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Easy Pet Battles in WoW


You may read the title of the above video and think “c’mon, pet battles aren’t rocket science.”

My reply would be “shut up.” Also, “watch the damn video.”

The video, from the mind and talent of Kraken Latte, really puts pet battles on cruise control. Why would someone want such a thing? Well, maybe you’re new to pet battles. Maybe you’re just trying to get through them ASAP. Maybe you’re having trouble coming up with the best combo and rotation to get through these battles.

Five minutes after watching this video, I was wrecking face in new and interesting ways. Thanks, Kraken!

Pandaren Battle Pet Tamers

Hello Internet. Now I know you must be wondering what I’ve been doing the past few days.

For starters, this.


That’s right, I got a nice douchie selfie with King Grumpy Cat. I don’t blame him for looking miserable. He got upstaged in his own throne room.

Speaking of showing people up, I’ve been spending the past few days in Pandaria making the Battle Pet Tamers look silly.

It started when I picked up the Ultimate Battle Training Stone at my numerous garrisons. Sure I dabbled in the dog fights that are pet battles, and naturally there were a few pets that would make my life easier if they were already level 25. But rather than click this freebie, I’d rather run a leveling pet through the Pandaren Tamers like I had numerous times before. Keep the stone in my pocket in case of emergencies, yeah?

So yeah, Pandaren Battle Pet Tamers.

Farmer Nishi –

Slot 1: Leveling Pet
Slot 2: Any Water Strider/Skimmer (Water Jet/Cleansing Rain/Pump)
Slot 3: Darkmoon Tonk (Missile/Shock and Awe/Ion Cannon)

Hyuna of the Shrines –

Slot 1: Leveling Pet
Slot 2: Anubisath Idol (Demolish/Sandstorm/Deflection)
Slot 3: Any Moth (Alpha Strike/Cocoon Strike/Moth Dust)

Courageous Yon –

Slot 1: Leveling Pet
Slot 2: Anubisath Idol (Crush/Sandstorm/Deflection)
Slot 3: Darkmoon Tonk (Missile/Shock and Awe/Ion Cannon)

Seeker Zusshi –

Slot 1: Leveling Pet
Slot 2: Anubisath Idol (Crush/Sandstorm/Deflection)
Slot 3: Any Moth (Alpha Strike/Cocoon Strike/Moth Dust)

Mo’ruk –

Slot 1: Darkmoon Zeppelin (Missile/Bombing Run/Decoy)
Slot 2: Leveling Pet
Slot 3: Anubisath Idol (Crush/Sandstorm/Deflection)

Aki the Chosen –

Slot 1: Leveling Pet
Slot 2: Anubisath Idol (Crush/Sandstorm/Deflection)
Slot 3: Any Moth (Alpha Strike/Cocoon Strike/Moth Dust)

Wastewalker Shu –

Slot 1: Leveling Pet
Slot 2: Anubisath Idol (Crush/Sandstorm/Deflection)
Slot 3: Darkmoon Tonk (Missile/Shock and Awe/Ion Cannon)

There are other pets you can use, but I like this set up because it’s simple, and you don’t need very many pets to get things done.

Pandaren Pet Tamer Dailies

They say that there’s more than one way to skin a cat. I can only assume that “they” are budding serial killers who are still at the “animal torture” stage, and you’d probably do well by putting Mister Cuddles down and not taking the advice of crazy people who want to graduate from skinning cats to wearing your skin as a coat.

Speaking of cats (smooth segue btw — Editor)…

My OG Hunter had a busy, non-Valentine related weekend. First, for the low low price of 30,000gp he picked up a new title which, I guess, could be Valentine related:


He really hearts Cats. For reelz.

To celebrate his new title, he decided to pick fights with some Pandaren tamers. Then, for good measure, he hunted down the last few pets that had eluded him in Pandaria and added them to his collection.


With all that goodness behind him, he’s almost at level 91. You’d think he’d be more than ready for Draenor. He is, of course, but there’s still a few more achievements to get in Azeroth. Might as well clean up those loose ends before heading to another planet to start trouble (with their battle pets and tamers). Mind you, if he’s sticking around, he should get as much xp as he can. Like, by running the Pandaren Tamer dailies in his spare time.

More leveling on old content? Why live in the past? First, shut up. Second, there’s a few reasons to use the Pandaren Tamer Dailies.

– He can use this to level up more battle pets to use or sell (did I mention the 30k gold hit I took?)
– It’s the only way to get xp buff food for battle pets.
– Eleven tamers (including the pandaren spirits) x approx. 13000xp per = 143000 xp in under an hour is not too shabby.
– It may be old, but it’s new content for me. AKA avoiding leveling burnout.

There are plenty of ways to defeat the tamers. World of Warpets created this speed run of the Pandaren Tamers, with tips on how to beat them and what pets to use. It’s an old video, and there’s probably better pets to use. But it gives you a good starting point for developing your own strategies.

Now Andrej Petrovskiy, his video is a bit newer but does the same job.

Notice how both videos approach the battles as a two-pet fight, with the third pet kicking around for leveling? Pet boosting is standard operating procedure, and the last thing I want to do is to violate a good SOP.

I’m not sure if I have the level 25 battle pets to pull this off. I may have to powerlevel a few, but it’ll be worth it.

Powerlevel Battle Pets From Scratch

Pikachu lays the smack down.

Pikachu lays the smack down.

Despite being so “last expansion”, there are still so much upside to the whole Pet Battle thing in WoW.

1) It’s a nice break from the daily grind. Pet battles will give your brain something to think about other than garrison missions and… well, whatever else there is in WoD. There’s a whole other game out there with pet battles. Capture pets so you can face the World tamers, hunt the elites, face down epic bosses. I mean, there’s a reason Pokemon has had eighteen seasons on TV.

2) It’s an alternative way to level. It’s a mindless way to level up without having to sweat things like getting your hands dirty. The battle pets do all the heavy lifting, and the character leaches the benefits of getting XP along with the pets. After repeatedly questing through WoD, and speed leveling through WoD, and garrison mission leveling, it’s a nice change of pace from hitting the same content over and over again. Plus, with the 20% XP bonus from the garrison XP potion, each pet battle victory gives your damn near as much XP as a quest turn-in. Find a spot with packs of pets to battle without having to stop, and there are plenty of those, and you’ll get more XP per hour than you would through quests!

3) It gets you out into the World… of Warcraft. Pets are every damn where, and you need to beef up your roster to effectively fight the good fight. Plus there are achievements for capturing pets in various zones, so naturally you’re going to have to cross the globe (or globes, you inter-dimensional trekker you) to round out your arsenal and get all those ‘chieves.

4) It’s PVP that anyone can do. Even you. Yes, even you. Once you have your crew of tiny killers, you can queue up to throw down against other players. You might not know what the Hell to do when your class faces down someone of a different class in BG’s or Arenas, but by the time you level up a bunch of battle pets you damn sure know what to do when your opponent whips out a Critter pet.

As enticing as this all must seem to be, pet battlers have to start somewhere. To be effective, you’re going to need some maxed out pets. Every guide out there on the Youtubes discusses powerleveling techniques to knock out max level pets, but they all base it on the assumption that you already have a level 25 pet or two in your back pocket. If you don’t, you have the arduous task of grinding out max level on a couple of pets the slow way first.

Or do you?

(The answer is no — Editor)

Hazelnuttygames put together this handy dandy video to walk you through getting some max level pets from scratch.

Now get out there and catch ’em.

(Don’t say it — Editor)



Patch 6.0.2 Tomorrow


Yep. Everything changes tomorrow.

Patch 6.0.2: The Iron Tide is scheduled to crash into Azeroth on Tuesday, October 14. Featuring new content heralding the Iron Horde incursion, updates to the skills and abilities for every class, and a host of gameplay adjustments, this overture to Warlords of Draenor is coming at you armed to the teeth.

Treacherous Developments

The Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands has turned blood red. Hundreds of strange-looking orcs are violently pouring into Azeroth, killing everything that stands in their path. Nethergarde and Okril’lon have already fallen, and while the Horde and the Alliance moved as quickly as they could to get reinforcements to their people, they are too late. The Iron Horde invasion has begun.
In this desperate hour, King Wrynn and Warchief Vol’jin have called upon their greatest champions to join the front lines in the Blasted Lands and do whatever they can to stop the Iron Horde . . . before the rest of Azeroth falls before them.

Word of this surprise attack sends players rushing to the Blasted Lands to reckon with the barbarous infiltration. After the fall of a high ranking Iron Horde general named Gar’mak Bladetwist, you’ll report what you’ve witnessed in the Blasted Lands to King Wrynn or Warchief Vol’jin. It’s apparent to both the Horde and the Alliance that this is only the first salvo in a much larger conflict, and the only way to win is to take the fight directly to the Iron Horde . . . by journeying through the Dark Portal into Draenor.

The Infiltration of Blackrock Spire

An advance party of Iron Horde forces has barged right out of the Blasted Lands and pushed all the way to Blackrock Mountain, where they found refuge and supplies in Upper Blackrock Spire. There can be only one response: the Alliance and the Horde of Azeroth must face this iron incursion head on.
Available to level-90 characters for a limited time, this specially revamped five-player version of Upper Blackrock Spire sets the stage for the coming counterstrike against the Iron Horde. Here, you will face Orebender Gor’ashan, Kyrak, and Commander Tharbek as you begin to take the fight to the enemy and sharpen the skills—and swords—you’ll need to succeed on an unwelcoming alien world.

Prepare yourself. Draenor is waiting.

I had a few things I wanted to accomplish before 6.0 but some will have to wait post-patch:

– Exalted with the Anglers so I can snag the very unsexy (but very water walking) Azure Water Strider (Done)
– Get the Brawler title without having a rage seizure. (With the Brawler’s Guild going away tomorrow, this won’t happen. I lost count at how many times I’ve died fighting the Rank 7 GG Engineers.)
– Sock away 100,000 gold so I’m ready for whatever money-sink Warlords has for me. (Between 6.0 and WoD, I may get close.)
Raid at least once. Probably end up doing a LFR because abuse is fun. (May still reach this for WoD.)
– Pick up the Battle Pets roaming the lands of Pandaria. (Probably get this before WoD.)