One of the most common questions my friends ask me when they start getting into pet battling is how they can powerlevel their pets to level 25. In general, I’m not a fan of powerleveling your pets or grinding XP to get them to max level asap.
I really enjoy fighting PvP battles at lower levels and taking a pet all the way from 1-25 in PvP, watching it evolve and unlocking new abilities and playstyles as they grow up. But sometimes, you just need to get a specific pet up to a certain level in a day, so you can add him to a team you already have in progress.
And that’s what my strategy is built to do. This guide shows you how to take a pet from level 1 to 18 in 15 minutes or less, using Pandaria tamers and pets from our previous teams that we should already have leveled.
It’s helped me a lot while testing out teams for this show, and I hope it helps you too!
Let me start this off with a disclaimer: this is a lazy-person’s guide to powerleveling. There are faster ways to grind it out if you want to spend all day doing it. This is just the easiest way to get a daily boost for the absolute minimum amount of time and effort.
This is the strategy I use when I’m trying to level a pet up quickly, mostly because I get bored with PVE fights after awhile. I almost always want to just PvP battle when I’m online, but you level pets really slowly through PvP.
So when I’m testing a team out and want to swap out the third-wheel pet based on some cool advice one of you fantastic listeners put on the site, I use this to boost the new pet up to level 18 so I can start using it in the lineup right away.
And then if the pet doesn’t work out, I don’t feel like I wasted hours of my life leveling a pet that I can’t use in the lineup. It was just a few minutes.
The basic premise of my strategy is that I looked for the two highest-level Pandaria tamer battles that I can beat with only two pets.
Tamer battles give a lot of XP for the time investment, making them the most efficient way to level if you know how to beat them.
As you know, you get different amounts of XP based on the level of the pets you’re facing. But there’s more working behind the scenes than just that. Tamers get a bonus modifier that boosts the XP reward for beating them, and that XP bonus is based on the “difficulty” of the tamer.
There are 3 levels of difficulty:
Basic Tamers: 2.5x normal XP (most tamers fall under this category)
Northrend, Cataclysm, and Master Azeroth Tamers: 3x normal XP (Stone Cold Trixxy in Winterspring and Lydia Accoste in Deadwind Pass)
Pandaria Tamers: 5x normal XP
If all that math is just way too confusing for you, let me say it simply: We’re going to play 4 pet battles and take a pet from level 1 all the way to level 20.
4. Accept the daily quest to defeat Aki and start the fight.
5. Solo-kill the Cricket with Corefire Imp
Your Corefire Imp should end the fight with full health
If health is below 1k, use Cauterize to Heal
If Immolate buff is not active, put it on
Otherwise, Rush for damage
IMPORTANT: Do not kill the Cricket if Immolation has 2 or fewer turns on it left. This is key to killing the next pet, and its worth extending the fight with Cricket to make sure it ends with at least 3, and ideally 5+ turns left.
6. As soon as the Cricket dies, the Wind Serpent will come onto the field. Immediately bring in your Pandaren Monk
Do not cast any spell with Corefire Imp
Delaying one turn will cause you to lose this fight
7. Cast Focus Chi with Pandaren Monk on its first turn
8. Cast Fury of 1000 Fists on its second turn
If you crit, you’ll instantly kill the Wind Serpent
If you don’t crit, the Immolation DoT + Lightning Storm proc will kill it at the end of the turn
9. Otter comes in next. Leave your Pandaren Monk in and cast Focus Chi on its first turn
At this point, your Pandaren Monk will be incredibly close to death if the enemy crit at all
The Otter will always Dive down, becoming unattackable before your turn to swing
10. Watch your Pandaren Monk die
His job is now to take the huge hit from dive so that your other pets don’t have to
If the Otter misses, you can give it a big, Chi-powered punch before dying
11. Bring in your noob pet
Keep it in for 1-2 turns, depending on its health pool
Deal as much damage as you can, but make sure it can’t die even if otter crits
12. Bring in the Corefire Imp
Same priorities of abilities above, possibly saving Cauterize until after a Dive to maximize healing, if you can afford to
Corefire Imp should be able to kill it.
DING! Your pet should now be LEVEL 14
Aki, you’re going down. You and your cricket too!
Step 6: Fight Courageous Yon, Pandaren Trainer
1. Bandage your pets
2. Fly to Courageous Yon in Kun-Lai Summit
Coordinates: 36, 74
3. Change your lineup: Corefire Imp and Clockwork Gnome
Also have had luck with Lil XT on this team, but it’s riskier
4. Accept quest from Yon
5. Start the fight with Corefire Imp’s Burn
Follow it up with Immolate buff on turn 2
The enemy bird pet always flies up on turn 2, so you don’t want to waste an attack
6. Kill the Bird
Same gameplay with Corefire Imp as the last fight
Keep Immolate up, punch when you can
Cauterize when hurt, preferably after their big hit
7. The Rabbit is going to mess your face
Just deal as much damage to it as you can before your Imp drops
8. Bring in the Clockwork Gnome when the Imp is done
Ideally, keep Corefire Imp on the backline with Immolate instead of dying
Use it to swap in and eat a heavy hit later on
9. Build one Turret and then Repair
If you wait to build 2 Turrets before repairing, you will die once before Repair ticks
10. Punch the Rabbit dead
Your Gnome is going to take a beating
Place Turrets every chance you can
11. When the Ram comes out, the clock is ticking
Build Turrets and Punch only
Repair will be wasted because Clockwork Gnome will die before it goes off
Just try to DPS, and swap in the Corefire Imp to eat a Chew burst damage
12. Clockwork Gnome will either kill the ram, or die while Turrets are up
If it dies, just try to tank it with your noob pet until the Turrets kill it.
DING! Your pet is now 18
Thanks for the assist, monk. I owe you one!
That’s my quick and easy guide to bring a pet to level 18 in 18 minutes! Keep in mind you can only do these tamer battles once per day. You can come back and do this combo again tomorrow and get the pet into the low 20s if you’d like, but I find I have plenty of pets in the 18 range for it to pair up with in PvP. And I kind of like fighting the rest of the way to the top. Hopefully this helps you as much as it’s helped me the past few months