If Treasure Maps had a slight chance of awarding Pet Food upon completion, I think there would be a LOT less complaints that Treasure Maps are useless.
As someone who works hard for their Pet Food and has a respect for Pet catching, I understand that Pet Food is a hot/rare commodity, so I wouldn’t expect EVERY Treasure Map to give Pet Food, but with a low chance of it, that would be a fair incentive to do a few every day, especially with the increasing amount of Pets being obtained and collected.
I think it would be fair to have a chance at a drop from red chests, possibly green at a substantially lower value.
As pets grow higher in level, so too does the amount of food that is needed in order to level it up, so while it may seem like this could be an easy spam for leveling pets, I would think that it would balance out quite quickly, especially considering the fact that you need to ascend the pets first before you can raise their levels.
The consistency of acquiring Pet Food from Treasure Maps could be something equivalent to or even less than that of Gems. I feel there is a reasonable percentage chance value in there somewhere, but I sadly am unable to identify that sweet-spot, however, I believe it is something that could alleviate the mountains of Treasure Maps for us late to end game players.
Any thoughts or improvements?
EDIT: It could be introduced as an Event, “This week only - Pet Food as potential reward for completing Treasure Maps.”