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Shadowlands Pre-Patch: Pet Ability Changes

September 03, 2020
Blizzard announced a couple of months ago that some existing battle pet abilities would be updated in Shadowlands. [source]

Terky using Stampede

Updated Abilities Coming In Pre-Patch
These changes for existing battle pets will go into effect in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch (Patch 9.0). It's still unclear when the Pre-Patch will be released, but some speculate it will be within the next few weeks.

In the meantime, it might be a good idea to review pet teams and strategies to make sure they aren't heavily impacted by the upcoming adjustments.

Here's a breakdown of changed abilities.

Flock-like Abilities



LIVE
— Flat damage each round + Opponents struck take double damage

PRE-PATCH
— Increasing damage each round + Opponents struck take 50% increased damage



LIVE
— Opponents struck take 100% increased damage

PRE-PATCH
— Opponents struck take 50% increased damage



LIVE
— Opponents struck take double damage

PRE-PATCH
— Increased damage + Opponents struck take 50% increased damage

Adjusted Damage (reduced)



Adjusted Damage (DoT component increased)



Aquatic Pet Family Passive
LIVE
— Harmful DoT effects reduced by 50% on Aquatic pets

PRE-PATCH
— Harmful DoT effects reduced by 50% on Aquatic pets + Damage of DoT effects dealt by Aquatic pets increased by 25%

Other Changes



Although Black Claw and other similar flat damage-taken abilities aren't receiving a direct change, how they are applied in combat. Per Blizzard's blog post:

"Flat damage-taken modifiers such as Black Claw now happen **after multipliers such as Shattered Defenses, or pet species strengths/weaknesses. This is a significant change to the value of flat damage abilities. Prior to this change, the value of Black Claw was increased 100% by Shattered Defenses, and if your pet was strong vs the other pet type, it would be increased even further. Flat damage modifiers now happen after all other combat calculations, which wound up being a significant damage output nerf to abilities that hit multiple times, upwards of 25-30% total damage reduction."
Posted by Quintessence
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Xanthra 
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unfirtunatly they do this every xpac to one degree or another we (meaning me also) will complain and then we will all prevail gl everyone

4 days ago at 11:18pm | Edits: 0 | Misha-US | Pets: 1238 Compare collections | Score: 9904
Top RaterWickedpriest 
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they neutered Ikky.  Hes me favorite!  -sad-

Sep 20, 2020 at 11:08am | Edits: 0 | Scilla-US | Pets: 1124 Compare collections | Score: 8992
Shawna 
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Let's hope they add some interesting pets as replacement otherwise old content that we have learnt will be a horrible experience with lacking this tactic.

Sep 12, 2020 at 11:11am | Edits: 0 | Doomhammer-EU | Pets: 1158 Compare collections | Score: 6928
Top RaterCrazypants 
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Oh boy I knew this was coming but I thought it was Shadowlands release, not prepatch. I have some work to do.

Sep 6, 2020 at 1:18pm | Edits: 0 | Dalaran-US | Pets: 1228 Compare collections | Score: 9821
Ringo 
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Finish the Celestial Tournament, etc., before the patch, if you can.

Sep 4, 2020 at 12:25pm | Edits: 0 | Silver Hand-US | Pets: 1226 Compare collections | Score: 9805
Petshop 
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Oh. Oh man. How many strategies are gonna have to be re-worked now...

Sep 4, 2020 at 7:21am | Edits: 0 | Silvermoon-US | Pets: 1183 Compare collections | Score: 9105
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