Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WoD Beta: Massive Pet Update

Oh my. Where to start? A new beta patch was recently released and I think it's the biggest so far in terms of new pet content. SO MANY new pets, and lots of updates to previously implemented pets. I would be seriously overwhelmed if it weren't for my excitement about it all.

New Pets Everywhere!
Rather than listing all of the new pets here on my blog, you can view them all here. It took me a few hours just to fully update the list. New pets and those that received changes are italicized.

I think there's roughly 28 new pets, 17 of which are currently labeled as wild. As always, details are subject to change and not all pets will make it to release.

If you're interested in seeing images of all the new pets added in the patch, I Tweeted a ton of screenshots earlier.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.

Thank you to all my Twitter followers that put up with my enthusiasm and image spam lol. *bows*

New Draenor Trainers
Six new NPCs were added, one per zone, and each one with a new pet battle daily for us! The dailies reward Pet Supplies, which contain Pet Charms and the new leveling battle-stones.
Shadowmoon Valley - Ashlei
Pets: Pixiebell, Doodle, Tally

Talador - Taralune
Pets: Serendipity, Grace, Atonement

Spires of Arak - Vesharr
Pets: Darkwing, The Great Kaliri, Apexian Construct

Gorgrond - Cymre Brightblade
Pets: Idol of Decay, Wishbright Lantern, Gyrexle, the Eternal Mechanic

Nagrand - Tarr the Terrible
Pets: Gladiator Deathy, Gladiator Murkalot, Gladiator Murkimus

Frostfire Ridge - Gargra
Pets: Wolfus, Fangra, Wolfgar
I have yet to attempt these new trainer battles, but all of them are level 25 and rare quality (except for Cymre's pets, which are legendary). They seem pretty interesting so I can't wait to test them out for myself!

Seeing as these are only rare quality battles, I'm guessing that these dailies will be available to players even if they haven't upgraded the Pet Menagerie inside their garrison. It's great to see that there will be a steppingstone from Pandaria to Draenor. :)

And as a side note, I totally want this NPC's pets! A pet version of the Fey Dragon mount AND a talbuk pet. Ahhhhh, if only I could steal them from her. :P

Garrison Stuff
We already know about the level 3 Barn, and the Pygmy Cow that can be obtained from it. But a new building will be a "must have" for pet collectors -- the Inn.

Once you build the Inn, special NPCs will visit and offer a daily quest to you. So far there are two quests that reward pets, a quest from Mylune and Cowled Ranger. The former rewards an Everbloom Peachick and the latter rewardsSentinel's Companion.

Both the Barn and the Inn must be built onto medium plots, so hopefully there are no other medium buildings that yield pets. I'd hate to have to choose or rebuild. x_x

Another garrison update has to do with the Pet Menagerie. The perks for each level was changed slightly.
Level 1 - Attracts elite pets you can battle for rewards. Also lets 5 of your battle pets hang out in your garrison.

Level 2 - Increases your trap chance and reduces the cooldown of Revive Battle Pets while in Draenor. Up to 10 of your pets can now hang out in your garrison.

Level 3 - *new* Unlocks a pet battle daily with unique pet rewards.
What could this quest and these unique pet rewards be?

Many WoD pets were updated with a new source, Quest: Mastering the Menagerie. The quest is not yet implemented so there isn't a preview of what it might entail, but it seems to reward a variety of pets as seen in the Pet Journal. My guess is that the level 3 menagerie will unlock Mastering the Menagerie, and we'll receive a special pet for undergoing a special task.

So far there are 9 pets in the journal that are flagged as rewards for Mastering the Menagerie.
Albino Chimaeraling
Ghastly Kid
Nightfeather Hatchling
Puddle Terror
Shadeback Hatchling
Sunfire Kaliri
Sun Sproutling
I might have to wait until WoD is released before getting a glimpse of the quest, though. To upgrade the menagerie to level 3, you need to complete the achievement Draenic Pet Battler (win 1000 pet battles in Draenor). Yikes, I don't know if I have enough time on beta to complete that. :P

Speaking of achievements, we're getting a new achievement and pet for collecting 600 unique pets! So. Many. Pets. The reward is a pet that was previously implemented on the beta, Stormwing. I almost thought that this pet was removed from the journal because I was filtering only pets that I haven't collected yet. Thankfully someone on Twitter pointed out that Stormwing is indeed still there, it was just automatically learned upon logging in. Hurray for copied characters with collections in tact? lol XD

This pet can be caged at the moment, but I imagine that's an oversight since it's a reward from an achievement. It currently can come in different breeds (I have 2 of the same, but one with more power) - hopefully that too will get fixed and sorted out before the expansion is released.

Another new achievement that might reward a pet, Challenge Warlords: Gold - Guild Edition. Similar to the current guild challenge mode achievement, the Draenor version could very well unlock a pet for your guild. It appears that the new achievement is still unfinished, and the pet reward isn't specified. Unlike the Pandaria version, there will only be 8 WoD challenge modes to complete.

Coming from someone who didn't really bother with challenge modes in MoP, with fewer required for the Draenor achievement, I might just take on the task. It will all depend on whether or not it actually unlocks a pet though. :P

UPDATE: Perculia pointed out on Twitter that Hogs was updated and is now a reward for completing the 10th anniversary achievement, Victory in Hillsbrad. Sounds like we'll have to PVP some during the celebration weeks in November. I'm definitely glad to see that Blizzard found a place for Hogs in-game, but I'm wary of the PVP requirement. Hopefully more information on it will come soon.

Profession Love
A few of the new pets will be tied with even more professions in WoD. Here's a full list of the WoD crafted/created/profession-specific pets. The newest ones are italicized.
Ancient Nest Guardian - Archaeology
Elekk Plushie - Tailoring
Frostwolf Ghostpup - Archaeology
Lifelike Mechanical Frostboar - Engineering
Lil' Leftovers - Cooking
Mechanical Scorpid - Engineering
Mechanical Toucan - Engineering
Nightshade Sproutling - Herbalism
Ore Eater - Mining
Sea Calf - Fishing
Sky-Bo - Engineering
Soul of the Forge - Blacksmithing
It's super exciting yet also somewhat daunting. In order to obtain these pets, you'll either need to have multiple characters to cover all of these professions or friends/guildmates who would be willing to sell/trade/give you these pets.

I'm not sure which category I'll end up in. Level a bunch of different toons, each with professions that yield one of the new pets? Or find others to trade with? Ideally, I'd love to craft all of the pets myself, but I don't know if that's realistic. It takes time to level each character AND their professions. Hopefully I'll have that time to do it all. If not, I suppose I could strike up some trades with fellow pet collectors. :)

In any case, I'm glad to see so many professions get some pet love! It's definitely a nice little perk.

Legendary Pets...?
Last but not least, some new icons were added to the database in the most recent beta patch. These are significant because 1 - the color (orange) and 2 - the icon names (example of one: "icon_upgradestone_water_legendary"). If the name doesn't give it away, I don't know what to say lol.

These are obviously upgrade battle-stones for our pets, but not just any upgrade - LEGENDARY. Of course, I haven't seen any indication that these belong to any items currently implemented so they could just be placeholder icons. Or icons added "just in case" or maybe for future use? Much like pet genders, it remains an unused feature but still exists in the game. Are there legendary battle-stones hiding somewhere on the beta? Or will there be?

Devs have already stated that collectible epic or legendary pets and upgrades aren't planned for the release of WoD, but they might come at a later date. It's entirely possible that these icons hint that if all goes well with the expansion's release, we might just see purple and orange pets in our collections in the future. It's tough to say though, since there's a lot of mixed views on the topic.

Personally, I'm just intrigued about the icons themselves. Do they have meaning? Will they belong to actual items? Will those items actually be released? Where will they come from? So many questions and so little information! My curiosity demands satisfaction...buu~ut I can wait too. :P

UPDATE: LeCraft clarified what the icons are for. They are NOT for upgrading pets to legendary.

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