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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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  1. mmoc29994c0c0b's Avatar
    All I have in my mind after this is: "I want be the very best. Like no one ever was. To catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause. POKEMON! GOT TO CATCH THEM ALL!"
  1. mmocac05adb153's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TheScopelessOne View Post
    All I have in my mind after this is: "I want be the very best. Like no one ever was. To catch them is my real test, to train them is my cause. POKEMON! GOT TO CATCH THEM ALL!"
    Yeah love it

  1. Eruption's Avatar
    I can't seem to grasp why they are adding this system lol, but either way I can't wait for my Mini-Diablo to tear some little winterspring cubs apart!
  1. MysticSnowfang's Avatar
    Well, this should tide me over until blizz and nintendo sign a deal for a pokemon MMORPG Which I WOULD TOTALLY PLAY!
  1. mmoca850f4c61d's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MysticSnowfang View Post
    Well, this should tide me over until blizz and nintendo sign a deal for a pokemon MMORPG Which I WOULD TOTALLY PLAY!
    hell yeah!
  1. SickCilia'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
    Whats funny, most of us interested in this feature have no reason to sign up for the annual pass. Going to buy the CE edition of Diablo 3 for the pet. and then the CE edition of MOP for that pet to.
    So glad i didn't sign up for annual pass. And really looking forward to something besides raiding, heroics, and pvp at least something to do when I'm not raiding.
  1. Powerogue's Avatar
    this is so ridiculous, but I still think that the next time there's downtime for a raid.

    some guy: Let's have a pokemon battle!!
    me: yeah right...
    some guy: I'll bet 50g.
    me: ...you're on. GO RAPIDASH!
  1. bassick's Avatar
    i dunno have still have mixed feelings about it

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