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Family Battler
Keeping in style with previous achievements, patch 8.1 brings a new family challenge: Family Battler

The achievement is made out of 10 sub-achievements, each asking you to complete 15 Battle for Azeroth world quests with pets from a specific family only.
Since there are more than 15 world quests possible, you can pick and choose which ones to finish with each family.

Also, at this time, tamers that have their world quest available can be fought repeatedly, which makes the achievement even easier to complete, as you can go through each family one after the next without having to wait for the world quest to be up another day.





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Remte

wrote on 01/14/2019

If you haven't looked it up, there's an addon Family Familiar Helper. It keeps this name because it started as one, but it includes all other Family X achievements including the newest one. It was created by the very Rematch's author, Gello, and he took a time during Christmas Eve to update it for the newest iteration. ❤

Of course, spreadsheets are a cool thing to keep track outside the game, while the API still stays wonky. :)
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Kapira

wrote on 01/13/2019

I made a google docs spreadsheet for keeping track outside of the game, should anyone desire one :) Let me know if there's some quality-of-life change you might want added to it and I'll see what I can do (not super familiar with Sheets).
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1C1XERSboCd_559dUvWbm_RQjZBsB9JNphhhpa1kbN2g/edit?usp=sharing
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Veph

wrote on 12/28/2018

Any chance we could get the Trainer names in the guide somewhere alongside the World Quest names? I keep track of my achievement mostly through the Trainers, since they're listed in the criteria, and I'm always having to look up or second guess which trainer belongs to which WQ. I know it's a minor thing, but it would be super helpful. Thanks!
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Kimberleigh wrote on 12/29/2018

Me too, it wasn't a problem before the Family Battler achievement but now I keep forgetting the name of the trainer.
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ermrac

wrote on 12/31/2018

Adding my feedback that this would be a good idea
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robh wrote on 12/31/2018

This was one thing I thought would be nice too, but have since noticed if you mouse over the "vs" (the specific quest name) at the top of each strategy page there's a pop up box of the trainers name.
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dokeefe1986

wrote on 01/01/2019

Here is a link to a spreadsheet I made that has this info. feel free to make a copy.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HPqaqcqd5WjXNsMa5mktKK69XACkwDHvlqb9Dw5VXRY/edit?usp=sharing
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Hearte

wrote on 01/01/2019

Awesome, thanks! Any chance of adding a column with coordinates as well?
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dokeefe1986

wrote on 01/02/2019

anyone can add anything to theirs. just hit file > make a copy. edit as desired.
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Oona

wrote on 12/21/2018

It'd be nice to have some starred or highlighted tamers or even just a thread with recommended tamers for this achievement. So far in my battle journey, I definitely recommend "What's the Buzz?" Most fights there only require one specific pet.
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Gráinne

wrote on 12/22/2018

There are ... 19? ... possible tamers, with 15 required. So, which 4 to avoid, you mean?

I'd say Rogue Azerite, Captured Evil, and Not So Bad Down Here are the only three likely to give any trouble on any family, if you have the pets. And flipping through strats, I haven't noticed a need for any exotic pets. By now, I've done 12 using almost entirely the cheese teams I listed below, with some small substitutions.

Maybe someone can think of another that can give problems?

But even if so, you don't have to complete the same 15 tamers on all families. If you have a problem with Not So Bad Down Here / Elemental, you can make that Elemental number up from another tamer somewhere else.
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Oona

wrote on 12/23/2018

That's true, Tamers to "avoid" would be better. I'm thinking of players who prefer to go from tamer to tamer and want to obtain the achievement in one go with the fewest stops and avoid tamers with difficult family battles.
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Gráinne

wrote on 12/23/2018

Well, I just finished the achieve. I went tamer to tamer, and simply ploughed through all ten families without consulting guides.

I had actually completed Not So Bad Down Here except for Elemental and Beast on my first day, before I wrote. I didn't go back for that, although I'm sure Beast is not hard; I can believe Elemental is.

Everything went smoothly except Grady Prett Pack Leader / Humanoid. I did work my way through it eventually, and I see Setione has a strat that looks to be a more reliable refinement of the basic idea that eventually worked for me, with Frolicker and Terky. Those speeds are hard to handle!

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Palorii#1278

wrote on 12/19/2018

Can we add a mass-import rematch string like we had for previous achievements please?
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Gráinne

wrote on 12/18/2018

OK, so I've started this (late, I know) and am in no rush to get through it. I'll do some of the easy families while a quest is up that I was going to do anyway, maybe a few more, and leave myself with the hard ones as a treat for later.

Back in Legion I made Basic [Family] teams on general PvP principles, and wrangled my way through with those.

I'm not feeling especially motivated around the simple stuff now, so I'm throwing together a few unthinking cheese teams that mostly work on most battles, without having to set something up specifically for every one. If you have a lot of pets, and dupes, do you have some generic teams like this?

Dragons: 3 Nexus Whelplings. Throw in a Conflag Dragonhawk or two against mechs. Lots of other possibilities if needed - EPW, NFD.

Mechanicals: 3 Iron Starlettes. May throw in a Bling if I find a need. I'm thinking Rogue Azerite and Captured Evil will be a problem, when I get to them.

Magic: 2 Hyjal Wisps with Blast, dodge, Wish, and a third magic pet chosen for the battle. S/S Arcane Gorger is possible. Also something with Arcane Storm and/or Surge of Power, depending on the case.

Aquatic: P/P Emperor Crab, Puddle Terror to mitigate flyers with Sunlight and Nature's Ward, otherwise a second Crab or Crawdad, P/P Fen Crab for the Rip/Blood nuke, though Spineclaw with the heal might be better now I think of it.

Elemental: 2 Autumnal Sproutlings with Fist/Heal/Whatever. Azeriti packs a serious punch with Crystal Overload -> Azerite Spike. You can get very clever with Elementals if you need to, but mostly you don't need to.

Undead: My trusty Blighted Squirrels that I've loved since Mists come into their own here, with Woodchipper / Crouch / Stampede. Just as in PvP, the racial is a big bonus.

Flyers: Three Ikkys with Black Claw / Flock. Or a Foulfeather. Anything with Flock, really. Darkness is not what it was, but the Warden's Owl still has some juice, and Darkness is worth trying. If that doesn't work, then we have to think about Teroclaws, Moths, Bloodbeak or similar Rain Dance/Noc Strike combo.

Beasts: Three Zandalaris with Black Claw / Hunting Party. Shinchomper's Aura of Gonk is hilarious; just don't bring it out until Gonk is ready. Thaumaturgical Piglet is your answer to flyers.

Humanoid: The hardest family for me to find an unthinking team. Idols are possible, rolling over everything, but slow. Rotten Little Helper does a lot of damage. Squirky and Terky bring interesting resources, but require thought and planning.

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JestersTear

wrote on 12/15/2018

While the achieve "Battle on Zandalar and Kul Tiras" said you had to have a team of lvl 25 pets but it accepted teams of any level for progress (I know, because I didn't have a team of 25's at the time and still got it), this one says 25's and means it. Don't waste your time throwing in level pets for quests that only require one or two pets.
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ShinRyuuken

wrote on 12/16/2018

No reason to use level pets anyway, the XP gain was gutted pretty hard in sacrifice to them being able to be battled regardless of WQ or not.
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JestersTear

wrote on 12/22/2018

Yeah, but for some reason people are posting strats with level pets. Also reminds people who are trying to cheat their way through with lvl 1's for easier fights
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Servv

wrote on 12/14/2018

OK not trying to be a massive buttkisser, but I just finished Family Battler and want to thank all the users who contributed strats to the article, as well as special thanks to DragonAfterDark, whose strats I followed for 85% of the fights.

FYI the 4 Trainers I left untouched:
Kwint (duh)
Eddie Fixit
Fizzie Sparkwhistle
Ellie Vern
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Izeiy wrote on 12/14/2018

Finished this up as well tonight. I feel like I would rank it the easiest out of all of the Family meta achievements. Strategies are solid by Dragon. A few by others as well and a few I made as I went. I only used 51 bandages which is a huge success compared to the 281 I used on Argus. Great guide, here's to the next one.
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DragonAfterDark

wrote on 12/16/2018

Happy to help :)
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Daedrynn

wrote on 12/31/2018

DragonAfterDark: I also want to thank you. Some of the strats didn't work for me, and I made a few suggestions on some, but overall it was tremendously helpful. I really appreciate the incredible amount of time, patience, and work goes into this. Thanks so much for your efforts.
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DragonAfterDark

wrote on 12/31/2018

No problem. As for suggestions, I always appreciate when people help me streamline the strats. With most of these fights being RNG heavy, the choices are made based on what worked the majority of the time no matter what moves the enemy makes, and for as many breeds as possible.

I welcome people to improvise during strats if they can get other moves in, but if I haven't added them in, it's usually because I couldn't guarantee survival in using that move again across the majority of my iterations. Or if I use a specific move, like Dive, even if it does less damage, it's to avoid a specific attack from the enemy like a DoT. Or I don't use something to prolong the fight, like Shell Shield, because the next pet in the line will end the battle faster.

However, in no way do I think my strats are perfect, and I promise I do test out the suggestions. :)
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RockerChick#1288

wrote on 12/13/2018

They are repeatable as of 12/12/2018 and the tamer does NOT need their WQ active!
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Panseit

wrote on 12/13/2018

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suutar wrote on 12/12/2018

Looks like they went with the "repeatable but lousy xp" option. Surprising; I'd have thought they'd be happy to have a time sink like that. At least there's still pandaria/wod (unless they broke that...)
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Corgi

wrote on 12/13/2018

They haven't so far, but I find WoD tamers to be too time-consumptive for the return.
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Azrulian#1497

wrote on 12/13/2018

Ashlei in WoD will always be a solid tamer to hit on a daily basis due to the location close to the garrison and ease of fighting. Plus you can level 2 pets in 1 fight!
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Jezzibella wrote on 12/13/2018

I put low level alts stationed at each draenor battler equipped with several xp buffs so they dont have to fly somewhere when the buff runs out
this takes me about 20 minutes a day to swap to each toon and complete the battle they are already standing infront of
vesharr in spires being my favourite because there is an inn and mailbox right there for rested xp and easy restock of buffs
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Tom wrote on 11/13/2018

Am I missing something? I have Family Brawler not Battler and it asks you to win 10 pvp battles in each family.
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Remte

wrote on 11/13/2018

As said above, it's a feature of patch 8.1, which will arrive on December 11-12th.
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Kauz#1319

wrote on 11/11/2018

The Non-Trainer fights (Unbreakable, This Little Piggy, Jammer, Crawg, and Mind Controlling Plants) should be removed from this page, much like they were in Legion. They are not required for the achievement.
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DragonAfterDark

wrote on 11/12/2018

That makes me a little sad, especially since I think I finally found a critter strat that worked for Bloodtusk, heh.
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Killigraphy#2705

wrote on 01/06/2019

I agree, it would be fine!