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 Post subject: The Optimal Pet Loadout
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:27 pm 
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So with Antorus around the corner and the new expansion looming on the horizon, I've started to notice only a handful of pets are worth using these days.

I feel like I'm probably going to start something here by claiming these are the best possible pets to have, but endgame has finally caught up with me and I've realized some pets just don't hit the mark anymore, despite the bonds I've shared with them. I know that we here on the Petopia forums embrace all hunter pets and are far more casual about endgame than other forum communities (believe me, I'm still casual as ever, heck, I haven't even touched normal Legion raiding), but for those of you who are looking to maximize performance without sacrificing utility and/or taking Lone Wolf, here is - in my honest opinion - the optimal pet loadout:

- Spirit Beast (Tenacity): The gold standard for solo PvE, and only exotic pet you'll ever need, as other exotic pets and their abilities are far too gimmicky or situational. And as good as self-damage reduction is for tanky pets like turtles and shale spiders, Spirit Mend has far more utility to it and much more uptime.
- Nether Ray (Ferocity): Netherwinds is a must-have for group content. I've come across a lot of shamans and mages that don't pop Bloodlust/Heroism/Time Warp on boss fights very regularly so it also helps to pick up the slack when you can. I chose Nether Ray over Core Hound due to the fact that it's usable in all specs.
- Moth (Ferocity): Having a battle rez on-hand has saved me more times in dungeons than I can count, and I chose Moth over Crane since it's far less noisy. It's like I say, always have a contingency!
- Feathermane (Ferocity): With flying now available in the Broken Isles, you'd think slowfall would be useless now. But I've found it to be quite invaluable on Argus, when running old raid content, and in certain PvP situations.
- Carrion Bird (Cunning): Primarily for PvP. Originally I was going to put Spider in this slot for having a better slowing skill than its contemporaries, but then I realized Concussive Shot and Wing Clip already have a 100% uptime. Having a pet with Mortal Wounds also frees up a slot for Scorpid Sting/Spider Sting in PvP. I personally lean toward Carrion Bird instead of Scorpid or Riverbeast since it takes up more of your opponent's screen (barring the raven and young teroclaw models).

Let me know what you guys think!

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Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:46 pm 
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looks good, but I hope they go through and give useful abilities to all (or at least most) the families this time around.

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I dunno about leaving corehounds and quilen off if you are BM. It's true that the buff and the rez are the same, but that extra something from molten hide or stone armor is still an extra something.

That said, I second that hope that all pets will bring something to the table again in the next expansion

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I personally always run with a turtle or shale spider when questing in the new areas. Mainly so I can solo everything in large groups without having to pay much attention...lol. With last Stand active they have about 8m hp.


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For me it's basically:

Pet I like
Pet I like
Pet who I like who looks good with my transmog
Pet I like
Pet I like

Min/maxing my pets takes the fun customization aspect out of being a hunter for me.


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I generally run

Tank pet - turtle/shale spider
Corehound - incase I run into a group without heroism
Two fun pets
Empty slot for taming

They should all match my tmog which I switch weekly lol so I rotate my pets a lot.

I wish they'd create more tank families with a damage reduction shield and maybe a couple more that can bust out a hero:(


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Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:42 am 
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Lee wrote:
For me it's basically:

Pet I like
Pet I like
Pet who I like who looks good with my transmog
Pet I like
Pet I like


This is 1000% me! Luckily I don't raid or do much with others where my pet choices would become a topic for debate.


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Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:20 am 
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For me

Corehound for groups
Quilen for oops
My shoveltusk, because I love him. But sometimes something else. Like my perpetually unnamed clefthoof
Feathermane
Spirit beast

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These days I tend to keep Bloodlust/Brez/Spirit Mend pets with me and then alternate the other two slots with personal favourites. The spirit mend is honestly a bit negligible, especially in a raiding environment, it's not going to make much difference, but being able to bloodlust or rez someone is definitely a must-have.

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I very rarely will pick a pet for utility use alone, since I much prefer to use whatever pet I feel like it without being held back by each individual role. As a general rule of thumb, though, I only have two/three pets with me at one time, whom are:

Mormont, the bear, for tanking purposes
Felrius, the wolf, for more general use
Thalanos, the Dragonhawk, for pretty general use

It means that I have spare slots if I come across a pet I'd like to tame, so there's no worry as to whether I can or can't tame away. I do need to invest in a bloodlust/rez duo, but I've never really found a pet I like that (for Krys) that has stuck. If I was more into raiding, then I'd definitely need to fix that gap in my stable. My third slot is the one that changes the most, since it's my free ticket to picking a pet out of the stable, whichever one I'm feeling that day, and then using them. If I'm doing PvP that day, though, it'll be swapped out for my raven, who is useful for dealing with healers.

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Niabi wrote:
Lee wrote:
For me it's basically:

Pet I like
Pet I like
Pet who I like who looks good with my transmog
Pet I like
Pet I like


This is 1000% me! Luckily I don't raid or do much with others where my pet choices would become a topic for debate.


This would be me but I do raid, so I do have to make some compromises. So it's more like:

Pet I like that matches tmog
Pet I like that doesn't match tmog
Pet I like in tenacity spec
Spirit mend
Quilen rez

Thankfully if there's a specific function (i.e. bloodlust) my raid wants me to bring they have no problem summoning me back after I go fetch the appropriate pet from the stable.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:57 pm 
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I still wish they would let us pick the ability of our pets with BM getting an extra ability. With certain abilities not being able to be picked with each other of course (to prevent OP pets).

That way, people could use whatever pet they liked the most while still being able to have the "desired" abilities.

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