Pets Versus Pests

The Pets Versus Pests quest will need to be completed before you can obtain your Pet Menagerie in your garrison. It consists of 3 Beasts of Fable-type battles that need to be completed in order to complete the quest. It sounds like it may be a headache, but it really isn’t. Once you complete the quest, you’ll be able to build your Pet Menagerie and really get into WoD pet battling.

The three pets that you’ll need to defeat are as follows:

Carrotus Maximus – Level 25 Elemental

Power: 536
Speed: 252

Abilities:

Ironbark (Elemental) – Deals X Elemental damage and reduces up to X damage from each attack against you for 1 round.
Aged Yolk (Cleanse) – Removes all buffs and debuffs from the user.
Leech Seed (Elemental) – Plants a seed in the target, instantly dealing X Elemental damage and restoring X health to the user. The seed lasts for 1 round. Each round, the seed deals X Elemental damage and restores that damage as health to the user.

Recommended level for pets attempting this trainer: 25

Pet Choice:

Aqua Strider (Water Jet, Cleansing Rain, Pump)
Eternal Strider (Water Jet, Cleansing Rain, Pump)
Mirror Strider (Water Jet, Cleansing Rain, Pump)

Note: I have also heard that a team of all frogs with (Water Jet, Cleansing Rain, Frog Kiss) works well too, so it may be something that you want to look at.

Carrotus Maximus is one of the pets that you will need to defeat to finish the quest – Pets Versus Pets. This quest is given to you once you unlock the Pet Menagerie in your garrison (which requires that your garrison be level 3 and you need to be level 100 to obtain the quest). It is considered a “Boss” pet, meaning that it automatically has all damage received reduced by 50% and it cannot be dealt more than 35% of its maximum health in any single attack. This may make it seem like this pet will be ridiculously difficult, but it’s really not.

Ironbark’s damage is decent, but it has no added stat modifiers or DoT effects, so it’s not a whole lot to worry about. However, it will also reduce the damage Carrotus Maximus receives by a certain amount for 1 round. Combined with the Boss buff, you will need some serious damage to overcome that particular barrier. Aged Yolk is a simple cleanse that will remove all buffs and debuffs from Carrotus Maximus. Luckily, it will remove the damage reduction given to itself via Ironbark, but Aged Yolk is rarely cast. Finally, there is Leech Seed. The damage it deals is low, but it will also place a DoT on you and restore a certain amount of health to Carrotus Maximus each round. Again, combined with all of the damage reduction in play, you will need some serious damage to counter that healing.

Start off with your Aqua Strider. Because of its immense speed, it will always go first each round. Immediately use Pump when the battle starts to start charging the ability. After Pump, cast Cleansing Rain to reduce the duration of Leech Seed by 1 round, to heal your pet a bit, and to increase all of your Aquatic damage by 25%. After you have Cleansing Rain up, keep using Pump until your Aqua Strider is dead. Bring in your Eternal Strider and do the exact same thing as you did with your Aqua Strider. It *should* kill Carrotus Maximus, but if it doesn’t, bring in your Mirror Strider and continue doing the same thing as you did with your Aqua Strider and Eternal Strider. Continue attacking and Carrotus will fall.

Gorefu – Level 25 Aquatic

Power: 496
Speed: 240

Abilities:

Deep Bite (Aquatic) – Bites deeply into the enemy, dealing X Aquatic damage. Damage increases by X each time it is used. Max X Aquatic damage.
Mudslide (Critter) – Calls down a mudslide, dealing X Critter damage and causing muddy weather for 9 rounds. Muddy weather prevents any pet that enters the battlefield from swapping out for 3 rounds.
Feed (Beast) – Deals X Beast damage. The user is healed for 100% of the damage dealt.

Recommended level for pets attempting this trainer: 25

Pet Choice:

Crow (Peck, Call Darkness, Nocturnal Strike)
Gilnean Raven (Peck, Call Darkness, Nocturnal Strike)
Bat (Bite, Hawk Eye, Nocturnal Strike)

Note: You can use a Dread Hatchling in place of the Bat, but if you don’t have one, the Bat does nicely. Also, a team of moths would probably work just as well as the team I posted.

Gorefu is one of the pets that you will need to defeat to finish the quest – Pets Versus Pets. This quest is given to you once you unlock the Pet Menagerie in your garrison (which requires that your garrison be level 3 and you need to be level 100 to obtain the quest). It is considered a “Boss” pet, meaning that it automatically has all damage received reduced by 50% and it cannot be dealt more than 35% of its maximum health in any single attack. This may make it seem like this pet will be ridiculously difficult, but it’s really not.

Deep Bite is an Aquatic equivalent of other “ramp-up” attacks (such as Arcane Blast or Vicious Fang). The damage is deals is on the low side initially, but will continue to grow each time Deep Bite is used. This may become problematic if Deep Bite is allowed to ramp up to its maximum and is used frequently. Mudslide deals good Critter damage and changes the weather. Any pet that enters the battlefield once it has been cast will be rooted for 3 rounds (unless you’re a Critter). Mudslide really isn’t much to worry about, especially in our scenario, but the damage will still hurt your pet. Feed is Gorefu’s last ability (and it’s most annoying). It will deal decent Beast damage and heal Gorefu for 100% of the damage that Feed does. Having a heal to combat is never a good thing, and it’s even worse here since the ability will also hurt your pet. Good thing we’re going to have that heal under control.

Start off with your Crow. In addition to being a Flying pet, your Crow’s speed will always be higher than Gorefu’s allowing your pet to always go first. Start off with Peck. Most people will ask why not start off with Call Darkness, and that’s a good question. The answer is that Gorefu’s first ability that it uses is Mudslide, so if you go first (and you will) and you use Call Darkness, Gorefu will override with Mudslide and you’re screwed out of your Darkness for Nocturnal Strike. So be sure to use Peck first. After Peck, go ahead and use Call Darkness (this will also reduce the healing received by Feed by 50%, so that’s nice), then Nocturnal Strike. Keep using Peck until the Crow either dies or Call Darkness comes off of its cooldown. When it dies, bring in your Gilnean Raven and do the exact same thing as you did with your Crow. Gorefu should die before your Raven does, but if it doesn’t, bring in your Bat and use Nocturnal Strike to finish Gorefu off.

Gnawface – Level 25 Critter

Power: 536
Speed: 268

Abilities:

Sneak Attack (Critter) – Deals X Critter damage. Deals additional damage if the target is Blinded.
Comeback (Critter) – Deals X Critter damage. Deals X additional damage if the user has lower health than the target.
Call Darkness (Humanoid) – A shadow falls across the battlefield, dealing X Humanoid damage and turning the weather to Darkness for 5 rounds. During Darkness, all pets are considered Blinded and all healing received is reduced by 50%.

Recommended level for pets attempting this trainer: 25

Pet Choice:

Amethyst Spiderling (Strike, Brittle Webbing, Spiderling Swarm)
Crystal Spider (Strike, Brittle Webbing, Spiderling Swarm)
Dusk Spiderling (Strike, Brittle Webbing, Spiderling Swarm)

Gnawface is one of the pets that you will need to defeat to finish the quest – Pets Versus Pets. This quest is given to you once you unlock the Pet Menagerie in your garrison (which requires that your garrison be level 3 and you need to be level 100 to obtain the quest). It is considered a “Boss” pet, meaning that it automatically has all damage received reduced by 50% and it cannot be dealt more than 35% of its maximum health in any single attack. This may make it seem like this pet will be ridiculously difficult, but it’s really not.

Sneak Attack’s damage is good, but nothing special. At least it’s not anything to worry about if you aren’t Blinded. Unfortunately, Gnawface has Call Darkness which will Blind your pets (unless they’re Elementals, but you won’t need to use a team of Elementals for this). Comeback’s damage is decent, but you won’t have to worry about it until Gnawface’s health is lower than your pet’s, as that is when it will trigger the extra damage. Still, you should be able to overcome that obstacle pretty easily. Call Darkness does a good bit of damage and will Blind your pets, but you can handle the 10% hit chance reduction. Plus, Call Darkness has a 5 round cooldown, so you shouldn’t encounter it more than twice in the battle.

When the battle begins, bring out your Amethyst Spiderling. Immediately cast Brittle Webbing. This will deal damage to Gnawface each time it attacks you, and even though the “web” part of the ability won’t work against Gnawface (since it’s a Critter), it does still count as being “webbed”. So you will still get the extra damage from Spiderling Swarm. Once you have Brittle Webbing up, use Spiderling Swarm. This will deal a good deal of damage to Gnawface. After that, use Strike, Brittle Webbing when it expires, and Spiderling Swarm when it’s off-cooldown. Once your Amethyst Spiderling dies, bring in your Crystal Spider and do the exact same thing you did with your Amethyst Spiderling. This should kill Gnawface off. If not, bring in your Dusk Spiderling and again, do the exact same thing you did with your Amethyst Spiderling and Crystal Spider and it will kill Gnawface off.

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