WOW Battle Pets: A New Addition to World of Warcraft’s Mists of Pandaria Expansion that You Should Know About

WOW Battle Pets

WoW’s latest expansion, Mists of Pandaria, introduced the concept of Battle Pets. In previous versions of WoW, your toons could have pets for fighting (such as Hunters) and just for fun (known as “vanity pets”). If you haven’t started using your Battle Pets (BPs), you should start now.

What is a Battle Pet (BPs)?

BPS are special pets that you can fight. These pets level up and add to your overall experience. You can also challenge other players’ pets. BPs bind on account so all of your account share them. They also level as a group. You can have a level 90 and the same BPs will be available on your level 10. If you are leveling a BP on your level 90, it will level up the same amount on your other toons.

How to Get Started

The first thing you need to do is visit a Battle Pet Trainer. These trainers can be found in any large city: Orgrimmar for Horde and Stormwind for Alliance. The BP Trainer will give you a couple of quests to get you started and the training will cost 10 gold. Once you have finished the quests, you will be ready to acquire more BPs and fight with them.

How to Get More Battle Pets

You can acquire more BPs by capturing them during a battle. Look for the BP icon on your mini-map:

When you get to the location, look for any animals that have the green paw over them, such as:

This means that you can have your pet fight this animal. Right-click on the animal and you will instantly be shown the BP interface:


You will see your pet(s) in the top left-hand side of the frame. Your opponent, whether is a regular BP or a player’s BP, will be shown in the top-right corner. At the bottom of your screen, you will see your BP command bar. The first three icons are specials that your BP can use and they are all different depending on the type of pet you have. The fourth icon allows you to switch out BPs if you have more than one. You can have a maximum of three BPs ready to fight; however, you can only fight one at a time. The 5th icon allows you to capture a pet, but you have to knock that critter down to a portion of its level. Once you are at the correct level, icon #4 will light up. The last icon is the white surrender flag. If you want to admit defeat before you actually lose your fight, you can do so by clicking on the white flag.

As stated, to capture another pet, you must reduce its health to a certain level. When you see icon 5 light up (it is an upside down crate), click on it and your toon will throw a crate out to catch it. Be warned, some hits will miss. If you have a miss, you still need to knock a bit more off of the target’s health and then try again. When you have successfully captured a BP, it will be added to your BP inventory. BPs can be of poor, common, uncommon, and rare quality. You will not know the quality of your conquest until after you have captured it. You are permitted to have 3 of every kind of pet. For example, you can have 3 squirrels.

Leveling and Traits

Your BP levels through fighting other BPs. Your BP begins at level one and gains experience through fighting. There are ten different classifications of BPs and each classification has its own special skills: The classes are:

  • Aquatic
  • Beast
  • Critter
  • Dragonkin
  • Elemental
  • Flying
  • Humanoid
  • Magic
  • Mechanical
  • Undead

You will have to practice fighting your pets as certain classes are better against other classes.

How to Activate Different Pets

You will want to know which pets you have and, at some point, you may want to switch ones out. You will need to follow the following steps:

  • Click on the BP/Mount icon on the bottom of your interface.
  • If this is your first time opening the BP interface, it will look like this:

  • Click on the “I” in the top left corner. You can highlight a BP name it will show you info about that BP.

  • Drag the icons of the BPs you want to use from the left column on the right column.
  • If you want to have the BP follow you, you can “Summon” it.

That’s it!

Additional Tips

  • Make sure that you are fighting an animal with a level equivalent to your BP. If you take on a level that is too high, your pet will die and you will lose the battle.
  • If your BP dies in battle, you may have lost the fight but you do not lose the pet. You can heal the pet back to full health.
  • In order to heal a pet, you can use a heal button located in your BP interface. You can also go to a BP healer or use a special BP bandage.
  • BPs bind on account which means that all of your toons have access to the same BPs.
  • You can drag and drop the icon for a particular battle pet on to your quick bars for faster access.
  • There are special quests for battle pets. You need to locate Battle Pet Tamers and speak with them. You will gain experience for completing the quests as well as rewards.
  • There are several achievements that can be completed by fighting with BPs.