Geeking by in October

October Monthly Update

Now, how would I describe October? Two things spring to mind; always behind and lergy. The month started off well enough and I had a nice peaceful simple birthday (just what I had in mind) and continued my annual birthday tradition of having some form of illness, usually something flu-like. I’ll let you read on to find out more about how my October went πŸ™‚

I used to do a monthly goals post each month before I swapped to these round up posts this year. The reason for the change was I felt that I was putting a bit too much pressure on myself in the way of setting goals. However, I feel that I need to add some sort of accountability to keep me on track with things and get me where I want to be. From now on at the end of each section I’m going to put a few small goals (when relevant).

 

Birthday Times

Before I get to the depression lergy talk let’s start with the fun stuff! I turned 33 and got spoiled by Chris as always. He says I’m hard to buy for and fusses and worries about what he gets me, but the fact is he is a champion gifter. I always feel that my gifts at Christmas never quite stand up to his because he is that damn good! We’re talking plan for 12 months kind of thing – and now I have brain fog all the time he has the added bonus of not forgetting good ideas when they pop into his head too! Grumbling aside I am very grateful to have him, and he knows he doesn’t need to spoil me so but he likes to see my reaction – and that means I get teased before I can actually open them too. This time it was the DVD shaped delivery that was “not a DVD” for instance.

The eagled-eyed among you may already see that the DVD-that-was-not-a-DVD was in fact… a DVD. You’d think I’d have learned after the time he did the whole ‘hon, I’m expecting a delivery tomorrow, it’s a book for DnD’ when it was Valentine’s Day… Yeah. Not a DnD book πŸ˜›

We’ve watched Thor and absolutely LOVED it! I’m definitely considering getting that NowTV subscription to catch up on the rest of the Marvel films and all the other films we’re behind on. Hopefully when we’re both feeling better we can watch Justice League too. I know it’s had some bad revues but I’m a DC girl so I’m looking forward to it anyway and this one comes with an awesome bonus feature about DC comics too.

The next present may look dull but it’s actually a real life saver and Chris gave it to me earlier saying ‘you REALLY need this’ and he was right. My old mouse mat was pretty disgusting. It didn’t matter how much I tried to clean it, it just would not get clean and it was beginning to screw up my mouse. Due to my hypermobility I need the supports and it’s my first time having one for the keyboard too and I’m never going back. It really makes a huge difference – and I am being extra careful about keeping them both clean too, so go me!

Then the star prize was this gorgeous statue of Sylvanas Windrunner from World of Warcraft’s Fall of the Lich King collection, and photos really do not do it justice. It is so detailed, and it is exquisite. You can view extra photos of her over on instagram. My final present was some money to buy a pet in the Blizzard store which resulted in me spending 5 minutes searching and ending up with three I wanted to buy; Twilight, Shadow and Mischief. I couldn’t decide! They’re all so cute! So Chris got the final vote and chose Twilight πŸ˜€

I got a bundle of gifts from my mother in law which include some chocolate and these make up gift sets which I will be reviewing at a later date. The lip products say ‘lip gloss’ but they looked so matte that I did a quick swatch test when I got them and I’m really not convinced that they’re glosses. I’d say they’re more like liquid lipsticks with a gloss finish. I’ve tried one of them and they’re ok. Not the best quality as they’re super sticky but they look fab!

 

Gorgeous birthday flowers from my parents in autumn shades of gold, orange and peach

I asked for money from my parents so I could get the bits and pieces on my birthday wish list and they always send me flowers. My mum used to arrange flowers (as a hobby not professionally although she did also do a few weddings, including my best friend’s one) so she knows her flowers and always picks the best bouquets to send me. This year she really outdid herself though because they were stunning! They were from Marks and Spencers and the colours were just gorgeous and perfect for autumn. I tried to do them justice with some photos on instagram, but honestly, I don’t think I could have captured them just right. It was one of those things you just had to see for yourself.

I’ve picked up a few things off my wish list but I’m spreading out the cost over a few months so I will update you guys on that another time πŸ™‚

 

Health

I’m not sure if I ended up actual flu or just a flu-like virus (and it took me 5 times as long to write that sentence because Georgie was licking my fingers as I typed ><). Chris definitely had full on flu and was really sick with it. Despite his heart condition he’s not considered at risk so he doesn’t get the flu vaccine where as I do, although October/November is my most at risk time as it’s the period when I get my annual vaccine. I’m sure there’s all sorts of science to explain it but we’ve found that one of being immune/semi-immune isn’t as useful as it sounds. For example, while the flu vaccine doesn’t attack the body of those vaccinated they can still carry the virus so if I come into contact with it somewhere else I can bring it home to Chris and have done so on many occasion over the years. As with this month if Chris gets flu I’ve found that I can get some flu symptoms but not the full illness. I felt under the weather mostly, and got hit with the feeling like absolute death part of flu. My fatigue levels were just crazy high that I couldn’t do anything. I was fine once I got over and the rest of the month went ok, until this last week when all the sniffling and bunged up ickiness have returned again :-/ Bleurgh. I think my nose has entered a sneezing marathon and forgot to tell me.

Time to get serious for a moment. When I was 4 my mum was diagnosed with colitis a serious bowel condition which has had an impact on all our lives. Her biggest fear as a new parent was that I would one day inherit that condition. Over the years she was told that colitis is not genetic and that I was safe. Keep in mind that this was the late 80s and 90s though and medical research has come a long way since then but I was still pretty shocked when her consultant told me earlier this year that I should get tested. It turns out that there is a type of colitis that sneaks under the radar as it doesn’t have the same distinctive symptoms as most types, i.e. bleeding, and it is often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. My mum is still recovering from an illness two years ago and so she did not really comprehend what he said to me, which in a sad way I’m a little grateful for, but I did go to my doctor asap.

Health Update - Hormones & Bowel Conditions

I underwent a test that shows up inflammatory markers; it’s really easy and non-invasive as it’s just handing in a sample (sorry if that is TMI but I want to explain so anyone else who ever goes through this knows what to expect πŸ™‚ ).Β  My results came back and I got 80 which is good and bad. The average healthy person is a 50 and colitis starts at 200, so I’m safely below the colitis but not within ‘normal’ levels either. My doctor is retesting me in 5 weeks and I think this is something we are just going to need to keep an eye on. It’s been more on my mind this month because my tummy has been a lot worse so even though the results are good news I’m not feeling completely reassured just yet. Something still doesn’t feel right.

I’ve also just had another hellish month of PMT again. I’m on the mini-pill which is an Progestogen-only pill as the normal pill is really bad for migraines so I’ve been off that one for years. For a long time the mini-pill worked like a dream; cycle went great, symptoms and moods settled down, and even better? No periods! Then over the last few months it’s been like a roller coaster of pain and hell. My doctor said that it isn’t uncommon as our bodies change and get used to the pill, or something along those lines. Unfortunately I’ve now exhausted the two pill options so it’s time to try injections or implant; we don’t want to go down the implant road just yet for personal reasons as a couple so I’ll be trying injections. I’m not bothered by needles at all so that isn’t an issue, I just really hope they work and I don’t have any issues or side effects with other medications. I’ll keep you guys posted.

Kitten chasing string - an accurate portrayal of how my October went

Always playing catch up

The aim ofΒ  October was to catch up with my blog schedule and other things in my life once and for all. Instead I spent most of it feeling like a kitten running after a ball of string, never quite catching onto it and when I did I’d find there was so much more to catch.Β  One thing would lead to another and another… case in point; our bedroom. We knew we had some condensation issue of some sort in our room but we didn’t realise the full extent until this month. We began to realise that the walls were getting damp to touch and so was the floor in some places. In preparation for someone coming in to check the walls for us we moved the bad and an old mattress from underneath it to find that things were a lot worse than we realised. The guy we got in to check it confirmed that we had rising damp complete with nasty spores that had spread half way around the room. It turns out that all the rain we’d had for weeks had been leaking through from the outside and had built up, meaning we had a pool of water sitting in/behind the walls. We had to get a big electric dehumidifier in and blast it for about a week to dry the room out, and of course everything needs decorating. Thankfully having the old mattress under the bed has saved our own mattress because it soaked up all the icky stuff and the moisture.

But tidying up the bedroom so that someone could come in and so we could move the old mattress out took time. We had to then tidy up another room to make room for things that had to be moved out of the bedroom. Between all the moving, tidying and sorting out it took up the better part of one week and then of course we both had the massive slump afterwards from really overdoing it. So that pushed me back for blog work, inktober and dissertation work, and from then on everything just seemed to end up in a never ending cycle of catch up.

November Goals

I’m done chasing the string. This month I’m catching up on blog stuff and my to do list. One of my blog series, the Zodiac series, has been the biggest culprit in stressing me out and has been playing a big part in all the trouble. Last month I got so close to getting caught up so this month? It’s getting done baby!

 

Disstertation Update - October 2018

Dissertation

I started writing again!!! I am so happy to be able to say that and it is a huge relief off my mind. I now have a schedule pinned up on the wall in front of me with a weekly world count of 500 words, although I’m trying to do 100 a day to keep myself floating nicely ahead. It means I can also miss days here and there if I need to. My schedule started two weeks ago and takes me up to the end of March which is when I send my supervisor my first draft, and my final deadline is the end of April. It also includes when each section will be complete so I know how my progress is going in terms of the actual content not just number of words.Β  Every two weeks I hand my supervisor the work I’ve done to that point so that keeps me on track and we are having a monthly Skype chat too.

Getting started was so hard especially with everything else going on this month, but once I got into it and pushed through the fatigue I was good! I had to knuckle down and put some hard work in to catch up a bit last week, and again that pushed me behind this week. As long as I don’t keep letting that happen and letting it get on top of me I should be ok.

November Goals

Keep up with my schedule, especially the 100 words a day and not let myself fall behind.

 

Inktober 2018 - Some of my doodles

Inktober

If you some how managed to miss my inktober post at the start of the month then October is when a well known art prompt called Inktober takes place. This was my first time doing Inktober and I was using it to kick start my doodle book, which in turn was to help me get back into art again. you can read more about all that in my Inktober plans post. As you can probably guess I didn’t keep up with it as much as I had hoped but considering how manic this month ended up being I’m really happy that I did keep going with it and I didn’t give up! There was a point there where I could have jacked it all in and I chose not to. I’ve still got 7 prompts to do and I’m going to finish it because I’ve really enjoyed it. Some drawings didn’t go as planned and others really surprised me. I found that artist inside me that I wanted to reawaken and I’ve also found my confidence again, so watch this space πŸ˜‰

November Goals

Finish the last 7 prompts in my own time – and don’t stress about it! I’ve started a photo challenge and video game screenshot challenge so I want to keep up with them. That probably seems like a lot but it actually isn’t as the video game challenge will be a quick one week post with 7 screenshots to sum up my week so keep an eye out for that on Wednesday!

 

Blog Updates

I’d really hoped to be unveiling geeking-by.net! Yep, I did it, I got the domain. I purposely wasn’t mentioning the exact name in case some nasty person snapped it up before I actually bought it, however, it is now safely mine. I just need to do the actual move. Although I’ve not been able to do that due to the hectic month, I have been tinkering around and you may have noticed some changes! I could list all the changes or I could do one better and take inspiration from the lovely Nerdily who did a fabulous video walk-through of her blog changes – which you need to check out because it looks FABULOUS!

November Goals

Actually migrate to the new domain? Yeaah πŸ˜‰ I also want to finish off the bits I noted in the video and launch my newsletter!

 

Over to You

Right, so my October was a hectic lergy mess which ended up with me likening myself to a kitten chasing a ball of string – you can tell I’m back writing something can’t you? πŸ˜› How did YOUR October go? I especially want to know about your Halloween adventures as mine were zero as usual (holidays during the cold wet season in Scotland aren’t particularly welcoming for a disabled girl even when it’s been a good month!).

How was your October?

Did you do anything for Halloween?

Did you dress up? If so what as?

Do you celebrate Halloween, Samhain or both?

What do you think of the blog changes? And how was the little walk through video – should I do some more video content occasionally?

Thanks again for reading and keeping up with my adventures as I make my way through life. Your ongoing support has made the things I’ve managed to do in October – start my dissertation again and have the confidence to make changes to my blog – possible so please don’t ever forget that. Whether you’re reading, commenting or engaging with me on social media it all means so much to me every time I see a notification or see the page stats going up. Thank you <3

My Favourite World of Warcraft Battle Pets

My Favourite World of Warcraft Battle Pets

Anyone who knows me knows I love animals and my fondness for living creatures has transferred to battle pets! I’ve already talked about my favourite pets for battles, so this time I’ll be talking about my favourites in terms of themes and aesthetics! I have 798 unique battle pets, and that’s just the ones I actually own personally. Whittling it down to just 10 was a challenge, and there are plenty more that deserve a spot on this list. I started to put them in a ranking, and yeah, it was just impossible. So here are my top favourite battle pets in no specific order.

You can view my full pet collection over at WarcraftPets.com!

 

Baby Elderhorn

Sam

With it’s big blue eyes this pet is certainly likeable, however, it’s the animation that made me fall in love with it. It’s so adorable and cute when it frolicks that I had to make a gif for you to see!Baby Elderhorn Pet Animation

 

 

Battle Pets: Xu-Fu

Xu-Fu, Cub of Xuen

Byakko

Essentially this pet is just a mini version of the Celestial Xuen from the Mists of Pandaria expansion – and I’m ok with that! All of the Celestials are absolutely stunning, but it’s Xu-Fu that captured my heart. His colours are just so beautiful and he’s a pretty handy battle pet too, so I have a great excuse to look upon his beauty whenever I want!

 

 

 

Battle Pets: Thundering Pandaren Serpent

Thundering Serpent Hatchling

Raijin

I was fortunate enough to get a nice guild let me join for a few moments to nab this from their guild vendor at the end of Mists of Pandaria. I’m really glad I did because he’s such a sweet and gorgeous looking guy. I couldn’t get his lightning to show up, but you can see it here.

 

 

 

Battle Pets: Sunfur Panda

Sunfur Panda

Brigit

All the red panda pets are adorable, but it’s the colouring of the Sunfur one that really stands out to me. I just love her cute little markings and the colours of her fur.

 

 

 

 

 

Battle Pets: Little Black Ram

Little Black Ram

Cherti

There is nothing special about this pet at all, apart from I find it so damn adorable! The first time I saw them wondering around outdoors I fell in love.

 

 

 

 

 

Battle Pets: Nightsaber Cub

Nightsaber Cub

Az

This little guy is the exception to my pet naming rule (see bottom of this post). Chris bought him for me (he’s a Trading Card pet) at the same time we found out that our first cat together had passed away. We were both absolutely devastated and I can’t remember which of us suggested naming this cub Az, but it was fitting. So this pet is forever dedicated to our crazy wild tabby tom cat, Azreil aka Az.

 

 

 

Battle Pets: Lurking Owl Kitten

Lurking Owl Kitten

Currently Unnamed!

The first thing I said when I saw the Owl Cats was ‘I NEED ONE!’, so imagine how happy I was when I finished the quest chain and got this little dude! I’m really sad that I don’t play Feral on my druid because I love the owl cat form. I just wish we had more colour varieties of this pet.

 

 

 

 

Battle Pets: Cenarion Hippogrph Hatchling

Cenarion Hatchling

Steelfeather

 

Pretty sure I wrote about this little guy when I was talking about geeky tattoos for a 5FF prompt. I remember the first time I saw a hyppogryph hatchling in Wrath of the Lich King, and I fell head over heels for the cute little babies! I’m so glad there’s a shop version, as I’ve not managed to get hold of the TCG one yet.

 

 

 

Battle Pets: Moonkin HatchlingMoonkin Hatchling

Eluune

I love moonkins, so how could I not love this ultra cute baby version?! Especially when they dance and fly just like a real moonkin! I’m just totally in love with this pet and wish there were more colours to reflect the other druids now.

 

 

Battle Pets: Mini TyraelMini Tyrael

Castiel

Probably one of (if not the) rarest battle pets you can get, this little guy was in the goody bag for the one-off EU blizzcon (it was called the World Wide Invitational, but it was pretty much blizzcon not just tournaments). He is beautiful, he has an awesome animation when /dance with him and he reminds me of an awesome event I will always feel privileged to have been to. It’s a treasured memory with my fiancΓ© about a year into our relationship πŸ™‚

 

 

Bonus fun: I try to name my pets, and all of these (with the exception of the poor unnamed lurking owl kitten) have been given names relating to fandom and mythology. Can you match each of them to a fandom or pantheon?

 

This post is a part of a video game theme week hosted by Geek Blogs Unite!

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World of Warcraft Pre-Legion Bucket List

World of Warcraft: Legion

 

I did one of these way back when 2012 before Cataclysm, and so I decided it was time to do another one for the upcoming expansion, Legion. Due to having the beta and exams in August I’m only going to be able to get a few things done in time. So this list is split into three categories; essential, hopeful and on hold.

 

Essential

Legendary Ring

I’m on the last part of the chain along with Chris, and we are trying very hard to get this done before Legion. We do have time and have already started so there is no reason why we won’t succeed at this one πŸ™‚

 

Level my Paladin to 100

She’s currently sitting at around 95 and is the only character close to max level that isn’t there that. My other two characters, Tempestia my warrior is 80, and my monk Takeko is 12 (I’ll be using the boost from legion on her). So that leaves Melantha, my pally.

 

Get my Moose!

I absolutely love the Grove Warden mount and I’m determined to get it before the new expansion comes out as it will likely be unavailable after that.

 

Pepe

I’ve been working my way through my Pepe achievement and now only need Drov, so after the reset this week I should be done!

 

Hopeful

 

Collections – Wardrobe

The new wardrobe system means there’s even more stuff to collect, including shirts and tabards. I’ve already got a list of each on my listography. I can’t collect them on my main, Kaelea, as her bank and void locker are crammed with stuff so I’ll need to do it on an alt who has bank space.

 

Collections – Toys

There are a lot of non-toys becoming toys and yep, there’s a list of progress for them too. I’ve already started πŸ˜€

 

Pet Charms

All my pets are max level, all are epic and any new ones are very rare/take a lot of effort, shop or TCG. So I’m pretty much done for pets this expansion, therefore I’m saving up pet charms for Legion.

 

 

 

On Hold

 

Old Runs

For mounts, music rolls, transmog and whatever else. This is on hold until after Legion comes out.

 

Achievements

I’m an achievement whore, and currently have a score of 20465. There’s a few achievements I’ve been wanting to finish for a while, such as Glory of the Pandarian Hero. Unfortunately there’s just not time to spend on them before Legion comes out.

 

Horde Characters

My poor Horde characters have been very neglected, and every time there is a new expansion I always say that before the next one I will have a max level horde. Every time I fail. Hopefully this time I can manage it because I really want to see the horde side of so many storylines.

 

Do you have a bucket list? What do you hope to complete before Legion? Are there things you’ve had to put on hold as well? Let me know in the comments!

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20 + Super Cute World of Warcraft Pets Fanart

Sharing Saturday: World of Warcraft Fan Art - Pets

At least once a month you’ll find one of these posts popping up here at Ruby Wings Blog. I’ll be sharing some awesome stuff I have found from around the web. Sometime it will be art, sometimes fantastic websites, or geeky fashion. Naturally World of Warcraft fanart was top of the list and I’ve been dying to share some of my favourites with everyone. It is probably my biggest favourite folder on my DeviantArt account. So last week we had  Night Elves and this week I’m showcasing some fan art of companion pets or characters with pets. Some of these aren’t specifically pet related but seem to have a pet in them or are just so damn cute I couldn’t resist! There is also a bunch of gorgeous plushies, models and other pet related craft fanworks but that will be for another time πŸ˜‰

Disclaimer: The work here is displayed only out of admiration and credit is given for every image (I use the ’embed’ code directly from dA). If you are the artist and want your work removed please leave me a comment. If you like some of the art here please take the time to visit the artist’s DeviantArt and/or leave a comment to let them know. This is probably obvious, but: this post is very image heavy.

I cannot be held responsible for the insane amount of cuteness beneath this cut! πŸ˜›

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A starters guide to World of Warcraft pet battles

World of Warcraft Pet Battles Guide

This isn’t the first guide out there but in honour of the first pet battle weekend in WoW I decided to finally get off my behind and put together my own one. I’ve been an avid pet battler from the start, as has my Pokemon loving fiancΓ© Chris, and I hate seeing people avoiding this fun addition because it looks too complicated or overwhelming. With a whopping 752 pets overall currently in game it’s easy to see why people might find that, or not have enough time. So this guide is written in hopes of dragging a few more players into the fun that is pet battles πŸ™‚

 

The Basics

Pet Families

There are 10 pet families – a family is basically the term used to describe a type of pet. The 10 families are: aquatic, beast, critter, dragonkin, elemental, flying, humanoid, magic, mechanical and undead.

Knowing a pets family is an important starting point for pet battles as different families are stronger/weaker against each other. For example, a critter will take more damage from a beast, but will kick ass against an undead. Here’s the full list for you:

  • Aquatic – Strong against: Elemental
  • Beast – Strong against: Mechanical
  • Critter – Strong against: Undead
  • Dragonkin – Strong against: Magic
  • Elemental – Strong against: Mechanical
  • Flying – Strong against: Aquatic
  • Humanoid – Strong against: Dragonkin
  • Magic – Strong against: Flying
  • Mechanical – Strong against: Beast
  • Undead – Strong against: Humanoid

Just as a pet family is strong against another family, they can also be weak against them which means they do less damage against that particular family. In game you can find out these information by hovering your mouse over the pet family icon in your pet journal. As seen in the screencap below an Aquatic takes more damage from an Elemental (which is strong against Aquatics) but it will do less damage to an Undead.

strengthweak

This is probably already seeming a bit complicated, so when you’re starting out in pet battles my advice is to concentrate on using a pet that is strong against it. For example, if you want to battle a critter pet in Elwynn Forest you would be best using a beast. Weaknesses are not entirely unimportant but they are something you will learn to incorporate the more you play.

 

Passive Abilities

Each Pet Family has a passive ability, exactly like race passive abilities in game. They are:

 

  • Aquatic –  Harmful damage over time effects are reduced by 25% on Aquatic pets.
  • Beast –  Beasts deal 25% extra damage below half health.
  • Critter – Critters break out of crowd control effects more quickly.
  • Dragonkin – Dragons deal 50% additional damage on the next round after bringing a target’s health below 25%.
  • Elemental –  Elementals ignore all weather effects.
  • Flying – Flying creatures gain 50% extra speed while above 50% health.
  • Humanoid – Humanoids recover 4% of their maximum health if they dealt damage this round.
  • Magic –  Magic pets cannot be dealt more than 50% of their maximum health in one attack.
  • Mechanical – Comes back to life once per battle, returning to 20% health
  • Undead –  Undead pets return to life immortal for one round when killed.

Taking note of these abilities is important because it gives you an edge in a battle, helps you survive and can also cost you a battle if you’re unaware of them. For example, even though an Undead pet will only be alive for one round after reviving that could be all it needs to kill your pet.

 

Abilities

A pets abilities are not always the same as their family, but the good news is the same rules apply for families as they do abilities. You may have a Beast pet that has elemental abilities, which means it is strong against a Mechanical rather than Critter. Keep in mind though that the family rules still apply – so the Beast will still take heavy damage from a Mechanical, it just has more of a fighting chance against it. Here are a few examples of pets from one family who have abilities from a different one: Fel Pup (Beast with Elemental & Undead abilities), Moon Moon (Beast with Magic abilities) and Sunreaver Micro-Sentry (Mechanical with Flying & Elemental abilities).

Abilities have the same icons as pet families so when you’re battling a pet check its abilities first. Different abilities open out as your pet levels. At level 1 it will have one ability, the next at level 2, then level 4, level 10, level 15 and finally level 20. As your pet gains new abilities check what you have and swap their abilities as wanted/needed. To do this drag a pet to a pet battle slot (if a pet is already in that slot you will simply pop the new one in on top of it – don’t worry, you’re not deleting a pet πŸ™‚ ) and then click on the small arrow below its ability and the other ability will pop down:

abilities

You can check what a pets ability does and what it is strong against by hovering your mouse over it, like so:

ability2

As you can see here the Blazing Firehawk pet has an ability called Fire Quills which is an Elemental ability and therefore strong against Mechanical and weak against critter. You can still use it against any other family but you will do more damage and thus give you a higher chance to succeed when using it against a mechanical.

Rarity

This tends to be something people forget about when pet battling, especially in PvP battles. Rarity isn’t just a thing that makes your pets look prettier or more important, like gear in WoW rarity means your pets are better and stronger.

There are four different rarities (from highest to lowest):

  • Rare (blue)
  • Uncommon (green)
  • Common (white)
  • Poor (grey)

You cannot change a pets rarity by leveling it, the only way to change a pets rarity are through pet battle stones. You can now buy Pet Battle Stones to level a pet up to Rare, however, this is done with pet charms from your garrison’s Pet Menagerie and requires a selection of level 25 pets. Also your pet collection will grow to be quite large so I really do advise trying to farm for Rare pets.

Keep in mind that you wouldn’t go into a Raid with grey gear, so likewise, don’t go into a pvp or tamer battle with grey pets. A Rare pet up to 2-3 levels lower than a Grey pet will most likely win – even if it is weak against that pet.

Starting Pet Battles

Now that I’ve explained the basics you are ready to start pet battling! But where do you start? Well first of all you need a few pets. As I said there are over 700 pets and you need to be realistic; you are not going to necessarily be able to start off with the best pets. Many you need a high level (3 pets of 25) to be able to get them. However – at the end of this guide Chris and I have put together a list of pets that we personally rate above others. Most of the time pet guides and players list their top pets and they can be hard to find, especially when you’re just starting out. So when we put this list together we chose pets that can be caught, bought and then an honourable mention for other pets. We highly recommend checking out the ‘bought’ list for those of you starting out and have hardly any pets. All you need is some gold, sometimes some rep and bam you have a full level 1 team ready to go πŸ™‚ Once you’ve gotten into them you can then use our ‘Catch’ list to build up your collection.

So with that in mind if you have absolutely 0 pets then go check out some vendors or the AH. You’ll find some pets on the AH are super expensive and if you’ve got the gold then it is your choice, but if not then don’t worry. A lower price in the AH does not mean the pet is rubbish, it means it is EASY to obtain. The highest priced pets are often ones from rares, raids and TCG cards. For vendors I recommend checking this list here on WoW Wiki.

Pet Teams

You can have a maximum of 3 pets in a team and you must choose their abilities before you start a battle. In a battle you can swap between these 3 pets as many times as you wish, but you cannot add new pets or new abilities. As you get more experience you’ll find certain pets compliment one another and for higher level pet trainers, such as Garrison Menagerie and the Celestial Tournament, you will need to have a team that works well together. But for leveling and the easier pet trainers you can pick whatever pets work for you πŸ™‚

Types of Battles

There are three types of battles available in World of Warcraft:

Wild Pet Battle – You can access these by clicking on a wild pet in a zone. Enable track pets on your mini-map and they will show up as little green paw prints. You can battle pets for experience to level your own pets or to catch a pet (see more below).

Pet Tamers/Legendary Pets – There are tamers (also referred to as trainers) all over the place, varying in levels. They have a set team of pets with a set choice of abilities. For most you will need to tailor your pets accordingly to beat the tamers team. Low level tamers can be beaten very easily by using higher level pets, so it can be easily to use a team of lower/same level pets and then one higher level pet to ensure pets get experience and you win the battle easily. In Pandaria and Draenor you will also find Legendary Pets which show up on your mini-map as a yellow paw print. Like pet tamers they have set abilities, however, you are fighting one boss pet rather than a team of three. Like pet tamers you will need a team that can combat the legendary pet.

There is one exception to pet tamers having the same pets and abilities every time and this is Eris, a wandering pet tamer who can visit your garrison. She has a selection of different pets, of different rarities and different abilities each time.

PvP Pet Battle – Before you run away at the mention of PvP take a moment to read what I have to say πŸ˜‰ I’m not a big PvP fan but I LOVE PvP pet battles. First of all you can PvP with pets of any level, not just level 25 (the max level a pet can be). The higher level a pet is the increasingly harder a PvP battle will get because more abilities open up. So if you’re scared of some of the higher and more powerful abilities and thus getting your ass handed to you, I suggest playing with a low level team. Even a team of level 1s. You will be matched up with someone with pets in the same level bracket as you. Sadly, some people take advantage of this system and have 2 low level pets and 1 higher level pet. So sometimes you will get a bad match, if this is the case I would advise just quitting it. Unlike dungeon queues you don’t get a debuff for leaving a pet battle so you can just queue again.

Pet battles are also a lot slower than normal PvP because you have to take turns. This means you can plan your moves and the more you play and experiment with pets the easier PvP becomes. You’ll begin to recognise pets and their abilities and even anticipate what the other player will do. They’re also (almost) completely anonymous! You can’t see the players name, level or even faction in a battle. (You can see pet names though, so it is possible to “recognise” a player in that way).

Catching Wild Pets

There are various ways to collect pets in World of Warcraft; buy them from vendors, from faction reputation, professions, quests, completing achievements, promotions (i.e. TCG), drops from raid bosses and catching them in the wild. Pets also come in four different rarities (see above) and as mentioned, I strongly advise farming for a Rare quality of a pet. Some of these are easier to find than others and sometimes it is just about luck – to find out if you’re looking for a difficult pet check the comments on a pet on WarcraftPets.com. If you’re looking for a Rare pet get a friend to come with you and you can check twice as many wild pets.

You need to complete the achievement “Newbie” (raise a pet to level 3) to be unlock the ability to trap pets in pet battles (note: you can only trap pets in the wild, you cannot trap pets in tamer battles). To catch a pet you need to battle it in the wild and lower its health down to 35%, only then will it become catchable and your Trap ability will flash.

 

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As you can see here my trap is a “Pristine Trap” and this is because I have unlocked it by completing additional achievements. The traps go from Trap —> Strong Trap —> Pristine and you can read more about them and the relevant achievements here.

Using weaker abilities

I feel that it is important to mention that there is a use for weaker abilities – catching pets in battles. It is very easy to kill a pet when you are trying to catch it. It is extremely frustrating so I recommend having at least one pet that is weak against it. A pet strong against the catchable pet can easily crit and kill a pet if it’s under 50% health.

There are a certain ability found on the Terrible Turnip pet called Weakening Blow which will not reduce a pets ability below 1 health point. This is very useful for catching wild pets as it prevents you from accidentally killing the pet.

 

Leveling Pets

There are multiple ways of leveling pets and you’ll find different people recommend different tactics for getting the most experience. To start with lets cover the basics; you can get experience from any battle (except a duel), this includes pet tamers and PvP battles (I find these excellent for low level pets, you can gain a level per battle when they’re low). There are various items you can use to increase the experience your pet gets; Safari Hat, Pet Treat and Lesser Pet Treat (all of which stack). Gaining experience only causes your pet to gain levels (and thus new abilities) and does not affect their rarity in any way.

Pet Tamer Tactics

After spending many hours grinding pet battles in MoP, Chris and I picked up a few tricks along the way. For example, you can use very low level pets on certain pet tamer battles. It all depends on what pet you want to level and the pets you are fighting. Lets take the pet tamer in The Jade Forest as our example; Dor the Wall (the Turtle) has two non-damage abilities which means you can swap a low level pet (also called a ‘carry’ pet) in for a round (make sure you hit the opposing team and/or take damage, you need to be active in the battle to get XP), hit Dor and then swap it back out again. For this battle you need to do it after Dor has used his damage ability otherwise your carry pet will simply die.

The perfect carry pets to level in battles like this are Mechanicals and Magic pets due to their family passive abilities. Mechanicals revive when they die and Magic pets can only be hit for 50% of their health.

 

Addons

Like all addons there are various available for pet battle related things and our top two are:

PetJournal Enhanced – I cannot live without this addon, it makes a pet battlers life so much easier by giving you tonnes more filter options.

Rematch – Following closely behind PetJournal Enhanced is this one; a way to save your teams. You can name them, put them in folders and also use the target feature which means the right team loads as soon as you click on the right npc/pet. Saves a lot of time when you do a lot of pet battles!

Collectionator – Shows you what pets (and mounts and toys) you are missing and where/how to get them. This little addon has shown me a few I’ve forgotten so it is always worth checking when you’re looking at a large collection!

Random Companion – A cute little addon that randomly changes your summoned companion – great if you have 100s of pets and want to a range of them πŸ™‚

Pets to Buy – An addon for Auctionator that creates a shopping list auto-matically for the pets you do not own.

 

Our Pet Choices

Now to the fun part which took us about 45 mins of  debating to decide πŸ˜› Here is our list of the best pets available divided into three categories: Bought, Catchable, and Honourable Mention. We made this list based on our experience, the usefulness and versatility of the pets. We also made it with new pet collectors in mind which is why we divided the list into Bought and Catchable. Bought pets can easily be bought from vendors or the AH and while they may vary in price, they are all easy to obtain and give you a great team of level 1s to get you started. As you grow your collection you can add to it by grabbing some of the Catchable pets from the wild. And finally the Honourable Mentions are our favourite pets which aren’t so easy to get hold of but we seriously advise getting them especially for higher level teams such as the Garrisons and especially the Celestial Tournament.

[C] designates Chris’ choices and [H] designates Heather’s (aka me) choices.

 

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Afterword

And that is the end of the guide πŸ™‚ I hope it was useful to you and if it got you pet battling, even better! If you have any questions please leave a comment and we’ll get back to you – please note that comments debating or arguing with our pet choices will be deleted. It’s not that we believe we’re right and you’re wrong, it is because this is a guide for starters not a debate for experts πŸ™‚

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