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#1 Feb 18 2013 at 3:12 PM Rating: Excellent
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This may be old news to some, but here's something I stumbled on yesterday.

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Random level 1
Flayer Youngling (high level)
(XXX beast or elemental Hatchling with Sticky Web and Leech Life - high level)

Really, the Flayer Youngling is enough on its own, or the Hatchling can probably work alone too, but will take a little longer.

Take this team to the end of the peninsula just east of Stoneplow in Valley of Four Winds. There are a ton of critter groups there. As long as the level 1 can survive the first hit (and often the critters will do a non-damage attack) and land a small hit, you're good to go. The Flayer Youngling can tear through the critters, yes all three, and barely takes any damage. If you need to swap in the Hatchling as backup, that works just as well, just not as quickly as the Flayer.

With this basic setup, you can level a pet to 10 (and higher) very quickly. The pets respawn quickly in this area and you barely have to move. There are hardly any mobs to avoid. You really don't even need to use pet bandages, since the two high level pets will not need much healing and the low level pet will get healed as it levels.

Note: you'll get an aquatic enemy every so often, too. These don't go down quite as easily as critters, but still don't present much of a problem.

Anyone else have any other similar situations they've found?
#2 Feb 18 2013 at 5:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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I pretty much do the same, except I use the Hidden Stair near the BMAH. Unlike Vot4W, there are ONLY critters, no beasts. That means the Flayer Youngling is amazingly amazing. Plus, the stable keeper is like 20 yards away near the Black Prince.
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#3 Feb 18 2013 at 6:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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If your mains are Flying and/or Dragons that have Lift Off, Jade Forest works awesome for this, there's a LOT of aquatics in Jade Forest. Flyby + Lift Off = Dead in 3 rounds. Even better if you also have a heal spell (Pterrodax).

Plenty of places to do this.

It does work pretty good, yeah. If your Level 1s can't survive it, try the daily pet battle quests: Elwynn Forest/Westfall/Redridge -or- Durotar/Northern Barrens/Ashenvale.

The 3 quests will take a level 1 to level 10 with practically no danger, if you do them in order.
#4 Feb 19 2013 at 5:54 AM Rating: Excellent
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Thank you. Just the kinds of tips I needed - just tried pet battles for the first time yesterday and need to get some pets leveled up so I can stop hanging around starter zones.

As for the mini-game in general: SO FUN. For whatever reason I got obsessed with companion pets several years back and went after a number of the achievements. And ground out all those **** whelplings myself. It's nice to have them be able to do something. And to name them!
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I'm sure everyone knows it, but Tamer Nishi is basically a few thousand free experience per day; perfect for leveling a new pet. Most of the time she starts with Siren, her sunflower, which only does two things: spams refresh on itself, and every 6-8 rounds, uses the solar beam spell (I think it's solar beam; it does like 180 damage to all pets and turns the weather to Sunny Day). To counter, simply bring an aquatic pet with tidal wave and Cleansing Rains - I personally use the seahorse pet I fished up from Darkmoon Island. Spam Tidal Wave until the two backrow pets die, and use Cleansing Rains to change the weather and heal your pets. Unless you stun Siren, Nishi never switches her out. When the others are dead, using a big single-target attack (Pump or Whirlpool) to finish the fight. Bam! Longish fight but absolutely no danger, and 3-4k experience plus the bag of goodies.
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#6 Feb 19 2013 at 10:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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Lyrailis wrote:
If your mains are Flying and/or Dragons that have Lift Off, Jade Forest works awesome for this, there's a LOT of aquatics in Jade Forest. Flyby + Lift Off = Dead in 3 rounds. Even better if you also have a heal spell (Pterrodax).


Something like this for me too. My Flayer Younging does more damage to aquatics and takes less damage from critters. I'll traverse waterways looking for easy kills, and the humanoid self-heal is usually enough to keep up with the damage.

Also, something that can heal the reserve pets can be handy. A couple of bleats with the Little Fawn you get at 75 pets will restore any hits the low level pet has to take to get it's experience points.
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