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Pet Score Increase, Search Improved and Other Updates

June 05, 2015
We're kicking off the summer at WarcraftPets with a handful of site changes and improvements — one of which should make many of you OCD-types very, very pleased. So let's start there...

Pet Score Increase for Noncombat Pets
There have always been nine pets that have been a thorn in the side of our most accomplished pet collectors. If you fall into that category, you already know which pets they are:

Pet Score Increase for Noncombat Pets

  • Alliance Balloon
  • Chi-Ji Kite
  • Guild Herald (alliance)
  • Guild Herald (horde)
  • Guild Page (alliance)
  • Guild Page (horde)
  • Horde Balloon
  • Sky Lantern
  • Yu'lon Kite

These nine noncombat pets have a base quality of uncommon. The problem is that even if you use a stone to upgrade them, the WoW Armory still reads them as uncommon when you update your collection. This has been a bug in the Armory for years, and a fix does not appear to be coming any time soon.

Therefore, we decided to do something about it on our end. We've changed the base quality of these nine pets to rare. This means that the next time you update your collection, you'll earn some additional points and finally see these pets disappear from your 'uncommon' stats.

True — everyone enjoys this increase, whether they used stones on these pets or not. But this was the only way we could address the bug on our end, and we think most of you will agree that it's a welcome change.

Smart Pet Search: Community Rating
Our Smart Pet Search now includes new parameters to find pets according to their community ratings. This includes both Battle Rating and Appearance Rating.

Smart Pet Search: Community Rating

This simple addition makes it possible to zero in on the best possible pet (as deemed by our users) for any situation.

Other Updates
This round of updates includes a couple more changes to improve your use of our site.

  • Home Page Forum Groupings
    Our home page now separates the most recent posts on our trading forums from our other forums. This will make it easier to quickly find the posts that interest you most right from our front page.
  • New Ability Tag: Transformation
    We've added a new tag to our database of pet abilities. You can now filter abilities that have a transformation effect, i.e., the ability causes the pet to transform from one battle type to another. You'll find this new filter under 'Combat Effects.'

Our Thanks to You!
The feedback and ongoing support you give us make updates like these possible. As always, thank you for helping us to help you!
Posted by Breanni

Graves — Pet of the Month: June 2015

June 18, 2015
Graves - Pet of the Month: June 2015

Straight from the Haunted Mines and into our hearts, we're featuring Graves for this Pet of the Month!

Collecting Graves
Collecting Graves requires a bit of time investment in Blizzard's new game, Heroes of the Storm.

Earn account level 20 (not to be confused with hero level) and Graves will appear in your collection in WoW.

Heroes of the Storm is free-to-play and part of the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre. It's a team-based game, but completing objectives is just as important as the team fights. You can choose to play against other players or against computer-controlled NPCs.

There are three game-modes available to all players initially — Training, Versus A.I., and Quick Match. These three modes are the primary ways to earn levels.

Training and Versus A.I. are almost the same, except your team is comprised of other actual players by default in Versus A.I. You can choose to play with all computer-controlled teammates, however.

There is a daily experience cap for both of these game-modes. Once you've reached the daily limit, you will not earn anymore experience until it's reset (24 hours).

Quick Match is an entirely PVP version of the former two. Objectives and team fighting remain the same, but you'll be interacting with other players who may behave differently than A.I. Quick Match games may take longer to complete, but can reward more experience.

Unlike Training and Versus A.I., there is no daily experience cap in Quick Match.

Once your account reaches level 10, you're granted a free 7 Day Stimpack. This increases the amount of experience earned per match by 100%. Be sure to make the most of this boost; it only lasts seven days!

You can also purchase Stimpacks for real-world money. The in-game Heroes of the Storm shop has two options available — 7 Day Stimpack and 30 Day Stimpack. Both provide the same experience (and gold) bonus.

Friend Bonus activated
To ramp up your experience yield even further, inviting a friend to your party and playing matches with them grants 50% more experience per game. This stacks with the Stimpack bonus.

Last but not least, as part of Heroes of the Storm launch celebration, there is a limited time event for players in the Americas region. From June 16th through June 24th, players will receive a 100% experience boost.

In the end, earning account experience comes down to simply playing Heroes of the Storm. Win or lose, you earn experience just by participating and finishing a match in any game-mode. Winning yields more, of course.

Check out our forum thread dedicated to discussion on collecting Graves for more helpful leveling tips and tricks.

During your journey through the various battlefield maps, you might even come across a familiar creature in the Haunted Mines. Although Graves is mostly harmless, his larger counterpart can be quite formidable. Good luck!

Battling with Graves
Graves is a little Undead golem who packs a big punch. This comes in the form of two deadly AOE spells. Grave Destruction is a split spell which deals damage to the whole team. The overall damage dealt stays the same, but is split among the pets left alive, so as pets start dying the hits get bigger. It also destroys objects, shaking up the existing PVP meta.

BONESTORM deals a lot of damage, but at the expense of health, and it deals a static amount of damage to each opponent, making it deal gradually less DPS as you mow down your opposition.

Luckily, Graves has a built-in way to deal with that BONESTORM health loss, with Consume. The catch is, if you choose Consume in the first slot, you'll frequently have a 'down' turn or two, because all your abilities will have cooldowns.

Graves using Skull Toss
The other slot one choice, Skull Toss (pictured above), is the only ability Graves has without a cooldown. It deals a bit more than double the damage as Consume, but without the useful healing kicker. Depending on how you'd like to play with Grave Destruction and the teammates you choose, Consume Corpse may be a more solid choice in your second slot.

The last ability Graves has is Clobber. It shares a slot with Grave Destruction. Because Grave Destruction is such a big deal in the PVP meta, and because stuns tend to be relatively useless in PVE, it's going to be a rainy day in the Haunted Mines before you choose that Clobber.

Check out our forum thread discussion on Graves and submit your own thoughts on this pet.

Battling Discussion on Graves

Pet of the Month is co-written by Liopleurodon, an experienced pet battler and long-time WoW player. She maintains her own Pet Battle blog and is a Pet Battle columnist on the fansite Blizzard Watch.
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 6.2 is Live: New Pets, Legendary Boss Pets, and More!

June 23, 2015
6.2 is Live with 26 New Pets!
Patch 6.2 has arrived! There are many new pets to collect, new legendary NPCs to defeat, and much more. [source]

26 New Pets
Bloodbeak, Cerulean Moth, Fen Crab, Violet Firefly

  • 4 new wild pets (pictured above) can be found in Tanaan Jungle.
  • 2 new wild pets in Spires of Arak and Talador with unique spawning — only one will be up in the zone at any given time. There should always be one spawned, however.
  • Collect Hogs after completing an achievement at the Darkmoon Faire.
  • There's a new fishing vendor at the Darkmoon Faire with 2 new pets for sale.
  • The Menagerie is also housing a new vendor with 4 new pets.
  • Crusher, a pet inspired by a young aspiring developer, is available from a vendor in your Town Hall.

Corrupted Nest Guardian
  • Quest and complete the Garrison Campaign in Tanaan Jungle and you might find 2 new friends.
  • Liberate the Corrupted Nest Guardian (pictured right) from the new Hellfire Citadel raid.
  • A tribute pet honoring Community Manager Nethaera can be found in Dalaran.
  • Defeat the Legendary Boss Pets in Tanaan for a chance at 4 new pets (more below).

Check out all 26 Patch 6.2 pets!

New Features and Changes
Pet Battle Bonus Event buff

From new pets to collect to new events and legendary NPCs, there's a substantial amount of Pet Battle content in this latest patch — not that we're complaining!
Posted by Quintessence

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