This was a system teased in the pre-Pandaria patch, but took the full release of the game to unleash it on a receptive playerbase, and again, like transmogrification, the Po...Pet Battle system has been met with the full spectrum of player response, from the unenthusiastic collector of pets, to the player that lives and loves to collect that level 3 parrot, or that level 5 bunny, or even a level 12 whatthehellisthatthingarghkillitwithfire.
While I have not embraced Pokem...Pet Battles with the degree that I have Transmogrification, I possess a moderate understanding of how it works, where you go, and what works better against what to more efficiently clobber small furry/freaky creatures. I even have a sort-of systematic approach to naming my pets (Most of my undead ones are named after horror movies or directors), and once, possibly twice, even went out of my way to collect a special pet, or try for a rare one, in order to fill the yawning gaps in my collection. I have even got a pet or two beyond level 10, and have mercilessly crushed a few NPC trainers under my hooves for having the gall to think they can beat me.
It's a strange thing though, with this aspect of World of Warcraft, that my usual black and white viewpoint on these new innovations Blizzard occasionally parachute in seems to vacillate between "Somewhat charmed" and "Somewhat enthusiastic". Finding myself, on occasion, out and about seeking out some helpless little critter and sending them to violent and squeaky death, then some days I will let my pets do battle with them instead. Just this week, at the behest of a friend, a rare squirrel came into my possession, captured in a duel to the death with my Mojo. Pleased with this minor triumph, I completely forgot how much I hated squirrels. This realisation only came later, and because captured pets cannot be sold on the Auction House, nor be sold into slavery at some nearby quirky chocolate factory, it was released it back into the wild, near a bunch of bored looking birds of prey. I am sure the squirrel made a clean getaway, they are rather clever creatures after all.
So do you loathe the Pet Battle system? Are you on the fence about it like me? Or are you someone who has gotta catch 'em all?
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