Beastlyserenity wrote:Anyone mind telling me why the Gilnean Raven is rated higher than the Dread Hatchling?
How is Gilnean any better?
Ranking is done by the people on this site, via actually usage of the battle pet. The raven has been around since the beginning of this expansion and the DH hasn't. Plus, the ravens and crows are very powerful pets, so naturally they've had a whole lot more votes than the DH.
Beastlyserenity wrote:Also, my Dread Hatchling has 'rare' as its breed. Is that normal?
It's my only non combat pet that seems to have 'rare' as a breed/nature without an actual stat+ description.
There are four rankings that the battle pets can come by. It's like any other item in WoW. Grey for the weakest, white for normal, green for uncommon, and blue for rare. The pets you can catch in the wild can come in any of the above for. Generally when you get a pet from a drop, vendor, AH, or what have you, it'll be white ~ blue. So the higher the stats, the better the pet. You can change pets into rares or farm for them in the wilds.
The Dread Hatchling, being essentially a store bought pet, will come in as the highest rank (which is rare.) There aren't any epic or legendary pets we can have this expansion.
However, this is different from the breeds. Each pet can have a combo of balance, speed, health, and power. Th S/B or P/P. That's what the actual breeds of the pets are. Generally, the default WoW pet interface doesn't tell you the breed up front. Most addons do, though.