I have mentioned the Celestial Tournament before. It is a pet battle challenge in World of Warcraft on Timeless Ilse in Pandaria. You go there and speak to Master Li to join in.
Master Li has a simple description of the event. The tournament is an instance with its own rules.
To be able to enter it you first need to have at least 15 battle pets at level 25. That probably isn’t enough, but that is the bar. You can only do the tournament once per week, a lock out that resets every Tuesday. Once you enter you have to defeat all of the challengers to win and you cannot use the pet heal skill or pet bandages to heal up any of your pets. You have to get through with the pets you have with you.
Now, there is a work around on the healing thing. There are some of the fights where the first pet the foe uses does a self-buff, so you have a free round to cast a heal. Also, there is no penalty for quitting a fight, unlike the 10% health hit you suffer if you surrender in the wild, so you can get out a pet with a group heal, make them your first pet in a group, and heal on the first round, then surrender, until your injured pets are healed up. That is a bit tedious and it requires that you not let your pets die in battle. If you do, you’ll have to get along without them.
The challenge itself is divided into two parts. The first part is a set of three Master Pet Tamers, each with a team of three. There are nine total, three groups of three, that rotate each week.
The initial three are not all that tough of a challenge. I was able to come up with winning teams for the various tamers soon enough. My main problem was creating independent teams to fight each one. If you read advice or comments about fighting any individual master pet tamer, the same usual suspects always seem to come up. If you go over to Warcraft Pets and look at their Top 20 List of highest rated pets, most of that list comes up again and again.
I have duplicates of some of them… the Iron Starlette and the Emerald Proto-Drake for example… but not all of them, so to make independent teams I have to find substitutes.
Fortunately, for those first three, there are substitutes possible, so those teams were setup.
It was the second set, the legendary battle pets, that was the difficult part for me. After the three pet tamers, you have to fight the four legendaries, Chi-Chi, Xu-Fu, Yu’la, and Zao, who also happen to be the four pets standing around Master Li in the screen shot up at the top of the post.
For those fights your team of three goes up against a single pet which generally has a lot more hit points and hits harder while having a buff that reduces your own attacks and often a self-heal skill that will undo all your efforts. Over at WoW Head they have a pretty extensive guide to the whole thing.
My problem was two-fold. First, back when I was first giving this a shot, I lacked a lot of the pets on the guide, so was having to wing it and roll up my own teams. That led to the second problem, which was it is a pain in the ass to experiment with teams. You have to go into the tournament, defeat the first three, then use your experimental team to see how it does. If it fails, you have to leave the instance, heal up your pets, then go back and do it again with whatever your adjustments might be.
After a long evening of doing that I said, “screw it!” and set about just collecting more of the battle pets suggested and then leveling them up. Basically, I went away for almost two months and only returned over the weekend to finally give it a go again.
And with a bevy of new pets to form teams around, I beat it on the first try.
There was, of course, an achievement that went with the victory. But the real reason to do the Celestial Tournament is to ear Celestial Coins.
With the Celestial Coins you can purchase items from Master Li, including four battle pets representing each of the four legendary pets you have to fight.
Fortunately, when you with the Celestial Tournament for the first time Master Li gives you a quick quest that gives you two more coins, so that you have a total of three and can purchase one of the pets right then.
I went for Xu-Fu, who is one of those pets on that Top 20 list I linked above and comes up regularly in strategy guides for various fights.
Of course he is level 1, so I put him at the top of the leveling queue in Rematch to get him up to level 25 on my next leveling cycle.
Now I just need to win the tournament nine more times… which means nine more weeks… to complete the set.
For those interested, these are my teams for each of the for legendary battle pets.
You can click on that picture to make it readable.
The general strategies for each were:
- Chi-Chi – Snails! Keep Chi-Chi poisoned with your two DOTs and use dive when it is off cool-down. Two snails should be enough, but bring three just in case.
- Xu-Fu – Cast lightning with the Whelpling, switch to the Clockwork Gnome and have him put down a turret. When he dies, which he will do quickly, in with the Chicken and Flock until Xu-Fu goes down.
- Yu’la – Dodge when Yu’la does lift off, burrow, then a cycle of attacks around that. A set of regular rabbits can do this, but the Dust Bunny from Dalaran has a more powerful base attack, so speeds things up. Now glad I got two of those.
- Zao – Get lightning up with the moth before it dies, then go to the raptor, do expose wounds and then batter until Zao goes down.
Those teams I picked up while searching around. They were generally not the top strategies I came across, but they all seemed to work and, most importantly, had no overlap in pets so I didn’t have to worry about keeping pets alive from battle to battle.
Anyway, another battle pet collected. Back to working on the various Raiding with Leashes pets.