Thursday, September 22, 2016

Patch 7.1 PTR: Algalon Pet Battle Strategy

After many frustrating attempts, multiple failed strategies, and hours of trial and error... I finally defeated Algalon the Observer in a Pet Battle on the PTR and completed the quest that rewards Stardust!


This battle was possibly the toughest I've ever encountered. Algalon has high health, hard-hitting, Elite legendary pets that had annoying abilities...so I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people run into trouble with this battle.

I'm sure some will have no problem defeating him, but if you're like me and find yourself struggling against him, here is the strategy/pets that I used. (I wish I could battle him again so I could test out my strategy to make sure it wasn't just a fluke, but alas you can't fight him once you've defeated him once.)

Keep in mind that this is PTR, so Algalon's pets/battle is subject to change.

Pets:
Macabre Marionette - H/P (1/2/1)
Emerald Proto-Whelp - P/P (1/1/2)
Infested Bear Cub - H/H (1/2/2) (I think H/P could work as well)

Strategy:
1.) Macabre Marionette - Siphon Life, Dead Man's Party, and then Macabre Maraca twice to finish off Comet.
Notes: The second Macabre Maraca should hit while you're on your Undead-round (when the marionette comes back to life).

Comet CAN crit you. If that happens and he kills you before you can get your second Macabre Maraca off, restart the fight.
2.) Comet dies, Macabre Marionette dies. Swap to Emerald Proto-Whelp, Algalon swaps to Cosmos.

3.) Emerald Proto-Whelp - Emerald Dream, Ancient Blessing, and constantly use these two healing abilities whenever they're off cooldown while filling in the gaps with Breath until Cosmos dies.
Notes: You must time Emerald Dream just before Cosmos' force-swap ability. The bunny uses this ability on cooldown, which is annoying. However, when your pet is asleep, Algalon's pet cannot swap it out.
4.) Cosmos dies, Emerald Proto-Whelp should still be alive, Algalon swaps to Constellatius

4b.) (Optional) Emerald Proto-Whelp - Ancient Blessing just for good measure (if available, not entirely necessary)

5.) Swap to Infested Bear Cub

6.) Infested Bear Cub - Use Hibernate on cooldown and just pass your turn until Constellatius kills all active pets with Apocalypse.
Notes: Because the Infested Bear Cub is Undead, it will take less damage from Constellatius' only attack (Tail Sweep), giving you more room for error.

Algalon's pet uses Wish pretty much on cooldown. Instead of trying to beat through the healing, use its Apocalypse ability against him. Outlast Constellatius by healing your pet and letting Apocalypse expire, killing all active pets.

Emerald Proto-Whelp should be last pet standing. Hooray, you've won!

I'm absolutely ecstatic that I finally defeated this encounter. I went through many different strategies and struggled so much; I thought that I would just have to wait until a pet battle-theorycrafter came up with a viable strategy.

But after consulting the OH and having him give it some attempts, we formulated a solid plan that involved knocking down Algalon's first pet (dragon) because it did massive AOE, avoiding getting force-swapped when facing his second pet (bunny), and then simply letting his third pet (hippo) kill itself. A huge thank you to the OH for helping me brainstorm and test different ideas. :)

Although it was initially VERY frustrating, it was ultimately VERY satisfying completing this Pet Battle. I can't wait to do it again on live once Patch 7.1 is released!

Last but not least, Stardust's idle animation - it turns into a shooting star, flies up into the air and circles around for a little bit before falling back down next to you. NEAT! :D

12 comments:

  1. Awesome, great job! You're amazing! :)

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    1. Better Team & Strat for Algalon (Live)

      Zandalari Kneebitter S/S - against (Comet) the celestial dragonling
      Black claw, Hunting Party, Bloodfang, then Black Claw till forced swap or dead.
      Direhorn Runt H/H - against (Cosmo) the celestial rabbit
      Stampede, Trihorn Charge
      Infested Bear Cub – against (Constellatius) the celestial hippo
      Hibernate on cool down, and pass all other rounds

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  2. I haven't pasted a whole yet so…

    Citizens of Dalaran! Raise your eyes to the skies and observe!
    Today our world's rejection has been averted in defiance of our very makers!
    Algalon the Observer, herald of the titans, has been defeated by our brave pet tamers in the gate of the titan city of Ulduar.
    Algalon was sent here to judge the growth of our world.
    He found a planet whose creatures had deviated from the titans' blueprints. A planet where not everything had gone according to plan.
    Cold logic deemed our world not worth taming. Cold logic, however, does not account for the power of search thrill. It's up to each of us to prove this is a world worth taming.
    That our pets… our pets are worth raising.

    Also: "Cosmos dies" seems dreadful yet epic ;-)

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  3. Just would like to let you know I won the encounter with this set up :) I used H/P Infested Bear Cub and it went without a hitch.

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  4. Thank you! I used this and adapted it a bit because I didn't have the bear cub leveled. I put in a bunny with dodge and burrow, although I dont know how it would have fared because I didn't need it! I just kept the proto in and healed on cd. Worked just fine!

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  5. After several failures, I finally had luck smile on me! Thanks to everyone for all the tips. I could have never figured out this incredibly hard fight on my own.
    Minivivi, Wyrmrest Accord

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  6. I took down Alganon with Lil Bad Wolf, Emerald Proto-whelp and a Beetle! I made sure to just survive on my Emerald proto-whelp. The 15 turns of Apocalypse done and all pets die. Except beetles and Roaches.

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  7. Your team worked perfectly!!! Took down Algalon'/ team with Macabre Marionette, Emerald Prto-Whelp and Infested Cub!

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  8. Did it with Lil'Raggy, Marionette and Crawdad....Pop Magma Trap, switch to Marionette (strat as above). It forces Algalon to start switching pets when Magma pops. When Marionette dies, Cosmos in play just switch to Raggy again, pop Magma trap, forces Constalltious out when pops. Apocolypse drops, switch to Crawdad until last round (use both heals) pop raggy out. Constall and Raggy die, straight fit between Crawdad & Cosmos, just heal through it.
    Not the best way of describing it, though just thought you should know how effective Raggy it with Magma trap to force Alagon to switch,
    BTW i dont' have all the above pets in your guide so had to improvise, it worked.

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    1. So, a little more info would be helpful. Bunny keeps swapping up Rag for Crawdad. Rag takes more damage Wound up to where Constall dies, and I have mini-rag v. bunny - and Rag doesn't have enough health to outlast the stupid bunny since Rag isn't ideal dps against him.

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    2. I tried all the other stats and they failed miserably for me due to the nasty RNG of the fight. This strat DID work - once I understood it.


      I used Macabre Marionette as directed in main blog post to kill Cosmos (if he doesn't manage it, start over). Used Mini-Rag to cast Magma Tap on Bunny to force fight to switch to hippo and went back to Magical Crawdad. Used Renewing mists every time it dropped off, popped Wish every time it was up, and used claw in between.

      Watch the apocalypse timer - you want to make sure that when it blows, you've swapped pets to have Lil'Rag eat it. That leaves you with Crawdad vs. Bunny. You don't do a ton of damage, so it's slow, but just keep using your heals on cooldown/when they expire and claw in between, and you'll whittle him down and kill him. My Crawdad ended the fight at 81% health.

      Thanks!!!

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