As a result of my vow not to raid anymore (although I have recently done 3 LFRs - the lure of all those VPs was too much to resist – I want a pair of valor boots so what’s a girl to do?), I’ve started doing more of the other things on offer in WoW.
Like a dedicated follower of Julia Child I first began by scrutinising the Cooking profession achievement list to see where I had gaps. Having decided that I was not quite up to finishing off the Chef title at the moment – just need to do Dinner Impossible but I hear it doesn’t go down too well with PvPers – I instead finished up the Pandaren eating achievement (yes when in doubt eat) and cooked my way up to the Pandaren Gourmet achievement (eating again as I went along so as not to use up valuable bag space). I’ve also started slowly getting my cooking up to 600 (currently in the late 570s) by building rep with the Tillers and expanding my farm so I can grow my own veggies (while in real life my overgrown lawn stares morosely at me through the kitchen window).
The farm is great for all sorts of course. I’ve even started planting windshear cactus seeds as a lazy way to get more windwool cloth (this will help me make enough celestial cloth to craft Leggings of the Night Sky - ilevel 553 – perfect with my new boots – I will be quite the fashion icon in Halfhill). I’ve also nearly maxed out my fishing (although as part of that spent a fruitless hour Saturday night trying to fish up the Giant Sewer Rat in Dalaran – when did my Saturday nights become so exciting I asked myself as I reeled in another crystal vial). I’m halfway through the Isle of Thunder stuff (love the solo instances) and even had a nice day out on Timeless Isle (and yes that will be my answer when back in work and asked if I went somewhere nice on holiday – ”Yes I did actually – I visited the islands”, “Oh which ones?”, ”Oh you won’t know them – Isle of Thunder & the Timeless Isle – very exclusive resorts. But you do need a good weapon.”
So a full WoW life – yes. Except … except … in the last few days I’ve discovered something that has pushed all of the above into the background, something that I now think about obsessively when I’m not in the game & something that I’ve started playing constantly when I’m in the game. Yes you’ve probably guessed it – I know I’m not the only person who has succumbed to this addiction - Pet Battles. It’s finally got me.
For some reason until now it had almost completely passed me by. Yes I did end up doing one or two battles in Elwynn Forest on one of my husband’s characters when it was first introduced. But it just irritated me. Every time I saw a green paw I felt I had to click it even though I was busy mining or questing or whatever I was doing at the time. Then I kept capturing all sorts of things (unable to resist the lure of a sparkling crate) so had three of everything- all poor quality. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing & pretty soon stopped.
But I’ve now decided to give it another go – not just because of the no raiding thing but also because that exclamation mark above the Celestial Tournament host on Timeless Isle is so tantalising. I want to be able to take part in the Celestial Tournament and to do so I need 15 pets at level 25. Gulp.
So this time I decided to do it properly. I took Seashell along to the pet battle trainer in Stormwind & got my first quest. I have a few pets already – I’m not a collector but you inevitably gather a few in WoW over the years eg Core Hound Pup, Azure Whelping, Sinister Squashling, Fossilized Hatchling, Creepy Crate etc. Because of the guild I was also able to buy Lil’ Tarecgosa. So a fairly decent starting squad.
Off I trotted into the wilds of Elwynn. I selected my first victim…I mean opponent …and clicked the green paw. A couple of rounds later there was a dead critter at my feet. Oh how I celebrated. It was great fun. Too much fun in fact. Because now I can’t stop. The achievements keep popping up. I’ve even won a few PvP pet battles. I’ve had none of that nervous terror I feel when raiding. There was none of the old “you’re standing in the wrong place again, you’re lost again, you’re dead again” trauma. No it was just me and my dudes out in the field beating the crap out of skunks, hares and rats like the WoW pest control officer I’ve always wanted to be.
But oh – those battles can be tricky. I’m currently stuck in The Hinterlands unable to beat David Kosse’s pets. I hate Subject 142 – he’s either burrowing or dodging- either way I can’t get a hit in. But I will get there. Subject 142 will be mine (well not mine actually – he will dead – really DEAD – I swear it).
I’m really getting into it. I’m starting to learn which pet type does well against which pet type and which of my lovely friends have great finishing moves or dots or heals. And I now have a level 10 Snake called Trusty (I’ve promised them all names when they reach level 10, he is named after the “Trust in me” snake in Jungle Book). Me and Trusty – well we got off to a rocky start. I nearly battered him the other day when out on my farm - I forgot he was my pet & thought he was a pest. But it’s all good now. He’s won us a few battles with his own great burrowing ability & has earned my undying love.
So it’s me and my dudes ruling the wilds of Azeroth. And Subject 142 – your days are numbered my little friend.