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Now that we’ve taken a look at Pet Battles from the perspective of party composition and strategy in a very broad sense, today I want to take a look at just a handful of pets and some of their key abilities they either make them unique or which they share with a few other similar pets. Keep in mind, I won’t talk about EVERY pet, nor will I likely talk about the pet you want me to talk about. This is just a very short profile.
One of the first pets I want to mention is a pretty popular one, a newer pet to the game. Murkablo, the BlizzCon 2011 pet, is a Humanoid-class pet with an arsenal of fire-based attacks. You’ll find most pets have abilities pretty true to their nature, especially special pets like Murkablo.
Two of Murkablo’s most unique abilities are Call Darkness, a power that deals damage and changes the weather effect to “Darkness”, lowering the effect of healing and accuracy across the battlefield. The other ability is one Murkablo shares with a few other pets called Scorched Earth. This is a powerful spell that deals damage to all active pets and debuffs them with “Burning”. The strategic element to this ability comes with providing a support benefit to all of your pets, even if you need to take a bit of damage yourself.
The next pet I want to look at is the Pet Bombling, a Mechanical BoE pet which is built through Engineering. One of my favorite abilities the Bombling has is called Minefield, a skill it also shares with other Mechanical pets. This ability drops mines on your opponent’s side of the map which is designed to cause damage when an opponent swaps in a pet. This is very similar to the abilities Spikes or Stealth Rocks in Pokemon and is extremely useful, especially in PVP situations. Additionally, the Bombling has an ability called Explode. It shares this ability with a handful of other pets, but some pets have similar abilities as well (i.e. the Baneling has a similar power called Baneling Burst). This ability does significant damage at 40% of the pet’s max health, but it also kills the Bombling in the process (and it negates the Mechanical pet’s Passive ability, too, so no second wind). It’s a very strategic ability that comes in handy if you need one last strike to take a match.
Next, we’ll take a look at the Celestial Dragon, a Dragonkin pet which you obtain as the reward from the achievement Littlest Pet Shop for having 150 unique pets. The Celestial Dragon has a couple of really unique spells, the first of which is called Ancient Blessing. Though it shares this ability with a handful of other pets, it’s extremely useful and provides a heal and a fortitude buff for your entire team over 9 rounds. Strategic placement of that buff can pay off substantially. Additionally, this pet has a unique ability called Starfall, a spell that does damage to all your enemies, heals your allies, and changes the weather to Moonlight which increases healing done and magic damage dealt, an extremely potent skill.
Finally, we’re going to take a look at the Dark Phoenix Hatchling, an Elemental pet which is a vendored pet available if you are Exalted with your guild reputation and if your guild has the United Nations achievement, which requires your guild members have a total of 55 Exalted Reputations. Two unique skills this pet has are Laser, a fairly basic damage dealing spell but one of the few skills in the game with a guaranteed hit chance, making it pretty potent. Also, this pet has Dark Rebirth, a self-resurrection spell that requires a bit of luck on your part to land right. If you case it and are killed on the following turn, the Dark Phoenix will resurrect at full health but will lose 20% of its health every round, giving you one last chance. But you gotta get the timing right, as it has a 5 round cooldown.
So as you can see, planning your team requires more than just getting the right classes together, you also need to look into the pets themselves. Thankfully, you can access the entire Battle Pet database within the game and see what class they are and what abilities they have, so do some research if you’re looking to have the most powerful team out there.
That’ll do it for me. Future Pet Battle articles will talk about individual changes in pet combat, new pet profiles and more. Thanks for reading all of these and I hope I’ve helped you become a better Pet Battler! Good luck out there!