Most of the information that I've seen so far regarding pet battles falls into one of two categories: how to collect pets or the how-to basics of pet battling. What I haven't seen is any guides as far as which pets people should level first. I think this is especially relevant to people looking to start pet battling on Tuesday or immediately after they hit 90. Leveling strategy:
What I found most effective in Beta was to select 3 pets to level from 1 to 25 through PVE pet battles. Once you hit 25, it is easy to tame any pet in any zone. This level process is quite time consuming so most people will find it more convenient to tame lvl 15+ pets and just level them to 25 instead of starting from level 1 with a new pet. You don't even need to start at 1 for the Pet Leveling achievements. You can simply tame level 9 pets and level them up to 10 to get credit.Here are some basic selection criteria:
1) You want to pick 3 pets from different families so they each have different strengths/weaknesses.
2) You want to avoid pets that have a weakness to the most common pets found in the wild.
3) You want to pick pets that are Rare (have higher health/speed/dmg).
4) You want to select pets that you can't easily tame later.Here are some stats to go with our selection criteria:
- The most common pets in the wild are Critter (31%), Beast (29%), Flying (14%), and Aquatic (13%) although specific areas have a higher concentration of a specific type (e.g. Eastern Plaguelands and Undead).
- The rare pets will say "Cannot be traded" in your Journal. They can also be found on this list.
- The most common pet families available via pet battle taming are Critter (71%), Beast (64%), and Aquatic (60%).
- The semi-common pet families available via pet battle taming are Flying (46%), Undead (40%), and Elemental (31%).
- The LEAST common pet families available via pet battle taming are Humanoid (11%), Dragonkin (16%), Mechanical (17%), and Magic (20%).
- Undead pets take additional damage from Critters, Critters take additional damage from Beasts, Aquatic pets take additional damage from Flying, and Elemental pets take additional damage from Aquatic. So if we combine the stats AND selection criteria a few pet families stand out as more advantageous for PVE leveling: Humanoid, Dragonkin, Magic, and Mechanical.
If you don't have rare pets in these categories, Elemental and Undead can be substituted as secondary choices.