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:

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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.

Beasts Of Fable

The Beasts of Fable were a new series of PVE pet encounters added in the 5.2 patch to World of Warcraft. At the time it was a unique challenge, as there were no other end game fights featuring only one very strong opponent for your battle pets to kill. These legendary pets are scattered all around Pandaria, shown on the map below.

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After the initial quest, where your aim is to defeat all 10, the Beasts of Fable are grouped into 3 separate daily quests. These quest groups are called Books. The bags of pet supplies given as the reward for completing each Book has a chance to drop one of 4 unique red panda pets, in addition to the typical badges, leashes, rarity upgrade stones, etc. Since the Beasts of Fable give such low XP relative to the other PVE fights in Pandaria, it is not recommended to attempt carry strategies against such formidable opponents. Fortunately, the bags awarded also have a chance to grant a Pet Treat, which boosts your pets’ XP gain by a percentage specified on the treat items themselves.

Here are my strategies to defeat the Beasts of Fable:

Book One

Dos-Ryga: This fish, located in Kun-Lai Summit, has a large heal to contend with, making him one of the most challenging of the Beasts.

Nitun: A raccoon in the Jade Forest has powerful sneak attacks to crush even the healthiest of battle pets.

Ka’wi The Gorger: Sharing the Jade Forest with Nitun (and lots of tigers), Ka’wi has tricks to prevent you from swapping your pets!

Kafi: A rather gruff billy goat, also in Kun-Lai Summit.

Book Two

Greyhoof: Sitting under a tree near Stormstout Brewery, Greyhoof is a mushan beast after my own heart.

Lucky Yi: Though Yi sings sweetly among the farms of the Valley Of The Four Winds, this is one bug your battle pets won’t mind stepping on.

Skitterer Xia: A straightforward fight, the ambiance of the waterfall in the Krasarang Wilds makes Xia worth the visit.

Book Three

Gorespine: This prickly porcupine makes its home near the Heart of Fear in the Dread Wastes, but there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Ti’un: In the Townlong Steppes, Ti’un the turtle will heal and then AOE your battle pets to pieces if you’re not careful.

No-No: I saved the cutest for last. No-no is a bright purple otter.

Lastly, the frequently discussed Howl Bomb team will beat most of the Beasts of Fable handily, but that’s not nearly as much fun. Well, for me, anyway.

Draenor Tamers

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A very new addition in this Warlords of Draenor beta build is a set of 6 tamers out in the world. These tamers have battle pets that are quite a bit easier than the very challenging Menagerie fights we’ve seen to this point. They give two-pet carry XP identical to the fights in Pandaria. Most of them are close to flight paths. For now, these tamers are kind of secret. They aren’t listed on the map at all, so it’s up to tamers to seek them out if they’d like to try their luck. These locations will be revealed in a later build, but for now, here are some maps to help you find them.

Frostfire Ridge Tamer: Gargra

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Gargra has 3 super adorable frostwolf pup (beast family) battle pets in tow. Her location is the oddest, but if you follow the path around the back side of Grom’gar and hug the rocks on the north side her blue exclamation point should show up.

Gorgrond Tamer: Cymre

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Cymre, named after the illustrious Cymre Jones from Bubbles of Mischief, has an array of archaeology pets. She’s also squatting in a ruin with her archaeology gear and some really fun flavor text. With both an undead and mechanical on her team, dragonkin and elementals are good picks.

Shadowmoon Valley Tamer: Ashlei

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Found by @gloriaboboria

This team made me a little sad. Ashlei is a new tamer with a few really adorable pets, including the completely useless plushie Doodle. All the cute snugglies are on a plateau overlooking the Embari Village, but easily accessible from a cross-faction flight point. As of now it’s a pretty quick & easy fight, as long as you can get past the heartache of making a little girl very disappointed. Oh, that flavor text.

Spires Of Arak Tamer: Vesharr

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Found by @serrinnewow

The easiest to find once you hit the right level, Vesharr is visible on the minimap from the shared-faction flight point in Veil Terokk. He has 2 flying battle pets and a mechanical, appropriately themed for Spires of Arak.

Talador Tamer: Taralune

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Found by @patf0rd

Taralune is on a platform surrounded by flowers, near Auchindoun. Her team is 3 moths, so as long as you have the battle pets to counter a moth you’re pretty well set.

Nagrand Tamer: Tarr

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Found by Quintessence (@perksnpeeves)

Tarr is in a building toward the back of the Ring Of Blood. His pets are a few of the more recent Murky iterations. They actually have pretty decent synergy among them, but a handful of Undead battle pets will still make quick work of them.

Crow – Warcraft Pets PotM

The battle pet I wrote about this month for Warcraft Pets was the Crow. Besides being real excellent ambiance, and a good frill for a lot of classes & races in RP, the Crow is a deadly fighter worth adding to your stable.

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Crows are a bit difficult to tame, just because of their limited timeframes and unique spawning pattern. They bring an additional fun minigame to the Darkmoon Faire, already chock a block with games.

I will admit though, that I’m still a bit partial to the Gilnean Raven. My main is a Worgen, so I have that bit going for me. I was also lucky enough to snag the P/S variant. If you weren’t that lucky, that would be an excellent reason to try & tame your own Crow. Check out the full post over at Warcraft Pets and you’ll see what I mean.

Gnawface

New for 8/24/14: Good News, Everyone! In the latest beta build, Gnawface has been significantly nerfed to be more forgiving. As a result, I changed the screenshot featuring his stats (click here to see Gnawface’s old stats). I also re-tested the teams below and they all still work like a charm. Oddly, I’ve found that now the weird cats team at the bottom seems to be the most straightforward. Who would think, right?

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Gnawface is the first pet I’m going to write about that you must defeat in your garrison in order to open the Menagerie. The Menagerie is available to anyone as soon as your garrison reaches level 3. These battles are a part of the quest Pets vs Pests.

I know that everybody is going to want to open up their Menagerie, because who wants an uncompleted question mark on their record? The thing is, these fights are hard, and though I obviously can’t be sure, from the nature of the other battles I’ve seen it seems that the intent here is to show that the fights to come are no joke. If you can’t get these guys down first go, that is absolutely OK. Don’t be discouraged.

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There are many teams you could use to beat Gnawface, and I’m going to highlight a couple, just because, as I said, this is going to be attempted by tamers who are not all that hardcore. Hopefully you can cobble together a team to defeat him.

Team 1: Humanoids A Go-Go.

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The Kun-Lai Runt is tamed from Kun-Lai Summit & starts at level 23 or so. Bonkers is from gambling with Timeless Coins in Kukuru’s cave on the Timeless Isle. The Little Bad Wolf is the trickiest. It’s tradeable and obtained from the Big Bad Wolf in Karazhan. Both Little Bad & Bonkers start at level 1. All 3 are Humanoid, which means Gnawface’s critter abilities hit them weakly, and all 3 have a good complement of Beast abilities, meaning they hit Gnawface harder than normal. Lil Bad & Bonkers both have Dodge moves, making them last a very long time against Gnawface. If possible, use those dodges just as Gnawface’s Darkness wears off, because Call Darkness will hit your Humanoid pets for a lot of damage.

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This team is the most straightforward for newbie tamers to use. No tricks or gimmicks. Just use your offensive moves, your defensive moves when needed, and this team will clean up.

Team 2: Moar DoTs

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The Crunchy Scorpion is tamed in the Dread Wastes. The Obsidian Hatchling is sold for 50g in Dalaran. The Summit Kid is tamed in Kun-Lai Summit. There are some good substitutions for all 3 pets, because we’re really focusing on 1 ability for each. From the Scorpion, Sting is a long DoT which deals Beast damage. There are other scorpions and a couple snakes which fit this bill. From the Hatchling, Expose Wound increases each hit of that DoT by 74, so a DoT that ticked for 100 will now tick for 174. There are a number of other raptors that do this, including the tamed Cogblade Raptor in Blade’s Edge. The Summit Kid uses Stampede, which hits 3 times for 120 total damage on its own but applies Shattered Defenses, which doubles the damage done at the end of the Kid’s turn. Expose Wounds alone makes each tick of Stampede far more powerful, but with Shattered Defenses each tick of Stampede does over 200 damage. Add in that Sting and you’ve got yourself one dead rat.

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This strategy is a bit more suited to experienced battlers, though the pets are easier to obtain. You have to swap each pet after it uses its designated ability or else the combos won’t line up properly.

An important point: Because Gnawface is a critter, both immobilize and stun effects will not work here. This means that some popular pets are ineffective. Namely, Spiders cannot web him & then use Spiderling Swarm for double damage.

Team 3: Like, Cats Or Whatever.

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IDK, just a whole bunch of cats, or whatever. Pounce generally has better throughput than Claw, as long as your battle pet is faster than Gnawface. This is why I put Claw in the 2nd slot… if your cat is slower than Gnawface, Claw can help give you that edge regardless. You’ll have to experiment with your various cats to see whether you can pull off Prowl and still be quick enough to get it to hit. This team is by far the most susceptible to failure due to various RNG happenings & breed can be a huge consideration, so I’d consider this my last-ditch attempt. But hey, how often can I talk about just like, dozens of cats?

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If you’re struggling here or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment to this entry, or ask me about it on Twitter (@Liopleurodonic). It’s a tough fight. If you can’t get it first go, have some boxed wine and come back later. Unless you’re underage, in which case don’t you dare let your parents know that Auntie Lio is the coolest ever.

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Here’s the video walkthrough:

Christoph Von Feasel

Everybody (yee-eah)
Rock Your Body (yee-ah)
Feasel’s Back, alright!

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Oh my god, he’s back again. Warlords of Draenor is adding an additional Feasel, and this one is far more insufferable than his relation directly to the left.

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Gross.

NOTE – A few pieces of this strategy have changed since it was written. Notably, Syd is now Magic, & their stats all been nerfed a bit. This strategy still works as written, but it’s being further updated, and also altered in order to accommodate an Elekk Plushie carry strategy. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Like Jeremy, Christoph Von Feasel is located in the Darkmoon Faire, and will fight you in exchange for one of their Darkmoon-branded tokens. Or, at least, his battle pets will fight yours. Here’s the team I used:

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The Jade Owl is admittedly a strange pet to have on hand, and I’m a little leery suggesting it because it’s not many battlers’ first choice. However, it’s pretty readily available, especially when Spirits of Harmony finally go BoA. More importantly, it’s the absolute best tool for the job, since it’s the only Magic battle pet with a lot of Flying offense. Von Feasel’s first pet is Aquatic with entirely Aquatic abilities.

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The Jade Owl also gives some extra insurance because it can Lift-Off to avoid Syd’s Whirlpool. Even if you should happen to forget, with both offensive & defensive strengths, your owl will be able to limp to the finish line easily.

Feasel’s next 2 pets are both beasts, but their abilities make each unique. The reason I went with the Tonk is simple: Lock-On. Because of the Direhorn’s incredibly annoying shield, many normal abilities are fully blocked by it, so you can’t just pick whatever mechanicals willy-nilly. Lock-On is an activated ability which hits extremely hard after being primed, so I use those down turns to begin Lock-On and cast a couple of his other abilities, then blast Mr Pointy’s face off in full when his shield wears. There are a few other pets with this ability, or similar ones. Launch Rocket is fairly similar.

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I’m not sure about other battlers, but Mr. Pointy was by far the source of the most cursing on my part.

Christoph’s 3rd pet, Otto the Cow, has a combination of hard-hitting abilities and Feed, which means you want to blitz him down and quick.

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Lil Bling, my favorite battle pet of the expansion apparently, is up to the task. Make It Rain and Inflation go together like peanut butter, chocolate, and dessert wine. He also has Extra Plating for extra longevity.

After you beat Feasel The Fireworksier, you get a new Darkmoon pet bag. Mine contained the same old standard battle pet & Darkmoon gunk as that other Feasel’s. The new pet Syd The Squid also has a chance to drop, much like the Darkmoon Eye.

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But, Christoph Von Feasel isn’t all bad. He may have just given me a new motto:

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Pet Menagerie

There are a lot of new pets & pet battles to encounter in Draenor. Central to those new battles is the Menagerie, a building located in your Garrison.

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The unfortunate part is that you have a considerable amount of building & questing to do in order to access your Menagerie. It will only open after your Garrison is level 3, and then you have to do an additional, pet-centric quest in order to fully open it. As far as I can tell there are no prerequisites to the unlock quest other than a level 3 garrison, meaning you can attempt this quest whether you have 6 battle pets or 600.

“Beta Is Beta ™” so the fights may change, but for now these pets are very difficult to beat, so if you have just 6 you may be in trouble. Lengthier strategies will be forthcoming. The crux is that there are a few pests you have to deal with around your garrison before your pet master will allow you to open the Menagerie in full.

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Elemental Carrotus Maximus, aquatic Gorefu, and critter Gnawface inhabit your herbalism garden, your fishing hut, and some random other object, respectively. Hordeside, he’s very close to a stump so you’ll want to face to the side & away from it or else you’ll get that ‘uneven terrain’ error message. Alliance-side he’s by a big campfire just outside the front gate.

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Gnawface in particular is very challenging in his current incarnation, because of how his buffs work. When he applies Crouch, because of math, he’s immune for 3 rounds, unless you can manage to debuff him with a multiplicative debuff before he casts it. A Fox with Howl worked well for this, because it bought me a little time to apply additive buffs before Hunting Party to keep it active. For Gorefu, I used pretty much the same strat I used for Dos-Ryga. He has Feed, so a team featuring a Crow or Raven with Darkness is a good bet too. Carrotus is quite unique, and kind of fun, because he has both Ironbark, a very strong shield with a damage component he can spam, and Aged Yolk, which removes all his buffs and debuffs. Meaning, many popular strategies, including anything involving stampedes or Howl Bombs, may work occasionally but are far from a lock. I had good luck using frogs with Frog Kiss against him, because they were able to keep themselves up pretty well with a heal, and Frog Kiss adds damage the more times you cast it.

Beating all 3 will open your Menagerie for business.

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This means that you get to display 5 of your favorite pets at random, and you’ll open up the Menagerie rotating daily quest. If you have fewer than 5 pets starred as favorites a random pet will show up in the extra slots.

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The Menagerie decided I must really like Grinder in addition to the other 4, go figure.

At this time, if you don’t complete the opener quest you still have access to the Challenge Post which is the objective of these quests, but you don’t get the special quest reward for completion. This was my very first quest reward. The reward bit seems to be still in progress.

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The Menagerie is a dedicated slot, meaning that if you don’t battle and don’t have any interest in unlocking it, you can’t demolish it and build a Starbucks. It just sits there sad & unused until you complete the quest to unlock it. You can also upgrade your Menagerie. I’m not entirely sure what the benefit of upgrading is at this point, though the texts allude to new, better battles and quests, but let’s be real I’m totally unlocking this bad boy regardless.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a stick to chase.

Doopy

Doopy is a legendary battle pet located in Icecrown. The roughest part of this fight is stumbling across him. He’s in an out of the way location, and there’s really nothing to point you to the fact that he’s there.

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Well, except me.

The fight itself is relatively straightforward. Doopy is an aquatic penguin with Slippery Ice, Ice Lance & Ice Tomb. He also has the standard 50% damage reduction buff given to many pets nowadays. Each component is able to be countered relatively easily. Here’s 1 team I’ve chosen to highlight.

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The key here is strong Flying attacks. Since Doopy is Aquatic, as long as you have a lot of Flying firepower you should be able to take out this solo battle pet relatively easily. The Nether Faerie Dragon‘s main trick here, other than its off-family flying damage, is Life Exchange. Life Exchange is fun for single-pet fights though it’s fairly unnecessary.

The Phoenix Hawk Hatchling is well suited to this fight. It has both Lift-Off to dodge Doopy’s Ice Tomb, and Fly By, which increases damage dealt by 25%. Ice Tomb is going to annihilate your pets with both big damage and a stun, so dodging it is a good thing, and it’s relatively easy. When the counter says there’s 1 round to go on Ice Tomb, use your Lift Off and your pet will dodge both. Same for any other dodges or absorbs on other pets. Of course, increasing damage dealt always a plus.

The Feline Familiar is in there, perhaps a bit oddly, because Doopy’s bread & butter move is Ice Lance, which uses multiple relatively smaller hits. As a result Stoneskin is good to use on an anchor. The old standby the Anubisath Idol or Emperor Crab make decent anchors too.

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I’ve beaten Doopy handily with a bunch of owls, a trio of moths, a fistful of chickens, etc. Ravens & Crows are extremely useful in this fight, if you have one available. In general I’d really recommend to just use a bunch of pets with Flying damage, but I’m putting out as many options as possible, because this is a pet a lot of non-pet battlers are going to want to beat. Actual pet battlers? Funnily enough, not so much.

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Each time you beat Doopy, you get a special egg item. It goes directly into your bags & is mailed to you if they’re full. This egg unlocks a new boss at the Brawler’s Guild, and it’s your only reward for besting Doopy besides the satisfaction of a job well done. The boss itself combines the earlier Dippy fight from rank 1 with Doopy, and in my case the result is kind of a mess.

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A gory, gory mess. Nice knowing you.