2.25.2013

More Pet Battle Daily Quests+some Grand Master Tamers

In addition to the alliance and horde daily pet battle quests, there are also dailies in Outland, Northrend and in the Cataclysm zones. Both factions can do each of these upon completing their own faction's for the first time. In this post I will be going over these daily quests and giving a sneak peek at next weeks post on the Grand Master Pet Tamer Daily quests. Once defeated, each Grand Master will award a Sack of Pet Supplies. More on that later. Just know that it isn't a walk in the park, you need to be prepared because the tamers do get harder, especially once you get to the Grand Masters.

Outland
Nicki Tinytech of Hellfire Peninsula (64.4, 49.2)
Nicki has three level 20 mechanicals, you will need three elementals to defeat this team.

Ras'an of Zangarmarsh (17.2, 50.6)
Bring a magic, a dragonkin and an undead to beat Ras'an's level 21 team of a flyer, magic and a humanoid. While you're out there farm for a rare Sporeling Sprout if you don't already have a rare humanoid. They pack quite a punch *giggle* and they have a nice self heal ability.

Narrok of Nagrand (61.0, 49.4)
He has a level 22 team of an aquatic, a beast and a critter so you will want to bring a flying, a mechanical and a beast.

Morulu the Elder of Shattrath City (59.0, 70.0)
Depending on your pet's level, you could probably do this battle with just one rare flyer seeing as he has three level 23 aquatics. Otherwise, three flyers will do the job ;)

Morulu the Elder with his three crocs
Northrend
Beegle Blastfuse of Howling Fjord (28.6, 33.8)
Bring two magic and a flyer to defeat Beegle's level 25 team of two flyers and an aquatic.

Gutretch of Zul'Drak (13.2, 66.8)
This battle is pretty tough. You will for sure want two mechanicals and a beast--max level for the mechs if possible because the Gutretch's beasts hit very hard. When I did this one I struggled with my 25 and 21 green mechanicals. He has a level 25 team of two beasts and a critter.

Nearly Headless Jacob of the Crystalsong Forest (50.2, 59.0)
This is another tough one. Jacob has three level 25 undead. Which means you need three critters to defeat him. When I first did these quests I had one 25 critter and I figured it wouldn't be too hard if I just used one of my other rare 25s. That strategy did not work. I ended coming back later with two critters and a turtle.

Okrut Dragonwaste of Dragonblight (59.0, 77.0)
Okrut has two undead and a dragonkin. This battle is kind of annoying, but not quite as bad as Nearly Headless Jacob. Bring two critters and a humanoid and you'll be golden.

Nearly Headless Jacob
Cataclysm
Bordin Steadyfist of Deepholm (49.8, 57.0)
Bordin has a critter and two elementals. Bring a beast and two aquatic to defeat this team of level 25s. The two elementals are very very strong. Whatever you do, do not bring a mechanical to this fight because they will die a quick and painful death. If you can, use at least one of the healing spells on the aquatics.

Brok of Mount Hyjal (61.4, 32.8)
Bring a dragonkin, a mechanical and a beast. Brok has a magic, a beast and a critter. This fight doesn't seem too bad; until the magic pet comes out. The magic pet has an ability to blind your pets, reducing accuracy by 50% this can make it quite hard for the dragonkin (or any pet) to beat down the magic quickly--it will still work but it might take a try or two to beat this team of 25s.

Goz Banefury of the Twilight Highlands (56.6, 56.8)
This team of level 25s includes a beast, an elemental and a magic. Bring a mechanical, an aquatic and a dragonkin to beat them!

Bordin Steadyfist
Since I want all of the MoP information in the next blog, today I will also go over all the Grand Master Pet Tamers that are *not* on Pandaria. The fun part about doing these quests is you are guarunteed a Sack of Pet Supplies which gives you a 0.4% chance to loot the Porcupette or pet family specific battle stones. The sack can also include lots of other fun things like biscuits that make your pet bigger, treats to make them smaller and my favorite--bandages for use after pet battles if your pet heal is on cooldown!

Note: The Grand Master's have elite pets. From what I can tell they just have a bit more health. I honestly only did Trixxy and Lydia when my pets were 21--I waited for all the others until I had a few teams of 25s. It's a huge annoyance to try and do them and keep dying. What used to work is to flee the battle and start it again until you got the opposing pet you wanted first--coming patch 5.2 that won't work so well because your pets will start being hurt when you flee from battles :(

Grand Master Pet Tamers Pt. 1
Stone Cold Trixxy of Winterspring (65.6, 64.6)
This little goblin has a team of 19 elites that includes a flyer, a dragonkin and a beast. You'll need a magic, a humanoid and a mechanical to beat this team.

Lydia Accoste of Deadwind Pass (40.2, 76.6)
Bring two critters and an aquatic to defeat Lydia's team of 19 elites. She has two undead and an elemental. The only annoyance with this battle is the undead ability to come back to life for 1 round when killed. Not too hard of a fight though.

Bloodknight Antari of Shadowmoon Valley (30.6, 41.8)
This might be one of the worst teams you will battle (though not the hardest--I'll get to him later.) Antari has a magic, an elemental and a dragonkin of level 24. Bring a dragonkin, an aquatic and a humanoid.

Major Payne of Icecrown (77.4, 19.6)
This guy really is a major pain...okay okay bad pun. But really, I can honestly say that he's the hardest pet battle daily that I've done. His team of 25s includes a mechanical, a beast and an elemental. Make sure you bring an elemental to beat his mechanical. Not only that but his mechanical hits like a truck so be ready with the heals. You'll also want a mechanical and an aquatic.

Obalis of Uldum (56.6, 41.8)
Bring a mechanical, a magic and a beast to beat his team of level 25s. Obalis has a beast, a flyer and a critter.

Major Payne
Next week I will conclude my Pet Battle Daily Quest series with all the daily pet battle quests on Pandaria. Then finally my little Cinder kitten will find a new home with one lucky winner--details next week!

~Nichole

2.19.2013

Alliance/Horde Pet Battle Daily Quests

Each day you are allowed to battle the the Master Pet Tamers of Azeroth. You start out with whichever faction you are on. Alliance quests are all on Eastern Kingdoms and the Horde quests are on Kalimdor. Once you go through ALL of the daily quests the opposite faction's quests are also available for you to do. I had already done every single pet battle master through Grand Master Aki so I don't know if you have to go that far or not in order to get the quests. Anyway, just flying around Kalimdor was enough for me most days. To get started with the quests Alliance should go see Audrey Burnhep in Stormwind and Hordies can meet Varzok in Orgrimmar.

This guide is geared towards defeating the opposing team with a team of "+50% Bonus Strike" pets. Towards the top of my page you'll see the tab "My Pet Battle Team" that page goes into more detail about my team and why I choose the specific pet that I do. I explained it all there so the daily quest blogs could be a "go to" of what you need w/o all the why and hows. Also in the team post I talked about who is stronger vs who, you'll want to reference that when you need to know which pet to put against the opposing team--remember this strategy obviously works best when you are using the correct pet--use that pet swap! I hope this post helps! When I started doing all the pet battle stuff I did most of it by trial and error and using warcraftpets.com/wowhead as references but there were times I just couldn't find a good strategy. Good luck with your battles!

Alliance

Julia Stevens of Elwynn Forest (41.6, 83.6)
You'll want to defeat her team of two level 2 beasts with two mechanicals.

Ol MacDonald of Westfall (60.8, 18.6)
He has a flyer, a mechanical and a critter that are level 3. Bring a magic, an elemental and a beast.

Lindsay of Redridge Mountains (33.2, 52.6)
She has three critters of level 5. Depending on your pet's level you could probably just use one or two beasts.

Eric Davidson of Duskwood (20.2, 44.2)
Eric's team is composed of three level 7 beasts. Bring one or two mechanicals.

Steven Lisbane of Northern Stranglethorn (46.0, 40.4)
To defeat Steven's team of level 9 pets (two beasts and a magic) you'll want a team of two mechanicals and a dragonkin.

Bill Buckler from The Cape of Stranglethorn (51.2, 73.6)
Bring two magic and an undead to beat Bill's level 11 team of two flyers and a humanoid.

David Kosse of the Hinterlands (62.8, 54.6)
David has a critter, a beast and a magic of level 13. You will need a beast, a mechanical and a dragonkin.

Deiza Plaguehorn of the Eastern Plaguelands (67.0, 52.4)
You'll want to defeat her team of level 14 pets (two beasts and an undead) with two mechanicals and a critter.

Kortas Darkhammer of Searing Gorge (35.6, 27.8)
Kortas has a team of three level 15 dragonkin. Ideally, you should bring a team of three humanoids, but for me I only had one so I took him as far as he could go and then just used my other strong pets. So I'd say, a humanoid, a mechanical and a turtle (aquatic.) It all depends on what level you are when you fight.

Everessa of the Swamp of Sorrows (76.6, 41.6)
Bring a flyer, a magic and a mechanical to this fight. Her team is composed of level 16s; an aquatic, a flyer and a beast.

Durin Darkhammer of the Burning Steppes (25.6, 47.6)
Kortas Darkhammer's brother has a flyer, a critter and an elemental of level 17. You need a magic, a beast and an aquatic

Fighting  Grazzle, in the above I was trying out humanoid, flyer, mechanical vs his dragonkin
Horde
Zunta of Durotar (44.0, 28.4)
He has a critter and a beast of level 2. Bring a beast and a mechanical.

Dagra the Fierce of the Northern Barrens (58.6, 53.0)
Bring two mechanicals and a beast to defeat Dagra's team of level 3s (two beasts and a critter.)

Analynn of Ashenvale (20.2, 29.6)
You'll want to defeat her team of level 5 pets with a flyer, a magic and a beast since she has an aquatic, a flyer, and a critter.

Zonya the Sadist of the Stonetalon Mountains (59.6, 71.6)
Zonya has two beasts and a critter of level 7. Bring two mechanicals and a beast to beat her team.

Merda Stronghoof of Desolace (57.2, 45.8)
To defeat Merda's team you'll need to bring a flyer, an aquatic and a beast. Merda has an aquatic, an elemental and a critter of level 9.

Cassandra Kaboom of the Southern Barrens (39.6, 79.2)
This little goblin has a team of three mechanicals of level 11. You'll want to bring three elementals or anything except a magic or a beast. This one was harder for me since I only leveled one elemental. Honestly though, there are very few mechanical pets that you have to battle. I ended up using a mechanical, an elemental and an aquatic because those were the three I was leveling at the time.

Traitor Gluk of Feralas (59.6, 49.6)
Gluk has a dragonkin, a beast and a critter that are level 13. To defeat him you'll want to bring a humanoid, a mechanical and a beast

Grazzle the Great of Dustwallow Marsh (53.8, 74.8)
He has three level 14 dragonkin that he stole from Onyxia's lair...what a silly silly goblin. Ideally, you should bring a team of three humanoids, but for me I only had one so I took him as far as he could go and then just used my other strong pets. So I'd say, a humanoid, a mechanical and a turtle (aquatic.) It all depends on what level you are when you fight.

Kela Grimtotem of Thousand Needles (31.8, 32.8)
She has two critters and a beast of level 15. You will need two beasts and a mechanical to defeat her team.

Zoltan of Felwood (40.0, 56.6)
Bring two dragonkin and an elemental to defeat Zoltan's level 16 team of two magic and a mechanical.

Elena Flutterfly of Moonglade (46.0, 60.6)
Elena has a magic, a dragonkin and a flyer of level 17. This battle can be a little tricky, but bringing a dragonkin, a humanoid and a magic should give you the upper hand.

In the middle of a battle, sometimes Aurorie just doesn't pay attention...
I hope you enjoyed this post on alliance and horde daily pet battle quests. Next week the post will have this same format except I will be covering the daily pet battle quests of Burning Crusade, Wrath and Cataclysm.

2.11.2013

The Team

Before I even started doing the pet battle trainers I went through all the pets I currently had and picked out a "team" to level.  Although my team has varied a little bit since then, it was always my goal to get at least one of each family to level 25.  Now that I've done that and then some I went on to defeat all the trainers.  I found that it makes leveling your pets a whole lot easier when you have two maxed out pets carrying a third. This works best with the trainer dailies, but it also works with regular pet battles.  This works because when you are using two capped pets with one that isn't capped that one gets all the XP.  Depending on the level of the pet--that can be 700-1000 XP from one fight.  Just make sure the not capped pet gets hit or hits at least once.

Now I know there are many different strategies to doing the pet battles, but I prefer to always have the family that has the +50% bonus strike against the opposing team.  When I can't, well then I can't but I really really prefer it.  For example, I will always use my moth (flying) against an aquatic because flyers have that bonus against the aquatic family.  You can get an entire list of who is stronger than who from warcraftpets.com's Pet Battles Cheat Sheet.  Honestly one of the best things I've found during my journey through pet battles.  Other people prefer to always have a healer out with one or two plus damage--or someone who has +33% bonus defense against one of the opposing pets.  Of course that strategy works well...better than mine even because it has a better survival rate.  However, my team kicks butt quickly and even if one or two pets die I can always stop at a nearby Stable Master or just wait out the cooldown of Revive Battle Pets.  Using the Stable Master (located near pretty much any inn...)costs a few silver, but it is a very nice option if you don't feel like waiting.  I feel silly, but I just found out a week or so ago that this was an option.  Before I was just waiting on the cooldown and wasting my bandages.

Mechanicals have the +50% bonus strike vs. Beasts
Above we have Shardik the Anodized Robocub.  I generally prefer him for his Demolish ability used with Supercharge.  I hear that supercharge is being nerfed in the patch.  Imo, it'll still be strong enough to take out beasts quickly so I'll still use it. 
Circuit is a De-weaponized mechanical companion.  If I use him, it's because I want someone to take some hits for the team.  So I'll have Extra Plating and Repair active for his rotation.  I'll use Metal Fist or Thrash depending on if I'm fighting a beast or a critter.

Critters have the +50% bonus strike vs. Undead
Cuddles is a cute little Bandicoon Kit.  When using him against Undead I use Powerball first paired with Tongue Lash because of the increased speed buff. 
To the left of Skold we have Hopper, the Grassland Hopper.  Primarily I like to use him because of his heal, but his damage against Undead isn't anything to scoff at either.  His Skitter and Swarm abilities are quite good.

Magic has the +50% bonus strike vs. Flying
Allons-y is an Arcane eye.  I leveled him first, because he was my ONLY non grey quality pet.  Later I got a stone and made Dream a rare so she is my go-to for beating flyers.  Anyway, for Allons-y I usually use 
Focused Beams, Eyeblast and Mana Surge.  Like I said though not my favorite magic, but it was something to start with.
Legs, aka Dream is not only one of my favorite companion pets, but she's also super strong in battle.  What's nice about Dream is that she is strong against flyers so I use Laser, Surge of Power and Focused Beams, but she also has two abilities that are strong against elemental: Pump and Whirlpool.  rawr.

Flying has the +50% bonus strike vs. Aquatic
This is Flutter the Oasis Moth.  She has beautiful wings and eats aquatics for breakfast.  Any questions?  No?  Good.  I prefer to use Alpha Strike because of the extra damage if she goes first, Adrenaline Rush for the increased speed buff and Moth Dust--because even though it has a moderate chance to miss, it goes BANG when it does hit.

Beasts have the +50% bonus strike vs. Critters
Yes that is a disgusting Jumping Spider.  No I don't use Itsy very often.  I only leveled him to be annoying in PvP battles.  Anyway, if I were to use him I'd use either one of his first talents, Sticky Web so the pet can't flee and then Leech Life so he can heal for a bunch and never die!  Muahahaha.
Meet Tod, the Fox Kit.  I always use Bite, Howl for the increased damage buff and Leap for the speed increase.  Start out with Howl, then Leap followed by bite.  He's gets hit pretty hard but he also hits for a ton with all his buffs up.  Oh and he dances in is spare time.  /die

Elementals have the +50% bonus strike vs. Mechanicals
Loves Me Not is an Ammen Vale Lashling.  My favorite ability she has is her Poison Lash.  It keeps a debuff on the target for 5 rounds.  That's pretty big when you are fighting something that can revive once after it dies.  I always use Soothing Mists at least once a battle because it not only heals her, but the others on the team.  Generally, I use Stun Seed for the third talent because it does so much more damage than the other third talent.  I hear it is being nerfed though so we'll see once patch hits.  Sadly, she isn't the best choice for an elemental to level up--but she does the job.  I will be leveling one of my rare elementals at a later date.  Right now since there are only two or three battle masters who have mechanical pets it just isn't worth it to me right now.

Aquatics have the +50% bonus strike vs. Elementals
River Song is a Mirror Strider.  I always use Cleansing Rain at the beginning of the battle because of the increased aquatic damage buff.  Then I have Water Jet and Pump as the first and third talents.  One of the cutest pets :)
Turtles are very versatile in the pet battles.  The one above, Squirt the Emerald Turtle, has abilities that are good against Flyers, Critters, Elementals and Undead.  Normally when I use him though I use Emerald Bite, Healing Wave and Headbutt.

Undead have the +50% bonus strike vs. Humanoids
Ruby is a Fossilized Hatchling.  She's very good at killing humanoids.  She also likes to yell BONESTORM at random times.  (Okay she doesn't really yell it, but it is one of her abilities...)  I don't have a set rotation for her since I don't come across many humanoids.  Bone Bite, Death and Decay and either of the third talent should work just fine.  I also like the fact that she has a pretty hefty heal if you don't choose D&D.

Dragonkin have the +50% bonus strike vs. Magic
This pretty little pet was quite expensive, but she is the last of the colored whelplings that I needed.  Her name is Rose and she is the Crimson Whelpling.  I like her because she has a decent heal, or you can choose to do the weather buff Scorched Earth.  Usually I use Scorched Earth, Deep Breath and Breath. The opposing magic pet doesn't live through two rounds of the mentioned talents.

Humanoids have the +50% bonus strike vs. Dragonkin
Shroomie here is an orphaned Sporeling Sprout.  I always use Jab on him because it does more damage than the other 1st ability.  Secondly I'll use leech seed because it's always nice to get that extra healing and finally I choose Crouch for the damage reduction.

Over the next few weeks I'll go through which pets of my team I used for each trainer.  Feel free to return to this post to see which "rotation" I feel is most effective.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and don't forget to check out my Love is in the Air post from last year--nothing has changed (except for the dates) and well...love is in the air! ;)

Now that you have a team, take them out and beat all of the Master Pet Tamers:
Alliance/Horde Pet Battle Daily Quests
Outland, Northrend and Cataclysm Master Pet Tamers and Part 1 of Grand Master Tamers
Part 2 of Grand Master Tamers (Pandaria, Spirit Tamers, Darkmoon Faire)
Beasts of Fable


~Nichole