Pet battles, Warcraft’s new game-within-a-game, is not only fun but a great way to get a lot of achievement points for the Achievement Hunter within your soul. I wanted to figure out how to quickly get to the Pandaria pet battle dailies while getting as many achievement points as possible.
There are plenty of ways to get your pets to 25, but here’s the way I ended up doing it quickly while knocking out a ton of achievements. It took me two days starting with three level one pets (and two level 20 pets in my roster), and my priorities were:
- Level three pets to 25
- Capture a pet in every area ([Continental Tamer] and sub-achievement)
- Beat the battle masters in every area ([Taming Azeroth] and sub-achievements)
- Knock out as many of the pets as possible for the [World Safari] achievements
One of the great things about pet battles is that you truly can build whatever team you want. Three mechanical dragons? Fine. A ghost, a broom, and a sentient turnip? Knock yourself out. There are plenty of places to go to debate what the ideal 3-pet rotation is, but this is not that place. We do so much min-maxing for raids and even just dungeons that I personally relished the chance to simply go with my favorite pets and leave it at that. I even ended up leveling an [Enchanted Broom], just because it has the finest attack illustrations in the game.
Mechanical Squirrel: Jakhini Core Hound Pup: Tank Snake: Cenarihiss
Leveling To 25
First, I purchased two level-20 battle pets on the Drenden auction house and went in search of a level 15-16 pet area (Note: You’ll need to have leveled at least one pet to level 20 the hard way before you can purchase a level 20 pet on the AH). Un’Goro Crater is a good choice, but I went with Burning Steppes because flying through treetops makes me insane.
- Equip your pet-to-be-leveled in the first slot of your pet journal
- Equip your two purchased level-20 pets in the next two slots
- Challenge a level 15-16 world pet to a battle
- Hit the world pet once with your level 1 pet, then swap it out with one of your bigger pets
- Kill the challenger.
- Repeat (4 to 5 battles, in my experience) until your desired pet is level 7, then do the same with any other level 1 pets you want to bring onto your team before you…
- Move to a level 20-21 pet area and repeat the above process until your desired pet(s) are level 15. It only took me about an hour to level all three of my desired pets to level 15.
Continental Tamer Achievement & Taming Azeroth Achievement
Once I had my desired team of level 15 pets, I went back to Orgrimmar (Stormwind for Alliance) and picked up the quest series to defeat Kalimdor Trainers and Eastern Kingdoms Trainers.
I chose at random to start in Kalimdor, and worked my way from north to south. I went to each zone and flew around until I saw a pet that was unique to that zone – I personally used the simple and useful PetBattleArena.com to find unique pets, though there are lots of resources, including the profoundly weighty WoWhead Pet Map– then flew down to battle it.
If the creature I was fighting was green or blue, I captured it. If not, I killed it quickly and moved on. This was just my own personal desire not to fill up my pet journal with grey or white creatures, or with more than one of the same creature. However, my OCDness tripped me up a few times; for example, I fought a white Tiny Bog Monster in the Wetlands and killed it, thinking I could do better- then, of course, spent an hour looking in vain for another spawn.
When I came to a zone with a Master Pet Battler, I fought them until I won. In Winterspring, I wasn’t able to defeat the Master Pet Battler and so walked around close to the battler picking fights with world pets until all of my team was level 17. I had to do the same thing in Terrokar with the Shattarath pet battler (curse you, aquatic pet team!), and then again in Dragonblight. However, it only took about 20 minutes to level my whole team each time, and was fun, to boot!
After moving through all of Kalimdor, I went through Eastern Kingdoms- north to south again- and then flew back to Orgrimmar to pick up the Outlands Tamer quests. Capturing a pet and winning a pet battle was muchfaster in Outlands and Northrend, though by Northrend you’re really starting to feel the complexity of your team choices. In Northrend, I actually leveled a fourth pet (my boss broom, yo) to make the battles a little easier.
World Safari Achievement
Certain pets, like the Snowy Owl (Winterspring) and Qiraj Guardians (Silithus), only spawn at different times of year (the owl in the winter and guardians in the summer), so I knew I wasn’t going to get all of my World Safari achievement accomplished in a few days.
However, if you use PetBattleArena.com, or whatever resource you like the best, to pick up rare pets as you move through each zone for the Continental Tamer meta-achievement, you’ll make a huge dent in your Safari achievement list (and we all know filling in the blanks of an achievement is a lot less daunting than starting from step one)!
Happy hunting, battlers!
Lucked into finishing Northrend Tamer (and with it Continental Tamer) just recently. Whether it’s due to phasing or CZR, I was seeing NO pets spawning in Storm Peaks and it wasn’t snowing. Finally found an arctic hare over by Frosthold and snagged one of his friends.
Still hoping for the arctic fox in SP and scourged whelpling in Icecrown one of these days…
In Storm Peaks, it’s incredibly hard to catch a pet. I don’t have the WoWhead link to Northrend Tamers in front of me, but the advice there- and what worked for me- was to hang out around the rim of Frosthelm (my character was Horde) and *kill all the ambient pets* whenever you see them spawn.
Apparently, battle pets and ambient pets share the same spawn points, so killing the critters increases your chances of getting a battle pet to spawn. I have no idea if that’s true, but it’s what I did and indeed, a battle rabbit eventually spawned for the achievement.
One of the greatest ways to kill time! I pet battle and think “Hmm I’ve only been here 5 minutes…” and I’ve actually been doing it for 3 hours. Such an awesome addiction. I saw a kun-lai runt last night, but my pets aren’t a high enough level to take one on just yet. I really should fix that…
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This is what I did to power level some level 1 pets with level 25s.
I found a bunch of turtles along the water at the northern part of Valley of 4 Winds. Whip out a level 1 pet and challenge the turtle. About half the time, the turtle will cast its shield as its first move. If so, hit it once and switch to your high level pet. Complete the battle and your level 1 should ding 5. Each subsequent battle should bring up your pet another level up to 8 or 9, but you can fight non-turtle pets now.
What if the turtle decides to smack your level one? Res and try again. :p
I like the battle turtles! Plus, you can pretend you’re battling the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so really it’s win/win. 🙂
Please note that many of the safari achievements are bugged, where pet’s won’t register as collected. Many, many, many requests with Blizzard later, a complete introduction of 5.2 in between, they maintain it will be fixed “as soon as possible”.
If at least they would be honest saying it has no priority, you can choose doing something else, but no. Fixing the triggers to an achievement – like many new ones have been introduced in 5.2 – is no major feat.
So be careful, we’ve seen before what happens to parts of the game that didn’t bring Blizzard what they wanted. You may be wasting a huge load of time.
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I tried pet battles but never really got into it. I might try it again though after following this guide.
Nice info! Thanks!