Pet Battles: Please tell me I am halfway?

OK, my respect for avid pet battlers/levellers has just sort of tripled over the last week whilst doing these achievements. I just want to crawl into a hole and never ever come back out! I think the hardest part is that I simply do not have enough pets high enough to do some of these battles, so my kills are very messy and not at all what you would call – solid?

Flying by the seat of my pants comes to mind quite often, however I have conquered the Pandaland trainers!

Some of them were pretty easy, others were so RNG dependant that I was losing my calm quite significantly. Especially on Aki, one of her pets on one attempt crit mine for its full health.  Dead. One Shot. Unhappy!

I did start to use lower level pets on some of the tamers here, anything from about 22 upwards on some fights,  just to get them a little xp, every little bit counts I guess!  I was so happy to finally have Tamed Azeroth as well! Pretty sure this got me a title of “Tamer”, I probably won’t ever use it but it is nice to know it is there. Maybe I should start randomizing my titles every day and just get some happening in rotation.

Aki also chose me – I feel very special, however I have a feeling she chooses whoever comes along her neck of the woods. Once you go and hand in the quest for the Panda land trainers you get 2 more give to you which I thought might take me a while.  The Pandaren Spirit Tamer didn’t take me long at all, I managed to down all 4 mobs quite quickly; the Thundering Pandaren Spirit requiring a few frustrating attempts, but ultimately he fell to my pets in a battle of epic proportions.

 

Once again I didn’t take any pictures or make any notes about the combinations I used. I feel really awful about that as it could have helped some people out.

I know that I have a roster of pets I seem to use constantly as follows:

  • Chrominius
  • Anubasith Idol
  • Unborn Val’kyr
  • Alpine Foxling Kit
  • Iron Starlette
  • Lil Tarecgosa
  • Onyxian Whelping
  • Rapana Whelk
  • Dancing Water Skimmer.
  • Gilnean Raven
  • Fel Flame

They are pretty much mix and match for most fights, I tend to use some for just brute force when the “strats” just aren’t working and mostly they get me through depending on the mix needed. Like I said, they are not pretty battles and I think some people would be surprised I can make it work, but that is part of the fun of the system imho.

 

Pet Battles: You can’t stop me now!

Onward and upward as they say to even more treacherous ground!

I am not sure I am a smart person given how much stress these battles are putting on my brain.

Heading into Cataclysm expansion now and Goz Banefury was ultimately the hardest one for me to do. I think it took me over 8 attempts and a massive couple of hours break between as I just could not tolerate the death anymore!

The last fight was also pretty difficult and required me walking away from my computer. Sometimes, just sometimes I think the tamers cheat because you do effects that should work or make a move yet your pet doesn’t actually have a chance to get the spell off before dying.  This made me so angry.  Don’t we all love a challenge?!?!  right!??! RIGHT?!!?!!?  <pulls hair out>.

So after finally getting all the achievement for Cataclysm, I went to get some of the Pandaria ones complete and after doing only 2 managed to finally get my Safari hat. I knew I was close to getting it so that is what pushed me onward.  I have since not taken the hat off because I am generally using pets within the 20-24 range for a lot of these fights.

The Shrine Fly (which I used coins to level) has been a god send. I have used it so many times on battles it has saved me a lot, as well the Anubasith Idol – I have no idea how I would have completed a lot of these fights without those two pets. I would strongly suggest you head out and get them by any means necessary.

Pet Battles: Taming everything in site.

This is a much harder challenge than I thought it would be.

Much harder.

I had no idea where I was up to when I decided to do this so I headed to Orgrimmar and picked up the first section.  I decided to do them in order as it would just be easier to remember where I was at. I found out I was up to Northrend. I had done more than I realised, which led me to notice that I only need about 10 more battles to get my Safari Hat. This was all very positive.

Until I stated reading about the strats needed for most of these fights. Aside from the Anubisath Idol, I didn’t have a lot of options. This made it exceedingly difficult on almost all the trainers. However with a little tweaking and some very wonderful help from RNGJeebus I managed to get Northrend under my belt.

I really wish I had kept a record of all the pets I had used against which tamers.  I would have loved to have updated the wowhead posts for all the other people like me that don’t have a huge selection of the right pets. If anyone knows of an in game way I can find out what I used please let me know!

On this last fight I used Fel Flame, Shrine Fly and Dancing Water Skimmer.  I had to go and level my Fel Flame to 25 (from 23) and my Shrine Fly with some coins but honestly it was well worth it to defeat this one after many attempts.

So much joy when getting that achievement!

 

Pet Battles: You can never have too many?

I was discussing pets in guild the other day, and mentioned that I was going to start chasing the achievements for taming/collecting etc.  I never really got into it originally with the amount of time needed to devote to the levelling, however recently I have remembered that battling doesn’t take a huge amount of time and is at least a bit of a challenge.

The celestial tournament was what I had my sights set on, but given most of the strats call for pets I simply either didn’t have or were level 1- it was time to bite the bullet. Celestial tournament is the end goal  – to reach that I needed to get more pets to 25, to do that I needed my Safari hat (and charms) and that meant completing the Tamer achievements for the world.

Before I began my mission though Antheriel and Limpywtf caught up with me in Dalaran and donated so many pets to me that I am still losing my mind over it. They were all duplicates for them but for me it was an almost spiritual level event.  So many of them will be useful when I get the levelled and I really just cannot express how grateful I am too them. Nelly sat on vents with me and went trough all her duplicates while Limpywtf just added pets to the bank for me to run off with if I was missing them (I missed out on Syd the Squid as I couldn’t remove anything else for the day and by the time I got back the next day he was gone).

Abyssius is one I want to level because he is so gorgeous looking!

The Sandling and Imp are very cool looking but then the Firewing suits my whole fire mage look so perfectly that I feel such a stunning creature should be levelled asap. See, look how fiery and gorgeous she is! Just look!

The featured image for this post is the Sunfire Kaliri which was also lovingly donated, but it is also very theme appropriate for my fire mage – I just can’t decide between the above Firewing or the Kaliri.

Neither Nelly or myself could pronounce Cyrukh – so I feel I should change his name to Nelly.  I always like to change the names of pets to the characters of the people that game them to me; it helps remind me of the donation and the history of each pet, but this lot is going to be a massive struggle I think.  I can’t come up with that many variants 😀

The whelping will be added to my long list of dragons requiring levelling – since I am obsessed with Dragons I feel it is only appropriate that I level every single one I get my hands on.  Such hard work though!

The Sister is absolutely gorgeous – my very own mini succubus.  She even makes the whip noises and I simply cannot describe how much I adore this pet. I have always laughed about the whole warlock wanting to me mages thing – but imho mages should – in all honesty – be able to have pets – we are masters of the arcane, dammnit! – there should be a spec dedicated entirely to summoning creatures/elemental beings to do our damage during fights.

Of course the last little cutie was this little fella.  OMG look at those little furry feet, and the horns! GAH!  I like the Talbuk creature so this is just fun to have, I really wish we could have more than 1 pet running around with us – like a pet battle group but always around. Obviously that would be pretty intensive on the game if all of us did that, but I can have dreams right?!

Not only that but Antheriel also emailed me her noes about the Celestial tournament, all her plans/groups and tactics etc.  I cannot wait to get cracking on that section of Pandaria. I am sure her notes will help me through!

I cannot thank both Antheriel or Limpywtf enough for the amount of pets they gave me.  I owe them so much love and if I could have hugged them in real life I would! A blog post hardly seems like good enough payment for the joy. As I assured Nelly, they are going to a very loving home who will ensure they are looked after. I feel so very lucky!

PETS!! So many pets!

I am actually a little surprised that I have so many.  I just wish I was as keen on levelling them as collecting.

Lominari asked me how many pets I actually had and I discovered it was only 597 – with an achievement for 600 I decided to go and hunt some down.

After having run Trial of the Crusader in 25 man heroic and having a pet drop whilst chasing argent tourney seals we decided to do ICC 25 man heroic and see if any would drop.  Nope.

So I decided I would just hunt some down the old fashioned way.  Thanks to Warcraft pets I figured out where I would find the most amount of battle pets I had left to collect.

My 600th by pure random chance was a lovely blue pet! I get so few blues so it was very nice to see, I seem to have a huge amount of grey quality ones!!

This goes well with the Legion achievement I got the other day when doing world quests.  I had spent (the previous day) about an hour riding around Felsoul Hold killing the spiders for the last one to spawn and had given up.

Whilst with Lominari (of course), we happen to stumble across the last little bugger!!  You have to kill the Thornclaw Broodling as they share a spawn timer with the Vicious Broodling (which is always a rare quality!).  But this Vicious one was sitting there doing nothing, all alone.  Just waiting to be scooped up!!

We also won’t discuss how Lominari managed to stumble across the rug needed for the Dust Bunny pet as well, then asked me what it was about.  This happened a couple of days after I finally managed to get it (2 weeks in total with checking all the points in Dalaran for the rug whenever I was nearby and overtime I logged on and before I logged off).  He just stumbled on it…..

The guy has more luck than anyone should have!!

An achievement which has taken 3 years to get done….

You know when you get so wrapped up in life you sort of forget what season we are in, but then because of that you also forget that the season we are in is not the season USA is in?

Every “Winter” I would either forget about or not be subscribed so I could not catch this goddamn annoying pet.  I was fluffing about on my mage when I realised I should get this
Snowy Owl pet now before I forget again!!

I ran off to Winterspring to capture one. Remarkably easy.  Since I was in the area I decided to just go past Felwood and see what my chances were of catching the last elusive pet I needed for the achievement.

I didn’t see anything except rats, so in my frustration I started killing them.  To my surprise I moused over another green paw print on my map and my mind couldn’t understand what I was seeing .

The Minfernal was just over the hill.  I ran over  to it, checked my pets were alive and the right levels and then wouldn’t you know it.  The battlefield was obstructed.  OBSTRUCTED!!  I have not been waiting 3 years randomly camping the spot to have it obstructed.

I kept clicking on him like a crazed person! I was about to go crazy, and then it finally worked.  I was feeling particularly stressed about the situation because what if I killed the thing!

No need to stress.  Look at that!  I am a Zookeeper!!  I am so happy to have this one finally completed.  I am now halfway through the Broken Isles collecting achievement; I am having a tiny issue if managing to kill every Slithering Brownscale I come across instead of capturing them.

I am so happy!!

 

 

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