There’s a near endless amount of things to focus on in World of Warcraft, from raiding to PVP combat to yes, adorable pets and their Pokémon-reminiscent turn-based battles. Introduced in Mists of Pandaria, pet battles, as the name suggests, allow players to capture pets and make them do battle against one another, either facing off against other players or defeating powerful NPC pet trainers.
More recently, Blizzard introduced the notion of pet battle dungeons, which allows players to relive some of the most famous dungeons in WoW‘s history in a fresh new way by escorting their team of battle pets to the end.
The latest dungeon to join the fun will be Stratholme, a vanilla WoW original, which ties in nicely to the WoW Classic hype going on right now. The new pet battle dungeon will be available in the upcoming patch, 8.2 “Rise of Azshara.”
Players who complete the pet battle dungeon will be rewarded with a host of new pets, including the Minimancer, and a set of new achievements.
Get the full details below, as explained by Blizzard today:
It’s time to marshal your menagerie and put your best battle pets forward in the undead streets of Stratholme, a new Pet Battle Dungeon with Normal and Challenge difficulties.
To get started on your journey, you’ll need to have earned the achievement All Growns Up! (have one level-25 pet) for Normal difficulty or Pro Pet Group (have 15 level-25 pets) for Challenge difficulty. This will open up a new quest from Tizzy Gearjolt in Boralus or Fuselock in Dazar’alor. You won’t need to complete the previous pet battle dungeons to gain access, and once the upcoming Rise of Azshara content update hits, you’ll be able to play through all four pet battle dungeons in any order.
You’ll find pets from the undead, dragonkin, and magic families in Stratholme. You’ll be able to heal and revive your pets between each of the 12 stages in Normal difficulty, but not in Challenge difficulty.
Defeating the dungeon on Normal difficulty will earn players an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone. You’ll also be able to avail yourself of Manapoof’s aid to teleport directly to Stratholme’s dungeon entrance as a part of the quest reward.
Those who prove themselves to be the very best on Challenge difficulty will earn the achievement Pet Battle Challenge: Stratholme along with the Minimancer pet. Completing Challenge difficulty will count toward a weekly quest that rewards Cleansed Remains, an account-bound currency that you redeem for an Unopened Stratholme Supply Crate filled with pet supplies, or four new pets–Ziggy, Crypt Fiend, Shrieker, and Gruesome Belcher. Speak with Sean Wilkers at the entrance of the dungeon to add one of these spooky fiends to your ranks.
Whether you’re new to pet battle dungeons or a companion-combat veteran, you’ll want to get in on the ongoing story as it unfolds. Who are the shadowy figures that keep appearing in each pet battle dungeon? What chilling experiment are they conducting in Baron Rivendare’s slaughterhouse? Will you come upon an opportunity to take the fight to them?
Discover what awaits your critter pals next in Stratholme!