Sunday, June 19, 2016

Legion Beta: Hidden Pet Battle Weekly Quest

Update: Once you've completed and turned in the quest, you cannot battle the Shipwrecked Captive again until you pick up the weekly again the following week.

However, if you complete the quest but do not turn it in...endless pet experience. For now. This might be something Blizzard addresses and/or nerfs.


A WarcraftPets user discovered a really neat item on the Legion Beta: Sternfathom's Pet Journal.

This is a treasure that you can find in Azsuna. Loot the treasure chest next to a speared gnoll's corpse (guarded by a naga named Slavehunter Zsanesh) and you'll find a shiny new...toy?

The toy allows you to summon Shipwrecked Captive, a Grand Master Pet Tamer, who offers a Pet Battle account-wide weekly quest. (Only works in Azsuna.) Completing the quest rewards 4 Pet Charms.

After some testing, I've found that other players cannot pick up or complete the quest from the NPC that you summon, only the original summoner can do so. So we'll each need our own Sternfathom's Pet Journals for the new Pet Battle weekly in Legion.

The Shipwrecked Captive has 3 epic (purple) level 25 pets.

When I entered battle with him, two of his pets (Scuttles and Kiazor) only had 2 abilities listed in their tooltips. This might simply be a bug.

The NPC will die/despawn (can a ghost die? haha) after a few minutes, but thankfully you can keep resummoning him (the toy has a short cooldown time of 2 minutes). You can only pick up the quest once (per week) though.

If his time runs out while you're mid-battle, he will not despawn until you've left the encounter. No cheating Mister Grand Master Tamer. Can't run away mid-battle just because I'm about to win! :P

What happens once you've completed his quest and turn it in? I'm not entirely sure since I have yet to try out the battle for myself. Will we be able to keep summoning him? Will he be willing to battle us even if we do not have the quest? My guess for the first question is yes. The second question...that's more up in the air.

If the NPC continues to offer to battle even after we've completed and turned his quest for the week, this could mean an endless source of pet experience. Trainer battles are known for their high pet exp yield, especially the ones with 3 epic quality level 25 pets, so...a bit of an exploit there?

With that in mind, my best guess is that no, we will not be able to continue battling him post-quest completion. At least, not until we've picked up the quest again. We might be able to interact with him and he'll have some quirky dialogue for us, but that will probably be it.

Final thoughts: This quest is almost as if the WoD weekly and the 'traveling trainer' (Erris/Kura) were combined. Except there's only one objective to complete for the Legion quest (defeat the Grand Master Pet Tamer once a week), and the appearance of the Tamer is not random. You control when and where (in Azsuna) you decide to battle him. It's like a simplified version of the two aforementioned WoD Pet Battle quest mechanics that's much more convenient for players.

What a fun and interesting find! More unique/different mechanics for Pet Battle content is always welcome. It breaks up the monotony and keeps us on our toes. 'Where will the next unlock/discovery/content come from today?!' :)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A PSA: Redistribution of Perks N Peeves Content

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming to Bring You This Very Important Public Service Announcement.

It was recently brought to my attention that a website took my blog article, 'How Quickly Will We Consume Legion Pet Battle Content?', and reposted it without proper permission or credit. The website in question seems to be taking quite a bit of liberty with reposting articles and artwork without receiving permission or giving the original writers/artists accreditation.

They did contact me prior to reposting about using my blog posts for their website, however I never consented. I had no idea what the website was, what it was about, etc., yet I was open and willing to discuss it further. I provided a contact address and an invitation to talk it over, but no further communication ever came from them.

I've since contacted the website and requested that they provide proper accreditation, which they've done (in the most minimal of ways, but hey, it's something).

Still, in light of this, I think it's a good opportunity to clarify some things about my blog.



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Friday, June 17, 2016

Pre-Legion Content Patch - Pet Battles: What's Changing? What's New?

The PTR for the pre-Legion patch is up and ready for testing! There are some issues that Blizzard is working on addressing (server/connection stability and character copies), but otherwise it's time to check out what Pet Battle stuff will be changing/updated in the content patch prior to the expansion.

Pre-Expansion Patch (Demon Invasion World Event)

- What's changing?
  • Howl-Bomb nerfed, plus other tuning changes - Howl's been changed to affect only one attack, while the Pandaren Water Spirit has had its moveset changed so Whirlpool and Geyser cannot be combo'ed.
  • Draenor Pet Battle dailies have had their Pet Charm rewards reduced - Draenor dailies will yield half the Pet Charms that they currently award.
  • Brawler's Guild on hiatus - In the Pre-Legion patch, the Brawler's Guild will go on hiatus making Clock'em temporarily unavailable. It's unknown when it will re-open.
  • WoD Digital Deluxe special bundle retired - The special bundle that players can purchase to collect the WoD CE/Digital Deluxe mount and pet will be retiring and unavailable post-patch.

- What's new?
  • Felbat Pup - This pet will be available during the pre-expansion content (Demon Invasion World Event). You'll need to complete roughly 7 scenarios to collect enough Nethershards to purchase this pet (costs 1800, each invasion rewards 260).

    It's unclear if the pet will remain available after the World Event ends, similar to the Bronze Whelpling during the pre-WoD content patch.

- Unknowns
  • Deathwatch Hatchling - Logically, this pet should follow the same pattern as MoP's Guild Gold Challenge Mode unlockable pet (Thundering Serpent Hatchling), and find its way onto the BMAH. However I have yet to confirm that this will be the case.

    The PTR Pet Journal still lists the Deathwatch Hatchling as a guild vendor item; the journal might not be updated yet OR Blizzard could have decided against removing the pet from vendors.

    We'll have to wait for more information on this one.

I think that's it for now. If I've missed anything, please let me know!
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