Friday, November 30, 2012

The Art of War pt 2 (patch 5.1)

My next planned Art of War post was going be various leveling strategies but since the patch a few days ago it's been very buggy and difficult to tell what's an intended change and what is a bug.  As soon as everything settles down I'll definitely make that post.

One awesome new addition is Pandarian Spirit Trainers.  They are new NPCs you can battle and they award daily bags and possibly one of four new elemental pets.  More on that in a sec.  Here though is a list of the new trainers and tips on how to beat them.  They are quite challenging if you don't have the right pets or strategy.  If you do they are absolutely one-shottable.  New word!!! lol

Thundering Pandaren Spirit:  Arguably the most difficult due to his elemental pet being particularly nasty!!  But beatable.  (64,93 Vale of Eternal Blossoms)
Elemental:  Stone Rush, Crystal Prison, Rupture
Beast:  Stone Rush, Burrow, Stoneskin
Critter:  Ooze Touch, Creeping Ooze, Expunge

My team:
Molten Hatchling:  Leech Life, Brittle Webbing, Cauterize
Darkmoon Zeppelin:  Missile, Decoy, Explode
Emperor Crab:  Surge, Healing Wave, Whirlpool

I used the Molten Hatchling's Brittle Webbing first, it got stunned, then swapped in the Emperor Crab to deal with the Elemental and to wear down the second pet a bit before dying.  Then brought in the Zep against the beast and finished it off with Explode.  The Molten Hatcling finished off the Critter and ended the fight at about 80% health.

I've done this fight several other times and if you don't have the exact same set up, don't worry.  I've found that Snails, including the Rapana Whelk, are very strong.  Many critters are great against all the elementas due to their family passive that resists stuns by a full round.  Huge here!!  If you have a hard hitting Aquatic like I did and good RNG you can burst down the ele too.

With the proper counters the other pets weren't that hard.  The elemental is definitely the tough one.  Get rid of it and you're gtg with the right set up.  Make sure to have counters!!  Also if you don't get faced off against the pet you want first just forfeit until you do.  Swapping out is very punishing in these fights so do it as little as possible and only as part of a strat (like my first using a Molten Hatchling to eat the stun and get Brittle Webbing up), to sacrifice a pet to a big hit, or if it's totally unavoidable.  Forfeiting until you get the pet you want saves a swap and may mean a win vs a loss.

Burning Pandaren Spirit:  (57,42 Townlong Steppes)
Flyer:  Swarm, Confusing Sting, Glowing Toxin
Elemental: Conflagrate, Immolate, Cauterize
Dragonkin: Breath, Cyclone, Lift

My team:
Gregarious Grell:  Punch, Immolate, Cauterize
Nether Faerie Dragon:  Evanescence, Arcane Blast, Moonfire
Squirrel: Crouch, Woodchipper, Nut Barrage

I used the Squirrel against the elemental first, then the Grell against the dragonkin, and Nether Faerie against the Flyer.  Nether Faeries are now dragonkin which makes them slower but also the perfect counter to flyers.  They take less damage from and their magic attacks do more damage to them.  And they are fairly easy to find in the wild.  The squirrel and grell both did just fine.  The heal and dot from the Grell make him a fairly tanky little dude and the squirrel shakes off Elemental damage like a wet dog on a hot day!

Generally you want an aquatic or critter for the Elemental and something that counters a flyer or dragonkin. Remember to look for abilities not just pet families.

Flowing Pandaren Spirit: (61,87 Dread Wastes)
Elemental: Whirlpool, Geyser, Tidal Wave
Critter:  Water Jet, Healing Wave, Tidal Wave
Aquatic:  Pump, Dive, Whirlpool

My team:
Pterrordax Hatchling: Slicing Wind, Ancient Blessing, Lift Off
Disgusting Oozeling: Absorb, Corrosion, Acidic Goo
Rapana Whelk: Absorb, Shell Shield, Dive

Every pet on this team does aquatic damage.  Whatever you do do not put an elemental against this team.  It will get squashed.  Note that all the trainers pets have spells that you wouldn't expect from their respective families also rats are beasts, moths are critter, etc.  They basically break every rule we know so far, lol.

Magic pets are very strong here since they take less damage from aquatics.  Oozelings are awesome as their dots are powerful and they can heal themselves while the dots tick away.  Two oozelings could take this entire team.  My Whelk dealt with the Ele but it died when the Ele was at 10% health.  My oozeling took over and then took out the entire rest of the team before dying at the same time as the last enemy pet.  My Pterrordax Hatchling sat out the whole fight.

If you don't have magic pets high enough typical counters will work too.  Since the Elemental does all aquatic damage you could use a Mechancial pet and be just fine.  There are many mechanical pets that are really good and the ones with Repair + the racial of coming back to life with 20% health will be very useful.  Just keep the elementals far far away from this team!

Whispering Pandaren Spirit:  (29,36 Jade Forest)
Elemental: Slicing Wind, Wild Winds, Soothing Mists
Dragonkin: Flyby, Slicing Wind, Wild Winds
Critter: Moth Balls, Moth Dust, Cocoon Strike

My Team:
Molten Hatchling:  Leech Life, Brittle Webbing, Cauterize
Gregarious Grell: Punch, Immolate, Cauterize
Nether Faerie Dragon:  Evanescence, Arcane Blast, Moonfire

I took out the critter first with my Molten Hatchling, it was almost at full health so it whittled down the Elemental before dying, finished it off with the Nether Faerie Dragon, then used the Grell on the Dragonkin.  This was an easy one shot with these pets.  Snails and Flayers work well too here.  The combo of flying and aquatic damage mean you want to avoid using Elementals and Aquatics here.  Magic and Dragonkins would work well too since they are resistant to aquatic and flying types of damage.

Hopefully the above info will help make these teams a bit easier for you.  Remember even without the perfect team you can beat these.  My boyfriend beat them all with a Cockroach, Vampiric Batling, Celestial Dragon, Golden Dragon Hatchling, and Restless Shadeling.  It took forever and he died a lot but he did it.  So long as you have strong pets in general and avoid counters you will probably beat them.  If you use the advice I gave above you will definitely beat them.  Otherwise you just have to see which dies first...the enemy team or your patience!

New 5.1 Pets:  So much thanks to Darghon on the WoW forums for putting a comprehensive list together of all the new pets.  I'm just copying it here for my readers but credit really goes to him.

New pets in the WILD:

• Anodized Robo Cub ( mechanical) - Winterspring
• Arcane Eye ( magic) - Deadwind Pass
• Cogblade Raptor ( mechanical) - Blade's Edge Mountains
• Emerald Proto-Whelp ( dragonkin) - Sholazar Basin
• Fluxfire Feline ( mechanical) - Dun Murogh
• Harpy Youngling ( humanoid) - Northern Barrens
• Infinite Whelpling ( dragonkin) - Caverns of Time
• Kun-Lai Runt ( humanoid) - Kun-Lai Summit
• Lofty Libram ( magic) - Hillsbrad Foothills
• Nexus Whelpling ( dragonkin) - Coldarra (Borean Tundra)
• Stunted Yeti ( humanoid) - Feralas

New Tamer in MoP:
• Pandaren Fire Spirit - BoU
• Pandaren Air Spirit - BoU
• Pandaren Earth Spirit - BoU
• Pandaren Water Spirit. - BoU

Brawler's Guild Rep:
• Clock'em - BoE

Misc and Darkmoon Faire:
1. Imperial Moth - Possible drop while doing an Imperial Silk (Tailoring) transmute in the Silken Fields. Bind on Use.
2. Imperial Silkworm - Same as above.
3. Darkmoon Hatchling - Darmoon Faire pet vendor. 90 Darkmoon Faire Tickets. Bind on Use.
4. Crow ( flying) - Wild battle pet that's capturable on the Darkmoon Island.
5. Darkmoon Glowfly - Wild battle pet that's capturable on the Darkmoon Island.
6. Darkmoon Eye - Possible drop from Darkmoon Pet Supplies (new Tamer daily reward). Bind on Use.

Blizzard Store:
• Cinder Kitten - Bind on Pick Up. (when available)

Old World Raids
• Anubisath Idol - Emperor Vek'lor (Temple of Ahn'Qiraj)
• Ashstone Core - Golemagg (Molten Core)
• Chrominius - Chromaggus (Blackwing Lair)
• Corefire Imp - Magmadar (Molten Core)
• Death Talon Whelpguard - Broodlord Lashlayer (Blackwing Lair)
• Fungal Abomination - Loatheb (Naxxramas)
• Giant Bone Spider - Maexxna (Naxxramas)
• Harbinger of Flame - Sulfuron Harbinger (Molten Core)
• Mini Mindslayer - Prophet Skeram (Temple of Ahn'Qiraj)
• Stitched Pup - Gluth (Naxxramas)
• Untamed Hatchling - Razorgore the Untamed (Blackwing Lair)
• Viscidus Globule - Viscidus (Temple of Ahn'Qiraj)
• Mr. Bigglesworth - Reward for completing Raiding With Leashes Achievement

And since I have to have screenshots in all my posts, here are a few of my favorite pets.  I have so many and this is just a handful but each one is awesome!!

This is Pester, my long sought after rare Scourged Whelpling.  My jaw hit the floor when on a random flyby of the area, there he was, just waiting for me!  I was so happy!  This little guy is awesome in pvp too.

This is one of the new pets introduced in 5.1.  Can you guess which raid boss he drops off of??  Since he's a spitting image of my Corehound, Boss, I named him Mini Boss!  :D

This is Sadie.  She's also one of the new pets.  She's a Kun Lai runt found in, wait for it.....Kun Lai Summit!  She's not rare atm so am waiting on a rare Sadie or a stone to upgrade her.  We'll see which comes first.  I already adore her though.

Auria is a Pterrordax Hatchling and was my first pet to reach level 25.  Even after collecting hundreds more pets she is still one of my favorites.  She's a tanky little thing that can handle most of what I throw at her.  And she has a particular appetite for tasty little Crawdads!!

This is Nikita, my Golden Civet.  She's so adorable and I love that she's big enough to actually see.  She's actually not a bad pet in pvp but I need to get her those few levels to 25.  Turns out the Civet I thought was Nikita was actually a boy, lol.  Yes, these pets actually have genders.  I had to find another fast rare female so my Nikita could come back home.

Syclla is my Emperor Crab and is a little powerhouse.  She has crazy high attack power and can heal herself.  She was a lovely surprise as I had no idea Emperor Crabs were so awesome!

Samantha is my Widow Spiderling.  Spiders are my favorite type of beast.  They can put out some damage and heal themselves at the same time.  Quite deadly!!

This is Breaker, my rare Minfernal.  Minfernals have the nasty reputation of being one of the most sought after pets in WoW but also the most rare.  Imagine my surprise when after a server reset the second pet I found and battled turned out to be rare.  I never get that lucky!  Well, I guess almost never. This guy is badass looking and as a nod to my former Warlock main was one I knew I just had to get.  Break yourselves upon this rock hard body!!!
And finally we have Draegar.  I found him as an uncommon but he was the perfect breed so I used a Dragonkin stone on him that dropped from a daily bag.  He is going to be quite the survivor with a hibernate type heal, damage reduction from each individual hit, and decent damage attack.  I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Art of War Pt. 1

It's been a while since I've done a blog post so I figure it's time.  I got all the Pandaria tames I wanted relatively quickly which turns out to be a good thing seeing as how Pet Battles have totally sucked me in so I've been spending the vast majority of my WoW time either battling, leveling, collecting, or searching for the perfect breed of the perfect pet in the perfect color of the perfect gender.  Yes, it's that bad, lol!

Yesterday I got my achievement for getting 75 pets to 25 so I plan to take a breather for now and concentrate back on dailies, more pvp (both for my toon and pet battles), and getting Exalted with the factions.  I also have some ideas for upcoming posts so stay tuned.  Today though I'd like to make up a general post with what is hopefully some useful information about how to pet battle and how to level your pets efficiently.  Here goes:

Counters: A counter is a pet that either does more damage to or takes less damage from another.  This is the most important thing to know when choosing pets and matching your pets against your opponents.  You never want to go up against one of your counters if you can possibly help it.

I made up a chart on a piece of paper from the information in the in-game tooltip and I keep it on my desk right beside me.  This way I can see at a glance not only what counters my pet but what my pet counters as well.  Hopefully this will be a handy reference tool for you.

The first line is what families a pet takes more or less damage from, the second is the families they do more or less damage to.  So a Humanoid takes more damage from Undead, less damage from Critters, does more damage to Dragonkin and does less damage to Beasts.

Takes more/less damage from:  +Undead  -Critter       
Does more/less damage to:  +Dragonkin  -Beast 

+Humanoid  -Flyers         
+Magic -Undead  

+Magic  -Beast
+Aquatic  -Dragonkin 

+Critter  -Dragonkin
+Humanoid  -Aquatics

+Beasts  -Elemental
+Undead  -Humanoid

+Dragonkin  -Aquatic
+Flyers  -Mechanical

+Aquatic  -Mechanical
+Mechanical  -Critter

+Mechanical  -Humanoid
+Critter  -Flying

+Flyers  -Undead
+Elementals  -Magic     

+Elemental  - Magic
+Beast  -Elemental

**Remember a given family will take more or less damage from the abilities not the family the opposing pet belongs to.  So know your enemy!  For example, undead abilities do less damage to aquatics but a Blighthawk is an undead with two attack moves that are flying so they will actually do more damage to Aquatics.  Keep this in mind before you put your crab against that Blighthawk thinking you've got this in the bag!**

**Also note that Elementals do more damage to and take less damage from Mechanicals.  They are unique in that they hard and soft counter the same family.  On the other hand it means that unless a Mechanical is facing a pet with Elemental abilities it is safe from being countered.**

Family Favorites:  These are my favorites from each family based on my experience so far.
Humanoid: Flayer Youngling and Pandaren Monk
Dragonkin: Sprite Darter Hatchling and Spawn of Onyxia
Flying: Pterrordax Hatchling, Moth, and Brilliant Kaliri
Undead: Blighthawk, Restless Shadeling and Spirit Crab
Critter:  Rabbit and Rapana Whelk
Magic: Disgusting Oozeling and Nordrassil Whisp
Elemental: Fel Flame and Lil' Rag
Beast: Widow Spiderling, Molten Hatchling, and Nightsaber Cub
Aquatic: Magical Crawdad, Emperor Crab, and Mirror Strider
Mechanical: Darkmoon Tonk, Darkmoon Zeppelin, and Robo-Chick

Leveling:  When starting from scratch the best pets to level will be a Mechanical, Beast, Flyer, and Magic.  This is because they are hard counters to Beasts, Critters, Aquatics, and Flyers, the vast majority of pets you will come across out in the world.

Once you have 3 or 4 level 25's you can use them to power level your lowbie pets.  This technique consists of letting your high level pet do most of the work while the lowbie pet comes in for one round just to get the xp.  If you can manage to kill off the high pet and leave the lowbie as the last one alive that has entered battle then the lowbie gets even more xp.

My favorite leveling team is the lowbie pet, a Pterrordax Hatchling, and the Darkmoon Zep.  The Pterrordax Hatchling has a heal, a dodge/high damage combo move, and so can last forever in between battles without having to run to a stable master to heal or use up your 8m cooldown.  The Darkmoon Zep has an ability called Explode which kills the enemy and the zeppelin giving all the xp to the lowbie pet.  Basically just send your lowbie in for one round, let the zeppelin kill off the rest of the pets then itself.  Easy peasy!  The Infested Bear Cub also has this move so is another one to consider although it is undead so will be weak against all the critters out there if they're at or near his level.

Once you've reached the Pandaria Trainers you can use two strong pets against them while allowing a lowbie pet in the fight for the huge xp bonus you get from trainers.  As of now after defeating them you can abandon the quest, reaquire it, fight, get xp, abandon, reaquire, fight, get xp, and so on and so forth. Only the Pandaria trainers allow you to do this.  If you have a good team this can be a fast way to level pets, but only with the right team!  More on this in a future post!

There is so much to learn about pet battles so I'll be doing several Art of War posts including tactics for beating the final Outland and Northrend trainers, all the Pandaria trainers, and breed information.  Stay tuned and Happy Hunting!  :)