Its feathers are flashy, but its beak and talons are sharp. Don't let its looks fool you; this pet can hold its own. A savage pet from a savage land — this month we're featuring the Junglebeak!
Collecting a Junglebeak
This brightly colored bird is a wild pet that can be found in Gorgrond, Draenor.
The Junglebeak can spawn in as a primary and secondary pet in the dense jungle areas. You won't need to look for very long before coming across one. Be sure to look up, since this bird has a habit of flying high, closer to the canopy than to the ground.
It's fellow flying friend, the Axebeak Hatchling, can also be seen flying in and around the trees in Gorgrond, but in fewer areas than the Junglebeak.
Both pets have the identical abilities and breeds, so collecting either will provide you with the same battling capability. And if you have trouble deciding which one to favor, you can always toss a coin or simply pick the one with the most appealing plumage.
Battling with a Junglebeak
Junglebeaks have a whole lot going for them. Not only do they have that wild, colorful skin, but they have a good amount of versatility and good offense.
As with many bird-type Flying pets, sharing the first slot is the multi-hitting Slicing Wind and the single-hitting Peck. Slicing Wind is the better choice if your opponent doesn't have shields and you can ensure that you're going to be the fastest. Otherwise Peck is your best pick.
Your DPS option seems like it would be Flyby in the second slot, which adds a 25% damage multiplier, plus the heavy-hitting, but low baseline accuracy, Nocturnal Strike in the third slot. This is partially true, if you can introduce a buddy for your Junglebeak with a Blind effect.
However, the second slot also hosts Rain Dance (pictured above), which gives a substantial heal and 50% accuracy boost, which means Nocturnal Strike then has a 100% chance to hit. Even disregarding the additional 25% boost to critical chance, this strong self-synergy which is very difficult to negate is a very valid choice both in PVE and PVP.
The last slot also hosts Lift-Off. If your stable is relatively small, Lift-Off and Rain Dance healing makes for a Flying pet with some longevity, which can be difficult to find. A pet that can swing from a damage dealing dynamo to a turtling terror with just one small change in its moveset? Well, that's why the Junglebeak is pet of the month.
Check out our forum thread discussion on the Junglebeak and submit your own thoughts on this pet.
Battling Discussion on the Junglebeak
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.