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?
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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!