Seeking A Third
S/S Sporeling Sprout (Jab, Leech Seed, Crouch)
P/P Dragonbone Hatchling (Thrash, Adrenaline Rush, Lift-Off)
During the team creation process I often run into a situation where I’ve found two pets that I really want to use together but don’t know what I want for a third team member. I end up trying out a bunch of different pets to see if I can find something that works well. This happens so often that I figured I’d make a new type of daily around it. Welcome to the first installation of “Seeking A Third”.
Usually when I have two pets that work well together it’s because they exhibit some sort of great synergy but these two pets… not really. I’ve just been having a lot of fun with them and they’ve been doing quite well. I’ve never used the Sporeling Sprout effectively until now, although there have been a few times when it has caught me off guard as an enemy pet. It’s always been a tanky pet with the humanoid racial, Crouch and Leech Seed. Thanks to the recent buff to Crouch it just got tankier. I’m choosing the S/S breed so I can get as much out of Crouch as possible. I also have a P/S which may seem like a better choice since 289 speed will still be faster than a lot of pets out there. I’m choosing to fully commit to speed. A few times today it’s come in handy versus other 325 speed pets that have a move that relies on being faster, like the Flayer Youngling and Lil’ Bling. Those pets don’t get the extra attack because they are not faster but the Sporeling Sprout doesn’t suffer since Jab is not based on speed.
As far as the Dragonbone Hatchling goes what can I say? It’s a hard hitting flyer. Thanks to the flying racial it gets to have both speed and power. And what if it loses the racial? That’s what Adrenaline Rush is for. With this pet you can have a powerful and fast multi attacker for the duration of the battle if you time things right. I may eventually replace the Dragonbone Hatchling with a P/P Imperial Eagle Chick or Wildhammer Gryphon Hatchling since those are 341 speed but I haven’t got around to it yet.
Neither my Sporeling Sprout or Dragonbone Hatchling is equipped with a hard hitting single attack, that’s something I should look for in the third pet. As far as attack types go I have humanoid, elemental, beast and flying. If I’m looking to diversify I should avoid those moves. I don’t have a good counter for Val’kyrs, that’s something I need. My flyer counters Death Adders well enough. Less chat, more splat, let’s get this party started.
Pet 1: S/S Black Rat (Scratch, Poison Fang, Survival)
The Black Rat provides an anti-undead attack and the critter racial in case I run into any CC. It lacks a hard hitting single attack.
vs. Anubisath Idol, Unborn Val’kyr, Stitched Pup
I usually don’t get massacred this bad. For some reason contradicting the laws of addition I thought my Black Rat would survive the Curse Of Doom and the Haunt on the back line while it wasn’t even at full health. Oops. I’ve taken out a few Anubisath Idols today with the Sporeling Sprout which is somewhat shocking, but there’s not a lot I can do while Howled and Haunted. I’m really despising the Unborn Val’kyr today. Usually I’m more accepting of the meta but today so many Val’kyrs has made my pet battling experience somewhat foul.
Pet 2: P/P Sen’Jin Fetish (Flame Breath, Wild Magic, Sear Magic)
I’ll bring the Sen’Jin Fetish as a counter to Val’kyrs. I’ve gone away from my usual Shadow Slash/Immolation move load out because I’ve seen way more shielded Magical Crawdads than usual these past few days. Again I’m lacking the hard-hitting single attack need, but Wild Magic should make up for it. If I lose I’ll just blame it on Rhonstifor.
vs. Voodoo Figurine, Blue Dragonhawk Hatchling, Living Sandling
Maybe there is something to this Flame Breath/Wild Magic combo. It helped to take out the shielded Living Sandling. I kept waiting for the Sen’Jin Fetish to miss due to my Shadow Slash conditioning but Flame Breath is 100%, yay! After the Sen’Jin Fetish finished off the Living Sandling I swapped to my flyer which lost to the Voodoo Figurine. After the mask and the statue killed each other off, there was no hope for the dragonkin versus my strong Jabs and shields.
Pet 3: H/H Spirit Crab (Snap, Whirlpool, Shell Shield)
I almost always try the Spirit Crab when I’m looking for a third pet. I really should go with Surge instead of Whirlpool in this meta because it’s better against Death Adders and Unborn Val’kyrs (since they can Haunt on the turn Whirlpool will hit). I just can’t give it up though, against most other pets I prefer it.
vs. Anubistah Idol, Shimmershell Snail, Clockwork Gnome
This is the type of battle that makes you want to pull your hair out. A Snap miss and two Jab misses is what made it so frustrating. The Spirit Crab brought the pain to the Shimmershell Snail before my opponent wised up and took it out. The Clockwork Gnome was going to die on the Spirit Crab’s undead round but Snap missed. The Drogonbone Hatchling then finished off the Clockwork Gnome and did enough damage to the Idol so that the Sporeling Sprout was able to finish it off. Then the missed Jabs almost allowed the Snail to heal back up with Absorbs. A Sandstorm miss by the Snail allowed the Sporeling Sprout to win.
Pet 4: P/P Emerald Shale Hatchling (Burn, Poison Spit, Stoneskin)
Here I’m finally getting that big single attack that I’ve been going on about.
vs. Feline Familiar, Emerald Proto-Whelp, Winter’s Little Helper
This was a very close battle. The battle started as the Feline Familiar versus my elemental. A buffed Darkness did crazy damage to the Emerald Shale Hatchling. The Feline Familiar won the head to head but was taken out with one Jab when the Sporeing Sprout came in. Next up was the EPW and I thought that I was in good shape thanks to strong Jabs, but Emerald Presence and Emerald Dream is hard to get through. When you miss an kill shot Jab during Emerald Dream, that is. The EPW took out the Sporeling Sprout thanks to the miss but was easily cleaned up by my flyer. The final showdown was the elf against my bird. Lift-off avoided the Ice Tomb but missed. I was fairly certain that I was done for but the last Ice Lance left the Dragonbone Hatchling with 5 hp before it killed the Winter’s Little Helper. So close.
I don’t think I came up anything too great here. I was planning on doing some more but now don’t have the time. I’m glad I’ve found a couple of new pets that I really like.