Nik’s Pet Battles

WoW Pet obsession? Don’t mind if I do!

Pandaren Spirit Tamer #4:
Air

Whispering Air spirit map

Going up!

I've saved probably the easiest of the Spirit tamers for last. And it's also the one with the coolest view, as long as you're not afraid of heights:

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My (slightly older) computer really doesn't do it justice, but this perch really makes sense for a Whispering Air Spirit. It's still hard to get to, but some times you just have to stop and smell the (virtual) roses.

Meet the Tamer

Whispering Pandaren Spirit Tamer

Hello Whispering Pandaren Spirit!
Have you got any shinies for me today?

Again, these guys are like alien invaders or something! They've got nothing to talk about except how cool it is to experiment on the native wild life. Considering how much fun the spirits were in the new Pandaren starting zone, it's kind of a let down. Oh well, at least the pets look cool!

The Abilities

Dusty

Meet Dusty. He's a bit weird.

Dusty is a Moth crossed with a critter that used to be a Critter. Unlike a Wolpertinger, which has a mix of Flying, Critter, and other abilities, this guy just does Flying damage.

If you've fought a Moth before, you know how annoying Cocoon Strike can be, but his additional speed debuff from Moth Balls makes it very likely that you will always be slower than him. This can make it harder to keep your rotation going. Fortunately, his abilities all have cooldowns, so there is at one turn in his rotation where he just sits there and lets you hit him.

The best pet to use against him is a Dragonkin with a Magic attack, though any Dragonkin with a heal (or a shield ability) will be equally strong. If you can time your hard hitting abilities around the Cocoon Strike, then almost any pet with a Magic attack should do well against him.

Whispertail

Meet Whispertail.
He's much less annoying than the Previous pet.

Whispertail is a Dragonkin that does Flying damage. I can't say I've seen very many of them before. That being said, all of his attacks are just normal Flying attacks. Stick a Dragonkin or a pet with Humanoid damage on him and you should be able to weather the storm.

Pandaren Air Spirit pet

Pandaren Air Spirit:
Thinks it's a tank.

Pandaren Air Spirit doesn't hit very hard, but it has a strong heal and can outlast your pets. Especially if you have any weather effects that boost healing. But again, 100% Flying damage, so just stick a Dragonkin with a heal and maybe Tail Swipe and you're good to go.

In summary, this fight is easy if you have one or two Dragonkin, especially ones with healing. The Tamer's first pet can be the most frustrating, but if you time your abilities right, it can be taken down without too much trouble. The rest are just easy mode as long as you have anything that matches up with them. Use Aquatic pets carefully, though.

Victory!

Congratulations!!
You've just defeated your last Tamer!
An Exclamation Point to an epic journey!

Take Two

So yeah this is pretty easy. Open with your leveling pet if it has enough health to take one good hit, otherwise save it for the last pet. Bring any two good Dragonkin and run it like any other fight! Good choices are: Spawn of Onyxia, Emerald Proto-Whelp, Nether Faerie Dragon, Celestial Dragon, &co. If you're unsure of your choices or want to try something new, you can pretty much solo the fight with an Emerald Proto-Whelp using Emerald Presence and Emerald Dream, so bring that along as a safety net and test away!

I had fun writing this guide and I hope it was fun and maybe helpful for you all to read it. Feel free to comment or contact me, and I'm sure I'll have more to say about pet battling very soon! Happy Hunting!

Update Time!

Well I've started work, in case you're wondering: Why the slow down? Or maybe: Why the speed up? 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:

Lil Bad Wolf

Wolf!

Menagerie Custodian

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:

Crimson Whelpling

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!

Two weeks later...

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!

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.

Beasts of Fable I:
The Fantabulous Four

So I thought I'd go ahead and do a write up for the Beasts of Fable (BoF) quests. This is more about how I go about doing them than the absolute best method because there's more than one way to handle these. They had a huge boost in the last patch which makes them less trivial than before.

elite

Why do you want to do these quests? Well in addition to the super cute panda pets, the gossip on Wowhead says that these have a much better chance of getting you an upgrade stone than the Spirits or Tamer bags, which is cool! Let's go through them shall we?

Nitun

Want kind of fable has this guy in it?

Meet Nitun
Want kind of fable has this guy in it?

Like most of the BoFs that heal, Nitun can be a real pain. He's a Critter that does massive amounts of beast damage, and if he kills your pet with Ravage, he gets back 30% of his health.

The Abilities

Nitun Stats

Rake reduces your next attack by 50%, Prowl increases his next attack by 150% (and lasts up to two turns), and Ravage lasts two turns, hits extra hard and heals him when he kills your pet with it. He also has massive amounts of power, is pretty fast, and has a ton of health.

Choose Wisely

Bossy the Fox

Bossy buffs your team.

Bessie the Eagle

Bessie is fast, mean, and takes out Critters with ease!

Like many of the BoFs, an easy way to take down Nitun is through abuse of Shattered Defenses. Since he is a Critter that does all Beast damage, a good counter is a team of Flyers that do Beast damage. So you can open with either a Flock pet or a Wolf/Fox pet to buff your team and debuff Nitun. You may choose to let the first pet get eaten, as this times it so your next pet gets two full turns with the debuff up, but you should swap your other pets before they're dead as he heals himself when he kills them.

Ka'wi the Gorger

ka'wi the gorger

Ka'wi the Gorger is a bit easier than most of the BoFs, mainly because there's no heals to worry about. Still, she's a big caterpillar thing that spits goo and shoots moth balls at you. Not exactly a fun time.

The Abilities

ka'wi the gorger - abilities

The good news is that Ka'wi is another Critter. The bad news is she does all kinds of Flying damage in addition to Critter damage, so you can't just pick on her with one pet type. Also, because of Sticky Goo you can't do constant swaps and try and abuse Shattered Defenses that way.

Choose Wisely

nuts

The pet of the match for this is a fast (>281 speed) Squirrel or Woodchuck. You start with a bleed debuff. Crouch, and then Stampede in order to put up the Shattered Defenses debuff. Rinse, repeat, and Ka'wi will go down quickly.

Squirrel = Winning!

Squirrel = Winning!

For extra points, you can bring in a pet that does Maul and finish her off, but by then she should be pretty much dead so it won't matter.

Maul

Maul her? I only just met her!

Dos-Ryga

Of all the BoFs, Dos-Ryga probably gives people the most grief. He does a ton of damage, both Aquatic and Dragonkin, and has a ton of healing.

Choose Wisely

Squawk and Flock

Squawk and Flock to bring him down to size.

Reckless Strike

An Undead with Flying damage is ideal, but Reckless Strike is the key.

Call Darkness

Call Darkness is helpful to cut down on the heals. But not required.

You are going to need three good pets for this one. One of them (like a flock pet or a fox) should put on Shattered Defenses and the other two can hit Dos-Ryga with Reckless Strike for a huge chunk of health. The sad thing is, that he'll heal much of it back so it may take two pets with Reckless Strike to really kill him.

A Gilnean Raven can help, but you really need Shattered Defenses + 1-2 big hits to keep him from out healing your attacks. Call Darkness can help make up for it if you miss, however, and the Raven does a large amount of damage on its own.

Kafi

Kafi

Kafi is stronger than he looks.

Kafi is about typical for a Beast of Fable. Which means he's stronger and faster than your whole team put together!

The Abilities

Kafi - abilities

Tons of Beast damage, a Beast damage with a speed buff, and some extra Beast damage. While you can try and put a Flyer on him to reduce the damage, your best bet it to just burn him down quickly.

Choose Wisely

Cogblade Raptor

Debuff and Batter him with a Cogblade Raptor.

Darkmoon Tonk

Having a Darkmoon Tonk means never having to say you're sorry.

Alpine Foxling

So the plan is to just bring your hardest hitting Mechanicals and beat him into submission. If you want to get fancy, bring a pet with Shattered Defenses and make your Tonk (or whatever) hit him that much harder. As long as you have enough Mechanicals in your stable, flying out there is the hardest part.

Conclusion

There are some tough pets here, but they are balanced by some relatively easy ones. These fights are more about choosing the right pets than any kind of tactics. You can do a bit of fancy stuff by choosing a Bleed + Maul team, or a Shattered Defenses + Reckless Strike team, to build a combo, it's less important than picking pets that do extra damage against the BoF you're fighting. Fortunately, it doesn't take long to do these and you can get some cute pets or a nice upgrade stone as a reward.