Oct 252011

Gotta Catch 'em All!In the new World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria, not only will you be able to play as the awesome new fat bear race Pandaren, but you will also be able to catch and train your very own Pokemon vanity pets!

Mists of Pandaria Alpha version leaked screenshot
Mists of Pandaria Alpha version leaked screenshot

You will be able to train your pets by practicing with your friends and teaching them new unique abilities and attacks. From what I saw, it seems like you build your team of 3 pets and have battles against other trainers players. If your current roster of pets is lacking, then you can wander the world looking for some better pets. If you spot one you’d like to enslave catch all you have to do is beat it up with your current pet and capture it. These wild pets you catch will have somewhat random stats, but you will have a small chance to catch one with exceptional stats.

Lashtail Hatchling, I choose you!

There are special pet trainers you can go to, who will be able to teach your pets new tricks and abilities. However, the trainers will challenge you to a battle sometimes.

It does seem a lot like Pokemon, but Pokemon was and is still really popular with millions of people. I used to love Pokemon when I was a kid and I think this sounds like it could be fun if done right. So, I’m really looking forward to this part of Mists of Pandaria (MoP.) The Kung-fu Pandas… well, not so much.

Pet information and abilites
Oct 222011

Charmander, I choose you!

Ok, so that one doesn’t look much like Charmander, still, it’s a pet and Bliz is thinking about allowing pet battles in the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

From Battle.net:

For years, your faithful vanity pets have accompanied you on countless adventures. They’ve provided you with comfort, company, sometimes even with entertainment and hours of fun. Maybe you only have a handful of pets you really love, or maybe you have made it your quest to capture as many of them as you can. The fact remains, heroes love their little companions… and in Mists of Pandaria, they will take the spotlight in a brand-new way.

Training your pets is important if you want them to succeed. You can seek out pet trainer NPCs who will teach your pets new tricks, but some of these trainers will challenge you to a duel; you will have to show them you’re worthy if you want them to train your pets. There may be other NPCs as well who love nothing more than to see if their pets can best yours in battle.

They’ve been at your side through thick and thin. Now, get to know your most faithful companions from a whole new point of view, and discover their full potential. So gather your pets, train them well, and maybe one day you will make a name for yourself as Azeroth’s most renowned pet trainer!

You and your friends can pit your pets against each other in fun, friendly duels. You can teach your pets unique abilities and attacks, and they will use these abilities when battling other pets. As they fight and win battles, your pets will gain experience and level up, which makes them tougher and may even unlock new abilities. Assemble your roster and duke it out with your friends to see whose pets are the strongest!

Get the rest of the story here: Pet Battle System

Keep in mind that between now and the launch of Mists things will change. Maybe a lot. Still… Pokemon and WoW… 🙂