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As of yesterday evening, I have:

Defeated all of the Draenor trainers (thanks Lio!)

Upgraded my Menagerie to level 3

And collected all of the Draenor wolf puppies.

Although I still have many pets that are not level 25 and many pets that are not rare quality, I think I’ll take a rest from Pet Battling (except when it’s Pet Battle Bonus XP Week) and work on one of my other alts’ Warlords goals.

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A few days ago, I opened my pet journal, reordered it to sort by level instead of by name (as I always do), and noticed that some of my battle pets seemed to be missing. Scrolling down the list, I found the missing pets with the pets that cannot battle. They were greyed out and, when I selected them, unsummonable.

Have any of you been experiencing this with your battle pets recently, too? Any ideas what’s going on here?
I thought that maybe I had too many pets favorited, as I’d recently promoted several more pets to Favorite status, but de-favoriting some of those pets didn’t restore the greyed out ones to activity.
I’ve submitted a bug report about it, because I am really puzzled about what could have triggered it and I have no idea how to fix it.

Update (Friday night): Looking at my pet journal again just now, I discovered that all of my disabled pets are are not tradeable, Unique, and from the Blizzard Store (except for the Dread Raven Hatchling, which is from the Warlords deluxe edition)… but I have pets that fit all of those categories that are still active, too.

Update 2 (Saturday night): Well, whatever the bug was, I guess it got fixed. Apparently it affected my mount list, too, because the first character I logged in with today had mail from Mei Francis containing all my mounts from the Blizzard Store, plus the Dread Raven mount. (I had been puzzled by one of my mount macros failing last week, but it only happened once, so I hadn’t investigated the problem further.) When I then checked my pet list, my disabled pets were all restored to activity.

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When at length the Peak of Serenity dailies had gotten her to level 96, the Brewmaster-Bagmaker Monk took the Timeless Isle portal to Draenor and set about establishing her Garrison. She specifically collected the followers that she would need to support her professions — Ka’la the Leatherworker, Pleasure Bot 8000 the Tailor, Shadow Hunter Rala the Herbalist, and Dark Ranger Velonara the Skinner — and built the appropriate buildings. She’s mostly ignoring the rest of the followers and missions game. I also decided to build her a Mage Tower for convenient travel to Nagrand for trapping. Between the quests to establish outposts to get the flight points, the quests to get the followers she wanted, and a few quests dealing with Ogres to collect Waystones, she soon found herself halfway through level 98.

She wasn’t always a Brewmaster-Bagmaker, though. My secondary Monk gained most of the XP for her first 60 levels as a Pet Battler. Once she reached Outland, however, she started doing more and more questing and more and more dungeon healing and less and less Pet Battling. Eventually she decided that she wanted to try out Brewmastering (though only for solo play). After unsuccessfully lobbying the Underpowered Death Knight to take up Pet Battling, she eventually handed over the Pet Battling leashes to my Hunter.

The Sign of the Critter last week inspired my secondary Monk to use Pet Battles to get through that last level and a half of XP to get to 100. First, though, she needed to be properly dressed…

Safari Expedition

Cloth: Elementalist or Archmage sets; Leather: Expedition or Dragonhawk sets; Mail: Talhide or Netherstorm sets; Rustic Workman’s Shirt
For a dedicated Pet Battling character looking for something to coordinate with the Safari Hat, this style of gear is just about “one size fits all” — it’s available in every armor type except plate. Your character will have to be at least moderately leveled to wear this kit, however, as these sets are Outland drops. Furthermore, each of these sets has an odd piece or two that doesn’t match all the rest, so a complete set will probably have to be assembled using items from both set names.

My other two Tailors hadn’t bothered to make an Elekk Plushie, but the Pet Battling Monk needed one (well, duh!). With the Sign of the Critter up, the Kalimdor trainer circuit plus the first few trainers in Outland got the Elekk Plushie almost to level 25. It seemed appropriate, somehow, to get the last bit of XP for it by battling Ashlei and Doodle…

Although I got too late of a start last week to actually get her to level 100 while the Sign of the Critter was up, a few more Pet Battles this week got her over the wire:

Now I have 6 level 100 charaters, with 10 more active alts still in the leveling queue.

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A minipost double-header!


During the past several months, I’ve been running Sunwell and Black Temple with a series of alts for a laundry list of items for Transmogrification. I’ve spent some time in the Battle of Mount Hyjal, too — not nearly as much, but enough that this happened a few weeks ago without me even having to try for it specifically:

Not sure she’s as cute as my kitten, though:

(if you’ll pardon the terrible Photoshopping of a low-quality selfie…)


The third Heirloom ring mission was for me also the last of the six special reward bearing rare Shipyard missions, so when it popped up last week (or thereabouts), I got an Achievement, too.

I said I’d keep playing the Shipyard until I got all three Heirloom rings, so I guess I’m done with it now. I dunno, there might be a Baleful token or two of which I haven’t got enough for all of my active alts quite yet.

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Here are Ketura the Hunter and Katewatha the Monk dinging 100 from the past-expansion dailies that have given them much of their 90-100 XP.

After dinging 100, they went off to Pinchwhistle Point to get the plans for their Salvage Yards and the LAZ-TRON Disc Reader, then flew around picking up the other parts for the Jukebox. They’ve been very busy the past day or two spending their maxed out stockpiles of Garrison Resources and most of the gold they’ve been raking in from Follower missions to expand and upgrade their Garrisons.

Once she had her Jukebox installed, Ketura promptly went to Northrend to pick up the Grizzly Hills theme:

Katewatha is using the “Way of the Monk” theme in her Jukebox, naturally.

Neither of them has built a Shipyard or gone to Tanaan yet. Ketura will go to Tanaan eventually because she needs the Fel-Proof Goggles, precious, oh yes — but I don’t have any particular item or goal in mind that would motivate Katewatha to go to Tanaan.

Each of them got a different quest from the 6.0 Garrison Campaign. I’m glad to see this, because I know that I want to do the whole 6.0 Garrison Campaign with my Druid so that she can recruit Choluna as a Follower, and I’d been a bit worried that I’d have to get all of the zone completion achievements with her to unlock the Garrison Campaign. As great as the leveling story was to play through with Kamalia, I’m finding myself surprisingly reluctant to play through the entire story again with my alts. I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it’s because I want to replay different parts of the story with different characters (as has been my usual alt leveling pattern in the past), without having to replay the same part of the story very many times? (I am so tired of Frostfire Ridge, and I’m sure I will get equally tired of Pinchwhistle Point.) Although I’m probably not going to play through the whole story of any of the rest of the Draenor zones with Ketura or Katewatha, I do plan to go do some specific zone questlines with each of them to recruit certain Followers for their Garrison teams. Speaking of recruiting certain Followers, as soon as Ketura upgraded her Fishing Shack to level 3, she got the quest to recruit Nat Pagle. I’m so glad that the Draenor Angler achievement being account-wide allowed this to happen, so that I didn’t have to spend hours and hours fishing with her to get that quest!

Next in line are my two red-headed Mages, and after them, most likely the Druid.

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After a few months of sparring with Kura Thunderhoof whenever she showed up in Kamalia’s Garrison and paying frequent visits to Stone Cold Trixxy, Lydia Accoste, and Blood Knight Antari with alts, I’ve managed to level enough pets to 25 that I could attempt the Celestial Tournament — if I thought I had the right assortment of level 25 pets, which I’m pretty sure that I don’t. The Sign of the Critter therefore encouraged me to try my luck against the continental trainers I hadn’t beaten yet — although despite the XP bonus from the Sign, I didn’t care about actually getting XP for lower level pets, just about winning the battles. I did most of the battles with all level 25 pets, only using lower level pets when I didn’t have enough level 25 pets of the correct family to counter the trainer I was facing. I went through a lot of battle pet bandages…

By the time I got to Pandaria, I had to beat only two more tamers to get my Safari Hat — the Pet Battling reward I’ve wanted all along. Would I want to continue and attempt the rest of the Pandaria trainers after I’d beaten the first two? Hmm… Yes — unlocking the Pandaria tamer dailies would give my secondary Monk something else to do besides just tending Sunsong Ranch and visiting the Peak of Serenity — battling Farmer Nishi. It only took me two attempts to defeat Aki the Chosen, but after all that pet battling, I was tired!

I visited the Draenor trainers with Kamalia just to finish filling out the “Master Pet Tamers” page in my Note-Book of Faffing — but actually battling them could wait for another day.

The main reason why I’ve wanted the Safari Hat all along, though, is to give my Bankers more options for looking stylish…

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After I’d been taking an alt to battle Stone Cold Trixxy every day for awhile, I decided to station a couple of other alts at the two other satchel-giving Grand Master trainers I’ve unlocked so far, Lydia Accoste and Blood Knight Antari. Flying back to Shadowmoon Village one evening after having given the smackdown to Antari, I was suddenly struck by the similarity between Shadowmoon Village on Outland and Lunarfall Garrison on Draenor.

The two settlements are in corresponding locations on their respective zone maps.

With no flying and all those trees in the lush, living Shadowmoon Valley of Draenor, it’s a little harder to get a good aerial view of Lunarfall Garrison than to get an aerial view of Shadowmoon Village in Outland, but both settlements have very similar terraced terrain.

The view from Overlord Or’barokh’s command tower, looking down the hill to the main gate of the village gives me an eerie sense of deja vu to the view from Lunarfall Town Hall, looking down the hill to the main gate of the garrison.



The Lunarfall Barracks is in the same place as the Shadowmoon Village Inn, and I have put my Lunarfall Barn in the same place as the Shadowmoon Village Stables!


The terrain isn’t exactly the same, in the way that nothing about Draenor is exactly the same as Outland — but it’s close enough. Lunarfall Garrison and Shadowmoon Village are the same place.

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