|Pet Menagerie finally built.|
Yes, I should probably be titling these 'A Month in an MMO Life' given how often I've been posting them, but I can always dream that I'll start posting more.
With the Pet Battling triple experience weekend a couple weeks ago in World of Warcraft, I finally built the Pet Menagerie. I had done almost no Pet Battling, so I was starting from two Ultimate Battle-Training Stones from my two level 3 garrisons and a bunch of pets I had gathered through years of playing WoW. I used the first comment on the Pet Versus Pests Wowhead entry (with 201 up votes at the time) as my guide. From there I targetting getting a frog, a Dancing Water Skimmer, a fox, and a moth to at least level 20.
I used my Ultimate Battle-Training Stones to level my Terrible Turnip and Sprite Darter Hatchling to level 25. The Terrible Turnip has a 'Weakening Blow' that will never kill a pet you are battling, so you can make sure you don't kill it before capturing it. I took my mage (who both wasn't max level and had a port) to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms to capture the Dancing Water Skimmer and Yellow-Bellied Bullfrog. Battled there until I had two uncommon skimmers and a rare bullfrog and also leveled some of my moths at the same time. From there is was a quick trip to Kun-Lai Summit to capture an Alpine Foxling Kit and was lucky enough to get a rare on one my first battle.
I was able to win the three pet battles needed to complete the Pet Versus Pests quest with just those pets, including two moths I had leveled, at level 20 or higher which allowed me to build my Menagerie. Moving it to Level 2 was just a matter of some gold and garrison resources. I completed one of the daily quests but at this point I have 15 pets at level 20 or higher and to try to build a full collection is daunting. I'm not sure I want to spend the time doing it or finishing the 150 pet battles to get the Level 3 Menagerie. At least I can say I've built all the Garrison buildings (except the PvP one).
I also was able to find the time to finish two of the last three achievements I need for the Draenor Pathfinder achievement that allows flying in Draenor. Whenever I had some time, I would check to see if one of the Securing Draenor quests I hadn't finished was in my garrison and would run it. Once I was down to four assaults, I just paid for them at my garrison with resources from my Garrison Quartermaster.
I also finished the Master Treasure Hunter achievement. My missions had given me the Shadowmoon Valley and Gorgrond maps so I started with those. Once I had done most of them I realized I'd need one more map to finish it, so I bought the one for Nagrand from Grakis in Stormshield. I'm not sure this was the best one to pick because quite a few were difficult to get to. Fortunately, I didn't need that many after having gathered most of the treasures from the previous two zones, so it was just a matter of looking for others if one was very difficult to get to. I enjoyed the scavenger hunt aspect of this, but not as much as I thought I would. It felt like they were generally reasonable in Shadowmoon Valley but in Nagrand you would often have to find an obscure path to the treasure.
So I only have one achievement left to earn Flying in Draenor, Tanaan Diplomat. There are three reputations you need to level to Revered and while one of them is pretty straight forward, the other two are going to be quite a grind. Once again, I'm not sure if it is worth it or not. I didn't mind being grounded in Draenor. I'll try to post more about that later.