BreedIDs for the Serious Pet Battler

If you’re a casual pet collector, BreedIDs or quality may not be that important to you but if you’re one of the serious pet battlers out there, it should be. Even as an early beta tester, BreedIDs were only something I’d really only looked into recently but it’s something you need to consider if you want your pets to have the best possible chance to win.

The Basics

Every battle pet has three stats – Health, Power and Speed which increase each time your pets level. The numbers are determined by three factors:

  1. Base Stats
  2. Rarity
  3. Breed

Base Stats

These can vary from pet to pet with some having more Speed or Power than others so if you’re looking to maximise a certain stat (H/H, P/P, S/S), this should be the decider. To determine what stat you should focus on, it really depends on the role it plays in your team. Turtles tend to have more Health fulfilling more of a tank role, while my Mongoose (S/S) is extra fast so if you want a pet to hit hard, look for high Power (P/P) but if you want to make sure it gets that first hit in or defensive ability, go for Speed (S/S). Combinations like H/P can also work well if that’s what you’re looking for.


BreedIDsA higher quality pet will result in a larger allocation of stat points received each time it levels. So think of a poor quality pet as the baseline, and rarity as the multiplier:

  • Poor pets will have all stats multiplied by 1
  • Common pets will have all stats multiplied by 1.1
  • Uncommon pets will have all stats multiplied by 1.2
  • Rare pets will have all stats multiplied by 1.3


Each breed is made up of three numbers which make up the Health, Power and Speed values respectively. The image on the right displays a Flayer Youngling with the P/B breed meaning it’s health at level 25 (if upgraded to a rare) will be 1465, with a Power of 289 and a Speed of 273.

Alternatively, using the number system – a breed of 3/13 will will gain 0.5 to all stats each time it levels (in addition to the values from Base Stats and Rarity). As such, each breed is made up of these two numbers – 3 and 13 where 3 refers to a male pet and 13 a female pet. As a rule, any breed between 3-12 are male, while 13-22 are female. Although there is currently no significance to whether a pet is fe/male, Blizzard may well implement something later.

The following table displays the list of BreedIDs and their corresponding values.

Breed Health Power Speed Points
3 = 13 B / B 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.5
4 = 14 P / P 0 2 0 2.0
5 = 15 S / S 0 0 2 2.0
6 = 16 H / H 2 0 0 2.0
7 = 17 H / P 0.9 0.9 0 1.8
8 = 18 P / S 0 0.9 0.9 1.8
9 = 19 H / S 0.9 0 0.9 1.8
10 = 20 P / B 0.4 0.9 0.4 1.7
11 = 21 S / B 0.4 0.4 0.9 1.7
12 = 22 H /B 0.9 0.4 0.4 1.7

The more specialised a breed, the more points it will get overall so the ultra-specialised 4/14, 5/15, and 6/16 breeds get a full 2 points per level, while the ultra-balanced 3/13 breed gets only 1.5 points total making it the weakest in stat allocation. However, this doesn’t mean you should avoid capturing this breed altogether. You may find that you prefer to capture this breed when compared to the other breeds a pet has. So think carefully and decide once you can see all the pets you’re battling using this addon.

Letter System

This makes it a lot easier to work out which pet you should be capturing, as you don’t need to remember any formulas.

  • H = Health
  • P = Power
  • S = Speed
  • B = Balance

A pet with H/H refers to a double dose of Health or 2/0/0 but if you see H/B, that’s Health mixed with Balance or .9/.4/.4. There’s also B/B for double Balance or .5/.5/.5. as well as P/S for Power mixed with Speed or 0/.9/.9.

A great resource to use is Warla’s Pet Search where you can see your whole collection in detail.

Things to Note

  • Not every pet comes in a different breed which includes a lot of Quest reward pets, Classic raid drops or rarer pets like the Arctic Fox Kit in Storm Peaks.
  • Vendor bought pets like the Dragonhawk Hatchlings have multiple BreedIDs so you may need to buy a few to get the Breed you want.
  • Don’t be afraid to capture a poor quality pet if it’s the breed you’re after since you can always upgrade the quality later. This is especially true for a low spawn pet like the Minfernal, although in this case you should capture one and call it a great day.
  • To ease the levelling process, the Justice Points vendor may be handy if you want to upgrade any poor or common pet to an uncommon one. You can always upgrade to rare once you have a Flawless Battle-Stone.
  • A great way to meet other pet battlers is through trading Flawless [XXX] Battle-Stones. This only works through tradeable pets (eg. non-wild pets) though as they will need to be caged and traded (to learn each of your pets) to upgrade them for you, then re-cage them to trade them back.

For a lot of players, BreedIDs will only be important for the ones you choose to power-level your pets with (or though tamer battles) since you’re aiming for the highest success rate. At the end of the day, do what feels right to you – whether you just want a full collection of rares, maximum level pets or the most powerful, the choice is up to you.

About Cymre

A disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and pets. Other hobbies include transmog / costumes, novelty items, class sets as well as all things pets.
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  1. That pet search is great, I spend way too much time there studying all my pets, lol.

  2. Yup, after reading that I am definitively a pet collector.

  3. That website is awesome. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. Great info. And that link to the pet search: awesome! Thanks Cym. :)

    • Tome – It’s a fantastic resource!

      Spencer – LOL

      Zal – I was hoping it was still new for someone :)

      Navi – You’re welcome.

      Lore – No worries.

  5. My friend has been trying to get me to use this add-on, but admittedly I’ve been lazy and just link pets to him when I want to know. As usual, I’m all grey scale, and can’t choose black or white! Must be a little bit of both pet collector and battler, and then wonder why I get my ass handed to me.

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  7. I’ve seen a lot of talk about “this breed is optimal for species X”, but I have seen almost no analysis to back it up – just some “common sense” handwaving. For attacks that, say, do extra damage if you go first, I can see the advantage to pursuing a particular breed such as 5/5. But in general I suspect that impact of breed on the percentage of pvp victories is greatly exaggerated.

    That said, this post does an excellent job of explaining what people are talking about, which is very helpful.

    • I agree. In PVP, it will be hard to create a Win-Win team since you never know who you’ll be up against as opposed to the Pet tamers who only change their start-up order on occasion.

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