Updated Wed, May 09, 2012 by Mem
Pet battles. When it comes to the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta, that is what everyone is waiting for. Players cannot wait to finally take the vanity out of their vanity pets and finally get some real usefulness out of those cute little buggers. Sadly though, that isn’t what we will be talking about today, at least not directly. While pet battles are still not available for play in the Mists of Pandaria beta, the new menu that will eventually lead us to that point is up and running. Continue reading on for a look at the new Pet and Mount Menu, where all initial pet battle action will take place.
When logging into WoW for the first time player’s will notice tons of differences, one of which will be the addition of a brand new button to the mini menu entitled “Mounts and Pets”. Emblazoned with the likeness of a horse, when clicked this button will lead players to the brand new pets and mounts menu.
No longer attached to the character screen, players will find it easier ever to see their various pets and mounts. In the Mounts menu players will find their mounts displayed in an easy to browse list on the left. When a particular mount is clicked on, a picture of that mount will be displayed, along with its name, to the right of the mount list. When a player has found the mount they wish to ride, they need only to click the “Mount” button on the bottom left of the menu. Player’s may also see their total number of mounts displayed in a small box near the top of the screen. See the picture below to get a better feel for the new WoW Mounts Menu.
The second tab of the brand spanking new Mounts and Pets Menu contains the Pet Journal and is probably the one you‘ve been waiting to hear about. It is here, inside this new menu, that all the initial phases of pet battle action will take place:
As you can see from the image above, players will be able to see a complete listing of pets in game in the right column of the Mounts and Pets menu. Pets owned by the player are colored, while pets not owned by the player remain grayed out. Don’t worry about rummaging through this rather bulky list of pets, as players can use the filter function to narrow down the types of pets shown, or simply use the search function to find a particular pet. Players can then summon this pet by clicking on the “Summon” button at the bottom left of the screen.
When a player selects a pet, a new menu will appear on the far right that will not only show a valuable picture of the pet but also will provide other valuable information essential to WoW pet battles. This information includes; pet name, type of pet (beast, elemental, etc.), where the pet can be obtained, as well as a full listing of the pets abilities. See the example of the Albino Snake pet below:
The second column in this menu is entirely dedicated to pet battles. There are three pet battle slots, two of which are initially locked until certain achievements are completed by the player. There is also a “Find Battle” button located at the bottom of the column that we can assume will be used to find a pet battle for your various pets. Players will also be able to view their pet battle rating at the top of the screen.
Unfortunately, pet battles are not currently working in the beta and this column, as well as the “Pet Battle” button, are essentially useless. Thus, it is currently not able to be determined what exactly the boxes in this portion of the menu will be used for. However, it seems possible that both pets involved in a battle, as well as hit points and perhaps even attacks may be displayed here.
While much is still unknown about pet battles in Mists of Pandaria and how exactly they will work, this new menu gives us at least a taste at what is to come. Keep checking back here at Ten Ton Hammer as we release more information about pet battles in Mists of Pandaria. Are you looking forward to the new pet battle system being added to WoW in Mists of Pandaria? Do you think the newly developed menu will allow you to participate in pet battles with ease? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!