I ain’t tested this yet, but yesterday Kay left a comment that has rocked my world.
See, now, the very BEST thing about that Terrible Turnip pet? It’s got an attack that will never reduce the opponent to zero HP. PERFECT for capturing more pets!
This is game changing info for me, folks. And if you are anything LIKE me, it will cut down the frustration factor for you, too.
The Terrible Turnip ability in question is Weakening Blow.
From the text on Wowhead, “Unleashes a restrained attack, dealing 20 Elemental damage. This attack cannot reduce the opponent’s health below 1.”
Obviously that is level 1 pet info. Ability power and damage scales with level.
I just completed my 250 discrete pets achievement last night, acquiring my Feral Vermling in the process.
I haven’t been shooting for high level teams, I’ve been prioritizing going from zone to zone, capturing those pets I don’t have.
My max level team is around level 11, with my go-to badass being my Grunty the Murloc Marine.
My other two main pets are the Darkmoon Zeppelin and the Phoenix Hatchling.
What I’ve basically done is create a Marine Corps Fire Team, with a direct fire assault specialist, call for artillery and medic.
You do things your way, I’ll do them mine.
It’s great, I love my team. They’re lots of fun to level and battle with when I’m trying to go for a complete takedown. I’ve kicked the butts of level 13 battle pet groups in the wild.
BUT… I am flying around the world, visiting every zone, and trying to capture every pet I don’t have yet, including the level 1 pets.
My A-Team is just a tad bit overpowered when trying to capture a level 1 Spirit Crab.
That means I’ve got to have a second plan just for capturing pets.
Every time I mouse over a pet I don’t have yet, I swoop in and then check their level versus my various saved Pet Battle Teams (love that addon), and try to balance a pet team so I have one pet that is underpowered, one that is right on or a teeny bit higher, and then usually my high level Phoenix as a backup.
The way I’ve been doing it, I try to pick a low level pet so I can do just enough damage without doing TOO MUCH, killing my desired capture target. Then I’ve got an appropriately leveled pet so when a second or third pet shows up, I’ve got someone I would like to level up a bit available to swap in and do some butt kicking, get some XP. And I’ve got my high level Phoenix to make sure I can pull it out if I am in over my head, and ALSO to provide after-battle healing.
I’ve tried to spend enough time thinking about it to be ready, without going overboard on matching precise teams to every kind of pet balancing, you know?
Despite all this, I cannot count how many times I have killed a rare by hitting it too hard. Usually because my ‘underpowered’ pet has become overpowered from all the previous captures, and needed to be swapped out before I pulled that last rare, damnit.
Is it a big problem? Nah.
Is it something I’m going to lose sleep over?
Of course not.
But damn it’s annoying to get that rare I wanted, only to kill it by hitting too hard!
I killed three rare Polly’s in Northern Stranglethorn before I found a team low enough to get ‘er done while healthy enough to live through the adds.
Now, here is where the timeliness of Kays comment saved my bacon.
I had a Terrible Turnip pet in this mornings crop, and I went and put it on the Auction House.
It was only when I got to work that I checked comments, saw what Kay had to tell us, and about blew a vessel. I had the perfect capturing pet and let it get away? Ah crap!
Thanks be to Cassie who saw it on her own, and canceled my auction for me, so I still have it waiting to learn and level when I get home.
I am absolutely going to add the Terrible Turnip to my team, focus on getting that little guy leveled, and make him my permanent go-to pet for all capturing duties here on out.
I don’t know for certain this is the perfect answer since I ain’t tried it yet, but as far as I can see, no more shall I lose those rares from my own idiocy.
Thank you Kay, and thank you to Blizzard for thinking ahead and giving us a pet to prevent morons like me from killing the very things we fought for in the first place.