It’s the 21st episode of WoW Pet Battle Crew, so crack open your favorite adult beverage and let’s have a chat about addons. Specifically, the one pet battle addon I’m confident is doing some black magic voodoo on its end to give you information about the pets you’re fighting against in PvP and in PvE.
The addon is called PetTracker, and it does a few awesome things, all focused on helping you find and capture wild pets, and defeat all pets in combat.
PetTracker was created by Jaliborc, a great addon maker that’s been around for years. If you’re a big addon fan like me, you’ve probably installed one of Jaliborc’s other addons at some point, like Bagnon (which has 17 million total downloads) or OmniCC (13 million downloads).
It’s only hosted on Curse’s addon site. You can download the PetTracker Addon for free.
Created by: Nullberri
First released: July 2012
Still maintained? Yes, Jaliborc has done a great job updating the addon–releasing an update every couple weeks, and responding to bugs discovered by players fairly quickly.
What it does
PetTracker is designed to be a bit of a catch-all pet battle addon, trying to provide most everything you need while out and about in search of pet battle glory.
Feature #1: Pet capture tracker
- Shows: What pets you can capture
- Title feature, but it’s really almost minor
- Shows list of what else you need to capture in that zone
- Amazing for completionists like me, and I’d guess, like you
Feature #2: Show pet spawn locations on the map
- Shows: Where to capture those pets
- Includes all pet types: wild pets, holiday and quest rewards, and vendors
- Filters available to show what you want
- So helpful
Feature #3: Wild pet upgrades
- Shows: If there are any higher-quality pets in the enemy team
- Sends message to the chat window every time you start a pet battle
- Lists every pet on the enemy team, and checks to see if you already own it
- If not, it lets you know that it’s a brand new pet
- If you do own it, it checks to see if it’s a higher quality than what you’ve already captured, so you can replace yours if it’s better
- This isn’t a huge game-changer, but it’s a great reminder that’s saved me from accidentally killing a blue-quality pet while on autopilot-grind mode.
Feature #4: Ability window
- Shows: How to beat it and capture it
- When you start a match, it shows a big window that displays all 6 pets and their default abilities, with green/red arrows that show which abilities are strong or weak against the active pet
- This is a great visual map to scan over when trying to pick out which pet to start with
- It’s not perfect because it’s not sure which abilities the enemy pets are using
- But it’s much more information than you usually have, and it helps teach you
- During the fight, it puts three ability windows that show the default abilities of the pet, and tracks the cooldown on them. This works much better in PVE, where it can track the exact abilities being used
- Super useful against trainers as well
- Moderately useful in PvP. It tracks half of the abilities, and will often help you learn the cooldowns of abilities, even if it’s not active on the current pet.
Tip and Tricks:
1. Change what pets you’re tracking with the search bar
- Type in name or family (critter, aquatic)
- Other filters: Name, type, family, source, zones and quality
2. Set up filter for tracking pets based on quality
- Missing: for people that want to collect all pets
- Not Maximized: for pets that have multiple quality types, shows ones that you don’t have the highest quality for yet
I do have one slight concern about this addon that I want to mention. For some reason, it causes my computer to lag out every 10 seconds or so while playing, usually when I’m moving the camera in open world zones. I think it’s scanning pets or something as they’re being loaded on my machine. It’s possible that the lag is caused by some combination of addons on my machine, but I have confirmed that it goes away if I turn off PetTracker.
The addon hasn’t always caused the lag, though–it’s a fairly recent change, and I’m hoping an update will fix it soon. But it’s something to consider when you give the addon a try and possibly notice sometime similar as well.
First Things To Do Once It’s Installed
I usually like to give configuration tips with these addon reviews, to help you customize the options settings to get the most out of the addon. But the thing with PetTracker is that it has no options window. Almost everything is done via that search box window on the map, which I already explained.
The only other options you can tweak are on the map options menu in the bottom-right corner of the map, which lets you tell it to stop trakcing pets entirely — at least temporarily. That same option is also placed on your pet battle window, directly next to your “Find Battle” button.