Friday, April 13, 2018

My Personal Allied Race Wishlist

Lots of us are hyped up about allied races in Battle for Azeroth.  I'm personally somewhat disappointed that Nightborne can't be druids, but whatevs... (salty...)   I'm sure we all have those favorite NPC races we would LOVE to play.  I put together a little list of those races I love and want to play.  If you have anything to add, feel free to do so int he comments!

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WoWhead

1. Naga

naga allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

I've always liked Naga.  I think they're a pretty interesting race.  Maybe we could get a faction of naga who have broken away from Azshara somehow?  I'm also not sure how those animations would be logistically or how mounts would work, but I'm sure the devs could come up with something feasible.


2. Vulpera

vulpera allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

We've gotten glimpses of the vulpera from Battle for Azeroth, and my gosh they are so cute!  It would be a shame for them to not be an allied race.  Fox druids, please.


3. Sethrak

sethrak allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

The sethrak are the snake people shown in the BfA teasers.  I'm not sure how they will be as a race but I can clearly see that they are badass-looking.  Snake druids?  Basically all druids all the races.


4. Ethereals

ethereal allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

Ethereals are prety fascinating.  They've been around since at least Burning Crusade but yet we really know nothing about them as a race.  We've gotten a little bit more detail on them in Legion, but just little tidbits.  They also got a model update.  It would be a waste to update their models just for one expansion, so I'm hoping they will become an allied race.


5. Dryads

dryad allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

Dryads are adorable and I want to be one.  Because they have 4 legs, it also bring up the animation and mounting question, but I'm sure the devs could come up with something cool.  They would be the best druids.


6. Nerubian

nerubian allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

Why do I like races with more than two legs?  I don't know, I just do.  The Nerubians are the spider people from Wrath of the Lich King, and I would love to play one.  I'd also like to play one of the spider people from Suramar.


7. Shivarra

shivarra allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

We've already established that there are some good shivarra, since some of them are allied with demon hunters.  I'd love for them to somehow break away and become a playable race and not be so closely tied to the demon hunters.


*images from WoWpedia

Thursday, April 12, 2018

My Pre-BfA To-do List

It was recently announced that World of Warcraft's next expansion, Battle for Azeroth, will be releasing on August 14.  We knew it was coming eventually, but now all the things I want to get done before it comes out feel more real.  I mean, I know it's not real, but, like, it's real.  So here is a list of things I want to get done before Battle for Azeroth comes out, along with some deadlines of things that you should get done if you ever plan on doing them.  I hope I can provide some inspiration for your very own pre-BfA bucket list.  Let me know what things you guys are wanting to wrap up.

WoWhead also did an excellent guide about things to do before BfA.

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1. Kill Heroic Argus

My raid group has stalled somewhat, and I am no longer raiding with them, though I am still in the guild.  Though I love 99% of the people, a snowball of factors has made me rethink my position on the team.  So, I still need to kill Heroic Argus for the achievement!  I definitely have an appropriate ilevel so I won't be too much of a carry.  There are great resources like Friendship Birb and Perky Pugs for people seeking the achievement and accompanying mount.  The in-game group finder is a bit hit-or-miss, but it's possible to get lucky.


2. Milk the FUCK out of gold missions

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Gold missions are quite lucrative if you can have two or three going at once, especially when you can resend your minions through the app without even getting on your computer.  If you have a few alts who are getting them, you can easily make 50k+ a week.


3. Have a go at Brawler's Guild

I haven't done anything with Brawler's Guild since the expansion it came out (Pandaria?), so maybe during the lull I'll give that a shot and see what happens.  It hasn't been confirmed yet, but it's possible that currnet achievements will be moved to the Legacy tab and new ones will be added with BfA.


4. Farm Artifact Appearances

I'm still missing quite a few artifact appearances, so I may want to go back and get them.  Once BfA comes out, the Mage Tower appearance and Mythic +15 appearance will be unobtainable, so I want to take a whack at those.  I haven't been much interested in either of those things during Legion.  Let's face it, I'm not going to want to come back to the Broken Isles to do old content, so may as well do it now.


5. Glory Achievements

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Legion, Tomb, Argus, will all still be obtainable in BfA, but since it will be old, few people are likely to want to come back to farm them.  I'd like to get them done so I can have the mounts.  Same goes for Dungeon.  I also have quite a few old ones I still need to get.


6. Farm Mounts and Pets



I'll still be doing my weekly/daily mount circuit trying to farm up those pesky rare drops.  Get a customized mount circuit at TelsaWoW!


7. Finish Pet Battle Achievments

I did very little pet battling during the meat of Legion, so I'm slowly going back and getting all those achievements, and writing about them of course.  There are also some older ones that I want to go back and get, like the one with the plushie.


8. Get all my alts to 110 and professions leveled

I'd like to catch up all my alts and get them to 110 and get their professions up.  It's nice to be able to make your own gems and enchants.


9. Unload all old materials

If you're a hoarder like me, get your bags and bank cleared out before everything in them becomes worthless.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Illidari Masters 2-Pet Strategies

Here is a guide to take you through the Illidari Masters trainers with two pets to carry a third for leveling!

Pet Battle Main Page

Other Pet Battle Posts:
Wailing Caverns Pet Battle Dungeon Guide
Deadmines Pet Battle Challenge Guide
How to Level Multiple Battle Pets Quickly
Pet Addons
My Favorite Pets for Battling

1. Sissix

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Carry pet with >1000 health
Emperor Crab (2,2,1)
A rabbit/hare with high attack stat with Dodge, Burrow, and Scratch. I'm using a hare with 257 attack.

Round 1: Any move with your carry pet
Round 2: Switch to the crab
Round 3: Shell Shield
Round 4: Surge
Round 5: Healing Wave

From here we will follow a priority system.  Use Shell Shield with 1 round left so it is always up.  Healing Wave on cooldown (unless you need to use Shell Shield), and fill with Surge.  It's a little slow because the other pet is also healing, but we'll whittle him down with Surge.  When the enemy first pet dies, stop Shell Shielding because it won't do you much good, and just spam Surge and Healing Wave on cooldown.  When the crab dies, bring out your rabbit and finish off the hydra with a Scratch (make sure it will do enough damage to finish him off).  Dodge.  Scratch.  Burrow.  Scratch.  Dodge.  Scratch.  Once the enemy pet comes back to life, hit Burrow or Dodge to avoid any damage, and you win.


2. Madam Viciosa

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Leveling pet (at least 700 health because of cleave)
Unborn Val'kyr (1,2,1)
Any pet with Dragonkin damage and good moves to stall like Lift-Off type moves will work. Avoid Mechanicals and Dragonkin, though because of extra damage against them.  You could use a Dragon Kite. Jadefire Spirit, or Scourged Whelpling.  Look for something with high speed too.

Do any move, since your pet will just get switched out by Nether Gate anyway.  Curse of DoomHaunt.  Kill some time until Curse of Doom goes off with a move like Lift-Off, Decoy, a heal, etc.  Spam Dragonkin damage until the enemy third pet comes out.  Get Seduction down as low as possible before you die.  Finish her off with your Unborn Val'kyr.


3. Nameless Mystic

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Leveling pet
Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling (1,2,2)
Syd the Squid (1,1,2) (anything with good water damage and Cleansing Rain works here)

Round 1: Any move
Round 2: Switch to Dragonling
Round 3: Decoy
Round 4: Breath

What you should do is just keep hitting Breath, and Decoy when it comes up, all the way through as much of the enemy team as you can.  When the enemy third pet comes in, hit Thunderbolt, then Breath twice.  Bring in Syd and Bubble.  Use Water Jet and then Cleansing Rain to counter Scorched Earth.  Mash Water Jet.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Number 8

As the title may vaguely suggest, this is a mostly filler post to round out my monthly post count goal.  So I thought I'd do some little updates.

Firstly, the sidebars of the blog have gotten much more action recently as I've been putting up affiliate links.  Do I think I'll get any meaningful income from them? Nah.  But do I feel like a real accomplished blogger having them there? Fuck yes I do.

I also added a pet battles section up in the top menu bar, to as as somewhat of a repository for the pet battle posts I'm gonna be publishing.  You may have already noticed me starting to post some strategies for pet battle achievements and such.  My game is in somewhat of a lull right now, so I've been going back and doing some stuff I never got around to this expansion, like mount runs and pet battles.  I thought I'd document the process, for views posterity.  I've been somewhat frustrated with my raid team lately, so I've taken a step back from raiding with them and have found some extra free time on my hands.

I'm planning a lot more pet battle posts, including strategies for almost every long pet battle achievement there IS.  But really, Family Familiar is an absolute BITCH.  Each quest comes up completely randomly like not even once a week, like less than once a week.  And you can only do one pet family per that quest, and once you complete the quest you can't fight them again.  There's 10 families and like a dozen trainers for that quest!   It's absolute garbage.  What's worse is I can't even retest my strategies to see if they're repeatably viable.  It's trash.

As far as other future content goes, I'm going to be updating my ever-popular Girl Cave posts with my new desk setup (now 90% cooler).  I'll also be writing some cool new guides and reviews, so look out for those.

One-of-Many Strategies for Family Fighter

One-of-Many

one-of-many pet battle guide strategy world of warcraft wow

These are simple strategies to defeat One-of-Many for the Family Fighter achievement.  Note that you can fight all these pets regardless of whether their world quest is up or not, so you can grind out the whole achievement in one day if you really want to.  These strategies assume all of your pets are level 25 and of Rare quality.

Pet Battle Main Page

Other Family Fighter Guides (page will be updated as I publish all of them):
Ruinhoof
Baneglow
Deathscreech
Bucky
Gloamwing
Bloat
Watcher
Earseeker
Minixis
Foulclaw
Retch
Gnasher
Snozz
Shadeflicker
Mar'cuus
Pilfer
Corrupted Blood of Argus

Other Pet Battle Posts:
Wailing Caverns Pet Battle Dungeon Guide
Deadmines Pet Battle Challenge Guide
How to Level Multiple Battle Pets Quickly
Pet Addons
My Favorite Pets for Battling


1. Humanoid

Squirky (x,2,2)
Hogs (2,1,1) (Another Squirky or Terky also works here)
Dandelion Frolicker (1,1,x) (Another Squirky or Terky also works here)

Bubble. Swap to second pet.  Stampede.  Swap back to first pet.  Stampede again (first pet dies).  Finish him off with a couple hits from your remaining pets.


2. Flying

Skywisp Moth (x,x,2)
Ikky (x,1,1)
Anything Flying

Cast Call Lightning.  Bring in Ikky.  Black ClawFlock.  That should do it.


3. Undead

Wicked Soul (x,x,1)
Unborn Val'kyr (x,2,2)
Blighted Squirrel (1,x,2)

Haunt.  Bring in Val'kyr.  Curse of DoomUnholy Ascension.  Stampede.  Scratch.  Scratch.


4. Critter

Three rabbits/hares with speed more than 281, with Scratch, Dodge, and Stampede.

Dodge.  Stampede.  Scratch three times.  Next bunny comes in.  Scratch.  Dodge.  Stampede.  Scratch twice.  Dodge.


5. Magic

Mini Mindslayer (2,1,2)
Hyjal Wisp (2,1,2)
Erudite Manafiend (1,2,x)

Amplify MagicMana Surge.  Pass.  Life Exchange.  Swap to Wisp.  EvanescenceArcane blast three times.  Switch to Mindslayer.  Life Exchange.  Mana Surge.  Bring in the Wisp.  Arcane Blast.  Evanescence.  Arcane Blast until the Wisp dies.  Finish with Mana Surge.


6. Elemental

Jadefire Spirit (2,2,2)
Core Hound Pup (1,2,2)
Molten Corgi (1,1,1)

Fade.  Scratch.  Burrow.  Dodge.  Scratch three times.  Pass.  Bring in Corgi.  SuperbarkBarkPuppies of the Flame.  Superbark.  Bark twice.  ImmolateJade Claw three times.  Fade.


7. Beast

Ash Viper (or any beast with >281 speed and Burrow)
Zandalari 1 (>289 speed and Black Claw, Hunting Party, and Leap)
Zandalari 2 (same)

Burrow.  Switch to Zandalari 1.  Black ClawHunting PartyLeap until Zandalari dies.  Switch to Viper.  Do ANYTHING but burrow until Cannon comes back up.  Then Burrow.  Switch to Zandalari 2.  Black Claw.  Hunting Party.


8. Aquatic

Slithershock Elver (>281 speed, 1,1,1)
Any Frog >281 speed with Tongue Lash, Healing Wave, Swarm of Flies
Benax (2,2,1)

Dodge.  Switch to Benax.  Bubble.  Swarm of Flies.  Switch to your random frog.  Healing Wave.  Tongue Lash twice.  Switch back to Benax.  Swarm of Flies.  Tongue Lash.  Bubble.  Tongue Lash twice.  Switch to Elver.  Dodge.  Deep Bite.  DiveDeep Bite twice.  Dodge.  Deep Bite.  Dive.  Pass.


9. Mechanical

Clockwork Gnome (x,x,1)
Cogblade Raptor (x,x,3)
Lil' Bling (2,x,x)

Build Turret.  Switch to Raptor.  Exposed Wounds.  Switch to Bling.  Inflation.  Inflation.  Switch to Raptor.  Batter.  Batter.  Pass.


10. Dragonkin

Yu'la, Broodling of Yu'lon (x,2,1)
Nether Faerie Dragon (2,2,x)
Nexus Whelpling (x,2,2)

Lift-Off.  Switch to Nether.  Arcane Blast twice.  Life Exchange.  Arcane Blast.  Bring back Yu'la.  Lift-Off.  Switch back to Nether.  Life Exchange.  Arcane blast twice.  Bring back Yu'la.  Celestial Blessing.  Lift-Off.  Switch to Nexus.  Arcane StormMana Surge.  Arcane Storm again if he still has health.  Pass.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Corrupted Blood of Argus Strategies for Family Fighter

Corrupted Blood of Argus

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These are simple strategies to defeat Corrupted Blood of Argus for the Family Fighter achievement.  Note that you can fight all these pets regardless of whether their world quest is up or not, so you can grind out the whole achievement in one day if you really want to.  These strategies assume all of your pets are level 25 and of Rare quality.

Pet Battle Main Page

Other Family Fighter Guides (page will be updated as I publish all of them):
Ruinhoof
Baneglow
Deathscreech
Bucky
Gloamwing
Bloat
Watcher
Earseeker
Minixis
Foulclaw
Retch
Gnasher
Snozz
Shadeflicker
Mar'cuus
Pilfer
One-of-Many

Other Pet Battle Posts:
Wailing Caverns Pet Battle Dungeon Guide
Deadmines Pet Battle Challenge Guide
How to Level Multiple Battle Pets Quickly
Pet Addons
My Favorite Pets for Battling


1. Humanoid

Fiendish Imp (1,1,2)
Ashleaf Spriteling (1,2,x)
Terky (x,1,2)

Cast ImmolationAcid TouchStampedeWild MagicPoisoned BranchNether GateBurn.


2. Dragonkin

Wild Crimson Hatchling (1,2,1)
Spawn of Onyxia (x,x,2)
Crimson Whelpling (x,x,2)

Sorched EarthDeep Breath.  Pass.  Deep Breath.  Pass.  Lift-OffBreath.


3. Flying

Ji-Kun Hatchling (x,x,1)
Ikky (x,1,1)
Firebat Pup (x,1,1)

FlockParalyzing VenomShriek.  Manually swap your Hatchling back in to soak Void Gate.  Black Claw.  Flock.  Paralyzing Venom.  Shriek.


4. Undead

Ghostly Skull (x,1,x)
Unborn Val'kyr (x,2,1)
Blighted Squirrel or Infected Squirrel (whichever has less health, with Stampede)

Pass.  Curse of DoomHaunt.  Bring the Skull back in manually to soak Void Gate.  Stampede.  Ghostly Bite.


5. Critter

Three rabbits/hares with Flurry, Dodge, and Burrow, >291 speed.

Dodge.  Flurry.  Burrow.  Then use the rotation Dodge, then Flurry twice.  Start with Dodge after every rabbit is swapped.


6. Magic

Enchanted Pen (1,1,1)
Disgusting Oozeling (1,1,2)  (Jade Oozeling also works)
Abyssius (x,2,2)

Foreboding CurseAcidic GooCorrosionOoze TouchScorched EarthMeteor Strike.  Switch to Pen.  If enemy Nether Gate is up, use Evanescence.  Otherwise use Quills.


7. Elemental

Molten Corgi (x,1,1)
Terrible Turnip (1,x,2)
Stout Alemental (2,2,2)

This strategy is a little shake because of RNG.  If your Turnip dies sooner than expected, you'll have to restart the fight.

Puppies of the FlameSuperbarkSong of the RootWeakening Blow twice.  Manually swap the Molten Corgi back in.  Puppies of the Flame.  Superbark.  BubbleExplosive BrewBarrel Toss twice.  Pass.  Puppies of the Flame.


8. Beast

A beast with >291 speed with Stampede. I use Argi, because he's cute.
Summit Kid with >291 speed (2,1,1)
A Zandalari with >291 speed and Hunting Party and Black Claw or Exposed Wounds.

Stampede.  ChewHeadbuttComeback.  Comeback.  Black Claw/Exposed Wounds.  Hunting Party.


9. Aquatic

Gulp Froglet (x,x,1)
Left Shark (x,2,2)
Gahz'rooki (1,x,2)

Pass.  Pass again.  Dazzling DanceRain DanceGeyser.  Switch back to Left Shark manually.  Dazzling Dance.  SwarmBite twice.


10. Mechanical

Cogblade Raptor (2,2,x)
Darkmoon Zeppelin (2,2,2)
Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling (1,x,2)

ScreechDecoyFlyby.  Flyby.  Decoy.  Breath.  Breath.  Flyby.  Explode.  Bring in your Cogblade Raptor manually.  Batter.  Spam Breath.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Bloat Strategies for Family Fighter

Bloat

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These are simple strategies to defeat Bloat for the Family Fighter achievement.  Note that you can fight all these pets regardless of whether their world quest is up or not, so you can grind out the whole achievement in one day if you really want to.  These strategies assume all of your pets are level 25 and of Rare quality.

Pet Battle Main Page

Other Family Fighter Guides (page will be updated as I publish all of them):
Ruinhoof
Baneglow
Deathscreech
Bucky
Gloamwing
Corrupted Blood of Argus
Watcher
Earseeker
Minixis
Foulclaw
Retch
Gnasher
Snozz
Shadeflicker
Mar'cuus
Pilfer
One-of-Many

Other Pet Battle Posts:
Wailing Caverns Pet Battle Dungeon Guide
Deadmines Pet Battle Challenge Guide
How to Level Multiple Battle Pets Quickly
Pet Addons
My Favorite Pets for Battling


1. Humanoid

Squirky (2,2,2)
Bonkers (2,2,x)
Flayer Youngling (2,2,2)

BubbleStampede.  Use Fish Slap until Squirky dies (usually you'll get about 2 hits in).  Bring in Bonkers.  Use Bite twice, then Bonkers will die.  Use Deflection.  Then use Triple Snap until Bloat goes down.  Should only take one hit.


2. Dragonkin

Any Dragonkin with Lift-Off or an Ethereal/Phase Shift/Evanescence ability, that is FASTER than 291 speed.  I'm using a Wild Crimson Hatchling with 325 speed.
Same as above. I'm using an Albino Chimaeraling with 325 speed.
Chrominius (1,1,2)

Lift-Off right away to avoid his big nuke.  Use an attack ability (I'm using Tail Sweep) until your first pet dies. Bring in your second speed pet and use a basic attack until it dies, making sure to track Antaen Cannon's cooldown so you can use Lift-Off when it comes off cooldown.  Then Chrominius will come out, use Howl, then Bite a couple times.  Bloat should go down.


3. Flying

Any Flying pet with a Beast type attack move and Lift-Off, WITH speed above 291.  I'm using a Cockatiel with 341 speed.
Same as above.  I'm using a Fledgling Oliveback with 292 speed.
Ikky (x,1,1) for backup.  I never end up needing him.

Use Lift-Off.  Thrash until your first pet dies.  Bring in your second flier.  Use Lift-Off if Antaen Cannon is back up, otherwise fill with an attack.


4. Undead

Wicked Soul (speed >291, mine is 301) (x,x,1)
Unborn Val'kyr (x,2,x)
Infected Squirrel (2,x,2)

Haunt.  Bring in Val'kyr.  Curse of Doom.  Switch to your Squirrel.  Use StampedeCorpse Explosion.  If Bloat is not dead, just bring any of your other two pets and just use filler attacks.  One or two hits should be enough.


5. Critter

Use three rabbits/hares with the three moves Flurry, Dodge, and Burrow.  They must all be above 291 speed. Sort them from most to least attack power.  I'm using a Hare, Tolai Hare, and Tolai Hare Pup.

This is more like a priority system.  First use Burrow, Flurry, then Dodge. Flurry twice.  Burrow.  Dodge.  Flurry three times.  If your first bunny dies, bring in the next one.  Burrow as Antaen Cannon's cooldown comes up, Dodge two rounds after, and fill the rest with Flurry.


6. Magic

Eldritch Manafiend (1,2,2)
Any Magic Pet with Arcane Blast and Surge of Power, preferably with a speed of >291. I'm using a Energized Manafiend with 325 speed.
A mana worm type of pet with Feedback, Amplify Magic, and Deflection. I'm using an Arcane Gorger.

Soulrush. Arcane Blast twice.  Surge of Power.  Bring in second pet.  If your second pet is faster, you can Arcane blast twice again, and then use Surge of Power.  Otherwise just Arcane Blast once and use Surge of Power.  Use Deflection if Antaen Cannon is about to go off on your worm.  Amplify Magic.  Use Feedback 2-3 times until Bloat goes down.


7. Elemental

An elemental with >291 speed and a Beast attack. I'm using a Cinder Kitten.
Core Hound Pup (2,1,2)
Stout Alemental (2,x,2)

Filler Beast attack.  Bring in Core Hound Pup.  Howl.  Burrow.  Thrash until Core Hound Pup dies.  BubbleBarrel Toss four times.


8. Beast

A Beast pet with Poison Fang and >291 speed.  I'm using a Black Kingsnake.
A Zandalari Anklerender or Zandalari Kneebiter with more than 291 speed, with the moves Black Claw and Hunting Party.
Any Beast type pet for backup just in case. I just brought another Zandalari.

Poison Fang. Switch to first Zandalari.  Black Claw.  Hunting Party.


9. Aquatic

Three mongooses/civets with >291 speed, with the moves Dive and Gnaw.  I'm using Golden Civet Kitten, Mongoose, and Golden Civet.

Dive.  Gnaw until your first pet dies.  Bring in your second.  Gnaw until Antaen Cannon comes up.  Dive.  Rinse, repeat, win.


10  Mechanical

Cogblade Raptor (1,2,x)
Anodized Robo Cub (1,x,1)
De-Weaponized Mechanical Companion (2,x,x)

Bite three times.  Screech.  Bring Anodized Robo Cub.  Maul.  Spam Bite until Bloat dies.  If your third pet comes in, just spam Thrash.

Gnasher Strategies for Family Fighter

Gnasher

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These are simple strategies to defeat Gnasher for the Family Fighter achievement.  Note that you can fight all these pets regardless of whether their world quest is up or not, so you can grind out the whole achievement in one day if you really want to.  These strategies assume all of your pets are level 25 and of Rare quality.

Pet Battle Main Page

Other Family Fighter Guides (page will be updated as I publish all of them):
Ruinhoof
Baneglow
Deathscreech
Bucky
Gloamwing
Corrupted Blood of Argus
Watcher
Earseeker
Minixis
Foulclaw
Retch
Bloat
Snozz
Shadeflicker
Mar'cuus
Pilfer
One-of-Many

Other Pet Battle Posts:
Wailing Caverns Pet Battle Dungeon Guide
Deadmines Pet Battle Challenge Guide
How to Level Multiple Battle Pets Quickly
Pet Addons
My Favorite Pets for Battling


1. Humanoid

Terky (1,1,2)
Kun-Lai Runt (2,2,1)
Flayer Youngling (2,2,2)

Open with Stampede.   Use Acid Touch, and then Punch until Terky dies.  Next bring in Kun-Lai Runt and use Rampage.  If Gnasher is still alive after that, use Triple Snap until he goes down.


2. Aquatic

Any 3 crabs with both Claw and Dive. I used a Fen Crab, Coralback Fiddler, and Frostshell Pincher.

Use Dive on CD and fill with Claw until Gnasher dies.


3. Dragonkin

Nether Faerie Dragon (2,2,x)
Chrominius (1,1,2)
Any Dragonkin

Use Arcane Blast twice. Life Exchange. Use Arcane Blast until your first dragon dies. Bring in Chrominius.  Howl. Bite. Surge of Power.  It's unlikely you'll have to use your third pet.


4. Flying

Ikky (1,1,1)
Any two Flying pets.

Use Black Claw, then Flock.  If Gnasher is still alive, use Savage Talon to finish him off.


5. Undead

Unborn Val'kyr (2,2,1)
Infected Squirrel (2,1,x)
Any Undead pet

Curse of Doom. Haunt. Bring in Squirrel. Rabid Strike. Stampede.  Use any filler attack if Gnasher is still alive.


6. Critter

Any 3 rabbits or hares with more than 328 speed, and with the attacks Stampede, Dodge, and Flurry.

Repeat the sequence of Flurry, Dodge, Stampede.  When one rabbit dies, swap in a new one.


7. Magic

Transmutant (2,2,2)
Eldritch Manafiend (1,2,2)
Any Magic pet with Amplify Magic and Feedback. I used an Arcane Gorger.

Drain Power. Absorb, Absorb, Absorb. Life Exchange. Bring in Manafiend.  Soulrush. Arcane Blast. Surge of Power. Amplify Magic. Feedback until Gnasher dies.


8. Elemental

Stout Alemental (2,x,2)
Core Hound Pup (x,1,2)
Cinder Kitten (1,x,x)

Use Bubble, then Barrel Toss 4 times.  Pass, then your first pet die. Bring in Core Hound Pup and use Howl, then Burrow.  Spam Claw until Gnasher dies.


9. Beast

Zandalari Anklerender (2,x,2)
Zandalari Kneebiter (2,2,x)
Any Beast pet

Simply use Black Claw, then Hunting Party.  Your first pet may die so just do the same thing with your second, and Gnasher should go down fast.


10. Mechanical

Cogblade Raptor (1,2,x)
Anodized Robo Cub (1,x,1)
De-Weaponized Mechanical Companion (1,x,x)

Screech. Keep using Bite until Fail-Safe is triggered. Use Screech and bring in your Robo Cub. Use Maul. Hit with Bite until Gnasher goes down.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Deadmines Pet Battle Challenge Guide

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How to Level Multiple Battle Pets Quickly
Pet Addons
My Favorite Pets for Battling
Wailing Caverns Pet Battle Dungeon Guide


Stage 1. Foe Reaper 50

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Though this is technically a boss battle, it is not too difficult. You can use any elemental type pet with strong elemental attacks.  I recommend a Pandaren Fire Spirit, Fel Flame, or something similar.  This guy does AoE damage that will effect your backline pets, so use a throwaway pet for the third slot (I like to keep another strong Elemental in the second slot in case something goes sideways and the first pet dies).

Stage 2. Terrible Tunnel

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Unfortunate Defias - For this is used a group of three nice frogs.  You can use just about any kind of frog.  Any pet that is Aquatic Type with Critter abilities will be able to mow this guy down.  I soloed him with a Benax.  I recommend keeping a pet with Beast and Flying abilities in one of your other slots to deal with his backline pets a bit quicker.

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Angry Geode - Anything with good Aquatic damage will work here.  I use a good old fashioned Rip + Blood in the Water combo, like Toothy or Chuck.  Keep a pet with Beast and Flying attacks in your backline to clean up the enemy backline.

Stage 3. Mining Monkey

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A good mech is what you want here. I like to bring pets with Shock and Awe and Ion Cannon, so I brought a Darkmoon Tonk, a Menagerie Custodian just in case, and a random third pet to help clean up the backline if needed. Just burn the monkey down.

Stage 4. "Captain" Klutz

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I used the Unborn Val'kyr melt method for this guy.  I had my Val'kyr in my top slot, pass the first turn because you get stunned, then use Curse of Doom, then Haunt.  I switched to Ikky (you can use any Black Claw + Stampede move pet here), used Black Claw, then Flock.  He melted easily.

Stage 5. Trash Pets

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Klutz's Battle Rat - I use a Zandalari Kneebiter, and used Black Claw and Hunting Party.

Klutz's Battle Monkey - Alarm-O-Bot works well on this fight.  Use Interrupting Jolt, then Decoy, then spam Batter.

Klutz's Battle Bird - This guy is easily taken out by using a Nexus Whelpling, open with Arcane Storm, then Mana Surge.  You could also use a Stormborne Whelpling.

Stage 6.  This is just some random roleplay.

Stage 7. Cookie's Leftovers

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The best pet against this guy is a Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling.  I always keep two on hand because they're just so great.  Use decoy and mash Breath, and you're good to go.  If your first Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling dies, any Dragonkin can finish up.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Wailing Caverns Pet Battle Challenge Guide

I finally got around to doing the new pet battle challenge dungeons, so I thought I'd do a little write-up of how, even if it's really late.  I have a LOT of pet so I have a lot to choose from, but for someone with a smaller collection, this may be quite difficult.  I'll give my recommendations for pets in each section.

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Pet Addons
My Favorite Pets for Battling
Deadmines Pet Battle Dungeon Guide


 Stage 1. Deviate Trash

Deviate Chomper
Deviate Smallclaw
Deviate Flapper


These are all white quality and go down easily.  For these guys, I used a Hydraling, Arcane Eye, and Jade Owl.  I just switched them to the front based on which enemy was the frontline pet.  The Hydraling is best against the Smallclaw, The Jade Owl is best against the Chomper, and the Arcane Eye is best against the Flapper.  They were easy fights.  If one of your pets die, just switch in something similar.


Stage 2. Son of Skum


This fight is also pretty easy.  Just choose a few mechanicals with good high-damage abilities like Ion Cannon, Launch Rocket, or Shock and Awe.  He goes down pretty fast.  If you don't have many mechanicals, and you will need them later, maybe only have your mech in your top slot and have filler pets in the back slots so you're not burning your mechs too early.


Stage 3. Snakes

Phyxia
Dreadcoil
Vilefang


These guys are all elites so they take 50% reduced damage.  They are all beast types, so that's why you want most of your mechs for this stage.  For Phyxia, I nearly soloed them all with a Darkmoon Zeppelin, then one hit from an Enchanted Broom finished them off.  I like to put a pet with Decoy in the front line for each fight so I can make the pet last a bit longer.  For Dreadcoil, I just switched in an Alarm-O-Bot in my first slot since my other two pets were fine.  For Vilefang, I switched in a Lifelike Mechanical Frostboar into the first slot to replace my dead pet.


Stage 4. Hiss


Oh hey, another snake.  I used a Menagerie Custodian in my top slot and opened with Shock and Awe, burned him down with Zap, and hit him with Ion Cannon when he got low enough for it to kill him, or if your pet is about to die anyways. Keep in mind that he cannot be dealt more than 35% of his health in one shot, and he takes 50% less damage since he's elite.  Just burn most of him down with your first pet and clean up after it dies.


Stage 5. Growing Ectoplasm


I recommend having two Mechanical Pandaren Dragonlings for this fight because they're really just that good.  If you only have one, or none at all, you can get by using a few dragons, preferably with healing abilities.  I used Crimson Whelpling and Spawn of Onyxia for my backline pets, and just switched in a second Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling for the second fight.  A similar Dragonkin will work as a first pet if you don't have enough Mechanical Pandaren Dragonlings.


Stage 6. Budding Everliving Spore


This guy can be a pain because he will whittle down your backline pets with AoE damage, so when you get him down all your pets die anyway before you can get his backline down.  What I did was use two pets with the Rip + Blood in the Water combo (I used Chuck and Toothy), then I used a mechanical pet in my third slot to make it easier to take down his Beast type backline quickly.  Just Rip, Blood in the Water, and Surge when those are on cooldown.  My first pet was only at half health by the time I got the Everliving Spore down, so this isn't too much trouble at all.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Zandalari Troll Forms: Welcome to Jurassic Park

So, if you've been paying attention to the World of Warcraft news, you may have noticed that the Zandalari troll druid forms have recently been datamined.  And like... they're something else.

On one hand, I'm pleased the devs aren't afraid to think outside the box when it comes to something we pretty much already know.  People expect the Guardian druid form to be a bear, the Feral form to be a cat, and so on and so forth.  It's cool that they're breaking the mold, and changing it to be more in line with Zandalari troll lore, which is all about the dinosaurs.  It's interesting and unique.

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I just really can't get behind the moonkin form. It's just so weird.  Panser of TradeChat said it best when she surmised, "This looks like the Geico lizard hatefucked an arakkoa and this is the baby that they had."  My god, that is so accurate.

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As far as the other forms, except the feral form which has not yet been datamined (saber-tooth cat maybe? Smilidon?), I think I can warm up to them.  The tanking form looks kinda cute and looks like a stegosaurus (Panser called it a 'turtledillo'), like Spike from Land Before Time.  Anyone remember Land Before Time?

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All pics from WoWhead.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My Least Favorite Zones in World of Warcraft


Or, Why Bugs Suck

We all have those zones that we avoid like the plague.  I certainly have them.  Those zones I will not step foot into no matter the reason.  Something these zones have in common is...

Bugs.

I really, really don't like bugs.  So the best way to make me hate a zone is by filling it with bugs.  Unfortunately, there are quite a few zones just chock full of them.  Here are a few.


Hated Zone the First: Dread Wastes


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The Dread Wastes is actually the least oppressive zone on my list.  Though it does have that pesky bug problem, it's not actually that bad visually.  Sure it could use some sunlight and a sky that doesn't look like it's about to collapse on you, but it's not that bad in most parts.  Except for the bugs.


Hated Zone the Second: Eastern Plaguelands


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This has to be the most disgusting zone in World of Warcraft by a rather wide margin.  The air is yellow and it always looks gassy.  It has those disgusting giant mushrooms and the weird ground that looks like a prolapsed anus.  It's like the mushrooms had a revolt and decided they wanted to poison the air to get rid of all the humans.  Clearly, they did a great job.


 Hated Zone the Third: Silithus


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God I hate Silithus.  Again we have the prolapsed anus ground, except here we get bug tunnels and giant fidgeting bug legs lodged in the ground.  Those things creep me out, man.  I always feel like a giant bug boss is gonna jump out of the ground and eat me.  They make me twitchy with their twitching.  I don't know why but the designers just have this real unadulterated love for bugs.  I mean I don't mind a tarantula or two but damn, all these nasty bugs.