Hello! My name is Aranesh. I'm the creator and site admin of Xu-Fu's Pet Guides. If you have a few minutes, I will gladly tell you a bit about myself.
In World of Warcraft I am playing my trusted hunter Aranesh on Lothar-EU since the very first day of WoW, back in 2005.
Even before, I loved the stories of Warcraft and couldn't look forward enough to roam Azeroth with my very own character.
Since that day has come, Aranesh has seen a good number of adventures and changes in this world.
During the first few expansions I was very active and raided a lot, but this time is long over. Still, Azeroth draws me in on a regular basis with its mysteries and stories.
What has been the rush of gathering more set items and beating that next raidboss in a group of 40 (or 25) has faded though, and got slowly replaced by my ever existing obsession for collections: faction reputation, recipes, mounts and - how could it be else - pets of course!
I have very good memories of finally buying that Winterspring Saber during Vanilla WoW, or when finally achieving the "Insane" title, or wielding Thunderfury after so many Molten Core runs. That was during Burning Crusade however. Don't worry, I did not take away that pleasure from any Rogues or Warriors :-)
Or do you remember the hunter epic quest, with the four demons to slay? They required very specific battle tactics and you could only do it by yourself. Even getting a small heal from another player made the demons vanish and you had to wait 4 hours to try again. Definitely a different tuning of difficulty.
Already back then I liked helping others by giving them advice how to beat them and even created a video guide for other hunters.
Whenever an addon was released, I tried to avoid the crowds rushing to the new zones. Sadly my PC didn't manage to cope with that kind of action. Most of the time I was looking for some kind of alternative activity during the first days of an addon.
Of course, back then the choice of pets was also very limited since the majority of tameable pets was just introduced and needed to be found first!
Mists of Pandaria was no exception, and provided the perfect opportunity: Pet Battles!
While everyone else raced off to quest and fight in Jade Forest, I was taken back many years by prowling through Elwynn Forest, hunting for critters and leveling my very first few pets.
The chosen trio of pets I used was highly unusual: Miniwing, Lil'Deathwing and a Sprite Darter Hatchling. The perks of being an Alliance player and having been a collector in the game for a long time.
Fast forward 2 years and I have gathered a nice collection and beat most of the pet battling content, including the Celestial Tournament. As you probably know, beating the master tamers every day is one of the best methods to level up pets, but I was always keen on making this most efficient, but also without having to remember all the individual steps.
You could call it organizational skills, or lazyness. Probably a mixture of both! The result was a large collection of text files with team setups and strategies.
Plenty of friends benefitted from those documents, but they were not exactly user friendly and only available on request.
At this point I have to go a little off-topic. Not surprisingly, my real life is tightly connected to my passion for gaming. I am working in the video game industry for almost a decade by now. Not as a web designer or programmer, but nevertheless it has given me unique insights into the industry, including interface design, publishing and online marketing.
At the same time and even for longer, starting around 2002, I did little projects in HTML as a hobby. They were mostly not related to gaming, but the experience was valuable and by now I think of myself as an advanced amateur in PHP, if that makes sense :-)
The combination gave me the prerequisites, and the idea to say: why not make my guides available online? That way I can use them on any computer I'm playing on, and I can share it much more easily with other pet battlers!
And that is how I started to work on this page around the end of 2014.
It took me about half a year until May 2015 to get the first version online and since then I am putting a lot of free time into adding more content and features.
Naming the page was certainly one of the hardest decisions to make. As a hunter, the idea of having a trusted companion on my side was the saving idea. And what better than one of my favourite pets, Xu-Fu!
Xu-Fu's pages have grown to be a way of combining several hobbies into one project, and I hope it brings a lot of joy to all of you pet battlers out there!
Want to know more? Feel free to add me on Battle.net, or write me a mail, tweet me, message me on Facebook or PM me on Lothar-EU :-)
Thank you for reading this, and if this page helped you, or if you want to support me, I would of course be more than happy to accept a small donation which will go towards paying the web server.
Aranesh and Xu-Fu