Patch 5.1: Upgrading your pets with stones

In patch 5.1 you'll have the chance to get a reward from defeating any pet out in the Unova wild, this reward is a stone that will grant your pet a quality increase to rare. This is important for many reasons, but particularly because in my experience (and as it would stand to reason) the rare pets do much better against gym master trainers throughout the world. It becomes doubly so when you start to go after the Northrend, Cataclysm, and Pandaria trainers.

For now these stones, called Flawless-Battlestones, will only upgrade your pet to a rare quality. Later on after patch 5.1 Blizzard will enable stones to upgrade your pet to an epic quality. Stones will also work on wild (caught) and non-wild (TCG, vendor, quest, achievement, etc.) pets.

The one thing to watch out for is that these stones come in two flavors: a general purpose stone, and a family specific stone. Family specific means that the stone will only upgrade a pet of the family that's specified on it, for instance aquatic or undead. General stones will work on every pet family type.

This stone system should really make it quite a bit more advantageous to use non-rare pets initially. Quite the nice little upgrade!

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This article was originally published on WoW Insider.