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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 ??

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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.

Pet Notebook #6: Cataclysm Edition

I won’t say that you should skip all of these zones. There are a number of pets with interesting models and a few really cool and unique pets. But the Cataclysm zones have fewer “must have” pets than the other zones, and you could probably step right onto the boat to Pandaria and be able to fill in those holes with a few good captures. In any case, let’s look at it zone-by-zone:

Deepholm

If there’s one zone you need to visit, it’s Deepholm. And here’s what you should be looking for while you’re there.

Fungal Moth

Fungal Moth: this Flyer isn’t any different from any of the other moths, but you may not have found a good Rare moth yet, and there are plenty of Moths here for the taking. Try and find the Speed or Stam/Speed breed if you can, but any rare will do in a pinch.

Crimson Geode

Crimson Geode: this Elemental is worth farming for a rare as it has some very cool damage abilities. Try to get the pure Power breed or one of the Stam/Power or Stam/Speed breeds if you can. Anything but the pure Stam is good.

Crimson Shale Hatchling

Crimson Shale Hatchling: this Elemental is a tanky variation on a spider pet. It holds up pretty well and is easy to level, though not all that useful against the later tamers. The Crimson and Topaz all come in variable Stamina breeds, while the Amethyst and Emerald can come in any of the nine breeds.

This probably isn’t important when you’re just building up a stable, but it may be helpful if you’re farming for a specific addition to your PvP pet squad.

Mount Hyjal

Nordrassil Wisp

Nordrassil Wisp: this Magic pet can be useful against the later tamers, especially if you don’t already have a Magic Lamp or Festival Lantern levelled up.

The other pets here are just variations on pets you may already have, for the most part. It may be worth farming for to fill out a hole, but there are probably better zones for this.

Twilight Highlands

Wildhammer Gryphon

Wildhammer Gryphon Hatchling: this Flyer doesn’t have any unique abilities, but it’s got such a cute look! Don’t waste too much time farming for a rare, but an uncommon shouldn’t be too time consuming. There aren’t many spawn points, but it’s a common secondary pet.

Twilight Fiendling

Twilight Fiendling: this Magic pet can do alot of damage if you get the right breed. I was impatient, didn’t understand breeds, and wasted a Magic upgrade stone on a pure Stamina breed. I also haven’t used that pet very much since. There are better pets out there, but it’s cool looking and if you can find one in a Power breed it can be pretty good (I think).

If you don’t have a rare Prarie dog or Marmot type pet, this is a good place to farm for one (Yellow-Bellied Marmot). They are much more useful than you’d think when fighting tamers. Otherwise, the remaining pets are just okay.

Uldum

This is probably the other “must visit” zone, especially if you’re looking for a rare moth or frog that you don’t want to level from scratch.

Oasis Moth

Oasis Moth: this Flyer isn’t any different from the other moths, but you’re more likely to come across one here than any some other zones. If you have a rare, or don’t care about moths, you can always get one in Pandaria. But this isn’t a bad place to farm or level pets and grab one.


And that’s all she wrote! What are you even doing here? Pandaria awaits!

Pet Notebook #5: Northrend Edition

Just like Outland, there are many pets in Northrend, most of them are similar to pets you have seen before, but with unique skins and occasionally a different ability. Then there are the dragon pets, which are more numerous than on other continents, but often with difficult spawns. Blizzard is still working on adding new pets to Northrend, including the Unborn Val’kyr, which is likely to be tough to catch as well.

Rather than go zone-by-zone, I’m listing the must have and hard to catch pets and you can look up other pets on WowHead. Also, don’t forget about the Argent Tournament which has a number of cool pets, Breanni’s shop at Dalaran, which has a number of nice pets, and the sewer market in Dalaran, which has the scary, but fun, Ghostly Skull.


The Required List

Nexus Whelpling

Nexus Whelpling. The consensus is a slow but steady spawn rate. The abilities are the same as the Azure Whelpling. Not an absolute must, but very cool and tamable pet.

Emerald Proto-Whelp

Emerald Proto-Whelp. According to the WowHead comments, there seems to be some voodoo involved in getting these to spawn. I capped mine by persistently checking the location while looking for the Scourged Whelpling and waiting for snow in Storm Peaks.

Its abilities are similar to the Emerald Whelpling. The combination of the strong self-heal, the magic attack, and the shield ability make this very good against the later tamers you will come across. Catch one, upgrade ASAP, and level it. You will use it.

Water Waveling

Water Waveling. This pet is very good at killing other Elementals and does well against the few Mechanicals you come across. It spawns quickly and you have a good chance at getting a rare. In fact, you will likely come across more than one, so try and go for the stamina/speed breed over the more balanced breed as hitting first is important with this pet. Catch a Rare, level it, you will use it.


The Hard to Catch List

Oily Slimeling

Oily Slimling. Slow spawning and hard to catch in a rare. If you already have a good ooze, you don’t need it, but it’s still a good pet.

Scourged Whelpling

Scourged Whelpling. Very long spawn rate that may have been improved in the last patch. They are perfect for killing Dragonkin, but you will likely have to take whatever you can catch and use an upgrade stone unless you are very lucky or very patient.


And that’s it. There are lots of other cool pets, but if your goal is to get to Pandaria, you can come back for them later!

Pet Notebook #4: Outland Edition

There are alot of interesting pets in Outland. Some of them are similar to the Azeroth pets but with interesting skins or abilities. There is also a pet vendor in Netherstorm and a couple of reputation pets you can pick up.

Rather than go zone by zone with a shopping list, I’ve picked four that I think are the creme of the crop. But first:

A Note About Breeds

Not all pets are exactly the same. In addition to the Rare/Uncommon designation you already know about, there are also different ways that the stats for the pet are distributed.

Some pet breeds are balanced equally between Health, Power, and Speed. These pets don’t have any huge weaknesses, but depending on the pet, they may be less effective than a breed that puts most of its stats in speed or power.

This isn’t as important early on, when you’re just hoping to get a rare or uncommon version to show up. Once you have access to Upgrade Stones, you will likely want to try and pick the best breed you can get and then upgrade it to a Rare.


Pets to Plunder

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Cogblade Raptor is a cool little mechanical pet located near Toshley’s Station in Blade’s Edge. It does good damage on its own, but also has a debuff that works well with swarming or damage over time pet attacks. If you can find it, go for one of the speed breeds, but it may take some farming for a rare due to the weird spawn rate.

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Clefthoof Runt can be found in Nagrand running with the larger Clefthoof herds. It’s a tough pet to kill with a good ability set. If you catch it at the right time, you can farm it for a rare without too much trouble. It comes in either a hit point or balance breed.

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Fel Flame, located in Shadowmoon Valley is a must have. It does a lot of damage and makes several of the tamers you face later much easier.

It has very sporadic spawning. If you lose patience and settle for Uncommon over a Rare, that’s no big deal. It comes in pure HP breeds and HP/Speed or HP/Power breeds. You want one of the later two, with power being somewhat better.

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Flayer Youngling spawns in the hills on the border of Terrokar Forest and Hellfire. It’s another must have simply because humanoids are hard to come by and this one does well against both Critters and Dragonkin.

It may take some luck to get one of these in a Rare since they have a small spawning area. They come in 10 different breeds. Ideally you want a Speed or Power breed over a balance or hit point, but it’s probably better to take the best you can find now and then maybe come back later with an upgrade stone.

Pet Notebook #3: Levels 15-18

You’ve tamed the Eastern Kingdoms. Your pets should be Level 19 or 20. Hopefully, they have a few friends. But before heading to Outland, let’s take a look at the remaining zones.

The Cool Zones

Un’Goro Crater

pet notebook - diemetradon hatchling

Several cool pets here though Diemetradon Hatchling is the only really unique one.

Winterspring

pet notebook - anodized robo cubpet notebook - rabid nut varmintpet notebook - robo-chick

Lots of unique Mechanical pets and some interesting Critters. Worth the trip though some of the Mechanicals may be tough to find in Rare or Uncommon.

Searing Gorge

pet notebook - fire beetle

pet notebook - lava crab

pet notebook - molten hatchling

Fire Beetle, Lava Crab, and Molten Hatchling are interesting options, though not “must have.”

Swamp of Sorrows

pet notebook - huge toad

pet notebook - strand crab

pet notebook - parrot

If you’re looking for a rare Aquatic, Flying, or Snake pet, this is a good place to farm for one.

Deadwind Pass

pet notebook - arcane eye

Restless Shadeling

Restless Shadeling

Arcane Eye and Restless Shadeling are both very cool and worth farming for. It takes a bit of work to get a rare in either, though even uncommon is good.


The Meh Zones

Felwood

Minfernal More like Myth-fernal amirite?

Minfernal.
More like Myth–fernal amirite?

This zone has Minfernal, theoretically. But most of the time what it has are a bunch of tainted rats and moths and other useless stuff. Totally skippable.

Moonglade

A couple of moths that aren’t really different from ones you can get elsewhere. Skippable.

Silithus

Snakes, spiders, scorpions, etc. Can totally skip it.

Badlands

More spiders, snakes, lizards, etc. Also skippable.

Burning Steppes

Basically, this has the same pets as Searing Gorge only slightly more difficult to farm in.

Blasted Lands

Same as Burning Steppes only with less selection.

Pet Notebook #2: Levels 6-14

After beating up on the first set of trainers, your pets should be level 10 or 11 now. With the next trainer being level 13, and also annoying. Now is a great time to look for a few more pets. We’re going zone by zone to see what’s out there!


The Cool Zones

The Cape of Stranglethorn

Baby Ape alone makes this zone worth the trip, though that pet only comes out when it rains. Spiders, snakes, lizards, crabs and other pretty cool pets also live here.

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Arathi Highlands

Tiny Twister has some unique abilities that make it worth the trip. Frogs and other critters are also worth looking into.

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Eastern Plaguelands

One of the next two tamers you fight is here. But there are also some good pets you can tame. Festering Maggot is a tough pet, though it’s hard to find as a rare.

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Also, Infected Fawn and Infected Squirrel are very useful pets against some of the tamers you will fight. You may not get both in rare, but uncommon is good enough. The rats and bats are okay as well if you find one as a rare.

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The Hinterlands

Another of the tamers you fight is here. Jade Oozeling is also here and it is a very good magic pet. It may be hard to find as a rare, but even uncommon is good for those that are lacking an ooze.

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Brown Marmot is also a very good pet if you don’t already have a Prairie Dog type of pet. Maggots and other critters here are also pretty good.

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Stonetalon Mountains

Hard to get to, but a large variety of pets (including a Rabid Nut Varmint), so you have a good chance at a useful rare if you want to make the trip.

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Desolace

Even harder to get to, but another large variety of pets to fill out your roster.

Feralas

Nether Faerie Dragon makes this worth the trip. There’s also a Stunted Yeti that occasionally spawns and some other nice pets.

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Southern Barrens

Giraffe Calf is very cool looking, but pretty hard to catch. This is also a good zone to pick up a rare snake, prairie dog or frog if you don’t have one already.

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Dustwallow Marsh

Spawn of Onyxia (or one just like it) is a must have. It takes some work to get it in uncommon or rare, but it’s worth it. The other pets here are kind of meh.

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Tanaris

Must visit zone with lots of different and unique pets. Infinite Whelpling (another very good dragonkin) is nice to grab though it has a weird spawn rate. You can also find snakes, spiders, a cute sand kitten, seagulls and some critters. Finally, Silithid Hatchling spawns here during a sandstorm, though it’s not that great for the amount of work it takes to get it.

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The Meh Zones

Duskwood

It has two spiders, which are okay pets, but it is very hard to get a rare version of either of them. The rest of the pets are shared with other zones, so it’s very skippable.

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Northern Stranglethorn

Polly is here if you need a flyer, but don’t expect to find a rare one. This zone also has the same spiders, snakes, lizards, crabs, and moths as the Cape of Stranglethorn. Nothing you can’t skip.

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Hillsbrad Foothills

Infested Bear Cub is here though it takes some work to even get it to show up. It’s deliciously disgusting but you probably won’t be able to farm for a rare one. Lofty Libram is also here and it also has a low spawn rate. Both pets are totally skippable. This zone also has toads and other pets you’ve seen before and will see again.

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Western Plaguelands

Blighthawk is kind of okay, but skippable. Rats and toads are the other options.

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Thousand Needles

It has a lizard, and some creepy crawly type stuff. Completely Skippable.

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