I mentioned in my Petopia update this weekend that I’ve added warning color to pets that are too low-level for the skills they know. But what is that all about?
When you tame a pet, it may already know certain pet skills. But each pet skill also has a required level — and in some cases the required level is actually higher than the level of the pet that knows the skill.
For example, the Jaguero Stalker knows Prowl (Rank 3) when it is tamed. Prowl (Rank 3) requires pet level 50. But the Jaguero Stalker is only level 41!
This leaves these pets in a bad situation, knowing a skill they aren’t supposed to know yet. The game quickly fixes the situation by taking away that skill the next time the pet is dismissed, zones, or logs out.
So you’ll want to avoid these pets, right? Well, maybe yes and maybe no. See, it is perfectly possible for you to learn the too-high skills from the pet so long as you do it before you dismiss the pet, zone, or logout. However, you yourself only get to keep the skill if you are high enough level for the skill. Otherwise you too will lose it.
So let’s look at that Jaguero Stalker again. If you are level 41, you can tame the Stalker and even learn Prowl (Rank 3). But as soon as you zone or logout, both you and the Stalker will lose Prowl (Rank 3). That’s pretty useless.
But if you are level 50 and you tame a Jaguero Stalker, then you can learn Prowl (Rank 3) and keep it. The Stalker will still lose the skill when you zone or logout, but you get to keep it on your hunter because you are high enough level. If you keep the Stalker and level him up, you can even teach him the skill again — when he reaches level 50.
This is sometimes very useful. The next pet that knows Prowl (Rank 3) is a level 59 Frostsaber Stalker in Winterspring. But by using the level 41 Jaguero Stalker this way, you can learn Prowl 3 at level 50 instead of waiting for level 59. Just don’t try to learn Prowl 3 before level 50 because it won’t work!
Below is a table of all the pets I know of who exhibit this problem. I’ve compiled this from the Petopia database through the magic of PHP, so it should have all the current pets with too-high skills. But if you know of another one, please let me know!
|Kraul Bat||26||Dive 1||30|
|Greater Kraul Bat||26||Dive 1||30|
|Blind Hunter||27||Dive 1||30|
|Jaguero Stalker||41||Cower 5||45|
|Jaguero Stalker||41||Prowl 3||50|
|Barbed Crustacean||23||Claw 4||24|
|Drywallow Daggermaw||39-40||Bite 6||40|
|Deadly Cleft Scorpid||37-38||Scorpid Poison 3||40|
|Aku’mai Snapjaw||23||Bite 4||24|
|Spawn of Hakkar||49||Dive 3||50|
Incidentally, note that the level 40 Drywallow Daggermaw is perfectly fine — it’s only the level 39 Daggermaw that has trouble with Bite 6.
Blizzard had introduced some pets with this problem in the Burning Crusade, but they slowly and laboriously cleaned them all up (by reducing the level of skill that they knew). And then they went and reduced the level of a whole bunch of creatures in Patch 2.3 but neglected to reduced their skills, and so re-introduced the whole problem all over again … But we can reasonably expect that these creatures will have their skills reduced at some point in the future.