Anomalous Animals of Argus

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Last updated 2022-05-06

With patch 7.3 the concept of the Tanaan beasts has been revisited in the way of 18 new legendary pets.
They are scattered throughout the three zones of Argus and although world quests highlight some of them each day, all of them can be battled repeatedly at any time.

And that with good reason, because there is again fun with families: Family Fighter
Similar to Family Familiar, you have to beat every Fel Beast of Argus with every pet family, resulting in 180 different fights to earn this achievement.

The fights are very different in difficulty. Some you will be able to finish with almost any pick of three level 25 pets of a given family.
Others are very tough to beat with certain combinations. We tried to come up with reliable strategies for those where possible, but as a novelty to Xu-Fu, you will see some new and rare pet faces in this section and frequently pets with specific breed requirements.
Xu-Fu can scan this section for the most suitable strategies according to your preferences and show the required pets.
Pick a family below to check which pets you need.

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wrote on 2022-07-20 07:38:34

This is so awesome! The mass export was an amazing feature. You made life so easy for me as I try and so some older content.


wrote on 2022-02-21 20:43:35

I'm stuck and could use some help with Bucky and Shadeflicker in Argus. I can not beat them with my critters. I have tried every combination on this site as well as Wowhead. I do not have any critters with a speed above 338. Any suggestions on where I can find any. Thanks. I am just two battles away from the Family Fighter achievement.


wrote on 2022-02-21 22:06:55

https://www.wow-petguide.com/Strategy/2455/Bucky-Critter is from Dragons, who is hella reliable, so I assume that works. And all you need are two fast rabbits.

I see you have rabbits, but your rabbits are the wrong breed. You want S/S breed rabbits. Do you have the addon Battle Pet Breed ID, from Curseforge? It will show you breeds on each pet.

They're easy to get, though. Personally, I'd go for Arctic Hares in Dragonblight. Capture two S/S bunnies, and use Market Flawless Battle-Stone to upgrade them to Rare if you need to. Or you might check Legion Dalaran for an S/S Dust Bunny.

https://www.wow-petguide.com/Strategy/1518/Shadeflicker-Critter looks very similar, and all you need is a third fast bunny. You can never have too many fast bunnies!

Are you US or EU? I might be able to help out if EU.


wrote on 2022-02-22 14:14:51

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try Dragonblight for Artic hares. It seems all the guides recommend high speed bunnies.

amakusa007 wrote on 2020-08-15 11:52:28

When Max export, it say 198 team to export but only 18 show up on the list ignoring the rest. All that show up are the mechanical pets too. Bug?


wrote on 2020-08-15 14:51:19

Hey! I tried loading all families and using the rematch export - it was working just fine! Please give it another try :)


wrote on 2020-08-15 15:30:39

and that's why i have no trust in Max *giggle*


wrote on 2020-08-15 16:35:40

Well played!


wrote on 2020-08-20 21:01:10

This happens if you set it to overwrite teams, instead of making copies.


wrote on 2020-08-24 18:06:37

If you import duplicate teams into an empty tab, you don't get the option to make copies instead of overwriting. Try adding a single team for any of the Argus beasts and the option should pop up when you import.


wrote on 2021-04-09 07:53:19

thanks jonoleth, that fixed the problem.


wrote on 2020-11-15 10:59:52

Hi folks,
When i run the mass export for all fights I get the following result that puzzles me.
(Red line) Corrupted Blood, 1 fight, no level, no breed required.
(Gray line) Corrupted Blood, 3 fights, 25, same breed (P/S).

Wondering why CBlood is split in two when it appears all fights use the same lv25 that I have already.


wrote on 2019-08-02 18:53:28

Just to confirm this is nothing like BfA? So I can't repeat the fights?


wrote on 2019-08-03 02:38:31

It is the same like BfA tamers!
You can repeat the Argus fights as many times as you want regardless of the world quests. :-)


wrote on 2019-08-03 03:35:34

Oh wow that's amazing thanks!


wrote on 2020-09-01 20:48:00

Could you please add that little tid-bit to the top of the guide when you next update it? That was the thing I had trouble working out, as fel beasts was not tracking till I'd defeated the whole zone once.Thanks!

Aaron wrote on 2020-01-27 15:54:16

I know there was some discussion that strats would need to change post-8.3. And I think Blizzard even said they might nerf some of the argus beasts, as a result of the 8.3 changes? Did that occur? Does anyone have any intel on it?


wrote on 2020-01-27 17:25:10

Not 8.3. Shadowlands. Mudslide and Blizzard changes happened, but they're no big deal in the context of world quests or Argus.


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wrote on 2019-11-05 04:55:54

like Breeda and Squint before him, Shadeflicker is that one brutal NPC. unlike the other two however, you can't skip any of these. i was stubborn enough not to skip the other two, but sort of wish that i had lol


wrote on 2019-11-04 00:17:37

120 down, 60 to go. i blame all of you ;)

oh a minor point on an old feature, but this Argus pet checker has never shown that i have a Spring Strider. it does show if i go through the legion ready checker, just not on this page (edited)


wrote on 2018-12-26 22:09:16

Word of Warning - Foulclaw's insane damage mitigation (blocks all damage for 4 rounds) combined with his high damage vs Dragons makes this meta exceptionally frustrating to achieve. Go do the dragon fight with it first, and if you pull it off continue with Draconic Destruction and Family Fighter.

If not, use an easier team and just go for Anomalous Animals of Argus


wrote on 2018-08-13 10:33:06

Long time user first-time account holder... I don't know what I've been doing my entire life lol. I didn't realize that making an account would be so dang helpful! Can't wait to continue to use the site and provide strats when I find new ones! Thanks for the site love the Xu-Fu team!


wrote on 2018-08-06 10:05:04

Getting "The strategy you are trying to access has been unpublished by its creator. Xu-Fu apologizes for the inconvenience." for Gloamwing Aquatic


wrote on 2018-07-09 09:52:09

Is there a bug with the Spring Strider? According to this list I dont have one but it shows in my pet list in game and I have tried updating my profile.


wrote on 2018-07-09 10:02:51

As per gsanta's comment below, my Mini Mindslayer showed up as missing from my collection too until I obtained a 2nd one and now displays correctly, I only have 1 Zandalari Toenibbler however and that does not show as missing.


wrote on 2018-07-07 09:37:33

I love this site! The strategies provided and also the contribution of all the other people is really useful. When I am missing a pet, I start reading the comments and someone has provided a modified strategy that I can use. Great site and great community! thanks again :)


wrote on 2018-07-06 11:34:22

I noticed my Mini Mindslayer, Spring Strider, and Zandalari Toenibbler show up here as missing but show properly as collected in my collection page.


wrote on 2018-07-06 03:25:03

Maybe its me that is blind but I don't see a Rematch Tab import for this has it not bin added?
it's tedious importing every battle for every family one by one :P


wrote on 2018-07-06 09:22:34

It doesn't exist for this part, yet. I have to find a more clever approach to it. Probably together with a better overview in the user menu and favourite strategies - or as a separate tool. Something like that.


wrote on 2018-05-01 19:23:04

Huge shout out for such great and through work. Your eyes permanently crossed yet from reading tables :D ? Mine would be. This is beautimous in it's thoroughness. I have turned on many many people to this page. It's great! Thanks for all the hard work you've done and continue to do.


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wrote on 2018-01-24 09:51:46

Does this take into account breeds? Just curious, as ive got both the Mudshell Conch & Spring Strider but it's listing as 'missing'


wrote on 2018-01-25 14:32:43

Spring Strider is required two times, that's probably why. Right now breeds are not recognized but it's the feature I'm working on right now :D


wrote on 2018-04-16 09:16:31

I show 2 Spring Striders in my pet list, 1 missing and 1 that isn't listed as missing(both show only 1 occurrence). I also show a missing mini mindslayer(2 occurrences). I only have 1. and it doesn't show up in my have list. And it shows that I have a Chrominius, but it lists 6 occurrences, but it is not listed in Missing nor do I have 6 of them. So I think your Missing/Occurrences logic may need some looking into.


wrote on 2018-04-17 03:38:42

The logic does work, but a little bit different. Occurrence means how many different fights the pet is used in. Like Chrominius, who is being used for 6 different battles, but just one in each fight.

If there are separate entries of pets (2 spring striders), it means there is one single battle that requires two copies of the spring strider, meaning you need duplicates to follow the strategy.


wrote on 2018-03-07 13:15:13

Thank you for the time and space that you have provided for this website. Some feedback: I just checked some of these to see what breeds I might need to level up. I found the actual stratagies referenced for the 3 battles for bat, and the one for elementium geode (VERY difficult to get) do not reference either of those two pets. When you have time can you double check the list? And I really like my Celestial Tournament rewards. Thanks again.


wrote on 2018-03-07 13:26:52

Please disregard until my brain starts working again. FAMILIES!! I forgot to check the actual family. The thanks, however, continue to apply. :)


wrote on 2017-12-04 16:35:15

Fantastic website. Thank you for all the work that goes into it. Helped me countless times.
Any reason why Lost Netherpup and Arcane Eye would appear on my missing list, when I have both?


wrote on 2017-12-16 05:26:51

Hey! That was a tiny little bug that was really hard to track down, but I finally found it :-) It should work correctly now!
Thank you very much for bringing it up!


wrote on 2017-12-16 17:08:11

All looking good now, thank you so much :)


wrote on 2018-02-04 23:47:56

Hi, first off thanks so much for the site, secondly I'm having the same issue only for me it is the gulp froglet and arcane eye that are showing as not collected when I differently have them. (froglet i only just got today :D but the eye I've had for ages).


wrote on 2018-02-05 03:35:12

No idea right now, but I'll look into it!


wrote on 2018-02-05 08:39:26

And this should be finally fixed! Thanks for reporting it :-)


wrote on 2018-02-06 07:28:34

Thanks heaps :)


wrote on 2018-02-06 07:54:11

No problem! I did want to give an explanation as well and completely forgot :S
The reason for this was the "Any Magic" in the first slot of a strategy (for Watcher, to be exact). My script was pulling the very first level 25 rare magic pet from your collection, which happened to be the Arcane Eye, and locked it for this slot. Then in the next slot, it checked if you have an Arcane Eye, but that was already locked so it assumed you need it twice - which you don't have, and that created the red line.
Now it checks a bit more intelligently and keeps the other slots in mind, using a different magic pet instead.


wrote on 2018-01-05 15:13:55

Hey! Great list, very helpful in deciding what to level up next. :D Just one thing: claims I don't have a Gahz'rooki, when I quite certainly do. Tiny still, but there.


wrote on 2018-01-04 03:17:23

Just a note for people who may not have level 25s or needs to change pets to ones that arent 25. I twice sent all my 21 lvl 110s to the pet battle in dal when it had tokens available as reward before starting. I mostly had the required pets at 25 but found on occasion I needed to switch to a pet that wasnt high enough. The 2 goes at the dal pet fight yielded over 600 tokens that I traded in for the bags that gave family stones. I kept them in my bags then if I needed to bring in a pet that wasnt quite high enough I was able to get it to 25. I didnt go through the entire list of what was required before starting the fights that was a complete surprise at each battle but having stones in my bag before hand really helped.


wrote on 2018-01-02 08:22:30

Just wanted to report that the Mudshell Conch I have is not showing up on the list yet I have a lvl 25 one. No biggy just a heads up. Absolutely love and can't do without your site. Great work.

Askania wrote on 2018-01-01 07:33:57

Would just like to say thank you so very much! This page and the family familiar page was extremely helpful, only had to refer back to wowhead a couple times because my rng luck is really crap but this really saved the bacon on a ton of reading and scrolling.


wrote on 2017-12-16 00:19:28

Hi, not sure why but this list shows me as missing Lost Netherpup but my colleciton page has it for me at 25.


wrote on 2017-12-16 05:27:19

Hey there! Thanks a lot for bringing it up. As just written to cz, this is fixed now!


wrote on 2017-12-02 07:52:51

Will this be updated to check for breeds? It would be very useful for it to do so, especially since the collection tracker here already does detect them.


wrote on 2017-12-02 10:25:14

Yeah, I'll include breeds. But first I need to rework the battle tables to include breeds in the first place,then the table can check against them.

Carolan wrote on 2017-12-02 06:58:31

Big huge ty for all the hints and tips along the way with this achievement, just completed it and could never have done it without your site:)


wrote on 2017-12-02 10:24:41

Congrats :D

Eezo wrote on 2017-11-29 17:59:29

Anyone have a copy of the old list that wasn't sorted alphabetically and was one page instead of 8? I was a little more than halfway in listing which pets I needed to level and was using that list, now I have to start over because of the update :/


wrote on 2017-11-30 17:18:23

I was in the same boat. Just import your collection and let it do the work for you.


wrote on 2017-12-01 03:04:14

Thanks :)


wrote on 2017-11-10 11:29:11

Thanks for this Aranesh, returned to the game in April this year Family Fighter now done great work, on this site.


wrote on 2017-11-14 12:33:08

Congrats :D And thank you very much for the praise! Glad you like it :-)

moltov wrote on 2017-10-17 23:47:33

i got my achivement. many thanks for all peolpe who help with strats <3

Vill wrote on 2017-09-26 18:21:59

After almost 300 battles, i finally got the achievements. Thankfully my last round of battles was against Corrupted Blood of Argus - had 2 restarts so 12 battles and All done. Cheers Aranesh and rest of contributors


wrote on 2017-09-28 05:00:10

Congrats :D

Prudentius wrote on 2017-09-21 14:13:28


Tasmanien wrote on 2017-09-15 13:52:45

Rematch strings for family fighter achievement : https://pastebin.com/qsbChFEN
For normal strategies : https://pastebin.com/L4EU1kcV

Anonymous wrote on 2017-09-17 23:26:38

Thanks heaps for the rematch strings they were so helpful

Emarka wrote on 2017-09-19 18:37:02

Extremely helpful, thank you.

Marco wrote on 2017-09-19 10:17:57

Thank you so much for putting this up! And a very big thanks to the community for posting alternatives to specific breeds. Only aquatic snozz gave me real trouble, but I just kept rolling the dice till everything fell in place.

kala wrote on 2017-09-10 18:50:21

Could you add some kind of notice if a certain pet needs to be off an specific breed? Because right now it's somewhat annoying to check every single strategy for a family to see if your pet has the right breed. Love your work.

Ainsley wrote on 2017-09-13 13:58:20

Agreed. A simple note beside them would make this so much better. If multiple breeds are necessary, can just put (H/H breed for X, H/S for Y) next to them.

Doubleminy wrote on 2017-09-04 13:16:53

Hello! With Family Fighter having 18 battles, how is Ikky and Unborn Val'kyr in more than 18? Does this list have more data than just the fights?

I use your lists a ton and am excited to start on this achievement, so I want to make sure I dont go out and get pets and level them that I don't need to.


wrote on 2017-09-04 13:43:27

Hey :)
The list counts occurences also for the individual family teams. With 18 fights and 10 families, there are 180 individual strategies listed here :-)

Trisha wrote on 2017-09-04 14:32:03

I think the point was that there's only eighteen fights per family. So, for instance, Ikky isn't going to be on the Undead team, just as Valk isn't going to be on the Flying team. So they should cap out at eighteen, one fight per trainer. But both have upwards of twenty occurrences listed.

I'd actually wondered about this, as well. I know you don't generally list occurrences for the alternate strats, but maybe they slipped through or you changed your mind on that or something.

At any rate, we all appreciate everything you do and keep up the good work. :)

Tatahe wrote on 2017-09-04 14:34:49

One pet can be up to 36 times. 18 in their family team and 18 in the generic team...

Doubleminy wrote on 2017-09-04 15:00:06

Yup, Trisha clarified what I meant. Ikky being a bird, should theoretically only be in 18. I guess it's the generic teams. I know this may be a pain, but is there a way to separate them? I don't really care about the generic teams and getting pets for them :)

Moonbeam wrote on 2017-09-08 20:21:42

It may be to do with the alternative strats?


wrote on 2017-09-09 09:12:09

It's exactly how Tatahe described it. Ikky for example comes up 16 times or so for Flying, and another 10 or so times for "Normal" strategies, that are here for just quickly finishing the world quest.

Galanthria wrote on 2017-09-08 07:50:40

I ran into a couple of the pets on Argus, and I hadn't checked your site yet, I used my 3 nexus whelplings to beat the fight, and on one I started trying to do the family familiar for the achieve, and I didn't write down what pets I used, but beat most of them, should I start keeping track to see if maybe I have some that could be alternative strategies, for the ones that work I mean?


wrote on 2017-09-08 08:35:14

Hey :) At this point there are strategies up for all the fights, so I don't think it's super necessary anymore. If you remember a particularly tough fight though please feel free to add it in the comments. It's always appreciated!
If you send it via suggestions I can't guarantee it will be added in time, since I'm going on vacation soon (and we have about 250 still pending suggestions to go through ^^').

Congrats on the achievement for you!

Dashifen wrote on 2017-08-30 09:19:37

Can you provide a list of pet ID numbers so that we can try to build a ready checker of our own?


wrote on 2017-08-30 13:07:28

Hey there! Send me a mail to coordinate this. I don't like putting random tools on the page but I'm sure we can work something out together.

Daedrynn wrote on 2017-09-07 23:24:20

Yes, I wish there was a tool that allowed us to check. There's just so many for these battles. I thought I would have them all but I'm 2/3 done and so far I've been missing 5 or 6 pets.

Anonymous wrote on 2017-09-06 17:35:18

Snozz with dragons is so frustrating, I've tried nearly every combo I can think of. ~600 health is the closest I've gotten him.

Cogline wrote on 2017-09-06 18:36:39

Cannot get anywhere close on Shadeflicker or Snozz with dragons.

Anonymous wrote on 2017-09-06 19:05:20

Yeah, snozz and shadeflicker dragons are all that I have left and neither of them have been close.

Nikapo wrote on 2017-09-07 02:13:16

Maybe Snozz is bugged? When he uses Buried Treasure, he is healing for 564 HP out of his max HP of 1879. The tooltip says it's supposed to heal him for "up to 25%" but he's healing for slightly over 30% each time.


wrote on 2017-09-07 07:34:51

I got a couple suggestions for the remaining fights and will upload them this evening. Sorry for the delay!

Gundir wrote on 2017-08-30 07:08:03

Can we have a mass rematch string to import for the whole family as we have in Family Familiar?

Finadama wrote on 2017-09-07 02:47:06

This would be an awesome addition!!!

Machista wrote on 2017-09-06 14:22:50

Can even start to tell you guys how happy i'm with all your work, thanks again !

Xpariah wrote on 2017-09-03 17:48:36

Thank you as always for this tremendous work. It's appreciated. Argus is definitely finding holes in my pet collection but I love the excuse to go out and collect more.


Lilyoptra wrote on 2017-09-01 13:46:03

Thanks as always - you guys are amazing!!!

Curious why you went with the name, "Argus", rather than "Family Fighter". Didn't even notice it at first as I was looking for the achievement name as you had used before. Also, maybe as a stopgap, was wondering if you could you add a column to the list with an asterisk for those that do have a specific breed requirement. Way too many options to check every one and hate to wait till I get to a fight to realize I should have gottten a specific breed earlier to level.

Super Asur wrote on 2017-08-29 01:27:37

Will the legion ready checker be update for this, or am I missing that feature somewhere on this page?


wrote on 2017-08-29 11:38:36

I'm afraid not. I put a disclaimer to the ready-checker as well explaining it

Rhoda wrote on 2017-08-29 15:53:16

Is there plans to make a Ready Checker like there was for the legion release? I found it to be super helpful. Keep up the good work!


wrote on 2017-08-31 05:28:50

Hey Rhoda. I'm not going to add the Argus beasts to the old ready checker because of breeds and very specific requirements needed for those fights. The ready checker can't display those, and could lead to people getting or leveling pets that in the end are useless for those fights.

reedwand wrote on 2017-08-31 08:49:14

It would be totally amazing if you could implement the ready checker for this as well. I found it so incredibly helpful, my wow pet bible when I first started to work on the FF achievement.


wrote on 2017-09-01 05:20:13

Hey reedwand! It's great to hear that :-) I haven't built anything like this before, where people go to and actively use my tool. It's strange, yet amazing and rewarding. I've reconsidered and will adapt the ready checker for Argus as well now.

Boba wrote on 2017-09-01 04:30:25

Awesome work, as always. Thank you for all your efforts!


wrote on 2017-09-01 04:54:11

You're very welcome :D

Nikapo wrote on 2017-08-30 05:40:10

FYI, most of the strats for Foulclaw do not work as it casts Crouch, and ends up having 100% damage reduction for several rounds. I'm trying some things and not really making any headway yet.

Also, on the separate pages, you have the Family Familiar names (i.e. Best of Beasts) instead of the Family Fighter names (i.e. Beast Blitz). :)

Anonymous wrote on 2017-08-27 13:02:59

Jungle Frog is listed twice. Thank you for this list!


wrote on 2017-08-28 06:12:42

Thanks! Will try to fix this soon. Seems like a complicated error though :/

Trisha wrote on 2017-08-28 15:26:36

I saw that, too. I was wondering if maybe it was because two were needed.


wrote on 2017-08-28 17:54:56

I'm only aware of one strategy in this section that requires 2 of the same pets (2x Darkmoon Zeppelin). It shouldn't be the issue, must be something else. It seems to be a really strange error in the code :S

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