Pet Battlers recently noticed that pet experience from the new 6.1 trainers, Erris the Collector and Kura Thunderhoof, dropped significantly.
Prior to April, completing either battle with a carry pet rewarded experience ranging in the thousands, however this no longer seems to be the case after a hotfix this past week.
It turns out that the experience reduction is temporary, until an exploit involving these two trainer battles can be properly addressed.
Community Manager Bashiok posted an explanation on the official forums. [source]
"There was an exploit where you could leave the fight at the last possible moment, receive the quest XP, but not complete the quest, and it was being used to great effect by those that were aware of the bug. As it's technically an exploit it's not something we generally add to our hotfix notes. Fixing the core issue isn't possible until a client patch, and so in the meantime we lowered the reward substantially. With the fix in an upcoming patch we'll raise the XP reward back up again too."
We hope that a solution can be found to resolve this exploit, and that experience from Erris and Kura will return to normal in the near future.
In the meantime, it appears that Squirt's team has remained unchanged in the Menagerie, and her encounter still rewards a substantial amount of pet experience. So if you're looking to level up a few pets while in your garrison, you can always stop by and spend a few extra battles with her!
Temporary Experience Reduction to Erris and Kura Battles
April 04, 2015