As prerequisite knowledge for this post, the overall limit on amount of pets is 500, and 3x is the most you can have of a single pet (for some the limit is only 1, see below for more info).
Duplicate Pet Problem (Launch of MoP)
As you may remember from my previous post or elsewhere, pets were originally slated to be mailed back to you caged if you had any duplicates. This has been changed. Instead, for MoP launch, the limit of 500 pets total is going to be lifted as well as the 3x per pet limit. So on pets that are not unique you will be able to have an 'unlimited' amount (although per account, 50) of each non-unique pet, granted you have one on each character. This is a one shot deal kind of thing, other than at launch, you will be held to the limits for the rest of the expansion.
From my point of view this is good, my idea on camping Jadefang should work out, at least in a minimal setting, if not better (being able to learn the extras and sell). Otherwise, this will be great for those sellable blues that we have tons of across alts (for a full list see my Rare Battle Pets link at the top of the page).
SO...Which Pets Are Unique?
As of now, there are 4 types of pets that are unique:
- Achievement Pets
- Blizzard Pet Store Pets
- Promotional Pets
- Guild Pets
So these pets, even at launch you will not be able to have more than one of. Going into launch these pets, are currently slated to not be tradeable anyway. Also of note, the TCG Pets will be cageable/tradeable on launch, according to this recent post.
**Edit: "Standard" Pets
After I released this post, Nev from Auction House Addict pointed out to me this blue post from today, that says "standard pets" will be merged upon 5.0.4 release with a cap of 3 each. The examples of a standard pet that they gave are "Orange Tabby Cat, Brown Prairie Dog, Crimson Whelpling" which is a bit odd, considering the Crimson Whelpling is slated to be a "Rare Battle Pet". That being said these changes are going live before MoP release, so we should have time to fully analyze the breadth of this change before Mists comes out.
Wrap it up!
In all, these changes seem beneficial to gold making with pets. Also, although some in the gold making community are skeptical, I expect all the companion pets that are slated to turn into rare battle pets to be so at MoP launch, until Blizzard indicates otherwise, citing the "Beta is Beta" principle. So, What aspect of Battle Pets do you most look forward to in Mists of Pandaria? Also, how long do you expect servers to actually be down Tuesday?
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