World Of Warcraft: Dragonflight - How To Defeat Arcantus In Pet Battles (2024)

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World of Warcraft: Dragonflight comes packed with another round of difficult Battle Pet challenges, featuring more high-level trainers and Elite wild battle pets for you to take on. Avid collectors may have built up an impressive collection by this point in the game's life cycle, but if you're a newer pet battler, you may find that these enemies are a bit tough for your average team to defeat.

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Luckily, with the right team and strategy, you'll be able to take on Arcantus. This guide will teach you all about the Arcantus battle pet, including where to find him, the best strategies for defeating him, and how you can effectively bring him down using all pet families.

Where To Find Arcantus

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Arcantus is an Elite Magic battle pet that can be found at 40, 59 in The Azure Span zone. You will have to beat him to fully complete the Battle of the Dragon Isles achievement.

He is also a prerequisite for the ten Family Battler of the Dragon Isles achievements, which require you to take him down while featuring a team of only one type.

Both of these achievements require you to use a full team of level 25 Battle Pets. You should also use Rare quality pets in your battles.

Being an Elite battle pet, this is easier said than done, as he possesses a couple of powerful passive abilities to frustrate your team.

  • All damage Elite battle pets take is reduced by 50 percent
  • Elite battle pets cannot take more than 35 percent of their health in damage from a single attack

These abilities mean that traditional strategies will not work as effectively, and you may have to get creative with your team compositions to defeat him.

Arcantus's three moves are as follows:

1. Psychic Blast: Magic move that deals damage to your active pet plus extra if the weather is Arcane Winds. (One round cooldown)

2. Mana Surge: Three-round Magic move that deals damage to your active pet, plus extra if the weather is currently set to Arcane Winds. (Three-round cooldown)

3. Psionic Storm: Magic move that deals damage split between your whole team and turns the weather to Arcane Winds for nine turns. (Five-round cooldown)

This guide will recommend reliable strategies using easy-to-acquire pets. Multiple options may be faster for defeating Arcantus, but involve rarepets or using specificBreeds.

Best Overall Team For Battling Arcantus

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As you can see from his toolkit, Arcantus relies on keeping up the Arcane Winds weather effect to deal bonus damage to your pets. This makes pets that can alter the current weather extremely effective against him, as you can reduce his damage output.

All three of his moves are Magic, so Mechanical pets will have a much easier time tanking his damage.

The easiest strategy for beating Arcantus relies on using one specific pet: the Timeless Mechanical Dragonling. This can effectively solo him, leaving your other two slots completely free.

Pet Name

Pet Type

How To Acquire

Ability One

Ability Two

Ability Three

Timeless Mechanical Dragonling

Mechanical

Auction House / Historian Ma'di (Tanaris)

Flame Breath

Razor Talons

Decoy

Your battle sequence will look like this:

Turn

Move

One

Flame Breath

Two

Decoy

Three

Razor Talons

Four (repeat)

Flame Breath

An extremely simple and reliable strategy, the pet can only be bought from the Tanaris time-walking vendor during the two weeks of the anniversary event but is regularly available at the Auction House for an extremely low price.

Best Aquatic Team For Battling Arcantus

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Aquatic pets are decently versatile, and several strategies can beat Arcantus, including Crab turtling and an Aqua Strider solo. However, when it comes to powerhouse Aquatics, the Chitterspine Skitterling is a very popular choice, and the classic combo of Black Claw and a multi-hit move such as Swarm is your go-to for Elite pet battling. Use two of them for Arcantus, leaving your third slot open for any Aquatic pet.

Pet Name

Pet Type

How To Acquire

Ability One

Ability Two

Ability Three

Chitterspine Skitterling x2

Aquatic

Nazjatar (Wild)

Any

Black Claw

Swarm

Follow this battle sequence:

Turn

Move

One

Black Claw

Two - Four

Swarm

Five

Black Claw

Six - Eight

Swarm

Nine

Any move from your third pet

Best Beast Team For Battling Arcantus

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Beast battle pets are known for their strong offensive power, dealing extra damage when below half health. This strategy uses some of the best PvE pets in the game by stacking multiple Zandalari raptors to wear down Arcantus.

While he is not susceptible to big single moves, this multi-hit damage strategy is highly effective, even allowing you to use any max-level Beast-type pet in your final slot.

Pet Name

Pet Type

How To Acquire

Ability One

Ability Two

Ability Three

Zandalari Anklerender

Beast

Zandalari Dinomancer (Isle of Giants)/ Auction House

Hunting Party

Any

Black Claw

Zandalari Kneebiter

Beast

Zandalari Dinomancer (Isle of Giants)/ Auction House

Hunting Party

Any

Any

Follow this battle sequence:

Turn

Move

One

Black Claw

Two - Three

Hunting Party

Four - Five

Hunting Party

Six

Any Attack

Any of the Zandalari raptor pets will do, as long as they haveBlack Claw and Hunting Party. You can even stack three Anklerenders to get the job done.

Best Critter Team For Battling Arcantus

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Critters are one of the most difficult pet types to strategise with. Many of their pets deal low damage and rely on certain cheese strategies to achieve success against Elite battle pets.

Fortunately, Arcantus is not a particularly powerful Elite, and you can use some easy-to-acquire Critters to bring him down. Rabbits are always useful as an alternative strategy but can take a long time to win due to relying on dodging.

Pet Name

Pet Type

How To Acquire

Ability One

Ability Two

Ability Three

Black Lamb

Critter

Elwynn Forest (Wild)

Chew

Any

Stampede

Spinemaw Gormling

Critter

Mists of Tirna Scythe/ Auction House

Swarm

Corrosion

Buuurp!

Follow this battle sequence:

Turn

Move

One

Chew

Two

Stampede

Three

Black Lamb dies

Four

Corrosion

Five

Buuurp!

Six

Swarm

Seven

Any Attack

Black Lamb can be substituted for the Elwynn Lamb, purchasable from Corporal Arthur Flew at the Argent Tournament Grounds in Icecrown.

Best Dragonkin Team For Battling Arcantus

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Dragonkin have an easy time against Arcantus, as he is a Magic type and will take extra damage from Dragonkin moves. This means you only have to run two specific pets to deal with him, leaving your last slot open. Many combinations of Dragonkin will work just as well, so don't worry if you can't get hold of the recommended ones.

Pet Name

Pet Type

How To Acquire

Ability One

Ability Two

Ability Three

Nether Faerie Dragon

Dragonkin

Feralas (Wild)

Arcane Blast

Life Exchange

Any

Chrominius

Dragonkin

Chromaggus (Blackwing Lair)/ Auction House

Any

Howl

Surge of Power

Follow this battle sequence:

Turn

Move

One

Arcane Blast

Two

Arcane Blast

Three

Arcane Blast

Four

Life Exchange

Five

Arcane Blast

Six

Howl

Seven

Surge of Power

Nether Faerie Dragon can be substituted for the Sprite Darter Hatchling, which can be found as a rare drop in Feralas, or purchased from the Auction House

Best Elemental Team For Battling Arcantus

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Elemental pets ignore any negative weather effects but will still take the increased damage from Arcantus' abilities while Arcane Winds is active. There are a few choices to try out in dealing with him, but particular priority goes to pets with the Scorched Earth move, which allows you to change the weather and reduce his damage output.

Fel Flame is an excellent solo choice but is not always reliable, so the following two pets are preferred to guarantee a win every time, letting you use any Elemental in the final slot.

Pet Name

Pet Type

How To Acquire

Ability One

Ability Two

Ability Three

Unstable Tendril

Elemental

Madness of Deathwing (Dragon Soul)

Deep Burn

Scorched Earth

Elementium Bolt

Corrupted Blood

Elemental

Madness of Deathwing (Dragon Soul)

Any

Scorched Earth

Explode

Follow this battle sequence:

Turn

Move

One

Scorched Earth

Two

Elementium Bolt

Three

Swap to Corrupted Blood

Four

Scorched Earth

Five

Explode

Six

Scorched Earth

Seven

Deep Burn

Best Flying Team For Battling Arcantus

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On paper, Flying types struggle against Arcantus due to his Magic abilities dealing extra damage against them. However, you will regularly be able to outspeed him, which allows you to set up for some strong burst damage finishers.

Many Flying types blend into one, sharing a limited pool, so some of these recommendations are very flexible. However, Ikky has been one of the most popular PvE pets ever since Warlords of Draenor and is always worth collecting if you are starting on your pet adventures.

Pet Name

Pet Type

How To Acquire

Ability One

Ability Two

Ability Three

Ikky

Flying

Spires of Arak/ Auction House

Any

Black Claw

Flock

Shadefeather Hatchling

Flying

Island Expeditions/ Auction House

Any

Call Darkness

Nocturnal Strike

Twilight Wasp

Flying

Frostfire Ridge, Gorgrond (Wild)

Any

Predatory Strike

Any

Follow this battle sequence:

Turn

Move

One

Black Claw

Two - Four

Flock

Five

Call Darkness

Six

Nocturnal Strike

Seven

Predatory Strike

Best Humanoid Team For Battling Arcantus

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Humanoid pets are inherently durable, healing after dealing damage in a turn. This means you can get away with only using two specific ones against Arcantus.

Corefire Imp is a staple in many Humanoid teams, as his moves allow you to set up ticking damage before switching him to the back line and allowing him to heal back to full health. Squirky will easily be able to block damage with his Bubble, and the Stampede ability allows you to take advantage of the Wild Magic debuff left by the Imp.

Pet Name

Pet Type

How To Acquire

Ability One

Ability Two

Ability Three

Corefire Imp

Humanoid

Molten Core/ Auction House

Burn

Immolation

Wild Magic

Squirky

Humanoid

The Great Sea (Wild)

Punch

Stampede

Bubble

Follow this battle sequence:

Turn

Move

One

Immolation

Two

Wild Magic

Three

Switch to Squirky

Four

Bubble

Five - Seven

Stampede

Eight

Punch

Best Magic Team For Battling Arcantus

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Magic-type battle pets often rely on big burst damage to defeat the opposition but also have access to some of the strongest overall pets in the game. Anomalus is a multiplayer staple and does excellently against Arcantus, racking up strong damage over time. Arcantus will not cleanse himself of any debuffs, so this strategy is very reliable, leaving your third pet slot free.

Pet Name

Pet Type

How To Acquire

Ability One

Ability Two

Ability Three

Anomalus

Magic

Horrific Visions/ Auction House

Corrosion

Toxic Fumes

Contagion Strike

Eldritch Manafiend

Magic

Azsuna (Wild)

Arcane Blast

Surge of Power

Arcane Storm

Follow this battle sequence:

Turn

Move

One

Corrosion

Two

Toxic Fumes

Three

Contagion Strike

Four

Corrosion

Five

Arcane Storm

Six

Surge of Power

Seven

Arcane Blast

Best Mechanical Team For Battling Arcantus

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While you could just use the Timeless Mechanical Dragonling plus two other Mechanicals, there are multiple alternative strategies, with the Mechanical family having a strong variety of powerful pets. Arcantus' burst damage reduction passive prevents any classic massive Ion Cannon shenanigans, but you should be able to pick up some very strong Mechanicals pets for cheap on the Auction House.

Pet Name

Pet Type

How To Acquire

Ability One

Ability Two

Ability Three

Darkmoon Zeppelin

Mechanical

Darkmoon Faire/ Auction House

Flyby

Explode

Any

Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling

Mechanical

Engineering/ Auction House

Breath

Thunderbolt

Explode

Tranquil Mechanical Yeti

Mechanical

Engineering/ Auction House

Metal Fist

Any

Ion Cannon

Tranquil Mechanical Yeti can be replaced with Draenei Micro Defender, bought from Vindicator Nuurem with Council of Exarchs reputation.

Follow this battle sequence:

Turn

Move

One

Flyby

Two

Explode

Three

Breath

Four

Breath

Five

Thunderbolt

Six

Explode

Seven

Metal Fist

Eight

Ion Cannon

Best Undead Team For Battling Arcantus

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Undead pets mainly rely on chip damage to wear their opponents down, but you are also able to utilise some Dragonkin-type moves to deal super effective damage to Arcantus. This Flame Breath strategy is safe and reliable and leaves your third pet slot open.

Pet Name

Pet Type

How To Acquire

Ability One

Ability Two

Ability Three

Ghostly Whelpling

Undead

Island Expeditions/ Auction House

Flame Breath

Scorched Earth

Any

Voodoo Figurine

Undead

Archaeology/ Auction House

Flame Breath

Wild Magic

Any

Follow this battle sequence:

Turn

Move

One

Flame Breath

Two

Scorched Earth

Three

Switch to Voodoo Figurine

Four

Wild Magic

Five+

Flame Breath

The Voodoo Figurine can be replaced with the Sen'jin Fetish or Fetish Shaman pets, although both are arguably more difficult to acquire.

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