2) Pet Quality
3) Tips for capturing pets
11) Pet teams
12) Training pets
21) Useful lists
22) Pet types
23) Useful addons
1) Beginners guide
The battle pet system is account wide. All the pets and achievements on each character will be the same, even if they are on different servers, or accounts on the same battle.net account.
Battle pet training costs 85g. This is a one off cost for your battle.net account.
To start training go to a trainer, preferably in a main city. This will also give a number of quests to help.
The trainer can sell you a starter pet if you do not already have one.
The two main trainers are Audrey Burnhep in Stormwind and Varzok in Orgrimmar.
Near the trainer will be several wild battle pets. Fight and kill one, and your pet should reach level two.
Once your pet has reached level 2, start capturing nearby pets. This can done once the enemy pet has fallen below 35% health.
You can capture up to three of any pet, and you can release any captured pet, never seeing it again.
2) Pet quality
Pets come in four qualities:
Poor - Common - Uncommon - Rare
The better quality the pet, the better its statistics, and the statistics it gains when it levels up.
Most pets that you capture can be any rarity, some addons will tell you the quality of wild pets when you start a fight, these are useful for finding rare pets.
When you are training pets, always train the better quality pets.
3) Tips for capturing pets
Never keep three of the same captured pet, unless they are all rare quality.
Always leave one slot spare to capture rares.
Pets in towns may be a lower level than those in the surrounding area.
There are several parts to capturing a pet.
a) deciding whether the pet is wanted.
Good reasons to capture pets include capturing a pet you do not already own, capturing pets of better quality than you already own, or capturing pets of a higher level than you already own.
You may also want to capture lower level pets to help capture other low level pets.
There are addons that tell you the quality of pets when you start a battle, and how many and of what level/quality you already own.
b) bringing your target down to below 35% health.
You need to bring your target pet to below 35% without killing it. Using a pet at a lot higher level will likely kill your target without giving you the opportunity to capture it. Use pets of the same level, or a level above that which you are trying to capture to damage the pet.
When it comes time to capture the pet, swap to a higher level pet that is harder to damage. If you only have higher level pets available, then choose one that does less damage to your target.
Try not to use Damage over time attacks, they will continue attacking the target whilst you are trying to capture it.
Also use pets with that deal different damage with different attacks. e.g. A Snow Cub has an attack which does 2/3 of the damage and reduces the damage of your target's next attack by 50%. This is useful when your target has just over 35% health.
c) capturing you target.
Sometimes it takes several attempts to capture the target. Whilst doing this you don't want your pet to die.
Once you have brought your target down to 35%, you need to mitigate damage against your pet. Swap to a high level pet that has a lot of stamina, or a pet that takes reduced damage from the target if you don't have higher level pets.
Use a pet that has attacks that can do less damage, e.g. an attack that does half the normal damage, but increases your speed or heals your pet.
If your highest level pets are all at the same level as the target, then use one which takes reduced damage from your target through b) and c)
d) Killing the other opponents in the battle.
If your aim is to capture one of the opponents, then you need to win the battle. Often you will have two or three opponents. Use a high level pet to dispatch the pets you are not capturing.
If you are out in the wilds, then your pet battle could be interrupted by PvE or PvP. If you lose the battle your target will escape even if already captured.