Major Payne’s Advanced Pet Battles Training: Merda Stronghoof

May 23rd by Crithto

Line up and pay attention! Every single training mission I send you on seems to end with me being inundated by cooing over how cute all the tamers’ pets are. Knock it off!

How many times do I need to tell you their looks are purely meant to deceive you? OK, I’ll give you some credit: Moonstalker is pretty awesome, and if I bothered to get myself a kitty, I’d want that one. But this doesn’t make it OK for you to lose your focus! The goal here is to mold you into Master Pet Tamers that are far more advanced, far more talented, and far more capable than the ones you encounter on Azeroth. Far more better!!

Next up is Merda Stronghoof, and her team is ugly. So ugly, in fact, that there isn’t a snowball’s chance in Molten Core that you’ll be a bunch of deer in goblin headlights when you confront them. You like my analogy, don’t ya?!

Bring on the info, Mr. Crithto.

Crithto: Deep within the Cenarion Wildlands in Desolace, you’ll find Ms. Stronghoof near a place called Karnum’s Glade. Her team is made up of Bounder, a level-9 Aquatic; Ambershell, a level-9 Elemental; and Rockhide, a level-9 Critter. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, and for this mission, you’re going to need to be on your toes! Payne has instructed me to inform you that your team cannot have a pet higher than level 8. Rare quality has never been more important, so be sure to choose wisely. Your lineup will be a level-8 Undead, a level-8 Mechanical, and a level-8 Elemental in that order. Report back here once you’ve succeeded!

Yes, your training is gonna get a lot harder—I warned you people last week, so you can save your crying for Mankrik’s wife.


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