Even though I didn’t take as much advantage of the extended birthday celebration as I once would have, I feel kind of relieved the party is over so I no longer feel compelled to keep trying for another garden or to keep hatching and training pets.
I did very well with the gardening in spite of not planting one batch immediately following another nor planting the biggest gardens for every wizard. Pets ate LOADS of seeds and my mega snack coffers are well stocked. Wizards are well supplied with blades of many sorts, thanks to the Sword Fern crops that were already sitting at elder harvest when the event began.
Pet training wound up mostly being disappointing as usual, with one exception. I did get a great quint heal pet for Jasmine R. Tried to hatch hers with Heather G.’s triple heal Seraph and at 12 failed hatches I gave up. For one the fail was Life Giver, which I’m not that unhappy to have for a Life wizard so I trained the final step and got the fourth heal and Heather will just have to muddle through with that 🙂 The lovely lady from the Adult Non PvP group on FB who helped Jasmine then helped me with Rylee W., for whom I also wanted to get a quint heal pet. I kind of lost count but we’re at something like seven, maybe eight, hatches and the latest one is a fail there too.
Some of the pundits in the world of pets claim quite authoritatively that it takes seven generations or less to get a replica. I’d never hatched that many times on one so I’ve assumed it was true. Very lowering to find out that KI has set this up so apparently there’s no limit to how many hatches it could take to get the pet you want. Just adds to my general feeling that I don’t want to be bothered when it comes to pets.
I only train pets when they have double pet rewards so I’m done with that for a while. Rylee has a couple of miscellaneous plants that didn’t manage to reach elder before the double gardening was over but otherwise all gardens are empty and I plan to leave them sitting for at least a week.
My general plan once I’ve had time off is plant gardens for two wizards on an account, get all theirs to elder harvest and leave it then two wizards on another account, etc. until as many wizards as I want to participate in double rewards have elder harvests ready to go. That way I don’t have to put in too much time per day on gardening but manage to get plenty of double rewards when an event shows up. I’ve been doing it that way for a while and it makes the gardening very relaxed.
I spent so much time on the pets and gardens that once again I barely participated in the BOXES event and never did any of the Lost Pages stuff at all. As always, I enjoyed the party and it was really nice to have the extension so I was able to accomplish a bit more than usual without putting in tons of extra hours at the game. Now the Halloween festivities are just around the corner!
September 6, 2017
KI announced yesterday–the original end date–that the birthday celebrations will be extended because of the DDOS attacks (see here for their announcement, keep scrolling down) which have been keeping many players from participating. This includes everything; double pets, double gardens, BOXES, Lost Pages, extra rewards on daily assignments and PvP, double monstrology, etc. So far they’re not saying when this ends.
I know from comments I’ve seen that in some parts of the world they’ve still never been able to get back on since the attacks started last Thursday so I’m hazy as to whether the plan is to keep it going until some point after everyone gets back on??? I’m having intermittent problems with the same glitches I previously noted so I gather there are ongoing issues in many places.
I’m both pleased and daunted as the celebration always leads me to spend more time on the game than usual. I’ve been gardening quite a bit on three accounts (I often give a month of membership to one of the two non-member accounts during these events), hatching with some very kind and patient wizards on the Facebook Wizard101 for Non PvP Players group, and that of course leads to lots of the dreaded pet training (those of you who’ve read this blog for a while know how I feel about that 😬).
I’ve barely found time to take a couple of wizards through any of the BOXES — not very encouraged to keep trying by the zero sonic springs I’ve garnered so far (the only reason I do it at this point). As I’ve mentioned before, I find the Lost Pages event is too time consuming/difficult relative to the rewards you get so I’ve not worked on it at all.
The way the Spellwrits are scattered, it often takes the whole 10 fights to get the total you need and the Spellwrits are always quite a bit higher health than the normal mobs in the area. The dungeon then takes a bit of time and has a boss that’s tougher than the usual bosses in whatever area. And I’m always flabbergasted at the tiny amount of XP I get for the time all that takes as well as the relatively innocuous drops. If there are great drops, I’ve sure had no luck at getting any. I generally do so much better just questing…
Looks like some plants for which I thought I’d just get a few double mature harvests are going to make it to elder while it’s still double–though I’m starting to see signs they’ve slowed down the plant timers. As a just-in-case I’ve planted some Couch Potato and/or Evil Magma Pea gardens today for a few wizards who already raked in two elder harvests (plants already there the day it started and then planting and harvesting another round) in hopes of replenishing both some mega snacks and my hatching-diminished gold supplies. If the event keeps going even a few more days I’ll get the gold back up for sure and possibly make it to another elder harvest. My pets will be eating a lot of seeds 🙂
Anyway, if you’re fortunate enough to be in one of the areas where you can get on the game, keep on enjoying the birthday party!
July 30, 2017
I’m very behind on posting so I’m just in time for the last day of Double Pet Rewards. You have till something like 8 a.m. EST Monday morning to get double XP on pet games and snacks if you’re a member.
It’s been a little odd this time. I’ve had several wizards who either couldn’t get into the Pet Pavilion without closing out and starting again or took several tries. And the Gobbler game froze midstream and I had to close the game and log in again — of course lost the energy points anyway…
I have managed to finish training some decent pets:
I’ve also tried to find hatches for my Storm and Fire girls, who’ve never managed to have very good pets, but no dice this time…
I finally decided to try again at pets during this last weekend’s Double Pet Rewards event. I’d unsuccessfully tried to get a hatch through the wizard central site so my hatching till now has been totally between my accounts and between pets on each account. But I joined the adult non-pvp players Facebook group a while back and noticed there are lots of folks who help out with hatches, so I gave it a try.
One of the folks with a great pet for every conceivable desire in a pet hatched a Death damage pet with me and for the first time ever I got what I wanted on the first attempt at training. I wouldn’t have minded having another critical or damage talent as the fifth, but I also don’t mind having energizing battery in there. I now plan to periodically ask for help with developing a roster of pets for different purposes. Of course since I still can’t stand much pet training, I will be training them only during Double Pet Reward days 🙂
Since I was on a roll I decided to train Prince Peanut on up to Ultra as I’d become hazy about why I swore off bothering with the final stage of training (you know, besides the I hate it thing 🙂 ). Now I’m puzzling over KI’s thinking. The Ultra bit with its jewel socket would make some kind of sense if you only got a socket at that stage (or a second one), but most of my pets have gotten a socket by ancient and I’ve been able to put any eligible level of jewel (i.e. eligible to the level of the wizard) in the socket. When I got to Ultra this time, I’d already put a fairly high-level damage jewel I quite liked in there and the jewel given for achieving Ultra didn’t inspire a desire to shatter the one I’d already placed.
If KI wants the Ultra to mean something, they should either (1) make the jewel socket available only when you get to that level, or (2) give you a second socket for Ultra, or (3) make the reward for achieving Ultra something else–leaving one jewel socket to arrive at earlier stages of training, as they have been.
My personal favorite idea would be to let you choose, upon achieving Ultra, which of the remaining potential talents for your pet it will get. That for me would make it absolutely worth training every pet to Ultra–or at least every pet with an unrealized potential talent I’d like to add. To get a random jewel for a slot I’ve already filled? not much of an incentive for me… So I’m back to eschewing any further training after Mega.
June 5, 2017
I was surprised to see a Double Pet XP event started today. It’s “limited time” so no clue when it’s over; it’s quite unusual to have it start on Monday, so I don’t have a “normal” to use for guessing. Normal would be to start on Wednesday or Thursday and run through Sunday. Sometimes they have one just for a day. Update: I finally ran into a tweet from KI that it is just for today, 6/5/17
During the event, pets receive double XP for pet games, eating gear, seeds and housing objects, and from pet snacks. You can get as much as 112 points playing a pet game if you get all the points for the game (8 when doubled), and feed a 50 XP “loved” pet snack (the 50 doubles and so does the 2 points for being loved, so 104).
Get into your energy gear, put your mega snacks in your backpack and train up your pets at double speed!
April 22, 2017
KI is offering Double Rewards for pets–started yesterday and I managed to forget to make the final click to publish this 🙂 — running for an unspecified amount of time. Usually it would be through Sunday, so let’s guess that 🙂 During this time you get double XP for games and snacks.
In other words, if you get all 4 points for a pet game, it becomes 8. If you have a 50 XP mega snack, it becomes 50. The specific stats double also, so if, say 14 of your 50 points on the snack are for Agility, you get 28 points for Agility. Good time to make the most of the harder-to-get stat of Intellect by feeding snacks with Intellect points.
Me, I’m kind of done with the frustration of spending hours on training only to wind up disappointed, so you won’t be seeing any of my wizards at the Pet Pavilion for this…
March 26, 2017
I’m late giving notice on the Double Pet reward event that started I think Thursday. Since I’ve by and large given up on pets I’m not all that excited and as usual it hasn’t changed much for me. The few pets I’ve trained have just resulted in the usual disappointment. I didn’t seen an end date but the usual would be to end today — which usually means you should be able to get the double rewards until 8 or 9 CDT Monday.
For one newer wizard I’ve hatched several generations now, trying to get the heal talents from Morgan D’s pet; the fourth generation is so far not throwing out any of the unwanted talents I’ve been trying to dump but has two levels to go so I’m not holding my breath.
The test realm also opened a few days ago. Not sure how long it was going to run this time and the small amounts I’ve seen about “Monstrology”, which is what they’re testing, have not clued me in to what it is nor caught my interest enough to want to be bothered signing in to the test realm to find out… You can find out more here.
I decided to splurge and get some Terror’s Hoard packs while they’re on sale. I was thrilled to get a Brainy Assistant pet in my second pack. Excited enough to go ahead and do some pet training even though it’s not a double rewards moment.
Then, as usual, disappointment. So far the pet has some added healing and I’ve got a “Monstrous” card. Bleh.
In the odd things that happen on my accounts saga, I have fabulous luck with getting healing-related talents on my pets… whether I want them or not. I have lots of pets on all accounts who have Unicorn, Spritely and Energizing Battery plus many have some added healing points or add a boost to heals.
I really wanted to get some damage talents for a change — apparently my accounts have some kind of whammy on them that prevents damage talents from showing up more than occasionally. I do have a few with all those heal casts plus a boost to Death or Life or… damage. But however many critical boosts and damage boosts may be possible, if there’s also something to do with healing possible, that’s what they get. On all three accounts….
So my general (and often expressed) feeling that pet training just isn’t worth the bother for me is borne out yet again…
July 23, 2016
I’m a little late, but you have through tomorrow night (Sunday, 7/24/16) to purchase some Christmas pets that are part of a sale on multiple Christmas items. I glanced through and was amazed to see they’re letting you purchase the White Winter Owl for gold (35,000)!
It’s the only pet I’ve ever seen in the Crown Shop that was available for gold. I even looked through the entire pet tab to see if they’d added any others for gold — no dice.
If you’re an Ice wizard, White Winter Owl is a great pet. For others, it has the possibility of getting Guardian Wall, which means the pet can cast Tower Shield on you; good for any school. I got Jasmine’s Owl when I was pretty new to the game and didn’t understand the importance of the pet’s school (or even that the pets had schools 🙂 ) so I just bought it because it was on sale and it was pretty.
Hers pretty quickly got Guardian Wall and I loved that the pet cast one at least once and often two or three times in every battle (i.e., more frequently than healing spells are usually cast by pets, so potentially more useful by reducing damage several times). The cast frequency was probably enhanced by the two “useless” talents she also got (not so useless 🙂 ). Eventually I realized, though, that every other talent only helped an Ice wizard.
So I started trying to hatch and the bad news is, so far, Guardian Wall doesn’t seem to manifest in hatching with any ease. I keep getting pets with a combo of Ice talents and usually Life stuff it picks up from the Life pets I keep hatching with that aren’t what I want either. If I can ever get Guardian Wall to show up on a hatched pet and get rid of the Ice talents, I’ll be very pleased.
If you’re Ice, I’d say definitely take advantage of the chance to buy this pet for gold. Even if you’re not, if you have plenty of gold, I’d say, take a chance. If you can get Guardian Wall (could show up a few hatches down even if your initial pet doesn’t get it) it would be worth some gold. And if it doesn’t work, you’ve only lost something you earn for free in the game.
For the third time this year KI is offering Double Pet Rewards this weekend. You get double XP for both playing games and feeding snacks. I’ve gone pretty much “ho hum” about anything to do with bothering to train pets and I’m basking in the Marin County sun and beauty, so I doubt I’ll participate.
In the meantime, there’s only been one double garden rewards event this year so far and I could really use those double drops and seeds.
I did finally realize that the pet rewards pretty much just encourage people to buy energy and pay for mega snacks without causing KI to lose Crown sales opportunities. Since the double garden days give you twice the seeds for even Crown seeds, KI may lose some profit (I know I’ve expanded my gardens with those extra seeds–though I’d have just farmed for seeds rather than buying them in the Crown Shop) even though doing extra gardening to maximize those doubled rewards often takes buying some energy elixir. And a few times I bought some Crown seeds because of the event so I could try to double that number. But the Pet events may make a bigger profit than the Garden ones…
Wonder how long we have to wait to get another Double Garden Rewards event??? In the meantime, if you still imagine you can gain something by spending time on pet training, enjoy this weekend!