I was looking for ways to improve the leveling of my World of Warcraft Battle Pets now that I had a couple of pets in their 20s. I had been struggling with spreading the XP out among pets, vs having one pet do all the work in a single battle, swap him out for the next battle and hope no one died before the 8 minutes heal was up.
I found a middle ground where I can level a pet from 1 to 10 in only 8 battles, or go from level 22 to 23 in just 5 battles.
Let me introduce you to Stable Master Risera at coordinates 61,54, the east side of Wyrmrest Temple in Dragonblight. She is steps away from a group of level 22 Dragonbone Hatchlings found at 64,53 in Dragonblight. You can battle the dragonbones and not worry about having health enough to fight again, because you can just fly over to her and for 10s heal and revive if necessary your battle pets.
Your primary enemy will be the Dragonbone Hatchling, which is a Flying pet. He’ll be joined by Strand Crab, Arctic Hare, and/or Tundra Penguin. Of my existing pets in their 20s, I used Jean, my Phoenix Hatchling for she has a good self-heal and she also has an alternate attack, Peck, which is strong against Aquatics (the crabs and penguins) and you also don’t have to worry about her Burn which is weak against the Hares. Now she is Elemental which makes her weak against a couple of the attacks the Aquatics have available so keep an eye out for those and time your heals well (PetTheory will let you know with a hover over during the battle). Another suggestion is the Onyxian Whelpling (if you have it from the 5th Anniversary and have him leveled already) (or any of the rare Whelping drops), as he has a similar heal as the Phoenix but doesn’t have the elemental disadvantage.
When I started with Jean at least 20, she wasn’t winning all the time — depending on crits and combinations of skills the enemy used she’d occasionally die (I’d let her as that means more XP for the leveling pet) and my backup Crab would save the day. By level 23 she was able to win all the time (but I still didn’t like it when the Dragonbone had the combo of Thrash/Adrenaline Rush/Cyclone). Special note: the Sprite Darter Hatchling was the only pet I was leveling that could hold her own. At level 8 she was able to kill one the level 22 Dragonbone herself, and then I’d swap her out for the others. Impressive pet that one is. Today I spent a while here and leveled 8 pets to 10, which was enough to complete Rookie Pet Group (I already had done 7 it seems) and I only need to do a Magic creäture to get the No Favourites achievement (I didn’t have any rare magic creatures so didn’t bother with one of my greens yet). For those who like the blues, the RNG gave me 4 blue captures in that time.
For those curious, here is a log of taking my Tiny Sporebat from level 1 to 10. Elapsed time 21 minutes (with worrying about screenshots and taking a phone call). Note all these list ‘Difficultly Bonus’ but I haven’t mathed out exactly how that works. The variation in xp earned from fight to fight seems to come from how rare the pets I was fighting were (e.g. greys and whites are less than greens — but not by much).
- Fight 1: 361XP brings him to level 4 (my companion got 172XP to bring her from 22 to 23)
- Fight 2: 413XP brings him to level 6 (companion 143XP)
- Fight 3: 323XP (companion 109XP (plus a death) plus a capture of a rare Arctic Hare)
- Fight 4: 431XP level 7 (companion 145)
- Fight 5: 436XP level 8 (companion 146)
- Fight 6: 438XP level 9 (companion 147)
- Fight 7: 437XP (companion 147)
- Fight 8: 437XP level 10! (companion 147XP)
This spot will of course continue to work past level 10 as well: you’ll have a near in-exhaustible supply (unless too many people read this post) of ‘green paws’ to battle, and the stable master available whenever it’s needed. A single battle with a single level 22 pet will earn you ~388 XP per fight, so at that rate it’ll take you 5 fights to get from 22 to 23 for example (388 per fight for 1860 per level). More data: it’s 320xp per fight at 23 as well so 6 fights to get from 23 to 24.
Once you’re comfortable soloing three level 22s a single pet, you might consider putting in two level 1 pets and going from there. My data says that in the first fight they’ll both get 233XP and your high level pet (in this case a 23) will get 90. Have fun!
Thanks to Doclariv at Internet Kidz Gaming for his youtube video: Fastest Powerleveling Method for Battlepets! which put me on to this location and style of power leveling wow battle pets.