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Update: Coldlight Surfrunner and Island Expeditions

December 03, 2018
UPDATE: It appears that the hotfix is now live and players have started seeing the Coldlight Surfrunner as the reward for completing Island Expeditions. Good luck to all searching for this pet!

Blizzard has provided some details on how they've simplified the Island Expedition reward system for Patch 8.1. [source]

In Tides of Vengeance, all players on an Expedition will have a chance to receive cosmetic rewards based on the island’s inhabitants, rather than which enemies were specifically defeated. That chance will again be higher on higher difficulties, but there will be no need to strategize around invaders. The most efficient way to receive cosmetic rewards will be whatever tactics cause you to complete the Island quickly, on the highest difficulty that you’re comfortable.

Coldlight Surfrunner
Collectors have been diligently searching for the source of the Coldlight Surfrunner battle pet for a few months, but it has remained elusive. This has led many to believe that the pet was bugged and unable to drop.

Blizzard recently clarified that the type of murloc that has a chance to reward this pet after completing an Island Expedition simply has not made an appearance on the islands yet. [source]

However, a hotfix is in the works that will allow any type of Island Expedition murloc the chance to reward the Coldlight Surfrunner. [source]

After our earlier tweet, we are working on a hotfix so that the Coldlight Surfrunner can drop when ANY murloc type is present on an Island Expedition. Furthermore, we're simplifying this entire system in Tides of Vengeance. More details on that soon.

There is no ETA on when the hotfix will be released, however we can only hope it will be soon.

It would also seem that there are upcoming plans to simplify the Island Expedition loot system for Patch 8.1. We'll have to wait and see what these changes are.

We look forward to collecting this missing murloc pet Soon™!
Posted by Quintessence

Post-BlizzCon 2018 Wrap Up and Community Meet-Up

November 05, 2018
UPDATE: In an interview with developers Jeremy Feasel and Paul Watkins, it was clarified that higher difficulty Island Expeditions are intended to have a higher chance of awarding loot.

In a separate interview with the same developers noted above, it was announced that all Island Expedition battle pets will be cageable in Patch 8.1.

Blizzard answered some additional questions that they couldn't get to during the BlizzCon WoW Q&A panel, and future plans for Pet Battles includes a review and possible restructuring of Pet Battle PVP. [source]

BlizzCon 2018 did not reveal too much in the way of battle pets and Pet Battles. However, there were a few sneak peaks of what might be coming in the future.

New Charity Pet
Whomper
Shortly before BlizzCon began, a new battle pet was revealed in the Pet Journal and Blizzard Store. Meet Whomper, the adorable wendigo! [source]

Through December 31, 2018, 100% of Whomper's adoption fee ($10 USD) will be donated to Code.org, a nonprofit organization that focuses on bringing computer science to schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented groups.

There's also a separate Whomper plushie that you can buy. Proceeds of this toy will also be donated to the nonprofit organization listed above.

Adopt this cute yeti with big feet and big eyes to show that you have a big heart. Whomper is a must-have for any collector and makes a wonderful adventuring companion.

Patch 8.1.5 And Beyond
We're all eagerly awaiting the next major content patch, and it was announced during the WoW 'What's Next' panel that 8.1, 'Tides of Vengeance', will be coming the week of December 11, 2018. Check out Wowhead's full coverage of this panel.

Much of the upcoming Pet Battle content has already been datamined from the 8.1 PTR. However, Blizzard went one step further and provided some previews of upcoming content beyond 'Tides of Vengeance'. Here are a couple notable Pet Battle things revealed during the panel, slated to be added in Patch 8.1.5.

  • Children's Week updates - Kul Tiras and Zandalar orphans and quest lines will be added... could this mean new Children's Week pets will also be available?
  • Return of the Brawler's Guild - It's unclear if Clock'em and Tylarr Gronnden will be available again. Will a new battle pet be added? We'll have to wait and see.


Upcoming baby naga pet
It was announced that after Patch 8.1.5, the next major content patch will be 8.2 and on, 'Rise of Azshara'.

  • New continent with new zones and new rewards (possible new pet reward pictured right)
  • Mechagon Megadungeon, a Mythic-only dungeon that's reminiscent of original Karazhan's layout. New rewards...possibly new battle pets?
  • Additional Island Expedition maps, which likely means more pets that come from this feature, although it's unclear how we'll obtain them.


Speaking of Island Expeditions, developer Jeremy Feasel noted in an interview with the french fansite Mamytwink that they hope to better explain reward distribution for this feature in the future. You can read the full interview (French) or check out Wowhead's summary and translated version.

More details on what's to come in Patch 8.2+ will be available after Patch 8.1.5 is released. We'll have all the Pet Battle-related news, so stay tuned!

WarcraftPets Community Meet-Up
BlizzCon 2017 WarcraftPets Community Meet-Up
Once again, we'd like to thank Marzena for organizing and hosting this year's WarcraftPets Community Meet-Up. We hope everyone had a great time!

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for any pictures from this year's convention meet-up. We'll be adding them in the near future.

We look forward to the next BlizzCon and WarcraftPets gathering! And of course, thank you to ALL of our users for your continued support.
Posted by Quintessence

Volunteer Wanted: Graphic Artist for Pet Profile Images

November 01, 2018
Volunteer Needed: Pet Profile Graphic Artist

Looking For Graphics Artist
We're looking for a community member or site fan who has graphic arts experience to help create pet profile images for the WarcraftPets database.

Required Skills and Responsibilities:

  • Proficient with Photoshop or another graphic editing program
  • Attention to detail and ability to get creative when it comes to difficult graphical pet effects
  • Timely responses to emails and image requests for newly announced pets
  • Experience with WoW Model Viewer preferred
  • Time: On-call, varies per week (PTR cycles and upcoming Patches typically require more time investment)


Join the WarcraftPets Team!
Interested in volunteering? Simply head over to the Contact Page and send us a message. Tell us a little about yourself and what prior experience you have with editing and creating WoW-based images.

A big thank you to Vephriel for assisting us with excellent pet profile images up to this point. Our database wouldn't be the same without her talent and artistic expertise!
Posted by Breanni

WarcraftPets 2018 Community Meet-Up at BlizzCon!

October 31, 2018
WarcraftPets Meet-Up at BlizzCon 2017!
Community Meet-Up at BlizzCon 2018
The WarcraftPets Admins are unable to attend BlizzCon this year. However, Marzena, one of our awesome MVPs, has once again kindly taken on the task of organizing and hosting the WarcraftPets Community Meet-Up during the convention.

WHEN:
—  Friday, November 2nd
—  From 1 PM - 2:30 PM (Pacific Time) (tentative)

WHERE:
—  North Hall Level 2, at the Darkmoon Faire area

Note that the listed day, time and location may be subject to change. Be sure to follow our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates and announcements as the event draws nearer!

LOOK FOR:
—  A WarcraftPets sign

Everyone is welcome to stop by and say hello, sign our sign-in sheet, chat about pets and battling, and all things WoW.
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 8.1 PTR: 13 New Pets & Upcoming Dubloon Vendor

October 25, 2018
13 new pets were added in the recent PTR patch, plus a vendor that sells cosmetic items in exchange for Island Expedition dubloons. [source]

Even More Pets!
The number of new pets coming in Patch 8.1 just keeps on growing — there are 13 more, bringing the current total to 36 new pets!

This week's PTR build added pets from Island Expeditions, 2 of which can be purchased from a vendor for Seafarer's Dubloons. Read below for more information on this new vendor.

All pets listed here are from Island Expeditions unless stated otherwise.

Lord Woofington and Thunderscale Whelpling
  • Albino Duskwatcher
  • Baby Stonehide
  • Crimson Octopode
  • Firesting Buzzer
  • Leatherwing Screecher
  • Lord Woofington (pictured right, above)
  • Needleback Pup
  • Nightwreathed Watcher (Darkshore Warfront)
  • Rotting Ghoul
  • Scritches
  • Shadefeather Hatchling
  • Thunderscale Whelpling (pictured right, below)
  • Tonguelasher


Check out all 8.1 battle pets

On top of newly added pets, we now have more information about the previously discovered baby raptor pets. One will remain wild, another will be a drop from a rarespawn, and the final 2 will be purchasable by each faction for a new currency (possibly obtained during the Darkshore Warfront). We're a little disappointed there won't be a fun story attached to these cute carnivores, but we look forward to collecting them nonetheless!

New Dubloon Vendor
A new vendor for each faction can be found near the Island Expedition area on the PTR. Captain Klarisa for Alliance and Captain Zen'taga for Horde.

Alliance dubloon vendor
This vendor sells cosmetic and reputation items in exchange for Seafarer's Dubloons. Wowhead has additional details on what can be purchased with Island Expedition currency.

Lil' Bling riding Cranky Crab
Pet collectors will be interested in the Albino Duskwatcher (200 dubloons) and Crimson Octopode (100 dubloons), plus a new toy, Cranky Crab (200 dubloons) which allows your battle pets to mount up and ride a crab (example pictured right)!

It's unknown if all battle pets (existing and new) will appear on this vendor. At the moment, only the 2 pets noted above are for sale. Even so, it might be a good idea to save a few extra dubloons for Patch 8.1.
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 8.1 PTR: 11 New Pets

October 18, 2018
This week's PTR build added baby raptors and Darkshore Warfront pets. [source]

Preview of New Pets
11 new pets (plus Feathers was renamed to Proper Parrot) were included in the recent PTR patch. This brings the current 8.1 battle pet count to 23!

7 new Battle for Darkshore Warfront pets

Here's a quick summary of what was added:

  • 7 pets from Battle for Darkshore Warfront pets (pictured above)
  • 4 raptor pets from "Pet Battle" (wild? see below)


Updated Smoochums appearance
Check out all 8.1 battle pets

Smoochums, although not a new pet to 8.1, is receiving an updated appearance (pictured right).

Our graphic artist is currently unavailable, so we hope this quick preview will suffice! Stay tuned for the release of 8.1 and new WarcraftPets pet profiles, complete with better quality images.

Raptor Hatchling Speculation
Where will we find these 4 new adorable bundles of teeth, claws, and feathers? It's unclear at the moment, but one possibility is that they could be from a feature similar to the falcosaur hatchling storyline. Keep in mind that this is unconfirmed and the following is purely speculation!

4 new raptor hatchlings

The raptor pets are currently flagged as "Pet Battle" which usually indicates that they are wild or they must be defeated in a Pet Battle to receive the pet. However, the only known NPC battle pets coming in 8.1 are in the Gnomeregan Pet Battle Dungeon. Are there hidden raptor NPCs out there, similar to the orphaned falcosaur hatchlings, waiting to be found?

These pets are currently cageable, except for the Baby Zandalari Raptor. This is uncharacteristic for wild, captured pets. Could this simply be an oversight, or could it indicate more?

It should be noted that additional ravasaurs will be coming in Patch 8.1, and there are a few that match the same colors as the pets. And last but not least, there's a Baby Zandalari Raptor NPC (same name as one of the new pets), however it is not a battle-able pet.

All of these tidbits paint an interesting picture so far, however it's far from complete. The PTR is a Work In Progress and things could change. It's fun to speculate but we'll have to wait and see how we'll obtain these pets. We can't wait to learn more!
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 8.1 PTR: New Pets & Achievements, Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon Update

October 05, 2018
This week's PTR build added new pets and achievements, and Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon updates. [source]

New Pets
Alarm-O-Dog
The PTR was updated with 6 new pets!

  • Alarm-O-Dog (pictured right) - Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon vendor
  • Leper Rat - Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon vendor
  • Mechanical Cockroach - Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon vendor
  • Mechantula - Engineering
  • Mini Spider Tank - Achievement reward
  • Wicker Wraith - Achievement reward


Check out all 8.1 pets

This brings the current total number of upcoming pets to 12! We'll have to wait and see if this is the final count, or if there will be even more waiting for us.

New Achievements
Mini Spider Tank
Patch 8.1 will add the new achievement, Pet Battle Challenge: Gnomeregan. Completing the Challenge version of the Pet Dungeon (cannot heal or revive pets while inside the scenario) will award the Mini Spider Tank! (pictured right)

The next set of "Family" achievements will also be available in Patch 8.1.

Similar to Legion's Family Familiar, the new achievement requires players to defeat 15 trainers on Kul Tiras or Zandalar with a full team of the same pet family. There is a total of 19 possible pet trainers in BFA, so you can pick and choose which encounters to use for this achievement.

Unlike Family Familiar at the beginning of Legion, the BFA pet trainers can be battled multiple times, even when the associated World Quest is not active. You won't have to wait for a specific trainer to pop up — complete this challenge at your own pace!

The meta-achievement, Family Battler, rewards a spooky looking pet, the Wicker Wraith.

Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon Updates
There were multiple updates to the upcoming Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon, including the opening of the scenario, ready for testing.

Shadowy Figure inside Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon
Max level players can begin their adventure into the Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon by speaking with Rachel Kurall Tizzy Gearjolt (Alliance, outside of Dana Pull's store) or Tanzil Radek Fuselock (Horde, inside Happy Haloaua's residence). Pick up the breadcrumb quest, Trouble in Gnomeregan, and you're ready to go!

It's likely there will be prerequisites for the newest Pet Dungeon. While we can't say with certainty at this time, possible requirements may include having completed the previous 2 Pet Dungeons (Wailing Caverns and Deadmines), and/or having a certain number of max level battle pets.

Once inside, players will need to complete 9 stages, with a total of 12 different Pet Battle encounters. Enemy pets include max level Mechanical, Elemental, Critter, and Undead pet types, ranging from rare quality to epic.

  • Stage 1: One epic Mechanical
  • Stage 2: 3 encounters with 3 rare Elementals and their teams
  • Stage 3: One encounter with 3 epic Elementals
  • Stage 4: N/A
  • Stage 5: 2 encounters with 1 Undead and 1 Critter, plus their teams
  • Stage 6: One epic Undead
  • Stage 7: 3 encounters with 3 rare Mechanicals
  • Stage 8: N/A
  • Stage 9: One epic Mechanical


Completing the Pet Dungeon will award an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone, plus the ability to teleport directly to Micro Zoox by speaking to Manapoof in Boralus or Dazar'alor. It also unlocks the weekly quest, Pet Battle Challenge: Gnomeregan, which is necessary to earn the achievement of the same name.

Micro Zoox's inventory
The dungeon's vendor, Micro Zoox, had his inventory updated to include 3 new pets, the Engineering schematic for the new pet Mechantula, plus the standard Supply Bag. All items cost Pristine Gizmos. This new currency is earned by completing the weekly challenge version of the Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon.

We can't wait for this content to come in Patch 8.1! The mystery of the "Shadowy Figure" found inside these Pet Dungeons goes on — will we ever discover these NPCs' identities?
Posted by Quintessence

Import Bug and Incorrect Collection Count

October 02, 2018
UPDATE: Blizzard believes they have fixed the API issue.

Please contact us if you are still experiencing errors when importing your collection to WarcraftPets.

Users have been reporting errors when trying to update their WarcraftPets collection.

After looking into this, we've found that there is currently an issue with the Blizzard API handler that is causing imports to time out and only register partial portions of collections. In some cases, it does not update at all. [source]

This seems to be mainly affecting the EU-region, however some US/NA players may also experience some errors or incorrect collection counts when re-importing to WarcraftPets.

Blizzard is aware of this issue and are investigating; hopefully it can be resolved in the near future.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.
Posted by Quintessence
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