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Peddlefeet

If there is a thing out in the world that could potentially be made profitable, Goblins will be there. Even love.

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Especially love. Goblins feature big in the WoW version of Valentine’s Day, the Love Is In The Air festival. All the vendors are goblins, and the premiere battle pet of the season has always been the Goblinized version of Cupid. Instead of a mischievous little cherub, we get a tiny goblin with taped-on wings, shooting arrows souped up like only a Goblin can.

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He used to be extremely difficult to obtain, but now he’s available for a handful of holiday currency in every major city, Horde or Alliance. The 40 tokens you’ll need to trade with yet another Goblin to obtain the Truesilver Shafted Arrow come from a variety of places, but as long as you’re queuing up for the daily boss fight you will get enough by the end of the holiday to purchase one. If not, or if you’re busy with the IRL holiday (you dog you) Peddlefeet is cageable. He starts off as Uncommon so if you’re going the AH route it’s a good idea as always to aim for an upgraded one.

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Peddlefeet is a pretty premiere dragonkiller battle pet in PVE. All his moves are humanoid, though they do run the gamut. The only straightforward attack is Bow Shot in the first slot, though Rapid Fire is a fairly straightforward AoE option. He does have a lot of utility with the stun Lovestruck, and the slight chance for stun Perfumed Arrow. Also in his moveset is his Love Potion heal, which seems designed to be annoying in PVP, but gives him extra staying power too.

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He is quite suited to killing Yu’la in the Celestial Tournament, and a bit less so for ‘team’ pve dragonkin battle pets, where his stuns will earn you a swap. Humanoids in general are pretty vulnerable in PVP just now, with the prevalence of the undead Val’kyr/beast Death Adder Hatchling combo, but this guy’s final ability makes him even more so. Shot Through The Heart, though interesting, and one of the best lyrics ever, is a charged move for a big wallop, like Deep Breath. It’s really excellent for PVE, but not so much for PVP, where you’re sure to get stunned, blinded or otherwise annihilated in the intervening turn. In general he’s fun to play, but if you come up against any of a number of really common current teams it’s pretty much game over.

Though he’s not a favorite, that last ability makes it all worthwhile, nostalgia-wise.

Even though this song itself is about as Valentine-y as, well, a Goblin.

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Lunar Festival Lantern

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The Lunar Festival in WoW is loosely patterned on the celebrations that occur on the Lunar New Year in many Asian countries, with most of the customs portrayed hailing from China. Notable among these for pet battlers is the Lunar Festival Lantern. Over the course of the holiday, you must visit Elders for special tokens. You can then take those tokens and use them to purchase Lunar Festival foods, the high-necked brightly colored gowns and pantsuits, fireworks, and of course, the Lunar Festival Lantern. It’s… oh, what’s that?

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Yeah, there’s a slight issue here. The reason I personally have the one and not the other is that, since the advent of account-wide pets, I’ve mostly been playing Horde. Once a character has collected 50 coins, Valadar Starsong in Moonglade sells Horde players the Festival Lantern, and Alliance players the Lunar Lantern. I never really got around to collecting enough coins, involving quite a bit of laborious travel around the continents, on my Alliance character.

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If you’re only looking at the movesets, the two are identical. They also share moves with the Enchanted Lantern battle pet which, true to the previous gripe, is crafted by Horde-only enchanters with 525 skill, and all 3 battle pets have identical stats as well. The Alliance enchanting pet, the Magic Lamp, has a vastly different moveset, but identical stats. Luckily, all 4 are also cageable, so if you are diehard FOR THE HORDE, and refuse to even so much as roll an Alliance DK for fast flight and easy Elder NPC visits within a couple hours, you still have some options. Also luckily for the gold makers, like all pets they are account-wide and still command a pretty penny, but especially so if you sell them cross-faction. All 4 also start off as uncommon when attained, making for a really nice payday if you have some flawless Magic upgrade stones kicking around.

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These lanterns never really had a heyday as battling pets, but they do have a few tricks. They have a really cool 1-2 punch with the blinding Flash and double-hitting when blinded Light. Sharing Light’s slot is the blocking move Soul Ward. Soul Ward works really well against big single hitters, but falls flat against multi-hit opponents because it only blocks one attack. The alternate in the second slot is Illuminate, which causes the Sunny Day weather effect. The Lanterns don’t have a move which really benefits from the sun, so you may want to pair this pet with something that does.

Both first slot choices are straightforward nukes. Beam is Magic, Burn is Elemental. The former hits slightly less hard and has a slightly higher accuracy as a result. This choice is largely dependent on which pets you’re fighting. If you’re up against any Mechanical, without Burn your lantern is a sitting duck.

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In the end, the benefit of this pet is more cosmetic than anything. Like the Elders, it is a peaceful memory of a time gone by.

Rotten Little Helper

The Tickle Me Elmo of pet battles for the 2013 Winter Veil holiday season is the Rotten Little Helper.

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You know, if Tickle Me Elmo had a board with a nail in it.

He has a chance to drop from the Stolen Present from the You’re A Mean One (Alliance Version) daily. The daily is available for all your characters level 80 or above, starting today through Winter’s Veil. The Rotten Helper can also come from the Gaily Wrapped Present under the Winter Veil tree in either Orgrimmar or Ironforge, starting December 25th through the end of the holiday.

He’s a very unique little cantankerous snowflake. He’s a humanoid with mechanical abilities, a distinction only shared with the Anubisath Idol’s RNG-heavy Demolish and the Curious Wolvar Pup’s Snap Trap. The Helper’s mechanical abilities are the Minefield-esque Booby Trapped Presents and Greench’s Gift. Greench’s Gift is rather interesting, as a relatively high-accuracy ability with a 5 turn cooldown.

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Most of the rest of the abilities he has are borrowed from Winter’s Little Helper, namely the synergistic Call Blizzard and Ice Lance combo, and the utility stun Ice Tomb. Rounding the moveset out is his single Humanoid ability, the straightforward Club.

Like the Winter’s Little Helper, he may make for a good team with a Kun Lai Runt for PVP, but he’ll also be geared toward stomping Beasts with critter offense in PVE.

Abilities aside, he’s also pretty charming because of his general sunny demeanor. His on-click interaction are the annoyed male gnome NPC dialogue when you click on them too many times in a row.

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Another year, another chance to get coal in your stocking.

Plump Turkey

Between Hallow’s Eve and Winter Veil, there is a less flashy holiday known as Pilgrim’s Bounty.

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Well, I guess the flash may depend on where you choose to celebrate.

There are several activities and achievements surrounding Pilgrim’s Bounty. The achievements are the goal here, because in order to gain the Plump Turkey battle pet (also the Pilgrim title) you have to complete the Pilgrim meta-achievement. This means you have to complete the following achievements:

Food Fight! – Sitting at a harvest table outside one of your major cities, target a person sitting at the same table and use your ‘pass food’ button (usually hotkeyed to #1 in your seat-cum-vehicle). This is easiest to do day 1, or with friend dragged along for the occasion. Here’s a map of the sites you’ll need to visit.

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You can do this at the same time as…

Sharing Is Caring – Use your vehicle to pass out some food, then leave your seat and get in another and pass out that food. Pass one out to each seat before moving on, because you’ll get a stacking series of buffs. This becomes a meta buff if you cycle through all the chairs. You’re now on your way to…

Pilgrim’s Paunch – Get that meta buff from each of your capital cities (Horde Version). If you have a friend who plays a mage, now is the time to promise that she’s totally getting a ton of pets from you for your birthday, just as long as she ports your lazy butt around from city to city for this. You’ll also really want those ports to do…

Now We’re Cooking – The cooking recipes are relatively low level, and even more attainable as one of the main ingredients in one of the recipes is the 1 skill point cooking recipe Spice Bread. The catch you need that mage friend for is that each capital city has a unique ingredient on sale, as well as a few common ones. This means you ought to buy up a job lot of them when you port around, because you need a lot of the cooked foods to complete…

Pilgrim’s Progress – (Alliance Version) Complete each seasonal cooking daily. Each capital city has a unique ingredient on sale, as well as a few common ones. Of course the lady in Thunder Bluff wants pumpkin pie, when the pumpkins are for sale in Undercity, etc. The one catch is that nobody sells turkey. But there are wild ones in Elwynn Forest and Tirisfal Glades…

The Turkinator – You may want to wait to complete this until quite late in the holiday, at off-hours, because with CRZ you’re going to have a hell of a time shooting enough turkeys with this very short buff. I would definitely recommend doing this on a druid or hunter, as both classes have an instant cast spell or two and speed boosts. Try to do it at off hours if at all possible.

On completing each of the daily quests, you can pick one of several items. The first ones I’d go for is the Turkey Shooter.

Turkey Lurkey – Like every other holiday, the achievement where you have to perform an action on a specific member of the opposite faction is an enormous pain, and easier to complete the earlier you start. You use that Turkey Shooter on every race of rogue. I ended up finishing this one last year on the very last day of the holiday by creating a level 1 of the opposite faction and running /who Worgen Rogue. There were 2 of them, and I guessed that the guy who was level 87 and in Townlong had just started the zone. He had, and I got my pet, after a good amount of emoting that I wasn’t going to kill him. The Dwarf, Troll and Worgen seem to be the most difficult to find.

Turkey Shooters are single-use, so you’ll need at minimum 8 of them to get all the rogues. Your shooters disappear when the holiday is over. The other reward from the daily quests, the Pilgrim’s Attire, does not. One achievement involving the attire is time sensitive, but the other can be completed as your leisure.

Pilgrim’s Peril (Horde Version)– Wear your pilgrim gear, and then go to all the cross-faction capital city and sit at the table. You are going to be ganked, by both guards and players, and wearing the Pilgrim stuff makes you an easy kill. If you can res at a table, you can get your achievement the second you res, and then run away. Use the maps above as a guide. If you have an Alliance character I highly recommend doing these achievements on that character. The Horde sites are far more straightforward to access than the Alliance ones for opposite factions, mostly because of the boat travel involved in getting to both Darnassus and The Exodar. This can also be quite a frustrating achievement if you’re trying during peak hours.

Terokkar Turkey Time – The last of the bunch. Wear your quest reward Pilgrim stuff and kill the final boss in Sethekk Halls. If you’re fed up after the PVP and all that, you can put this one on the back burner. You can do this in March or something as long as you kept your Pilgrim clothes.

When you complete them all, you gain that stunning title but more importantly, the Plump Turkey battle pet is now yours!

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The Plump Turkey is similar to other battle pets, namely the Highlands Turkey and Turkey. The latter 2 have far better breeds, as the Plump Turkey is only available in H/P, but those are both tamed so will require a bit of legwork. Here speed is important, as one of the main points of strategy to using a Turkey is in the unique stun ability Food Coma. It’s unique in that, not only is a delicious pun (additional pun also intended), but it lasts 2 rounds. In days of yore, people used to go with 3 turkeys and stunlock their pvp opponents until they ragequit. In fact, this is a large part of why the Resilience buff is now a part of the pet battle game. Also punny, Gobble Strike deals small damage but increases your speed by half for several turns.

Sharing a slot with Food Coma is the super popular for PVE debuffer, Flock. It’s quite the gamble in PVP, but the Shattered Defenses debuff is a really important one. Squawk shares a slot with Gobble Strike, dealing small damage and decreasing your opponent’s damage by 25% for several turns. The first slot is a choice between direct damage spells, either Peck or Slicing Wind. Between the decent damage and stun utility it’s an all-around really solid choice as a starter flying pet. It does start off with Uncommon rarity, so eventually you will want to use an upgrade stone on it.

One of the best reasons to nab one of your own is because it’s always nice to have a snack close at hand.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Macabre Marionette

A brand new holiday pet!  And this one is super cool and useful as a battler. Be still my beating heart!

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Oh. Yeah, that is kind of an insensitive turn of phrase to use here.

The reason it looks like it’s waving in that screenshot is because it also does the Undead headbanging dance. When I was fooling around with it on PTR, any time we stopped moving, it started dancing with its wee little maracas. It also dances through battles when it’s not performing an action. I wasn’t lying when I said it’s cool.

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So, what’s the catch? Its quest is only available for two days a year.

The Macabre Marionette is available as a part of the Day Of The Dead festival, loosely based on the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos, but previously it wasn’t a companion pet per se. It was an unlearnable item in your bags which spawned this little dude, like the very old school companion pets. It disappeared once the two-day festival was over. It looks like Blizzard changed their mind for this year, and the Marionette will be trainable as a battle pet at long last.

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In order to see the spirits and obtain the Marionette, you have to go to the graveyard of the city where your racial quartermaster is. This is especially confusing for Worgen, whose leader hangs out doing nothing in Stormwind while their ‘home’ tree thinger and quartermaster is in Darnassus. Most other races are relatively straightforward. Trolls, Orcs & Goblins go to Orgrimmar, Gnomes and Dwarves go to Ironforge, etc. The graveyards in Dalaran and Shattrath allow all comers, too.

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Before you leave the city for the graveyard, you should grab at least one Simple Flour and one Ice Cold Milk. The quest objective is a Bread Of The Dead, the recipe for which is obtained in the graveyard for 20s. Note that you can only cook the bread over a special blue campfire located directly near the vendor. The other catch is that in order to see the quest NPC at all, you have to use a Marigold. Marigolds are cheap, but have an extremely short duration. You can repeat the quest multiple times on the same account during the holiday, and can do it with any level character, but you cannot do quests in multiple locations (eg, going from the Worgen spirit in Darnassus to the Dalaran spirit).

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It’s really not much of a hoop to jump through, but it had best not be for such a tiny window of acquisition. Though, luckily, it is tradeable, so if you repeat the quest a few times on a few characters you may be able to make a quick handful of gold in a month or two.

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The pet’s revamp into a battler is very interesting. Note that it starts off Uncommon, so it’ll require a stone. It has a few old abilities–siphon life/death & decay in the second slot is a fairly common Undead MO, and Bone Bite has shown up in the past as well. It has the new Macabre Maraca, a 100% accuracy humanoid nuke, which makes me want to try pitting the Marionette against Yu’la. It has Bone Barrage, an ability similar to the critter Nut Barrage, only undead. Lastly, also very interestingly, it has Dead Man’s Party, which is similar to Flock.

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The reason I find this moveset interesting is because, not only will it make it a terror against dragonkin, but it seems like Blizzard has been making pets with a moveset similar to this recently. There have always been Swarm-ers, Flock-ers and Stampede-ers, featuring Critter, Flying and Beast damage respectively, but Lil Bling was just added with a mechanical version of this ability, and now this pet for the undead version. Undead and Mechanical are rather under-represented caught pets, and this brand of move is such a good one for PVE synergy it makes me curious for the future. What new pets are coming, and what new fights are being planned for the next expansion? I’d be willing to bet some imaginary money that we see either some kind of Torrential Downpour ability like this from caught Aquatics next expansion, or maybe a Sonorous Frog Croak akin to Howl.

But, ultimately, Day Of The Dead is about remembrance. For Gilneas!

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Or for that weird tree thing, I guess.

Creepy Crate

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In general, this pet (along with the Ghostly Skull) seems to be the fallback for other, less attainable,0 Undeads. Don’t have an Unborn Valkyr? Use a Ghostly Skull! Don’t have a Crawling Claw? Try the Creepy Crate! While he may be second choice in a lot of battling situations, he has extremely unique animations and a seasonal questline to pursue. And, he’s one of the very, very few pets not acquired by capture which isn’t cageable, so if you want one your only option is to complete the questline during Hallow’s Eve.

Go to the AH and buy 2 Strange Dust right now, before somebody buys them all up and lists them for 500g a pop! I’ll wait. Aw, somebody already did? It, um, it might have been me. Sorry. Well, not really. Find a lowbie enchanter friend who doesn’t know any better or something and come on back.

The quest starts at the main inn in your capital city, either the one where Gamon always got creamed in Orgrimmar or the one in the Trade district in Stormwind. You’re directed to find a courier in the harbor of each city.

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He’s fairly dead. Disgustingly, you’re directed to follow a trail of bright pink glowing spiders to the auctioneer who fenced the goods stolen off the courier after he was murdered.

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That auctioneer didn’t actually take the goods though, so you’re directed to somebody else in a shady part of town, again via spider trail. The quest giver who awaits you sends you to go get stuff to make a potion to protect you from the box, because boxes are dangerous sometimes. This is where that strange dust I mentioned earlier comes in. You need to visit a vendor for some vials. If you have a mount with vendors, you can buy the vials there. You also need to head to either the Tauren area in Orgrimmar or the farm sort of near the Cataclysm portals in Stormwind to gather the quest herbs.

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After creating the potion, it’s time for the showdown. Horde hop the Zeppelin to Undercity and have a confrontation in the ruins of Lordaeron. Alliance go to the Cathedral of Light, into the catacombs on the right hand side. There will be another path of purple spiders, so if you get lost backtrack to the point you last saw them and follow them. There will be an NPC there, channeling a purple looking thing while standing over a crate. If you’re on a high-pop server, you may need to wait for ‘the confrontation’. Eventually he spawns 2 voidwalkers, and as long as you get an attack in on one or the other the quest should complete.

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After this, you have to make one last choice. If this is the first time you’re running through I won’t spoil it for you, because regardless of that choice, you’re then left with the Creepy Crate.

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As noted above, the Crate is sort of a fallback pet. For force swaps, its health breed makes it slightly less useful than the speedy Bone Spider, and its Curse of Doom shares a slot with its Death Grip, making it a bit less deadly than the Crawling Claw on a force swap team. Its Curse of Doom hits for far less than many other pets, and with its only heal being Devour it isn’t so hot as a tank pet. Its most unique ability, BONESTORM, doesn’t help its position as a tank either. On a 3-round cooldown, you can use bon–excuse me–BONESTORM to deal 200 damage to the entire enemy team, but only by sacrificing 10% of your total health.

The other thing it shares with the Ghostly Skull is, when you acquire it, it starts off as Uncommon. Because it’s untradeable as well, you will want to save an undead upgrade stone if you intend to use him full-time.

The Crate doesn’t take this second-class citizen stuff lying down. In its jealousy and the insatiable hunger the quest warned you about, it will frequently use its Death Grip ability as a companion pet to eat other critters roaming around. When it does, each pet consumed by your crate will count toward Crittergeddon.

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Worth it.

Sinister Squashling

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The Sinister Squashling was, for a long time, the iconic non-combat pet for the Hallow’s End holiday. He was exceedingly rare, and only dropped from the Horseman, which each character could only summon once per day (giving you theoretically 5 chances for disappointment in each cobbled together 5 man). He was also Bind On Pickup.

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Like so many things, this has changed. The Squashling now not only drops from your daily prize bag from queuing for the Horseman, but from nearly every container associated with the holiday. As a result, if you do nearly anything during the holiday, you’re sure to collect several. They’re both cageable and Bind On Equip now too, so you might be able to AH one of your half-dozen for 5g or so during the off-season.

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It shares moves with several others in the Elemental family, namely the other shrubs. No other plant has his exact moveset, because of the ability rather dangerous to most plants, Burn. It makes sense for the Squashling though. Homeboy’s got a candle! All the other abilities in his moveset are echoed across other (mostly elemental) plant-type Elemental pets. Thorns, Poison Lash and Leech Seed could find themselves at home in a DoT team, maybe. Stun Seed is akin to Geyser, but lacks a bit of the offensive firepower that makes Geyser so popular.

Plant is a very interesting ability with an offbeat mechanic. Theoretically, you could heal for nearly your entire health bar… as long as your Squashling can stay alive, active & planted for 10+ rounds. If you go up against a force swap though, you’re still swapped out and lose that healing. With 2 ‘down’ rounds for activation & deactivation plus being rooted in place like a sitting duck, it’s really more a liability than anything, especially for pvp.

What it lacks in battling, it makes up for with cute animations, including a ghoulish laugh when you click on him out in the world. Even better, he’ll root himself to the ground when you’re idle, so if you happen to be walking through a pumpkin patch, someone may not realize what’s in their midst, until it’s too late.

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Feline Familiar

I know I’m not the only one out there with a mage alt.

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If I’m not playing Frost, with my gigantic sonorous bff Blubs by my side, I feel like I’m missing something. A mage needs a familiar. My mage’s typical chosen familiar is a little offbeat, but if you’ve been hanging around this blog for awhile you’ll probably guess that it’s my Perky Pug. But dogs aren’t the iconic companion of a mage. At the point I rolled my mage, cats were the property of Donni Anthania in Elwynn Forest, and my blood elf is far too fabulous to go paying cross-faction prices. Then, another option arose.

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If you play a mage, you will want to add the Feline Familiar battle pet to your arsenal. If you don’t, you should probably start. You’ll still want to add this pet to your arsenal in any case, because it is a fantastic battler, with a unique range of abilities.

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It’s one of 3 Beast pets with Magic abilities in Onyx Bite, making it nice against Flying pets but super vulnerable to Mechanicals.

It also has Stoneskin, making it a strong defensive choice as well. Prowl almost always makes for an excellent combo. Also, oddly, this pet uses Call Darkness, which is coming into vogue as a heal breaker. If you choose that move though, you need to be careful to time it and your Devour ability, depending on which moveset you use. It rounds out its moveset with Pounce, which is good offense but really contingent on your opponent.

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This battle pet is only available during Hallow’s End, which is starting up on October 18th for North America realms. You purchase it with Tricky Treats, the Hallow’s End-only edible candy currency. You can get those from the treat buckets scattered in the inns across Azeroth (with associated achievements for grabbing them all), or various daily quests as well. I really enjoyed the one where you ride over Stormwind and plant stinkbombs everywhere.

This cat is one of the few companion pets to follow you while you’re on a flying mount. This seems a little goofy, because it’s a cat and all. What it lacks in wings, it makes up for on a teeny tiny flying broom.

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A cat after any mage’s heart, good or wicked.

Wolpertinger

It’s that time of year again. For 2 weeks the blog is about to get real incoherent as I get plastered on rich German Beer and don’t really eat anything other than soft pretzels. It’s Brewfest time!

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One of the very first seasonal pets, most veteran players will have a wolpertinger or 5 hanging out in their logs. It’s a critter, and starts off Uncommon, so for most battlers that’s where they’ll stay. He’s a fairly decent pet, though.

To get the Wolpertinger if you don’t have one yet, go to your faction’s Brewfest area, outside of Orgrimmar or Ironforge. There are breadcrumbs in most major cities. I also made a map:

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There are 2 ways to get the Wolpertinger. The first way you can also employ to get another holiday pet, the Pink Pachyderm. Every day there are many repeatable quests you can do to  earn holiday currency, as well as a few one-time quests, basically there to show you how to do the dailies. Ram racing, repelling invaders, all kinds of shenanigans.

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This currency isn’t a technical ‘currency’ found in your Currency tab, though. It’s an item which takes up bag space. You can use this currency to buy either of the holiday pets, or any number of other vanity items.

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The two pets are (clumsily) highlighted here. You might notice the Wolpertinger is quite a bit more expensive than the Pachyderm. Luckily, there’s another method for obtaining that tankard.

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You can do this quest with any level character, and it’s relatively simple, though if your cross-realm is rather populated you may want to try & snag it at off-hours, or save it until later in the holiday so there’s less competition for the wild wolpertingers. Unless you fiddle with your video settings, it’s already a difficult quest, since the Synthebrew Goggles make it really hard to see anything. Because you’re drunk. Get it?

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The wolpertinger itself is a somewhat odd mix of abilities. It’s the only Critter with a strong offensive Dragonkin nuke in Sleeping Gas, though there aren’t a ton of opponents where that combo is particularly useful. Sleeping Gas shares a slot with Fly By, one of the easier to use damage debuffs in the minigame, and this pet can use it starting at a relatively quite low level. He also starts off with the utilitarian critter Scratch.

The Wolpertinger rounds out his moveset with Beast abilities. Rampage is alright if combined with that Fly By debuff, but is fairly mediocre for the 3 round tradeoff. By contrast, Headbutt is fairly stellar, and has a chance to stun. Horn Attack is his last move. It’s an alright move, but the Wolpertinger is relatively slow, making his RNG-unfriendly stun a near impossibility, especially in PVP, where speedy pets are king.

As you level he gets relatively worse and worse, but he’s a very solid choice for an early team.

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Just not early as in, in the morning, as in I really wasn’t kidding about that beer.

Midsummer Festival

While everyone else is busy burning things down or whatever, I figured I’d put up a short post with the pets available for this holiday.

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There are 2 pets you can get, both elementals. The Spirit of Summer has a moveset identical to the Fel Flame I love so dearly. The Spirit’s stat allocation is slightly different, and it is only available in Breed 13, B/B. It starts off Uncommon quality by default, but they’re tradeable so you may be able to snag a pre-stoned one off the auction house.

To get one you need to do a whole lot of holiday stuff to get a whole bunch of flowers, which are apparently currency, somehow. Even though they’re like, on fire. Whatever, Warcraft. Each spirit costs 350 flowers.

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The other comes from doing the holiday boss, Ahune. The first time you kill him each day, you are awarded Satchel of Chilled Goods, which has a chance to contain a Frigid Frostling. The Frostling will throw a snowball at you which makes it snow, but he’s otherwise fairly unremarkable. His moves include the accuracy diminishing Slippery Ice and the ever-popular stunner Ice Tomb, plus the aquatic Surge.

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The Frostlings are fairly rare, but also tradeable. They start off rare, so don’t worry about stones.

Ahune’s loot table has also been upgraded to ilvl 480, but psh, gear.