements!!  Moar corgis!

Feb 15, 2016 at 10:29am | Edits: 0 | Wyrmrest Accord-US | Pets: 688 Compare collections | Score: 3544
Graven 
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Hah. Bodhi Sunwayver = Patrick Swayze (Bodhi was his character in Point Break).  :D

 

That archaeology pet looks cool too.  Wonder if it's based on the Graves model - looks a bit like him.

Feb 12, 2016 at 2:07pm | Edits: 0 | Terenas-EU | Pets: 738 Compare collections | Score: 4412
Paladance 
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Congrats to Sunborne!

Feb 12, 2016 at 2:55am | Edits: 0 | Burning Legion-EU | Pets: 640 Compare collections | Score: 3667
Site MVPMykro9 
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Just curious, but I was trying to find some links to view these guys in 3D, and my usual goto is Wowhead, but none of the 'view in 3D' buttons bring up a viewable pet, just a blank box. I checked to see if it was my browser, but looking at most anything else on wowhead works just fine. Could anyone with access to alpha and possibly youtube post the pet journal with a Legion pets walkthrough, so we could at least see the 3D from the journal? Or, does someone know if this has already been done?

Feb 11, 2016 at 10:15pm | Edits: 0 | Darrowmere-US | Pets: 728 Compare collections | Score: 4355
Ken68m 
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The baby elderhorn was discussed on wowhead a few days ago as being part of a world spawning pet battle with a wolf that is about to attack it and you can accept the quest and fight the wolf to save the calf.  It would seem like aquiring the elderhorn through that mechanic would be logical, but who knows how it will actually turn out.

Feb 11, 2016 at 3:19pm | Edits: 0 | Stonemaul-US | Pets: 727 Compare collections | Score: 4348
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