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Raiding With Leashes II

My lowly banker succeeds where my big bad DK could not. So it goes...

My lowly banker succeeds where my big bad DK could not. So it goes…

I finally picked up my Tito, but I had to do it the expensive way and purchased a Coilfang Stalker and Lesser Voidcaller (aka the screaming shadow meanie) for 7k and 3k. I just haven’t had the time or inclination to run those two raids every week. I enjoyed the achievement quite a bit. Karazhan was especially fun since I had 5 toons that could clear it. SSC turned into a chore after the first week, though I sort of liked running TK. It was fun to figure out how to take out the different bosses on my toons, even though only my (blood) DK could clear the last bosses in either SSC or TK.

Screaming Shadow Meanie!

Screaming Shadow Meanie!


Lashtail Hatchling

Rescue me!

Rescue me!

So I haven’t blogged this before, but I had attempted getting this baby about 8 months ago, first on my Frost Mage, and then on my Blood DK. I didn’t have the gear + mad skillz to solo the guy before the nerf. But thanks to a tip from Tamer Liopleurodon, I found out that they made it so the boss is soloable. In fact, for many it’s probably easier to solo than to duo, as the insta-death mechanic is still around for more than one player.

Cutest quest text eva? You bet!

Cutest quest text eva? You bet!

I went and cleared it in about 15 mins on my DK as I still knew all the tricks (protip: having an invisibility belt helps). Then I tried it on my poor frost mage and he failed miserably. I had to tangle with two of the mini-bosses before getting to the last guy, and neither of them had even looked at my Blood DK. Of course, being a clothy makes it all extra annoying.

And then I found out that popping mirror image actually turns the insta-death mechanic back on. And my poor clothy is too undergeared (and underplayed) to solo the guy without the images. Still I got my pet, even if it was on the DK, and that’s the important thing!

Yes dearie, I am your mummy!

Yes dearie, I am your mummy!


Battle Notebook

I did my 10 wins this past week, and I tracked the fights again, but haven’t done a writeup for it yet. I may or may not get to it before the weekend. Those posts take much longer than you’d think if you want to do it right.

I’ve got another 10 or so pets to level 25. Including some I should have leveled awhile ago (like the Phoenix). I played with them some, but I’ve been playing with other games lately (sacrilege, I know) and haven’t done as much dailies or PvE battling. I always come back for more however, especially since the new patch looks to have alot of cool stuff!

Raiding With Leashes III ??

Anyone for Raiding With Leashes III ??

Pet Battle Notebook #2: I’m back!

So I’ve moved house and it took probably 2.5 weeks to get decent Internet. That kind of makes it hard to blog about pets. Especially since I didn’t really get to do any pet battling that whole time.

But I’m back! And I’ve got better hardware and faster net so it’s extra fun. The most amazing thing so far is that now that I’m playing with the effects on, I get to hear all the cute—and sometimes pitiable—noises the pets make while battling. Kind of makes me feel bad when I beat up some of them now, but it’s still fun!


Warning: this is alot of repetitive stuff. If I do this again, I’ll likely summarize it quite a bit. But this should give some idea of how things went and what kinds of teams I faced those two evenings.

Session #1

I decided to try a few different teams from the post in #1 and see how I liked them. I also kept records over the two sessions I got to play before the move. Unfortunately, I lost the records for one of those sessions. So it goes… but I still remember enough to at least give you an update on the second session.

The Team:

  1. pet-moth-iconGilded Moth with Slicing Wind, Cocoon, and Moth Dust.
  2. feline-familiar-iconFeline Familiar with Pounce, Call Darkness, and Prowl.
  3. spectral-porcupette-iconSpectral Porcupette with Powerball, Spectral Spine, Spectral Strike.

This team was very similar to one of the suggestions I mentioned last time (Blind Team 2). Though I really didn’t get the hang of it.

The first three teams it faced were:

The main issue with these is that I had nothing that matched up well and they all did enough damage that my Blind didn’t seem to matter.

I decided to swap out the Moth for:

One of the great things about this pet, is its ability Surge of Light. That ability does double damage during the weather effect Darkness, which isn’t caused by the Blind debuff itself, so Elementals do not avoid it.

Then I faced:

It was a very close match mainly because of how hard it is to kill those Emperor Crabs. After seeing more KLRs, I decided to swap my Spectral Porcupette for:

  • ghostly-skull-iconGhostly Skull with Slash, Spectral Strike, and Unholy Ascension.

Unfortunately, the next team I faced was:

This team swapped continually and eventually had three pets at 20% health when I lost. It was very frustrating and made me wish I had a way to stop the swaps.

I decided to swap the Skull for

This was one of my go-to pets with previous Blind teams.

I faced the same Imp, Spiderling, Custodian team and this time I won because I had a way to burn down the Mechanical. It was close though as they missed twice in a row one time.

So to recap, my current team is:

  1. feline-familiar-iconFeline Familiar with Pounce, Call Darkness, and Prowl.
  2. soul-of-aspects-iconSoul of the Aspects with Claw, Deflect, and Surge of Light.
  3. enchanted-lantern-iconFestival Lantern with Burn, Flash and Light.

I stuck with that for several matches. I next faced:

This was a close matchup, but my opponent swapped out a nearly dead Sunreaver for the Whelpling and ended up with a ton of buffed humanoid damage from Surge of Light. I next faced:

This was close as Animus had 10% left on his failsafe when he finished me off. Next was:

This was someone pretending to be a newb (they didn’t even name their pets) but the team was well put together and had enough healing, especially from the crab, that I couldn’t finish them even with Call Darkness. Next was:

This team had lots of DoTs from the eggs, bananas, and nuts that were raining down, and it might have been smart if they had a Lightning dragon to go with it. I had a small setback when Surge of Light missed, but managed to win on my Lantern vs. their Chicken.

I had faced this team earlier, but it wasn’t even close this time as my Lantern rocked them.

Another repeat, only this time I led with my Beast to try and draw out their Mechanicals. They still started with the Valkyr, but my Beast wiped it out pretty fast and the Lantern destroyed the rest of their team.

No Mechanical or Undead damage on my end made this a tough loss.

Their swap attacks missed twice the first battle due to the Blinds being thrown around, and I think frustrated them a bit. They led with the Abyssal the second time instead of the Imp and then I lost.

At this point I was seeing so many Beasts that I decided to swap out the Feline Familiar for:

  • gilnean-raven-iconCrow with Alpha Strike, Call Darkness, Nocturnal Strike.

The text team I faced was:

I lost that very closely with their last pet at 10%. Then I faced:

The Anubiseth was too hard to kill, again.


I then decided to do a complete swap to one of the Lightning teams suggested before:

The first team this faced was:

This team seemed to be very laggy the first round so it wasn’t a very good test. I faced them again in the next round and a bad swap at the end cost me a very close match. I then faced:

The claw was a huge difference maker and makes me wish I was more lucky with my digging. I decided to swap my Shadeling for:

  • firefly-iconFirefly with Slicing Wind, Cocoon and Swarm.

The next team I faced was:

They fled after my Swarm + Storm managed to wipe out the Direhorn. They led with KLR the second time which was a much better match up for them.

At this point, I swapped in my Clockwork Gnome for Peddlefeet so my team was:

  1. wild-golden-hatchling-iconGolden Hatchling.
  2. firefly-iconFirefly.
  3. clockwork-gnome-iconClockwork Gnome with Railgun, Blitz, Build Turrets.

The next team I faced was:

The first round was a close loss with a few misses on my side making a difference. I won big the second round by swapping a few extra times to keep my Gnome alive until the end.


For those keeping track, my overall W/L was 10-13. With the best team being the Feline Familiar, Soul of the Aspects, Festival Lantern which went 6-4.

The most common pets I faced were the Kun-Lai Runt, the Fiendish Imp, and the Stunted Direhorn or Pygmy Direhorn. Those were often pair with another swapper like Netherspace Abyssal or Crawling Claw and I also saw Anubiseth Idol several times.

In summary, I’d say I was most impressed by the Soul of the Aspects + Darkness combo and the Lightning Storm + Turrets combo. The Festival Lantern is still very strong as well. The Spectral Porcupette didn’t seem to work the way I played it. Peddlefeet was kind of a mixed result, and neither of the Undead pets I tried panned out.


Session #2

Again, I lost the notes I had for it, but the overall record was much better.

The Teams:

  1. wild-golden-hatchling-iconWild Golden Hatchling with Tail Sweep, Lightning Storm, Cyclone.
  2. clockwork-gnome-iconClockwork Gnome with Railgun, Blitz, Build Turrets.
  3. lil-xt-iconLandros Lil’ XT with Zap, Heartbroken, Tantrum/Boom Bot.

This team did well, but Lil ‘XT never really felt like he pulled his own weight. It was difficult to get a Heartbroken combo off and when it did, it rarely survived to get the tantrum off. Swapping to Boom Bot didn’t help much.

So I swapped Lil ‘XT for:

This did much better but, again, the Whelpling would rarely survive long enough for Dreadful Breath to do that much damage and there were too many swaps involved to get Plagued Blood to stick to any one target. Facing all of these swap teams makes it more difficult.

I tried swapping the Whelpling for a pandaren-air-elementalPandaren Air Elemental, which worked a bit with all of the extra dots, but it felt a little fragile. So I swapped it for a pandaren-fire-elementalPandaren Fire Elemental.

My final team was:

This team rocked the rest of the night. I would open with the Golden Hatchling to do Lightning Storm + Cyclone, then the Gnome to Build Turrets, and then I would sometimes swap to my Elemental and sometimes not depending upon the match up.

The Flame Wave was very good as it hit their entire team with Lightning damage. I just had to time it so that it wouldn’t remove my turrets. One time, I faced another Lightning + Clockwork Gnome team and being able to wipe out their turrets when I felt like it made it feel much easier. The same for the Lil’ Rags + Fire Trap teams I was facing. Toward the end of the night, I dropped Cauterize completely in favor of Conflagrate and it made the combo seem even more powerful.

I still managed to lose to a few teams, but it made the swap teams less of a problem since forcing me to swap to either my Elemental or my Gnome were actually a bonus as they both teamed up well with Lightning Storm. The only tough teams were the Anubisath Idol with Sandstorm, but even those weren’t that bad as long as I made sure to use Lightning Storm after their Sandstorm and then just bring in the Elemental which completely negated Sandstorm when they reapplied it.

By the end of the second session, I had more than made up the deficit from the first session, had gotten past the 50 Level 25 PvP wins achievement, and still wanted to play more.

Update Time

If you haven’t read the new Guide for Beasts of Fable you might want to start with that. Or not, It’s totally up to you. But the other thing you all are probably interested in is about wrangling down the PvP so I’ll start with that.

Pet Battle PvP

It was much more difficult this week than last week. I think alot of people brought their A game and since mine’s a B- at best, there were a number of close (and a few not-so-close) losses. Then the casuals started waking up at around 9:30 or 10 AM server and I could keep up again.

Blind Team

I started out with a few weird flying groups, like a Harpie + Qiraji Guardling just to see what it was like and that didn’t go well. So I took the winning team from last week: Eye of the Legion, Gilnean Raven, and Mr. Chilly, and played around with it a bit. Only instead of keeping the Eye (for the third weekend in a row), I swapped it out for a newly upgraded Festival Lantern with Burn, Flash, and Light.

So I would generally open with the Raven and Pop Call Darkness and Nocturnal Strike, swap in my Penguin and use Slippery Ice and Ice Lance. And then they’d be taking double Elemental damage and have an extra 30% reduced chance to hit my team.

This worked pretty well. Well enough to get me at least half of my wins. Even the pro players were thrown enough that I could usually steal one win away even if they had it figured out for the rematch. You would think that Dragonkin would be the weakest link, but Call Darkness managed to keep them in check if they only had one. And having a magic pet that would suddenly start popping Elemental damage three turns in, like the Lantern did, really threw the Mechanical teams off. I did really well overall against the Undead + Flying and Mechanical heavy teams I was seeing.


Fresh Ideas

Then I started to see teams with a double swap, and an Anubisath Idol with Sandstorm + a really fast Hopling and I didn’t do so hot. Swapping in the Eye of the Legion from last week wasn’t enough to start winning again and I decided to try and build another team.

What didn’t work this week:

  • Festival Lantern + Pandaren Earth and Water Spirits. Didn’t try this for too long, but the Mud Slide was supposed to stop the double swap teams I was seeing from using Crawling Claw and Fiendish Imp or Bone Spider to wear me out. Of course, then I stopped seeing the swap teams as much. And it didn’t matter as I didn’t have the firepower to shut them down. I did manage to wipe the floor with a double Mechanical team, at least.
  • Scourged Whelpling/Wolpertinger + Rapana Whelk/Ghostly Skull + Blighted Squirrel / Infected Fawn. I was still being beaten up by that double humanoid team and I tried Undead heavy and a few critter heavy teams and nothing was working. Then they disappeared for an hour or so and I started winning again.

What did work:

  • Living Sandling + Festival Lantern + Eye of the Legion. I brought out the Sandling to try and help with a Celestial Dragon + Spawn of Onyxia team and it kind of worked. An elemental that could punch threw them off balance. The sandstorm and quicksand slowed them down and since one of them at least used Moonlight often, that actually helped my other two pets.
  • Tide Skipper + Festival Lantern + Living Sandling. Having an Aquatic that looks and hits like a Humanoid threw off the Undead teams a bit. Same for the Dragonkin teams. Then I started seeing stuff that threw me for a loop, like a scourgling + humanoid or triple swap teams and I started losing narrowly a few times in a row.
  • Clouded Hedgehog + Festival Lantern + Jade Crane Chick. This lineup is weird enough that I think it just managed to confuse them as much as anything. I flat out stole a win by having my blind cause them to miss two killing blows. But there were two highlights: 1) When I beat a double dragonkin team with my Flying + Magic team. I managed to get Shattered Defenses up and swapped in my Hedgehog to Counterstrike one to death, and my Lantern wore the second one down enough for my Hedgehog to finish them. And 2) when I finally beat up that double Humanoid team (that had picked up a Rabbit with Dodge + Burrow for fun). I got a bit of luck in that they had no Mechanical and therefore no answer to my Beast pet.

Long Story Short

You can find a good team but as soon as you start winning with it, they’re gonna swap it up on you. That being said, I think my Blind team and the Hedgehog team might be something to keep in mind for next week.


Raiding With Leashes II

I didn’t raid Kara, though I hit SSC on the one toon that could clear it, and TK on three toons and I didn’t get a single pet. The shadow pet from TK is getting around 2-3000 on the AH, but that would still leave the Coilfang pet from Vashj. I’ll just run it again next week.


Pet Collecting

I managed to tame a rare Kun’lai Runt (finally), and an Amber Moth. Had some key upgrades, including my Festival Lantern, the Perky Pug (which I’ve sadly neglected), the Tiny Flamefly, and the Tiny Goldfish. I’m capped out completely for Undead and Dragonkin upgrades, which is frustrating as those stones dropped as well. I played the AH a bit and managed to pick up two Tiny Carps for 2.5k each. That just leaves the Red Carp to try and Fish or Purchase. Also have two pets from the 2.2 raid that I could go for, although they’re weighing in at 8-10k for now. That’s too pricey for me right now.

Nik’s Big Weekend

Well, I had more time on my hands this weekend than is probably good for me. I had a large number of productive things in store, and I did some of them (no really!) but I also took an extended WoW vacation. Let’s hit the highlights:

Zookeeper

Zookeeper

This massive achievement is finally mine after this epic capture. After logging in around 6 AM server Friday morning (which is a more reasonable 8 PM in my timezone), and seeing at least a dozen campers, I decided I wasn’t going to spend my limited play time soaking up the bug riddled atmosphere of Silithus.

So I dropped a Blingtron just to see if the dedicated few would show any signs of life (a few did) and went on to hit up the raids. Friday evening (so 10 AM Saturday for me) there were easily 30 or more hanging out in Silithus. It was like a Pet tamer’s Woodstock man! People were actually talking in General about pet taming stuff. There were even one or two guys clearing critters in Ahn’Qiraj to try and force a random spawn.

Well I still didn’t join them exactly, but decided to try my luck getting a Rare pet spawn from the Silithus population (which I did). Thirty minutes later, someone in General chat for Silithus was like: “Did Blizzard suddenly up the spawn rate or something, I’ve never seen this many.” Surely enough, one of those mythical “huge spawns” that hit every six hours had just happened.

I flew all the way to the Scarab wall and picked up a Poor quality Guardling. There were a half dozen still around and not very many tamers since they were all still hanging in AQ instead of Silithus and didn’t hear the guy in General! I mentioned it in General there rather than trying to farm up a Rare, because I’m a good person, and celebrated with the other campers who had also picked up Zookeeper.

The sad thing is, I was out of Rare stones and had to settle for an Uncommon one I farmed up earlier. Okay, I’m not that sad about it.


Some of you might be asking: Whadda mean you’re out of pet stones, you’ve had all year to farm for it!

An excellent question, where did that Upgrade stone I’ve been saving disappear to?

That Darn Val’kyr

Unborn Val'kyr

While all of the Über Dedicated tamers were hanging out in Silithus on Friday, I decided to try my luck in Northrend. That decision paid off in spades because, as I checked one of the spawn points in Grizzly Hills, That Darn Val’kyr finally showed up! I’d had a Marked Flawless Battle Stone with her name on it for weeks.

The tame was a very near thing actually because my overeager Arctic Fox managed to crit her to death! Fortunately, she did the undead rez thing and my capture on the next turn worked! I would have been very unhappy if it hadn’t…


So it was Saturday afternoon-ish and I’d managed to cross two of the toughest tames off Nik’s bucket list. Did I do the smart thing and quit while I was ahead? Hell No! I don’t call it an obsession for nothing!!

So what else did I do:

Raiding With Leashes II

Actually, that was pretty much a bust. Freakin’ SSC nearly broke me. I gave Vashj the ole college try on my mage and she still had 50+ stacks going into Phase III, which is too much for Nik the Heratik (though my DK can still take her at 99). So I get one shot a week and it’s no dice this week.

I also have one pet left in TK but at least I get three shots at Solarian. On the bright side I did pick up a little Impy that was lying around in Karazhan, so I’m officially done with that place, and I also picked up the Pocket Void Reaver after bringing my druid.

Illhoof Imp

But let’s be honest, there’s no way I was gonna get all four pets I had left after dropping so much RNG to get both the Val’kyr and the Qiraji Guardling. Not gonna happen.

In other news, the Direhorn Runt was now going for 1K on the Auction House, so I picked one up too.

Direhorn Runt


Pet Battle PvP

You’d think I’d have burned my whole weekend at this point, but I managed to cram alot of epic stuff in a short period. So I managed to get my 10 wins in as usual. I even dinged an alt 87 while doing so. This week wasn’t nearly as brutal (at least not in level 25s).

After trying to get fancy and break out some elemental combo that wasn’t working, I revisited the team from last week. I kept rolling with Eye of the Legion, but instead of Mountain Panda and Wolpertinger, I used Gilnean Raven and Mr. Chilly to fill out the team. This worked surprisingly well. The combo of Darkness + Slippery Ice gave the enemy team and extra 30% chance to miss which frustrated some of the players and let me steal a couple of wins that I otherwise might not have got. They also match up really well against the Dragonkin and Mechanical heavy teams I’ve been seeing.

No Time To Heal

I also wasted a few hours going for this achievement. I tried taking in some really strong lowbie pets and just beating up some newbies to get that five in a row, but it was tough. I’d build up a streak of two or three and then some other hotshot with the same idea would show up with a Celestial Dragon or Lil’ Taragosa combo (seriously, who doesn’t get these pets to 25 ASAP?) and I’d be back at square one.

I tried a heavy self healing team (with Sunfur Panda, Pterrordax Hatchling, Phoenix Hatchling) and that felt like trolling, but it worked for a bit. Then someone I’d beaten up a couple of times switched in their own Phoenix Hatchling combo and I was back to square one.

One odd thing I noticed is that, while the number goes down when you lose, it seems to not reset it self if you win and a pet dies. So maybe that’s the compromise Blizzard made where if you keep winning you don’t get it reset even if you still have to win without losing a pet to make the number go up. I don’t know it’s just a really stupid hard achievement for only being worth 10 points.


Brawler’s Guild

I finally cashed in my Brawler’s Guild invite from 5 months ago and started doing that on my Death Knight. It’s actually alot of fun. The fights are sometimes a bit gimmicky, but it’s sometimes more fun watching them than winning or losing. There was this one miniboss, Blingtron 3000, that had wiped out a few players earlier. Then a smart warrior came in with the solution which was to basically chain together all of the little Blingtron 2000 adds that spawn, and hook them into a Capacitor in the corner to electrocute him. It was gobsmacking watching someone pull that off.

So yeah, I’m at level three and need a few more wins to get the pet from there. At some point, I’m sure I’ll hit the gear wall, but I don’t think that’s until level 6 or so and it’ll be a heck of alot more fun than trying to beat up newbies in order to snatch a measly 10 point achievement.


This was an epic weekend and I enjoyed the hell out of it. Even though I got sore and had to stop and do some IRL stuff Sunday afternoon. It makes me remember (once again) why I like this game so much. Even solo the payoff is huge when the stars align and that thing you’ve been working for finally happens.

Two weeks later…

pet-update-2-Ghaz'rooki

My WoW play time has been cut back a bit, mostly due to work, so I’ve just not had as much to talk about. I’ve had about three really long sessions on the weekends and hardly any time during the week. Here’s what I’ve been up to. I’ll probably have pictures later on, but for now, begin huge wall of text:

Ghaz’rooki

I put in a large amount of time on my mage and got the tokens I needed to buy Ghaz’rooki in one session. It was a little grueling, mainly because of the bug that only showed you where the resource dumps were some of the time, but it was less grueling than the Spectral Porcupette. So in short, the new daily quests were fun, I liked the scenarios so far, and I hope to finish them eventually.


Raiding With Leashes II

You’d think I’d have it all done with five toons that can clear Karazhan and three toons that can completely or almost clear Tempest Keep and Serpentshrine Cavern. But no, I still need Illhoof to drop his Fiendish Imp, Vashj (that “witch with a B”) to drop her Coilfang Stalker and freakin Loot Reaver and Crazy Mind-Control Chick to drop her shadow pet.

Vashj Troubles

Vashj seems to be the deal breaker for this achievement as she has both the hardest fight and the lowest drop rate for her pet. I can consistently down her on my DK in Blood spec but I can’t keep her from maxing out to 99 stacks so I had to be able to handle alot of damage. I tried it on my (very poorly geared) Druid and he was fear bombed to uselessness in Phase II. I was able to get through Phase II very well with my Frost mage. I just stuck my Water Elemental on the Warrior pet and used Deep Freeze and Ice Lance on the Stalker pet.

However, 60 stacks was too much damage for my (poorly geared) mage to handle. I’ve read some strats that tell me to concentrate more on the elementals coming in and I’ll likely do that at some point, but I didn’t feel like spending the extra hour figuring the fight out.

Tempest Keep

The three pet bosses in TK are soloable, but I haven’t even tried Void Reaver on my caster classes as the silence mechanic would be too much for them. Easily done on a druid or a DK. Solarian is very tricky unless you have a pet class as she mind controls you which resets the fight. My DK could pop Army of the Dead and burn her down, my mage had his water elemental, and I specced my druid into Treants which attacked her while I was being MC’ed. The most tedious part of the fight was clearing the entire room before that.

Only my DK can clear Kaelthas mainly because the phase where you fight the entire Council is very tough. That passive healing and army of the dead helps, though I was able to slowly pick them off one by one as long as I had my passive heal up.


Collecting updates

Unborn Val’kyr

Haven’t caught one yet. Been logging in and check the spawn points on the East side of Northrend and no luck. Also camped a single spot for a few hours while doing pet battle PvP. I have seen a few Scourged Whelpling spawns while flying so it seems Blizzard made good on their claim. I’m not really sure if it’s worth all the bother, but it’s something to look for.

Pet Treats are Awesome

If you’re very quick, you can pop one of the new pet treats (from the spirit beast quests) that give you 25-50% extra experience. You can then clear all of the Pandaria tamers in just under an hour. This can give you up to 7-8k experience on your leveling pets and the time crunch almost keeps things interesting. I also came across (through Lio or another blogger) this Cheat Sheet that is very helpful. I still use mostly the same strats I’ve mentioned for the tamers, but the tip to use a fast rabbit on Major Payne was very helpful and a bit better than what I was doing.


Gotta catch them all!

So I’ve basically been leveling and using my stones to upgrade rare pets that I can’t catch.

Pet stone upgrades include:

  • Coral Adder. This is one of those pets that is very hard to find rare due to the limited number of spawns.
  • Jade Crane Chick. This is the extra special Pandaren pet that only comes in uncommon.
  • Mr. Chilly. Slightly cuter than Pengu but only available in Uncommon quality… until now!

I’ve also finally caught these rares:

I’m sure I’m missing a few that I’ve gone after, mostly in Kun-Lai, but these are the ones that stick out to me as being especially interesting or annoying. Fjord Rat, Amber Moth, Devouring Maggot, and a Rare Kunlai Runt are also eluding me, but that’s partly because I haven’t had time to really focus on them. I also plan on trying to just get more stones if I can as it seems easier in the long run.


Pet Battle PvP

I’ve done this more than I have in the past, but it’s probably the bottom of my priority list when it comes to pets. I think the best tip I’ve heard is to try and battle during peak times, rather than the middle of the night, as that’s when the less “hard core” players are on and you have a chance to string together some wins.

Pet Teams I’ve Used

I tried to break out a Call Darkness combo with a Crow and it seems like the hard core players I was up against at the time had seen it before and were ready. So I stole maybe one of my 10 wins for the week from that.

Then I swapped to my Critter kill team from before: Nether Roach, Wolpertinger, and Rapana Whelk. That didn’t do as well this week and I only got two wins from that. I think I swapped out the Roach for the new Rabbit pet and brought in my Pandaren Water spirit to get another win, but I’m not sure.

The worst was when I came up against this all healy elemental team that had a Sunflower, a Flowering Ancient, and a Terrible Turnip and at least two of the three were popping the sunny weather effect. It felt like a classic troll as the fights took three times longer and you knew the second you broke out the two Aquatics with Rainy weather you’d need to take them down, they’d leave the pool and you’d lose to the next guy.

I swapped in a Sea Pony for the Whelk but didn’t select the Rainy weather and lost less badly. Then I chose the rainy effect and managed to lose by only one pet. I still needed a third Aquatic to win and that was about the time I stopped seeing that lineup.

Lineup of the Week

I finally started winning the last 6-7 for the week around 10:30-11 AM server (which is late in Aussie time) but part of that was due to the new lineup. I’d dropped two of my critters and instead went with Wolpertinger, Mountain Panda, and an Eye of the Legion. The panda had Scratch, Rock Barrage, and Mudslide and the Eye of the Legion had Shadow Slash, Gravity, an Soul Ward.

The Eye of the Legion threw off alot of opponents because it could deal very well with Flying, Humanoid, and Dragonkin attackers. Gravity kept them from swapping at will and Soul Ward absorbed the bursty attacks most opponents seem to favor. The Mountain Panda was also good at preventing swaps and it could deal very well with Undead (like that darn Val’kyr), and Humanoid, and wasn’t really weak against any pets that were commonly used. If I ran into a Mechanical, I’d just drop a Rock Barrage and swap.

The lineup even did well against another annoying team I’d fought earlier: Anubiseth Idol and Flayer Youngling. They were running a double Avoidance strategy but couldn’t swap out against the Eye of the Legion and had to deal with rocks and mud as well. Also, the Wolpertinger is still very cool as long as you’re faster than them as it’s both bursty and causes them to lose turns.


Wrapping it Up

I’ve had a busy two weeks but not enough free time to play much WoW and also blog about it. I still haven’t done a writeup on the Spirit pets. I like the changes to them, since they’re no longer a joke even if they aren’t super tough, but most tamers should figure out a strat that works for them in any case. See ya in a few weeks!

Update Time!

Well I’ve started work, in case you’re wondering: Why the slow down? Or maybe: Why the speed up? as I was kind of churning out those last few posts.

Anyways, my first day was right before 5.3 hit, so yeah… kind of didn’t touch it for almost a week. And the first thing I did when I came back? Well The Longest Day of course! Because I felt the need to go back and make sure my strats still worked. And they did, though Major Payne still annoys me.

PvP Stuff

The next thing I did was PvP pet battles. And I sort of remembered why I don’t do them very much. They’re hard to predict. You can hit the same person three times in a row but you change one pet to try and match up better and then you get a different person who tries to stomp you differently!

Unlike Liopleurodon, I didn’t get too many of those Kun-Lai Runt teams. I hit one or two, but they weren’t that tough of a matchup for what I was doing. The very worst was this other pet enthusiast with a Murkablo, a Hand of Gimmick, and a Lil’ Taragosa. I went 0-4 against them.

The next worst was another Hand of Gimmick, a Pterrordax Hatchling and a Lil’ XT or sometimes a different Mechanical. I managed to go 1-5 or something against them and should have done alot more but I would always get beat by the Hatchling’s gigantic heal.

I was originally going with a Chuck + Wolvar Pup with a Nether Roach in there to deal with Flying or Undead pets. This worked well against anything with an Elemental, and most other pets, as you could use Chuck to put a Bleed up and do Blood in the Water, then swapped to my Wolvar and used the extra damage from Maul to finish the first pet in a few moves. The biggest issue I had was the Hatchling + Undead combo since that would chew up my Croc and I only had one pet that could do any damage to them.

I tried several different combos with mixed success, but I finished up with a Critter team with an upgraded Wolpertinger, a Rapana Whelk, and a Nether Roach. This worked surprisingly well, though I think I swapped the roach for an Elemental or Dragonkin just to try something different.

The Wolpertinger was very good as long as it was faster than their pet. With Sleeping Gas, Horn Attack, and Headbutt I was able to keep the few slow Beasts that were there in check as they lost 3-4 turns in the exchange, once I even took down a Lil’ XT by hitting it with three turn losing attacks in a row! The Nether Roach was also a surprise, mostly because few players see that breed before and are just expecting Apocalypse, not Magic damage.


Return to Karazhan!

My last two sessions were spent hitting Karazhan on four different toons. The first one didn’t get a single drop and took an extra 45 mins until I could figure out how to beat the Chess Event solo. Google was my friend there.

And then I brought in good ol’ Nik the Heratik and this happened:

Zomg, Vampire Pony!

ZOMG, Vampire Pony!!

No pets dropped again for either Nik or the 85 Rogue, but I wasn’t allowed to complain as I hadn’t seen that mount drop since I was raiding Karazhan for reals! And today I finally got these two to drop:

Wolf!

Wolf!

Tiny Robot Man! Is Tiny!

Tiny Robot Man! Is Tiny!

I like the Wolf alot though maybe the tiny robot will grow on me a bit. There’s still two more raids I’d like to hit. I should maybe also do some gold farming again as I decided to drop 10K on this:

Awesome Tiny Dragon!

Awesome Tiny Dragon!

I don’t think I’ve ever dropped that much on a pet as I prefer to watch the AH like a hawk and catch them when they’re relatively cheap. But Crimson Drake is very tough for people to farm so they rarely let one go on the AH. My best guess is it dropped in a non-collector’s Tanking goodie bag, but it’s hard to say. In any case, I bought it straight away as even on my mature server you’re not likely to see it again for a few months. That was when the last one I saw showed up for around 9k bid.


There’s my update for a bit. I’ll likely go over the Upgraded Beasts of Legend soon and maybe dabble in some PvP, but I’m not likely to have the time for a week or more. Have fun peeps!