Updated Wed, Oct 10, 2012 by Mem
One of the things I was most looking forward to with the launch of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria was the addition of Pet Battles. I was already fond of my vanity pets and the fact that they would now be more than just showpieces almost made me jump up and down and squeal like a schoolgirl. I fully anticipated that when the expansion launched I would dive headfirst into Pet Battles and become a master in no time at all.
Sadly, that is not quite how things worked out. I haven't given much time to Pet Battles and have instead spent most of my days happily leveling up my Pandaren Monk. I have decided that now is the time to change that. However, I refused to dive into the world of Pet Battles totally unprepared. To help me along the way I wanted to seek out some handy dandy addons that would make my Pet Battle experience in Mists of Pandaria just a little bit easier.
To do this I searched various sites around the web for suggestions and then loaded them up into my game to try for myself as I embarked on my Pet Battle journey. After much trial and error, I have discovered what I believe to be some of the most useful Pet Battle addons currently available. Below you will find the fruits of my labors with a listing of my top 5 Pet Battle addon finds. Hopefully these addons will prove to be as useful to you as they have been to me.
While Blizzard has a knack for getting things right, sometimes things don't turn out quite as we may have dreamed. The Pet Journal is inevitably one of those things. Somewhat difficult to navigate and rather unwieldy, I can say with certainly that I am not alone in my wishing for a simpler way to find the information I need. The addon BattlePet Count provides us with exactly that.
BattlePet Count ignores the Pet Journal totally and instead provides all pertinent information in the form of a simple tooltip. When the player hovers over a pet, it not only lets you know if you already own that particular pet, but also what level it is, and what quality it is. BattlePet Count also works with vendors who sell pets, as well as the Auction House, letting you know if you are currently the owner of any pets available.
When it comes to Pet Battle addons in Mists of Pandaria Pokemon Trainer really takes the cake. This addon single-handedly adds a ton of useful features that will be sure to aid every Pet Battle enthusiast. You won't believe it till you try it yourself!
For the first of its tricks, Pokemon Trainer delivers upon you a handy tooltip when you hover over any opponent. This tooltip informs you whether your current team has any pets in it that are stronger than the opponent's. The tooltip appears no matter what type of pet you hover your mouse over.
Battling against teams of pets? No problem! Pokemon Trainer provides a similar tooltip whether you are battling NPCs or other players. Pokemon Trainer also accounts for those of us who lose our heads in battle and forget which pets do well against others and provides a handy tooltip when the Switch Pet button is used showing your team and when you mouse over each of them shows their viability against the current opponent(s).
For its final trick, the Pokemon Trainer addon also shows the possible abilities of your enemies which means you can easily prepare for and possibly counter attacks even before they happen. This addon is in development stages and while I did not personally encounter any glitches or bugs, don't get discouraged if you stumble across some. With even more useful features planned in the future, when Pokemon Trainer is released in all its glory it will be even more magnificent than we can imagine. This mod is a must have for any Pet Battle lover in Mists of Pandaria.
Have I mentioned that I feel the Pet Journal could use some improvement? Pet Journal Enhanced is another addon that improves the rather awkward feeling journal. This addon adds several additional filtering options to the journal that make life in Mists of Pandaria run a little bit smoother. Pet Journal Enhanced also shows each individual pet's specialization as an icon that shows that pet's highest stat as well as that pet's rarity (works on non-wild pets only). This addon is also in a beta stage, so once again, some bugs and glitches are to be expected.
While I am not quite ready for creating any serious teams, since I've only recently focused on Pet Battles, that doesn't mean that I can't prepare for the future. The addon Pet Battle Teams is for the player who has more than a few teams at their disposal and wishes for an easy way to load them up. With a single click a team can be loaded and ready for your next Pet Battle. My only complaint with this addon is that it seems you can easily overwrite any saved team, however, the benefits of this mod make this slight downfall easy to overlook.
While actually battling our pets is what most of us focus on, it stands to reason that to battle we actually need to get out there and collect pets. No matter if you are a newbie like me or an old hat, we each need to get out there and expand our pet collection to create the best teams possible. Wild Pets are one of the major sources we have to turn to in our efforts to "collect 'em all"
BattlePetsList makes this process just a little bit simpler. This simple addon allows the player to use a slash command to determine what pets are available in the area your character is in. When used this slash command (/bpl) BattlePetsList brings up a listing of the battle pets in the area, and goes an extra step by coloring the pets you have already collected a delightful red color.
This addon can also check other zones for battle pets, however, there is a slight pitfall. BattlePetsLists requires you to be amazingly accurate in your spelling of the zone name and is also case sensitive. Thankfully this will hopefully not always be the case as this addon is currently in the development process and hopefully this issue will be resolved in the near future.
That is it for my selections for top 5 Pet Battle addons. What addons have you found particularly helpful for Pet Battles? Have you discovered any that are duds? Help increase the knowledge of our community by sharing your experiences with various Pet Battle addons in the comment section below!