Updated Fri, Jul 26, 2013 by Mem
Patch 5.4 is bringing a slew of changes to World of Warcraft. Quests, PvP, classes, and more will all see major changes in this patch. Not to mention the much anticipated siege on Orgrimmar is set to begin and Garrosh's downfall draws ever closer. Along with these exciting changes players can expect to see major changes come to World of Warcraft's favorite mini-game; Pet Battles. From a brand new battle ground to test out your skills, to various changes with the battles themselves, Patch 5.4 is sure to be an interesting tie for Pet Batlles.
Learn more about what Patch 5.4 holds in store for Pet Battles below:
While there are no huge changes here, players will be pleased to see a lot of minor changes that will hopefully result in Pet Battles being easier and more fun. Small changes intended to improve the quality and ease of battles includes viewable pet battles showing working health bars and various changes to how some passive pet skills work. For example Aquatic type Battle Pets passive effect now reduces damage from damage over time effects by 50%, up from 25%. Types who have also had their passive effects changed include; Critters, Dragonkin, Elemental, and Magic.
Battle Pet levels have also been removed from view unless the player is tracking Battle Pets. This means no more stalking about the world seeing critters with levels above their heads. Also done for convenience is the ability for players to turn in 3 of the same family of Flawless Battle-Stone for a single Marked Flawless Battle-Stone.
PvP Pet Battles will also hopefully
take less time as round timers will get progressively shorter for a
player who takes longer than 15 seconds to issue a command when it is
their turn. Finally, Battle Pet Training cost, as well of the price
of pets sold by Battle Pet Trainers have been reduced. Hopefully,
this will mean more players will be able to enter into the fun world
of Pet Battles.
Specific Battle Pet changes are slim in Patch 5.4 and rather insignificant. Changes here include ability positions being swapped on pets such as the Darkmoon Zeppelin and the Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling. While the Tiny Twister pet's Sandstorm ability has been replaced with Call Lightning. Wild Silk Worms will now also be correctly classified as a Critter. The biggest change in this category is the news that Battle Pets obtained from the Throne of Thunder on Raid Finder difficulty can now be won from a bonus roll, in addition to the standard roll.
Battle Pet abilities will be earning a
slew of small, but important changes in Patch 5.4. Some abilities
will see nerfs, while others will see great improvements. A sampling
of the changes players can expect in this area include Accuracy that
now affects the whole pet team, Nether Gate damage being reduced by
33%, and Trihorn Shield now displays the correct amount of damage
reduction. For a more complete list of the changes coming to Battle
Pet Abilities check out the Patch 5.4 patch notes on Blizzard's
While this juicy tidbit would probably naturally fall under the “General” section of Pet Battle changes, it is exciting enough that we decided it deserves it's own section. In fact, the Celestial Tournament may be the most exciting change Pet Battles will see in the newest patch. What is it you ask? The Celestial Tournament is a vaguely hinted about Pet Battle tournament set to launch in Patch 5.4.
Wondering how you get in? In order to compete int his select arena you must have at least 30 pets that have obtained level 25. A simple thing for those who live and breathe Pet Battles, but a slight more difficult for those of us who are less dedicated. Inside players will compete with their pets and earn various rewards. Keep checking back for an overview of the Celestial Tournament or check it out for yourself on the PTR by visiting Master Li on the Timeless Isle.
What do you think about the Pet Battle changes coming in Patch 5.4? What would you like to see in future patches? Share your thoughts with us by using the comments section below!