Monday, March 4, 2019

Battle Pet Families - Least to Most Represented

After reading a post on the Bnet forums about which Pet Battle Dungeon could be next, I started thinking about what types of pets I'd like to see in the future. This piqued my curiosity about which pet families are underrepresented in our collections, so I looked it up. Here are the base results (from least to most, includes non-combat pets).

Pets in each family (as of Patch 8.1.0)
  • Dragonkin - 50
  • Mechanical - 69
  • Undead - 70
  • Humanoid - 72
  • Magic - 95
  • Elemental - 100
  • Aquatic - 125
  • Critter - 142
  • Flying - 180
  • Beast - 223

It's quite shocking how few Dragonkin there are compared to Beast. Pet families don't *need* to be balanced across the board, but it would be nice to see these numbers brought up to a more even level.

It was then noted that many pets have copy-pasted movesets. What would be the final count if those were not included? Would the numbers be a bit closer to each other?

Here are the results (from least to most), not including pets that have the EXACT same movesets as one other pet.

Pets in each family (excluding pets with same movesets)
  • Dragonkin - 36
  • Critter - 54
  • Mechanical - 62
  • Humanoid - 63
  • Undead - 66
  • Aquatic - 72
  • Magic - 85
  • Elemental - 88
  • Flying - 109
  • Beast - 117

Additional notes:
- Includes only EXACT moveset matches
- Doesn't take into consideration reskins/different colors
- Doesn't take into consideration (unique) breeds
- Includes non-combat companions

Unfortunately for Dragonkin, this makes the pool of possible pets in that family even smaller. Flying and Beast are still the biggest pet families.

Last but not least, here are how the pet families rank if the non-combat pets are removed as well. There aren't huge changes, but Humanoid takes the biggest hit.

Pets in each family (excluding same movesets & non-combat pets)
  • Dragonkin - 36
  • Critter - 54
  • Humanoid - 54
  • Mechanical - 62
  • Undead - 66
  • Aquatic - 71
  • Magic - 82
  • Elemental - 88
  • Flying - 102
  • Beast - 117

So what's the conclusion? It's clear that some families are lacking in size, making the list of possible pets usable in a Pet Battle match smaller (and maybe making it more challenging as a result). Even when pets with the exact same moveset as one other pet are removed, the disparity between the least represented to most represented is more than 50%.

It's likely the "right" situation or environment simply hasn't popped up yet to allow for more of certain pet types to be made available. Maybe, with some patience, we'll see the families with sub-100 pets increased in size.

Again, I don't expect families to have an equal number of pets. There's nothing that demands that. However, it would simply be nice to be able to collect more from the underrepresented families (from both a collector's point of view and a battler's). :)

Monday, February 4, 2019

Happy Year of the Pig


Keeping it short and sweet this year.

Happy Year of the Pig. Wishing everyone happiness, good health, and prosperity. :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon - Pets Used For Each Encounter

I'm pretty much done collecting the Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon pets, but I wanted to leave this here for future reference in case I decide to go back.


Pets I use for Gnomeregan Pet Dungeon:
  1. First encounter - Felclaw Marsuul, Fire Beetle, Crispin
  2. Ice elemental encounter - Lead with Shimmershell Snail
  3. Poison elemental encounter - Lead with Abyssal Eel
  4. Fire elemental encounter - Lead with Rusty Snail
  5. Console encounter - Scooter the Snail (Shell Shield), Silkbead Snail (Acidic Goo), Lost Platysaur
  6. Rat encounter - Lead with Barrier Hermit (P/S)
  7. Cockroach encounter - Lead with Saurolisk Hatchling
  8. Undead Rat “boss” - Elusive Skimmer, Infected Squirrel, Whiskers the Rat
  9. Mechanical wolf encounter - Lead with Enchanted Cauldron
  10. Mechanostrider encounter - Lead with Gooey Sha-ling
  11. Mehcanical tiger encounter - Lead with Orphaned Felbat
  12. Last boss - Servant of Demidos, Tinytron, Spawn of G’nathus (or any pet with Lightning Shield, Fire Shield, or Heat Up)

For enemy backline pets, follow a general rule of thumb:
  • Mechanical with the “turret” attack - use a pet with a ‘thorns-type’ ability (Lightning Shield, Heat Up, etc.), preferably not an Elemental pet
  • All other mechanical pets - use any pet with elemental attacks
  • Undead - use Aquatics with critter attacks (or Dust Bunny (P/S))
  • Critter - use any hard hitting Beast attacks do the trick (Fel Piglet and Thaumaturgical Piglet)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

8.1.5 PTR: New Pets From Raiding With Leashes VI, Children's Week, DMF


DMF balloon companions cannot battle and are not cageable.

We're kicking off 2019 with a new PTR cycle. Patch 8.1.5 PTR is up and new Pet Battle content was added.

At least 20 new pets so far:
- 11 dropped pets and 1 meta-achievement reward
  • Children's Week updates
- 4 new pets
  • Darkmoon Faire additions
- 3 new pets
  • Last but not least, 1 pet from "A Quest"


Some of my personal favorites/highlights of the RWL6 set.

Full list of 8.1.5 datamined pets can be found here.

The Pet Journal doesn't list specific bosses for the RWLVI pets yet. It's interesting that there are only 3 MoP raids listed for the achievement too. The last raids, Throne of Thunder and Siege of Ogrimmar are missing from this set of RWL pets. Will these 2 raids get their own RWL treatment? Or will they simply not be included? There are a number of pets that already drop from these raids, but we'll have to wait and see if they'll be grandfathered into RWL or if they'll stay as separate, standalone drops. Whatever Blizzard decides it may set precedence for future similar situations where pets are released as drops from raid bosses ahead of that particular raid's corresponding RWL achievement.

List of existing MoP-raid dropped pets (Throne of Thunder & Siege of Orgimmar):


The Brawler's Guild will also be making its return. No new pets from there so far, but the 2 previously released pets (Clock'em and Tylarr Gronnden) will be available again. Same requirements as before.

That's it for now. They only announced the return of the Brawler's Guild and Children's Week updates during last year's BlizzCon preview of 8.1.5, but it's possible more Pet Battle content (even more than RWL6?!) could be added in this upcoming patch. We'll have to wait and see.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Island Expedition Pet Trading

Here is a list of duplicate Island Expedition pets that I have.

Last updated February 18, 2019

Pets I have available to trade:
  • Giggling Flame x4
  • Playful Frostkin x3
  • Mischievous Zephyr x4
  • Captain Nibs x3
  • Snapper x6
  • Sandshell Chitterer x4
  • Thistlebrush Bud x5
  • Deathsting Scorpid x3
  • Thunderscale Whelpling x4
  • Laughing Stonekin x3
  • Sparkleshell Sandcrawler x2
  • Littlehoof x2
  • Kindleweb Spiderling x2
  • Bloodstone Tunneler x2
  • Sunscale Hatchling
  • Inky
  • Snort
  • Kunchong Hatchling
  • Muskflank Calfling
  • False Knucklebump


Pets that I need:
  • Leatherwing Screecher - TY Rohannah!
  • Rotting Ghoul - TY @ArchmageV!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Save the Dates - Battle of Dazar'alor Raid Pets

There are 4 new battle pets from the Battle of Dazar'alor raid:
- January 22 Normal and Heroic
- February 12 LFR wing 2
- January 29 Mythic
- January 22 Normal and Heroic
- February 12 LFR wing 2
- January 22 Normal and Heroic
- February 12 LFR wing 2


It's unclear if the non-mythic pets will drop on all difficulties, and if the Enchanted Tiki Mask enchanting recipe will drop on all difficulties. We'll have to wait and see.

You can view the official Blizzard BoD raid preview and schedule here.
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