May 15, 2014

Today’s Team: Ghostlands Gladiators
S/S Rat (Scratch, Poison Fang, Survival)
H/P Toad (Water Jet, Healing Wave, Swarm Of Flies)
H/H Spirit Crab (Snap, Whirlpool, Shell Shield)

This team is part of a series I made called “map buddies”. For a time I got really into using wild pets, then I limited myself more by making teams of pets that only come from the same map. These three pets come from Ghostlands, of course. Other pets that come from Ghostlands are the Spider, Maggot and Snake, none of which I’m very impressed with. On this team both the Rat and Spirit Crab are solid choices. The Toad is somewhat of the weak link here, although it’s far from horrible. At 1627 hp with a 429 heal it might be able to take a few hits. There’s no set rotation of pets, I’ll just play off of what I think the opposing team will do.

There’s not a lot of power here, as I head into the battle I wonder where my damage will come from.

The Opposing Team:
P/P Harbinger Of Flame
S/B Ashleaf Spriteling
H/H Chrominius

The Battle:
051514ASo far the Spirit Crab is 11-3-1 (a 73.3% win rate) since I started keeping track. I’m actually sort of glad that it has those three losses and the one draw to bring down its win rate. It’s one of my favorite pets and I don’t want to be guilty of over using OP pets. Still though, when the Spirit Crab shines it really does seem amazing. In this battle it was able to take out the Harbinger Of Flame and leave the Ashleaf Spriteling with only around 300 hp. Sure, the Harbinger Of Flame missed one Burn but that’s still an impressive feat. After my Spirit Crab expired I brought in my critter. My opponent made a decent enough move by casting Solar Beam right before death, but the Ashleaf Spriteling lived so I was able to swap to my aquatic to get Swarm Of Flies going before a DoT tick from the Rat finally killed the humanoid. Chrominius came out to first cast Howl. The 1627 hp of the Toad made it possible for me not to swap since Surge Of Power with Howl would not be enough damage to kill. Chrominius used Bite and my Toad used Water Jet. I expected the Surge Of Power so I swapped. It came as expected and didn’t kill my Rat so I was able to easily finish off the recovering dragon. Score one for the wild pets!

9 Responses to May 15, 2014

  1. Vek says:

    I have always thought that Rats have a pretty weak move set. Especially with Scratch in slot one and Flurry in slot two. I know they work differently and have slightly different uses, but I still feel they are too much alike to be able to pick them both.

    But reading your daily battles made me wanna try one out. And lately I have ran into lots of people with Decoys and needed to try new things against them. One thing that is really nice to use is of course Flurry.

    Though it is not from Ghostlands I tracked down one I quite like. The Kun-Lai Prairie Mouse. Two things made this little fellow stand out to me, first it has slightly different placement of the abilities. Scratch and Flurry are both in slot one. This frees up slot 2 to take Poison Fang, which I needed since it is strong against the mechanicals with Decoy, and works really nice boosted by Stampede(though missing Survival is tough). Second thing is that it’s S/S breed looks like 1400 health, 260 power and 325 speed. Right now I think it’s the only one with 325 speed, the 341 speed rats(still don’t outspend DAH) also are slightly weaker 244. But mainly 325 speed is enough for me to be faster than the Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling.

    Actually having much luck with Clockwork Gnome, Kovok and Prairie Mouse.

    • Vek says:

      Damn “autocorrect” out speed…. not outspend

    • Discodoggy says:

      Flurry in the second slot was a typo, I always take Poison Fang. I would love to take Flurry over Scratch in the first slot, I’m surely going to pick up an S/S Prairie Mouse so I can do so. Thanks for the info.

      I saw your thread on Warcraftpets, early grats on 5k!

    • Discodoggy says:

      So I got an S/S Prairie Rat and so far it’s working out well. I realized that this pet is very similar to the S/S Bandicoon which I used to use a lot, except that it has Flurry rather than Tongue Lash. Flurry is much better due to being able to take out decoys so I think the Bandicoon has gone into permanent retirement.

      • Vek says:

        As you say there is not much incentive to use the Bandicoon compared to the Prairie Mouse, very similar abilities.

        Now Bandicoon and Prairie Mouse were both added in MoP, so this is not a good example. But I always feel a bit sad for second rate pets that has not aged well. Like a lot of beasts from Eastern Kingdoms/Kalimdor that has Screech, this is just like an Alpha version of Primal Cry. Especially Lizards with both Quick Attack and Primal Cry, compared to Direhorns for example.

        Of course every pet can’t be special there needs to be certain “generic” pets to fill the ranks in a world as large as the WoW one. Still many pets do not age well with new pets coming with slightly better abilities.

  2. Tekulve says:

    I just found this site a week or so ago and I’ve been visiting regularly. I want to give a big A+ to you for the amazing screenshots you have. I will see if I can adjust my display settings to catch more of the great animations and artwork of the battlepets !

    • Discodoggy says:

      Thanks and welcome! Here’s a screenshot of my settings:

      My comp is quite old so most are set pretty low.

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