The new mount quest lines in 7.1.5 have a few of these ‘battle a somewhat rare pet in a far off area’ type pet battle quests that are somewhat annoying, but Hunting Lesson: Northern Hawk Owls takes the cake.
There is only a small area that is available to travel for the player and only a few of these spawn. That might not sound too bad, but the percentage of them that is actually a battle pet is very low. So far I caught one, and I have been going up and down the path while killing the critters hoping they’d respawn as battle pets for over an hour now.
Makes you wonder whether they test these things at all ? Seems like an easy fix to make the percentage of battle pets spawning just a little higher. As it is, it doesn’t add anything except annoyance to the gameplay.
Since I posted this I caught one more. I just go through the area at the end of a session hoping there is one available.
The pet battles have been a lot of fun lately. It turns out to be an excellent way to cure the dullness of the intermission between 5.4 and 6.0 (warlords). I now have a group of 25s and am leveling / catching more. Also keep on making the Pet Battles let’s play series on Youtube. Episode 13 is quite fun as I am totally surprised to find a rare quality Scourged Whelpling. It’s an undead pet, which isn’t too common to find, especially not ‘as a blue’ !