Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Legion Alpha: Pet Cap Increased (ahhh!)

A new patch was released for Legion Alpha. Here is what's new and/or changed. Will add to this list if there's anything else.

  • Leather Pet Bed - Thanks Wayne for pointing this out! I saw something similar in a previous patch, but it wasn't specified that it was for companion pets.

  • New pet in this build: Sting Ray Pup! The Pet Journal currently says it's from Nat Pagle in Draenor, but it probably just needs to be updated. I mean... unless we're going back to Draenor in Legion...uh, yea. ;p

  • Pet Tournament Purse - I think this is new, but I'm not entirely sure. I may have simply missed it in a previous patch. Regardless, pet tournament inc!

  • Sandpiper model - PLEASE let this be a battle pet! *squees* It's adorable!

  • Ominous Pet Treat - Temporarily turn all of your pets into uhm... void...lords? Maybe similar to the consumable sold by the Ethereal Soul-Trader?

And the best for last... the most exciting update of all (drum roll please.......)

  • Maximum number of pets allowed in the Pet Journal increased to 1500 (up from 1000)!!

    The catch is that you need an on-use consumable item to expand your journal. It's unknown where this item will come from -- achievement reward? Drop? Vendor? I'm leaning towards it being related to the upcoming pet tournament, but we'll have to wait and see.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pet Charms From WoD Content In Legion

The official Twitter account for WoW developers answered a question relating to Pet Charms from older content in Legion.

Come Legion, WoD content will no longer reward the same number of Pet Charms as it does today. They'll be reduced but not completely removed.

For those worried about not being able to obtain enough charms to purchase pets, toys, and other consumables from the pet vendor(s) -- keep in mind that it's likely that the Pet Battle quests and dailies in Legion will also reward Pet Charms.

It wouldn't make sense if Blizzard cut off our supply of charms yet still sell items using that currency. They could change the currency altogether, but that just seems like a hassle and a disservice to those that continually completed WoD content just for the Pet Charms.

It would make much more sense to simply move us to relevant content by rewarding more charms from Legion quests than WoD quests.

So if you don't have all the pets or toys yet, and haven't stocked up on Pet Charms, don't worry. Legion Pet Battle content will probably reward charms (not officially confirmed yet). How many is still unclear, though. More or less than WoD content? About the same? We'll have to wait and see.

For the nervous (like me!), perhaps completing WoD content and saving Pet Charms now isn't such a bad idea though... ;)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Legion Alpha: Pet Tournament Area Update

I feel guilty for neglecting posting updates on Legion Alpha here on my blog, but other than the addition of new pets and the whole epic pets situation, there hasn't been much added to the Alpha that can be tested just yet. Much of what Pet Battle content I've found is temporary or works in progress, all of which I normally document on my Twitter since there's not much depth to it so far.

For this week's patch, however, it seems that the Pet Battle tournament area finally found a permanent spot? Or at least one can hope. Earlier this year it was on one of the Dalaran floating islands, but it was removed for a while. Now the tournament area is back and can be found beyond a broken wall to the right of the Violet Citadel (past the graveyard).

The area is smaller than it was when on the island but all the familiar faces are back. From the Tournament Announcer and his co-worker, Greg, to the three main Grand Master Pet Tamer NPCs, Sir Galveston (previous version), Bodhi Sunwayver (previous version), and Tiffany Nelson (previous version). Can't say if their teams have changed since I last checked them out. Will have to wait for each to come into rotation.

It looks like there will still be a rotation of trainers/boss/elite NPCs that you can battle - Stitches Jr. Jr. was up once servers came back online. Compared to when I first encountered him, his stats were buffed slightly.

Original stats in February: 3509 HP, 294 Power, 227 Speed
And today's updated stats: 3873 HP, 308 Power, 227 Speed.

His stats could change again, and to be honest, I'm not sure if it was increased to account for the testing of epic pets or if developers simply wanted to make his fight a bit harder. We'll have to wait and see.

Unlike previous Alpha builds, there aren't any bonus or world objectives associated with the tournament area...yet? It's possible that the quests might come at a later date.

For now, more waiting, which I don't mind. :)

On a completely different note, though, I'm still confused as to where the Dust Bunny rug went. It's been a few builds since it completely disappeared from the Dalaran barbershop. I have no idea if it's being reworked or just gone, and if it's the will we obtain the wild Dust Bunny? Maybe the devs are making it harder to collect? Eep!
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