Saturday, January 17, 2015

Patch 6.1 PTR: Three New Pets and Possible PVE Content

A PTR build was released today and more pet goodies are in store for us in 6.1! Three new pets were datamined:

Bone Serpent

Young Talbuk

Slithershock Elver

The Bone Serpent is a familiar face. It was originally datamined during the WoD Beta, and was listed as wild but never released. Now it would seem that is has finally made its return and we'll hopefully get to collect it in 6.1. :)

These three pets are all BoP and according to the Pet Journal, they come from the same source, Pet Battle: Erris the Collector, Kura Thunderhoof. (Of course, this might change.) Just who are Erris the Collector and Kura Thunderhoof? Where can they be found? Are they new Grand Masters for us to defeat?

No details on these NPCs just yet, but if they are new trainers this could mean new PVE content coming in the next content patch.

Speaking of PVE content, a new pet supplies bag was datamined -- Traveler's Pet Supplies. Take special note of the flavor text on the bag, "Usually contains a few pet bandages and some lint. But every once in awhile, it may yield a special pet."

Could this mean new "bag pets" are coming in 6.1? Or perhaps it will drop older pets? Or even pets that can't be obtained anymore (many would love a chance at the Vampiric Battling). We'll have to wait for more information before we can say just what a "special pet" is.

There's still no info on where this new bag will come from or what we'll have to do to get one. If it's anything like the Big Bag of Pet Supplies, it may indicate a new Pet Battle daily is on the way. But we'll see!

UPDATE: Just as I published this post ‏@Mononic1 Tweeted an image of Erris the Collector. The daily she offers rewards the Traveler's Pet Supplies.

If the source of the 3 new pets doesn't change, this means they'll probably drop from the new reward bag.

Ready, set, RACE
As many thought, it's now confirmed that the Race MiniZep will be tied to the new racing mini-game at the Darkmoon Faire. The achievement Big Rocketeer: Gold rewards the pet. I'm curious to find out how difficult/easy the race is, and whether or not completing the race "within 26 tolls" will result in me pulling out my hair or having a good time lol.

Another thing I can't help but wonder is whether or not the next content patch will be in time for February's Darkmoon Faire. If not, we'll have to wait until March for the new pet.

It would make sense if we have to wait since the only way to really test the new mini-game is to wait until the faire rolls around. If the PTR is still up at the start of February, we'll get the chance to preview the race, report bugs, etc. Once that's been sorted out, 6.1 can be released mid-month and then it's just a matter of waiting a few more weeks until the first week of March. I don't know if that's what they're aiming for, but that makes the most sense to me.

Fancy stone quest and new NPC
Thanks to a Tweet from Lio, the source of the Ultimate Battle-Training Stone has been discovered.

The quest seen above, Unearthed Magic, is from the Menagerie NPC. I'm not sure if there are any pre-requisites or if the quest is repeatable.

For me, I was able to pick up the quest from my level 3 Menagerie on the PTR (the plot was completely unlocked, and the usual bag daily was also available). I have yet to complete the quest, however, so I don't know if there's any follow up or anything after the initial battle-stone quest. Maybe it's just a one-time deal for those just starting out in Pet Battles?

Lio also found a new trainer INSIDE her garrison Town Hall, Alchemist Hanmos. He was just outside of her archaeology room.

It seems to be random whether or not he shows up, though, because I couldn't find him in my garrison on the PTR. I had a different NPC in his place. Perhaps it's random or on a daily rotation.

So who is Hanmos? Where did he come from? What is his purpose (other than getting crushed in Pet Battles :P)? How do you get him to visit your garrison? So many questions! XD

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