Dominance offensive is probably great. I don’t know, there seem to be a good few people doing it. Brawler’s guild? One of our tanks got lucky with an invite off a rare in Kras, and he seems to be enjoying himself. The other tank’s been running old raids for the new pet drops.
Me, I’m just levelling the ones I already have.
Since the patch I’ve earned Pro Pet Group and Rookie Pet Crew. I’ve fought a few hundred battles by now, and have only found two battle-stones, Flying and Critter bound. Now, this is anecdotal, and thus unreliable – but it looks like the stones have around a 0.5% drop rate. But that isn’t my problem.
In order to try and get some stones to upgrade pets I actually want rares of – pets that were quite hard to find in the first place, none of which are critters – I’m having to skip over the vast majority of wild pets.
Critters are everybloodywhere, but because they’re so prolific, it’s easy to get rares. That makes critter upgrade stones basically worthless. Now, not fighting critters is fine by me, since critter types seem to have by far the cheapest, most irritating movesets around*. When levelling my spirit crab for the All Pets Allowed achievement, I even worked out a bunch of areas where I could mostly avoid the damn things, since undead types are weak against them. Even so, there were points where I’d find myself flying to and fro across an area, swearing not-so-quietly as I waited for Anything But A Critter to spawn.
This makes the stones much less fun than they looked like on the surface. Trying to get a stone to upgrade a pet from a poorly-represented family, which you couldn’t get a good-quality version of in the first place due to scarce spawns, is a pipe dream. Humanoids specifically have no farmable spawns other than possibly the Kun-Lai Runt. Magic types are just as bad, with your best option being Twilight Fiendlings and their phasing issues/long spawn timers.
Now, the drop-rate on battle-stones seems to suggest that you’re meant to get them as an incidental reward from normal play rather than try to farm them. My issue, coming to the head of it, is that unless certain families are given a higher chance to drop these stones, we’ll never see the types we want from normal play.
Ah well. Meanwhile I’m working on Pro Pet Crew, levelling a few more elementals because they have the coolest pets in their type. Yeah, I’m all about the shiny.
* With a special mention here of the Nether Faerie Dragonling, whose Evanescence is cheap as fuck.