Pet Characteristics

Every pet is classified as a certain type of pet.  There are 10 pet families and each family has certain strengths, weaknesses, and a family bonus.  Here are the families and associated bonuses.

  • aq16 Aquatic – Harmful damage over time effects are reduced by 50%
  • be16 Beast – Deal 25% extra damage below half health
  • cr16 Critter – Immune to roots, stuns, and sleep effects
  • dr16 Dragonkin – Deal 50% additional damage on the next round after bringing a target’s health below 50%
  • el16 Elemental – Ignore negative weather effects
  • fl16 Flying – Gain 50% extra speed while above 50% health
  • hu16 Humanoid – Recover 4% of their maximum health if they dealt damage this round
  • ma16 Magic – Cannot be dealt more than 35% of their maximum health in one attack
  • me16 Mechanical – Come back to life once per battle, returning to 20% health
  • un16 Undead – Return to life immortal for one round when killed

Each pet has certain abilities, and these abilities are also classified as a certain family type.  Aquatic pets are most likely to have aquatic abilities, but not always.  This becomes important when you combine this with the bonuses and weaknesses when pet are fighting each other.  Every ability type is strong against one type of pet family and weak against another.  Strong attacks receive a 50% bonus to damage and weak attacks suffer a 33% damage penalty.  Below is a reference for pet abilities.

WEAK vs <—- ABILITY —-> STRONG vs
Magic Aquatic Elemental
Flying Beast Critter
Humanoid Critter Undead
Undead Dragonkin Magic
Critter Elemental Mechanical
Dragonkin Flying Aquatic
Beast Humanoid Dragonkin
Mechanical Magic Flying
Elemental Mechanical Beast
Aquatic Undead Humanoid

When putting together a team to fight a tamer it’s useful to know what you’re up against.  If you’re going up against a team with 2 Elementals and an Undead pet, you could easily just pick 2 Aquatics and a Critter pet and you would most likely win the battle because the abilities they have are likely to gain bonus damage against the types of pets you are facing.  Conversely, you could also say that you would not want to use Mechanical or Undead pets because they will certainly be destroyed by the Elemental and Undead abilities.

BUT!  The challenging and fun part about pet battles is that not all pets are created equal.  Most pets have at least one ability that does not belong to the same as the family they belong to.  This makes the puzzle of finding great pets to counter-act other pet teams much more interesting.  There are Beasts with Elemental abilities, Humanoids with Mechanical abilities, and Dragonkin with Magic abilities.  Plan accordingly and you’ll prevail.  Don’t plan, and you’ll be a nice tasty pet treat for the other team.

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