Algalon the Observer

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Patch 7.1 brought with it a new version of Raiding with Leashes: Part IV - Wrath of the Lick King, but this time with a twist!
Once you collect (or get traded) all the pets for this achievement, instead of receiving a pet reward directly, you instead receive a Celestial Invitation, which asks you to seek out Algalon the Observer himself.
It turns out he secretly tamed some super cute celestial pets and now you need to defeat him, with your own pets!

Once you defeat him, you will then finally receive your reward, which is the celestial bunny Stardust.

Patricia wrote on 2023-06-30 14:59:11

strat from wowhead worked, not my idea:

By electronbluetwo (1,284 – 4·12) on 2023/01/12 (Patch 10.0.2)
I found this a while back off-site, and it worked a treat! All three of my pets were bumped up with blue stones to rare.

Crimson Spore (any breed) - 112
Timeless Mechanical Dragonling (any breed) - 111
Boneshard (any breed) - 11*

Turn 1 Sting
Turn 2 Blinding Powder
Turn 3 Swap to your Timeless Mechanical Dragonling
Turn 4 Razor Talons
Turn 5 Swap to your Crimson Spore
Turn 6 Blinding Powder
Turn 7 Sting
Turn 8 Explode
Bring in your Boneshard
Comet still alive? --> Chop
Comet dies
Cosmos comes in
Turn 1 Blistering Cold
Turn 2 Pass (Timeless Mechanical Dragonling forced in)
Turn 3 Razor Talons
Turn 4 Swap to your Boneshard
Turn 5 Chop (Cosmos dies)
Constellatius comes in
Prio list
Prio 1 Blistering Cold
Prio 2 Chop
Timeless Mechanical Dragonling comes in
Turn 1 Decoy
Turn 2 Razor Talons
Turns 3+ Flame Breath


wrote on 2023-09-19 20:39:06

This works perfectly! After i saw my Timeless Mechanical Dragonling with 80 HP and Costellatius with full life - i thought this won't work. But all the cold stacks and breath finished him in 2 rounds. Thanks for this sharing this clever strategy!


wrote on 2024-02-23 07:30:31

Works perfect 2024 All the rest are outdated


wrote on 2024-02-04 22:19:27

Just wanted to add my two cents here to show this tactic is working in 2024, since I went through a few of these older tactics to no avail.

I used the Zandalari Anklerender and Emerald Proto Whelp tactic, however I swapped out Dragonling for Unborn Val'kyr

Zandalari Anklerender 2/2/2
Emerald Proto Whelp 1/1/2
Unborn Val'kyr */*/1

So same as regular tact -
Primal Cry, Black Claw, Hunting Party - Anklerender Dies
Breath - Comet dies
Cosmo enters - Breath (Cosmo will almost certainly switch you though)
Val'kyr switched in - Haunt
Whelp - Use Breath / Ancient Blessing / Breath / Dream rotation - Cosmos Dies
Constellatius enters - Continue rotation
Stay Alive - Meteor kills Everyone
Val'kyr uses Undead Trait to stay alive

Good luck and Have Fun! :)


wrote on 2021-03-07 00:32:16

That's a fun one!

Finally getting around to doing old stuff....
Zandalari Anklerender 222
Ikky 111
Son of Sethe 121

Comet - Black Claw, Primal Cry, Hunting Party
Cosmo - Savage Talon, Black Clock, Flock - sorry didn't track the change, but basically kept Sethe's health up to survive Apocalypse and it did!

bill wrote on 2021-03-08 21:22:39

I have tired this strat 20 times and it does not work or i have awful luck


wrote on 2021-05-02 14:51:19

Trying this my Anklerender died to first boss and Ikky died to second boss but Son of Sethe managed to carry the rest of the fight.


wrote on 2021-12-09 21:39:21

'Incomplete, but it worked for me.

Redandginger wrote on 2022-08-05 03:25:51

Wasted 40 bandages trying different strategies, but this one worked perfectly on the first run because Son of Sethe will survive Apocalypse so just had to keep the heals up. Awesome strategy


wrote on 2022-11-28 14:09:08

Like psaraiva, my Anklerender died first boss, Ikky died second boss. But if you can get that far Son of Sethe will take it the rest of the way. Ty for strat!!


wrote on 2023-06-08 23:05:10

This worked perfectly! Like OP said: Keep Son of Sethe alive.

Anonymous wrote on 2016-12-07 14:17:18

Love your website! Just curious--have you noticed the achievement is actually Raiding with Leashes IV: Wrath of the "Lick" King? I think most people missed it. It made me laugh so I thought I'd mention it.


wrote on 2016-12-07 14:23:57

Oh my god... I did not notice it either. That is an amazing little "easter egg" hidden in plain sight :D

Zartrius wrote on 2023-01-11 00:20:46

also "Cute-a -clysym"

Wesleigh wrote on 2022-08-01 02:49:29

Read this plus a video. Went in with:
Zandalari Kneebitter S/S
Emerald Proto-Whelp
Something Else
Failed, failed and failed again. The rabbit's swap timing has been adjusted. Came to the conclusion I needed two Emerald Proto-Whelps. Farmed like a fiend until I had 2 blues.
Failed, failed, and failed again. Comet's take-down is not fast enough.
Desperate, frustrated and ready to give up, I swapped Kneebiter for Anklerender.
Got it! The Anklerender's Primal Cry is essential for Proto-Whelp's first attack. That team again:
1. Zandalari Anklerender - 222 (Primal Cry, Black Claw, Hunting Party)
2. Emerald Proto-Whelp - 112 (Spam heals - stay alive at all costs!)
3. Emerald Proto-Whelp - 112 (Spam heals - stay alive at all costs!)
Now booking in to hospital for cardiac treatment.


wrote on 2022-02-01 07:42:14

If you've finished the battle, complete the quest ASAP and pray you don't get disconnected.

If you log out the NPC disappears and you can't turn it in.


Deydrania wrote on 2017-05-15 16:22:00

This is almost devoid of RNG. I tried it over and over and over again. I worked out all of the bugs and made it almost perfect.

1. Zandalari Ankerender 2/2/2
2. Emerald Proto-Whelp 1/1/2
3. Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling 1/1/2

Ankerender: Primal Cry / Black Claw / Hunting Party (Anklerender dies, but Opponent is almost dead)

Emerald Proto-Whelp: Breath immediately and finish off Opponent. Comet dies.
Bunny comes out
Immediately cast Emerald Dream. Now you're in a rotation- DO NOT DEVIATE
Once Dream ends: Breath / Ancient Blessing / Breath / Dream
Breath / Ancient Blessing / Breath / Dream
Until Bunny dies.

NOTE: While Proto-Whelp is asleep in Dream, Bunny cannot force a pet swap. So stick to the rotation and you'll keep the proto-whelp active.

Now final pet comes out: Continue Rotation until Proto-Whelp dies.
Pandaren Dragonling comes out: By now, you should have anywhere from 2-5 rounds left until the meteor hits and ends the battle. your job is to stay alive

Cast Decoy. Do whatever you want and wait out the end.

rikapi wrote on 2017-05-18 15:14:04

Thanks for this strat - I was missing at least one pet of all the ones in the main pet battle article and was wondering what to do when I saw this!

On the first try Bunny kept critting my Proto-Whelp and I lost, but on the second try Proto-Whelp stayed alive till meteor hit so Dragonling didn't even have to come out!

Cher wrote on 2017-05-25 10:01:03

This strat worked perfectly first time; so thank you for sharing! :)

Cataerei wrote on 2017-06-04 02:35:57

First two times I tried this my proto-whelp died early due to unfortunate crits. Worked perfectly the third time. Great strat!


wrote on 2017-06-12 15:42:25

Thank you, I added this as a strategy :-)

Brizz wrote on 2017-06-17 08:58:55

Thank you for sharing an excellent, successful strategy. On my first attempt Comet died too soon and one more attack from my Anklerender threw the entire progression/rotation out of the window, but my second try worked exactly as you describe except my Emerald Proto Whelp survived until the meteor landed so I didn't need my Dragonling at all.

gratugu wrote on 2017-07-24 17:49:55

This strategy is purely RNG for the hopes while your barely holding on no crits hit to take you out. 10 plus pulls and counting corrently.

Lorieth wrote on 2017-07-25 11:10:59

I tried 5 different strategies/pet combos for over an hour, trying to down Alganon's pets. This strategy list above worked for me first time. My Mech Dragonling didn't even enter battle. My Proto-whelp died just before the meteor hit.

Anonymous wrote on 2017-08-12 18:34:09

One shot it with this excellent strategy. Ended up not needing MPD because my EPW was never in any danger of dying prior to Meteor going off. Well done!

Anonymous wrote on 2017-08-23 21:51:56

Thank you so much for this awesome strat!! <3

Sockarms wrote on 2017-09-26 07:13:56

Worked great MPD never needed

Apple wrote on 2017-10-29 17:02:10

This strat worked great!

Merylind wrote on 2018-03-05 16:07:35

worked like a charm! Thank you I love my bunny <3


wrote on 2018-07-08 22:02:19

Worked perfectly. Thank you!

RameyMJ wrote on 2018-07-28 13:47:01

Not foolproof with P/P Zandalar Anklebiter, P/S Emerald Proto-Whelp, and (S/S) Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling, but it does work with a little RNG. TY. This is the only one I was able to get to work after only three times.

RameyMJ wrote on 2018-07-31 02:46:34

Worked first time with S/S Zandalar Anklebiter, P/P Emerald Proto-Whelp, and (S/S) Mech Oan Dragonling.

Pandragoon wrote on 2018-12-25 11:54:16

a P/P Anklerender has a chance to kill Comet first, and die to Cosmos, causing Emerald Whelp to be swapped out for the Dragonling. If Anklerender kills Comet send in the Mechanical Dragonling to be swapped out with Emerald Proto Whelp

Pandragoon wrote on 2018-12-25 12:10:27

With a P/B Proto Whelp, he survived the entire 15 round countdown for meteor. Never had to use the Dragonling.

Violet wrote on 2020-02-05 21:07:59

It worked, thanks! :)


wrote on 2020-04-15 09:07:09

Still works great, though my Emerald Proto-Whelp didn't die until Armageddon. But still a win. :)

fillthisout wrote on 2020-11-08 02:12:20

dos not work.

ariadna wrote on 2020-11-30 22:26:37

does not work

aindreas wrote on 2021-01-23 11:26:08

this tactic is not working anymore. the drake is swapped out by the rabbit after the first rotation

ELui2 wrote on 2021-02-17 14:45:18

I have a P/B proto whelp and every time, the bunny gets his swap off before i can get my dream off. Doesnt work for me

Alcan wrote on 2021-03-11 04:27:01

Works but only if you use decoy every time the bunny swaps you, my mechanical whelpling survived the bunny with 4 hp and i was able to tank with emerald proto until apocalypse hit (edited)


wrote on 2021-04-14 10:54:54

If this works, it is only with specific breeds.

Ariadna wrote on 2020-12-01 10:23:00

I've tried more or less every strategy posted here plus what I found in the comments on wowhead. Not ONE of them has worked. I have all my pets dead on his 2nd pet or - if i'm very lucky - almost dead when his third pet enters the floor.


wrote on 2020-12-05 17:00:40

I stand corrected, tried this again today and it worked really nicely. I changed my Chitterspine to the S/S breed. Strangely that seemed to make the difference. <thumbs up>


wrote on 2021-02-15 09:30:13

It seems pretty critical that the first pet be S/S. I swapped in my Zandalari Footslasher 2/2/2 and was able to complete it as well. The rabbit was annoying swapping in son of sethe and squirrel but in the end, constellatius cast apocalypse which Son of Sethe could live through as undead.


wrote on 2020-11-20 11:19:28

Hajaj on Wowhead suggested:

Chitterspine Skitterling (S/S) (-/2/2)
Infected Squirrel (P/H) (2/2/1)
Son of Sethe (P/S) (1/2/1)

Which worked like a charm, post Shadowlands Prepatch. The strat posted by Deydrania here doesn't seem to work anymore, as even the fastest version of EPW is too slow to emerald dream before the rabbit does the switch, and I tried... many, many times. (edited)

Mansfieldion wrote on 2020-11-28 09:30:30

Thank you this worked for me first try

Kron wrote on 2016-10-28 19:02:11

Better Team & Strat for Algalon (Live)

Zandalari Kneebitter S/S - against (Comet) the celestial dragonling
Black claw, Hunting Party, Bloodfang, then Black Claw till forced swap or dead.
Direhorn Runt H/H - against (Cosmo) the celestial rabbit
Stampede, Trihorn Charge
Infested Bear Cub – against (Constellatius) the celestial hippo
Hibernate on cool down, and pass all other rounds until apocalypse hits and kills the pets, yours is undead=win


wrote on 2020-10-27 07:25:29

Strat still works. Even with a green Infested Bear Cub

strabo1701 wrote on 2018-02-01 21:05:42

dream whelpling with the sleep work great for me

michellerleight wrote on 2018-04-03 16:55:55

this was brilliant , worked for me the first time . ty so much

glittra wrote on 2019-04-15 23:17:48

wow thanks the best strategy yet it work like a charm. :)

Junior wrote on 2016-11-03 22:17:54

1. Macabre Marionette 121
2. Onyxian Whelpling 211
3. Son Of Sethe 121

1.Siphon Life - Dead Man's Party - Macabre Maraca (Till you both die)
2.Lift-Off - Tail Sweep - Healing Flame - Tail Sweep - Tail Sweep - Lift-Off
3. Just use whatever healing you need to stay alive for 15 rounds.

Moogles wrote on 2016-11-07 01:18:09

This strat worked wonders for me, more reliable rng than the marionette/proto-whelp/bear strat

Zelixa wrote on 2019-01-15 07:07:47

THANK YOU!! This worked first time, awesome!


wrote on 2018-11-21 19:39:26

besides wanting to push down the click-bot posters...;)

Do you have to clear Ulduar to do Celestial Invitation?


wrote on 2018-11-22 01:10:54

Blergh! They're bad toys, veeeery bad!

If you ask whether the encounter is a part of the instance or not – it is not, during this quest he's located next to the raid's entrance.
If you ask whether you can get the invitation itself… an interesting question! I do not have any idea; hard to find a sample when people tend to have it cleared before, for pets or otherwise. The quest is account-wide, however and does not have a level requirement, so I guess one could *gasps* have never set a foot in Ulduar at all!


wrote on 2018-11-22 09:36:29

The answer is 'no'. You receive the invitation in the mail after completing the Raiding With Leashes IV achievement: Link
You can buy all these pets from the AH and learn them to complete the ach.

Onebaddude wrote on 2016-11-10 19:44:32

I didn't have many of the pets here, but here's what I did:

Pets were: Zandalari Anklebiter (2/2/2), Son of Sethe (2/1/2), Lil' Bling (2/1/2, though 2/2/2 might be better)

Zandalari Anklebiter (I didn't have S/S, so I went with what I had): Primal Howl -> Black Claw -> Hunting Party
Son of Sethe: I leveled this pet just for this fight): Drain Blood (to finish first pet) -> Screech (to slow the second pet)
Lil' Bling will get pulled into battle: Make it rain -> Inflation -> Make it rain (just try to do damage until Son of Sethe gets pulled back in, Lil' Bling had around 70 health after the mechanical revive when Son of Sethe was pulled back in, it is vital to winning that Lil' Bling doesn't die)
Son of Sethe: Drain blood (I think this killed the second pet) -> Plagued blood (x2 if the second pet isn't dead at this point and the first comes out)

Then for the final pet, I followed others' advice that use its Apocalypse to win. The priority becomes Drain Blood (especially with moonlight still up) -> Screech if the speed decrease isn't already up (otherwise lowest it's the lowest priority) -> Plagued Blood

Thanks, and I hope this helps if like me you don't have many holiday pets nor rare ones.

Anonymous wrote on 2016-11-11 05:41:21



wrote on 2016-11-13 09:08:42

It does work indeed, and is now added as an alternative: http://en.wow-petguide.com/index.php?m=Algalon&s=340&a=4

Anonymous wrote on 2016-12-16 21:05:45

It worked like a charm for me today

Sereza wrote on 2017-04-08 08:56:24

Just commenting here to say that this worked for me!! I tried so many strats from WoWhead but none of them worked for me- with the exception of the macabre marionette... I didn't have that one. Thank you SO much! It took me many tries through crit RNG but it finally worked. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Anonymous wrote on 2017-05-24 15:44:35

it may work(no luck yet with it), but unless things have changed since the post: There is no such spell as "screech' and although he said to use "Son of Sethe (2/1/2), "..he then called to use Drain Blood which is in the 3rd slot but no. 1 spot; and that can cause a catastrophe. I'm worried this means that things have just changed since the strat was originally posted.

Anonymous wrote on 2017-08-05 18:51:42

heres is a video of this method working https://youtu.be/4bGmjtgev40

Mhystral -aerie peak wrote on 2016-11-09 10:18:20

I didn't have the infested cub leveled so i was having trouble since the emerald whelp kept dying anyways even if i switched it, so i found a great combo that saved my ass. I simply needed something that would hang in there till apoc. I did zandalari anklerender and used his primal cry first, then black claw and stampede. Its ok if he dies. Take emerald proto use breath then right away use dream for when the bunny comes. Do the healingtechnique as previous posts. It's ok if he dies. Then marionette for the third per. Use syphon and maracas, alternate. Just hang in there. You will sirvive for a bit enough to win the encounter.

Anonymous wrote on 2017-02-18 00:47:22

I never had to even use the Marionette, easy win. Thanks!

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