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Battle pets are versions of companions that can battle other battle pets in teams of up to 3 listed in the Pet Journal as part of the Pet Battle System.

Battle pet details

As of Beta build 15851:[1]

Account-Wide Pets

  • Pets (companions) are now account-wide. This means that any pet you have on one character will be shared with all of the others on your Battle.net account. Earn level 6 with Grunty on character A? Log in character B and that level 6 Grunty will be there waiting for you.If you have multiple versions of the same pet on multiple characters on your account, they will be merged into one. We will place any extras in your bags or mail them to you if you are out of space.

Capturing

  • Pets are caught via PvE battles in the world. Any pet you can fight, you can catch. In order to catch a pet, you need to get it to low health and use your trap ability. Traps upgrade via specific achievements, improving your chance to catch higher level pets.
  • You can catch up to three of the same type of pet.

Pet quality

  • Pets that are captured in the world have varying levels of quality, just like an item would. The quality stat is randomly determined every time a pet spawns. Higher quality pets get a larger stat allotment each time you level. Be on the lookout for Rares!

(to be confirmed: In my experience the health of the individual pet when battling has reflected on it's quality e.g. a level 1 Squirrel: 140ish Poor, 145ish Common, 150ish UnCommon, 158 Rare)

Pets on the AH

  • Most pets can be bought and sold from the AH. A new section is on the AH specifically for this.
  • Pets that are sold on the AH retain their stats and levels.
  • Pets that can't be traded will display a warning in their info text as well as having the “Put in Cage” option disabled.

Battle pet characteristics

From the official Mists of Pandaria site:[2]

Battle pet characteristics window numbered
Yellowback1 Name
  • Naming your pets helps you keep track of them, and it also gives them a little bit of personality.
Yellowback2 Level
  • As your pets fight and win battles, they will gain experience and level up their level.
Yellowback3 Stats
  • Each pet has 4 stats - Health, Power, Speed, and Quality. Health, Power and Speed increase as your pets level up. Quality designates the overall strength of your pet's stats and will vary on every pet that you catch.
Battle pet characteristics window unnumbered
Yellowback4 Abilities
  • Your pets can learn new abilities when they hit specific levels. You will be able to choose between several different active abilities for each pet.
Yellowback5 Family
  • Pets are grouped into common categories called families. Families include Critter, Dragonkin, Mechanical, Magical, and there are many more. Each pet ability also corresponds to a specific pet family; Deep Breath for example is a Dragonkin-type ability, and Lift-Off is a Flying-type ability. Family determines a pet's strength and weakness against other families. Each family also has a unique passive bonus.

Battle pet family overview

Battle pets will fall into one of 10 possible pet families. Each pet family has its own strengths and weaknesses when up against certain other companion families.[3][4][5][6]

Families

  • Pet type aquatic Aquatic[6] - Aquatic attacks deal bonus damage to Elemental companions and less damage to Magic companions.
  • Pet type beast Beast - Beast attacks deal bonus damage to Critter companions and less damage to Flying companions.
  • Pet type critter Critter - Critter attacks deal bonus damage to Undead companions and less damage to Humanoid companions.
  • Pet type dragonkin Dragonkin[6] - Dragonkin attacks deal bonus damage to Magic companions and less damage to Undead companions.
  • Pet type elemental Elemental - Elemental attacks do more damage to Mechanical companions and less to Critter companions.
  • Pet type flying Flying - Flying attacks deal bonus damage to Aquatic companions and less damage to Dragonkin companions.
  • Pet type humanoid Humanoid - Humanoid attacks do more damage to Dragonkin and less to Beast companions.
  • Pet type magic Magic[7] (not Mystical,[8] or Mythical[5]) - Magical attacks deal bonus damage to Flying and less damage to Mechanical companions.
  • Pet type mechanical Mechanical - Mechanical attacks deal bonus damage to Beast companions and less damage to Elemental companions.
  • Pet type undead Undead - Undead attacks do more damage to Humanoid companions and less to Aquatic companions.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Pet Battle

Chart showing Strengths and Weaknesses in the Pet Battle System

Wowjuju battle pet family chart
Chart courtesy of Wowjuju.[9]

Battle pet passive abilities

Each battle pet of particular family/type share a specific passive ability:[6][10]

Pet type aquatic Aquatic: [Aquatic]ω ϖ - Harmful damage over time effects are reduced by 25% on Aquatic pets.
Battle pet weakness Additional Damage Taken: 50% from Pet type flying Flying abilities
Battle pet strength Reduced Damage Taken: 33% from Pet type undead Undead abilities
Pet type beast Beast: [Beast]ω ϖ - Beasts deal 25% extra damage below half health.
Battle pet weakness Additional Damage Taken: 50% from Pet type mechanical Mechanical abilities
Battle pet strength Reduced Damage Taken: 33% from Pet type humanoid Humanoid abilities
Pet type critter Critter: [Critter]ω ϖ - Critters break out of crowd control effects more quickly.
Battle pet weakness Additional Damage Taken: 50% from Pet type beast Beast abilities
Battle pet strength Reduced Damage Taken: 33% from Pet type elemental Elemental abilities
Pet type dragonkin Dragonkin: [Dragonkin]ω ϖ - Dragons deal 50% additional damage on the next round after bringing a target's health below 25%.
Battle pet weakness Additional Damage Taken: 50% from Pet type humanoid Humanoid abilities
Battle pet strength Reduced Damage Taken: 33% from Pet type flying Flying abilities
Pet type elemental Elemental: [Elemental]ω ϖ - Elementals ignore all weather effects.
Battle pet weakness Additional Damage Taken: 50% from Pet type aquatic Aquatic abilities
Battle pet strength Reduced Damage Taken: 33% from Pet type mechanical Mechanical abilities
Pet type flying Flying: [Flying]ω ϖ - Flying creatures gain 50% extra speed while above 50% health.
Battle pet weakness Additional Damage Taken: 50% from Pet type magic Magic abilities
Battle pet strength Reduced Damage Taken: 33% from Pet type beast Beast abilities
Pet type humanoid Humanoid: [Humanoid]ω ϖ - Humanoids recover 4% of their maximum health if they dealt damage this round.
Battle pet weakness Additional Damage Taken: 50% from Pet type undead Undead abilities
Battle pet strength Reduced Damage Taken: 33% from Pet type critter Critter abilities
Pet type magic Magic: [Magic]ω ϖ - Magic pets cannot be dealt more than 50% of their maximum health in one attack.
Battle pet weakness Additional Damage Taken: 50% from Pet type dragonkin Dragonkin abilities
Battle pet strength Reduced Damage Taken: 33% from Pet type aquatic Aquatic abilities
Pet type mechanical Mechanical: [Mechanical]ω ϖ - Comes back to life once per battle, returning to 20% health.
Battle pet weakness Additional Damage Taken: 50% from Pet type elemental Elemental abilities
Battle pet strength Reduced Damage Taken: 33% from Pet type magic Magic abilities
Pet type undead Undead: [Undead]ω ϖ - Undead pets return to life immortal for one round when killed.
Battle pet weakness Additional Damage Taken: 50% from Pet type critter Critter abilities
Battle pet strength Reduced Damage Taken: 33% from Pet type dragonkin Dragonkin abilities

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