The first few trainers are fairly easy, simply matching up the proper elements leads to victory. However, once out to Northrend, that strategy doesn’t work anymore. So here are a few teams to help beat the high level trainers, broken down by trainer.
Aki – The Master Pet trainer in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
She uses a Cricket (critter), a Dragon, and a Golden Civet (aquatic).
So let’s break down each pet. The cricket is a critter, and uses mostly swarm. Anything that does well against a critter is good. (Especially anything with beast powers.) Most efficient is a Humanoid with Beast powers, because they can take out the cricket and be ready to deal with the dragon.
Stormlash is a pain in the butt. And he is sure to call lightening which will kill your team quickly. You want a humanoid with a nuke. Panderan Monk is a good option, I use Murkimus, because I can use his Heroic Leap to avoid damage.
Lastly, take out the Golden Civet with a flyer, especially one with Lift Off, so you can dodge his dive. I like the Cenarian/Hippogryph Hatchling for this. Most efficient is a Magical Pet with Flying abilities (jade owl? I don’t have one, so I can’t be sure).
Murkimus, Hippogryph Hatchling, Fluxfire Feline. FFF vs Chirrup, Hippogryph vs Civet, and Murkumus vs the Dragon.
Flowing Pandaren Spirit – Dread Wastes
Water Spirit (Elemental), Marley (Aquatic), and Tiptoe (Critter).
Marley is a standard aquatic with pump and dive. Pull out your Cenarian Hatchling and use his liftoff to avoid the big nuke of Whirlpool and Dive on the third turn. Again a magic type with flying abilities is most efficient here.
The Critter is easily taken out with a magic pet with beast abilities. I use Spectral Tiger Cub, but alternatives are Twilight Fiendling and the Baneling from the SC2 HoS CE.
The water spirit will generally show up last. Try a Rapana Whelk or a magic type with aquatic abilities (like Legs).
IF you have a Disgusting Oozling, Jade Oozeling, Oily Slimeling, or Toxic Wasteling, try them first, and use Absorb/Corrosion/Acidic Goo. Place the two dots on and then absorb. I find I can EASILY solo all three pets with a single ooze. So I end up being able to level a lower level pet on this trainer.
Disgusting Oozling, Spectral Tiger Cub (or leveler), Hippogryph Hatchling.
Burning Pandaren Spirit – Townlong Steppes
Fire Spirit (Elemental), Crimson (Dragonkin), and Glowy (flying)
First off pull out the Rapana Whelk against the Fire Spirit. His critter family, plus his aquatic abilities make him very powerful.
A standard humanoid will do nicely versus his dragon, but really, the best choice is a dragonkin with humanoid abilities. He will cast a cyclone ability that will heavily damage any aquatic pets you have on your back line, so don’t have any. Most efficient pets here, Soul of the Aspects or Death Talon Whelpguard.
Glowy is fairly easy to beat with anything with a nuke, but most efficient are Dragons with Magic abilities. Bust out a Nether Faerie Hatchling or an Emerald Whelpling and tear him up.
Rapana Whelk, Murkimus, and Emerald Whelpling.
Thundering Pandaren Spirit – Vale of Eternal Blossoms
Earth Spirit (Elemental), Sludgy (Critter), and Darnak (Beast)
I hate this guy.
First off, his Earth Spirit will stun the crap out of your first pet. Pull out the Rapana Whelk and make him pay.
Sludgy is the perfect foil to a Fluxfire Feline, so bust that one out when your Whelk dies, and watch Sludgy die quickly. Now your FFF isn’t going to last very long against the third guy, BUT if you haven’t rezzed yet, and still have enough time to get off 3 moves, you have this fight with just these two pets. Just be sure to PASS on your turn if he is burrowed and your attack is all queued up.
Obviously, mechanical is very strong against Darnak, but he is very strong against Mechanical. So if your FFF has taken too much damage, try the Cenarian Hatchling with his liftoff timed to avoid the burrow.
Rapana Whelk, Fluxfire Feline, and Hippogryph Hatchling.
Whispering Pandaren Spirit – Jade Forest
Dusty (Critter), Whispertail (Dragonkin), and Air Spirit (Elemental)
Dusty hits weak against dragons and is weak to beast abilities. So best here is a dragon with beast abilities like the Dragonhawk Hatchlings. Alternaitely use a strong beast pet, but watch out, he likes to cocoon and you don’t want to waste your best shots.
Whispertail is again a dragon, so here is another use for your humanoid. If you are lucky enough to have a Death Talon Whelpguard he shines here since he is strong against Whispertail’s attacks, and uses humanoid attacks.
The air spirit is a pita, just because of his self healing. A Rapana Whelk does well here, with its own healing, but the fight can drag on for a while. Alternatively use a FFF or a dragon with a huge nuke.
Rapana Whelk, Emerald Whelpling, Spectral Tiger Cub.
As you will notice, I use several pets over and over again, thus it’s worth your time to go and get a rare and level them up:
Death Talon Guard
Store bought pets:
Cenarian Hatchling (a copy of the Hippogryph Hatchling TCG pet)
These 5 form a very nice base that will allow you to take out all the Pandaren trainers. See my post about leveling pets to get them leveled up quickly.