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Patch 9.1.5 PTR: Battlestone and Pet Leveling Changes

September 18, 2021
UPDATE: The latest PTR notes (week of September 29) included another major battlestone change! [source]

  • Ultimate Battle-Training Stones now cost 35 Polished Pet Charms (was 60).

This past week's PTR update included some interesting changes to Battlestones and pet leveling. [source]

Battle-Training Stone Changes
Upcoming changed Flawless Battle-Training Stone
Currently, Flawless and family-specific Battle-Training Stones award one level each. This will change in 9.1.5 — these battlestones will grant a flat 2k experience. (PTR example pictured right)

Similarly, Fel-Touched Battle-Training Stones will no longer give 5 pet levels per use in the upcoming patch, and will instead provide a flat 10k experience.

  • Flawless and family-specific Battle-Training Stones now provide a flat 2,000 experience (was the amount required to gain one level).
  • Fel-Touched Battle-Training Stones now provide a flat 10,000 experience (was the amount required to gain five levels).

It's estimated that these changes will mean fewer of these types of battlestones will be necessary to fully level a battle pet to 25. This is great news for players that may not have a large stockpile of stones!

As with all things PTR, the experience granted from the Flawless and Fel-Touched Training Stones could change. Regardless, saving up battlestones for some quick levels in the future couldn't hurt.

Pet Experience From Battles
Battle pets leveling up
Pet experience earned during a battle will also be changing somewhat in 9.1.5. More experience? Yes, please!

Pets closer in level to the enemy will receive double experience. The bonus only applies if all pets on your team are within 2 levels above the wild pet team. (Image above unrelated, experience shown doesn't represent this new boost.) It would seem this only affects wild encounters, but more testing on the PTR may be necessary.

Additionally, any pet that dies during battle can still earn experience, albeit a smaller amount than if it had stayed alive, as long as it was active for at least one round during the battle. This might add some leniency to "carry strats" and give more room for error.

And last but not least, pet experience from battles will be increased by 50%! To balance this, the buff from the Pet Battle Bonus Event (currently 200% experience) will be reduced to 100%.

  • Battling wild pets with a team of comparable-level pets now provides double experience. Pets on your team are eligible for this bonus if no pet on your team is more than two levels higher than any pet in the wild team.
  • The experience penalty for a pet dying has been reduced to 50% (was 100%). Pets still need to be active for at least one round to be eligible to earn experience from a battle.
  • All pet experience earned in battles is increased by 50%.
    To compensate, the Pet Battle Bonus Event buff Sign of the Critter has been reduced to 100% (was 200%). The net effect of this is that pet experience gained during the Pet Battle Bonus Event will remain unchanged from current values.
  • Developers’ note: Pet battling is a fun and exciting mini-game, but the current incentives result in esoteric strategies being the only optimal choices. This results in a barrier to entry that discourages players from engaging with this system. We believe this set of changes will widen the range of optimal behavior without nerfing any existing leveling strategies.

What do you think of these upcoming changes? Will it change how you level your battle pets? With over 1400 battle pets to level, we hope these updates make it a little less daunting to upgrade pet collections!
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 9.1.5 PTR: New Pet — Trouble

September 03, 2021
The 9.1.5 PTR is up! Only one new pet has been added so far, however it's possible more Pet Battle content will be added later in the PTR cycle.

The new battle pet, Trouble (pictured right), is a Work In Progress as it's missing its abilities, source, and flavor text.

We look forward to learning more about this pet in the near future. Why is it such an odd color (for a cub)? Why is it named "Trouble"? What will its moveset be? How will this pet be obtained? We hope it won't be too troublesome.
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 9.1 Live This Week: New Pets, Pet Journal Cap Removed, & More!

June 29, 2021
UPDATE: There's a new toy from Korthia that allows your battle pets to fly alongside you — Forgotten Feather!

In addition to a new toy, it's been discovered that Renown battle pets can now be summoned on any character, regardless of Covenant! Unfortunately, they can only be used in battle by the associated Covenant still.

Patch 9.1!
Patch 9.1, Chains of Domination, is live this week! Are you ready to collect new pets, a new trainer battle, and a bigger Pet Journal? [source]

New Pets
Chains of Domination includes 46 new battle pets! Here's a quick summary. Some pets won't be available until Season 2 of Shadowlands begins during the week of July 6th.

9.1 achievement pets - Mord'al Eveningstar & Sly

  • 21 pets that drop from various sources
  • 16 new wild pets from Korthia, The Maw, and Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
  • 6 vendor pets (including one pet that costs 10k Polished Pet Charms, we hope you've saved up!)
  • 2 pets from achievements (pictured above)
  • 1 created pet, similar to Carpal

Check out all 46 new pets!

A Bigger Pet Journal
The Pet Journal might be getting a bit full with all of these new battle pets. Worry not, our companion friends won't have to suffer in a cramped space anymore — the Pet Journal cap has been removed!

Pet Journal cap removed in 9.1
Patch 9.1 allows collectors to add as many battle pets to their journal as they please, however the limit of 3 duplicates for each non-unique pet still remains.

So what are you waiting for? There is a total of 1400+ battle pets to collect (note that some pets may no longer be available and/or region-locked). It's time to fill that Pet Journal up with all the pets!

New Trainer Daily
Anthea pet trainer
Anthea, the "Carefree Pet Tamer" (pictured right), can be found at at the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit (south of the "W" in "White" on the map, across the bridge).

She offers an account-wide daily quest, Temple Throwdown. Her team consists of 3 epic level 25 pets (Mechanical, Flying, Beast), however they will scale to the highest level pet on your team.

Complete Anthea's quest and she'll reward you with a Grummlepouch, which has a chance to drop a new pet, a Squibbles of your very own. (Yes, we wish we could adopt Churro too.)

Why is this nightborne child alone in Kun-Lai Summit? Her parents left her in the temple's care while they went to defend the Shrines in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, or so she claims. It's a mystery what they were defending against. Anthea doesn't seem too concerned, as she only wants to Pet Battle. So bring your best team and give her a good fight!

Need some strategy ideas for this encounter? Check out Anthea's page on Xu-Fu's Pet Guides.

New & Changed Abilities
7 new pet abilities were added in this latest major content patch:

In addition to new abilities, changes were made to a handful of existing ones:

  • Cute Face - family type changed (Humanoid ➜ Beast)
  • Explosive Brew - removed "cannot be dodged, blocked avoided", increased damage
  • Puncture Wound - cooldown reduced (4 ➜ 3)
  • Sludge Claw - cooldown increased (2 ➜ 3)
  • Spiderling Swarm - cooldown reduced (4 ➜ 3)
  • Sticky Grenade - removed "cannot be dodged, blocked avoided", increased damage
Posted by Quintessence
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Patch 9.1 PTR: New Daily Pet Battle

April 28, 2021
Along with over 40 new pets, a new trainer is also coming in Patch 9.1.

This "Carefree Pet Tamer" is a pet trainer located off the beaten path, similar to Crysa and Environeer Bert. She offers an account-wide daily quest, Temple Throwdown.

Anthea pet trainer
Anthea (pictured right) can be found at the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit (south of the "W" on the map, across the bridge) in Patch 9.1.

Her parents left her in the temple's care while they went to defend the Shrines in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, or so she claims. Anthea's only real concern seems to be pet battling though, so bring your best team because she's ready for a match.

The encounter consists of all level 25 epic quality pets.

Completing Anthea's daily rewards a Grummlepouch, which has a chance to drop one of the pets on her team — Squibbles! This pet currently uses the same model as Feathers.

Now if only we could convince her to let us adopt Churro, a pup that uses a previously datamined Golden Retriever model.
Posted by Quintessence

Charity Pet Program: Support Doctors Without Borders

April 22, 2021
UPDATE: As of April 22, 2021 we've reached the second donation goal of $1 million USD! Congratulations, everyone!

Daisy the sloth should be available for everyone to claim starting 23 April. We'll add this pet to our database as soon as we can.

UPDATE: As of March 24, 2021 we've reached the first donation goal of $500k USD!

Players can claim Bananas from the Blizzard Store (US)(EU) for free up until August 1, 2021. Those that already own Bananas will receive a second one.

The official announcement for Blizzard's Charity Pet Program was recently released. Support Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an independent international medical humanitarian organization, and help unlock not one but two battle pets for everyone! [source]

Charity Pets: Daisy the sloth and Bananas
Details for the Charity Pet program are now available. Donate any amount to Doctors Without Borders between now and April 26, 2021, and help reach the following donation goals to unlock Bananas and Daisy the Sloth for everyone. All donations go directly to Doctors Without Borders.

  • Bananas goal: $500,000 USD
  • Daisy the Sloth goal: $1 million USD

Donate to Doctors Without Borders

Once respective donation goals are met, Bananas and Daisy will be claimable through August 1, 2021, regardless if you donated or not.

$1 million USD to unlock a new battle pet may seem like a lot, however almost all charity battle pets have raised over a million for good causes.

But if there's still some concern about meeting Daisy's donation goal, don't worry! Collectors will still be able to add this battle pet to their collection post-donation period, whether or not the $1 million donation goal has been met. According to the official post:

"Daisy will remain available for purchase in the Blizzard Shop or from the in-game shop August 2, 2021."

We can't wait to add Daisy to our collections. We'll update the WarcraftPets database with details on this pet once it becomes available.

COVID-19 Crisis Fund
Doctors Without Borders has created the COVID-19 Crisis Fund which will help provide aid in more than 70 countries to support those in dire need of relief from the effects of the pandemic.

Learn more about Doctors Without Borders' COVID-19 Crisis Fund, and donate or keep track of the donation goal progress on the Doctors Without Borders Donation Drive page.

Let's come together and help support Doctors Without Borders and their efforts to address the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 9.1 PTR: 46 New Pets, Pet Journal Cap Removed, and More

April 13, 2021
Patch 9.1 PTR - Chains of Domination
Patch 9.1 PTR opened this week, and we got our first preview of what's to come in the next major content patch, Chains of Domination. [source]

To start, there are new pets, the removal of the Pet Journal cap, and there changes to a couple of existing abilities. As this is the PTR, and we're only at the start of testing, everything is subject to change.

New Battle Pets
There are currently 46 new pets coming in Patch 9.1! Will there be more? We'll have to wait and see.

Many of the pets are still incomplete and Works In Progress, however we do know there will be new wild pets to capture from the new zone (Korthia), The Maw, and the new Mythic-only Mega-dungeon (Tazavesh, the Veiled Market). Expect some dropped pets, and there are even a few pets that will have an interesting source.


A Broker in Oribos has 4 new pets for sale. One pet (pictured above, far left) has a staggering price tag of 10k Polished Pet Charms, so better start saving up!

The other three pets currently have a unique cost - grey items. It would seem this vendor is open to bartering. One of each item is required to buy all 3 of these new Baubleworms.

Baubleworm vendor

It's unclear if these are merely placeholder currencies, or if we'll truly be hunting for "junk" items to trade in. Game Developer Jeremy Feasel (aka: @Muffinus on Twitter) recently requested a list of players' favorite poor, common, or uncommon quality items in WoW, but that couldn't mean anything...could it?

Patch 9.1 PTR - 46 New Pets

Check out the full list of upcoming battle pets. We'll keep this list updated as more information is added to the PTR.

Pet Journal Cap Removed
Pet Journal feeling full? Stressed about having to hold off on collecting until the next journal increase? Good news, everybody!

Pet Journal cap removed in 9.1
In Patch 9.1 the Pet Journal cap will be removed. Collect as many or as few battle pets as you please! Note that there will still be a maximum of 3 duplicates per non-unique pet.

This is wonderful news for many collectors and battlers alike. Different colors, sizes, and breeds? "Gotta catch them all!" We're one step closer to realizing that statement.

Both items that previously increased the Pet Journal size will also become nonfunctional (removed), as they won't be necessary anymore. Our recommendation is to hold off on purchasing these items if you haven't already (save those Polished Pet Charms for that 10k pet), unless your Pet Journal is bursting at the seams and cannot hold out until Patch 9.1.

Ability Adjustments
Two pet abilities will be changed in 9.1, Explosive Brew and Sticky Grenade.

The updated tooltip removes the "This damage cannot be dodged, blocked, or avoided." portion, and the damage of each ability has been increased.

We're only at the beginning of the PTR, so it's possible there will be more changes in the future. Stay tuned for updates and previews of pets and Pet Battle content coming in Patch 9.1.
Posted by Quintessence
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