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Mists of Pandaria: Pet Battles
We will hear more about Mists of Pandaria in the upcoming weeks, but while we are waiting for new announcements we can review the new pet battle system that is coming in Mists of Pandaria.

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General
  • Pets will be account wide.
  • The battle system will be accessible to all players from a low level.
  • The battle system works with almost every pet.
  • Rare pets will not give any combat advantage, but may give a cosmetic advantage.
  • Your pet journal will display info on all your pets, including stats, skills, and also drop locations and lore info for the pets you don't have yet. It will also let you manage your teams and battle parts of the system.
  • You will be able to customize your pet with names or visuals for the abilities.
  • Every pet can use 3 abilities in a battle at one time with a total of 6 abilities to swap around between battles.
  • Every time you level you will also increase the stats of your pet.
  • The current pet level cap is 25.
  • You will level multiple pets to build your team, which consists of 3 slots for pets during battle.

Collecting
  • Most pets will become tradable, even after being leveled.
  • There will be Wild Pets that you can find in the world and engage in battle with. After defeating it, you will be able to get that pet and add it to your Pet Journal.
  • Wild Pets have random stats, some of them will be very good at tanking, some will have a CC ability, and so on.
  • Some pets will only be found during a specific season, while it's raining, or during the day or the night. For example, some of them will only spawn in the spring, when it's raining, in Elwynn Forest at night!
  • There will be at least one unique pet per zone.

Battle
  • There will be both PvE battles against Wild Pets and PvP battles against other players.
  • It will be a simple turn based combat system.
  • You can fight with a team of 3 pets.
  • There will be a queuing system so that you will be able to find a fight pretty fast depending on the level of your pets.
  • Winning battles will earn experience and levels for your pets.

Customization
  • You will finally be able to name your pets, and see that name in battle.
  • You can obtain items for your pets.
  • You will have an item slot for your pet and might be able to socket gems in the item.
  • There will be individual builds of abilities for each pet and different teams.
  • There will be Pet Masters in the world who will let you earn Master abilities when you beat them. For example, beating the master of mechanical pets will get you a new ability for your pet.


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Cross Realm Raids and a Lack of Community
Unfortunately, that opinion is very subjective. The continued popularity of the cross-realm LFD tool, and now the LFR, indicates that a great number of players are just fine with using it for quicker access, rather than attempting to group up with people on the same realm.

Also, implying that every group in LFD/LFR is filled with people you'd gladly never group up with again is exaggerating the actual situation. There are many of us who use the tools a lot, and rarely experience this.

Having said all that, the future BattleTag system will go a long way to improving the ability to build and maintain cross-realm friendships, eliminating the need to fill groups with as many 'randoms'.

[...] We're always looking for feedback and ways to improve our features. Player feedback regarding dungeon groups and long wait-times contributed to the development of the dungeon finder tool in the first place. Now, in response to new feedback, BattleTags will address some of the issues players currently face when meeting potential friends on different realms.

No, unfortunately some people don't always enjoy the groups they find themselves in through the Dungeon Finder. But do you believe limiting the pool of players to your own realm, or offering an incentive to manually search for your own group will solve this?

Finishing a dungeon with a great group before the Dungeon Finder tool was available was indeed a fantastic experience, but I personally still get that feeling now when I'm grouped with a nice bunch of people. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Extra Character Slots
There are on-going discussions about how we want to handle this issue. If I recall correctly, there were some ideas brought up at BlizzCon about what we could potentially do to alleviate the concerns about extra character slots, but I don't have any more information on a specific decision right now. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

New Warcraft Fan Art
The World of Warcraft Fan Art Section has been updated with five new pieces of fan artwork.




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This article was originally published in forum thread: Mists of Pandaria: Pet Battles, Blue Posts, Fan Art, Curse Weekly Roundup started by chaud View original post
Comments 488 Comments
  1. Starwolfe's Avatar
    Anyone complaining is making it sound like they are being forced to play it. If you don't like it, don't play...plain and simple. Go spend your money elsewhere. Blizzard won't cry as your account expires, I promise you.
  1. Triggers's Avatar
    I honestly cannot wait for this. hatersgonnahate.gif Don't like it? Don't play it.
  1. imazilaphone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Baygon View Post
    if it was just pvp pet battles, it could be considered inspired by pokemon, but having wild pets? yeah....Blizzard just lost absolutely all credibility for this one..
    they do battle wild pokemon and try to catch them for themselves in "pokemon"...... -.-
  1. Eleveneleven's Avatar
    i love how diablo news in that curse video was basically nothing...everything else actually had substance for news
  1. Puck's Avatar
    Why exactly are people opposed to a new optional gameplay feature? More variety is always good, even if it is a pokemon rip off. I'm excited for it.
  1. Wreckeded's Avatar
    Better not get cut, Time to quit the raid game and join the conquest to catch'em all.Not kidding either.
  1. Eleveneleven's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Starwolfe View Post
    Anyone complaining is making it sound like they are being forced to play it. If you don't like it, don't play...plain and simple. Go spend your money elsewhere. Blizzard won't cry as your account expires, I promise you.
    sucks when you sign up for the annual contract but have no control over poorly developed or changed contact after you've signed it...at least on a month-to-month basis you can decide that things are going the wrong way

    basically Blizzard gave you the option for guarenteed beta access into MoP, a mount, and D3 free, but in trade, you're forced to be subjected to their doing things that might ruin the game? talk about incentive
  1. imazilaphone's Avatar
    i dont understand why people are complaining about this...its not mandatory, they added it for fun for the people who actually would like to be a part of it.if you dont like it, get over and just dont do it, stop complaining about it.
  1. Triggers's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Starwolfe View Post
    Anyone complaining is making it sound like they are being forced to play it. If you don't like it, don't play...plain and simple. Go spend your money elsewhere. Blizzard won't cry as your account expires, I promise you.
    Seriously, people. Your tears are delicious, and all...but no one is forcing you to play it. It's not like you NEED to do this to be the very best. (Pun absolutely intended)
  1. Byniri's Avatar
    Seriously, if you don't like this, stop bitching and DON'T PLAY IT, it's OPTIONAL.
  1. imazilaphone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleveneleven View Post
    sucks when you sign up for the annual contract but have no control over poorly developed or changed contact after you've signed it...at least on a month-to-month basis you can decide that things are going the wrong way

    basically Blizzard gave you the option for guarenteed beta access into MoP, a mount, and D3 free, but in trade, you're forced to be subjected to their doing things that might ruin the game? talk about incentive

    you weren't forced to buy the annual contract.
  1. 0oglitcho0's Avatar
    I'm honestly really stoked for this. I hope they take a bit more serious approach to it, and the chili bomb thing isn't actually a spell they can learn. However, it will be fun all the same. Really hoping they can evolve. Really want to turn my whelpling into a wyrm.
  1. Triggers's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleveneleven View Post
    sucks when you sign up for the annual contract but have no control over poorly developed or changed contact after you've signed it...at least on a month-to-month basis you can decide that things are going the wrong way

    basically Blizzard gave you the option for guarenteed beta access into MoP, a mount, and D3 free, but in trade, you're forced to be subjected to their doing things that might ruin the game? talk about incentive
    That's funny, cause they gave you this option AFTER they showed you all this stuff...So It's not their fault you signed up for something you didn't want.
  1. Pud'n's Avatar
    If pet battles don't have this song running whenever a battle commences, I'm gonna be really disappointed.

    Also +1 to Chaud for trolling me two days consecutively . Just had to get my hopes up thinking there's was some MOP related news.
  1. Lightfist's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by imazilaphone View Post
    they do battle wild pokemon and try to catch them for themselves in "pokemon"...... -.-
    That's his point. It isn't an inspired little mini-game, it's just a shameless rip-off to try and squeeze out more playtime; what's worse, people are applauding this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Triggers View Post
    Seriously, people. Your tears are delicious, and all...but no one is forcing you to play it. It's not like you NEED to do this to be the very best. (Pun absolutely intended)
    Quote Originally Posted by Starwolfe View Post
    Anyone complaining is making it sound like they are being forced to play it. If you don't like it, don't play...plain and simple. Go spend your money elsewhere. Blizzard won't cry as your account expires, I promise you.
    The hypocrisy of the WoW community is staggering. Would you mind explaining to me how it's only Blizzard's job to cater to their subscribers and make them happy if the subscribers in question are casuals or unskilled?
  1. Infernix's Avatar
    You know, I got mad when people compared these 'pet battles' to Pokemon.

    I mean, surely Blizz wouldn't do a blatant rip off of one of the MOST well known games in the world....right?

    I get so tired of Blizz making me the fool. Trainers?? 'wild pets'?? Jesus Christ, why not just 'buy' the Pokemon rights so you can just add the damned name and make it official.
  1. UUUooo's Avatar
    Pets will be account wide.
    That should even make the Pokemon haters happy. Or will it? Cant wait for this either.I like pokemon, i like Wow, ill like their offspring.
  1. Redgoon23's Avatar
    Pet Masters and you're able to fight wild pets? At least we can say Blizzard is very original. >.>
  1. Vook's Avatar
    Was hoping Blizz would scrap World of Pokecraft...sigh.
  1. Airwaves's Avatar
    I like wow. I like Pokemon. If I want to play wow i will go on wow. If I want to play Pokemon i will go whip out my old gameboy, smash in yellow and get playing. I for one see this as a waste of time and resources when stuff like the old races still look like shit. If stuff like that was already done i couldn't care less if they added pet battles.

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