Sell me on pet battles

I did most pet battling in order to get mounts. Now, I am not a big pet battler, but its a fun side thing once you get into it.

They’re good for rep and experience given whatever the circumstance you need them for (wq or otherwise).

However, the mechanics are broken and not very balanced. It may be a pokemon rip off but it didn’t take certain mechanics from pokemon such as the battle ending as soon as the enemy being defeated (instead the turn goes on and if your pet dies after the enemy does, you lose regardless).
Also some of the abilities, especially for “bosses” are horribly over-tuned to where you need to use gimmick mechanics and strategies (such as a recent boss needing at least two explosion attacks and/or howl attacks to even stand a chance).
Plus there’s a stupid amount of RNG involved more than just critical hits that can make or break the aforementioned over-tuned boss battles.

You also HAVE to attain very specific pets or pet attacks to be successful (such as molten corgi/Lil Ragnaros, Ikky, Anklerender, etc.)

It’s just not that fun to me.

The fighting is too simplistic and repetitive. I mostly only collect pets for non-combat use.

I know I’m missing out because it has become a pretty important aspect of the game for newer rewards and rep… I just cannot and won’t extend my interest towards pet battling because Blizz wants me to play the game that way.

It’s okay. You don’t Have To do any pet battling. It may take you longer to get the rep done but that’s the only thing you’re missing (besides more pets and maybe a mount - not sure if we get mounts from pet battles this patch).

It’s optional.

I don’t agree. Most content can be done with 20 pets, especially this expansion.

You don’t need the 1500-2000 pets some people have that started at the beginning.


I got into it for the Falcosaur mount in Legion. It is very rough initially when setting that up since you need a variety of pet types. I had to look up which ones were the best, what I had, what I could easily get, etc. Once I got through that and had 20 something at max level, I was able to do all the WQs in Legion without much of a problem and that has translated into BfA. I’m only at 30-something max level pets now but have been doing the battle in Nazjatar and Mechagon without much of a problem (having the tokens piled up helps too).

Overall once you get your group setup and leveled, it’s an easily accessible and relaxing area for some rewards that contribute to pet collecting (and some reputation).


Oh… oh he’s heading down the rabbit hole… lol… (it can get addicting)… For me it is that I have to have ‘All of the things’! But I’ll never get there… :frowning:

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Pet battles are an ok side game, but what I really hate is EVERY guide on how to beat X boss pet starts with ‘use the Unborn Val’kyr’. I DON’T HAVE ONE!!! :grimacing:

3 Likes caused me to go bonkers for collecting pets, leveling them up, and getting them to rare quality. Just something about having a goal to climb up the ranks makes things fun. As a collector, I enjoy things like this. I’m no mythic raider or gladiator, but this is something I can at least work for and not let it consume my entire life.


They could take it out and I wouldn’t notice. They could make them as robust as possible as long it doesn’t give some major benefit to raiding or the other major parts of the game and I wouldn’t notice.

tl;dr I do not care about pet battles.

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Pet battle WQ’s are a good way to fast track Pathfinder 2 because they give decent rep for completion, and if you’ve never completed a Naz / Mecha pet battle, you get a bonus bit of rep for turning in the “drop” that you get upon completion.

At first I thought the Naz / Mecha pet battles were insanely hard, but upon further review, it seems that a small handful of 25 pets can beat most of the pet battles (get yourself a level 25 Unborn Valkyr and a level 25 Ikky because those two pets are used to win about 75-85% of the pet battles in the new zone).

I didn’t read the patch notes for 8.2 very close – did they release the new Pet Battle Dungeon? I’ve completed all the others, including Celestial Tournament, and wouldn’t mind another one to strategize through. They’re a good source of pets for the 1000/1000 achievement and I’m a handful away from completing that, like 983 / 1000.

Me neither! I often try to use the plagued squirrel as a replacement and it usually works out… or just go with a completely different combo.


Pity so much rep to fly is held behind polemon battles, while piddle amounts behind normal WQ’s

Almost seems like a skinnering manipulation plan to get people to do what they don’t or else suffer from not achieving what they want (flying) bad enough to do things that they despise what ever those may be.

I don’t mind, but there really should be alternatives for those who want flying enough to prefer killing mobs at even 1 rep per mob.

Make it where no groups larger than five mans can farm it that way if you are worried about mass raid farms.

Actually if it wasn’t for flying I would get rep organically.

It truly isn’t my idea of engaging and fun game play, but flying makes wow good instead of an endurance test for me.

If passing on that bliz needs to just take flying out of the equation, buy it at 60 and fly, evermore, no hoops or tricks anymore than hoops or tricks for ground mounts.

Just a way to get around and grounding truly breaks the RPG experience and time gating for nearly a year has truly disheartened me.

at least they didn’t hide it behind mythic raids, M+15’s or high rated pvp ranking.

YA’ll do know most of your players do not do any of those things?

Glad you are having fun pet batteling, but don’t ask me to see it as anything but a mini game and not something that entertains me.

I’d rather come here and point out to you how aggravating it is to me than spend time setting up a polemon stable.

I’ve done a few of em, but I mostly set my youngun’s on my lap and let them do it when it happens as a way so they can spend some time seeing what I do when I"M sitting at the puter.

soon as they are old enough the plan is to have five family members and we have out own five man group for stuff and we sit and talk without even needing discord to talk.

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That sure was a fun quest chain(s). Please tell Jeremy to make more content like that for BfA (unless it’s there already and I haven’t found it yet).

Closest thing now is the murloc vendor musical chair trade mess for a mount. Bought like 8 cloaks to get the right one!

ps. For the Valkyre, go to our Pet Battle Forum. There are nice people there who are super helpful. One Alliance person held a Valk for me in Borean (had to send a lowbie Allie there) for my first one. My mage got another just doing Argent dailies (by the flying bone dragon).

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Pet battles/dungeons are like eve online if you did not start doing it (start collecting pets) from an early days you are honestly to far behind imo

You could probably swap a Boneshard for Valk and use blistering cold instead of haunt. The Wicked soul also has haunt but not curse of doom at the same time.

Really big adventure was one of my favorite achievements to do. Leveling elekk plushies to 25 was ‘fun’ and he is super adorable

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I tried, but ultimately I don’t play this game to play Pokemon. Besides, unless you started early, its a long uphill climb to get into current content in terms of pet battles.

I was also an avid pet collector since classic

I adore them. They’re one of the main reasons I still play.