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Shadowlands Pre-Patch: Pet Ability Changes

September 03, 2020
Blizzard announced a couple of months ago that some existing battle pet abilities would be updated in Shadowlands. [source]

Terky using Stampede

Updated Abilities Coming In Pre-Patch
These changes for existing battle pets will go into effect in the Shadowlands Pre-Patch (Patch 9.0). It's still unclear when the Pre-Patch will be released, but some speculate it will be within the next few weeks.

In the meantime, it might be a good idea to review pet teams and strategies to make sure they aren't heavily impacted by the upcoming adjustments.

Here's a breakdown of changed abilities.

Flock-like Abilities



LIVE
— Flat damage each round + Opponents struck take double damage

PRE-PATCH
— Increasing damage each round + Opponents struck take 50% increased damage



LIVE
— Opponents struck take 100% increased damage

PRE-PATCH
— Opponents struck take 50% increased damage



LIVE
— Opponents struck take double damage

PRE-PATCH
— Increased damage + Opponents struck take 50% increased damage

Adjusted Damage (reduced)



Adjusted Damage (DoT component increased)



Aquatic Pet Family Passive
LIVE
— Harmful DoT effects reduced by 50% on Aquatic pets

PRE-PATCH
— Harmful DoT effects reduced by 50% on Aquatic pets + Damage of DoT effects dealt by Aquatic pets increased by 25%

Other Changes



Although Black Claw and other similar flat damage-taken abilities aren't receiving a direct change, how they are applied in combat. Per Blizzard's blog post:

"Flat damage-taken modifiers such as Black Claw now happen **after multipliers such as Shattered Defenses, or pet species strengths/weaknesses. This is a significant change to the value of flat damage abilities. Prior to this change, the value of Black Claw was increased 100% by Shattered Defenses, and if your pet was strong vs the other pet type, it would be increased even further. Flat damage modifiers now happen after all other combat calculations, which wound up being a significant damage output nerf to abilities that hit multiple times, upwards of 25-30% total damage reduction."
Posted by Quintessence
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Papazol 
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The biggest part of pet battles is "one time play" content, what never be balanced. Such dmg nerf did many and many battles impracticable.

Oct 29, 2020 at 6:56am | Edits: 0 | Balnazzar-US | Pets: 1188 Compare collections | Score: 9197
Fanaticdreamer 
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Oh how fun!....not.

 

 

I wonder if any of the Devs actually pet battle. Tedium is not fun. I don't fancy having to come up with new strategies to fight annoyingly difficult bosses. A lot of bosses were unbearable without the Flock + damage strategies. This is the HowlBomb nerf all over again. I wish they'd just add new pets and pet battle dungeons and stop trying to "balance" pet battles. They just make it worse.

Oct 20, 2020 at 8:17am | Edits: 0 | Executus-US | Pets: 1115 Compare collections | Score: 6942
Mudhoney 
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Jar of smelly liquid has left the chat

Oct 20, 2020 at 6:51am | Edits: 0 | Uther-US | Pets: 0 Compare collections | Score: 0
Site MVPGlenjingram 
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This is painful. After working out so many battles, we have to start again. It is rather inconvenient and has a high boredom content. Alas, designers often confuse tedium with game difficulty.

Oct 14, 2020 at 7:40pm | Edits: 0 | Aman'Thul-US | Pets: 1191 Compare collections | Score: 9525
Wilykat 
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So time to start making new guides like Tannan pet battles, pet leveling guides, Elekk guide, etc.

Oct 13, 2020 at 9:20pm | Edits: 0 | Ravenholdt-US | Pets: 1153 Compare collections | Score: 7174
Xanthra 
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unfirtunatly they do this every xpac to one degree or another we (meaning me also) will complain and then we will all prevail gl everyone

Sep 25, 2020 at 11:18pm | Edits: 0 | Misha-US | Pets: 1238 Compare collections | Score: 9904
Top RaterWickedpriest 
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they neutered Ikky.  Hes me favorite!  -sad-

Sep 20, 2020 at 11:08am | Edits: 0 | Scilla-US | Pets: 1157 Compare collections | Score: 9256
Shawna 
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Let's hope they add some interesting pets as replacement otherwise old content that we have learnt will be a horrible experience with lacking this tactic.

Sep 12, 2020 at 11:11am | Edits: 0 | Doomhammer-EU | Pets: 1174 Compare collections | Score: 7033
Top RaterCrazypants 
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Oh boy I knew this was coming but I thought it was Shadowlands release, not prepatch. I have some work to do.

Sep 6, 2020 at 1:18pm | Edits: 0 | Dalaran-US | Pets: 1230 Compare collections | Score: 9839
Ringo 
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Finish the Celestial Tournament, etc., before the patch, if you can.

Sep 4, 2020 at 12:25pm | Edits: 0 | Silver Hand-US | Pets: 1262 Compare collections | Score: 10096
Petshop 
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Oh. Oh man. How many strategies are gonna have to be re-worked now...

Sep 4, 2020 at 7:21am | Edits: 0 | Silvermoon-US | Pets: 1198 Compare collections | Score: 9235
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