Great guide, highly useful when you're trying to power level pets.
While it takes some setup, if you can get the hallows end decorations in your garrison, there's one that causes battle pets to spawn. These pets have the advantage that as soon as you defeat them, they respawn. So you can just stay in one place and fight them over and over.
Also, don't ignore running current pet battle dailies. As of BFA, there are daily battles that pay pet charms. Collect 60 charms and you can level a pet from 1 right to 25 by buying a stone from the vendor in the pet store in Dalaran (Broken Isles). At an average payout of 15 charms, run four battles, mail the charms to a single alt and you're done. Four battles to level a pet from 1 to 25 is fast in anyone's book: faster than using Pandaria and WoD trainers.
I understand this is a Powerleveling for battle pets. But those of us who might have their collection all max level 25 - what would the optimal location be to level their alts and the best probable team of pets?
For example with a full heirloom set and the war mode buff, an alt can earn the same amount of XP from a single battle compared with a quest. The added bonus is you do not have to move or do anything besides press a button.
You no longer can do that inside the Garrison (I believe - perhaps I am wrong).
My best find has been a team of 3 level 25 moths and battling the Dancing Water Skimmer in Vale of Eternal Blossoms. There is a small group of 7 that you can complete in a simple cycle in about 8 minutes that lines up perfectly with the free heal. Often under 30 mins a level for 100 to 111, and 45mins per to 120. Obviously the gear ends up being crap on your character, etc.
With small kids who are willing to chill and watch me play - this has worked well for leveling alts instead of trying to stay alive during questing.
Does anyone else have recommendations for spots or teams for this type of alt character leveling?
Icespine Hatchlings in Frostfire Ridge. There's a levelling team mentioned above, but if you're not interested in levelling pets, and you have lots of bandages, then a Blackfuse Bombling and a Twilight Clutch-Sister speed the process up more than somewhat.
I used to do the Aquatics in Vale that you mention, and Critters in the field between Halfhill and Nishi as my character-XP method. Now it's all Icespines.
The downside of both Pandaria and Draenor, of course, is that your alt needs to be an appropriate level.
The other downside of levelling an alt by pet battles, I find, is that my brains start to dribble out my ears after about half a level, and my dry-cleaners are quite firm that they will not accept any more such stains, so I limit myself to finishing off a level now and then when I'm tired.
i don't know how much character xp xou gain from fighting wild pets (i guess it's not a lot) but if you want to use pet battles to also level up your alt then i would do the same thing: find a repeatable trainer listed above and beat them. i've done that before and this kinda works for leveling (was far too boring for my taste tho) (edited)
Completely understandable - I mostly do it when my young son wants to hang out with me and I cannot actively level a character. He frequently interrupts and asks questions, so my brain cells don't die immediately lol.
I will look through the repeatable trainers and the Icespine - since I do have a large number of bandages.
For XP reference (from memory of Darkmoon Faire the past week) I have heirlooms that give 55% xp bonus + Darkmoon 10% buff = 65% extra 100 lvl xp was 16000-17000 110 lvl xp was 18500-19000 119 lvl xp was 23000-24000
Or around that range - I do this again I will do a baseline xp, then heirloom boosted xp for reference.
I looked into AoE vs single target pets for quick wins and it feels like single target is faster. (edited)
*Sigh* I did this exercise and recorded it before, but I can't find it now, so I did it again:
4 battles against Icespines. Level 112 character. No heirlooms. No Warmode.
Time for 4 battles: 3:05
Total XP needed for level: 837,930
Starting XP: 121,017
Ending XP: 165.455
XP gain: 44,438
Average XP gain per battle: 11,109
Average XP gain per hour: 864,272
Average battles/level: around 80
Average Level gain per hour: 1.03
1. I used Murkalot/BfB/TCS, which is optimum for speed, but not everyone has Murkalot.
2. Time included bandaging, stepping to next Icespine, engaging
3. Heirlooms do work with pet battle XP, but here I did it without to get a baseline
4. Keeping up that routine for more than half an hour, as I said above, makes me crazy.
Takeaway: levelling this way is competitive with questing on an XP/hour basis.
Omg! I wish I had looked at this guide earlier, everytime when its Pet Battle Weekly I keep running all over the world not knowing your could pet battle the trainers multiple times >.>
This Guide is so perfect for Pet Battle Weekly with 200% Exp extra!!
Hey all, I like levelling lv1s at Vale of Eternal Blossoms on the Aquatics there (listed above as Dancing Water Skimmer) It's right outside both horde and alliance shrines/towns so easy to access and safe for low level characters.
Three spots fairly close with 3/4 pets each so you can use treats and not run out of pets to fight.
And here is the script I wrote, it'll still run with two moths, but the Teroclaw does double hits and has heals via ravage for the grind sustain. The underwater bit is for the secondary pet Civets who dive, you can attack them as primary over skimmers quite easily.
Script: use(#1) [round=1] change(#2) [round=2]
if [enemy.aura(Underwater:830).exists] use(Dodge:312) endif
I made a script for 2 moths, too. I'm going to try yours, but I thought I'd leave mine here, too. (It's for the same areas you mentioned.) I'm using an Ashwing Moth and a Luyu Moth, with the leveling pet in the 1st slot. Ashwing Moth: abilities 1, 2, 1. Luyu Moth: abilities 2, 1, 2 It's the very first pet battle script I've ever made, so it's really sloppy, but hey... it works. lol.
While I'm not a casual pet leveler, I hadn't done much research. Thus I didn't know how massively awesome Squirt was until a few days before yesterday's arrival. I went in with the bronze whelpling / widget combo, and with a hat, a 50% pet treat and maybe 12 of the 150+ level stones I had for that final one level push, I managed to get 44 more pets to lvl 25 (558, all rares). In 15 more days I'll be prepared to work again, and I can't wait until May when it coincides with the pet leveling week where I can do clean-up on the rest of my pets. (edited)
Something I've been pondering about pet charms and leveling.
When Shadowlands comes out, we'll get a new form of pet charm currency. Do you think it's reasonable to expect that Polished and Shiny charms will be combined into one or the other, and of course all BFA and previous will cost that currency?
I ask because I have a LOT of shiny pet charms. If this were to happen, I could buy all my BFA battle pets after Shadowlands releases. If it has a good chance of happening, my polished pet charms would be better spent buying training stones to turn good pets into rares to boost my dungeon teams.
i doubt they're going to merge the older charms. my bet is blizz will just implement a newer charm for shadowlands and remove some of the vendor items you were able to buy with the polished charms.
but hopefully we'll see that on the beta/ptr before shadowlands goes live
I could have sworn that when BFA came out, we had a merging of Legion and Warlords pet currency, because suddenly I was able to buy all the Legion content even though I hardly had any charms for that expansion.
I'm figuring on the regular stuff, like the training stones of all sorts, will move to the new currency of course, but the pets will now be old and would be the old currency.
wod and legion had the same currencies because they didn't make a new charm for legion. i guess they didn't bother because there weren't so many new things to buy with the shiny charms in legion as there are in bfa
For those using the RLH/FF Script for wild leveling, you can use leveling pets that are level 1 if you have it come out after the second enemy death, rather than using the initial round. Leveling pet in slot 3.