Taming Pandaria #1: Jade Forest Smackdown!

Welcome to Pandaria! You want pet battles? We got pet battles!!

Welcome to Pandaria!
You want pet battles? We got pet battles!!

I think Blizzard decided to try easing us into the first few Tamers in Pandaria. Which is alright by me. If they were all like Major Payne or Crystalsong Creepy Guy I think I’d have rage quit by now. Just like the last tamer in Cataclysm, this fight is very straightforward but still a bit challenging since the gap in stats is even larger.


Meet the Tamer

Meet Hyuna of the Shrines. She's protecting the Temples of Pandaria with her tiny pets!

Meet Hyuna of the Shrines. She’s protecting the Temples of Pandaria with her tiny pets!

So tell me, Hyuna of the Shrines, how effective is your tiny Turtle in protecting the Jade Temple? What’s that you say, the Temple is overrun by giant Shadow things?? Well I’m sure that wasn’t your fault. Your Turtle did the best it could!


The Abilities

Meet Skyshaper. Pretty tough for a flying insect.

Meet Skyshaper.
She’s pretty tough for a flying insect.

Skyshaper is pretty typical of the Flying insects in Pandaria. First she generally hits you with Confusing Sting which does a bit of damage every turn. Then she breaks out Glowing Toxin which takes 25% of your health over a few turns. Then she does a normal Flying attack (Slicing Wind) until the first two wear off and she starts all over again.

She’s got no mitigation or avoidance abilities. She doesn’t swarm. Stick a Magic or Dragonkin pet on her and she’s EZ mode.

Meet Fangor. Yet another huge snake.

Meet Fangor.
Yet another huge snake.

Fangor is a typical Snake pet. He Hisses, Burrows and hits you with his Vicious Fangs. Break out a Mechanical or a Flyer, time your abilities around his Burrow, and he’s EZ Mode.

Meet Dor the Wall. That's some name you got there!

Meet Dor the Wall.
That’s some name you got there!

Dor the Wall keeps this fight from being boring. He starts out using Headbutt which hits for a ton of Beast damage. Then he heals himself with Healing Wave, rests for a few turns while putting up his Shield Shell, and starts it all over again. Depending on what pet you bring, Dor can be a complete pain as you can’t hurt him enough to come close to killing him. What do you do?

There’s more than one way to take him on, depending on your stable. If you have two good Flying pets, you can stick one of them on the Beast, and the other to start wearing down Dor. Then use your second Flying pet (ideally a Moth with Cocoon Strike or a pet with Lift-Off ) to wear him down, timing your avoidance ability to match up with his Headbutt attack so you take pretty much no damage. As long as you use large attacks, like Peck, rather than Flurry like attacks, you should be able to wear him down.

If you want it to be super-EZ Mode, you can use a Spawn of Onyxia with Tail Swipe (assuming your pet is slower than his), Lift-Off and Healing Flame. As long as your pet has enough health to survive the first Headbutt you can take him down completely and end the fight with nearly 100% health.

In summary, as long as you have the right pet to take down Dor the Wall this fight is pretty easy. If you don’t have any answer, you should probably spend some of your time capturing some of the cool pets in Pandaria and levelling them, as the later Tamers are much more difficult.

First tamer down, six more to go!

First tamer down, six more to go!


Take Two

As long as you have a max level Spawn of Onyxia or a Dragonkin with similar abilities, this fight is probably easier to use for leveling than most of the ones in Cataclysm. Just open with your leveling pet, and swap in your Dragonkin to finish off the Flyer. Then use whatever works against the Beast pet. If your Dragonkin has low health, then let your Beast-killer take the first hit and swap in and let your Dragonkin heal up before beating up on Dor. Depending on RNG, it may take a while to wear him down, but in the end, you’ll get him!

Sure Hyuna, sounds like fun!

Sure Hyuna, sounds like fun!

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