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WoW Feature - 'Mastering the Menagerie'

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Over a short series of blog posts, Blizzard is providing some insight and expertise on content in World of Warcraft that players may have glossed over - whether due to difficulty, distraction, or downright never having thought about it. This week, Kaivax walks us through defeating the pests necessary to unlock the Menagerie in your Garrison.

 

The complete post follows:

 

In this series of blog posts, we’ll look at some of the content in World of Warcraft where you might need a helpful nudge in the right direction—maybe you’re stuck, maybe you got sidetracked, or maybe you don’t even know how to begin! Join us as we travel all over Azeroth and Draenor  to uncover and thoroughly tackle the many different little adventures available to any player.

 

To start, let’s look at that Pet Menagerie taunting you in your Garrison. Beginning here and now, you can point at it and say “I’m coming for you, Menagerie! Your days of just sitting there waiting to be used are numbered!” Say that in your best Cro Threadstrong voice, by the way—soon, the Menagerie will mock you no more.

 

What follows is intended for players who haven’t already overcome the content, though keep in mind it will contain minor spoilers. If this particular information isn’t for you because you’re already a Managerie pro, then well done! In the comments below, let us know what you’d like to learn how to master in a future blog post.

 

WE’LL DO IT LIVE, MAYBE

 

Even if it were as easy as just saying a magic word to unlock and begin interacting with the Menagerie, that wouldn’t make it useful. In the context of pet battling, consider the Menagerie endgame content—and while there’s no specific definition of what qualifies a player for the pet-battle endgame, it’s safe to say that if you don’t currently have some level 25 rare-quality pets in hand, you’ve not yet reached the endgame.

 

That number varies based on a lot of things. For example, an endgame goal like defeating the seven master tamers in Pandaria (which rewards the Taming Pandaria achievement) requires at least 6 to 10 very specific pets. Some players consider the endgame reached when they’ve got a solid trio of pets they can use to do pet-battle PvP. If you want to complete the Celestial Tournament, your endgame is going to require dozens of max-level pets, but that’s a subject for another day.

 

Players who have 5 to 10 randomly selected pets at max level and rare quality can proceed to the next step, as it should be possible to overcome your initial obstacles with some careful planning and a bit of luck. If you don’t have several (or any) max-level pets, don’t worry! Bringing together teams of companions is a fun and rewarding experience.

 

If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll want to read about the basics:

If you’re looking for a plan to level up your pets:

If you’d like some help building your collection:

Use the guides above, and you’ll return to your Garrison with a small army—but most of all, have fun out there.

 

PETS VERSUS PESTS

 

To unlock the Menagerie, you’ll need to take out three difficult enemies that you’ll find in your Garrison: Carrotus Maximum, Gorefu, and Gnawface. You’ll also need to be at level 100, and your Garrison has to have been upgraded to level 3. Let’s look at each of the three gatekeepers in detail.

 

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What a glamour shot!

 

This totally sane root vegetable comes at you with 1603 health, 276 attack, and a speed of 252. He’s an elemental pet, so your aquatic abilities hit him for extra damage, and you shouldn’t try to use mechanical abilities. Carrotus uses three abilities:

  • Ironbark (deals damage to you and reduces damage Carrotus takes from you for one round), which is strong against mechanical pets and weak against critters.
  • Aged Yolk (removes all buffs and debuffs from Carrotus), which has a two-turn cooldown.
  • Leech Seed (deals damage to you, heals Carrotus, and places a damage-over-time on you for one round), which is strong against mechanical pets and weak against critters, and has a four-turn cooldown.

So as you can see, it’s suicide to try to defeat him with mechanical pets. Critters are the way to go, and in particular, critters that use aquatic abilities are best. Leech Seed is the hit you want to avoid, so choose battle pets that have an avoidance skill, such as crickets with their Cocoon Strike, and then time your avoidance to sidestep it.

 

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His contemporaries call him Ol’ Yellow Eyes.

 

This cute little guy has all of 1583 health, 276 attack, and 256 speed. He’s a pet of the aquatic variety, which means that your pets with flying abilities will hit him extra hard, and your pets with undead abilities are at a disadvantage. He brings the following to the table:

  • Deep Bite (damages you more and more each time he uses it), which is strong against elemental pets and weak versus magic pets.
  • Mudslide (deals some damage and changes the weather, preventing you from being able to switch your pet out), which is strong versus undead and weak against humanoid pets.
  • Feed (deals damage to you and heals Gorefu for the same amount), which hits critters extra hard, but is weak against flyers, and has a four-turn cooldown.

Put it all together and you want to avoid using undead pets and instead concentrate on your flying pets. In particular, flying pets that can avoid being hit by Feed would be best. Moths and flies are excellent picks for this fight.

 

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He looks like the sort of person to name turtles after artists.

 

Gnawface is a fast little rodent with 1400 health, 276 attack, and a respectable speed of 293. He’s a critter, which means that he takes extra damage from beast abilities, and is extra tough if you hit him with elemental abilities. His abilities arsenal includes:

  • Sneak Attack (damages you, and gets a bonus if you’re currently blinded), which is strong versus undead and weak against humanoid pets.
  • Comeback (a hit that does bonus damage if Gnawface has less health than you), which is also increased against undead and diminished versus humanoids.
  • Call Darkness (deals some damage and changes the weather, blinding all pets), which hits dragonkin extra hard, but is weak against beasts.

The plan here is to use humanoids or beasts, and use their beast abilities. Yes, Virginia, there are humanoid battle pets with beast abilities. An excellent example is the Curious Wolvar Pup you can obtain from the Children’s Week holiday (coming up April 27 – May 4), which can use both Bite and Maul to make quick work of Gnawface.

 

THE FUN BEGINS

 

Overcoming the three opponents above is a great step, but it’s only a first step into the wonders of the Menagerie. Now you have access to daily challenges and the rewards they offer. Learn how to defeat each of the different daily enemies the Menagerie provides, and you’ll quickly accumulate Battle-Stones that you can use to upgrade your pets to rare quality.

 

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It's hardly fair when you've got three against only one.

 

Here’s a basic strategy for beating the Menagerie dailies (and any tamer or legendary pet you encounter):

  1. Note the opposing pets’ families and the types of the skills they’re using.
  2. Identify pets in your collection that counter those types and skills.
  3. Look for pairs or even trios of pets who have strong compatibilities.
  4. If necessary, go capture new pets that can do the job.
  5. Level up your pets to 25 and make them rare quality.
  6. Order your team in such a way that your damage-over-time skills or team buffs will be played earlier in the contest and your big hits will be available later, when the enemy is weak.
  7. Play through your opponent’s routine more than once to learn when they cast their most impactful spells.
  8. Fine tune your team and the order you use your skills, returning all the way to step #3 if necessary.

 

 

Are you stuck staring at that empty plot where your Menagerie should be? Tell us about it in this forum thread in our Pet Battles discussion forum. Master pet battlers are standing by!

 

If you haven't already, you should also check out our article on The Top 10 Must-Have WoW Battle Pets. Lots of that information is relevant and useful to you in pursuing a long-term investment in pet battling, too!

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The screenshot in the end... "How Not To Fight Stitches"biggrin.png

 

Lol, so true. Is there any way to beat him other than 3 aquatic pets with pump?

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Several ways. Singing Sunflower can solo him, with Sunlight, Solar Beam and Photosynthesis. Just keep Sunny weather, pre-cast Photosynthesis and spam Solar beam. It hits like a truck and as long as you have 2 other pets to share his cleave, he will not beat your regeneration.

 

Another tacts includes 2-3 pets with Exchange Life (Faerie Dragon, Ethereal Soul Trader,...): always wait til your health is lower than his - not that difficult - and then Exchange. Make sure you have something to finish him off.

 

In the past, I was using 2 Direhorn Runts with Trample (or anything with Trample) + anything that could make Sunny weather. 10% of his health (buffed with Sunny weather) was a considerable chunk, but in 6.1 his total health was nerfed, so this tacts does not beat his reduction any more sad.png

 

P.S. My friend said that you can do it with good old Howlbomb comp (a.k.a. Splash-Splash-Boom). Back when he had 6k health, I had no luck with that, but now it should be well possible.

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      Name Type Required Standing Drape of the Horde's Fury Back Honored Schematic: AZ3-R1-T3 Synthetic Specs Engineering Schematic Honored Schematic: Finely-Tuned Stormsteel Destroyer Engineering Schematic Revered Recipe: Stormsteel Dagger Blacksmithing Plan Revered Recipe: Flask of the Currents Alchemy Recipe Revered Design: Amberblaze Loop Jewelcrafting Design Revered Schematic: AZ3-R1-T3 Synthetic Specs Engineering Schematic Revered Recipe: Stormsteel Spear Blacksmithing Plan Revered Recipe: Endless Tincture of Fractional Power Alchemy Recipe Revered Sabatons of the Renewed Warpath Feet (Plate) Revered Recipe: Battle Potion of Strength Alchemy Recipe Revered Schematic: Precision Attitude Adjuster Engineering Schematic Revered Recipe: Enchanter's Sorcerous Scepter Enchanting Formula Revered Recipe: Stormsteel Shield Blacksmithing Plan Revered Recipe: Steelskin Potion Alchemy Recipe Revered Goblin Sapper's Legguards Legs (Mail) Revered Wristwraps of the Dutiful Apothecary Wrists (Cloth) Revered Recipe: Stormsteel Saber Blacksmithing Plan Revered Schematic: Monelite Scope of Alacrity Engineering Schematic Revered Formula: Enchant Ring - Pact of Critical Strike Enchanting Formula Revered Recipe: Surging Alchemist Stone Alchemy Recipe Revered Silent Stalker Belt Waist (Leather) Revered Tabard of the Honorbound Tabard Exalted Lustful Warbringer's Legplates Legs (Plate) Exalted Tranquil Health Weavers Hands (Leather) Exalted Bindings of the Elemental Allies Wrists (Mail) Exalted Witch Doctor's Slippers Feet (Cloth) Exalted Voldunai [Return to Top]
      Comprised of exiles and scavengers, the Voldunai use their knowledge of the sands to thrive where others would wither and die.
      Name Type Required Standing Contract: Voldunai Other Friendly Vulpera Battle Banner Other Honored Recipe: Contract: Voldunai Inscription Technique Honored Akunda's Firesticks Other Honored Schematic: AZ3-R1-T3 Orthogonal Optics Engineering Schematic Honored Dune Shield Back Honored Desert Flute Other Honored Alpaca Wool Gloves Hands (Cloth) Revered Silent Scavenger Leggnings Legs (Leather) Revered Bracers of Zem'lan Wrists (Mail) Revered Schematic: Frost-Laced Ammunition Engineering Schematic Revered Formula: Enchant Weapon - Versatile Navigation Enchanting Formula Revered Formula: Enchant Weapon - Gale-Force Striking Enchanting Formula Revered Formula: Enchant Ring - Pact of Versatility Enchanting Formula Revered Recipe: Coastal Rejuvenation Potion Alchemy Recipe Revered Recipe: Flask of the Undertow Alchemy Recipe Revered Recipe: Potion of Rising Death Alchemy Recipe Revered Pack of Many Pockets Bag Revered Pattern: Embroidered Deep Sea Cloak of Discretion Tailoring Pattern Revered Pattern: Deep Sea Bag Tailoring Pattern Revered Recipe: Recurve Bow of the Strands Leatherworking Pattern Revered Design: Royal Quartz Loop Jewelcrafting Design Revered Schematic: Catchroot Seed Spreader Engineering Schematic Revered Schematic: Thermo-Accelerated Plague Spreader Engineering Schematic Revered Schematic: AZ3-R1-T3 Orthogonal Optics Engineering Schematic Revered Vulpera Scrapper's Armor Other Revered Recipe: Battle Potion of Agility Alchemy Recipe Revered Ghostly Explorer's Skull Other Revered Girdle of Scavenged Plates Waist (Plate) Revered Gauntlets of the Scorched Sands Hands (Plate) Exalted Akunda's Grounding Boots Feet (Mail) Exalted Reins of the Alabaster Hyena Mount Exalted Kimbul's Cuffs of Redemption Wrists (Leather) Exalted Sash of the Scaled Devoted Waist (Cloth) Exalted Tabard of the Voldunai Tabard Exalted Zandalari Empire [Return to Top]
      The oldest empire of Azeroth, the Zandalari are powerful trolls who bargain with fearsome loa and whose navy is unmatched on the Great Sea.
      Name Type Required Standing Contract: Zandalari Empire Other Friendly Recipe: Contract: Zandalari Empire Inscription Technique Honored Dinomancer's Cloak Back Honored Schematic: AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Engineering Schematic Honored Cord of the Loa Worshippers Waist (Cloth) Revered Design: Scarlet Diamond Staff of Intuition Jewelcrafting Design Revered Schematic: Deployable Attire Rearranger Engineering Schematic Revered Recipe: Coastal Healing Potion Alchemy Recipe Revered Tome of Hex: Zandalari Tendonripper Book Revered Recipe: Battle Potion of Stamina Alchemy Recipe Revered Design: Laribole Staff of Alacrity Jewelcrafting Design Revered Schematic: Interdimensional Companion Repository Engineering Schematic Revered Formula: Enchant Weapon - Deadly Navigation Enchanting Formula Revered Recipe: Flask of Endless Fathoms Alchemy Recipe Revered Grand Fleet Legplates Legs (Plate) Revered Bindings of the Disparate Tribes Wrists (Leather) Revered Party Totem Other Revered Design: Owlseye Loop Jewelcrafting Design Revered Schematic: Organic Discombobulation Grenade Engineering Schematic Revered Formula: Enchant Weapon - Stalwart Navigation Enchanting Formula Revered Recipe: Potion of Replenishment Alchemy Recipe Revered Schematic: AZ3-R1-T3 Gearspun Goggles Engineering Schematic Revered Formula: Enchant Ring - Pact of Haste Enchanting Formula Revered Tome of Polymorph: Direhorn Book Revered Pattern: Embroidered Deep Sea Cloak of Resilience Tailoring Pattern Revered Gral Worshipper's Waders Feet (Mail) Revered Shadraspun Legwraps Legs (Cloth) Exalted Reins of the Armored Cobalt Pterrordax Mount Exalted Reins of the Armored Orange Pterrordax Mount Exalted Reins of the Armored Albino Pterrordax Mount Exalted Gonk Adherents Vambraces Wrists (Plate) Exalted Waistcord of Pa'ku's Flight Waist (Leather) Exalted Tabard of the Zandalari Empire Tabard Exalted Reins of the Armored Ebony Pterrordax Mount Exalted Torcali's Grips of the Bounty Hands (Mail) Exalted
    • By Stan
      Play with the Blues returns Thursday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. PDT on Battle for Azeroth Beta with Alliance Warfronts available for playtesting for the first time!
      How to Participate
      Create an Alliance character on Anduin and find the War Table in Stormwind to queue up for the Warfront. If you don't have Beta access there's still enough time to enter our Beta key giveaway. Don't forget to check out our preview of the Battle of Stromgarde Horde Warfront.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Greetings friends,

      This Thursday (May 24 PDT), we'll have a Play with the Blues event focusing on Alliance Warfronts. Members of the Blizzard WoW Development and WoW QA teams will be fighting alongside you all on the Anduin beta realm. Be on the lookout for characters in the <Blizzard Alliance> guild.

      Start Time: 3:00 p.m. PDT
      End Time: 5:00 p.m. PDT
      Realm: Anduin

      How to queue for Warfronts:
      1. Head to the Trade District in Stormwind.
      2. Look for the War Table located outside of Trias' Cheese shop.
      3. Interact with the table to queue up!

      Reminder:
      There are no level restrictions or prerequisite quests for Warfronts in the beta. If you'd like to participate, but only have a Horde character on Anduin (or no characters at all ... yet), all you need to do is create a fresh Alliance character, and you'll be good to go.
    • By Stan
      Blizzard decided not to remove the Keystone Master Artifact appearance in Battle for Azeroth.
      In order to unlock the Artifact appearance from Keystone Master, you must complete a Level 15 or higher Mythic dungeon within the time limit. Initially, they wanted to remove the achievement come BfA, but decided to keep it. If you finish a Level 15+ or higher within the time limit at level 120 in Battle for Azeroth, you will automatically unlock your Legion's Artifact appearance. The only achievement that will be unobtainable with Battle for Azeroth is A Challenging Look (Mage Tower base appearance).
      Blizzard (Source)
      As testing continues in the Battle for Azeroth Beta, and we specifically consider the transition from Legion to BFA, we’ve decided to make the existing Keystone Master, achievement permanent. There will not be a new achievement for completing a Mythic 15 or higher dungeon in the new expansion.

      The artifact appearance associated with Keystone Master, will still be available in Battle For Azeroth. Players can earn the achievement in Legion through August 13, or players can complete a Mythic 15 BFA dungeon at level 120, once Mythic Keystone difficulty opens a few weeks after the launch of Battle For Azeroth.

      This means that the only artifact appearance that will become unobtainable with Battle For Azeroth is the Mage Tower base appearance.

      As always, thank you for your feedback!