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In this first-hand account of getting started with Pet Battles in Mists of Pandaria, he captures plenty of new pets in just the Stormwind/Elwynn Forest area:

  • Stormwind Rat
  • Fawn
  • Squirrel
  • Small Frog
  • Black Lamb

That seems a huge number. Is there a limit on pets in Mists? How many pets are there now in total? Pre-Mists I believe the number was around 180-200.

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The number of pets has indeed exploded with Mists of Pandaria and the introduction of pet battles. There is still a limit because there is still a finite list of pets added to the game, ie. there is no dynamic generation of pets, all the new ones are in-game as critters/etc. I can't find a number easily in game despite the new interface which lists all pets including the ones you don't have yet, however Wowhead has the number pegged at 662 and there are achievements all the way to 400 pets collected currently in game.

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You're forgetting, however, that Pets != Battle pets. I.e., Kites aren't battle pets. –  Raven Dreamer Aug 4 '12 at 3:02
    
@RavenDreamer: I was hoping there'd be a number in the ingame interface, but sadly not. That listing seems to include non-battle pets also however, for instance Argent Gruntling isn't available for pet battles but is near the top of that list so I believe it's a pretty accurate number. Either way, it's a decent minimum number as almost all pets can be used as battle pets. –  Matthew Scharley Aug 4 '12 at 3:07
    
I was actually interested in pets, not battle pets (the "battle" was not edited in by me), though obviously the majority of new pets will be battle pets. –  dlanod Aug 4 '12 at 9:38
    
@dlanod: I wouldn't take take it as a given, but the 662 number seems to be a pretty good starting point. That's a minimum, and there seems to be many non-battle pets in that list so it may well be an accurate count of all companion pets as of right now. –  Matthew Scharley Aug 4 '12 at 10:37
    
Now you can have up to 1000 pets –  user57390 Oct 16 '13 at 18:53
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As Matthew says, 662 pets is most likely correct for the total number of pets in Mists of Pandaria.

However it looks like there is a limit on the number of pets - specifically you will be limited to 500, as captured on the beta, so you can no longer capture every pet in the game.

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500 is still a lot of pets! –  kalina Aug 8 '12 at 14:11
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