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Patch 7.2 PTR: New Achievement and Updates to Class Pets

February 17, 2017
UPDATE: Thanks to ‏@Nemo2342, we now know how the Rogue pet will be obtained in 7.2.

Crackers sitting on shoulder
Crackers is a quest reward that's unlocked a few quests after turning in Khadgar's quest to increase your Artifact Knowledge level.

It's unclear if there are additional prerequisites, such as level 25 Artifact Knowledge or artifact weapon level 35.

Crackers has a fun and unique interaction. Target this pet and emote /whistle, and it will sit on your character's shoulder! (pictured right) This will work for any class, not just Rogue.

This week's 7.2 PTR update included a new achievement related to the Pet Battle Dungeon, and updates to the upcoming Class Hall pets. [source]

Pet Battle Dungeon Achievement
Son of Skum
A new achievement was added in the latest PTR build — Pet Battle Challenge: Wailing Caverns.

This achievement is earned after players complete the challenge version of the Pet Battle Dungeon (no healing or reviving while inside).

The reward for the achievement is a new pet, Son of Skum (pictured right), which happens to also be one of the pet "boss" encounters you'll find while running the dungeon!

Death Knight and Monk Pet Updates
Ban-Fu, Cub of Ban-Lu
Death Knight and Monk class pets were added in this week's PTR patch. There are a number of prerequisites prior to collecting each one.

Keep in mind that this content is previewed from the PTR and is subject to change.

These pets can be purchased by max level players from a vendor found within the respective Order Hall. Each pet costs 10k Order Resources, and is BoP and not cageable.

Although these are pets sold by a vendor, purchasing them is not that simple.

In order to even view the pets on the vendors, players must first complete their class mount questline.

According to Blizzard's 'What's Next' recap from BlizzCon of last year, the class mount quests will only be available after players complete the Broken Shore intro-scenario and quests, and have earned max Legionfall reputation.

After completing the class mount storyline and unlocking the class pets on the vendor, players must then rank up their artifact weapon to level 43. This includes empowering the weapon, and learning the new artifact traits coming in Patch 7.2.

Check out Wowhead's guide to empowering artifact weapons in 7.2 for more information on the process of progressing your weapon further.

Monks will need to earn the achievement Power Ascended before they can buy their class pet, Ban-Fu, Cub of Ban-Lu (pictured above).

Locked Death Knight pets

Death Knights must empower and unlock all traits for all three artifact weapons. The ability to purchase each of the three new whelpling battle pets is tied to the corresponding weapon:



A Rogue pet, Crackers, is currently listed in the PTR Pet Journal, but it's still unknown how this companion will be obtained.

Check out all 7.2 datamined pets

These new class pets will likely be long-term goals for many collectors and will require a substantial time investment. Will you be going after these pets?
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Wynndra 
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Hideous.  Now they've brought the grind to the pet world.  The grind for Druid and Demon Hunter/Warlock was bad enough.  I just don't see me going through all of this for a couple pets.  Very disappointed.

Mar 28, 2017 at 11:34am | Edits: 0 | Kul Tiras-US | Pets: 860 Compare collections | Score: 5144
Dalandius 
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The breakdown by class for pets is

 

 

Druid Order hall upgrade at 105

 

Warlock (same as Demon Hunter) order hall upgrade at 105

 

Demon Hunter (same pet Warlock) order Hall upgrade at 105

 

Shaman Pet fight in Order hall as soon as you have opened your order hall

 

Deathknight 3 pets after mount quest after 7.2

 

Rogue after mount quest after 7.2 

Monk after mount ques tafter 7.2

 

 

Which leaves the Hunter, Priests, Paladins and Mages and Warriors with no pet.

Mar 17, 2017 at 10:49am | Edits: 0 | Earthen Ring-US | Pets: 877 Compare collections | Score: 5245
Irccharmed 
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Are Hunters getting a pet I think it is unfair if they do not 

Mar 17, 2017 at 2:03am | Edits: 0 | Lightbringer-EU | Pets: 844 Compare collections | Score: 5053
Top RaterTruweildude 
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These grinds aren't that bad guys, there's much worse. But, a little relief, the pets (and other power ascended items) are now each 1000 resources instead of 10k, and I think a lot are forgetting about the catch-up mechanics coming in 7.2 that make these grinds hugely less daunting than they seem atm.

Mar 6, 2017 at 2:02am | Edits: 0 | Aerie Peak-US | Pets: 880 Compare collections | Score: 5263
Site MVPPapaken 
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I agree with all the comments here this is too much.  I don't mind raising an alt to 105 and doing a moderate questline for the druid, but class pets should not be this difficult to get.  If you have any way of getting this information on the comments here to Blizzard please relay our sentiments.

Thanks

Feb 27, 2017 at 3:43pm | Edits: 0 | Kilrogg-US | Pets: 885 Compare collections | Score: 5149
Site MVPAxarien 
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I love pet collecting, but this is the end for me of trying to get the whole set. Getting that deep into every class is just ridiculous.

Feb 26, 2017 at 7:30pm | Edits: 0 | Proudmoore-US | Pets: 847 Compare collections | Score: 5012
Helaren 
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Are these grinds for a Legendary pet or for a normal rare pet?

If it is a back breaking grind, then...

It is quite possible I wont even try to get any of these pets. Sadly.

Even the second tier of PvP pets are a long grind already.

PvP players might have it easier on these PvP pets tho?

How the Shamans got the class pet, that was a nice way.

Feb 26, 2017 at 2:52am | Edits: 0 | Ghostlands-EU | Pets: 860 Compare collections | Score: 4790
Arizonared 
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I have one spec on each of my toons. I don't like healing, never have. The majority of what they are expecting for the new pets are out of my realm of possibliliy. I have a hard time now getting excited about doing the world quests over and over again. It's enough of a grind to get resources enough for just doing missions. For a non-raiding, non-pvp, non-dungeon running person who enjoys leveling, crafting, and pet collecting, this has gotten to be a nightmare already. I play the game to relax.

Feb 25, 2017 at 1:58am | Edits: 1 | Doomhammer-US | Pets: 828 Compare collections | Score: 4951
Site MVPPenny2 
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I agree its too much, I am a casual player that is(was?)#1 on KT as a pet collector. It is just too much. I will not be doing all 3 weapon paths on any of my toons. I must finally give up the one thing I really excelled at on wow and forget the pets that require dungeons that are not cageable and pets that require me to do class lines like healing that I do not do. For selfish me, this is not acceptable.

Feb 23, 2017 at 8:09am | Edits: 0 | Kirin Tor-US | Pets: 884 Compare collections | Score: 5283
Shashos 
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I added my feedback to the PTR thread. I fear it won't be enough, but I highly encourage everyone here to please, please go do the same. More collectors need to speak up about this, or it will simply appear that we're the noisy minority and the majority are ok with this path.

Feb 21, 2017 at 10:27pm | Edits: 0 | Doomhammer-US | Pets: 866 Compare collections | Score: 5175
Nikkip 
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Too much for a re-skin pet.  not much unique about them it seems. So far this x-pac is too much work for no real pay out.  I find myself playing less now then I did. 

Feb 21, 2017 at 2:17pm | Edits: 0 | Stormrage-US | Pets: 869 Compare collections | Score: 5002
Maylenne 
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Well this is really taking the fun out of getting these pets.. I really want to have them but this isn't fun... I want to have them all but these pets I will put in the category unabtainable

Feb 21, 2017 at 11:36am | Edits: 0 | Earthen Ring-EU | Pets: 873 Compare collections | Score: 5215
Top RaterFaelar 
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I was already being turned off to pet collecting due to the alliance/horde PvP pets that I would have to grind out multiple ranks of prestiege on 2 factions. Then these types of pets are in the works? If those go live I think I will be done with pet collecting as it becomes far far more work than I feel is worth the reward. I can understand some pets being hard to obtain, and some impossible to obtain due to limited amounts of them availble (Vanilla CE, Murky, Tyrael, etc.). This is too much.

Feb 20, 2017 at 6:37am | Edits: 0 | Thrall-US | Pets: 876 Compare collections | Score: 5187
Paladance 
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So many points, so little space:

https://hastebin.com/raw/ezaweqapoq

 

I'm not talking about HotS (they've added a mount too, have you seen that?) only because I believe it would require reaching to someone more than merely the WoW team.

Feb 19, 2017 at 3:58am | Edits: 1 | Burning Legion-EU | Pets: 743 Compare collections | Score: 4358
Top RaterAckadia 
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Being addicted to this stupid game AND wanting to have some semblance of a life is hard enough. Grind is one thing, but Legion is just wearing me down. Max levelling every class I do as a matter of course, eventually, but if Blizzard expect me/us to create a dozen max-levelled, max rep, max geared mains just to get our pets/mounts, they are bloody crazy. I will walk away from the game forever before I will let my OCPD destroy my life to that level. That insane level of committment is NOT a game!

Feb 18, 2017 at 9:47pm | Edits: 0 | Aerie Peak-EU | Pets: 880 Compare collections | Score: 5263
Site MVPRhapture 
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I was already disheartened by the current PvP honor grind for pets, but this potential alt leveling/AP/questing grind really sucks all of the fun out of pet collecting for me.  At least if these pets were cageable it would seem a tiny bit more collector friendly.

Feb 18, 2017 at 5:48pm | Edits: 0 | Stormrage-US | Pets: 887 Compare collections | Score: 5305
Rohmamjeden 
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I don't mind a reasonable grind once a time (insane), but this looks en feels realy INSANE to me.

Feb 18, 2017 at 1:51pm | Edits: 1 | Moonglade-EU | Pets: 852 Compare collections | Score: 5072
Raax 
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At least these classes are getting pets. As a priest I feel a little left out.

 

Not that I'll be able to get any of the other class pets, I don't have time to play alts...

Feb 18, 2017 at 10:46am | Edits: 0 | Steamwheedle Cartel-EU | Pets: 878 Compare collections | Score: 5251
Sonso 
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I agree that this is getting crazy.  I love collecting but not to this extent.  Feels like apunishment or something.  Please go post on the ptr forums.  Only 24 posts there so far.  Blizz will never pay attention if we don't at least say someething.

Feb 18, 2017 at 9:11am | Edits: 0 | Exodar-US | Pets: 880 Compare collections | Score: 5263
Liraella 
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Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Feb 18, 2017 at 8:24am | Edits: 0 | Aerie Peak-US | Pets: 824 Compare collections | Score: 4402
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