Environmental and Weather Condition Buffs/debuffs
Weather buffs generally last 5 or 9 rounds (unless replaced) and have a 5 turn cooldown. They have a 100% chance for the attack element to hit, but can be countered by abilities such as Dodge, Bubble or Submerge. Some benefit specific attack types, such as Arcane, for their duration. Can have either a beneficial or a detrimental affect on teams, depending on the passive abilities of their respective families.
Note that Elemental pets are not affected by the weather conditions.
During a sunny day, the maximum health of all pets is increased by 50%. and healing done is increased by 25%.
Use with caution as Sunny Day affects both teams passive abilities:
Buffs Beasts, Dragonkin and Mechanical and humanoids
Nerfs Flying and Magic pets
(There is a Good comment by sirinad on Wowhead about this).
Sunlight: A Solar Beam strikes all enemies, dealing Elemental damage and transforms the weather into a sunny day for 9 rounds.
Sunlight, an elemental attack, is best used against Mechanical pets and can be cast by the following :
Elemental: Terrible Turnip, Blossoming Ancient, Singing Sunflower, Venus, Arcane: Puddle Terror
Flying : Golden Dawnfeather, Firewing,
Dragonkin : Soul of the Aspects
Beast: Sunfur Panda
Illuminate: Deals Magic damage and transforms the weather into a sunny day for 9 rounds.
Illuminate, a magic attack, is best used again Flying pets and can only be cast by Enchanted, Festival and Lunar Lanterns. Note that this spell works against the Lanterns passive abilities!
During Darkness, all pets are considered Blinded and all healing received is reduced by 50%. Accuracy is reduced by 10%.
Some attacks strongly benefit from this, i.e. Light does double damage. (Cast by Lanterns)
Call Darkness A shadow falls across the battlefield, dealing Humanoid damage and turning the weather to Darkness for 5 rounds.
Best against dragon kin, worst again beast. Wowhead list a number of pets with this attack.
The following attacks benefit from Darkness and being Blinded:
Light (Deals double damage if the target is blinded)
Nocturnal Strike (100% chance to hit if the target is blinded, up from 50%)
Sneak Attack (Deals additional damage if the target is blinded)
Spectral Strike (Always hits if target is blinded, up from 50%)
Surge of Light (100% chance to stun, up from 25%)
Blinded can also be applied to a single target via :
Flash, Lens Flare and Spectral Spine (Magic Damage)
Blinding Poison (Beast damage. Also Poisons the target.)
During Moonlight, all pets receive 25% additional healing and Magic abilities deal 10% additional damage.
Starfall (Celestial Dragon only) Deals Dragonkin damage to all enemy pets, restores health to all allies and turns the weather into Moonlight for 9 rounds.
Moon Tears (Moon Moon and Moonshell Crab only) : Deals Magic damage to all enemy pets, restores health to all allies and turns the weather into Moonlight for 9 rounds.
Moonfire Deals Magic damage and turns the weather into Moonlight for 9 rounds.
The Moonfire abilities can be found on :
Beast : Xu-Fu
Dragonkin : Celestial Dragon, Emerald Whelpling, Nether Faerie Dragon and Sprite Darter Hatchling
Flying : Sentinel’s Companion
Humanoid : Moonkin Hatchling
Magic : Harmonious Porcupette and Trunks
Pets with the following spells also benefit:
Creeping Fungus (Undead attack. Deals additional damage in moonlight)
Spirit Claws (Beast attack. Hit chance 100% in moonlight. Up from 80%)
When Elekks Fly (This Magic attack goes first if the weather is Moonlight. Only usable by ‘Trunks’)
During Arcane Winds, pets cannot be stunned or rooted.
Deals Magic damage split between all enemies and warps the weather into Arcane Winds for 9 rounds. Does additional damage if Arcane Winds is already active. (3 Turn Cooldown, 100% Hit Chance)
Pets with this :
Elemental : Kirin Tor Familiar, Pandaren Air Spirit
Flying : Royal Peacock
Abilities that benefit with this are
Mana Surge and Psychic Blast : (Both do additional damage during arcane winds)
During a Lightning Storm, ALL pets deal bonus Mechanical damage on each attack and Mechanical abilities deal 25% additional damage.
Call Lightning : Deals Mechanical damage and causes a Lightning Storm for 5 rounds. (5 Turn Cooldown. 100% Hit Chance)
Needless to say, if you are battling against a Legendary beast(s), this can turn the tables. If your team includes beasts though, you just nerfed yourself.
Those that can call this storm include:
Dragonkin Hatchlings : Thundering Serpent, Wild Gold and Wild Jade
Elemental : Tiny Twister
Flying : Dragon Kite, Skywisp Moth
Mechanical : Sunreaver Micro-Sentry, Tranquil Mechanical Yeti
During Scorched Earth, all pets count as Burning.
Scorches the ground, dealing Dragonkin damage to target and Dragonkin damage to ALL active pets each round for 9 rounds. (3 Turn Cooldown, 100% Hit Chance)
The attack is great verses Magic opponents, while the addition burning can hammer Mechanicals.
Pets with this :
Dragonkin : Crimson, Onyxian and Wild Crimson Whelpling, Spawn of Onyxia
Elemental : Cinder Kitten, Fel Flame, Ominous Flame, Searing Scorchling, Spirit of Summer
Flying : Firewing, Sunfire Kaliri
Humanoid : Deathy, Murkablo
Magic : Abyssius
Similarly, there is :
Flamethrower : Turns the battlefield into a raging inferno, dealing Elemental damage. Fire continues to Burn the enemy dealing Elemental damage each round for 2 rounds.
So particularly nasty for Mechanicals
Pets with this :
Dragonkin : Proto-Drake Whelp, DragonHawk Hatchling (Blue, Golden, Silver and Red)
Elemental : Soul of the Forge, Pandaren Fire spirit, Hatespark the Tiny, Molten Corgi, Lil’ Ragaros, Blazing Cindercrawler
Humanoid : Corefire Imp, Fiendish Imp
Magic : Abyssius
Mechanical : Sky-bo
Immolate (16 pets, mostly Elemental) and Fel Immolate (Pocket Reaver, Sunreaver Micro-Sentry, Gusting Grimoire) cause burning and Elemental damage to a single target.
Flame Breath acts in the same way, but causes Dragonkin damage and burning.
Abilities that can greatly benefit from burning targets are :
Conflagrate (Causes additional Elemental damage)
Deep Burn (Double double damage if taret is burning)
During a Blizzard, all pets are considered Chilled.
Call Blizzard : Deals Elemental damage and causes a Blizzard for 9 rounds. Deals additional damage against targets already Chilled. 3 Turn Cooldown, 100% Hit Chance.
Don’t rate it myself, but useful against Mechanicals
Elementals with this : Only Tiny Snowman
Other pets with this :
Humanoid : Father Winter’s Helper, Rotten Little Helper and Winters’ Little Helper
Mechanical : Tranquil Mechanical Yeti
Undead : Frosty
These abilities are enhanced by the Chilled effect
Deep Freeze (Chance to stun increased from 25% to 100%)
Howling Blast (Additional damage to enemy team if they are affected)
Ice Lance (Additional damage to a Chilled target)
Chilled can also be caused by Frost Nova, Frost Shock and Slippery Ice.
During a cleansing rain, the duration of hostile damage over time effects is reduced by 1 round and Aquatic abilities deal 25% more damage.
Poisons the clouds with acid, dealing Aquatic damage to all enemies. The acid quickly disperses and calls down a cleansing rain for 9 rounds. 3 Turn Cooldown
Only castable by Droplet of Y’Shaarj, Crazy Carrot and Jademist Dancer. Combined with aquatic abilities and double damage from Howl or Blindness still is lethal against Elemental teams.
Cleansing Rain : Restores health to your team and calls down a cleansing rain for 9 rounds. 3 Turn Cooldown
Can be cast by a number of frogs, toads, carp, water skimmers and others. Wowhead list 30 available pets with this abilitity, mostly Aquatic, which it where you’d want it anyway.
Syd the Squid (Magic) and Lifelike Toad (Mechanical) also have it.
Muddy weather prevents any pet that enters the battlefield from swapping out for 3 rounds.
Calls down a mudslide, dealing Critter damage and causing muddy weather for 9 rounds.
Undecided about the usefulness of this, but included for completeness. I dare say there is the odd fight were if would be useful. Still, Howl plus Mudslide itself would do hefty damage to any Critter
Pets with this :
Beast : Mountain Panda, Sumprush Rodent
Elemental : Pandaren Earth Spirit, Skunky Alemental