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01/21/2017 - Wailing Critters - The new Pet Battle Dungeon

Patch 7.2 hit the PTR today and it brings the pet battle dungeon that was hinted at during last BlizzCon!
I tried it out and want to provide a little preview. If you want to go into the pet dungeon with 7.2 unspoiled - stop reading now! :-)


The dungeon quest starts in Dalarans pet shop at Lio the Lioness. After picking up the breadcrumb quest from her you are being sent to the Southern Barrens to meet Muyani, right above the Wailing Caverns instance. She will give you the followup quest Wailing Critters and also sends you into the scenario of the same name.

The scenario has 7 stages and takes quite some time to complete!
Here is a step by step description of the whole thing:

  • Stage 1: Deviate Dangers
    You need to defeat the following three critters:

    Deviate Smallclaw
    Deviate Chomper
    Deviate Flapper



    All three are common (white) with around 1000 health points and the "Elite" buff, taking 50% reduced damage.
    They come with two backline pets which are randomized among the three, so you might face three times the same Deviate, or different ones. There do not seem to be any other random pets in the instance apart from those three.


  • Stage 2: Son of Skum
    Next up is the Son of Skum, an epic beast with the "Boss" buff, which means he can't be dealt more than 35% of his health in one hit, and taking 50% reduced damage. No Iron Starlette easy peesy here ^^



  • Stage 3: Legacy of Fangs
    Once you beat the Son of Skum you will traverse a bit deeper into the caverns to face three serpents:

    Vilefang
    Dreadcoil
    Phyxia


  • These are all uncommon (green) beasts with around 1200 health and again the Elite buff. They are accompanied by a random selection of the deviate enemies from stage 1 and are only a little bit more dangerous than the previous enemies, but not too special either.

  • Stage 4: Call of the Serpent
    Like before, you are now facing a single, epic quality opponent with the "Boss" buff. This time it is Hiss - Lord Serpentis' Companion, another snake.
    This one doesn't do much else than the previous snakes, but hits a lot harder.

  • Stage 5: Ectoplasmic Growth
    When Hiss is defeated, a pathway opens up which you need to travel along. On the way you will encounter two Growing Ectoplasms, which need to be defeated.



    These are Magic pets of rare (blue) quality, once more accompanied by deviate pets from Stage 1.


  • Stage 6: A Shadowy Figure
    Once you reach the highest platform in the instance, you will see a sleeping, shadowy figure. Approach it and it will give a tiny little back story on what's going on here. Maybe I'm exaggerating that a bit ^^ You'll see, it's funny!



    There's nothing more you need to do to and the next phase begins:


  • Stage 7: Everliving
    Last but not least you face the Everliving Spore. A legendary Elemental pet with 2231 health points and the Boss buff:



    It does a nasty AOE, but can also be defeated without much hassle.


At the end, you can jump back down to the entrance and are being rewarded with an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone and a follow-up challenge: Hard mode!

In the first run you can heal and revive your pets at any time, making it quite an easy experience. The hard mode challenge adds the Celestial Tournament restriction: no healing or reviving. Should you succeed, you will receive a new pet supply sack which can contain a few new pets.

That's it for now, but of course we will provide you with proper strategies before 7.2 hits the live servers!



01/11/2017 - Brawler's Guild anyone?

Patch 7.15 is now live and brought back the Brawler's Guild! There are a couple of new pets available, but maybe even more important for new battlers is good old Clock'em!
You only need rank 3 in the Brawler's Guild to buy Clock'em, which is very useful in many pet fights!
I highly recommended getting this pet before the Brawler's Guild might take another break in the future :-)

Also, if you're low on Pet Charms, you can now buy a new shoulder enchantment in Dalaran for gold:
Boon of the Zookeeper for gold. Much like the other Legion shoulder enchants, this one gives you a chance to loot a satchel of goods from enemies in Legion, which can contain pet goodies like Pet Charms.



01/02/2017 - Xu-Fu’s next steps in 2017

A few months ago I posted a long blog entry about the future plans in developing Xu-Fu’s guides further. Almost all of these plans are reality already, and I’m working hard on the last feature on that list.
That means, it’s time to update the roadmap! Below is my plan of features I want to add over the coming months, from top to bottom. If you remember the old list, you will notice that it’s a lot more granular this time.

  1. Finalize user logins.
    This went far better than I expected and is about 80% done! I will have to add some actual features though before putting it live, otherwise it’s a bit pointless ^^

  2. Option to login with Battle.net
    It has been asked for a couple times and I want to build it in. I’m not sure yet if I will be able to, but at least I’ll do some research and test runs!

  3. User Icons (help needed!)
    What’s a user account without an icon? For this one I could need some help. Would you enjoy making really nice screenshots of pets so they can be added here? Send me a mail! I’m sure I can return the favor somehow, maybe with a unique icon that only you can use? ^^

  4. User profile and options page
    You know it from so many other sites and it’s a must have: a section where you can see your own profile and make changes to your account (like changing the password or icon). Nothing fancy… yet!

  5. Comment system rework
    A user system alone is not doing much, I need to update the comment sections to work with the user accounts so you can post with your user name.

  6. “Claim your comments” system
    With several thousand comments already posted I want you to be able to “claim” your old comments and add them to your user accounts.How? No idea, yet!

  7. Armory link
    Pretty much what the Legion-Checker does, but linking it to your account so it can be used everywhere on the page! One of the most asked for feature of all.

  8. Battle Table revamp
    The strategy table should show some more details, for example if specific breeds are required, who created it, when it was created or last updated, how much XP the fight gives, any additional comments - it’s getting crowded and I need to redesign it to accomodate

  9. Messaging system
    Still up in the air, but I personally always liked when a page gave me the option to send direct messages to other users.

  10. Full rework of the Alternatives system
    The big one at the end! Right now only 9 alternatives can be displayed for every fight, and that’s not enough for what I am planning. I want to create two sections: Xu-Fu’s strategies and User strategies, both with (theoretically) unlimited amount of alternatives, in a better overview. Such a tiny little task ^^

All of this is very flexible and I am open to add more things or shift priorities.

So, what do you like in the list?
What do you think is not that important or even unnecessary?
Anything you’re missing entirely?



12/30/2016 - Happy New Year!

Another year has passed, and what a turbulent one it was! A year of extremes you could say. Many amazing things have happened, and also some very surprising and sad ones. I do not intend to go into detail about the many notable events in our world. It is merely my own very personal feeling that we were constantly oscillating between a very positive, or a very bleak outlook.
Let us hope 2017 will tend more towards the positive side, just like Xu-Fu did in 2016! :-)

It was indeed an amazing year for the little kitten. Legion changed so much.. the end of the howl-bomb, the largest additions of new pet content since - well - pet battles exist. And it made Xu-Fu popular worldwide! Practically overnight the visitor numbers increased tenfold!
It was a very challenging time to keep up with all the suggestions and comments and I have to admit: I didn't manage. I did read all of your comments and suggestions - but it was impossible to respond to every single one. I apologize.

And yet you, a pet fan, wow player, visitor of Xu-Fu and part of this community, kept your positive spirit up and contributed to this emerging platform. I want to thank you all for being such an amazing, international, huge crowd. For proving that the internet can be a healthy and amazing place. Thank you!

I will go into 2017 not as a one-man show anymore but with the support of a growing team. More languages will be coming soon, and more tools to make your life as pet battler easier. I'm looking forward to it and hope you do the same!

A wonderful and amazing New Year to all of you!

Your Xu-Fu team



12/18/2016 - Happy Winter Veil!

The quiet time is upon us already. Time to get out the warm socks, heat the fireplace and celebrate! It's been a year of very mixed feelings so far, but I shall not reminisce on 2016 just yet. That will come in a few weeks!
For now, it's indeed time to celebrate and I hope that all you visitors, friends and pet fanatics alike, will enjoy the days to come.

Merry Winter Veil everyone!



12/08/2016 - An overdue introduction

Some of you will have noticed already, there is another green poster around!
Saintgabrial, fellow pet enthusiast, has posted for quite some time in the comments and offered his help where possible. Many of the improvements he suggested were extremely helpful, and after talking a bit we decided to make the collaboration a bit more official! He now joined the team and will help in keeping the strategies updated, adding new alternatives and responding to your comments!

Welcome to the Xu-Fu team!



12/02/2016 - Some changes are truly encrypting

Especially if they are for safety reasons :-)

Work is progressing on user logins, and one of the requirements for it is page encryption. I used money that came in through donations to buy a proper SSL certificate now and I'm in the process of adapting the page to it. That means all information you share with this page is properly encrypted and if everything is working you should already see the "lock" for a secure connection next to the address bar in your browser! If not, well, I'm working on it! It will look like the little screenshot here.

There is the off chance that some things will look weird, perhaps the language setting might change by itself for you or, well, I don't know! It's the first time I'm doing this kind of implementation, and I just hope that it will go smoothly. So far, it looks good ^^

A special thanks to everyone who donated to make this possible, it is greatly appreciated!



11/24/2016 - Happy Birthday WoW!

It is a little belated, but happy birthday WoW! This game keeps us all entertained for such a long time already, and there is no end in sight. To many more successful and amazing years!

For Xu-Fu, it is time to give a little update on what's going on. Apart from some minor bugs that I'm fixing here and there, I'm mostly building up on some of the background systems. This is all in preparation for the next big step: User Logins!
It's a huge topic, and I want to get it right from the start, with proper encryption for data security, functionalities, localization etc. etc.
Thankfully, I got support from a fellow pet battler who is a professional web developer and who will work jointly with me on the login feature. Thanks anonymously at this point, a proper introduction will follow :-)

Two more updates!
- First, I'm going to change the name with which I'm posting in the comments here from Xu-Fu to my characters name Aranesh. I still think Xu-Fu is the perfect mascot and isn't he just too adorable? But, truth be told, I'm not Xu-Fu; I'm simply not that cuddly :-(
Everything else will stay the same, don't worry!

- Last but definitely not least, Xu-Fu is learning even more languages! Translations are in full works for both Spanish and Russian!
Still lots to do, but this is coming, obviously along with proper introductions for the helpers :-)



11/11/2016 - Erk?


The falcosaur pets have been available for some time now, and there have been many comments and questions about them. It's a new type of activity for pet battlers, and certainly inventive and cool!
Most of the questions however were about specific quest steps, and it seems there is a lot of confusion going on.

Nyari did a lot of testing with the quests and sadly some of them are rather poorly described, do not always work due to phasing or just fail because of some random factors.
While these issues are ongoing, I'm assuming there will be changes or bugfixes coming to some of the quests eventually. It's the reason why for now we are not planning to include dedicated strategies here, for now! Of course we are happy if you add comments to some of the fights outlining your strategies :-)

If you want to read up on more detailed guides or take part in a conversation about the questlines, here are the resources I found most helpful:

English
German


Speaking of suggestions and comments. Many of these are currently unanswered, and I want to apologize for the lack of info. Right now I'm developing a new administration tool for myself (and helpers!) to speed things up in the future. You will definitely see more activity here once that is done!



11/06/2016 - Blizzcon 2016 and Falcosaurs

There we are, Blizzcon 2016 is over. No huge game announcement this year, but many, many promising outlooks. A pet battle dungeon? That could mean so much and could be so amazing for us pet battlers! I can't wait to get more details about this feature :-)
I hope you all had a great time watching and following the news and look forward to what's coming!

And on that note, yeah, Falcosaurs. It seems their quest lines are indeed a bit more complicated to finish than just doing any pet world quests with them summoned. One of the last steps asks you to finish pet world quests with the Falcosaur and a specific family only. That can be quite challenging, and I'm happy to include guides for those.

But the big question is: Where, and how? They would need a nice spot somewhere without duplicating or overburdening some of the pages, and I'm looking for ideas!
Do you have one? Let me know, write a comment, let's discuss!





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