I don’t know why it surprised me so much, but when my blood elf hunter leveled today so did her tallstrider Sarcasm. Right then and there. Double bursts of light.
Of course I knew that as of Patch 4.1, pets will level up to the level of the hunter when they are tamed. And I knew that pulling a lower level pet out of the stable will level it as well. But somehow I didn’t expect him to level the instant I did when we were out hunting together.
You know what this means? We never have to think about pet XP ever again. I knew that on an intellectual level, but this brought it home to me.
As an aside: My husband and I are engaged in a strenuous argument about whether the recent changes to pet happiness and leveling (and going back much further, to loyalty) are good or bad. I don’t really want to get into that discussion here – this is my blog, not his! – but I do find it fascinating that he has such a strong reaction to the changes.
It really calls out the differences between him and me. If he did play a hunter, he’d do it because he liked the detailed system mechanics behind pets. He would probably be maintaining Petopia, too, if he were me – but he’d be doing it because he loved to explore those mechanics and share them with others who could appreciate the beauty of an elegant system.
Truth is, that’s how I got started with Petopia myself – specifically with gathering data on the mechanics behind why some windserpents had lower stats than others. But now … I do it for the pretty furry, scaly, and occasionally slimy friends. (I mean the pets – not you people.)