How do you level your pets?

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How do you level your pets?

Post by Viruzzz » April 3rd, 2019, 6:25 am

Pet week is going on, and I was wondering how people are actually leveling their pets...

I used to do it on the pet battle dailies, a few battles a day. I didn't level anything fast but I was steadily leveling pets , but those don't give any meaningful exp anymore, so now I mostly just do it if the reward is something I want or if I happen to walk right by them anyway. And outside of squirt (who will not be making a visit this week, at least not on the US realms) I don't really know of any decent repeatable/steady way to level pets anymore.

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Re: How do you level your pets?

Post by Gráinne » April 3rd, 2019, 7:40 am

I don't really level many pets any more. I kind of miss it.

When I do, I usually take a Pandaria circuit for old time's sake.

But the current way to level pets is with the Legion Family Familiar tamers, who are infinitely repeatable when their world quest is up. They give as much XP as Squirt, and there's usually one of them up at all times.

Wowhead provides maps of current world quests so you can quickly see what's available

For EU:
https://www.wowhead.com/world-quests/legion/eu

For US:
https://www.wowhead.com/world-quests/legion/na

Taking both speed of battle and need for bandages into account, Nyari, who has looked into it, ranks the options from best to worst like this:
Squirt > Odrogg > Robert > Galveston > Bodhi > Tiffany > Xorvasc > Jarrun > Grixis > Andurs > Amalia > Aulier > Varenne > Merayl > Bredda
but, for example, if you don't care about blowing a bandage every battle, Robert Craig is apparently fastest by a few seconds with https://wow-petguide.com/index.php?Strategy=2655

Anyway, if you just want to grind tamers for pet XP, critter week or not, look to these Legion tamers,

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Post by Killerkarl » April 3rd, 2019, 1:30 pm

Been years since I have leveled pets. I guess a bank full of https://www.wowhead.com/item=122457/ult ... ard-from-q has spoiled me.

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Re: How do you level your pets?

Post by Peanutty » April 3rd, 2019, 2:10 pm

I have alts parked at various Pandaria tamers, so that's the "easiest" route for me. I've done Squirt-day once... didn't enjoy it in the slightest, so back to Pandaria for me.

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Re: How do you level your pets?

Post by FuxieDK » April 3rd, 2019, 2:14 pm

At this stage in the game: I just buy a level 25 stone.. They are dirt cheap.

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Re: How do you level your pets?

Post by Viruzzz » April 3rd, 2019, 2:45 pm

FuxieDK wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 2:14 pm
At this stage in the game: I just buy a level 25 stone.. They are dirt cheap.
It's 60 charms, I wouldn't call that cheap. If you do the charm WQs that's around 1 every other day if you had nothing else to use them for. I'm still working my way through the pets I want to buy...

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Post by Whoppadoo » April 3rd, 2019, 3:49 pm

I am running the pandaria circuit as I type this to level some pets and level my 113 rogue, since I dont really like to play him but it would be nice to have all classes at 120, so this is the way I level pets and toons I dont really care to play :/

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Post by Jerebear » April 3rd, 2019, 10:09 pm

I do the 8 Darkmoon Faire resets of the Feasel brothers when they are up. Otherwise I do the the 1 hour MoP + WoD + 1more circuit (for the player exp in addition to the pet exp). I don't really enjoy the squirt method as it gets too monotonous (or any repeatable for that manner). I generally don't need to do a lot of levelling. I mostly just level up the trash pets from alchemy bags so I can sell them on the AH and make something off of them.
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Re: How do you level your pets?

Post by Harpooha » April 4th, 2019, 2:20 am

It has really changed over the course of time.

Initially, it was just leveling pets in the wild. But that was long ago.

For a long time, I used to do the Pandaria circuit. But eventually that was too time consuming.

WOD was the real breakthrough. With the Menagerie and the ability to buy upgrade stones, it really streamlined the process. I always had someone parked at Ashlei and I did the Garrison Daily pretty regularly. And when Squirt was up, I would level pets till I fell asleep.

Now I keep alts at Major Payne, Obalis, Bloodknight Antari, Crysa, Environeer Bert and Lydia Accoste. And I never miss the DMF dailies. This usually does the trick since all my pets are currently at max level. But I usually end up with spares that I level and sell. I keep anywhere from 30-200k on various realms just in case a bargain pops up.

Leveling is so much easier than it was when I started collecting pets. Mainly because you have a lot of options in how you approach it. The best thing is to use all the tools available. Then it seems like less of a grind.

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Re: How do you level your pets?

Post by NathKnave » April 4th, 2019, 9:08 am

It's definitely a long time since having only a few dailies and wild battles to level. I've had all max level pets since those days in Mists. During Warlords I would primarily go back through Pandaria along with the the Draenor tamers when I got new pets to level. During Legion it was awesome having pet battle dailies that would passively let you level anything - so much so that I would often run out of pets to level. That's when I started leveling my duplicate cageable pets to sell in the AH.

When the XP died for BfA pet battle dailies it hurt me pretty bad, but I'm too stubborn to go back to selling level 1 pets on the AH (at level 25 they don't sell like hotcakes, but when they do sell it's for a few thousand gold more than a level 1). I tried Squirt and the Legion tamers, but that's too much monotony for no actual reward other than the levels you get. I also tried doing the Pandaria circuit daily using pet treats, but that quickly became a chore.

Now I hit up the Darkmoon Faire daily when it's available (also the best ratio of prize tickets to game tokens you can get) and I do the Legion tamers semi-regularly (steadily counting towards Draenor Pet Brawler). During the Pet Battle weekly event I go nuts and hit up the Pandaria and Legion tamers daily. Right now I have 100+ pets I'm leveling during this week. It does't take too much effort, since it's just a week every couple months.

Slightly related: Anyone else not keep a toon with the Pandaria Shrine as their hearth and had to rearrange their Pandaria tamer route because of the portal change? Works out okay for Alliance since I can start with Hyuna, go to the Whispering Pandaren Spirit, then the Thundering Spirit and follow my normal path. Horde is a bit more annoying since those two are pretty close but you end up backtracking if you start with them.

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Re: How do you level your pets?

Post by Guinless » April 4th, 2019, 9:16 am

I have an alt sat permanently at my Garrison.

As most of my pets are level 25, I only need to do one or two as I get new ones. I either use the daily in the Garrison (if it pops up - I'll cycle through other alts to try to find it) or do three of the Draenor tamers, which all have strats to easily level from 1.

I've levelled that char from 90 to 113 purely from pet battles, over the course of the last 2 expansions. (along with 4 others from 90 to 100.)

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Re: How do you level your pets?

Post by FuxieDK » April 5th, 2019, 6:51 am

Viruzzz wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 2:45 pm
FuxieDK wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 2:14 pm
At this stage in the game: I just buy a level 25 stone.. They are dirt cheap.
It's 60 charms, I wouldn't call that cheap. If you do the charm WQs that's around 1 every other day if you had nothing else to use them for. I'm still working my way through the pets I want to buy...
True.. It's 1-2 days pet charm..... But when you already have bought every single pet, toy and 1.500 --> 2.000 upgrade, there is NOTHING ELSE to use the PPCs on.

And I sure don't get a pet every other day on average, so plenty of PPCs to spare.

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Re: How do you level your pets?

Post by Nagini » April 6th, 2019, 2:47 am

Except at the start of an expansion, when my pet collection grows by leaps and bounds, I generally level all the pets I pick up here and there using a combination of Ashlei and Crysa. Any pet starts out against Ashlei, leveling it to 11 or 16 untill it can take a few hits from Crysa's vultures. I usually finish off with leveling stones if the pet hits 23 or 24. In the darkmoon weeks, I finish off lvl 20+ pets against the dark moon faire trainers.
Both my parked alts are allied races, that passively pick up a few levels this way. The alts start out in the barrens, then rotate to shadowmoon valley once they hit 60 and can fly.

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