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PvP Pet Tier List

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Aranesh, Rosqo, Shenk

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Last updated 2020-10-05

The best PvP Battle Pets!



A list of the current best PvP Battle Pets. This can guide your pet choices when either first starting off or when you are looking to mix up your teams. It gives you an idea of which pets to obtain and level up so you can be competitive in the PvP queue. We have separated the pets into 3 groups: Tier 1 being the strongest possible pets available at present, Tier 2 being extremely strong and Tier 3 being very good choices in for any team.



1. Tier


These pets are currently overpowered and will often be able to carry your whole team. You can probably freely use any other half decent pets to earn a good ratio of wins.

S/S Fiendish Imp (1/1/2)
Murkalot (2/1/1)
P/S Twilight Clutch-Sister (2/1/2)
Fel-Afflicted Skyfin (2/2/2)
Wyrmy Tunkins (2/1/*) combined with Dazzling Dance, Moon Dance or Temporal Anomaly
S/S Jademist Dancer (1/2/1) with Cyclone/Void Cyclone
S/S Alpine Foxling (2/1/2)
Hermit Crab (1/*/1)
S/S Qiraji Guardling (1/2/2)
Anomalus (*/*/1)

2. Tier


These pets can sometimes carry your whole team and with a half decent setup will get you lots of wins. Its more important with these pets to build a team that works well with your choice.

Vengeful Porcupette (2/1/1)
S/B or P/P Blazehound (2/1/2)
S/S Rose Taipan/Death Adder Hatchling (1/1/2)
P/P Gleamhoof Fawn (1/2/1)
Direbeak Hatchling (1/2/1) or (2/2/2)
Call Darkness+Nocturnal Strike flyers with 292+ speed or 300+ power
Twilight (2/2/2)
P/P Rebellious Imp (1/1/1)
Fozling (1/2/2)
Rotten Little Helper (2/1/2)
H/P Blightbreath (1/2/1)
P/P Autumnal Sproutling (2/1/2)
P/P Shore Butterfly (*/1/2) with a hit chance buff (e.g. Rain Dance)
S/S Coastal Bounder (1/1/2) with Cyclone/Void Cyclone
P/B Infernal Pyreclaw (*/1/1) /S/B Infernal Pyreclaw (*/2/2)
Kunchong Hatchling (1/1/2)
P/S or S/S Voidglower (2/1/2)
Armored Vaultbot (*/1/2)
S/S Snobold Runt (1/2/1)

3. Tier


These are pets that will perform well in the queue and using these pets to build a team will obtain good results.
You will have to use at least one other pet that matches well with these pets to get the best results.

Magma Rageling (1/1/2)/Lil' Ragnaros (*/1/2)
Blossoming Ancient/Broot (2/2/2)
P/P Emperor Crab (2/1/1)
P/P Zandalari Toenibbler (2/2/*)
H/P Muck Slug (2/1/2)
S/S Frostfur Rat (2/1/2)
Magical Crawdad (2/1/2)
H/H Unborn Val'kyr (*/2/*)
Anubisath Idol (1/1/*)
S/S, P/S or P/P Ore Eater/Crusher (1/1/1)
H/H Spirit Crab (*/1/*)
Curious Wolvar Pup (*/1/*) with bleeding synergy
H/H Iron Starlette (1/1/1)
Tinytron (*/1/1)
P/S Shimmering Aquafly (2/1/2) with an Aquatic pet
Zandalari Shinchomper (2/1/2)
Tonguelasher (*/2/1)
Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling (1/2/2)
Frostwolf Ghostpup (1/2/2)
Direbeak Hatchling (*/2/*)
Bone Serpent (1/2/2)
H/P Living Sandling (1/2/2)
P/P Fledgling Oliveback (2/*/1) /Fledgling Kingfeather (2/*/1) /Dragonbone Hatchling (2/2/2) with a hit chance buff (e.g. Rain Dance)
Infinite Hatchling (1/1/1) or other dragons with Cyclone and Call Lightning
Kelpfin (*/2/2)
P/P or P/S Parasitic Boarfly (2/1/1)
S/S Rabbits (2/2/1)
S/S Sneaky Marmot (*/2/*)
Stunted Direhorn/Pygmy Direhorn (1/1/1)
Warbot (1/2/1)
P/S Blighthawk (1/*/2) with a hit chance buff (e.g. Rain Dance)
Void-Scarred Cat (1/2/2) with a hit chance buff (e.g. Rain Dance)
Cursed Dune Watcher (*/2/1)

The list will be kept up to date as possible and pets will be added or removed as the PvP meta evolves.

We welcome feedback and suggestions especially if you feel certain pets are missing. We tried to keep the list as short as possible so some pets may have just missed out to prevent the list from becoming too long or daunting.

Thanks guys Rosqo & Shenk.


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nightflight

wrote on 10/17/2020

why does it have murkalot on Tier 1, the ability Righteous Inspiration is how played?
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Berendain

wrote on 09/10/2020

A team I run into a lot and have been having trouble countering is 2x Anomalus and a Hermit Crab. One Anomalus uses Toxic Fumes and the other uses Void Nova. I've recently been running a team comprised of Qiraji Guardling (1/2/2), Wicked Soul (1/2/2), and Gleamhoof Fawn (1/2/1). Usually it's a strong healing team, but against this matchup only the Qiraji Guardling pulls its weight. Sandstorm helps to mitigate the damage of Poison Protocol, but then he changes the weather to Toxic Fumes and unleashes a stronger second Poison Protocol. If I save Sandstorm until after Poison Fumes is out then it's too late. Corrosion and Posison Protocol destroy the Qiraji without the buffer of a sandstorm. My backline pets take too much damage for the usual strategy of swapping and using group heals to be a net positive health gain. The Wicked Soul does nothing to the Hermit Crab, and the Gleamhoof Fawn takes strong damage from the Hermit Crab if it uses its Nature's Ward.

I've tried teams with strong damage against magic, but most of them rely on Scorched Earth, which comes back to bite me if I use a magic pet to try and counter the aquatic damage of the hermit crab. I can't use big hits to kill the Anomalus quickly because of the magic racial, and if I rely on multiple hit attacks like Flurry, I'm either not fast enough to attack first against Hermit Crab, or I don't have enough power in the stat budget to kill Anomalus quickly.

If I bring a flying pet to counter the Hermit Crab the Anomali will destroy it. I am yet to find a pet that sufficiently counters the two Anomali. Is there something I am missing? Or do I just need to wait until the Hermit Crab is nerfed? I haven't seen any signh that Anomalus is getting nerfed, so once the crab is hit I might just start facing 3 Anomali.
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Shenk

wrote on 09/10/2020

well just use two sandstorms so you can counter both anomalus. qiraji guardling as your opener to change the weather as soon as they use fumes and when they swap to the second anomalus bring in the other sandstorm pet. as long as you can keep sandstorm up you can't lose

also right now the bronze whelpling is one of my favourite pets to counter anomalus right at the start of the match (edited)
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Gráinne

wrote on 09/10/2020

Disco has also featured DAH and Flayer Youngling as useful counters in the Anomalus meta.

Edit: from Disco's site http://pvppetbattles.com/multi-attack-probability-tree/

Pets that allow Anomalus zero attacks:
SBH 0.06%

Pets that allow Anomalus only one attack:
Bronze Whelpling 100%
Crystal Spider 100%
Whomper 100%
SBH 61.28%
Flayer Youngling 26.64%

Pets that allow Anomalus only two attacks:
SBH 100%
Flayer Youngling 100%
Mongoose Pup 100%
Dandelion Frolicker 100%

(edited)
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Mutanis

wrote on 08/10/2020

Lately I have a lot fun with S/S Baby Zandalari Raptor (2/1/2). I think it is at least a Tier 3 pet - and he is cute :) (edited)
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Tirpack wrote on 06/28/2020

hey guys, quick question about your sample teams. What's the reason you use "low" tier pets for these despite your pvp tier list listing several higher tier pets for the same role? (for example your clonedance team has blighthawk, the lowest cloner on your list, instead of for example shore butterfly, the highest. Same for Sandstorm with living sandling over qiraji guardling or anubisath idol).

Is this just for variety? Or as "budget" alternatives for people who don't have the other pets yet, etc.?

Thanks in advance for the reply :)
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Gráinne

wrote on 06/28/2020

There are several teams shown for each type. You can see them by hovering over the tab at the right. In Clone Dance, Blighthawk is used in the first team, but Shore Butterfly in the second, and Infinite Hatchlin in the third.

And the second team in Sandstorm uses a Qiraji.
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Tirpack wrote on 06/28/2020

wow, im an absolute idiot, I just now saw the alternatives option... thanks a lot mate!
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Gráinne

wrote on 06/28/2020

I didn't find that when it was first introduced either, and it took me a while before hovering over the tab felt natural, so don't worry about it. :)
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Rosqo

wrote on 06/29/2020

Making a good team is slightly more than putting all the highest tier pets together as there is often coverage or counters you need to consider. Generally you don't need a team of the highest tier pets to do well either. There are some players that do and exclusively use the same strongest pets but all are fairly easy to play around once you know their team.
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Tirpack wrote on 06/30/2020

nono, I know that of course, I was just confused because I didn't see there are multiple versions for each archetype, so I just assumed that the "one" sample team they show would include a top tier version to kind of give people a "goal" to work towards. Was just all a big misunderstanding from my side :P
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nomisuke

wrote on 04/30/2020

I would just like to say thank you for setting up this tier list. I put together three PvP teams using a combination of tier 1 pets and they are unstoppable. Right now my main team is S/S Fiendish Imp (1/1/2), P/S Twilight Clutch-Sister (2/1/2), and Fel-Afflicted Skyfin (2/2/2). I always start with Fiendish Imp and cast Nether Gate even if it's against a mechanical and it throws off the other player for the rest of the fight. If I am actively playing my character, I come out victorious 90% of the time. It made pet week a breeze.
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Lordy#2592

wrote on 03/05/2020

Ah OK thanks for explaining Shenk. Actually I do have a suggestion for the Tier list. One of my go to PvP pets is Squirky and I have lost count of how may battles that guy has won for me. He solos elemental heavy healing teams, is great vs TCS if you swap in punch and with 292 speed clobber + bubble combo + Fish Slap he can often be a finisher. For my money a solid Tier 3 pet and in the current meta heavy with Elementals (For me) I would rate him even higher. What do you guys think?
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Shenk

wrote on 03/05/2020

if you go to the top right of this site you'll see the "quick info" box and at the bottom of that there is an arrow you can click that shows the changelog for the tier list.

you'll find that squirky used to be in this list. i do like it too but we removed it since the speed no longer is good enough anymore for it to be reliable and it kinda got replaced by kelpfin
however squirky is still in the list of the best humanoids
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Lordy#2592

wrote on 03/04/2020

Just noticed a possible mistake in the list. In the Tier 3 Pets there is listed "Infinite Hatchling (1/1/1) or other dragons with Cyclone and Call Lightning" As Infinite hatchling doesn't have that combination of abilities I wondered if you meant Thundering Serpent Hatching?
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Shenk

wrote on 03/04/2020

thundering serpent, wild golden and wild jade hatchling. we restricted the substitutes to also have call lightning because otherwise they would include the sprite darter hatchling which has a very different moveset (edited)
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Berendain

wrote on 01/20/2020

You've added Snobold Runt with abilities 2/1/2, which is Punch, Ice Spike, Weakened Blow. Did you mean 1/2/1, which is Snowball, Kick, Call of Winter?
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Shenk

wrote on 01/20/2020

It is 1/2/1
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Berendain

wrote on 01/21/2020

But it still says 2/1/2 next to Snobold Runt in tier 3.
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Shenk

wrote on 01/21/2020

Ah yes, damn. I had my mind on the family list
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Kairy wrote on 09/25/2019

It doesn't say, but I assume the numbers next to the pet are which attack to use? IE (2/1/2). Sorry if this is a noob question, while I am pretty decent at dungeons and pet masters I am horrid at PvP pet battles.
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Gráinne

wrote on 09/25/2019

Yup, that's what it means.

So for example Fiendish Imp 1/1/2 is Burn/Immolation/Nether Gate.
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Shenk

wrote on 09/25/2019

yup, and * means both options are viable combined with the other two abilities
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disma#1599

wrote on 07/19/2019

Kovok is not listed. is the Kunchong Hatchling that much better?
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Shenk

wrote on 07/19/2019

kovok is not listed because it has been powercrept a lot. the KH however is able to carry your team easily
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Araka wrote on 07/11/2019

I think it would be great to do the same thing with a team tierlist ! :D
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Rosqo

wrote on 07/13/2019

A tier list doesn't translate into teams as easily I'm afraid. There's 100s of top tier team combinations that would be competitive.
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Aerch wrote on 05/02/2019

It would be really useful to also see the updates which were done on this page.
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Shenk

wrote on 05/04/2019

Do you mean a changelog?
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Aranesh

wrote on 05/04/2019

We have that, but it's not extremely well documented I'm afraid :-)
Whenever one of the article editors makes a change, they have the option to add a version number (with a short description). If they do this, the previous version is saved as a snapshot and everyone can access this in a changelog. You can see how this looks for example in the devlog:

https://www.wow-petguide.com/index.php?m=DevLog
Below the Table of contents, click on the arrow below the "Last Update" line :-)
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Shenk

wrote on 05/05/2019

i've noticed that but didn't think someone would actually care for this here ^^
next time i change something i'll add a description
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Aerch wrote on 05/08/2019

Thank you for the info. I am collecting pets and its good to see that what you find new so I dont have to compare one to one to what I have. :0