Last night, I was called off the bench to join Team Wanda in their first serious attempt at Iron Qon normal 10, and in the process we killed both Iron Qon AND The Twin Consorts.
I then had the pleasure of dying at the hands of Lei Shen.
I can’t wait to see these released on LFR. I think they’re going to be fun for 25 people, but easier to grasp than Drurumoomoo.
Of course, I might also be huffing paint, so we’ll see tomorrow.
This post isn’t about that.
Instead, I am just gushing to talk about PET BATTLES!!!
I did get a team to level 25 a while back, got a bunch of achievements, I even added several more pets up to 25 so as to have some variety.
What I didn’t do was ever finish the Pandaren Spirit Tamer quests, the elementals.
Seemed to be tough, legendary pets, you know. Something to save for when I had some free time. Something to look forward to.
This last weekend, my son saw the Burning Pandaren Spirit Tamer sitting on an island as I flew past to collect ore, and asked me if I could fight him.
Well, okay. Sure, I guess.
I checked on Wowhead to see what kinds of pets he had, and they recommended a Humanoid, specifically the Anubisath Idol that drops from Twin Emperors in AQ40 to go after the Dragonkin, a pet with Aquatic attacks that wasn’t actually water for the Fire Elemental (like the Rapana Whelk), and then whatevers to take on the flying one.
I have an Anubisath Idol, I got it from the AH. Still level 1, though. And I have a Rapana Whelk, but it’s only level 24. My go-to Aquatic pet is the Emperor Crab, with the instant Aquatic attack, Shell Shield and Healing Mists.
I do have a Humanoid, though… the Kun Lai Runt. He was an easy humanoid to ge to 25 late in the leveling game, because you can capture one at about level 22 in the Kun Lai Summit area.
Meh, a humanoid is a humanoid, an aquatic is an aquatic, let’s kick this pig.
So, smash the humanoid attack over and over, Dragonkin dies. Elemental insta-kills my Kun Lai Runt, then my Emperor Crab soloes both of the last two pets easily with Shell Shield and Healing Mists keeping me at full the entire time. Not even remotely a chance of losing.
So, I won! The elemental fire spirit is cute. I’d like one of those. I should finish that quest someday
Something about that made me remember, back in the day, people were talking about this tamer being an easy faceroll to use to quickly level pets. I can see what they meant, I didn’t even have an Anubisath Idol and it was easy.
That made me wonder, just how fast could you level a pet that way? Was it nerfed?
I took my Kun Lai Runt and Emperor Crab, plus the level 1 Anubisath Idol, to Terokkar Forest and fought a Skunk. Anubisath Idol dinged level 4. You’d expect that, with a level 1 pet getting XP from some level 20’s.
Okay, so then I took the Anubisath Idol as first pet, Kun Lai Runt as second and Emperor Crab as third to the Burning Pandaren Spirit Tamer.
The first pet he uses is always the Dragonkin, and the first attack the Dragonkin uses is ALWAYS the Tornado, which calls up the whirlwind but doesn’t actually do any damage in that first round. Low level pet is assured to survive that round.
So, level 4 pet, Dragonkin summons a whirlwind, my Idol walks up and punches the Dragonkin on the snout and bravely runs away.
Swap in the Kun Lai Runt, and proceed to spam my humanoid ‘punch in nose HARD’ ability.
The whirlwind did a lot of damage to the overall team, but nobody died, not even the level 4 Idol. I can see why people say the Anubisath Idol at 25 is good for this, because that sandstorm ability nefs the damage done by the whirlwind to the ground, preventing your cowering low level beasties in the back row from taking too much damage.
Can we get through this round?
Dragonkin died, Kun Lai Runt died, Emperor Crab finished off the last two same as before.
Anubisath Idol dinged level 11.
Really? Level 11? One fight?
Okay, try a second fight.
Wait, level 16?
My Anubisath Idol was level 25 in about a half hour to an hour of fighting… because I don’t have any bandages, I didn’t look up where the nearest Stable Master was for quick heals, and my Kun Lai Runt died every time so I had to wait out the 8 minute rez timer.
I had pets go from level 23 to 25 in one fight. Pets need about 2000 xp to go from level 24 to 25, and you get around 3000xp or more for beating the Spirit Tamer. One fight, and you ding from 24 to 25. That’s pretty nice.
So, sure I swapped some of my other ‘almost but not quite’ 23s and 24s in to top them off.
The thing is, I never finished the original quest. I was lazy, so I’d do it ‘someday’.
So, now I can go up and fight him over and over in a chain, instead of him being a daily quest giver.
I am so late to the party on this it’s not funny, but all I can do is make sure to share this with you now.
If you have at least three 25’s, and you haven’t completed the quest for the Pandaren Elemental Tamers yet, you can go grab a high level Emperor Crab from the Dread Wastes water area where the Saurok hang out, you can grab a Kun Lai Runt from the Kun Lai Summit, and they’re already pretty close to 25. It shouldn’t take too long to finish them off.
Then, once you level those two to full, you can take them and level ALL of your other pets from 1 to 25 pretty darn quick.
If you were the early bird that got the worm, already did the quest and have been doing the dailies, then it’s too late…
But, well, sometimes it pays to be the procrastinating buzzard that eats the roadkill.
On the positive side, doing the dailies got you lots of chances to get those awesome Pandaren elemental pets! So it all works out. Right?