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Battle For Azeroth Beta: Island Expedition Pets & More

June 02, 2018
UPDATE: As of June 7, two additional battle pets were added to the Beta — Sir Snips (A) and Bucketshell (H). Both are the reward for earning the Honor 400 achievement.
The latest BFA Beta patch added even more pets, mostly from the new Island Expedition feature, plus a few profession pets. [source]

Various pets from Island Expeditions

Even More New Pets
32 pets were recently added to Beta. Here's a summary of what was added:

Two new engineering pets
  • 28 pets from Island Expeditions (various pictured above)
  • 4 pets from engineering (two pictured right)

An accompanying achievement was also included for collecting all Island Expedition pets, I'm Here for the Pets. Although these pets can be caged, the achievement objectives appear to be the items that teach the pets, so it's possible players will need to actually loot these to complete the achievement.

With the additions noted above, this brings the current battle pet total in BFA to 120 new pets. *Whew* that's a lot of pets!

Here's a break down of pet sources in the expansion (subject to change):

  • Vendor: 32
  • Drop: 40
  • Wild and Pet Battle: 28
  • Achievement: 6
  • Quest: 5
  • Profession: 7
  • Unknown: 2

Check out 120 Battle For Azeroth battle pets!

We're absolutely blown away with how many battle pets are coming in the expansion! In comparison, Legion launched with roughly 94 new pets.

Which pet has piqued your interest the most? Do you have a game plan for collecting in BFA? We can't wait to collect them all!

A Pet With A Penchant For Opulence
Wowhead discovered how players will collect Francois in BFA. Let's just say that this is no ordinary chicken. [source]

Francois (pictured right) is a silky chicken that can be found at the 15th Annual Norwington Equestrian and Hunt Festival in Tiragarde Sound, Kul Tiras.

Players can attempt to speak with him, however it would seem that he has expensive tastes and will not be bothered unless the player has 1 million gold on their person.

Upon seeing that the player has sufficient funds to maintain his lavish lifestyle, Francois can then be added to the Pet Journal.

Note: Players do not actually have to spend 1 million gold to collect this pet. Having this amount or more in their possession is enough to see the hidden dialogue option.
Posted by Quintessence

Baby Elderhorn — Pet of the Month: June 2018

June 27, 2018
Baby Elderhorn - Pet of the Month June 2018

In just a couple of months we'll be leaving behind the Broken Isles and heading off to new adventures in Battle For Azeroth, so this month we're featuring another battle pet from Legion. Don't miss out on this little cutie — it's the Baby Elderhorn!

Collecting the Baby Elderhorn
Baby Elderhorn
Collecting the Baby Elderhorn is fairly simple. This pet can be purchased for 500 gold from the Highmountain Emissary, Ransa Greyfeather. Howerver, players must first earn Revered with the Highmountain Tribe.

Earning reputation with this faction is straightforward — complete story quests while in the Highmountain zone. Upon reaching player level 110, players will have access to Highmountain World Quests which also reward reputation for this faction.

There are two items that help speed up the Broken Isles reputation grind. They're both random drops and require access to Argus, so these might not be the most reliable for reputation grinding.

Nathrezim Tome of Manipulation and Demon's Soulstone are two Bind On Account items that drop from Argus zones. The Tome applies a buff that increases reputation earned for 2 hours (does not persist through death), however it cannot be used above player level 109. The Soulstone grants a flat reputation increase but must be used while on Agrus.

Completing certain Order Hall missions also reward tokens that grant a flat amount of reputation. These missions can reward any of the Broken Isles faction tokens, so if you're looking specifically for Highmountain Tribe reputation, the tokens might not be that reliable either.

Last but not least, the World Quest Bonus Event is excellent for grinding reputation. Add on top of that the WHEE! buff from the Darkmoon Faire carousel (if you're lucky and the two weekly events occur simultaneously), and reaching Revered with the Highmountain Tribe should go a lot quicker!

It should be noted that this battle pet can be caged. You can try your luck buying/trading for the Baby Elderhorn, but we're unclear if the caged version will still require revered with the Highmountain Tribe. If so, we can't say we're surprised — we wouldn't give away this cutie to just anyone either!

Battling with the Baby Elderhorn
The Baby Elderhorn is a battler with some hard-hitting moves for battle and some off-beat moves for flavor.

The biggest question to answer with the Elderhorn is, "Trample or Horn Gore?" Horn Gore, a straight up DPS move, will deal more damage if your opponent’s maximum health is less than 1650 or so. Above that, Trample’s 10% damage kicker starts to do a bit better. However, Trample deals its damage in two parts so that may figure in for damage shields, per-hit multipliers, etc. When in doubt, Horn Gore.

Headbutt does a decent amount of damage with a 25% chance to stun your opponent. It’s a small chance but it may be just the thing that nets you a win that 25% of the time. Roll the dice!

Baby Elderhorn using Call Blizzard
On the flavor side of things, the Baby Elderhorn has two moves that apply the Chilled effect. Chilled essentially does nothing except allow you to use abilities that benefit from a Chilled state. The Elderhorn doesn’t have any of these moves available for synergy.

The weather effect Call Blizzard is all but useless to the Elderhorn. It does a very slight amount of damage done, and the fact that it’s a weather effect is all it’s got. Slippery Ice does a bit more. In addition to the damage it also makes the Elderhorn’s opponent more likely to miss its attacks for the next four turns. At a 20% chance, that’s even more of an RNG-heavy unlikely savior than Headbutt.

My personal favorite of all its moves is definitely Tough n’ Cuddly, which reduces its damage taken. It’s both a decent resilience move for battle and adds that cute flair the Baby Elderhorn has in spades.

If you can’t bring yourself to grind any more rep, the closest substitute would probably be the Meadowstomper Calf. It has several of the Elderhorn’s Beast moves, including Tough n’ Cuddly, but none of the Chilling ones.

If you need the Chilled effect, a Tundra Penguin is your best bet. If you need to Call Blizzard specifically the most attainable pet options are the Father Winter’s Helper or Winter’s Little Helper, and you can pick them up off the Auction House if it’s not Winter Veil. All these pets have Ice Lance, an ability that has actual synergy with the Chilled status, too.

The Baby Elderhorn is a great little friend to have around to remind us of our time spent in Legion. Ah, the mountains. Ah, the rep grinding. Ah, the adorable, squishably cute battle pets.

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 and esports columnist on the fansite Blizzard Watch.
Posted by Quintessence

Upcoming Pet Charm Changes In Patch 8.0

June 30, 2018
UPDATE: Blizzard has announced that the pre-patch will be live on July 17th. [source]

The pre-expansion patch is just around the corner. There will be a significant change to Pet Charms that Pet Battlers and collectors will want to take note of. [source]

Reminder: Spend Your Pet Charms Soon
In upcoming Patch 8.0 Pet Charms will be renamed to Shiny Pet Charms, and the Pet Battle vendors, Lio the Lioness and Serr'ah, will stop accepting this existing currency in exchange for their wares.

Players will not lose any currency during this transition, and Shiny Pet Charms will still be used to purchase existing vendor pets and toys. Additionally, pre-Battle For Azeroth Pet Battle content will continue awarding Shiny Pet Charms.

However, a new currency, Polished Pet Charm, will be required to purchase battlestones, pet bandages, biscuits and treats, cosmetic pug hats, plus any new Battle For Azeroth pets and toys.

Pet Battle vendor requiring new currency
The price of the Ultimate Battle-Training Stone is also being increased from 45 to 60 on top of requiring Polished Pet Charms to purchase, in the pre-expansion patch. (example from PTR pictured above)

Polished Pet Charms can only be earned in the expansion, so if you need any battle pet consumables it would be wise to stock up while vendors are still accepting existing currency (Pet Charms).

The bottom line: If you want consumables from the Pet Battle vendors, either to use right now or to stock up for Battle For Azeroth, spend your Pet Charms before the pre-expansion patch! (Patch 8.0 estimated release date mid-July 2018)

We're inching closer and closer to the expansion — it's exciting and we can't wait!
Posted by Quintessence

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