BfA Pet Team

Iron Starlette Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling
Clockwork Gnome Swamp Croaker
Teroclaw Hatchling Ikky
Nexus Whelpling Nether Faerie Dragon
Feline Familiar Rapana Whelk (x2)
Pandaren Water Spirit Darkmoon Zeppelin
Chrominius Zanalari Kneebiter
Yellow Moth

These are the fifteen pets I use to defeat all 22 Pet Tamers in the 6 BfA zones. If you have to level some pets to max level, 25, then these are as good a group as any. Once you’ve got them to 25 then check out the strategies in the BfA Pet Tamers blog entry (to follow) for how to use one or two of them to level up others.

Levelling

However, how do you get your first group of pets to 25? Well, there are two approaches a good, efficient and quick way and a bad, inefficient and slow way. The inefficient way is to take your pets to Durotar and level some up pet battling against low level, 1 – 2, wild pets. Then move on to Northern Barrens, level 3 – 4, Ashenvale, level 4 – 6…

Or if you have 2 decent level 25 pets you fight level 25 opposition and get a much bigger XP boost, and level up much faster with one level 1+ pet, than you can fighting level appropriate opposition (the inefficient way). The only obvious caveat here is that your two level 25 pets need to be good enough to beat 3 level 25 wild pets. If you don’t have two level 25 pets capable of tearing a new one for three opponents then you may have to start from scratch and level some good all-rounders the slow inefficient way.

Get the right pets

Take a quick look at this table. What this table shows is that some pets families for example Aquatic pets (top), are particularly good against some pets, Elementals and Undead, while being bad against others, in this case Magic and Flying. So it’s really helpful to have at least 10 robust and hard hitting pets one from each family. Whether you grind up some other pets the hard way or buy them from the Auction House here is a great selection of easily obtainable pets you would benefit from having in your collection

FamilyFirst choiceGood Alternative
DragonkinEmerald Proto-Whelp

Sholazar Basin
Nexus Whelpling

Coldara, Borean Tundra.
UndeadUnborn Val’kyr

very specific locations, one in every Northrend zone.
Infected Squirrel

Silverpine, Bloodmyst Isle, Hillsbrad, Eastern Plaguelands.
MechanicalMechanical Pandaren Dragonling

Engineering.
Lil’ Smoky

Engineering (you will need to upgrade to rare with a special stone).
HumaniodAnubisath Idol

Temple of Ahn’Qiraj
Flayer Youngling

Terrokar Forest.
FlyingYellow Moth

Vendor: Sixx, The Exodar
Ikky

Quest: Ikky [97]: Spires of Arak
CrittersRapana Whelk, or pretty much any snail

Dread Wastes, Pandaria
Arctic Hare or any rabbit/hare

Borean Tundra, Dragonblight, Zul’Drak, The Storm Peaks
MagicLofty Libram

Hillsbrad Foothills
Mini Mindslayer

´╗┐Temple of Ahn’Qiraj
ElementalShale Hatchling (any colour)

Desolace, Deepholm
Electrified Razortooth

Isle of Thunder, Pandaria
BeastsTwilight Spider

Azshara, Deepholm, Twilight Highlands
Alpine Foxling (Kit)

Kun-Lai Summit, Townlong Steppes
AquaticsEternal Strider

Vale of Eternal Blossoms
Emperor Crab

Dread Wastes

Why two lists? Why isn’t the second list just an expanded version of the first? Well, the first list is the pets required to defeat the BfA Pet Tamer battles. These are a little more challenging and require very specific pets and strategies to defeat them, usually with two 25s and a carry (to get good levelling XP). The second list are solid selections from each pet family for defeating a wide range of wild pets.

With the starter set above you should have few problems defeating wild pets to expand your collection. If you struggle bear two things in mind. Use the right family to beat the opponent pet. One family that does extra damage or has extra defence to damage from pets of the opponents family. If this still isn’t working look at the opponents attacks. Many pets are one family but can do attacks of another family. So perhaps you’ll need a pet with extra defence against the family of attacks the opponent does, not the family the pet is from.

For example, Spiny Terrapin is an Aquatic pet, unsurprisingly it does Aquatic attacks, but it also has Critter and Beast attacks. If you are using a pet that is strong against Aquatic attacks but weak to Beast or Critter attacks you may be using the wrong pet.

How To level 1+ pets

The key to levelling 1+ pets with two 25s, against level 25 opposition is getting the Level 1+ pet to face opponents without taking damage. Easier said that done. Actually it’s easier done than explained. Do battle with a level 25 to start with. When the pet dies bring in your level 1+. Your very next turn should be used to Switch Pet to the second Level 25. It is key that you bring in the Level 1+ after another pet dies. Do not attempt to attack or dodge, your very next move is to Switch Pet the other Level 25. The Level 1+ pets is carried, so the two Level 25 pets should be capable of finishing at least one and a half level 25 opponents.

This primer is intended to help you start a collection. Build an initial stable of level 25 pets and with this stable get more pets. Eventually you will collect the pets in the first list you really need for current content. With the stable of starter pets you quickly level up new pets to 25 using the easy, efficient and faster method. Soon you’ll have a strong pet collection with which you can easily acquire more and more wild pets and accumulate the tokens from battles with which you can buy more vendored pets. You can go from very few pets to large collection in no time. However the initial grind to start out may be a little tricky, if you invest you time and effort in the right pets at the start you’ll be laughing in the long run.

Good luck and have fun

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