Here Come the Mega Pets
One of the most anticipated updates from Test Realm is the introduction of Mega Pets. That’s right, now your pet can level up more and gain another talent. It has led to all new acronyms, such as STUPD (Spritely, Guardian Wall aka May Cast Tower Shield, Unicorn, Spell Proof, and Spell Defying), and speculation as to what will be the latest must-have talent combination for an arena pet.
To Train or Not to Train
What’s the Cost?
To get to Mega, you need to reach 2000 pet XP at 10 pet energy per game. Think about it. That’s a huge time and gold/Crown investment! You could have hatched a new pet and trained it to Epic. It only takes 1875 pet XP to train a pet to Epic
For an Archmage character, you have about 77 energy but with energy gear, you may have more. Say, you can get about 10 games per session, but if you want to train that pet within a week’s time, you’d have to use energy refills and mega snacks.
Some have said that with 40 Fancy Yogurts, they could easily train to Mega in 4 sessions. Even if you do have 40 Fancy Yogurts, do you really want to chance it? You can get a selfish talent at Mega just as much as you can get a selfish talent at Epic. Of course, some members have used Test Realm as a way to preview those mega talents, though at this time, we’re not sure if what’s gotten at Test will be transferred over to Live.
Sadly, some of us may have to think about taking that Mega journey without the help of Test Realm.
Bonus! Like, really?
Maybe you have a SPUD pet. It’s arena-ready and perfect. Any extra talent is going to make it even better, right? Sadly, no. Really take the time to think about this. Is Mana Bounty going to be worth it for you? Is Life Shot worth the climb to Mega? How about Crafty?
Moreover, if your pet is perfect now, you have a chance of ruining it as a breeding pet once you add an undesirable talent.
And yes, *sob* I did get Mana Bounty at Mega on one of my best arena pets while in Test Realm, so it can happen.
Just One More to Perfect
I know, what a heartache. It would be a perfect Cinderella story if your almost-perfect pet became perfect at Mega. That pet you left at home could suddenly turn into the best pet ever!
Look at this Polar Cat. All sorts of good things could happen at Epic. Spell Defying would give more resist. Unicorn might be good, so would a school-specific Giver. Unless you’re the gambling sort (and if you are, some tips below), my advice to you is to go hatch a new pet.
You can have all sorts of hopes and dreams for your pet, but if it doesn’t work out, not training to Mega will save you some grief.
Which Pet to Train?
OK, so you’ve decided you have to at least try. But which pet to train? First of all, it’s going to help if you know a lot about your pet. Self-hatches are going to be better here rather than hatches with strangers. I’ve trained several pets to Mega on Test Realm and I can say with much certainty that the Mega talent is usually what I call a “grandparent” talent. If you hatched with a stranger, then you may not know much about that side of the family. You can make educated guesses. Or ask your hatching partner to identify those non-manifested slots.
Reading the Petnome
So here’s one of my favorite PvE pets. I love that I can stack those blades. This pet also Unicorns and Sprites A LOT. However, there are many times when the mob just has 36 health left over after a bladed Centaur so Pain Giver would be useful. I also fizzle a lot even though Life spells are 90%. Go figure. However, if you look at the picture, this pet will never manifest Sharp Shot or Pain Giver. Those are Ultra-Rare talents and lie atop of Spell Proof. What would be really great is if I could get Feinting Spell on this pet at Mega. There’s a possibility of that since the parent Frostcaller does get Feinting Spell and has passed it to other offspring. The only thing is that I hatched at Adult, so Feinting Spell might have dropped out of the petnome.
The Uncommon, hmm, I’m thinking that could be Death talent (from the original Nightmare with Unicorn) or Sprite Time (runs in the family). The one Epic, likely to be Guardian Wall, if from my side of the family. I don’t know much about the Aqua Dragon parent.
The Family Tree
Here’s information about this pet. The asterisk means non-manifested talent.
LADY ROSCOE (Mister Rufus + Aqua Dragon at Adult: Spritely, Spell Defying)
Spell Proof, Blade of Life, Unicorn, Spritely
Lady Roscoe’s offspring:
PRINCESS CLEO II (Lady Roscoe + Princess Champ)
Blade of Life, Pip O Plenty, *Unicorn, *9% Spell Proof
PRINCE MINNIE (Lady Roscoe + Sprite: Cloud of Bugs, Snow N Tell)
Life Shot, Spell Proof, *Cloud of Bugs, *Snow N Tell
SIR MIA (Lady Roscoe + Duke Chase) Unicorn did not transfer
Ice Trap, *Pip O Plenty, *Blade of Life
MISTER EMMA (Lady Roscoe + Life Minotaur: Unicorn, MC Tower, Spell Proof)
*MCTower, *Spell Proof, *Blade of Life
Lady Roscoe’s parent:
MISTER RUFUS (Lord Oscar + Nightmare at Adult: Unicorn, Feinting Spell)
Spell Proof, Unicorn, *Blade of Life, *Feinting Spell
So what do you think this pet got at Mega on Test Realm?
Spell Defying would be a good guess since the parent Aqua Dragon did manifest Spell Defying. That would be an excellent addition to this talent set. Did you guess Spell Defying?
From Lady Roscoe’s offspring, it seems like Pip O Plenty is a possibility. There is in fact a Rare on the petnome right where Pip O Plenty is situated. Did you guess Pip O Plenty?
Or do you think I lucked out? As I told you, Lady Roscoe’s half-sister manifested Feinting Spell. Actually turned out with the same talents as Mister Rufus: Spell Proof, Unicorn, Blade of Life, and Feinting Spell. Did you guess Feinting Spell?
And the answer is in the grandparents. I’m lucky that it didn’t come from the Nightmare side or the Aqua Dragon side or it would have been complete surprise.
Let’s go back a few generations to grandparent and great-grandparent.
LORD OSCAR (Lord Pepper + Queen Emma)
Spritely, MC Tower Shield, +110 Health Gift, Sprite Time
QUEEN EMMA (Lady Lily + Sir Duncan)
+109 Health Gift, 9% Spell Proof, MC Tower Shield, Spritely
The Mega talent for Lady Roscoe: da da da DAH! Guardian Wall aka May Cast Tower Shield!
In conclusion, whether you train to Mega or not is up to you. Hopefully, this guide allows you to make better choices on which pet to take to Mega.