Tirs & Fiero

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Tirs and Fiero are two more pets that show up daily at your Garrison’s Menagerie daily, for either the Scrappin or Battle Pet Roundup dailies. This fight is pretty challenging, but I think I found a fun, unique way to beat it.

Here’s the team:

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The Scourged Whelpling in particular has a few tricks up his sleeve. The rest of the pets do big Aquatic damage, which will eviscerate those Elemental battle pets. The best choice for these last slots are going to be magic pets with big Aquatic damage as well as dodges, but those are relatively quite rare. If you have a Syd The Squid hanging around after 6.0 that’s definitely a great alternate choice. Gnathus’s main move as the anchor is Swallow You Whole, and there are several other options which use that move as well. I would definitely try to pick one of those up, though.

So, firstly, that whelp has an odd moveset, and is kind of a weird choice in general, but the very first thing Tirs does when he steps up to the plate is cast Cleansing Rain. This means that this is probably the only time we’re ever going to want to use Dreadful Breath with our Scourged Whelpling, and here it really pays off.

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Each round of Dreadful Breath will do nearly 200 damage to both Tirs and Fiero. I can typically get both down to just about half health by the time the Whelp dies permanently.

After that, it’s all about the burst. Both Tirs and Fiero have incredible burst. Tirs will cast Pump, which you can deflect a few times with your Croaker’s Bubble. However, when Fiero comes out, all bets are off.

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Not only does Fiero have a lot of burst, including the 50% accuracy RNG darling pictured above, but his regular abilities hurt pretty bad as well. The solution I chose is to out-burst the burst. Because of the mechanics of Swallow You Whole, once you can get Fiero to 25%, you win. And he already starts off at just over half health, so as long as you can get just a couple abilities to hit, you’re going to beat this fight.

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Jahar, Samm & Archimedes

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This is the most fight this expansion. Hell, it’s the most fun fight to date.

I’m not being sarcastic for once. This fight is so, SO fun.

Here’s the team:

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Since the pets we’re facing are all flying battle pets, those dragons with magic abilities are getting some serious airtime. Yep, again. Dragonkin pets with the Arcane Storm/Mana Surge combo are totally OK here too, if you’d prefer. The first pet, Jahan, will even cast Arcane Winds on your behalf if you’re lacking on the combo.

This fight is completely straightforward, except for one thing.

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And this is what makes this fight SO fun. Because of the interaction of my magic-damage dealing Dragonkin pets with their Flying targets, even if they crit every attack the Flying pets won’t prevail here. In the meantime, your pets get to deal out incredible, ridiculous damage. It is absolutely staggering, even when you’re not critting.

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If you don’t have the dragonkin pets with magic damage here, I’d swap for heavy-hitting Magic battle pets before just Dragonkin. The increased crit will be absorbed by a Magic battle pet’s family ability to a certain extent.

When watching the video, please know that I tried to contain my glee. I honestly did.

Since this fight is in your Menagerie, it’s like Santa comes once every couple of weeks.

The Beakinator

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Winner Most Ridiculous Name NA 2014

The Beakinator is one of the many rotating challenges you can face in your garrison’s Menagerie. He is a Flying battle pet, with his attacks split between Flying and Mechanical damage. But that Mechanical stuff is a doozy.

Here’s the team:

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Because Beakinator uses a good amount of flying damage and is a flying battle pet, yet again we’re using our magic damaging dragons. In terms of swaps, the best option not shown here is the Emerald Proto. The dragons with the Arcane Storm + Mana Surge combo, like the Nexus Whelpling, are poor choices here. The most important thing in the Infinite Whelpling’s moveset is the Darkflame ability, which is shared by a few other battle pets. I’d pick dragonkin here if at all possible but the Dark Phoenix may be OK in a pinch.

I would definitely recommend sticking with either the Nether Faerie or Sprite Darter in the 2nd slot, because Life Exchange is so extremely useful against single-pet fights.

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The scariest bit to avoid, just looking at Beakinator’s moveset, seems to be Wind-up. While it is a LOT of damage to take at once, our pets all have heals and due to the nature of Wind Up and our reduction from the Dragonkin racial for Alpha Strike, we’ll be alright with that.

Actually, no. The main threat here is Touch Of The Animus.

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It’s a per-hit reflexive heal debuff. This is why the heal-preventing Darkflame on our last pet alive is so important. Before we get down to that battle pet, we can just swap out whichever pet gets that debuff. Because Alpha Strike is 2 hits, and due to the Boss buff, each round we stay in with that debuff will heal Beakinator for the equivalent of 500+ damage we’ll have to do to take those heals back off.

This is also why those multi-turn magic abilities, fairly common among the magic-damaging Dragonkin battle pets, are out. You need to be able to swap out ASAP, and though those abilities do excellent damage they lock you into the attack for far too long.

Beakinator is the objective of the first-tier Menagerie quests, Scrappin’ for Horde or Battle Pet Roundup for Alliance. I believe he may also be hungry for Froot Loops.

They’re Grrrreat? I may be stretching here.

Vesharr

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Like all of the denizens of the Spires of Arak, Vesharr’s story is a tragic one. He holds some artifacts you’ll recognize while questing through the area. A construct used by the Arakkoa for defense, now useless. A black bird used for relaying important messages, quickly and quietly. The tiny avatar of their god; a god which no longer answers them.

At least maybe you’ll bring Vesharr a little bit of entertainment. He needs it, now that his life was shattered along with his wings.

These Draenor tamers are dark, y’all.

The team:

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This is an Elekk carry, but any other pet above level 5 or so will do alright here. The Nether Faerie is my Flying killer glass cannon of choice, but there are a couple others that will work too. There are several Elementals battle pets that do the job here. I do prefer pets with Conflagrate, but if you compensate for lack of conflagrate with a heal or avoid that can work too.

Vesharr’s first 2 battle pets deal Flying damage, which is why we’re using a Dragonkin pet in the 1st slot. I specifically like the Nether Faerie because it’s relatively quick and deals a lot of damage. I’ve had good results with the Emerald Whelpling & Emerald Proto-Drake as well. But the deal with these first 2 opponents is that they’re also quick and deal lots of damage.

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They have self-buffs which improve their crit rate and damage done, so to be safe we want to kill them as quickly as possible. This is also why we save the carry stuff for the 3rd pet.

The 3rd battle pet on Vesharr’s team, a mechanical, has a self-buff as well, but this makes it so he takes damage like a Flying pet.

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Sigh. It’s only for 1 turn though, and his offense is still Mechanical, so an Elemental pet to counter is still the way to go. This is why I like using a pet with Conflagrate though. I can use Flying turns to load up the Burning status effects, then unload with Conflagrate when it wears off. The other benefit to Burning is that, at least for the Elekk carry, if I screw up a little with my timing, I can just let the Elekk take a few hits while the DoTs tick down.

Vesharr is also a vendor, so make sure to take the last few birds they have left, trained by one of his friends who was stabbed in cold blood.

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Dark, y’all.

Fel Flame – Warcraft Pets PotM

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The battle pet of the month for September over at Warcraft Pets is the Fel Flame. If you’ve hung around here, you know I use this fairly frequently. It’s my go-to Elemental for testing the waters on a new tamer before I really get down to strat writing. It’s really easy to obtain, starts at a relatively high level, and my god, the burst!

It continues to be useful in Draenor. A bit of a spoiler alert, but I’m adding mine to the strategy for the brand new Draenor tamer, Vesharr. There’s a bit of a wrinkle but, well, we’ll talk about that when we come to it.

Click the link to go read my (exceedingly lengthy as always) write up on the Fel Flame.

Taralune

She is Eleanor‘s dream girl. 3 moths!

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Taralune stands on the Southernmost tip of the paved ring surrounding Auchindoun in Talador with her exceptionally moth-y team. She is surrounded by white flowers and visions of the past.

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Magic damagers are king against Taralune’s team. Dragons are also preferred because, with a couple exceptions, the incoming damage to your battle pets is going to be Flying damage. If you’re not using your Elekk as your carry pet, you’ll want to use a level 4-5 or higher. In the 2nd slot, I’ve also used the Emerald Proto-Drake fairly well. I use the Nether Faerie Dragon second. The Sprite Darter is basically the same pet, so that’s OK too. Swaps beyond that can get a bit dicey, since not many strong-defending dragons have a lot of frontloaded magic damage to burst down the rest of Taralune’s team.

The Elekk goes in first, because the first thing Serendipity always does is cast Counterspell, so it’s a wasted turn regardless. Counterspell is also rather indicative of this pet’s mojo. It will not sit still long enough to be hit. You need a pet with defensive moves and preferably a heal. The Emerald Whelpling isn’t so much there to defeat this pet per se as it is to out-turtle it.

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The Whelpling will mostly just be here to destroy Serendipity alone, which is fine. The other 2 are less of a threat, and the Nether Faerie Dragon’s Life Exchange levels the playing field beautifully.

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Grace will cast Call Lightning, but the Nether Faerie’s Moonfire swaps the weather back with a huge hit of its own. Atonement’s Nimbus and Moth Balls combo can frequently be deadly.

Once you get Grace or Atonement below 50% some cool stuff happens. First, the Flying pet bonus is nullified, and the Nether Faerie Dragon is faster than either of them. Second, the Dragonkin pet bonus kicks in, and the Nether Faerie gets a 50% boost to all damage the next attack. Both Grace and Atonement are toast before they can get a chance to do anything else.

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RIP in Pepperonis.

Carrotus Maximus

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The third Pest in the quest Pets vs Pests (required to unlock your pet Menagerie at your level 3 Garrison) is by far the tastiest. Carrotus Maximus can be found near the herb garden in both the Alliance and Horde Garrisons.

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Carrotus is the most challenging of the 3, in that you need to be a bit more aware of his attacks. That said, this is another relatively easy fight, so I’m going with a loose idea of what we’ll need more than a cohesive team.

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My go-to pet here is frogs, because they hit pretty hard, have a heal for longevity, and can turn Carrotus into a frog. Always a boon in single-pet fights. You can tame a high-level frog in a number of relatively easily accessible places, including much of Pandaria. Striders have the hard-hitting Aquatic stuff down pat, with a heal but no additional frills, also tamed across Pandaria. I don’t like most crabs here, but that Moonshell Crab from the Shadowmoon Valley coast continues to be a great pick. In general, as long as you’re picking Aquatics and use a main attack other than Surge you’re going to be in good shape.

Carrotus’ moveset is unique. Peculiar, even. His only offense to speak of is Ironbark, which is why I’m so fixated on hitting hard. Ironbark applies a single-turn self shield a la Stoneskin, but with a lot more blocking power. Carrotus also uses Leech Seed to heal himself occasionally, but if you use an Aquatic pet, it won’ t heal him up as much.

The wrinkle here is that Carrotus is relatively slow, and also has Aged Yolk, which he uses to wipe off his own Ironbark?

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I put a question mark there intentionally because it’s a little silly, but come on, what do you expect, great strategy? He’s a carrot.

So, that buff & debuff thing means that a Strider is really well-suited here, because you can prime Pump while the shield from Ironbark is active, and then use Water Jet until Ironbark wears off. Because most pets are going to be faster than Carrotus, using a big skill like Pump when Ironbark is down is a relatively easy order.

Just use big Aquatic hits, and Carrotus will go down easier than falling off a roof.

Here’s the video strat for this delicious pest:

Gorefu

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Gorefu is one of the 3 Pests you have to beat to complete the quest Pets vs Pests, required to unlock the Menagerie in your level 3 Garrison. You’ll find him near your Garrison’s fishing hut.

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As long as you have 3 higher level flying pets that’ll do the job well. I do like the Crow (or Gilnean Raven) specifically, but as long as you have 3 pets that deal flying damage above level 23 or so, you should be able to beat this fight. Aside from the Crow, the pets I chose are tamed at a relatively high level, so don’t sweat it too much.

Gorefu is going to be slower than any bird you have, so if you’re using the Raven, you’ll want to just attack a bit at the start, until Gorefu casts Mudslide. After the Mudslide, you can use your Raven’s Darkness to overwrite it. I like this combo a lot, because Gorefu uses Feed, which will heal him for the damage it does, usually just over 300. With Darkness, healing is halved, and it also grants a chance that Gorefu will miss it altogether.

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Alternately, you can use a pet with a dodge, like the Dragonbone Hatchling with Lift-Off or a moth with Cocoon. I’m generally bad at counting down turns, which is why I favor the Raven. If all you’ve got is a handful of Owls with no dodges, that’ll be okay as long as you can burn him down quickly enough.

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Aside from Feed, this fight is relatively straightforward. If you’re having trouble and looking for a few more options in terms of a quick bird to tame at a higher level, the Sandy Petrel or Garden Moth in Jade Forest are easy pickups, using the portals from Orgrimmar or Stormwind. There are usually a few Silky Moths hanging around near the Hyjal portal, or the Oasis Moth in Uldum. If you’re starting from the Shrine in the Vale, there are usually a couple Gilded Moths or Effervescent Glowflies hanging around.

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What I’m saying is, moths. Use moths.

Here’s a video walkthrough, if you’d like some additional guidance:

Ashlei

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This is going to be the most intuitive, fool proof level one carry strat I’ve ever written, as well as the most tragically depressing.

The team I’m using to beat up on a defenseless draenei child is as follows:

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The first battle pet on my team has a decent heal. The second pet has some good offense and, preferably, a per-hit shield ability like Stoneskin. The middle pet is our level 1 carry. That’s really all there is to it. Note that I didn’t even specify the families involved, though you’ll generally want to steer clear of Flying and (especially) Critter type battle pets.

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The reason this strategy is so simplistic and so sad is because of Ashlei’s middle pet, Doodle. It is similar to the new pet obtained through tailoring, the Elekk Plushie. The Elekk Plushie is a stuffed animal. All its attacks are fueled by the power of imagination, which means all Elekk Plushies do literally zero damage, including Doodle. However, the ability Nap Time will put Doodle to sleep for one turn and typical Tamer AI swaps pets which are stunned or slept, so you’re not quite safe to put in that level one for the carry when she first pops up.

What I recommend is, after demolishing Pixiebell, taking a bit of time to heal up and refresh buffs, maybe get in a couple hits on Doodle. Then, when Tally enters you’ll be ready to go.

The only thing to watch out for with Pixiebell is Life Exchange. I don’t really bother healing a lot before Pixie uses it, but I do keep up my defensive abilities, if possible.  The longer this section of the fight goes the harder Pixiebell will hit with Arcane Blast, so the quicker you can kill her the better.

Tally has Stampede and will usually follow that up with the hard-hitting ability Headbutt.

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This is why it’s preferable that at least one of your battle pets have that per-hit shield. Without the Shattered Defenses buff, Headbutt hits for 500 damage or so. If Tally gets Stampede off, its Headbutt will hit for 900 or more, which means curtains for most pets.

After Tally dies, Ashlei will swap her plushie back in. At this point, as long as you have one living pet capable of doing any damage at all you win. This is also how a level 1 carry is accomplished easily: I wait until this second appearance of the plush, then swap in my level 1 for as many turns as I’d like before finishing the job.

I’ve been able to solo this fight fairly handily with both my usual standby Emperor Crab and the Moonshell Crab I tamed on the eastern coast of Shadowmoon Valley. Many typically recommended utility pets like the Anubisath Idol or the Emerald Proto-Whelp do well here, too. The real challenge is crushing a little kid’s dream.

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I hope you’re proud of yourself, monster.