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