On Tuesday, 14 January, Blizzard will release patch 8.3, Visions of N'Zoth. For the pet battlers and collectors in the community, there's a few things to look out for, and forward to! In this patch, we'll be getting:
- 8 new pet battle world quests in Uldum & the Vale of Eternal Blossoms
- A new pet battle dungeon: Blackrock Depths
- A pet, toy, & mount connected to a month-long quest chain
- Pet Tamer & Battle Relocation: Obalis, Aki the Chosen, & No-No
- Changes to Pet Battles in 8.3: Blizzard, Mudslide, Toxic Fumes, Unit 17, & Foulclaw & 8.3 Strategy Tag
We've covered most of this in previous articles, but for a refresher, we'll be going over the highlights and adding all the necessary links to the other articles!
New Pet Battle World Quests
There are eight new pet WQs: four in Uldum, and four in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. There will be one pet WQ up in each zone, each day. As of right now, you can battle any of them at any time, as many times as you like, though you'll only get the WQ reward once for whatever battle is the WQ for the day. While this may not yield much, it does allow anyone trying to make strats some breathing room to test their strats, without fear of being locked out once a WQ is complete, or being limited to only the WQ.
The strategies for these WQs can be found here
, on our BfA World Quests tab. Uldum and the Vale will be the eight right at the top.
Information on where to find all the enemy pets, what they look like, & their battle information can be found here
, in the article about the WQs.
The four in Uldum are:
- WQ: Dune Buggy / Enemy Pet Name: Aqir Sandcrawler
- WQ: Retinus the Seeker / Enemy Pet Name: Retinus the Seeker
- WQ: Watch Where You Step / Enemy Pet Name: Blotto
- WQ: I Am the One Who Whispers / Enemy Pet Name: Whispers
The four in the Vale are:
- WQ: Brain Tickling / Enemy Pet Name: Tormentius
- WQ: Flight of the Vil'thik / Enemy Pet Name: Vil'thik Hatchling
- WQ: Living Statues are Tough / Enemy Pet Name: Baruk Stone Defender
- WQ: Tiny Madness / Enemy Pet Name: K'tiny the Mad
These enemy pets are also connected to the Shadowbarb Hatchling chain, which we'll go into more below.
New Pet Dungeon: Blackrock Depths
The BRD pet dungeon gives us the conclusion to the shadowy figures storyline, has 9 stages, and almost no walking!
The main article on the new dungeon can be found here
, and it includes all the enemies for each stage, and their pets' names, abilities, & stats.
The strategies for the new pet dungeon can be found here
, under the dungeon tab on the top bar.
This dungeon has two achievements connected to it, one regular and one meta:
And both achievements have a toy as their reward:
As per usual, you'll receive a currency--Shadowy Gem--which can be used to purchase three different pets:
- Wailing Lasher - 1 Shadowy Gem
- Tiny Claw - 2 Shadowy Gems
- Experiment 13 - 3 Shadowy Gems
There is also a supply crate for purchase with one shadowy gem.
Shadowbarb Hatchling Quest Chain
In 8.3, we'll see a 29+ day quest chain, which has a pet, toy, & mount as progressive rewards. It consists of three XP-based stages: Hatching, Larva, & Hatchling, with an XP bar of 5,000. Dailies will give you 300 xp, while unique quests reward 900 xp. Your dailies and quests will depend on the Assaults; which ones are up, and where. Stage four for the mount is only one day.
You'll receive the toy around day 11, at the end of the Hatching stage. The pet is around day 22 of the chain, at the end of the Larva stage. The mount will be on day 29+. At the end of the Hatchling stage, you'll receive one more quest, and another day of waiting to get the mount.
The guide for the entire quest chain can be found here
. Most of the quests are pretty self-explanatory, but if you're stuck on a step, it should be there.
There are some pet battles associated with the third stage of the chain, which involve the new 8.3 WQ battles. For right now, we don't have a section for just the Shadowbarb, because it doesn't seem as though all
the WQs have a quest in the chain. That said, if you head over here
, to our Vale & Uldum secrion in BfA World Quests, some of the listed strats can be adapted to having the Shadowbarb in the line-up. Some of the strats will have Shadowbarb Hatchling in the info section. If those don't work for you, look for leveling strategies, or ones that have an 'Any Pet' slot. The Shadowbarb doesn't have to battle to get credit.
This is the Shadowbarb Hatchling:
The toy is the Aqir Egg Cluster:
And the animation looks like this:
The mount is the Shadowbarb Drone:
33 New Pets!
There are a fair few new pets coming in 8.3, and as I said before, we're going to be awash in tentacles, void, and eyeballs!
If you'd like a full look at the pets, they're all in the article here
, except the Shadowbarb pet, which we've provided the link for above.
Ny’alotha, the Waking City
- Aqir Hivespawn -- Drop: Tek’ris
- Eye of Corruption -- Drop: N’Zoth the Corruptor
- Ra’kim -- Drop: Tek’ris along with the Aqir Hivespawn
- Void-Scarred Anubisath – Drop: Ra-den the Despoiled
All the pets below will come from the vendor Burt Macklyn, who uses Shadowy Gems as currency.
- Anomalus – Drops from either Alleria's or Thrall’s Corrupted Chest
- C’Thuffer – Rexxar’s Corrupted Chest
- Void-Scarred Hare – Umbric’s Corrupted Chest
- Void-Scarred Pup – Thrall’s Corrupted Chest
- Void-Scarred Toad – Zekhan’s Corrupted Chest
- Void-Scarred Cat – Alleria’s Corrupted Chest
Vision of the Twisting Sands Creatures
- Void-Scarred Rat – Kelsey’s Corrupted Chest
This seems to be a drop from various creatures found in the Visions.
- Cursed Dune Watcher -- Drop: Uldum Accord Supplies. This pet is a drop from the paragon chest for the Uldum Accord faction.
- Wicked Lurker – Amalgamation of Flesh
This pet drops from a bonus objective called, "Pyre of the Amalgamated One", during the N'Zoth specific assault in Uldum. The coordinates are 60, 72 in the Lost City of Tol'vir. This bonus objective will likely not always be up, and the drop-rate is not 100%.
- Aqir Tunneler -- Drop: Skikx’traz (Say that one five times fast)
- Rotbreath – Lord Aj’qirai
- Pygmy Camel -- Provisioner Qorra
This pet costs 300 Polished Pet Charms, and requires Revered reputation with the Uldum Accord
Zone: Vale of Eternal Blossoms
- Jade Defender -- Rajani Supplies. This pet is a drop from the paragon chest for the Rajani faction.
- Corrupted Tentacle -- Drop: Will of N’Zoth
- K’uddly -- Drop: The Forgotten
- Windfeather Chick – Zhang Ku
This pet costs 300 Polished Pet Charms, and requires Exalted reputation with the Rajani.
Corrupted Uldum or Vale of Eternal Blossoms. I caught mine in the N'Zoth-specific Assault zone, from a pool.
There is a meta achievement called, ‘Reeking of Visions,’ that the pet, Reek, is a reward for.
Reeking of Visions is the meta achievement:
And these are the two achievements you need to complete it:
New Pet Toy!
We’ve also seen a new pet toy show up as purchasable for our toybox. It costs 20 pet charms, and 100 Corrupted Mementos, which will come from Visions. There is a single-use version that can be purchased for 1 Corrupted Memento, but will also be a random drop from completion of the new 8.3 WQs.
Pet Tamer & Battle Relocation: Obalis, Aki the Chosen, & No-No
As of 8.3, it was getting a little crowded on the dam for Obalis, so he decided to move a little closer to home near Ramkahen.
When the minions of N'Zoth flooded the Vale, Aki and friends evacuated to the Mogu'shan Palace. Lorewalker Cho was more than happy to take them in, and listen as Aki regales him with tales of her pet battle wins.
As of right now, No-No has gone into hiding from his favorite spot. If you see him, let us know--we're worried about him! On the other hand, if you want to visit your favorite otter, Zidormi at the top of Mogu'shan Palace can revert the Vale to before N'Zoth invaded.
8.3 Pet Battle Changes and Strategy Tags
In 8.3 we'll be getting some Weather changes to Blizzard and Mudslide:
- Blizzard: Now also increases all elemental ability damage by 25%
- Mudslide: Now also increases all critical damage dealt by 25%
They have also capped the amount an enemy pet can reduce its damage taken from your team:
In Visions of N’Zoth, we’re also changing how percent-damage reduction abilities stack with each other. Currently, if you’re fighting a pet like Unit 17 in Mechagon (a Boss pet that passively takes 50% less damage), and Unit 17 uses Crouch, Unit 17 becomes immune to damage because the two 50% damage reduction effects are added to each other. In Visions of N’Zoth, the plan is to cap damage reduction at -75%. Using Unit 17 as an example, while Crouch is active, it will take 75% reduced damage instead of 100% reduced damage. This will smooth out the challenge with some enemy bosses.
Mostly, this change will impact two enemies in particular: Unit 17 on Mechagon & Foulclaw on Argus.
A new weather effect is also being added: Toxic Fumes:
- Increases the duration of all hostile DoTs by 1 round
- Pets are considered Poisoned while Toxic Fumes is up
Due to the changes to Blizzard & Mudslide, any strategies or enemies using these abilities will be tagged with an 8.3 Tag. This will let strategy creators and strategy users know when a strat could be impacted by the changes.
And that's (probably) everything for 8.3! If you have any questions, feel free to ask below.
Best of luck in all your pet collecting and battling endeavors against the forces of N'Zoth, and the Old God himself...you just might need it!