Pet Capture level issues

I caught a level 17 pet in battle yesterday and when I looked in the Pet Journal it showed as 16 - pulled it out and it still showed 16

what gives with that??
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100 Night Elf Hunter
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People were having too much fun, so higher level pets get their level reduced when you capture them. Level 20+ it gets reduced by 2 levels.
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So if there is TOO much fun Blizz has to ruin it?
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90 Blood Elf Death Knight
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It works that way for all level ranges. pets will either lose 1 or 2 levels (depending on initial level) when caught if they are close to the level of your highest levels pet.

I would imagine the reason behind this is to keep people from just catching wild pets and cycling out old members of your team.

For example, if you had a level 15 and two level 12 pets and you caught a level 15. You could replace one of your level 12 pets.

I guess it is more to prevent power leveling one pet and using wild pets to supplement doing that.

Not that hard to get those two levels back if you wanted to use what you had caught.
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90 Pandaren Monk
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It works that way for all level ranges. pets will either lose 1 or 2 levels (depending on initial level) when caught if they are close to the level of your highest levels pet.

I would imagine the reason behind this is to keep people from just catching wild pets and cycling out old members of your team.

For example, if you had a level 15 and two level 12 pets and you caught a level 15. You could replace one of your level 12 pets.

I guess it is more to prevent power leveling one pet and using wild pets to supplement doing that.

Not that hard to get those two levels back if you wanted to use what you had caught.


I looked it up, because I caught a rare level 12 yeti that is doing some major ownage against anything I fight so I thought about saving time by capturing wild ones. And from what i've found, they actually don't lose levels until level 15 and up it looks like. so that strategy of powerleveling one and catching wilds works until level 15
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90 Night Elf Druid
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It's designed that way by Blizzard.

Pets level 1-15 maintain their level when caught/battlestoned.
Pets level 16-20 lose 1 level when caught/battlestoned.
Pets level 21-25 lose 2 levels when caught/battlestoned.

It's possible to catch a level 25 pet, have it drop to 23, relevel it to 25, battlestone it and have it drop again to level 23. This could be a benefit, as leveling that same pet twice to 25 counts each time for the leveling achievements.
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