The below lists show pets most commonly used in strategies on Xu-Fu.
They are by no means an ultimate guide, but should give you a good indication of their importance and usefulness in PvE pet battles.
I wish there was some way to have these flag in your collection, or have a column in your collection screen that shows the number of strategies, etc, so I can take a quick look at my collection and see who to use a battle stone on when I get one, etc. That's what I end up needing the most, because those stones come randomly from the callings with the followers where they "find something" and I don't always know where to use them.
There IS a column in the Excel version of your coleaction that shows the number of strategies in which each pet is used. It doesn't show on screen, because the screen isn't wide enough for all the columns in the Excel download version.
The Xu-Fu ownership rate and the number of strats for each species are in the last two columns of the Excel sheet, so if you have a way to get an Excel sheet open, that'll do it.
I love this page. Thank you very much for putting it together.
What I wonder is, what are the most used pets beyond that? I am really interested in adding pets to me collection that have a lot of strategies attributed to them but I am unsure how to figure this out about the pets.
Aranesh does have plans to replace this manual list with an automated one covering all pets, so you will likely get your wish at some point.
However, this list covers the pets used in down to 50 strats, and I have to say that going down past Arcane Eye and Restored Revenant, the ground is likely to get very uneven, and the list is likely to be ... hypothetical. I'm not sure I've ever used either of those, for example.
I think it's safe to say that if you have all the pets listed here, as Blue 25s in the best breed, you are pretty thoroughly covered.
If you go to an indidisual pet's page, like https://www.wow-petguide.com/Pet/62130/Giraffe_Calf you will see, on the lower left margin, the number of strategies in which it is used. So if you have a pet in mind, you can get a sense of how often people use it. Which is not quite the same as how useful it can be.
Do not confuse strat popularity with usefulness. I've relied on the Blighted Squirrel and the Sen'jin Fetish since Mists, and still find them valuable, but neither is popular here.
I suspect the presence of Rotten Little Helper and Winter's Little Helper on the current list is entirely due to one exceptional strat-setter, DragonsAfterDark, who uses them cleverly and often.
Strat setters prefer to use pets that people have. (And avoid multi-breed species when possible, because of all the people who don't understand breeds.) People get the pets used by strat setters. It's a feedback loop. (edited)
I love your site and use it often. There is now an ad that constantly pops up in the top left corner. Not ideal spot since it covers most of the links/content =( Can we donate to remove ads or contribute to keep from ads ruining the user experience? I've been in web development for 15 years, I know it's not cheap to run a high demand website but please ad a premium service then! I'd GLADLY pay to remove ads and provide you compensation for the amazing work you all do!
Can you send me a screenshot of the ads if possible? Happy to move them / change them. [email protected] :-)
There is a donation option on the front page but even without that, there is a very simple "premium" version that removes almost all ads: just register an account ^^ It's free and you don't need to add any personal information. Hope that helps!
Nice guide. Thank you very much for your work. After using it for awhile, I found it to be very useful and may I make a suggestion to link these pets with the pet collection imported. This way, I can immediately see which pet I dont have?
This is spookily close to my T1 and T2 lists. Just a couple of differences, and the commonality I find most interesting is the number in each tier. There does seem to be a natural break after about 15 pets.
My suggestion is that this list badly needs suggested and preferred breeds, for any newcomer who might use it for guidance.
That's a great point! I hadn't thought of that. While the site does allow for breed requirements, there are also other constraints like minimum speed or power that are hard or misleading to capture in a list derived from the data.
And indeed breed is not always so simple, and we do keep different breeds for different cases.
I'll drop in the survey answers for the species mentioned in these lists, as a comment, at least. I think it's safe to say that a newcomer will not regret choosing the most popular breed of a species.