Most Used Pets

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1. Tier I (200+ fights)
2. Tier II (200-100 fights)
3. Tier III (100-50 fights)
4. Tier IV (50-30 fights)

Last updated 2020-07-12

The below lists show pets most commonly used in strategies on Xu-Fu.
They are by no means an ultimate guide, but should give you a good indication of their importance and usefulness in PvE pet battles.

1. Tier I (200+ fights)

Unborn Val'kyr
Iron Starlette
Zandalari Anklerender
Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling

2. Tier II (200-100 fights)

Anubisath Idol
Emerald Proto-Whelp
Direbeak Hatchling *
Elekk Plushie *
Nexus Whelpling
Shimmershell Snail (or other snails)
Darkmoon Zeppelin
Lil' Bling
Nether Faerie Dragon
Darkmoon Tonk
Spring Rabbit (or other fast rabbits)
Emperor Crab
Bloodgazer Hatchling *
Zandalari Kneebiter

3. Tier III (100-50 fights)

Kun-Lai Runt
Teroclaw Hatchling
Snowfeather Hatchling *
Sharptalon Hatchling *
Pandaren Water Spirit
Enchanted Broom
Scourged Whelpling
Clockwork Gnome
Rotten Little Helper
Sunreaver Micro-Sentry
Enchanted Pen
Mechanical Axebeak
Electrified Razortooth
Flayer Youngling
Infected Squirrel
Chitterspine Skitterling
Cogblade Raptor
Fel Flame
Feline Familiar
Core Hound Pup
Ghastly Kid

4. Tier IV (50-30 fights)

Son of Sethe
Sprite Darter Hatchling
Spawn of G'nathus
Twilight Clutch-Sister
Fragment of Anger
Sentinel's Companion
Gulp Froglet
Tiny Snowman
Servant of Demidos
Arcane Eye
Father Winter's Helper
Xu-Fu, Cub of Xuen
Fossilized Hatchling
Tiny Twister
Menagerie Custodian
Mini Mindslayer
Hermit Crab
Syd the Squid
Summit Kid
Blighted Squirrel
Stormborne Whelpling
Sister of Temptation
Mr. Bigglesworth
Jade Owl
Cinder Pup
Molten Corgi
Ominous Flame
Stitched Pup
Draenei Micro Defender
Macabre Marionette
Coastal Scuttler
Yu'la, Broodling of Yu'lon
Tranquil Mechanical Yeti
Mud Jumper
Lil' Tarecgosa
Lesser Voidcaller
Eternal Strider
Winter's Little Helper
Frostfur Rat

*Keep in mind that the placement might be skewed by achievement/quest requirements.

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wrote on 10/23/2019

Nice guide. Thank you very much for your work. After using it for awhile, I found it to be very useful and may I make a suggestion to link these pets with the pet collection imported. This way, I can immediately see which pet I dont have?
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wrote on 03/02/2020

Right now the tooltips are from wowhead and I can't edit them, it's just a plugin they offer. It's planned for the (sadly bit far away future) to include this information:D
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wrote on 04/10/2019

Nice job collating the current info!

This is spookily close to my T1 and T2 lists. Just a couple of differences, and the commonality I find most interesting is the number in each tier. There does seem to be a natural break after about 15 pets.

My suggestion is that this list badly needs suggested and preferred breeds, for any newcomer who might use it for guidance.
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wrote on 04/10/2019

Yes, it is also very close to my Tier list, which I wrote in the German forum. :)

Breeds are unfortunately not included in the data. Of course I could copy it from my own Tier list, but then it would not be just the data anymore.

And while I know what is likely to be most beneficial, I do not know if that is actually what is most used.

For example, the Zandalari Raptors are probably the best in P/P and S/S, but I also know strategies where you need a P/B one.
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wrote on 04/10/2019

That's a great point! I hadn't thought of that. While the site does allow for breed requirements, there are also other constraints like minimum speed or power that are hard or misleading to capture in a list derived from the data.

And indeed breed is not always so simple, and we do keep different breeds for different cases.

I'll drop in the survey answers for the species mentioned in these lists, as a comment, at least. I think it's safe to say that a newcomer will not regret choosing the most popular breed of a species.

Iron Starlette P/P(40%), P/S(23%), H/H(19%)
Zandalari Anklerender S/S(34%), P/P(34%), P/B(18%)
Emerald Proto-Whelp P/P(63%), P/S(23%), P/B(14%)
Unborn Val'kyr H/H(56%), B/B(44%)
Nexus Whelpling P/P(58%), P/S(25%), P/B(18%)
Shimmershell Snail H/P(58%), B/B(31%), H/H(12%)
Nether Faerie Dragon S/S(33%), P/P(27%), H/P(17%)
Kun-Lai Runt P/P(49%), P/S(35%), P/B(16%)
Zandalari Kneebiter S/S(45%), P/P(33%), P/S(18%)
Emperor Crab P/P(64%), H/H(36%)
Scourged Whelpling H/H(67%), P/S(33%)
Mechanical Axebeak P/P(43%), S/S(24%), H/P(14%)
Flayer Youngling S/S(43%), P/P(27%), H/H(5%)
Fel Flame H/P(37%), H/H(37%), H/S(27%)
Cogblade Raptor S/S(60%), S/B(20%), B/B(20%)
Infected Squirrel H/P(68%), P/B(32%)
Twilight Clutch-Sister P/S(53%), P/B(34%), S/B(13%)
Gulp Froglet H/P(43%), H/B(30%), B/B(27%)
Minfernal P/P(28%), H/H(26%), P/S(21%)
Blighthawk P/S(37%), H/P(35%), H/H(21%)
Tiny Twister H/S(44%), H/P(24%), H/H(18%)
Menagerie Custodian H/P(41%), H/H(31%), H/S(28%)
Summit Kid S/S(50%), S/B(50%)
Blighted Squirrel H/P(47%), P/B(32%), P/S(21%)
Sister of Temptation S/B(38%), P/B(35%), H/B(19%)
Jade Owl P/S(63%), P/B(33%), B/B(4%)
Blightbreath H/P(59%), H/S(26%), B/B(15%)
Mud Jumper H/B(63%), B/B(37%)
Lesser Voidcaller H/P(59%), H/S(15%), H/H(15%)
Eternal Strider P/S(75%), S/B(25%)

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