MMO-Champion - Pet Battle System now on Beta Realms (Early Version)


Pet Battle System now on Beta Realms (Early Version)
This build of the beta introduced a very early version of the Pet Battle System!


I want to be the very best!
Picking up Pet Battle Training on the beta is pretty easy, all you need to do is visit the trainer in your capital city and pick up the 2 abilities.



Update - Almost forgot about those, added something about the Pet Battle Masters.

Tracking Pets
The pet tracking changed slightly since our first preview, you now track 2 types of pets: the ones that you can't capture and are only here to let you gain XPs will show up as a small yellow dot on your map. The ones you can actually capture will show up with an easily noticeable green icon and will be flagged as capturable in their tooltip.



Fight!
The fight is started by right clicking a pet creature when you're in range (approximately 30 yards). The camera will rotate around your character and the game will switch to Pet Battle mode. From this screen you can:

  • See the status of all your pets at the top left of your screen.
  • Control the abilities of your active pet at the bottom.
  • Switch between pets and see them by clicking the 4th icon on the bar.
  • Capture pets when they're low on life!
  • You can also surrender but that sounds pretty wimpy to be honest.
The battle is pretty simple, weaknesses and strengths are already implemented and if you pick the wrong type of pet you will get your ass kicked pretty fast. It ends whenever the enemy is defeated or captured.



Pet Battle Masters
The Pet Battle System will also have fights against NPCs, some of the achievements datamined last night point to "Pet Battle Masters" that you have to defeat on every continent.

Category Name Points
Pet BattlesTaming Eastern Kingdoms
Defeat all of the master pet tamers in Eastern Kingdoms.
0
Pet BattlesTaming Kalimdor
Defeat all of the master pet tamers in Kalimdor.
0
Pet BattlesTaming Northrend
Defeat all of the master pet tamers in Northrend.
0
Pet BattlesTaming Outland
Defeat all of the master pet tamers in Outland.
0
Pet BattlesTaming Pandaria
Defeat all of the master pet tamers in Pandaria.
0
Pet BattlesTaming the Wild
Defeat a master pet tamer.
0


Finding New Pets
How are you going to know where to find new pets for your collection? Easy, Blizzard is going to integrate a full encyclopedia directly in the game. Maps aren't implemented yet but currently, the info page of any pet will already tell you where you can find it!



Pet Family Passive Bonuses
Newly added are passive bonuses for all pet families.

  • Aquatic - Purity - The duration of harmful damage over time effects is reduced on Aquatic pets.
  • Beast - Enrage - Beasts deal 25% extra damage below half health.
  • Critter - Elusive - Critters break out of crowd control effects more quickly.
  • Dragonkin - Execute - Deals 50% additional damage to targets with less than 25% health.
  • Elemental - Weather Immune - Elementals ignore all weather effects.
  • Flying - Swiftness - Flying creatures gain 50% extra speed while above 50% health.
  • Humanoid - Recovery - Humanoids recover 2% of their maximum health every time they attack.
  • Magic - Spellshield - Magic pets cannot be dealt more than 50% of their maximum health in one attack.
  • Mechanical - Comes back to life once per battle, returning to 25% health.
  • Undead - Damned - Undead pets return to life for one round when killed.


Pet Battle Abilities
If you missed the update last week, check out the updated list of pet battle abilities on WoWDB!


The tooltips for individual abilities will show you which pets the attack is strong against, and which pets the attack is weak against. The page will also show you which pets can learn the abilities. On each pet's page, we have listed all of the spells that the pet can learn. We will continue to add features as the system is fully implemented in the beta.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Pet Battle System now on Beta Realms (Early Version) started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Zatheyll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Krugbuu View Post
    All you people crying about how this is for little kids, are just looking for something to complain about. It is as simple as this, if you are interested in it, it is not going to change anything about your game. Those who are interested, are being labled as kids.

    I am one of these people. I am very much not a child. I am almost 26 years old, have been playing this game since it came out. Yes it is very much a pokemon battle system rip off. But that is a fun game. If you enjoy turn based rpgs, there is a good chance you will like this system. Yes I used to play Pokemon back in middle school. That does not mean I am a child. I just enjoy something from my child hood.

    All you crying about this, you are just wasting your time, as well as everyone elses.
    I'm just curious in how a game where you capture animals with the sole purpose of using them to fight battles with other animals was deemed as childish from the start.

    I'm really not sure where the ridiculous mentality came from that deemed Pokemon childish. The anime, maybe, but the game itself? Maybe it's the handheld aspect of it? Though that shouldn't have anything to do with the game.

    I can say Mario is extremely more childish then Pokemon is.
  1. Nev yn's Avatar
    I'm really not sure where the ridiculous mentality came from that deemed Pokemon childish.
    From the company that developed it and marketed it at children? Not saying adults can't enjoy it, but it's much the same as My Little Pony as far as that goes.

    Personally I don't care if it's considered childish, if it's fun. But then, one of my favorite games has always been Earthbound, and aside from the unspeakable horror at the end it was childish through and through (heck, Ness even kinda looks like Ash). Fun, though.
  1. slx's Avatar
    From the little I saw in beta this looks really interesting. I even took the time to fly to teldrassil to try and catch an owl (didn't work, it was bugged). But it really brought me out of the city and I applaud that.
    As for those saying it's immature etc, I think most ppl are blinded by the "pokemon" concept, although it looks childish the games have much depth, it would be awesome to see that depth in these pet battles.
    I think they could turn out to be really meaningful instead of just a time waster while queueing. I could see something like arena competition happen with these battles if it turns out to be a loved feature.

    just my 2 cents
  1. Necrotan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Krugbuu View Post
    All you people crying about how this is for little kids, are just looking for something to complain about. It is as simple as this, if you are interested in it, it is not going to change anything about your game. Those who are interested, are being labled as kids.

    I am one of these people. I am very much not a child. I am almost 26 years old, have been playing this game since it came out. Yes it is very much a pokemon battle system rip off. But that is a fun game. If you enjoy turn based rpgs, there is a good chance you will like this system. Yes I used to play Pokemon back in middle school. That does not mean I am a child. I just enjoy something from my child hood.

    All you crying about this, you are just wasting your time, as well as everyone elses.
    Im 29, and proudly still play pokemon black/white. And use Battle Revolution to to use my well thought out min maxed teams to battle others.
    Teams heavily theory crafted based on e.v, I.V., type(s), nature, and move sets for type coverage. And I will play the next generation when it comes out as well.
  1. Tyv's Avatar
    Oh dear... Looks disappointing, I will probably end up spending my spare time doing this though.
  1. kingganon's Avatar
    question that i haven't seen come up.

    if you're battling a pet, and someone of the opposite faction comes across your locatoin, can they gank you on a pvp server?
  1. Necrotan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nev yn View Post
    From the company that developed it and marketed it at children? Not saying adults can't enjoy it, but it's much the same as My Little Pony as far as that goes..
    This is only valid if you do not know anything about pokemons version of Endgame.
  1. Deadanon's Avatar
    What a joke. Archeology all over again. Throw something in just for the sake of it.
  1. Gulvar's Avatar
    I'm 32 and will have fun with it. Towards the middle of every content patch I only log in to raid so it will be nice to have options which keep me playing more.
  1. Zeldaveritas's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by artem123 View Post
    your.. saying this is a waste of resources.
    But a dance studio in NO WAY is a waste of resources?
    Seriously?
    SERIOUSLY?
    does it matter that much? id rather have content to play w/ or time wasting then a silly dance studio which would be pointless quick, and models you barely look at close up
    You missed the point.

    The point is, they are giving us a repackaged version of a boring turn-based mini-game that is so basic that it can be done convincingly on a 4 bit gameboy, and are acting as though its some new fantastically impressive feature. This is something that NO ONE asked for or wanted. Instead they could put forth more resources towards something they actually announced YEARS AGO--the dance studio and upgraded models, for example.

    Obviously it's not limited to those things, there have been many good ideas given by the community over the years that have been ignored, but instead we're being force fed this uninspired trash.
  1. Nev yn's Avatar
    This is only valid if you do not know anything about pokemons version of Endgame.
    No, it's not. It's always valid that Pokemon was developed as a children's franchise. That doesn't mean that periphery demographics can't enjoy the game, of course. But if you allow them to define the game, there's no such thing as a "children's game" in existence, anywhere. Adults sufficiently motivated can conjure a min-maxed endgame out of any game they wish. That doesn't mean the game wasn't developed, pitched, and/or generally understood as a children's game.
  1. Lotharfox's Avatar
    To those saying this is a waste of time:

    Everything in WoW is a waste of time. It has not baring or rewards for real life. But, like many of you, I have many extra hours in a day to waste, and this is more fun and safer than other options.

    Years ago, when I was discovering MMOs, I thought, "I'd love a Pokemon MMO. I would play that." Bam, Blizz did it before Nintendo, plus it's built right into a game I already play. And I already collect pets.

    It is a lot more interesting than other things they've put in (Archeology, Fishing, farming rep or mats). It's easy enough when you're waiting by the summoning stone for a raid, waiting for people to be ready, to just pet duel your guildies. It's customizable so you can use the pets you like.

    And it is not necessary for gearing. It's not like rep farming, where you have to be exalted with certain factions to get that one piece of gear, or that one enchant, or fishing to get what you need for the best feasts. It's just for fun, and if it's not your cup of fun, it doesn't impact you at all.

    Quit hating, and leave pokemon/pet battle lovers alone.
  1. bbr's Avatar
    It's nice that it's added, but, to me, it looks very boring and repetitive.
    Not really something that'll get me playing the game "just for pet battles".
  1. Lolkaysea's Avatar
    just dropping in to say housing is a fucking stupid idea ans would further limit exploration, because everyone would be in their stupid little house not interacting with anyone else
  1. Zatheyll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zeldaveritas View Post
    You missed the point.

    The point is, they are giving us a repackaged version of a boring turn-based mini-game that is so basic that it can be done convincingly on a 4 bit gameboy, and are acting as though its some new fantastically impressive feature. This is something that NO ONE asked for or wanted. Instead they could put forth more resources towards something they actually announced YEARS AGO--the dance studio and upgraded models, for example.

    Obviously it's not limited to those things, there have been many good ideas given by the community over the years that have been ignored, but instead we're being force fed this uninspired trash.
    Let's put a dumbed down version of a dance simulator into the game then.

    The thought that that would make people more happy then an intricate animal battle system is truly astounding.
  1. alabaster jones's Avatar
    well... that was...
  1. Necrotan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nev yn View Post
    No, it's not. It's always valid that Pokemon was developed as a children's franchise. That doesn't mean that periphery demographics can't enjoy the game, of course. But if you allow them to define the game, there's no such thing as a "children's game" in existence, anywhere. Adults sufficiently motivated can conjure a min-maxed endgame out of any game they wish. That doesn't mean the game wasn't developed, pitched, and/or generally understood as a children's game.
    You tried to compare it to My Little Pony. Which to my knowledge is not even a game.

    WoW is marketed to teenagers. Who are not adults, and therefore children, or if you prefer...kids.

    WoW is a childrens game. Always has been always will be then.

    Adults sufficiently motivated can conjure plenty of rationalizations to why the "childish things" they like to do are some how superior to the ones other people like.
  1. Nag's Avatar
    Awful shite, least the gm's will have something new to say to players who are bored of the content after a month or two... why dont you herpadurp over there a pokemon battle.. its so much fun -_-
  1. Bamahut's Avatar
    MoP new motto: "gotta catch them all"!
  1. Lotharfox's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zeldaveritas View Post
    This is something that NO ONE asked for or wanted.
    Here's the thing, i didn't know we could ask for that. I wanted it, I just didn't know that I wanted it. I'm glad Blizzard told me.

    I was thinking, following up this, we could have a "collectible card game" within WoW. Yes, I'm talking Yu-Gi-Oh style. As is, there are cards. Inscriptionists can make them. Mobs and bosses drop them randomly (the old decks). You could put decks together around stuff that already exists in teh game, so someone has a murloc themed deck and so on. They could tie cards in with the real CCG. It would be amazing, and if Battle Pets goes off well, that may be a next step.

    And for those saying this is childish, I'm in my mid thirties, I played Pokemon back in teh day, and then later played it with my kids (both on GameBoy/DS, and the card game).

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