Wednesday, January 2, 2013

5.2 PTR Opens

The 5.2 PTR is open! There will probably be lots of initial bugs, so actually getting onto the PTR and checking out things might take some patience.

Also, I'm not entirely sure if all the upcoming Pet Battle changes will be up and ready for testing yet.
"Please note: Many of these changes have not yet come to the PTR, but will be available soon."
New pets might be around, but don't be surprised if they show up at a later date on the PTR.

Here's a recap of the announced changes coming in 5.2:
- Supercharge now provides a 125% damage bonus (was 150%), and its cooldown is now 4 rounds (was 3).

- Sprite Darter Hatchling – Evanescence and Arcane Blast have swapped ability positions.

- Nether Roach is now a real roach and can now survive the apocalypse.

- Battle Pet Bandages now stack to 25 and are Bind to Account.

- Battle-Stones now have a chance to be awarded from PVP Pet Battles.

- Pets whose color schemes change each time they are summoned have returned. Older pets with this behavior now have it back, as well as some newcomers.

- Pet levels will now only display on the map when pets are tracked.

- Taming the World now lists its reward correctly in the Achievements pane.

- Level capped players will now have a chance to each Lesser Charms of Good Fortune after winning a pet battle versus a Pet within 5 levels of the highest level pet on their team. Higher level pets will offer a better chance to earn a Charm.

- Winning a pet battle versus a team within 5 levels of the player's highest level pet will now award player experience.

- Fleeing a pet battle will no longer despawn the pet that was being battled, but doing so will now inflict some damage on the fleeing pet battle team.

- Disconnecting from a pet battle will once again respawn the pets you were fighting.

- Any pet that has been killed in a pet battle will now never respawn.

- A number of new pets can be found on the Isle of Lightning, including Rare spawn drops, wild pets, and raid boss drops.

- Elite Battle Pets have been added to the game world. These rare pets will spawn alone against an entire team. A new quest has been added to track progress as these new pets are hunted down, and defeating that quest will award the new Red Panda pet.
And here's a small list of the datamined pets found:
- Gusting Grimoire (BoP)
- Living Sandling
- Red Panda (BoP)
I'll be checking out these things and more once I manage to download, update, and install the PTR.

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