Best of each Family

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Aranesh, Shenk, Rosqo

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction
2. Humanoid
3. Dragonkin
4. Flying
5. Undead
6. Critter
7. Magic
8. Elemental
9. Beast
10. Aquatic
11. Mechanical

Last updated 2022-10-28

1. Introduction

This is an overview of the currently best and/or most used pets in PvP sorted by their families. With this list we want to help you find a pet of a certain class to either build a competitive team around or to fill a spot in an already existing one. Please keep in mind that those pets are rated in comparison to only other pets of the same family. That means that some families are far stronger than others and therefor pets of some kinds may be inferior to those, even though both are listed as being the best in their own family (I'm looking at you magic pets).

If you disagree with some of our choices or got any suggestions/questions please let us know in the comment section.
-Shenk & Rosqo

2. Humanoid

Anubisath Idol (1/1/*)
Curious Wolvar Pup (*/1/1) or (*/1/2) with a bleed
Cursed Dune Watcher (*/2/1)
S/S Fiendish Imp (1/1/2)
S/S Flayer Youngling
Kelpfin (*/2/2)
Kun-Lai Runt (*/2/2)
S/S Qiraji Guardling (1/2/2)
Ranishu Runt (*/1/1) or (*2/2)
P/P Rebellious Imp (1/1/1)
Rotten Little Helper (2/1/2)
S/S Snobold Runt (1/2/1)
Squirky (*/1/2)
S/S Sporeling Sprout (1/2/2)
P/S Trapped Stonefiend (1/2/1)
Whomper (*/1/1)
Wyrmy Tunkins (2/1/*)/Horde Fanatic/Alliance Enthusiast (1/1/*)

3. Dragonkin

S/S Albino Chimaeraling (1/2/1)
S/S Bronze Whelpling (1/2/1)
P/S Emerald Proto-Whelp (*/2/2)
S/S Golden Dragonhawk Hatchling/ S/S Silver Dragonhawk Hatchling (*/2/2)
Infinite Hatchling (1/1/*)
Moon-Touched Netherwhelp (1/1/1)
S/S Nether Faerie Dragon/Sprite Darter Hatchling
Stormborne Whelpling/Nexus Whelpling (1/2/2)
P/S Twilight Clutch-Sister (2/1/2)
P/S or H/P Twilight Whelpling (2/*/1)
Wild Jade Hatchling (2/1/1)
Yu'la, Broodling of Yu'lon

4. Flying

Albino Duskwatcher (2/1/2)
P/P Axebeak Hatchling (2/1/2) or any other toucan
Cobalt Raven (1/1/1)
Crimson Bat Pup (2/1/1) or any other flyer with Call Darkness+Nocturnal Strike (and 292+ speed or 300+ power)
Direbeak Hatchling (*/2/*)
S/S Dusky Dredwing Pup (2/1/1) with Toxic Fumes weather
Fel-Afflicted Skyfin (2/2/2)
P/P Fledgling Kingfeather (2/2/1) or any other buzzards or eagles with Cyclone
Orphaned Felbat (2/2/2)
P/P Parasitic Boarfly (2/1/1)
Royal Peachick (1/1/1)
Shimmering Aquafly (2/1/2)
P/P Shore Butterfly (*/1/2)
P/B Vibrant Glimmerfly (1/1/2)
P/S or S/S Voidglower (2/1/2) with a hit chance buff (e.g. Rain Dance)
P/P Yellow Moth 2/1/2 (or 2/*/1 (with a hit chance buff) or any other moth

5. Undead

H/P Blightbreath (1/2/1)
P/S Blighthawk (1/*/2)
S/S Bone Serpent (1/2/2)
Cursed Birman (*/1/2)
Fragment of Anger (2/1/1)
Frostwolf Ghostpup (1/2/2)
S/S Ghost Maggot (*/2/1)
Graves (1/2/*)
Rattlejaw (*/2/2)
Restored Revenant (1/1/2)
H/H Scourged Whelpling (2/1/*)
Son of Sethe (2/2/1)
S/S or P/P Spectral Raven (*/1/1)
Spinebug (*/2/1)
H/H Spirit Crab
H/H Unborn Val'kyr (*/2/*)
S/S Wicked Soul (*/2/*)
Widget the Departed (1/2/1)

6. Critter

Aqir Tunneler (1/2/1)
S/S Dust Bunny (2/2/1); Noblegarden Bunny (2/2/1) or any other 357 speed rabbit
S/S Frostfur Rat (2/1/2)
P/P Gleamhoof Fawn (1/2/2)
Golden Chirper (1/1/2)
S/S Grizzly Squirrel (2/2/1) or any other S/S squirrels
Lovebird Hatchling (2/1/1)
H/P Muck Slug (*/1/2)
Needleback Pup (2/2/1)
S/B Pulsating Maggot (*/1/2)
S/S Pygmy Marsuul (2/2/1)
Shimmerbough Hoarder (1/1/2)
S/S Sneaky Marmot (*/2/*)
H/B Trench Slug (1/*/2)
H/B Void-Scarred Locust (2/2/2)

7. Magic

Accursed Hexxer
Anomalus (*/1/1)
S/S Arcane Gorger (2/1/*)
P/P or S/S Blood Boil (*/1/1)
Celestial Calf (1/2/1)
Enchanted Broom (1/1/2)
Enchanted Pen (1/*/1)
Hyjal Wisp (2/1/1)
Lost Quill (2/1/2)
Servant of Demidos (1/*/2)
Shadow (1/2/*)
Stardust (2/*/2)

8. Elemental

P/P Autumnal Sproutling (2/1/2)
P/P or S/B Blazehound (2/1/2)
Blossoming Ancient/Broot (2/2/2)
H/P Fozling (1/2/2)
Happiness (*/2/2)
S/S Jademist Dancer (1/2/1) with Cyclone/Void Cyclone
Lil' Ragnaros (*/1/2)/Magma Rageling (1/1/2)
H/P Living Sandling (1/2/2)/Sandkeep (1/2/2)
Molten Corgi (1/1/1)
S/S Nightshade Sproutling ( 1/2/1)
H/S Ruby Droplet (*/2/2)
Tiny Snowman (*/1/2)
Wailing Lasher (2/*/1)

9. Beast

S/S Alpine Foxling (2/1/2)
Bloodstone Tunneler (1/2/1)
Alterac Brew-Pup (1/1/1)
Death Adder Hatchling/Rose Taipan (1/1/2)
Feline Familiar (1/2/2) or Sable (2/2/2)
Guardian Cobra Hatchling (2/1/*)
S/B or P/B Infernal Pyreclaw (2/*/1) /Deathsting Scorpid (1/1/2)
Jingles (*/2/2)
Kunchong Hatchling (1/1/2)
Poda (*/1/1)
H/P Silithid Hatchling (1/1/2)
Stunted Direhorn/Pygmy Direhorn (1/1/1)
Thunder Lizard Runt (*/*/1)
Twilight (2/2/2)
Vengeful Porcupette (2/1/1)
Void-Scarred Cat (1/2/2)
Xu-Fu, Cub of Xuen (*/*/2) /Ban-Fu, Cub of Ban-Lu (*/*/1)
Zandalari Shinchomper (2/1/2)
P/P Zandalari Toenibbler (2/2/*)

10. Aquatic

Benax (1/*/1)
S/S Coastal Bounder (1/1/*) with Cyclone/Void Cyclone
P/P Emperor Crab (2/1/1)
Hermit Crab (1/1/1)
H/H Inland Croaker (2/1/1)
Left Shark (2/2/2)
P/B Leviathan Hatchling (1/2/2)
Magical Crawdad (2/1/2)
Purple Puffer (2/2/2)
P/B Sandclaw Sunshell (2/1/2)
S/S Shadowback Crawler (*/1/1) or P/P (*/2/2)
Skittering Eel (1/1/1)
Snarly (1/1/2)
Tonguelasher (1/*/1) or (2/2/1)
Tragg the Curious (1/1/*)
H/S or H/P Young Sand Sifter (*/1/1) with Cyclone/Void Cyclone

11. Mechanical

Alarm-O-Dog (1/2/2)
Arachnoid Skitterbot (1/1/1)
Armored Vaultbot (*/1/2)
Blackfuse Bombling (*/2/2)
S/S Blue Clockwork Rocket Bot (2/2/1) /Mini Thor (1/2/1)
H/P Dibbler (*/1/2)
H/H Iron Starlette (1/1/1)
Knockoff Blingtron (*/1/1)
S/S Lifelike Mechanical Frostboar (2/2/1)
Lil' Bling (*/2/1)
Lil' XT/Landro's Lil' XT (1/2/2)
Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling (1/2/2)
S/S Mechanical Scorpid (2/1/2) or (*/1/1) with a multi-hit pet
Sunreaver Micro-Sentry (2/*/2)
Specimen 97 (1/1/2)
Tinytron (*/1/1)
Tranquil Mechanical Yeti (*/1/2)
Warbot (1/2/1)

Armael wrote on 2023-08-17 07:44:23

Teardrop Moth (2/2/2) should definitely be listed under the Flying section, this guy is insane in PVP matches.

JayASDG wrote on 2023-06-25 19:49:41

What does it mean with it says "with Cyclon/Void Cyclone" Those pets dont have that ability.


wrote on 2023-06-25 21:53:41

"H/S or H/P Young Sand Sifter (*/1/1) with Cyclone/Void Cyclone" meas use it with a pet that has Cyclone.

Cyclone, followed by Rain Dance to buff its damage, which the Young Sand Sifter has, is known as CloneDance: https://www.wow-petguide.com/Strategy/5222/Clone_Dance


wrote on 2020-05-01 13:23:48

Question. Infernal Pyreclaw is listed as S/B under beast but on the Top Tier list it says breeds P/B and S/B. Does that mean S/B is superior but P/B works for the most part?


wrote on 2020-03-17 18:44:02

How about Detective Ray? With the new Blizzard weather ability his flame jet and Immolations is much stronger, Im using it a lot lately and he didn't disappointed me so far:)

Thunderstruck wrote on 2020-01-24 08:34:48

Great guide, thnx a bunch!


wrote on 2019-09-03 03:23:30

Have you considered the Arachnoid Skitterbot? (It drops from Mecharantula on Mechagon.) Flurry, Extra Plating, and Smoke Cloud on a pet with 341 speed seems very strong. I've been running with a Specimen 97 on a team with Wyrmy Tunkins and Alpine Foxling, as the fox already has Flurry and I wanted to diversify attack types. That said, comparing the pets individually, the moveset of the Skitterbot looks stronger than the Specimen 97's to me. (edited)


wrote on 2019-09-03 05:05:09

definitely agree it should be in the list. been playing it myself lately in a meme team and it's still over 90%, so i'll add it ;)


wrote on 2019-09-03 03:41:15

You changed the Leviathan Hatchling Breed from H/P to S/B, but it doesn't have an S/B Breed. It has H/P, P/B and H/B.


wrote on 2019-09-03 05:01:20

damnit, yeah... that's what i meant to write. the editor only shows pet IDs instead of names, that makes writing it a bit confusing^^ thanks for pointing it out (edited)

Homstar wrote on 2019-07-11 19:27:54

So i am new to pet battling and was wondering what the s/s or h/p meant before the pets on the list.


wrote on 2019-07-11 21:23:28

Welcome to the game. :)

Breed,.Breed is a mixture of (H)ealth, (P)ower, and (S)peed. So an S/S breed (Speed/Speed) has put all its points into Speed, and is as fast as that species can be. A H/P has points split between Health and Power.

For some species of pets, your choice of Breed to get is very important. You can make a pet Blue with a stone, but you can never change its Breed. Some species have only one breed. Some have many, but only one that is good for battling. In some cases you might want two or even three breeds for use with different choices of moves. It gets complicated after a while.

https://www.warcraftpets.com/wow-pet-battles/breeds/ goes into gory detail about the numbers.

You NEED to get the addon Battle Pet Breed ID from Curseforge, which will display each pet's breed beside it in the game.

Here is a long thread I wrote, in which I surveyed the breeds experienced people favoured across all the pets: https://eu.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/pet-breed-survey-2019/20349

Homstar wrote on 2019-07-14 13:17:29

Thank you this explains and helps so much :)

Necro wrote on 2019-04-09 05:34:02

Nice guide, actualy found some great combos from BFA that i didnt knew of like PP boarfly which im amazed on how strong it is. also seeing some strong pets i didnt knew off. good job


wrote on 2019-04-10 09:28:10

thanks, glad we could help you ;)


wrote on 2019-03-09 11:30:18

OK, handy as a first reference.

Everyone will have their own views on what they find works best, and that will doubtless be a whole lotta fun, but before we get into that, I suggest two things:

1. You NEED to specify Breed and context, where relevant. A B/B Fiendish Imp is a chocolate teapot.

2. What is the sequence intended to be for each family? It's not alphabetical. Is it random, or are you listing them in order your opinion of their value for PvP?


wrote on 2019-03-09 12:12:33

1. i agree, but i was kinda busy and wanted to get that published. adding breeds and recommended movesets is something I could add to most of the pets, but for some of them I'd rather let people experiment with it ... I'll get that done ;)
2. it's just as they came to our mind. no ranking. could make it alphabetical, but in order of value would, for the most part, be vague, since it's hard to measure the value of them


wrote on 2019-03-09 13:12:20

Agreed. The problem is, if they are not alphabetical, people will read them as being in order of power /value.

Necro wrote on 2019-04-09 05:31:31

the order issue could be "solved" by doing a disclaimer "Order irrelevant to power"


wrote on 2019-04-09 06:42:12

they already are in alphabetical order^^


wrote on 2019-04-09 07:57:17

mybad, didnt even notice :p

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