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Exclusive - Aion 2.5 Pet Changes Preview

Updated Tue, May 17, 2011 by jeffprime

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!




Pet system

Changes in 2.5
  • 13 new pets added
  • New Auto-feeding and Auto-looting pets
  • Added a pet condition that shows mood and changed the menu
  • Added pet management that allows many social actions with the pet

> Related Pages: Pet Food | Pet List

> Related Page: Patch Notes 2.0 | Patch Notes 2.5

Pet Types

You can place pets into 7 categories.

Type Function
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 → Adopt Pet

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.


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Buy the pet from pet merchant....

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Purchase pets using Daily Quest tokens

Purchase with Kinah

Pets 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 Tokens

The 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 Store

You can find many adorable and unique pets in the NCsoft Store for purchase.

Other

There 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 menu

To 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.

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Pet Info
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.

Pet Status
Use the different actions you’ve learned through pet manuals to raise your pet’s mood. Refer to the pet management section below.

Pet Present
When your pet’s mood is at 100% you can use this command to receive a Pet Present.

Dismiss
You can dismiss the summoned pet through the Pet management menu. A pet’s mood is reset 10 minutes after it is dismissed.

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Change Name
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:

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Choose an Interaction:

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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.
Selecting your pet will display an Interaction Petbar near your Quickbar. Initially, this gives you two options:
  • 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.
Checking your pet’s status will display another Petbar, which contains the different emotes you have learned – Snuggle Pet, Play with Pet, Groom Pet, and Train Pet.

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.


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