Exclusive - Aion 2.5 Pet Changes Preview
NCsoft has introduced a host of changes to Aion with the 2.5 "Empyrean Calling" patch. Ten Ton Hammer got a sneak peek at the new pet changes coming players’ way. Not only are there new pets, but there is also a new system to keep track of the pet’s mood as well as a new pet management system and gifts for taking care of your pets well. See how it all comes together in the following preview guide!
|Changes in 2.5
> Related Pages: Pet Food | Pet List
> Related Page: Patch Notes 2.0 | Patch Notes 2.5
Pet TypesYou can place pets into 7 categories.
|Companion||A companion pet will be the cutest and most loyal friend you’ve ever had. They’ll follow you around endlessly with no complaints and you will never have to worry about cleaning up a mess.|
|Signal||Signal pets alert you
when a player of the opposing faction is approaching.
* Signal pets will not alert you if the attacker is in Hide Mode.
|Fortune||Fortune pets love to eat junk! Better yet, they can transform your junk in to jewels, metals, dyes, and even weapons.|
|Pack||Pack pets have their own Inventory and can store additional items for you. The pet’s inventory can be used at any time.|
|Purebred||A hard to acquire pet, Purebreds offer more than one function.|
|Buff||This pet will hold onto some of your consumables and auto-apply them to you when your previous buff ends.|
|Loot||This pet will automatically loot enemies that you defeat. The looted items will automatically be applied to your inventory.|
Get a Pet!
|Acquire Pet Egg →
To get a pet of your own, you must first acquire a pet egg. You can purchase them in the NCsoft Store or in-game through the Pet Merchant. They are also given with any AoB purchase or through Quest and Veteran Rewards.
Purchase with KinahPets can be purchased with Kinah from Pet Merchants, who offer Companion, Pack, and Fortune pets. Your purchased egg will be placed in your Inventory.
Purchase with Daily Quest TokensThe tokens awarded when you complete Daily Quests can be used to purchase pet eggs from Special Reward Stewards. Each organization offers different pet types.
Purchase from the NCsoft StoreYou can find many adorable and unique pets in the NCsoft Store for purchase.
OtherThere are several other ways to acquire a pet. You can get them through Veteran Rewards or through quests and some higher level Instances.
Pet management menuTo open your Pet Window you can either right-click on your pet or right-click on the pet’s target bar to open your Pet Window. The Pet Window displays your pet’s information and has a menu for management and feeding, depending on the pet type.
Displays your pet’s information and gives access to the pet’s function(s). For inventory pets, you can manage items here. For an Auto-feeding pet, you can set the food and scrolls to use automatically.
Use the different actions you’ve learned through pet manuals to raise your pet’s mood. Refer to the pet management section below.
When your pet’s mood is at 100% you can use this command to receive a Pet Present.
You can dismiss the summoned pet through the Pet management menu. A pet’s mood is reset 10 minutes after it is dismissed.
Your pet’s name can be changed at any time from the Pet window’s menu.
* After changing your pet’s name there is a 30 second delay before you can change it again.
Pet Status and Interactions
First, click on Pet Status from the menu:
Choose an Interaction:
New with the 2.5 update!
- Checking your pet’s status and using different emotes learned from pet manuals will improves your pet’s mood.
- There is a cool down of 10 minutes before you can check your pet’s status again.
- If you haven’t learned any pet emotes you will not be able to check your pet’s status.
- Pet Status: Check your pet’s status to open up your available emotes and increase your pet’s mood.
- Pet Present: This option can only be chosen if your pet’s mood is at 100%. There is a 1hr cool down before you can receive another present.
Choosing an available emote will trigger a reaction from the pet and its mood will increase (Each emote offers the same increase in mood).
Pets have three random reactions when you interact with them – normal, good, very good – Very Good increases the pet mood more than the others. This reaction is not common and has a low percentage of occurrence (roughly 10%). Watch out for the special animation when your pet gives a Very Good reaction.
Acquiring Pet Manuals
Elyos can complete 3 chain quests: Leah’s Loneliness > Emotional Pet > Love for Pet
Asmodian can complete 3 chain quests: Mane’s Best Friend > Pet’s Hidden Thoughts > Pet Waiting for Love
|Conditions for Mood Reset
The conditions in which a pet’s mood is reset are listed below. Be careful not to lose what you’ve worked so hard to gain.
- Summoning another pet will reset your pet’s mood
- If a pet is dismissed for over ten minutes the Pet Mood will be reset. However, if you have not summoned any other pet during those 10 minutes you can still summon that pet and it will maintain its mood.
- When the pet’s mood reaches 100% and you get a Pet Present the mood will be reset.
Keeping your pet summoned and using the different pet management functions will continue to increase the pet’s mood until it reaches 100%, then you can receive a Pet Present.
Checking Pet Mood
When you click on the pet, there is status bar at the top of the screen
that represents the pet’s mood. When you mouse-over the
status bar it will display the pet’s mood and current status.
Managing your Pet’s Mood
One is by playing with the pet or by using the pet emotes available. Another is by keeping your pet summoned. The former can only be used once every 10 minutes and you’ll see a larger increase on the mood gauge. The latter boosts your pet’s mood over time and is convenient because no action is needed.
A Gift from your Pet
When the pet mood reaches 100% you can select “pet
present” in the interaction bar or management menu (This
option is only available when your pet’s mood is 100%).
Upon selecting this option, you will receive a Pet Present as the reward. Opening the present will give you a number of coins dependant on the character level.
You can only use the Pet Present command once an hour, even if the pet’s mood is at 100% again. This applies to all pet’s, so you will be unable to switch pets and receive another present in that same hour.
Using your pet’s functions
Functional pets are pets that have functions like their own Inventory or Auto-feeding. The pet’s description is displayed in the Pet window next to the pet information.
Pet functions can be used and set in the Pet Window. You can move items to your Pack pets Inventory here and set the food, drinks, and magical items for an Auto-feeding pet to use.
Fortune Pets – Feeding
Only fortune pets eat pet foodFortune pets need to be fed and each type requires a specific type of food. If you feed them until they are full, they will produce a bundle item that is placed in your Inventory and can be opened to receive a gift.
To feed your pet, go to the Feeding tab in the Pet window and then drag the appropriate food to the food bowl slot.
Most pets will only eat a particular food type and once they are fully fed, they will need to wait a while before eating again.
Pets mainly eat junk items (that can be acquired during hunting), so it’s good to collect and hold on to them for a later feeding.
|Pets cannot be fed while engaged in combat or in combat mode|
> Related Page: Pet Food
Pack Pets – Inventory
This pet comes fully equipped with its own Pet Bag (Inventory) that can be opened through the Pet window. The number of spaces available depends on the pet type. You can use your pet’s pouch anytime, anywhere.
* You can store untradeable items and quest items in your pet’s bag.
* Make sure you don’t forget about quest items, as they won’t update in the Quest status this way.
When you summon a pack pet, a paw button will appear in your inventory to open the pet’s bag.
Auto-feeding - Feed Bag
Auto-feeding pets can use food, drinks, and magical items for you when
they are placed in the pet’s Feed Bag. Typically you would
have to reuse these items when their time expires or create a macro to
do it for you, but with an auto-feeding pet it will happen
automatically when the time hits 0. This function can be toggled on/off
from the Feed Bag tab of the Pet window.
Auto-looting - Pick Up Item
Auto-looting pets pick up items for their master. You can toggle this function from the Pet Loot tab of the Pet window.
Note: The pet can only pick up items within 28m and if you have ownership of the loot. It will not pick up any untradeable items, those that require a dice roll, or if the loot setting is Free-For-All.
Hot KeysThe 2.5 update introduced the option to set hot keys for different pet actions.
[Options] → [Key Mapping] tab to set hot keys to open your Pet List and Pet Info or to Select Pet.