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
Comments 262 Comments
  1. topitopi's Avatar
    I wanna be, the very best, like no one every was!
    To catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause!

    YES! Thank you Blizzard for revamping a part of my childhood. Rock on WoW, rock on
  1. ScottsdaleHokie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by valcrist View Post
    Sorry but i am with blizzard on this one, people need to get out and explore more instead of sitting in town for hours..
    So how does this joke fix that problem considering everyone will have most of the pets they want after the first two months and they will just be sitting inside SW/Org having their little pet battles?
  1. Aodhan's Avatar
    I am so uneasy with this pet-fighting. Especially when you consider you can fight animals like the Perky Pug, hounds, chickens... It reminds me too much of the despicable practice some people enjoy of fighting dogs in real-life. Pet fighting simply reminds me of dog fighting, I can't get past it, and I think it's a bad idea to have in the game. Also, it has nothing to do with WoW, it's just weird to tack it on like this.
  1. Shadocat's Avatar
    Unfortunately this is bug riddled so far.
    I can not use any of the 160+ pets I collected earlier.
    I went out and got the four cats with a premade and these are showing up, also on my copied char.
    When I try to learn a new pet with my copied char it tells me that I already know that one.

    Okay, battling with a kind.
    When I win it gets XP but any XP after the inital 50 does not count anymore, so after like 10 wins it's still level 1 für my critter.
    Catching pets also does not work, they are just not showing up.

    As for the error #132 - just make sure you are alone in the zone to have a few minutes to test...
  1. Galueru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by staticflare View Post
    This is a fucking stupid joke.

    Bring on Guild Wars 2, I'm tired of this bullshit.
    You'll most likely disappointed then since Guild Wars and Arenanet have often featured/supported minigames such as this, it's called Polymock. And considering Guild Wars 2 already includes several minigames within the major towns and outpost, I wouldn't be surprised if Polymock or a similar pet/miniture battling system will be implemented in Guild wars 2 eventually.
  1. fireuup20's Avatar
    So 14 raid bosses and 2 new battle grounds is not enough content for them to justify creating a new mini-game? There is more end-game content in this expansion than Cata, and about as much as Wrath.

    I am am very much looking forward to pokemon in wow.
  1. Wilian's Avatar
    My issue isn't with mini games or ideas behind content like this. My issue is with the fact that this is not creative way to spend your developement time.

    When I already have a Pokemon game within my fingertips on handheld I can fire up in seconds to get superior experience to this on this front, it seems absurd I'd even want to test it out. Blizzard should try to churn in something unique mini games that fit onto the game and it's themes, instead of ripping off other things that are already so easily accessible the whole thing just gives a sensation of "Pointless"
  1. Johnson Jenkins's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Arcano View Post
    If I'm not wrong all pets will be account bound, so the pets you use on your alts will be available in your main as well and the other way around.
    Awesome man, thanks for the info.
  1. lolitaofthevoid's Avatar
    All the QQers! Hah! You know what? This is going to be a way better time-passer than fishing (snore) while we wait for our queues/our raid to gather/Our Battleground. I mean, seriously. You're playing video game, it's not like it's high-brow entertainment. No one is cramming the pet battles down your throat, grow the fuck up.
  1. charizma's Avatar
    wait so I've already collected 170 pets, but none of these will be able to battle!? battle pets and companion pets are totally different? im confused
  1. Durdanios's Avatar
    If some aspiring mod maker out there doesn't make an addon to play Pokemon (The original Red/Blue version!) music during pet battles, I will be a very sad panda. Literally.
  1. OwlsWarder's Avatar
    I think this looks great! I'm really looking forward to playing with it while just chatting with guildies, waiting for groups, etc. I can even see me logging in to do just this when I don't feel like working on anything else. I've got over 160 pets and this will give me something more to do with them! The closest we get to "using" them now is when you stumble across another collector and start pulling them out to see which one of you has the one the other really wants but just hasn't been able to obtain.

    For those of you who think that this wasted raid or instance development time, I truly hope you don't think that the same team does both. It's been stated time and time again that it's different groups working on different aspects of the game. I'm sure I've even seen blue posts refuting the assertion that the pet battle team is drawing assets away from raid development (although I have no interest in launching a research project to prove it beyond doubt).

    Actually, all the complaining about this reminds me of all the people who complained about the waste of time that Transmog was. Transmog turned out to be HUGE and I think this will follow its success. I understand this isn't going to appeal to a lot of people. I guarantee you there is not a single thing in WoW that appeals to 100% of the player population, but this is going to be used by a lot more than just "1% of the playerbase" I saw someone say earlier in this thread.

    Also, I haven't seen it brought up much but this has the potential to create a new revenue stream for those of us that want to buy all of the shiny new mounts. One must arrive at their pet battles in style, after all!
  1. Moondance's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Durdanios View Post
    If some aspiring mod maker out there doesn't make an addon to play Pokemon (The original Red/Blue version!) music during pet battles, I will be a very sad panda. Literally.

    THIS THIS THIS THIS!!!!!!!!! They will though, I'm sure of it.

    Also......Everyone and their mom is gonna use Undead and Mechanical. You'll see.
  1. Idletime's Avatar
    Ok, I always hear people say people were asking for NCPs to actually do something besides look cute. That's horsecrap. Pets were always something to follow you around and look cute, nothing more... well also bragging rights. They're even named Non-combat Pets. If people were requesting since 2004 for them to do something, sure they were in the vast minority and they were also not raiders or PvPers. Raiders and PvPers tend to keep their pets stashed away for some reason, usually because it crowds the screen with more crap.

    Well it is a Teen title, rated T for Teen, and it's being tailored to that age group more and more with each successive expansion. I can respect that today's teenagers are more interested in Pokemon than most other things offered, afterall there's not much else for the average teenager to do in game because guilds tend to not let under 18 raid. With this they are now offering something for all the teenagers that were left out and that's a positive thing.

    If they implement Animal Crossing in the future however, I'm out forever.
  1. ScottsdaleHokie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lolitaofthevoid View Post
    No one is cramming the pet battles down your throat, grow the fuck up.
    Funny, someone that will be playing a side game geared toward 12 year old's is telling people to grow up. Now that's rich!
  1. furydeath's Avatar
    Ya no clue how MMO got it too work :P I have none of my pet's and even when i click on one all i get is invalid pet battle team. Probably cause I have no pets that i can use after this build.
  1. Mr. Smith's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ScottsdaleHokie View Post
    Funny, someone that will be playing a side game geared toward 12 year old's is telling people to grow up. Now that's rich!
    I'd call a person who plays a game geared towards twelve year olds mature sooner than I would the person who makes fun of them for it.
  1. ScottsdaleHokie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Smith View Post
    I'd call a person who plays a game geared towards twelve year olds mature sooner than I would the person who makes fun of them for it.
    No one's making fun of anyone. All I've said was that this was a colossal waste of development time. Instead of implementing features that would make the game better and actually brings some subscribers back, the geniuses at Blizzard come up with this garbage.
  1. MasterHamster's Avatar
    If a minigame hurts you so damn much why don't you just unsubscribe? Make the community better with your absense.
  1. OwlsWarder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ScottsdaleHokie View Post
    ... this was a colossal waste of development time. Instead of implementing features that would make the game better and actually brings some subscribers back, the geniuses at Blizzard come up with this garbage.
    You know what they say about one man's trash.

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