Getting Started on Pet Battling

1. Unlocking pet battles

To take your first steps into the world of pet battling you first have to learn the Pet Battle skill on your account. You can do this easily at Audrey Burnhep in Stormwind or at Varzok in Orgrimmar. You should also do the first quests in the quest chain to enable and learn the basics - tracking, healing, capturing.

2. The first level 25 battle pet

Despite the fact that many of the newer fights and encounters are scaling (meaning that the level of the enemy pets adapts to the levels of the pets you are using and therefore can be done with level 1 pets) most older fights as well as specific achievements, dungeons and quest chains (e.g. the Falcosaurs) don't scale.

Furthermore pet battles, whether PvE or PvP, are most exciting and entertaining in the level 25 bracket.

Having a level 25 pet brings many advantages. You can learn new pets of this level at any time (like from the auction house) and you can also catch high level pets in addition to very quickly leveling weaker pets as your stronger ones can carry them.

There are various ways to get your first pet to level 25. Each has its pros and cons, and which you choose is a matter of taste.

Here are the methods:

2.1 The classic way

The classic way might be slowest, but it gently introduces you to pet battles and teaches you many basics you'll need later.

The journey begins at the trainers who unlocked pet battles for you (Audrey Burnhep in Stormwind or Varzok in Orgrimmar).

Once you have learned the Pet Battle talent, they will give you a quest chain which leads you to multiple trainers to beat them one after another.

Catching and fighting some of the wild pets on your way will strengthen your team so it can withstand the increasingly powerful opponents in the high level areas and finally reach level 25.

At the end of the quest and achievement chain in Pandaria you obtain the Safari Hat which you can use at any time to increase the pet battle experience you gain by 10%.

Even though you may choose the pets you like on this journey, there are some that bring specific advantages.

Some suggestions for good beginner pets:

Many of the pets you encounter in the wilderness and those of the first trainers are Critters or Beasts. If you use pets with Beast attacks - strong against Critters - or Mechanical attacks - strong against Beasts - you will have an advantage.

Your pets of choice should have the highest quality (rare or blue), since those are stronger. You can upgrade pets of lesser than rare quality with Battle-Stones but you probably won't have those at the beginning.

Of course it will also come in handy when your first pets are some that are useful later on.

Have a look at the Most Used Pets.

Some examples:


It is possible to speed the classic method up a bit by catching particularly strong pets and thus "skip" some levels.

Here is a video that shows how this shortcut can look:

However in doing so you miss the purpose of the classic method that is the cautious approach and familiarising with the mechanics. You will also skip quests for the Taming the World achievement.

If those points aren't that important to you then there are much faster methods you could use:

2.2 The easy way x 2

WoD Garrison

One of the easiest methods, which doesn't require you to do a single pet battle, starts in the Garrison from WoD.

The objective is to do a short quest that rewards you with an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone. This can instantly level up a pet to 25.

All you need is a Garrison on level 3. Don't worry if you don't have one on your characters; catching up on that doesn't take long.

However, something that can take some time is obtaining the 2000 Garrison resources (and 5000g) to upgrade to the 3rd level of the Garrison.

To get these you could either do quests, kill rare mobs, and find treasures (very tedious), wait ~two weeks to get them automatically from your Garrison's cache (very time-consuming), or you could buy Huge Ogre Caches from the auction house. The last will take only a few minutes, but cost you some gold.

Once your Garrison is upgraded you have to go to the site of the Menagerie, get the quest Unearthed Magic from either Lio the Lioness (alliance) or Serr'ah (horde), get the stone from the mine, and turn the quest back in. You'll be rewarded with the Ultimate Battle-Training Stone.

You can do this once on each of your characters!

Jyhanna's New Quest Chain

Jyhana is a pet vendor in Valdrakken that will offer you a quest chain once you hit level 70. This chain will send you across the Dragon isles to different tamers, who teach you the generals of pet battling. You will also get two Ultimate Battle-Training Stones, which you can use on the pets of your choice, and various other stones as well as Polished Pet Charms.

1. Oh Where, Oh Where Can He Be? ~ This quest rewards the pet Lubbins
2. An Expert Opinion ~ You'll travel to Iskaara, The Azure Span and speak with young Patchu
3. What Lubbins Needs ~ You'll talk with Patchu. This quest rewards a Flawless Dragonkin Battle-Stone to upgrade Lubbins & 10 Polished Pet Charms
4. A Practice Bout ~ You'll fight a single-enemy Gwosh. This quest rewards an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone
5. This Calls for a Specialist ~ You'll travel to the Wild Preserve in The Waking Shores and speak with Haniko
6. Born to Be Wilder ~ Haniko explains how to catch a wild pet in battle. This quest rewards 10 Polished Pet Charms
7. A Friend for Lubbins ~ You must capture a Shyfly in battle (you don't have to have Lubbins on your team). This quest rewards 2 Flying Battle-Training Stones to level your Shyfly to 25 after it is weakened by capture & 10 Polished Pet Charms
8. So How Did It Go? ~ You'll travel back to Jyhanna in Valdrakken. This quest rewards an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone & the pet Mister Toots
  • The end of this chain rewards you the achievement: Lovin' Lubbins

2.3 The new way

The new method can also be very quick, under the right circumstances even quicker than using the Garrison.

Since the new (BfA) pet battles are scaling you can get the Polished Pet Charms with level 1 pets. This currency can be exchanged for an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone.

Quite often there are enough pet battle world quests active to get the 60 Charms you need for the stone. Even if not, you can repeat the quests on other characters since the Charms are bound to the account.

However doing this method requires you to do some pet battles (~3-6) that aren't always easy, even when reduced to Level 1 fights.

You should look at the types of the enemy pets and pick your counters accordingly (e.g. an elemental pet vs. a mechanical one).

You can also get Polished Pet Charms for some missions from the mission command table.

Once you have obtained 60 charms the stone can be bought from one of those traders:
Dana Pull in Boralus (alliance)
Koari in Dazar'alor (horde)
Serr'ah in Dalaran (horde)
Serr'ah in Frostwall (horde garrison)
Lio the Lioness in Lunarfall (alliance garrison)
Lio the Lioness in Dalaran (alliance)
Zununu the Undefeated in Dazar'alor

3. And after that...?

Once you have your first level 25 pet you can learn and catch new pets of every level at any time.

Often you can find very cheap high level pets in the auction house to quickly expand your collection.

If you want to level more pets quickly, you shouId get some of the pets that are required for powerleveling: Guide: Powerleveling.

You could for example aim towards getting a leveling team that can fast and reliably beat Squirt.

If you have a certain goal (e.g. a dungeon) you can use the ready-checker of the respective page to check which pets you still need and have to level up.

Have fun!


wrote on 2021-10-17 09:12:10

Any team suggestions to capture open-world battle pets?


wrote on 2022-03-06 16:59:37

You need a Terrible Turnip. I know this reply is a little late, but the Terrible Turnip should be on every capture team, because it has an attack called Weakening Blow without a cooldown that will only take an enemy to 1 health, so you can safely attack with it. And before that, you can open up with Sunlight an attack that makes everyone have 50% more max health capacity, so you will get it down to a capturable percentage quicker. And you can use Inspiring Song, which heals the whole team for a small amount, and will overheal when the max health is boosted. You get it through the Garrison on Draenor, or you can get one on the AH.


wrote on 2022-03-07 03:43:23

It is indeed late, but always worth discussing :)

My preferred capturer is Grumpy (or Lord Woofington). The Howl->Superbark combination is hard to beat, bringing (almost?) every wild species into capture range immediately.

I pair him with two tanky pets. usually Emperor Crab or EPW, and one of the Anubisaths, depending on the families of the target species.


wrote on 2024-03-11 08:40:28

Late as well :) Safe to say, everyone has their preference for captures, Though I absolutely have to agree that Grumpy is imo the easiest to get & use for expanding your collection! For any capture team,Superbark & Weakening Blow are the abilities to look for. Many can be found on the auction house, but Grumpy is the only one that can be found fast & free (ok, travel time & a burning house is a factor) :) Saw the note on Grumpy & had to throw my vote in!


wrote on 2023-07-28 06:52:05

After doing the first introduction quest from Varzok (in Orgrimmar) on a lvl 70 char, you then have to log in to a 10-59 char and change chormie timeline to outlands on that character (since chromie time is unavailable for chars above 60).

Go up to Varzok again in Outlands chromie time and pick up the followup quests, because blizzard is incapable of making them available in current timeline or they just forgot.
Once you have the quests on your alt, they should also be available in your quest log on all other horde chars

I would assume that this is the "workaround" for alliance players as well. (edited)

Tormenator wrote on 2023-05-27 17:10:43

I think it should be noted that as of 10.1, the 1st quest line is from Marcus Jensen for Alliance. He can be found in Goldshire. I did not receive another quest to come talk to him, but just roamed around until I saw his !. Would be nice to add this bit of info under step 1.

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