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Mystery of the Outland Dragon Whelp

September 12, 2020
UPDATE: @Marlamin on Twitter has datamined a new Outland dragon whelp icon. (pictured right) [source]

It would seem there's mounting evidence of this baby dragon being a battle pet. When or where and if players will be able to collect it is still unclear though. We'll have to keep our eyes open!

Wowhead recently discovered some interesting data in the PTR files — a new Outland dragon whelp! [source]

Welp, It's A Whelp
Datamined by Wowhead, the new dragon whelp bears a striking resemblance to the Netherwhelp (pictured right).

The Netherwhelp was the Burning Crusade Collector's Edition companion pet reward (battle pets did not exist at the time). It's currently unavailable unless you're lucky enough to find an edition of that expansion with an unclaimed code. Even then, be prepared to spend a large sum of money on the highly coveted pet.

There's currently no indication what the discovery of this new whelp will mean for players. Will it be collectible? Is this pet intended for Classic or Retail or both?

Some speculate that it might be an upcoming companion pet reward for Classic transitioning to the next expansion. Burning Crusade (Classic) hasn't been officially confirmed yet.

Another hypothesis is that this could be a reward in Retail to celebrate WoW's upcoming anniversary this year, in addition to the announcement of Burning Crusade (Classic).

Although it's not the original Netherwhelp, some collectors may appreciate the chance of collecting a dragon whelp using the same/similar model. (Onyxian Whelpling and Spawn of Onyxia say 'hello'!)

We'll have to wait and see when and where this little Outland dragon will turn up. Since the files were datamined from the PTR, we have to wonder if we'll be seeing this whelpling Soon™?

In the meantime, check out the different colors Wowhead has datamined!

new Outland dragon whelp colors
Posted by Quintessence

Shadowlands Pre-Patch: Pet Ability Changes

September 03, 2020
Blizzard announced a couple of months ago that some existing battle pet abilities would be updated in Shadowlands. [source]

Terky using Stampede

Updated Abilities Coming In Pre-Patch
These changes for existing battle pets will go into effect in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch (Patch 9.0). It's still unclear when the Pre-Patch will be released, but some speculate it will be within the next few weeks.

In the meantime, it might be a good idea to review pet teams and strategies to make sure they aren't heavily impacted by the upcoming adjustments.

Here's a breakdown of changed abilities.

Flock-like Abilities

— Flat damage each round + Opponents struck take double damage

— Increasing damage each round + Opponents struck take 50% increased damage

— Opponents struck take 100% increased damage

— Opponents struck take 50% increased damage

— Opponents struck take double damage

— Increased damage + Opponents struck take 50% increased damage

Adjusted Damage (reduced)

Adjusted Damage (DoT component increased)

Aquatic Pet Family Passive
— Harmful DoT effects reduced by 50% on Aquatic pets

— Harmful DoT effects reduced by 50% on Aquatic pets + Damage of DoT effects dealt by Aquatic pets increased by 25%

Other Changes

Although Black Claw and other similar flat damage-taken abilities aren't receiving a direct change, how they are applied in combat. Per Blizzard's blog post:

"Flat damage-taken modifiers such as Black Claw now happen **after multipliers such as Shattered Defenses, or pet species strengths/weaknesses. This is a significant change to the value of flat damage abilities. Prior to this change, the value of Black Claw was increased 100% by Shattered Defenses, and if your pet was strong vs the other pet type, it would be increased even further. Flat damage modifiers now happen after all other combat calculations, which wound up being a significant damage output nerf to abilities that hit multiple times, upwards of 25-30% total damage reduction."
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 9.0 PTR: Shadowlands Pre-Patch Pet

August 11, 2020
The PTR has been updated to Patch 9.0 and testing is underway. Collectors won't want to miss out on this upcoming content — there might be a battle pet tied to the limited-time event! [source]

Putrid Geist
A new pet was revealed as "prelaunch event", the Putrid Geist (pictured right).

It's still unknown how players will obtain this battle pet, but it will likely involve participating in the pre-patch in-game event. Currently, the pet is Bind On Pick Up but it can be caged.

We're heading closer and closer to Shadowlands, which means a likely visit to Northrend and the infamous Icecrown Citadel. It's the perfect time to collect more Undead pets, right? We're sure no one will miss a geist or two...
Posted by Quintessence

Pet Battle Changes In Shadowlands: Feedback Wanted

July 23, 2020
Shadowlands Beta
We're in Shadowlands Beta! There's more to test, including some Pet Battle content. Note that there are NO Beta keys, and access is still invite only.

Additionally, Blizzard recently posted a blog post regarding upcoming Pet Battle changes in the expansion. [source]

Pet Battles In Shadowlands
Some key notes from the blog post include:

  • No plans for a new pet charm currency in Shadowlands. Polished Pet Charms will continue to be the standard currency to buy vendor pets, consumables, and cosmetics.
  • New pet abilities and mechanics will be added in Shadowlands
  • Redesigned multiple abilities

Changed abilities include, but are not limited to the following.

What Blizzard plans on changing and why is detailed in their blog post. Keep in mind that this is still Beta, and these adjustments are subject to change as testing progresses.

They'll be monitoring how these changes impact older content as well as existing strategies for PVE encounters.

Those in Beta are encouraged to test old (and new!) Pet Battle content with the redesigned abilities, and to leave constructive feedback on the main Blizzard thread or on our forum thread.

What do you think of the proposed changes? Are there other abilities you feel need to be re-tuned?
Posted by Quintessence

Shadowlands Alpha: New Pets and Models

July 01, 2020
More pets were added in today's Shadowlands Alpha build, plus some interesting new models. [source]

New Pets
Today's patch included 7 new battle pets. This brings us to a current total of 77 datamined pets from Shadowlands Alpha!

PH Abomination and PH Skeleton Slime

Note that there are duplicates with placeholder(PH) names, however each has a unique ID which indicates separate pets. These will likely be updated in a future build. As with all things Alpha, not all are guaranteed to make it to release.

  • Bloodfeaster Spiderling
  • PH Abomination (pictured above, left)
  • PH Abomination
  • PH Hornet
  • PH Skeleton Slime (pictured above, right)
  • PH Skeleton Slime
  • PH Slime Tentacle

List of all datamined Shadowlands pets

Is It A Frog? A Duck?
Two new interesting models appeared in the latest Alpha build, however it's unclear if they will be tied to a collectible battle pet. [source]

frog duck
The first is named "Frog Duck" (pictured above), which looks like its name (we think it's more frog than duck).

piranha bowl
The second new model is an adorable little piranha in a bowl (pictured right). My, what big eyes you have!

We'll have to wait and see where these two models turn up, but we certainly hope they'll be part of our collections.

What do you think of the new pets and new models? What would you name your frog-duck if you collected one? And will this strange creature be as close to an actual duck as we'll ever get in World of Warcraft?
Posted by Quintessence
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