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Pet Battles are fun. I can’t explain it. You can’t explain it. It’s fine, let’s move on. If you are into battling pets, especially those out in the wild, you’ll want to install the addon Battle Pet – Quality Notifier for World of Warcraft. Here is the official description of this addon from Curse:

Simply displays some information about the wild pet in your chat window.

Enough said, right? When you’re out flying around in the old world taking screenshots of your various transmog gear and how it looks in different light and environments, you can… What’s that? You don’t… fly around and… Yeah, I know, who would do that.

If you are out gearing up for your Mists of Pandaria raid, and you come across a pet that you might consider battling when nobody is looking, this addon will display the pet quality in your chat window. It will also tell you whether or not you own the pet, so you can consider whether or not you want to capture it.

As simple and awesome as this addon is, it will become obsolete with patch 5.1. Blizzard has already announced that tooltips will be added to the game that display additional information about battle pets out in the wild, while engaged in battle, and when viewing your pet journal. Until the patch drops, enjoy this enhancement to your battle pet UI.

The official PTR notes for the upcoming World of Warcraft patch 5.1 have been posted by Blizzard. I commented on patch 5.1’s changes in a previous post, but wanted to highlight a few other announcements now that we have confirmed details.

Scenarios

In a semi-hidden announcement, there will be a “Black Temple” Scenario. This is one of the things that I have wanted in the game for so long: the ability to experience raid content with a smaller group. I spent weeks farming old world raids and dungeons before my hiatus. I was completing tier sets left and right, getting achievements, and valuable loot for folks leveling up or stashing away Transmog gear.

There are no written details yet about this particular Scenario, but an image was put up on MMO Champion, along with other Scenario maps.

Black Temple Scenario Image from MMO Champion

General

Two new factions will be added for the Pandaren Campaign: “Operation: Shieldwall” for Alliance and “Dominance Offensive” for Horde. Players will be able to slay opposing faction NPCs to earn commissions that will upgrade their own faction’s base. This reminds me a lot of Halaa in Nagrand, which became abandoned fairly early on during The Burning Crusade.

Pet Battles

Battle Stones will be introduced to the game. These are bind-on-equip tokens that can be used to upgrade the quality of pets by individual pet or pet class. Battle Stones will be obtainable as a “drop” from a pet battle and from completing quests from pet trainers.

The in-game Pet Journal also gets a decent overhaul, allowing for the viewing of pet rarity level, the addition of advanced filtering options, and the ability to show where various pets are from. For example, you’ll be able to filter by a particular zone, and view all the pets you have and, more importantly, don’t have.

A couple of other interesting changes regarding pets and the Darkmoon Faire were announced. Pet Battle daily quests will be added to the Dark Moon Faire, rewarding players with a new pet, the Darkmoon Eye. Additionally, two new battle pets will be added to Darkmoon Island and can be captured and added to your Pet Journal.

Brawler’s Guild

More details about this super secret, underground brawling society have been revealed. Kind of. What we know is you will be able to fight NPCs in some way in some kind of PvE environment. To me, this is Pet Battles for folks that don’t want to play Pet Battles, or admit that they play and enjoy Pet Battles. As with most features in the game, rewards and achievements will be yours as you “level up” through the Brawler’s Guild. Most importantly, “If this is your first night at Brawler’s Guild, you have to fight.”

 

The first major content update for the World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria will be available in the upcoming patch 5.1. According to Blizzard, patch 5.1 will be available on the test realms “soon” (as in “Blizzard Soon™”).

Here is an outline of the content features that will be made available in MoP 5.1:

Pandaria and the War of Conquest

New quest hubs will be placed throughout Pandaria, giving Horde and Alliance new faction-based daily quests. These quests will further engage players in the potential battle over who will ultimately control Pandaria.

While members of the Horde and the Alliance have been busy exploring the exotic continent of Pandaria, Garrosh and Varian have been gathering their forces in preparation for the struggle to exert the influence of the Horde and the Alliance over these long-lost lands. Players who have quested through Pandaria will find Horde and Alliance expeditions arriving in force on the shores of the unspoiled continent, bringing the tensions between these factions to the fore. New daily quest hubs and faction reputations will be available to adventurers eager to do their part in the brewing conflict.

Brawler’s Guild

WoW Fight Club!! This appears to be a hybrid PvE/PvP experience, offering players a chance to fight non-player “creatures” one-on-one. It could also be similar to what pet battles are for your pets… except this time you join the skirmish yourself.

Underground fighting rings have sprung up in Stormwind and Orgrimmar that will give brawlers a chance to earn bragging rights by testing their solo PvE mettle against some of the toughest creatures found in World of Warcraft. The first rule of brawls is you don’t talk about brawls. The second rule…

Pet Battles Improvements

The Pet Battle interface will see some changes in the upcoming 5.1 patch. One of the more interesting feature enhancements will be an option to upgrade the “rarity” of pets that you’ve captured.

Several UI and other improvements will be added to the Pet Battles system, including a way to upgrade the rarity of pets that you’ve captured.

Item Upgrades

Blizzard continues to try and find ways to reduce the number of items in the game. One new way will be providing players the option to “improve” their current gear using Valor Points. Similar to Enchanting, players will be able to permanently upgrade the item level and stats on their gear.

You will be able to spend Valor Points to improve the item level and quality of gear you already own.

The Quest Continues

Did someone say Legendaries? Yes, that’s right, additional quests and content will be added to the game that will grant players opportunities to experience epic storylines that end with Legendary-level rewards.

Wrathion is keenly interested in the conflict exploding between the factions on Pandaria’s southern shore. He’s sure to have additional tasks for players to complete as they continue their quest for Legendary gear.

Source: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/7481208