Tommy Newcomer

I thought all my walkthroughs on the Timeless Isle were complete. I kicked back with a well-earned chocolate chip cookie and waited for the patch. I was excited to get my mini Xuen, run around in the Shrine of Seven Stars for a while showing it off, and make a small fortune on new glyphs. Then, I see this jerk.

tommy newcomer wow world of warcraft pet battle

Look at that smug little face. I’m guessing that the trigger to seeing his daily is something along the lines of defeating Aki, but I’m really not sure. I’d heard occasional discussion about him during PTR, but never saw that he had anything for me, so I kind of ignored him. I’m kicking myself over this now, trust.

Tommy Newcomer only has one pet. So we should totally take pity on him, right?


lil oondasta wow world of warcraft pet battle celestial tournament

Lil Oondasta is the pet equivalent of, well, boss Oondasta. With a very strong AOE and a force swap, she is a brutal fight. Luckily, she’s only one mob, and you can heal and re-try as many times as you need to get her down. For 500 Timeless Coins and 20g. Ugh.

Here’s the team I ended up using:

lil oondasta team wow world of warcraft pet battles

Oondasta has 3 abilities, and her 2 most deadly are Magic: Frill Blast (force swap) and Spiritfire Beam (the AoE). She backs that up with Crush, which is a big hit in itself. Because of the humanoid nature of Crush, trying to use my Golden Hatchling in concert with the Clockwork Gnome was met with a hearty ‘lol u mad’ from Oondasta.

The reason I like the Zeppelin and the Mechanical Dragonling should be fairly obvious. Decoy is an amazing ability this fight, and I want to abuse it as much as possible. I definitely screwed up a bit on the Dragonling’s moveset though… Frill Blast will always swap in the Zeppelin for me, because of the higher health, so unless I manually swap for a Fly By, I’m not going to use it to buff others, and the Dragonling doesn’t really have other moves to buff itself. Though there’s not a ton of damage we have to do, the breath ability will probably make for a cleaner fight.

lil oondasta wow warcraft pet battle

The reason I go with the Tonk is that, because of the force swap if I use Ion Cannon off the bat, Oondasta will then immediately swap him to the back row for the recharge turn and the vast majority of the cooldown I have before I can cast it again. If I return to the front row on my pre-res turn, I can also get in a Shock and Awe for a hopeful-maybe stun. Oondasta is slower than all my pets and only has single hits, so once she kills my mechanicals the first time, they’re guaranteed at least one extra hit. As long as they don’t die in the back row, anyway.

I really liked using two Decoys. I don’t think that both are entirely necessary, especially given the relatively paltry firepower on the Dragonling. Explode as a mechanic is a really excellent tool for single fights, so I would definitely recommend using at least one of these pets.

The Tonk is a little more debatable. You can definitely try subbing in either the Menagerie Custodian or the Tranquil Mechanical Yeti, both of which use Ion Cannon. They’re a bit less sturdy, but it’s still an option. If you go with the Yeti, you may want to opt for Thunderstorm instead, and pair it with a Clockwork Gnome’s turret. In general, as long as you have a good amount of mechanical offense and aren’t caught off-guard by the force swap, you’re going to be in good shape.

A final note: I don’t like writing strategies with pets which are prohibitively expensive or difficult to get without at least offering a solid alternative (eg, Emerald Proto-Drake can be substituted for the Emerald Whelpling in most settings). With that in mind, the Son of Animus, specifically Interrupting Jolt, really shines this fight in place of the Tonk. I want to stress that this investment isn’t necessary, but I can generally keep that last pet alive entirely (well, minus an AoE or two) if I use Animus here.

12 thoughts on “Tommy Newcomer

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  2. Cygnia

    I hate this little bastard…

    Been working with a line-up of the Zepplin, the Cogblade Raptor and a Pygmy Direhorn (since she doesn’t take as much damage from Crush). So far, it’s been pretty reliable.

  3. Jesse Larsen

    Amazing strat that I learned from… somewhere.. I think wowhead maybe? Use a Water Waveling (Any level/rarity really), and two foxes. Use the geyser ability.. Oon will pull one of your foxes in after frill blast.. Use the Howl ability then Flurry. The Howl will affect the geyser in addition to flurry. Makes quick work of him. Might take one or two tries but probably better if you use all rare level 25s.

    1. Liopleurodon Post author

      This sounds like a modified howl bomb strat. It seems like most strats are following one of 2 lines… either zerg her down with mechs, or do the howl bomb thing.

      I’ve been working on a carry strat for this, but at this point it’s only worked on Magic pets, because Magic family 35% thing. lol.

  4. Josef Gremlin

    I’ve had success with a Skywisp Moth, Clockwork Gnome and a Zandalari Kneebiter.

    Start with a cocoon to avoid the first hit. Follow up with a thunderstorm and switch the Clockwork Gnome in. Build the first turret and then die. Switch the Kneebiter in and apply black claw. If you’re still alive the next turn, throw down a hunting party. Once the moth is forced back in due to death, cocoon again. Follow up with slicing winds which should be enough for victory.

  5. Sophdog

    I’m just sticking with the same team I use for Kafi, the Fabled Goat. Darkmoon Tonk (a stun from Shock and Awe helps – let’s you set and use a Lock and Load). Tonk is then swapped in for my Clockwork Gnome, who turrets and punches til dead. Back to Tonk for more Shock and Awe/Missile, then Personal World Destroyer (he was just chosen for his high damage against Kafi). This team usually one or two shots Lil’ Oondasta. Straight mech burn.

  6. NightGriffin

    I use a Tranquil Mechanical Yeti and a Darkmoon Zeppelin exactly like you with a little twist.
    I wait until I get Failsafe to activate or after the second spirit fire beam to drop the Decoy. What happens is that I can use Explode in the same turn he use Frill Blast and doing so make me pick my the next pet: the yeti. Ion Cannon again usually kills him.

    Once, I levelled a level 1 Netherspace Abyssal using the zeppeling and the dragonling with explode. I think that only magic pet could be levelled since pet must survive 2 shots of SpiritFire beam.

    Thanks for your great work!
    It is a pleasure to read your blog!

  7. Leit

    I use a mechanical squirrel and a tonk, backed up by anything mechanical – the last pet rarely even needs to swap in. Usually goes: squirrel uses Rabid, Oon swaps tonk in; tonk uses Shock and Awe, sometimes gets a lucky stun but usually gets horribly mangled; missile until res round, then Ion Cannon, which should land while Rabid is still up. Switch squirrel back in and Metal Fist to death.

    Works well because Frill Blast is magical, and the debuff on early rounds sets up the tonk’s big hits. Never lost using this combo.

  8. Wyld Black Wolf

    okay could we have a lil help in the facts of what pets NOT INCLUDING DARKMOON OR UNOBTAINABLES that we can use against these guys?

    1. Liopleurodon Post author

      I’m not sure what you mean by unobtainable. The reason I went with this selection is because the dragonling is a tradeable engineer pet, which looks to be available at under 1Kg on most realms. The Darkmoon pets are all around 3Kg on the AH on most realms, and have been available for a couple years. So, I’m going to make some suggestions and hopefully some of this will be obtainable for you. I don’t make any promises as to absolute replication for the strat, though.

      You could definitely swap the Menagerie Custodian for the Tonk, but that’s ~1Kg too, if slightly more soloable to obtain initially. A Tranquil Mechanical Yeti & either Lil Bling or Clockwork Gnome combo could work pretty well, but the Yeti is even more expensive and engineer-made. I made a point to avoid Blingtron in the strat because he’s new, and the Clockwork Gnome is even more expensive than the Darkmoon pets but obtainable via dwarven archaeology combines. You could also add in a buff pet, like a raptor with Exposed Wounds (obtainable via quest, vendor, AH or the Cogblade Raptor, which is a rare tame) or preferably a Zandalari raptor (~1K on most realms) with Black Claw in place of the Custodian/Tonk.

      I’ve seen others using a Howl Bomb team, but I had hit or miss results with one. You have to use a Pandaren Water Spirit in the middle, which is expensive but obtained by doing the Flowing pet battle daily. You can supplement with Lost of Lordaeron at the beginning for a Curse of Doom and end it up with a caught fox with Howl from Kun Lai. But like I said, this has been hit or miss for me, so I didn’t recommend it.

      1. Leit

        It’s worse than that; Darkmoon pets are cheap in terms of tickets, and can be bought with a month’s worth of prof quests and a couple of cheap dungeon item turn-ins. The tonk and zeppelin are far from out of reach. Surprised they’ll sell for that much on any server.

        A rabid nut-varmint 5000 can be caught in any number of areas starting from Azshara at the lowest, and works quite nicely.

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