There was a recent announcement that they would, or could, be adding epic pets next expansion. Currently the highest we can make out pets is rare. There will be new epic pets in the world, presumably the new continent, and new stones you can buy that can make older pets epic.
I will admit I have not been into pet battles like I used to be. At one point I was top 100 in the world in terms of pets, in terms of pets of quality, and in terms of pets leveled. I was also one of the first (to my knowledge following achievement sites) to get the 5000 pet battle achievements.
But the sad part, and mostly why I stopped being into it so much, was when my computer died some time back and I lost everything which meant I also lost the data saved for my addons. This meant I lost all the teams I had made. And I had one made for each and every single battle to make going from tamer to tamer so much easier.
So when I got my new computer I had no teams saved because blizzard in their infinite wisdom by default only allows for one team at a time. I honestly do not know how anyone lives without an addon to have as many teams as they want I understand even less why blizzard has not added that as a standard feature yet. I wish they would add an unlimited team options instead of epic pets, if you ask me at least.
Because of that I have not been into pet battling that much this expansion. I do have all the new pets, I do have nearly all the pets I own not only rare but leveled, and while I have not taken advantage of getting tons of charms to sock up on stones I have managed to get a nice little pile of them and all the toys, of course.
So I have earned my pet battle stripes, even if they are a little old and not really put to use much any more. So with that all said I believe that my opinion should hold some weight on the matter. It is not like I was never "into" pet battling. It is not like I have "so much" work to do to catch up as everything is already maxed. It is not like I have no intention to ever pet battle again, I do, and I believe some day I might get back into it as much as I was before.
With all that said...
I DO NOT want to see epic pets added to the game.
It is only my personal opinion, but it is the opinion of someone that likes the mini game of pet battling. Who has hunted down rare pets. Who has leveled well over 1000 of them to 25 for myself and for friends.
One of the reasons I like pet battling is because it has an end. I like knowing that I did everything I wanted to. I have everything there is to collect. I like that there is a set ending line. It makes for the perfect mini game. A mini game, as I consider pet battling, should not have "progression" like raiding does. It should not have us level up every expansion or increase gear with every patch. That is why I have liked it so much. Pet battling is what pet battling is. Nothing more.
Having us have to boost our pets to get them to max once again, by adding an epic version, just makes more work for something I was done with. If my Lurky is rare and 25 than guess what, my Lurky is done and so are the other 999 pets he hangs out with on a daily basis in whatever mansion sized pet house they all exist in that I have never seen and am pretty damn happy I do not have to clean up with all those pets living there.
I do not like having to level all my characters each expansion, but I do it. There are only so many of them. But there are hundreds, even a thousand (or more for some) pets out there. I do not want to have to gather enough stones to make 1000 pets I worked to make rare into epic now, basically doing the same work I already did a second time. Hell no blizzard, I did all that work already, I do not want to do it again. And if they lose levels when you increase their rarity when they are over a certain level, which they most likely will do, that means I need to also level those hundreds and possibly thousand pets again. Hell no blizzard. I was done, they were 25, leave it be. This is a mini game, this is not the next expansion for them. This is not a regearing up process for them. Pets are what they are, let them be.
So I will repeat, I DO NOT want to see epic pets added to the game. Hell no.
I know I am in the minority here, but I just do not want to have to level all my pets again and I do not want to have to increase the rarity of a thousand pets. It just seems like way to much work for a mini game. Thanks but not thanks blizzard. I'll pass.