Breeds, Quality, and Stats

Intermediate Skills of Battling: Breeds, Quality, and Stats

When you get into the higher side of PvE battles, you’ll start to notice that certain aspects of a pet matter more than perhaps they used to. Some of these aspects are breed, quality, and stats. I’ll go through them a bit more in-depth for you.

Power! Overwhelming Power!

Stats are the statistics of your pets and include: power, speed, and health. Each of these stats bear a mark on your pet from how much damage its attacks do, to how fast it is and how much damage it can take before dying. Stat allocation is directly tied to what breed the pet is and what quality it is. Most kinds of pets have a sort of bias towards what kind of stats they will excel at. For example, Rabbits generally have a great deal of speed while a Bear will generally have a lot of health. In addition to their stat bias, their breed will also either amplify those innate stats or help some of their other stats along.

Health is how much damage the pet can take before dying. You can defeat an opponent’s pet by reducing their pet’s health to 0. This stat can also be replaced via healing abilities and is the most important stat, as without health, the pet cannot battle.

Speed is how fast your pet is and determines who will go first each round. The pet that has the highest speed will get to go first and in the case of both pets having equal speed, the order of attack is randomly determined each round until a pet is faster than the other.

Power is how much power you pet has, determining how strong your pet’s attacks are. The higher the power stat, the stronger the attack. Also, the higher that your power stat is, the more healing you will do as well.

You can find out what stats your pet has by looking in the pet journal and clicking on the pet in question. Its information will appear on the right side of the journal.

Diamond In the Rough

Pets come in all kinds of qualities – 6 of them, actually. They are Poor, Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. While some pet tamers have Epic and Legendary pets, these rarities of pets are not accessible to players. Blizzard has stated before that it’s something that they might do in the future, but for now, we stick with what we’ve got.

Each rarity of pet has an impact on the stat allocation of the pet, with Poor quality pets getting the least amount of stat points and Legendary getting the most amount of stat points. I don’t have an exact formula for calculating the stats for a certain pet, because I don’t really care about calculating things like this. I’m more interested in actually playing with the pets than performing calculations. However, WarcraftPets has an excellent stat article on stats, breeds, and quality and they list the formulas as well as a stat calculator for each pet on their website. If you’re interested in something like this, you should definitely check it out.

As said, the amount of stat points that a pet receives is directly linked (at least partially) to what rarity a pet is. Because the amount of points increases with the rarity of the pet, it would be wise to get as many Rare pets as possible. You can achieve this by catching Rare wild pets (their names will be in blue) or purchasing Rare pets out of the Auction House. Some pets (usually ones bought with untradeable currency, such as the Champion’s Seals from the Argent Tournament) automatically come in Rare quality. Having a stable full of Rare pets will certainly help you out when you’re battling the pet tamers.

Another way to increase your pet’s rarity is to use a Battle-Stone. There are 13 different types of Battle-Stones (14 in Warlords of Draenor, but that increases pet level, not rarity) that can be used to upgrade your pets. You can obtain these stones by finding them after random wild pet battles (the higher the level of pet battle, the higher the chance of getting a stone), find them in the various pet supply sacks, find them in various bags that drop off of raid bosses (Throne of Thunder, Siege of Orgrimmar, and World Bosses), and from the Satchels of Exotic Mysteries. The Marked Flawless Battle-Stone can be obtained via an achievement, The Longest Day, from trading 3 family-specific stones for one, or by purchasing one from Master Li at the Celestial Tournament for 3 Celestial Coins.

First off, let me start off by saying that if you use one of these battle-stones to upgrade your pet, they may lose 1 or 2 levels, depending on what level they were before upgrading them.

If the battle-stoned pet was level 1-15, then it will keep those levels upon upgrade.
If the battle-stoned pet was level 16-20, then it will lose 1 level upon upgrade.
If the battle-stoned pet was level 21-25, then it will lose 2 levels upon upgrade.

Now that we have that covered, let’s get on to the battle-stones:

Polished Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any pet to Uncommon quality. Most people no longer use these, they simply wait to get a Flawless stone in their pet’s family to upgrade them. If you do want to use these, you can purchase them from Commander Lo Ping, atop Niuzao’s temple in Townlong Steppes, for 1000 Justice Points.

Flawless Aquatic Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any Aquatic pet to Rare quality.

Flawless Beast Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any Beast pet to Rare quality.

Flawless Critter Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any Critter pet to Rare quality.

Flawless Dragonkin Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any Dragonkin pet to Rare quality.

Flawless Elemental Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any Elemental pet to Rare quality.

Flawless Flying Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any Flying pet to Rare quality.

Flawless Humanoid Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any Humanoid pet to Rare quality.

Flawless Magic Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any Magic pet to Rare quality.

Flawless Mechanical Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any Mechanical pet to Rare quality.

Flawless Undead Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any Undead pet to Rare quality.

Flawless Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any pet to Rare quality.

Marked Flawless Battle-Stone – This battle-stone will immediately upgrade any pet to Rare quality.

To use a battle-stone, first you have to summon the pet that you would like to use it on. After it’s been summoned, right-click on the stone, then click on the pet and it will upgrade.

What Kind Of Pet Am I?

Breeds are an important part of pet battling, as they can improve your pet’s attacks, defenses, speed, etc. Sometimes, you’ll need to be faster than the enemy and will need a speed breed, and sometimes you’ll need to be slower than the enemy and need a slower breed. I mentioned that certain pets have a stat bias to them and breeds can further accentuate that bias or steer the pet in an entirely different direction. There are 10 different breeds that pets can come in, but not all pets can come in all 10 breeds, so you’ll have to look out for that in case you’re trying to find a pet in a breed that it can’t come in. Generally speaking, pets that come from achievements, holiday events, are purchased from vendors, or are from some other out-of-game source only come in 1 breed, so don’t waste your time and money trying to get a better breed for a pet that doesn’t have but 1 breed. Now, let’s take a better look at breeds, shall we?

For the purposes of the following list, H=health, P=power, S=speed, and B=balance.

H/H breed – the H/H breed is a breed that gets double the amount of health stat points alloted to it, allowing for the pet to have very high health. H/H pets can have the highest health of all breeds.

H/S breed – the H/S breed is a breed that gets extra health and speed stat points alloted to it, allowing for extra health and speed stat points alloted.

H/P breed – the H/P breed is a breed that gets extra health and power stat points alloted to it, allowing for extra health and power stat points alloted.

H/B breed – the H/B breed is a breed that gets extra health stat points alloted to it. The rest of the stat points are balanced out for even distributing.

S/S breed – the S/S breed is a breed that gets extra speed stat points alloted to it, allowing for the pet to have very high speed. S/S pets can have the highest speed of all breeds.

S/B breed – the S/B breed is a breed that gets extra speed stat points alloted to it. The rest of the stat points are balanced out for even distributing.

P/P breed – the P/P breed is a breed that gets extra power stat points alloted to it, allowing for the pet to have very high power. P/P pets can have the highest damage/healing of all breeds.

P/S breed – the P/S breed is a breed that gets extra power and speed stat points alloted to it, allowing for extra power and speed stat points alloted.

P/B breed – the P/B breed is a breed that gets extra power stat points alloted to it. The rest of the stat points are balanced out for even distributing.

B/B breed – the B/B breed is a breed that has all of its stat points evenly distributed. They don’t really excel in any one area.

Breed can have quite an effect on your pet’s abilities, especially if they rely on a particular stat being rather high (or sometimes low). This can make desired breeds differ from pet to pet and even from breed to breed for the same pet. The breed of your pet is something that cannot be changed, so if you find a lower quality pet or lower level pet with a more desirable breed, it is generally a good idea to capture it and save it for when you can upgrade it/level it to take the place of the less desirable breed.

To find out what breed your pet is, you have 2 options. You can either download an add-on that will give you that information in-game or you can create an account on WarcraftPets and upload your pets. Then you can see what each of your pets’ breeds are.

WarcraftPets has a more in-depth explanation of how a pet’s stat points are alloted and their respective breeds. You should take a look at it some time.

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