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Patch 8.3 PTR: New Pets, Achievements & More, Upcoming Changes

November 16, 2019
The PTR was updated with lots of Pet Battle content! New pets, achievements, and World Quests.

Additionally, Blizzard released information on upcoming changes to specific pet abilities, as well as plans for post-BFA tuning.

New Pets, Achievements, World Quests
Collectors will have many new companions to adopt in Patch 8.3. Lots were added since our last PTR coverage, bringing the current total to 32 new pets! Here's a quick summary.

    Gloop from fishing
  • Drops from the Ny'alotha, the Waking City raid, treasures in Horrific Visions scenarios, two new faction Paragon caches, and from creatures/rarespawns in zones that are under N'Zoth's assault.
  • New wild pets found in zones that are under N'Zoth's assault.
  • A new pet from fishing (pictured right)
  • An achievement reward related to Horrific Visions scenarios
  • Purchasable pets from the Blackrock Depths Pet Dungeon vendor, and two new reputation vendors (latter requires Revered)


Check out all pets from 8.3 PTR

Be An Awesome Achiever
New achievements in Patch 8.3 include two new Pet Dungeon achievements, and one for completing all objectives in Horrific Visions scenarios.



World Quest It Up
There will be 8 new World Quests in the two zones under assault from N'Zoth (Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms). [source]

New WQ NPC
Battlers will face off against level 25 legendary quality (tiny) minions of N'Zoth (example pictured left). Each one has the Elite buff.

These new NPCs cannot be battled unless their associated WQ is active. We'll have to wait and see if this is intended. There are currently no Family Familiar-style achievements tied to these encounters.

There's a lot to do in Visions of N'Zoth, including a new Pet Dungeon which we'll cover in a post in the near future. What are you most looking forward to? New battling challenges? New pets to collect? Serving N'Zoth ...*ahem* Defeating N'Zoth's minions?

Patch 8.3 Changes & Beyond
Blizzard announced some upcoming buffs (and possible nerfs) to a few pet abilities and strategies. [source]

Certain weather abilities will be receiving a buff in the upcoming patch. A new weather type is also coming in 8.3.

  • Blizzard - Now also increases all elemental ability damage by 25%.
  • Mudslide - Now also increases all critical damage dealt by 25%.
  • *NEW* Toxic Fumes - Increases the duration of all hostile damage over time effects by 1 round. All pets are considered Poisoned while Toxic Fumes is active.


On top of this, some changes to previous content: Nazjatar and Mechagon Pet Battle World Quests, and WQs and wild battles in Uldum and Vale of Eternal Blossoms will scale to the highest level pet on your active team.

In the Future
Blizzard will be looking at other abilities for balancing, however we will probably not see any changes to these until next expansion.

  • Black Claw and similar abilities that increase damage taken by a flat amount.
  • Hunting Party and similar abilities such as Flock.
  • The Shattered Defenses debuff effect from abilities such as Hunting Party or Flock.
  • Any large percent-damage-taken or percent-damage-dealt buffs or debuffs.
  • Twilight Meteorite and similar long-cooldown damage-splitting abilities.
  • The Jar of Smelly Liquid ability.


Be sure to check out Blizzard's full announcement on upcoming and possible Pet Battle buffs and nerfs.

What are your thoughts on the proposed changes? Feel free to leave your feedback on Blizzard's official post (NA or EU) or on our 8.3 Updates/Changes forum thread.
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Soooo many new pets, I wonder if Blizz will introduce with'em yet another version of Interdimensionall Pet Portal, as I already hitted 2k pets cap and right now it's a pain in the a... to choose which one to release in order to adopt new ones... I hope they do, even tho the mentioned one costs 1k charms I am prepared to pay even twice as many just to have possibility to increase my menagerie to at least 2,5k. Praying has started ;))). Blizz, please, hear our voice !!!!

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