Monday, July 16, 2018

Ruinhoof Strategies for Family Fighter

Ruinhoof


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These are simple strategies to defeat Ruinhoof 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):
Corrupted Blood of Argus
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 Havoc

Flayer Youngling (2, 2, 2)
Squirky (2, 2, 2)
Anubisath Idol (1, 1, 1)

Deflection. Rampage. Deflection.  Triple Snap until Youngling dies.  If you can use Deflection and Rampage again before you die, do it.  Bring in Squirky.  BubbleStampede. Fish Slap until Squirky dies.  Use Crush until Ruinhoof dies.  Use Deflection if Ruinhoof has Chew buff.


2. Draconic Destruction

Nether Faerie Dragon (2, 2, 1)
Chrominius (x, 1, 2)
Stormborne Whelpling (x, 2, x)

MoonfireArcane Blast.  Arcane Blast.  Life Exchange.  Arcane Blast until Dragon dies.  Switch to Chrominius.  HowlSurge of Power.  If Ruinhoof isn't dead yet, switch to Whelpling and use Mana Surge.


3. Fierce Fliers

Stormwing (x,1,2)
Chi-Chi (1, x, 1)
Any flying pet

Call Lightning. Flock. Flock. Stormwing dies. Bring in Chi-Chi.  Fire Quills until Ruinhoof is dead.  Use Ethereal if Chew is about to go off.


4. Unstoppable Undead

Unborn Val'kyr (2, 2, 1)
Infected Squirrel (2, x, x)
Blighthawk (x, 2, 1)

Shadow ShockCurse of DoomHaunt.  Val'kyr dies.  Bring in Squirrel.  Stampede.  If Ruinhoof is still up, bring in Blighthawk once Squirrel dies, use Lift-Off, then Ghostly Bite.


5. Critical Critters

Pick three rats with both Poison Fang and Stampede.  Choose your three rats with the highest power stat, and order them from most to least powerful.

Keep up Poison Fang and just keep using Stampede.


6. Magical Mayhem

Eldritch Manafiend (1, 2, 2)
Empowered Manafiend (1, 2, x)
Untethered Wyrmling (1, 2, 2)

Soulrush.  If Ruinhoof gets stunned, Arcane Blast three times.  If he does not get stunned, Arcane Blast twice.  Surge of Power.  Manafiend dies.  Bring in next Manafiend.  Arcane Blast twice.  Surge of Power.  Keep up Amplify Magic, and use Deflection if Ruinhoof has Chew buff.  Otherwise use Feedback.


7. Elemental Escalation

Jadefire Spirit (2, 2, 2)
Cinder Kitten (1, 2, 1)
Core Hound Pup (1, 2, 2)

Immolate. Jade Claw. Fade. Prowl. Claw. Leap. Claw. Kitten should go down. Dodge. Scratch. Burrow. Scratch. Scratch. Finish up with Jade Claw.


8. Beast Blitz

2 Zandalari Raptors (Anklerender, Kneebiter, etc.) with Black Claw and Hunting Party
Any other Beast pet to fill in

Black Claw. Hunting Party. When the first one dies, switch in the second Zandalari and cast Hunting Party again.


9. Aquatic Assault

Hydraling (x, 1, 2)
Chuck (1, x, 2)
Toothy (1, x, 2)

Call Lightning. Whirlpool. Tail Slap until Hydraling dies. Rip. Blood in the Water. Chuck goes down. Toothy comes in. Blood in the Water. Surge.


10. Mechanical Melee

Lil' Bling (2, x, 1)
Menagerie Custodian (x, 1, x)
Darkmoon Tonk (1, 2, 2)

Make it Rain. Inflation. Inflation. Bring in Custodian. Shock and Awe. Ruinhoof should go down nice and easy.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mar'cuus Strategies for Family Fighter

Mar'cuus


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These are simple strategies to defeat Mar'cuus 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):
Corrupted Blood of Argus
Baneglow
Deathscreech
Bucky
Gloamwing
Bloat
Watcher
Earseeker
Minixis
Foulclaw
Retch
Gnasher
Snozz
Shadeflicker
Ruinhoof
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 Havoc

Kun-Lai Runt (x, x, 1)
Sister of Temptation (2, 1, 1)
Squirky (x, 2, x)

Pass. Sister is switched in. Curse of Doom. Agony. Pass. Stampede. Rampage.


2. Draconic Destruction

Nether Faerie Dragon (x,2,x)
Emmigosa (x,2,2)
Stormborne Whelpling (2,1,1)

Pass.  After your first pet is swapped out, switch back to it.  Life Exchange.  Pass.  Wild Magic.  Ice Tomb.  Pass.  Call Lightning.  Thunderbolt.  Frost Breath.


3. Fierce Fliers

Direbeak Hatchling (1, x, 1)
Bloodgazer Hatchling (x, 1, 1)
Ikky (x, 1, 1)

Falcosaur Swarm!. Falcosaur Swarm!. Pass. Black Claw. Flock. Predatory Strike.


4. Unstoppable Undead

Bone Serpent (1, 2, 1)
Unborn Val'kyr (x, 2, 1)
Blighted Squirrel (x, x, 2) (ANY Undead with lower health than your Val'kyr that has Stampede)

Pass. Curse of Doom. Haunt. Bring in Bone Serpent. Bone Barrage. Serpent switches out. Stampede.


5. Critical Critters

Rabbit/hare with >347 speed (ScratchDodge)
Nuts (2,2,2)
Darkmoon Hatchling (x,1,1)

Scratch.  Crouch.  Woodchipper.  Pass.  Screech.  Flock.  Bring in rabbit.  Scratch.  Woodchipper.  Stampede.  Dodge.  Scratch.


6. Magical Mayhem

Mini Mindslayer (1, x, 2)
Erudite Manafiend (x, 2, 1)
Arcane Eye (x, 1, 2)

Pass. Bring back in Mini Mindslayer. Eyeblast. Life Exchange. Arcane Storm. Surge of Power. Eyeblast. Mana Surge.


7. Elemental Escalation

Tainted Waveling (2,1,2)
Tiny Snowman (1,1,2)
Crazy Carrot (2,1,1)

Pass.  Call Blizzard.  Deep Freeze.  Snowball.  Pass.  Ironbark.  Blistering Cold.  Pass.  Acidic Goo.  Poison Spit.  Deep Freeze.  Blizzard.  Snowball.


8. Beast Blitz

Any Beast pet
Argi (x,x,2)
Kovok (1,x,1)

Pass.  Poison Fang.  Black Claw.  Pass.  Stampede.  Stampede.


9. Aquatic Assault

Spawn of G'nathus (1,x,1)
Emperor Crab (2,1,2)
Gulp Froglet (x,x,1)

Pass.  Renewing Mists.  Whirlpool.  Surge.  Swarm.  Swarm.  Thunderbolt.  Swallow You Whole.


10. Mechanical Melee

Darkmoon Tonk (1, 1, 2)
Lil' Bling (2, x, 1)
Menagerie Custodian (1, 1, 2)

Pass. Shock and Awe. Ion Cannon. Make It Rain. Inflation. Shock and Awe. Ion Cannon.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pet Battle Changes in Battle for Azeroth

A new expansion always brings new changes to existing systems. Pet battles have been fairly stagnant since they were introduced in Mists of Pandaria. It appears that is about to change.

battle for azeroth pet battle charm stone vendor

1. Scaling

It has been revealed that pet battles will scale. The levels of the opposing pet will scale to the highest level pet on your team. So, you can use a group of level 1 pets, even in the new zones and get some experience for the battle. So far it's only for battles related to World Quests, or all battles in general.


2. Currency

They're introducing a new currency for pet battles, replacing the existing pet charms. The current pet charms won't be good for much in the next expansion (except old content), so I'm mass buying battle stones with the ones I have (the ones that upgrade a pet to rare quality, and the ones that instantly upgrade a pet to level 25). On a related note, Ultimate Battle-Training Stones will have their cost raised from 45 pet charms to 60. The current pet charms will be called Shiny Pet Charms, and the new ones will be called Polished Pet Charms.


3. Achievements

As always, there are a handful of new achievements related to pet battling in the new expansion. Avid collectors will be relieved to learn they're finally giving us not one new collection achievement, but two.

Polished Pet Charmer
Shiny Pet Charmer
Battle Safari
Battle on Zandalar and Kul Tiras
Master of Minions
Pet Emporium


4. Pets!

Then of course there are the actual new pets coming out! I've seen shots of a few and they all look super adorable. This post on the site Bubbles of Mischief breaks down every known new pet coming out and how it is acquired.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Minixis Strategies for Family Fighter

Minixis

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These are simple strategies to defeat Minixis 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
One-of-Many
Gloamwing
Bloat
Watcher
Earseeker
Bucky
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 Havoc

Hopling (x, 2, x)
Squirky (x, 2, 2)
Harbinger of Flame (2, 2, 2)

Poison Lash. Bring in Squirky. Stampede. Stampede. Burn. Immolate. Conflagrate.


2. Draconic Destruction

Proto-Drake Whelp (x, 1, 1)
Golden Dragonhawk Hatchling (x, 2, 2)
Blue Dragonhawk Hatchling (x, 2, 2)

Proto-Strike. Spam Flamethrower until Whelp dies. Bring in either Hatchling. Conflagrate on cooldown and fill with Flamethrower.


3. Fierce Fliers

Skywisp Moth (x, x, 2)
Ikky (x, 1, 1)
Veilwatcher Hatchling (x, 2, x)

Call Lightning. Bring in Ikky. Black Claw. Flock twice. Hatchling is there for backup in case you need to Flock again, but you shouldn't need to.


4. Unstoppable Undead

Unborn Val'kyr (x, 2, 2)
Infected Squirrel (2, 2, 2)
Blighthawk (1, 2, x)

Curse of Doom. Unholy Ascension. Bring in Squirrel. Creeping Fungus. Stampede. Corpse Explosion. Ghostly Bite.


5. Critical Critters

Bandicoon Kit (x, x, 1)
Giant Sewer Rat (x, x, 1)
Crispin (1, x, x)

Poison Fang. Bring in Rat and Stampede until it dies. Burn until Minixis is dead.


6. Magical Mayhem

Enchanted Torch (1, 1, 1)
Festival Lantern (2, x, 1)
Enchanted Lantern (2, x, 1)

Burn. Immolation. Heat Up. Spam Burn. Cycle in the two remaining pets and keep spamming Burn. Use Soul Ward when Minixis's Antaen Cannon is off cooldown.


7. Elemental Escalation

Sinister Squashling (2, x, x)
Searing Scorchling (1, 1, 1)
Pandaren Fire Spirit (1, 1, 2)

Poison Lash. Bring in either pet. Keep up Immolate, use Conflagrate on cooldown, and fill with Burn.


8. Beast Blitz

Death Adder Hatchling (1, x, x)
Zandalari Anklerender (2, x, 2)
Zandalari Footslasher (2, x, 2)

Poison Fang. Bring in Anklerender. Black Claw. Hunting Party. Use Hunting Party with next raptor if needed.


9. Aquatic Assault

Benax (2, x, 1)
Spawn of G'nathus (2, 2, 1)
Pengu (x, 1, x)

Bubble. Switch to Spawn. Thunderbolt. Lightning Shield. Jolt. Pass. Bring in Pengu. Frost spit until Pengu dies. Tongue Lash until Minixis is dead.


10. Mechanical Melee

Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling (1, 2, 2)
Darkmoon Zeppelin (1, 2, 1)
Blackfuse Bombling (1, x, x)

Decoy. Thunderbolt. Switch out to Zeppelin. Thunderbolt. Missile until Zeppelin dies and comes back. Explode. Switch back to Dragonling and Thunderbolt. Decoy. Spam Breath. Bombling is there for backup.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Bucky Strategies for Family Fighter

Bucky


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These are simple strategies to defeat Bucky 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
One-of-Many
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 Havoc

Rotten Little Helper (x, x, 1)
Sister of Temptation (2, 1, 2)
Squirky (x, 2, x)

Pass. Haunting Song. Curse of Doom. Agony. Pass. Stampede. Greench's Gift.


2. Draconic Destruction

Nether Faerie Dragon (x, 2, 1)
Stormborne Whelpling (x, 1, 2)
Nexus Whelpling (x, 2, 2) (HP must be <= 1400)

Pass. Manually switch back to Nether. Life Exchange. Moonfire. Pass. Call Lightning. Arcane Storm. Pass. Mana Surge.


3. Fierce Fliers

Coastal Sandpiper (1, 2, x)
Crimsonwing Moth (1, x, 2)
Effervescent Glowfly (x, 2, 1)

Flock. Call Lightning. Slicing Wind. Pass. Cocoon Strike. Swarm. Pass. Quick Attack.


4. Unstoppable Undead

Blighthawk (x, 2, x)
Lost of Lordaeron (1, x, 2)
Infected Squirrel (2, 2, x)

Pass. Shadow Slash. Curse of Doom. Shadow Slash. Pass. Creeping Fungus. Stampede. Pass. Ghostly Bite.


5. Critical Critters

Rapana Whelk (x, x, 2)
Red-Tailed Chipmunk (2, 1, 2) (anything with similar moves is fine)
Black Lamb (2, x, 2) (need HP <= Chipmunk)

Pass. Adrenaline Rush. Woodchipper. Stampede. Chew. Stampede. Headbutt.


6. Magical Mayhem

Eldritch Manafiend (x, 2, 2)
Extinguished Eye (1, 1, 1)
Arcane Eye (1, 1, 1)

Pass. Eyeblast. Interrupting Gaze. Focused Beams. Focused Beams. Eyeblast. Interrupting Gaze. Focused Beams. Soulrush. Surge of Power. Eyeblast. Interrupting Gaze. Focused Beams. Focused Beams.


7. Elemental Escalation

Tiny Twister (x, x, 2)
Crazy Carrot (2, x, 1)
Ominous Flame (1, 2, 2)

Pass. Blistering Cold. Ironbark. Ironbark. Pass. Foreboding Curse. Scorched Earth. Burn. Call Lightning.


8. Beast Blitz

Zandalari Kneebiter (2, 1, x)
Zandalari Footslasher (2, 2, 2)
Zandalari Anklerender (2, 2, 2)

This strat will be a bit different depending on how fast your raptors are. If they're faster than Bucky, then just Black Claw/Exposed Wounds with the first one. It will get switched out, and then with the next one, use Hunting Party. Use Hunting Party until Bucky dies. If your raptors are slower, you'll need to Pass, Primal Cry, Black Claw, THEN spam Hunting Party. It works either way.


9. Aquatic Assault

Chuck (1, 1, 2)
Muckbreath (1, 1, 2)
Snarly (1, 1, 2)

Surge. Rip. Blood in the Water. Refresh Rip when it has one round left on Bucky, use Blood in the Water, and Surge to fill.


10. Mechanical Melee

Menagerie Custodian (1, 1, 2)
Lil' Bling (2, x, 1)
Darkmoon Tonk (1, 1, 2)

Pass. Shock and Awe. Missile. Ion Cannon. Make It Rain. Inflation. Shock and Awe. Zap. Ion Cannon.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cool Tidbits From E3 2018

This is by no means a comprehensive recap of E3, just a few things that stood out to me that I'm kind of excited for or curious about. I don't really follow new games too closely since I'm almost always playing World of Warcraft, but I do like to play other games sometimes. Maybe one of these new ones will tear me away from my druid for a while? On with the show!

1. Kingdom Hearts

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The confirmed release date for KH3 is January 25, 2019. It's been confirmed there will be a Toy Story world, Monsters, Inc. world, a Tangled world, a Big Hero Six world, a Frozen world, and the return of the Hercules world and the Pirates of the Caribbean world. Also, ship battles.  There will also be a special edition PlayStation 4 Pro, with a Kingdom Hearts theme, and includes all Kingdom Hearts games with it. It's mostly black so not really my aesthetic. I already have a white PS4. Still, it's interesting.

Kingdom Hearts playstation 4 pro edition deluxe E3


2. Anthem

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I think Anthem looks kind of interesting. You wear different interchangeable robot suits, which are kind of like classes, and you go on missions. It's an online RPG. I'm still kind of fuzzy ont eh details but it looks like it has potential. So far it seems kind of like Warframe and Defiance had a baby.


3. Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 game E3

This doesn't look like the game I'd ordinarily play, but the trailer made it look pretty cool. It looks somewhat like Ghost in the Shell, if that show took a LOT of acid.  The actual story wasn't revealed at all, but it said there will be specializations, you can have your own apartment, customize your character, and do other stuff that sounds interesting to me, depending on what the story will be. It's definitely one I'll keep an eye on.


4. Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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I've played a few Assassin's Creed games and I enjoy them. I've always been a history buff, even as a little kid. Though I'm disappointed it doesn't appear you can play a female protagonist, I do enjoy ancient history so I'll probably play the game for that aspect. I see a few historical references in the trailer too. One is an erupting volcano, which may be a reference to the destruction of Pompeii. I also noticed a battle scene reminiscent of the scene in 300 where one of the soldiers kicks someone in the chest (I never actually saw 300, just the trailer, so I'm not sure the character's name or the context). The graphics also look really nice.