I really need to do some reading about pet battles, because I discovered today you can tell what rarity the creatures are when battling them. Yes, I am clearly a very observant person :p I though that was an unknown until you actually captured them. After that discovery whilst killing a rare creature, I didn’t make the mistake again:
A mountain cottontail did it for me Cute little evil bunnies!! and then i also got :
I tried, I really did try to do some today on my mage, but the leveling process is simply so boring. I would much rather they had an arena area where you could go to level quickly with the pets. I don’t mind doing the hard slog, what I don’t like it having to fly around so much and and be inefficient in my leveling. I am sure I will have a max level by the time WoD comes out, but I really wouldn’t hold your breathe for it!!
However I did do more collecting and battling whilst leveling a lowbie toon, it seems to be much easier to do whilst leveling in an area, you spent 2 seconds doing a battle between places, well that’s what I have been doing. I noticed however somewhere between disliking pet battles and collecting them like crazy – I became a collecting snob!! If it isn’t rare I am not collecting it. I was collecting one green one to just add to the collection in some cases after attempting battles many times with common/grey levels, but as a general rule I kept battling them until I got the rare. My panda got a Tiny Harvester and a mouse, I was chasing a prairie dog and sand crab and snake – but couldn’t get a rare
This led me to go slightly crazy and I have even downloaded PetTracker, which shows you the pets on your world map that you need to collect, where to collect etc. I think I went crazy for collecting….and not so much for the actual battling…but that will need to happen if I am to collect anything past level 6. uh-oh!! It adds the below to your objectives, so when you change zones it tells you what animals you need to collect in the area, when you select the animal it opens your pet journal up so you can see all the details about it.
It is also pretty cool, because it lists what pets you have in an area with their respective quality, so when you go to a new area and see the list change, you can spend some time trying to get higher level animals if you want.
Those animals are then shown on your world map and you can mouse over to see what is where. This has made it much more fun for me now!
I wish I had something that told me what order I collected the pets in…a date of collection even would be cool.