It is #druidweek. I have a plan and I have a druid so let’s bash through some pet (and druid) levels.
The short term plan is to capture an emerald proto-whelp. Great, not a problem, except that my highest level pets are magic Arcane Eyes and the proto-whelp’s main spam attack is a fire breath to which my eyes are vulnerable. Assuming that there will only be one whelp in any one battle, I could probably take it with another pet then have my eyes clean out the support pets with little difficulty. While I was in Zangermarsh, I managed to pick up a rare L18 snake. One of its abilities is a humanoid based attack, which does extra damage to dragons. It sounds like a good choice as my 3rd pet for now.
It is time for a return to Northrend. Since my failed attempt at skipping levels, my pets have grown stronger. My eyes are also resistant to water damage so they should more than hold their own here. As a result, So two L20 Arcane Eyes and a L18 snake are off to adventure in the frozen north (again).
As it turns out, the snake is quite a solid choice. Counterattack works well against crabs and penguins that have a 50% chance of their spam attack being an “always goes first” type and the beast-type attacks do extra damage to the critter rabbits and marmots that are frequently summoned to assist the main crabs. The net result is that I am able to comfortably win fights up to L21 uncommon pets with just two of my own, allowing me to rotate through my main 3 for several fights, healing just from fight victories and the standard 8 minute cooldown. Even against L22s and rare quality pets I can win with little difficulty using all my pets, and complete the occasional capture too as long as my pets were all near full health.
After a quick 25 minutes in the murlock village I left with my eyes up to L22, and my snake just a fraction short of L20. Unfortunately my experience gained is minimal, at around 20% of a level. I think it might take a little while longer before my druid is maxed.
Of course, being a friendly animal loving druid, I decided that I couldn’t leave the baby murlocks locked in their cages. Then I discovered that Blizzard think of everything. It turns out that for people not on the Oh Noes, the Tadpoles! get a different reactions. The baby murlocks exclaimed “Ewww! Night Elf!” and “No go with stranger” before shutting the cage door and remaining inside. The cuteness factor is huge.