As part of Navi’s Ten Days of Pet Battles, I wasn’t sure if I had anything new to contribute since I’ve posted a lot about the subject but it’s always nice to reminisce about the things you love. It’s been seven months since I first wrote about Pet Battles. My first beta post described my initial experiences as a novice who didn’t learn the skill until it was reactivated for beta players. It wasn’t long before the post morphed into the Pet Battle Guide you see today so I took the opportunity to revisit my first published version giving you a look back at what it was like.

Day 1:  Your first day pet battling.

Things are quite buggy on the beta right now.

  • Missing pets – not all pets were available through the character transfer. I ended up transferring my toon over four times over the course of the beta.
  • Dead pets on challenge – This was one of the most aggravating bugs since you would start a battle and all your pets, inc. enemy pets would be dead as soon as you entered – like watching a mass suicide over and over. This was particularly annoying as I was trying to capture a cheetah cub which was really hard to come by.
  • Pets phasing in and out – passing through the threshold of zones between Mulgore and Barrens thanks to CRZ’s.
  • Flagging when you change zones or go into same faction territory – At the time I thought it was odd as I would flag passing into Thunder Bluff.

I was excited the morning after the new patch, even though it was ~19GB of download goodness. I asked on Twitter if the Battle System still needed L90 to test and was told you only needed to be L5. Woot! I couldn’t wait for my DL to finish so I could test it.

I remember getting a kick out of seeing the name of the Org Trainer. Even Matty couldn’t resist having a look when she noticed a spike in traffic. I headed outside the gates of Orgrimmar to find the first paw I could battle. I was so excited when I saw this little guy (although he was labelled a Creepy Crawly beforehand).

Tiny Harvester vs Core Hound

I mean, when do we ever get to see Harvesters in Horde zones? It brought me back to my early playing days, running around Westfall on my Night Elf/Human, so this was an unexpected surprise. I was so excited, I was just hoping I didn’t kill it with any of my pets. Luckily I didn’t.

Select Pet in the pet journal

This was the makeup of my original team. I really only used my corehound as he was such a beast and demolished any opponent I went up against, including tamer pets.

I had such a blast that day, I couldn’t resist mentioning my first Moonkin Hatchling battle – I almost died laughing in my chair.

If you get a chance, battle your Moonkin Hatchling with a rat (or anything with stampede). It was the cutest thing, I couldn’t stop laughing. Stampede causes the Moonkin to spin around (as it flaps its wings) which was adorable.

moonkin rat My First Day of Pet Battlingmoonkin stampede My First Day of Pet Battling

And from there I was hooked.