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Collect, Battle, Achieve!
In addition to the upcoming Stratholme Pet Dungeon, there will be lots of pet-related activities to complete in the 2 new zones, Mechagon and Nazjatar in Patch 8.2.

Collect
Collectors will have their hands full with a total of 23 new wild pets found in the two new zones — 11 from Nazjatar and 12 from Mechagon (examples pictured below).


A few of these pets from each of the zones are either especially difficult to find (very low spawn chance) or single-spawns (only one up at a time). All wild pets on Nazjatar and Mechagon spawn in as level 25.

Rarer wild spawns (Nazjatar)

  • Bloodseeker
  • Hissing Chitterspine
  • Sandclaw Sunshell


Rarer wild spawns (Mechagon)

  • Experimental Roach
  • Duskytooth Snooter
  • Rusbolt Clucker
  • Specimen 97
  • Yellow Junkhopper


Additionally, many Nazjatar and Mechagon wild pets come in multiple colors and breeds.

A few of wild pets from Mechagon will also have a chance to spawn inside the megadungeon, Operation: Mechagon. The dungeon has an outdoor area where wild pets can (rarely) appear. There are additional wild pets to capture further inside the dungeon, however they are not required for any achievement.

Likewise, there are more wild battle pets to collect from inside the upcoming raid (example pictured right), The Eternal Palace, but these are not part of any achievement.

Collecting one of each from Nazjatar will reward Nazjatari Safari, and capturing one of each wild pet from Mechagon will reward the achievement Mecha-Safari. Both of these achievements are part of a meta-achievement, more on this down below.

Battle
Battlers will find new challenges on both Nazjatar and Mechagon.

Defeat 12 legendary level 25 "boss" pets on Nazjatar to earn Nautical Nuisances of Nazjatar. Each of these NPCs can be battled at any time and are repeatable, however there will also be a World Quest associated with one each day. Each one will drop a one-time quest item (rewards a nice chunk of reputation) after they've been defeated for the first time.

Meanwhile, earn Mighty Minions of Mechagon by defeating all 8 legendary level 25 "boss" pets on Mechagon. These NPCs share the same properties as the Nazjatar pets; repeatable, can be battled at any time, and drops a one-time quest.

Achieve
Earning all 4 achievements listed above will complete the meta-achievement, Team Aquashock, which awards an adorable baby naga pet, Kelpfin!

Looking for more? On top of new wild battle pets to capture and boss pets to defeat, there are many more pets to find and collect in both zones!

Check out all 90 datamined 8.2 pets

Slimy Pets?
Last but not least, there is one more collecting achievement specifically for Nazjatar, however it's unclear how we'll complete it at this time.

Obtain 1 of 7 possible "slimy battle pets to earn the From The Belly Of The Jelly achievement.

  • Slimy Darkhunter (pictured right)
  • Slimy Eel
  • Slimy Fangtooth
  • Slimy Hermit Crab
  • Slimy Octopode
  • Slimy Otter
  • Slimy Sea Slug


The Pet Journal lists these pets as from "Treasure: Slimy Cocoon". It's unclear where or how we'll come across this item or object, so we'll have to wait for more information on these pets.
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We're looking for a community member or site fan with graphic arts experience and some free time to help create the pet profile images that accompany new pets added to our pet database.

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  • Proficient with Photoshop or another graphic editing program
  • Attention to detail and ability to get creative when it comes to difficult graphical pet effects
  • Timely responses to emails and image requests for newly announced pets
  • Experience with WoW Model Viewer preferred
  • Time: On-call, varies per week (PTR cycles and upcoming Patches typically require more time investment)


Join the WarcraftPets Team!
Interested in volunteering? Simply head over to the Contact Page and send us a message. Tell us a little about yourself and what prior experience you have with creating WoW-based images.

If we think you'd be a good fit, you'll be working with our primary group of Site Admins, as well as another creative volunteer that is already hard at work creating pet images for the next WoW patch.
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WoW will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in November of this year. Blizzard released details on what we can expect during the celebratory event, including a collectible Lil' Nefarian!

Upcoming Anniversary Rewards
To commemorate WoW's 15th anniversary, Blizzard will be releasing special goodies, such as an Anniversary Collector's Edition Box that comes with many physical rewards plus new in-game mounts.

In addition to physical items, the in-game Anniversary Event will also feature the Obsidian Worldbreaker mount and Lil' Nefarian battle pet (pictured right)! [source]

The mount will require the completion of an upcoming special anniversary 25-man raid, however the pet will be rewarded to all players that simply log on during the event.

More details on the in-game event will be provided in the future. Blizzard's official press release on the anniversary can be found here.

We can't wait to add Lil' Nefarian to our ever-growing battle pet family. Speaking of family... Lil' Deathwing and Onyxian Whelpling are sure to give Lil' Nefarian the warmest of welcomes.
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Blizzard recently announced that they will be putting the Recruit-A-Friend program on hiatus, starting June 11, 2019, for an indeterminate period of time. [source]

Recruit-A-Friend (RAF) is heading into the workshop! The longstanding RAF program is going on hiatus while we construct something new that makes it even more rewarding to introduce your friends to World of Warcraft. As of June 11, 2019, the current program will come to an end, and you’ll no longer be able to send new RAF invitations. Don’t worry though—the program will be back in its new form before you know it.

To take advantage of the current RAF program, your friend will need to link a qualifying WoW account to yours before June 11, and will have 90 days to purchase game time to trigger any rewards.* Check out the RAF web page for the details on the current program and the available rewards.

We look forward to sharing the details of the new RAF program with you in the future!

*Recruited friends must not already have a World of Warcraft account, or their account must be fewer than 30 days old. Link period lasts for 90 days after your friend's account was first created.



There are currently 4 battle pet rewards (pictured above) from Recruit-A-Friend (plus 5 mounts). The pets are BoP and cannot be caged.



In light of the hiatus, pet enthusiasts may want to consider collecting these battle pets sooner rather than later. Check out our Community Guide on How to Recruit Yourself.

It's unclear what will become of these rewards, what changes will be made, and when the program will return. Hopefully more information will be available in the near future.
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Stratholme Pet Dungeon is finally open for testing on the 8.2 PTR! We dove right in and here are some insights on what to expect — SPOILERS ahead!

Note that due to the nature of the PTR, the following may not be final and could change prior to release.

Tiny Take-Over Of Stratholme
Word around town is that something sinister is happening in a certain ruined city in northern Eastern Plaguelands. Who or what could overtake an already diseased and Undead-overrun place like Stratholme? Let's send in our battle pets to find out!

In Patch 8.2, level 120 Horde can speak with Radek Fuselock (nearby Happy Holaua) in Dazar'alor, and level 120 Alliance can talk to Tizzy Gearjolt (outside Dana Pull's store) in Boralus to pick up the breadcrumb quest, 'Restless Dead', which leads to Argent Crusade member Sean Wilkers, just outside of backdoor Stratholme.

In addition to being a quest NPC, he is also the Stratholme Pet Dungeon vendor. Unlike previous Pet Dungeons that offered only 3 pets to purchase, Sean Wilkers sells a total of 4 new pets, plus an Unopened Stratholme Supply Crate.


Each pet will require Cleansed Remains, is Bind On Pick Up, and cannot be caged. Players will need a total of 9 Cleansed Remains to buy one of each pet.



After completing 'Restless Dead', the next quest is 'Tiny Terrors of Stratholme'. Completing it will reward an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone, and the ability to teleport using Manapoof directly to backdoor Stratholme.

The challenge version of this Pet Dungeon is also unlocked upon turning in 'Tiny Terrors of Stratholme'. Pick up and complete the account-wide weekly quest, 'Pet Battle Challenge: Stratholme', to earn Cleansed Remains.

Same as previous Pet Dungeons, completing the Challenge version of the scenario will award an achievement of the same name and players will earn a new pet. The pet reward this time is Minimancer (pictured left)!

Inside Stratholme Pet Dungeon
The Stratholme Pet Dungeon has a total of 11 stages. Enemy pet teams are a mix of Undead, Magic, Dragonkin, and Beast families, plus a few battles have an additional twist to them!


There are 11 pet encounters — all enemy pets are level 25. Here's a quick breakdown of each stage.





As noted above, a few of these battles have additional mechanics and may not be the usual, straightforward fight. Nefarious Terry and Blackmane both have passives that transform upon their 'defeat'.

We hope you're ready to help cleanse Stratholme. Get your battle pets ready; these Shadowy Figures causing critter chaos aren't going to go down without a fight.
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We're excited to announce that WarcraftPets is now on Patreon!

Users can now support WarcraftPets by pledging at various tiers. Each tier will unlock a specific WarcraftPets Discord rank, plus access to Patreon-only content.

  • $1/month - Pet Tamer
  • $5/month - Master Pet Tamer
  • $10/month - Grand Master Tamer
  • $25/month - Legendary Tamer


Our goal is to give users a convenient way to help support the site, but to also give back to the community. The support generated from Patreon will be used to help fund future contests, giveaways and more!

Check out WarcraftPets Patreon

What About Site MVPs?
We're continually grateful for our Site MVPs , and this rank will continue to stand out on the site and represent those that have gone the additional mile to support WarcraftPets through PayPal.

While Patreon ranks will be exclusive to the WarcraftPets Discord, Site MVPs will be granted full access to Patreon contests and giveaways via a Patron-only Discord channel. Users will need to provide evidence of their Site MVP status to a Discord administrator to gain access to this special channel.

As a Site MVP, use this form to request access to the Patron-chat Discord channel. Note that due to technical limitations, non-Patreon pledges will be unable to view or participate on polls and posts on Patreon itself.

That said, the money generated through Patreon is what will fund these community perks. So if you are a Site MVP and you intend to participate in the Patron-only content, we’d absolutely appreciate an additional monthly contribution if you can swing it.

Tuskarr Kite Giveaway
Sawfty, our WarcraftPets Discord administrator, is generously hosting our first Patreon pet giveaway in Discord! Patrons and Site MVPs can enter for a chance to win a Tuskarr Kite.

The giveaway ends in roughly 2 weeks and is limited to US-only at this time. See the Patron-chat channel in the WarcraftPets Discord for additional information and details. (Site MVPs will need to submit a request form first, as noted above.)

We plan to have more contests and giveaways in the future that include all regions, so stay tuned.

All of us at WarcraftPets are eternally humbled and grateful for everyone's continued support. It is an honor to be able to provide a service for battle pet-enthusiasts, on top of bringing the latest Pet Battle news. Thank you!
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This week's PTR update included a quick look at the upcoming Stratholme Pet Dungeon. Additionally, Blizzard posted development notes regarding this week's PTR patch.

The latest PTR patch added 8 more pets, bringing us to a total of 87 datamined pets! We'll have more information on these pets once it becomes available.

Check out 8.2 PTR datamined pets

Stratholme Pet Dungeon Preview
Unfortunately the Stratholme Pet Dungeon is not quite ready for testing. However, the scenario has been datamined so here's a quick preview of what's to come. [source]


11 Stage Scenario

  • Stage 1: Did That Just Come Out of its Mouth?
  • Stage 2: It Just Wants to Play!
  • Stage 3: Scary Ghosts and Creepy Fiends
  • Stage 4: Tormented Spirits
  • Stage 5: Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts
  • Stage 6: Ambush!
  • Stage 7: No Shortage of Dead Things
  • Stage 8: Tiny In Size, Brimming With Evil
  • Stage 9: Controlled Chaos
  • Stage 10: Into the Slaughter House!
  • Stage 11: The Shadows Return


Much like previous Pet Dungeons, completing the Normal version will unlock the Challenge Mode. Completing this tougher version of the Pet Dungeon will complete the achievement Pet Battle Challenge: Stratholme, which awards Minimancer! (pictured above)

Once the Stratholme Pet Dungeon opens up for testing, we'll have a firsthand overview of what Pet Battlers will find inside, and the rewards that will be available.

8.2 PTR Development Notes
Blizzard released development notes regarding what is currently available for testing on the PTR, and what we can expect in the near future. [source]

Related to battle pets and Pet Battles:
- New Zone: Mechagon - (New April 23) Battle Pets and Pet Battle World Quests

Coming soon to the PTR:
- Pet Battle Dungeon: Stratholme

An improved Bug Report system is currently in place on the PTR, so it should be easier to report any issues and give feedback. The PTR Bug Forum is also a good place to note bugs and provide constructive feedback.

Note that there will be character wipe on the PTR in a few weeks, and testers will need to re-copy their character and account-data.
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Blizzard released a preview of what's coming in Patch 8.2, Rise of Azshara. Hosted by Senior Game Designer Jeremy Feasel, the livestream covered many new upcoming features, including a brief glimpse of new pets! [source]

Pet Battles In 8.2
We're looking forward to tons of new collectible pets and Pet Battle content in the next major content patch.


Here is some pet-related content that was mentioned in today's preview.

  • 2 new zones with new rewards, drops, and Timeless Isle-style rarespawns (longer timers, some with unique spawn mechanics, a few very rare)
  • New Pet Dungeon - Stratholme!
  • 2 new Island Expeditions with new rewards
  • A new mechanical 'alarm-o-bot' pet from Mechagon, and a slug pet from Nazjatar (pictured above)
  • Holiday updates, including Brewfest
  • ...and more?!


Note that a few features previewed may not directly tie into Pet Battles, however there's a possibility it's related. There is likely even more content and pets to be discovered as the PTR progresses.

Speaking of the PTR... Patch 8.2 PTR begins next week! We can't wait to get a firsthand look at all of the upcoming pets and Pet Battle adventures, so stay tuned.
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Patch 8.1.5 is live this week. There are many new pets to collect from Raiding With Leashes VI, the Darkmoon Faire, and more. [source]

New Pets
8.1.5 offers 20 new pets. A handful will not be collectible right away, and collectors will need to wait for the next associated in-game event.

  • 12 new Raiding With Leashes VI pets
  • 3 new Darkmoon Faire pets
  • 4 new Children's Week pets
  • 1 new quest reward


Check out all 20 new pets!

Raiding With Leashes VI
The next set of Raiding With Leashes pets is here! Defeat bosses in the following Pandaria raids for a chance to collect new pets:

  • Mogu'shan Vaults
  • Terrace of Endless Spring
  • Heart of Fear


There are 11 dropped pets that are Bind On Pick Up but cageable, and can drop from LFR raid difficulty and higher.

Collecting all of these pets will complete the achievement Raiding with Leashes VI: Pets of Pandaria, which awards the adorable and unique Happiness pet (pictured right)!

Darkmoon Faire
The Darkmoon Faire has already come and gone for this month, however starting next month there will be 3 new companions to collect. Enjoy the faire in style with fun balloons!


Each balloon companion (pictured above) will cost 90 Darkmoon Faire tickets each, is Bind On Pick Up, cannot be caged, and cannot battle.

Children's Week
The denizens of Kul Tiras and Zandalar will be celebrating Children's Week this year. There will be 4 new battle pets (one pictured left) to collect during the event in May.

Level 110+ characters can earn these pets by completing the Battle For Azeroth Children's Week quest chain. This can be done on both Alliance and Horde. The quests are not account-wide so they should be doable on multiple characters, making collecting all four pets during the same event possible.

Feathers
Max level characters can complete a short quest chain to earn the neat mechanical parrot, Feathers (pictured right).

To begin the quest, pick up the breadcrumb quest from an NPC on the main boat at each faction's main hub in Battle For Azeroth. This quest should lead to Kelsey Steelspark (Alliance) or Trade Prince Gallywix (Horde). Players will need to have completed the 8.0 and 8.1 War Campaign storylines first.

The quests continue the story of two particular characters that appeared in the Before the Storm book. For a full walk-through (spoiler alert!), check out Wowhead's Alliance and Horde overview of the quest chain.

Return of the Brawler's Guild
Last but not least, the Brawler's Guild is back. Tylarr Gronnden and Clock'em can be purchased after meeting the requirements (Brawler's Guild - Rank 3).

As with all content patches, there may be a number of undocumented and/or unintended adjustments. We'll have updates should we discover any additional changes, so stay tuned.

A few pet profiles may be incomplete and missing images — we're working on updating those as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. If you find any other bugs, please report it via our Contact page or Site Bugs and Suggestions forum.

Which battle pet are you most eager to collect in Patch 8.1.5? There are lots to choose from so it might be tough to pick just one!
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Battling NPCs and trainers is often inevitable when collecting battle pets. Sometimes it's fairly easy to come up with a winning team and strategy, but other times it can become a challenge.


Xu-Fu's Pet Guides is an excellent resource for those extra-tough battles.

Created by Aranesh, the site is maintained by a few members in the Pet Battle community. Their passion for Pet Battles means only the best information and guides for fellow battlers!

Learn how to defeat NPCs in zones dating back to Pandaria, how to complete Pet Battle Dungeons, earn Pet Battle achievements, or learn more about which pets are good in Pet PVP.

Detailed guides are explained on a turn-by-turn basis (example pictured right). In the event you might be missing a pet in one of the strategies, there are often multiple possible strategies for any given battle.

Strategies are user-created and tested, and they range from matches using the least number of moves to carrying a low level pet in a trainer encounter. Many guides also include comments and notes that might be useful in especially tough battles.

In addition to guides and strategies, it provides additional features such as TD Scripts and even collection stats.

If you're stumped on a particular trainer battle, look no further than Xu-Fu's Pet Guides. It has a wealth of knowledge that can help in almost any pet encounter!
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