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Flying Faction Fight: Who Won?

October 03, 2016
Though we're supposed to be standing united against the Burning Legion, we figured it was as good a time as any to resolve a good old faction rivalry.

Check out the video below to witness the latest Pet Battle Royale winner as determined by you, the WarcraftPets community.

And the winner is...
This battle was neck-in-neck through most of the voting. In the end, Genn Graymane, the Alliance, and (mostly) the Gilnean Raven triumphed. The Raven had a graphics update in Legion, so now it looks particularly glossy and cool compared to the already gruesome Blighthawk. The Horde seems to be taking it well, all things considered. So well, in fact, they sent us a not at all suspicious bag of something green labeled "PLEASE EAT THIS". What a sweet surprise, Sylvanas, thanks!

In the world of pet battling, there's always a next match. You never know who might show up in the ring in the next Pet Battle Royale! Check back soon for another chance to vote for the next champion.
Posted by Liopleurodon

Patch 7.1 PTR - Falcosaur Hatchling Preview

October 09, 2016
New Falcosaur Pets
Four new hatchling battle pets (pictured below) will be available in Patch 7.1.

4 New Falcosaur pets

These falcosaur hatchlings are unique in that they are collected in special way, and they continue to provide content even after they join your battle pet family!

Picky Eaters
Falcosaur World Quest
Four new World Quests will appear on the Broken Isles in 7.1. These areas will be teeming with falcosaurs.

Each species can be found in a different zone.

  • Bloodgazer Swarm! - Azsuna
  • Direbeak Swarm! - Stormheim
  • Sharptalon Swarm! - Val'sharah
  • Snowfeather Swarm! - Highmountain

During an active falcosaur World Quest, the Matriarch of the brood will spawn. She will not appear if the quest is not active.

Orphaned Direbeak
Defeating her will result in an orphaned hatchling appearing in the questing area. Its location is not always in the immediate area near the Matriarch.

Once you've located the hatchling, you'll find that you can interact with it. Unfortunately, these hatchlings are still shy and will not respond very much...unless you have its favorite food, that is!

The description for each falcosaur pet in the Pet Journal hints at what type of meal the hatchlings enjoy. Pay close attention to the underlined text.

Bloodgazer Hatchling - "Though they may look fierce, the bloodgazer species of falcosaur has a beak that makes it predisposed to consuming fruits."

Direbeak Hatchling - "Direbeak falcosaurs are heartier than other falcosaur species, but cannot smell as well. They prefer pungent meals and will often eat carrion that has been sitting in the sun for days."

Sharptalon Hatchling - "Sharptalon falcosaurs can subsist entirely on a diet of small nuts and berries, and use their talons mostly for defense."

Snowfeather Hatchling - "Snowfeather falcosaur hatchlings instinctively flee to nearby adults when threatened. The species is particularly fond of large prey."

All four foods can be purchased from vendors in the Broken Isles. You may want to pay a visit to food vendors native to each of the four falcosaur zones.

Having the correct consumable in your inventory will cause a new prompt to appear when interacting with an orphaned falcosaur. Feed it and it will happily join your pet collection. But if you thought these pets were just for're in for a surprise!

Tiny Quest-Givers
Direbeak Hatchling with a quest
Upon summoning each falcosaur hatchling for the first time, you'll notice something special about them — they have quests for you!

The quests are account-wide, and you can have quests from different hatchlings active at the same time.

Each hatchling has a fairly long quest chain with 13+ quests. Tasks will include variations of the following:

  • Traveling to different zones (old world and on the Broken Isles) with your falcosaur hatchling out.
  • Falcosaur hatchling with toy spoon
  • Completing wild pet battles using your hatchling.
  • Completing World Quests (Pet Battle, PVP, and miscellaneous ones) with your hatchling out.
  • Defeating a dungeon and raid boss with your hatchling present.
  • Buying an unlikely toy for your hatchling from Dalaran (pictured right).

List of general quests in the quest chain

After completing each task, the falcosaurs will often need time to recover after so much excitement and adventure. Once they're sufficiently rested they'll have more quests for you.

Progressing deep into the quest chain will yield an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone from each hatchling, however it's still unknown what the final reward of the entire quest chain is. We can't wait to find out in 7.1!
Posted by Quintessence

Patch 7.1 is Live: Raiding With Leashes IV, Falcosaur Pets, and More!

October 25, 2016
UPDATE: The source of the Albino Buzzard has been found! Defeat Crysa, a new trainer in Northern Barrens (63,35 for those with coordinates), and she'll reward you with a Torn Sack of Pet Supplies. This bag has a chance to drop the new pet.

Patch 7.1 - 27 new pets
The first major content patch of Legion has arrived. It adds the next chapter of Raiding With Leashes, new pets, and more. [source]

Raiding With Leashes IV
Among the 27 new pets added in 7.1 are 17 battle pets that are part of Raiding With Leashes IV: Wrath of the Lick King.

Algalon, Celestial Pet Tamer
Venture into Ulduar, Icecrown Citadel, and Trial of the Crusader raids to collect all 16 pets. Doing so and completing the achievement will reward an invitation to fight an unexpected Pet Battler — Algalon the Observer.

Algalon has three level 25 legendary pets that are out-of-this-world, so be prepared for a challenge.

Defeating this cosmic being in a Pet Battle will reward Stardust, an adorable celestial bunny that occasionally turns into a shooting star as its idle animation. Reach for the stars...or in this case, Pet Battle for one!

Raise Your Own Falcosaur
Another new feature in 7.1 is the addition of four new falcosaur hatchling pets (pictured below).

These baby raptor-birds are quite special as they are acquired in a unique way and provide quests after adding them to your collection.

4 New Falcosaur pets

Four new falcosaur World Quests will periodically pop up on the Broken Isles. You'll want to seek out the Matriarch of the species during one of these active World Quests, and defeat her. An orphaned hatchling will then appear in the questing area.

Be sure to read the falcosaurs' Pet Journal entry carefully and bring the appropriate food for it — you will not be able to collect it unless you offer it its favorite meal.

After collecting the hatchlings, they will have a lengthy quest chain for you to complete. An Ultimate Battle-Training Stone is rewarded during each of the four quest chains, and it's speculated that the final rewards are mounts of the same species.

Check out our 7.1 PTR coverage of the falcosaur hatchlings for a more in-depth overview!

And More!
The Raiding With Leashes IV pets and falcosaurs make up a large portion of the new pets in this patch, but there are 6 other new pets to look forward to as well.

  • Igneus Flameling and Noblegarden Bunny
    2 new PVP prestige companions (Note: The new PVP season has not started yet.)
  • 2 new holiday pets (pictured right)
  • A rare drop from Trial of the Crusader (not part of the Raiding With Leashes achievement)
  • And finally, a pet from a new mysterious reward bag — it's still unknown where it will come from!

Check out all 27 new pets added in Patch 7.1

Mountain Cottontail with glossy appearance
Last but not least, Patch 7.1 includes a detail most collectors will appreciate: the return of the "glossy" Mountain Cottontail appearance (pictured left), updated with the new rabbit model!

This change is not retroactive, so collectors that owned a shiny cottontail prior to the patch will need to head out and capture the newer version. Luckily, the Mountain Cottontail seems to have dinged quite a few times this expansion — it can be found in Highmountain as well as its original location, Redridge Mountains.

Which pets are you going to collect first? We can't wait to collect them all!
Posted by Quintessence

Fiendish Imp — Pet of the Month: October 2016

October 28, 2016
Fiendish Imp - Pet of the Month October 2016

We're returning to Karazhan to fend off the Burning Legion in 7.1, but pet collectors have been clearing out the Legion's presence from Medivh's old home for years.

We've already covered the Netherspace Abyssal, but there's another would-be Legion-loyalist from the original raid that's worth noting — it's the Fiendish Imp!

Collecting the Fiendish Imp
Fiendish Imp
The Fiendish Imp is a battle pet that drops from Terestian Illhoof, an optional boss in the Karazhan raid zone (not to be confused with the 5-man Mythic dungeon version new to Patch 7.1).

To reach Illhoof, you'll need to defeat the following bosses:

After defeating Curator, head past his room into the library section. Take the ramp up on the opposite side of the library. Continue following the ramps up. There will be a couple of rooms with hostile mobs, but keep your eye out for a secret passageway!

Once you reach a room filled with both imps and orcs head over to the bookshelves. Hidden there is a doorway that grants access to a long corridor that leads down into Illhoof's room.

Originally this encounter was quite challenging. Illhoof's fight involved controlling hostile imps that he summons (including a named imp, Kil'Rek), rescuing party members that become incapacitated, and healing/surviving various sources of damage.

Max level players should have no problem defeating this boss. Players sub-level 70 will want to bring a friend or two to help and make the run faster.

The Fiendish Imp is not a guaranteed drop from Illhoof, so it may require a few raid clears and attempts before acquiring this pet. It can be caged so it may also be found on the Aucution House.

Collecting it will add to a player's progress in the Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition achievement.

Pet collectors couldn't stave off the Legion, but can't say we didn't try. The Fiendish Imp is a fun consolation prize for our efforts. Let's just hope it doesn't get any ideas and attempts to return to its original fel-masters.

Battling with the Fiendish Imp
The Fiendish Imp is a versatile pet with a lot of flashy bells and whistles in its kit.

Despite being a Humanoid, it only has one Humanoid move in its kit, the infrequently used Rush. Most of its moves are Elemental. Burn is a straightforward DPS move. Flamethrower deals DPS and includes a small DoT.

Immolation is where the flash starts, as a very long sort-of DoT. The Imp deals a small amount of damage to the frontline opponent for 9 turns, as long as the Imp remains alive, even if the Imp is in the back row. It takes a bit to explain, but it mostly just functions like a DoT spell.

The last 2 moves in the Fiendish Imp’s kit are both Magic, but one deals no damage. Sear Magic removes all buffs and debuffs from the Imp. Since it and Immolation don’t share a slot, you need to be careful to not use both.

Fiendish Imp using Nether Gate
The last move, Nether Gate (example pictured above), does deal a little magic damage, but its main function is utility, shoving your opponent’s current active pet to the back line and dragging a different one to the front, granting control over the fight.

Of course, a Nether Gate will probably also be instrumental in Returning the Legion to Karazhan, but I don’t think anyone will suspect the person in the back with a Safari Hat. It’ll probably be fine.

Battling Discussion on the Fiendish Imp

Pet of the Month is co-written by Liopleurodon, an experienced pet battler and long-time WoW player. She maintains her own Pet Battle blog and is a Pet Battle columnist on the fansite Blizzard Watch.
Posted by Quintessence

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