Max stat pets: how and why?
All pets have talents - the spells, abilities, or boosts the pet can provide, and attributes - the number values for Strength, Agility, Power, Will, and Intellect. Both can be improved by hatching with better pets. May-cast and card talents are not affected by the value of attributes, but talents that boost wizard stats are. To have the greatest benefit from these talents, you want the pet attributes as high as possible. The highest natural value for each is
A pet with these attributes will give the highest value for any boosting talent - a max stat pet.
Prior to the summer 2015 update, no first generation pet had all 250 stats or any natural stat above 250. Thanks to some organized efforts to crate and share them there are now many all-250 pets out there - the "original max stats". With the introduction of the PvP armament pets, the "new max stats" are starting to spread.
Here are some tips to getting one and some reasons you might want to, in the form of frequently asked questions and answers.
What is a max stat pet? - a pet with all attributes at the highest natural levels. "original max" = all 250 "New Max" = 255,250,260,260,250
Why does this matter? - talents that boost a wizard's stats will have the highest values.
Will max stats affect the talents my pet gets? - No. It is no easier or harder to get any certain talent on a max pet.
Will my pet cast Spritely or Unicorn more often? - No. May-cast rates do not depend on stats.
Do the stats really all need to be perfect. - Maybe not. If you are only interested in certain talents, then the attributes that matter are the ones that affect those talents, for instance Strength, Agility, and Power for resistance talents like Spell Proof and Defy, or Strength, Will, and Power for damage talents like Giver and Dealer. The difference between a 250 stat and 247 or 248 is pretty small, so almost max may be good enough for most players, however there is another good reason to have an all 250... hatching with other pets.
What about hatching? - When you hatch a pet, each attribute can be the lower or higher value of either parent, or the average (middle) value. So hatching with a max pet gives you the best chance of high stats on the baby.
OK, How do I get a max pet? - It is possible to self-hatch your way to one if you have at least one pet with a max for each attribute. This is a very long, slow process. A better and faster way is to hatch with a pet that has all max. The new Armaments make that very easy, since they have those stats naturally. There aren't many around yet, but i expect them to spread quickly.
It works like this:
Select your pet with the most max stats to begin with. Ideally you have one that already has one or more 250s, but it's ok if you don't. Strangely, it is better to have even one max regardless of the other stats than a pet with high, but not max stats across the board. You'll see why when we get to odds. If it is the pet of your dreams, great, but if not, no worries. We'll get to talents and pet types later. For now we just want to get the stats up.
Mix your pet with an all max. When your new pet hatches, check the stats. Did you get any more attributes to max? If no, you can use the original pet & hatch again. If yes, you'll want to train the new pet & hatch that with the max. The goal is to get more stats topped. If you don't increase the number of maxed stats, there is no reason to train (unless you want it for type or talents) as it really isn't a step forward. Keep going until you get all top, or all the attributes you care about.
How long will that take?
The odds are about 25% of maxing each stat, each hatch, so you can usually get from 4 to 5 max in a few hatches, but it may take longer. if you are starting with only one max stat or none, expect to be hatching for a while. Ten or more is typical. Each hatch can give you your starting value, or the high, or the average of the two for each stat.
What about talents?
It is usually better to get the stats up first, without trying to perfect talents or get a specific pet type. Getting the right stats AND maintaining talents on the same kind of pet all the way through is VERY unlikely. Don't worry, once you have the stats, it isn't too hard to bring up other pets. Having a max or two can really speed up the process of improving new pets. It's most efficient to work up talents and stats together, so try to do stat boosting hatches with pets that have talents you want. Your stat hatches need only to be adult, but often by the time you max the stats you have also picked up desired talent slots.
Does this help for derby?
You bet! For derby pets the most important quality is the ability to cheer. Higher stats lower your cheer costs and add morale. That's fast!
Best of luck, and happy hatching!
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