WoW Moviewatch: Fifth Element Avengers

The latest from Fifth Element is hopefully not its last. Let’s just say… nothing has made me want to stop everything I’m doing and log into the game to play my Paladin right now as much as this video. It’s amazing. My jaw dropped. I cheered and clapped and laughed. It’s simply that good. And the timing’s perfect, considering certain movies coming out this weekend. This video is absolutely my favorite yet.



Potential Patch 5.3 PvP changes from Twitter

If you’re even remotely interested in WoW PvP, and aren’t yet following Brian Holinka on Twitter, you really should be. We’ve been talking about him quite a bit lately here at WoW Insider, as he’s the main agent behind the huge PvP changes coming in in patch 5.3. He’s also incredibly responsive, open and helpful on Twitter, and seems to set aside a huge amount of his free time to respond to players’ concerns, and hold open and constructive discussions, while not being afraid to fire out some sarcasm crits on the trolls that often haunt those in his position.

He’s previously tweeted about the return of the skirmish system, and has been very responsive indeed about the 5.3 changes, and lately he’s also been discussing some more confirmed and potential changes in patch 5.3 and beyond.

Now, please do take these changes with a pinch of salt, these aren’t even PTR patch notes, but potential changes, some of which are being tested and appearing on patch notes, and some of which are just in the pipeline for the future.

Potential Battleground Changes

One thing that caught our eye here at WoW Insider was a very recent tweet regarding some changes in the the larger battlegrounds such as Isle of Conquest and Alterac Valley.

So this looks like a separate queue list could be considered for the larger, more epic battlegrounds, perhaps to cater to those who want the full experience of a longer Isle of Conquest or Alterac Valley and don’t enjoy the shorter, more PvE focused versions.

Do you think this would work? We like the idea of it here, as part of the frustration, sometimes, of random battlegrounds can be ending up in something that takes 45 minutes, when you only really wanted a fifteen-minute Warsong Gulch.

As Holinka adds, the longer battlegrounds will need to offer something to give players a reason to spend more time in them, perhaps higher honor rewards or transmog gear would be a good option, but either way, this is interesting stuff, and, what’s more, a way in which the datamined Defense of the Alehouse battleground could be fitted in to the rotation in future.


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WoW Pet Battle Tips

Now that pet battles have been in World of Warcraft for a while and players have had a chance to get used to them, it is time to point out some tips about pet matchups and how they will help the average pet battle player.

While many players know the basics of how Pet Battles work, meaning they know all about attacking, abilities, and healing after battle, many players do not understand the importance of selecting their pets and creating battle teams.  Many players also do not understand how critical it is to match up the proper pets against their enemies.

NOTE:  If you are still fairly new to pet battles, you can find all the basics in our Introductory Guide to Pet Battles in Mists of Pandaria.

Understanding Strong and Weak

All pet abilities have a note saying that they are “strong against” a certain type of attack and “weak against” another. A lot is really misunderstood about the strong against and weak against notes though.  It is a bit confusing because it is listed in several places.  Many players then over simplify it by trying to only match up the strong against or avoid the weak against based on just your pet’s family, or the pets abilities.

Really it isn’t as simple as a 1 to 1 relationship, due to the fact that you’re strong against isn’t necessarily that other pet families weak against family.  This means there are really 4 interactions to consider.

Strong Against – You deal 50% more damage against opponents of this type.

Weak Against – You deal 33% less damage against opponents of this type.

Therefore you could in theory also keep a pet out against a pet that is weak against you since you would be suffering 33% less damage.  The reverse applies as well, that you should not fight a pet type that is strong against you since they would inflict an additional 50% damage to you.  Neither of these situations are covered if you only consider which families you are strong or weak against.

There are two places  to check for these numbers.  The first is based on  your pet’s family type and the second is based on your pets’s abilities.

The Importance of Pet Family and Ability Family

As was made clear above when participating in pet battles which pet you send to fight is critically important.  Instead of just considering your strengths and weaknesses, make sure you consider the opponents strengths and weaknesses as well.  This table will help you better consider the impact of pet choice, you will want to fight enemies that you are strong against or that are weak against you.

You are… Enemy is…
Family Strong against (you deal 50% more damage) Weak against (you deal 33% less damage) Strong against you (you suffer 50% more damage) Weak against you (you suffer 33% less damage)
Aquatic Elemental Magic Flying Undead
Beast Critter Flying Mechanical Humanoid
Critter Undead Humanoid Beast Elemental
Dragonkin Magic Undead Humanoid Flying
Elemental Mechanical Critter Aquatic Mechanical
Flying Aquatic Dragonkin Magic Beast
Humanoid Dragonkin Beast Undead Critter
Magic Flying Mechanical Dragonkin Aquatic
Mechanical Beast Elemental Elemental Magic
Undead Humanoid Aquatic Critter Dragonkin

Family – Pet Type and Attack Type

Just to add further items to consider, it is important too note that the family type of the pet and the family type of the pet’s abilities are not always identical.

Example: A Bile Toad is Aquatic so should be strong against elemental and weak against magic. However, it has several abilities that are actually strong against undead and weak against flying.

This means that while it is best to start by considering the table above, you may have to adjust based on individual pets and abilities.

Pet Battle Team Composition Basics

Early on when you are first getting started with pet battles the best pets are mechanical and beast pets as they are great against the opponents that you are most likely to face.  That is because early on you are most likely to face beasts or critters.  Mechanical will shred beasts and beast are good against critters.

Later on once you have levelled several pets to level 10 or higher then the makeup of a group shifts a little.  You will want to ensure that you have pets of several different families on your team of three pets.  You will also want to make sure you have a fast flying pet as your starter so that you will get to go first, a heavy hitter that can deal a lot of damage that you can switch to, and a tank type pet with defensive abilities to last through your opponents heavy hitters.

It is also important to ensure that you have a variety of pet families so that you have a variety of strengths and weaknesses. You should try to ensure that each pet is strong and weak against different types of opponents and that they have several attacks that are different than each other so that you cover even more options.
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Best Pet Battle Pets

There are several pets that are viewed as being more powerful than others and that should be sought out.

One of the best pets to try to get is the Celestial Dragon, which can be earned by collecting 150 different pets.  At this point you will each the “Littlest Pet Shop” achievement and the Celestial Dragon.

Another great pet, but this one is extremely hard to get, is Lil’ Tarecgosa.  To get this pet you must be in a guild that has earned every single legendary weapon in the game, and then anyone in the guild can purchase this pet.

Last there are two pets that make up the last of the best pets out there and they are the Phoenix Hatchling and the Dark Phoenix Hatchling, both of which are found by defeating Kael’thas Sunstrider in the Magister’ Terrace instance.

Resource: pet-battle-tips

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39 Tips for New World of Warcraft Players

We’ve all been new to World of Warcraft at some point. For some of us, we were new way back in 2004 when the game first launched. Others are only just now playing the game for the first time, leaping in with Mists of Pandaria.

Veterans watching Panser’s 39 tips for WoW noobs will surely eyeroll at the simplicity of some of them, but remember — there was almost certainly a time you didn’t know some of these things yourself. Keyboard shortcuts especially!

I’m no longer a new player now, but I think this is really a good WOW video.


Hackers slaughter thousands in ‘World of Warcraft’

“World of Warcraft” has suffered a cataclysm. And we’re not talking about “Cataclysm,” the expansion to the hugely popular online fantasy game. We’re talking about a massive epidemic of virtual deaths brought on by a plague … of hackers.

On Sunday, thousands of players of the game suddenly found their characters dropping dead for what seemed to be no reason. Virtual corpses piled up in the cities of Stormwind and Orgrimmar as well as Tarren Mill, Ragnaros and others.

According to Blizzard, the game’s publisher, it was hackers that caused the mass die off. Hackers discovered an exploit in the game and went to work spreading instant-deaths across the land, Blizzard community manager Nethaera explained in the forums:

Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities. This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It’s safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth.

As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation. If you have information relating to this incident, please email We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding.

Meanwhile, a person going by the name Jadd on YouTube and in the forums at “WoW” hack and exploit site Ownedcore has claimed responsibility for the virtual apocalypse.

“We didn’t do any permanent damage,” Jadd writes. “Some people liked it for a new topic of conversation and a funny stream to watch, and some people didn’t. The people who didn’t should be blaming Blizzard for not fixing it faster (4 hours of obvious use is sad).”

And the hacker adds, “It’s not like I added 20000000 gold to everyone’s inventory, and broke the economy; but look at the big Chinese gold seller companies, who are doing this every day. Now ask yourself who is really ruining the game. It’s not us. That’s my justification.”

“We hope you find it as funny as we do! ,” Jadd writes on this YouTube video showing off the instant-kill hack.


New PTR Character Copy Activation in World of Warcraft

Are you excited with the update of WOW? Maybe you have noticed that for the past few days you could copy characters to the PTR. It has acknowledge on the official European forums that wasn’t intended since there are no PTRs active and there’s no official date set for 3.1 testing. Pay attention to this.

They will closing down the character copy service shortly and will delete all characters that were copied during this time. The character copy service will be enabled again once the PTRs are ready to go live.