Unusual Hunter Pets

For the hunters among us, I have a question about hunter pets. What are the most interesting pets that you’ve ever had – and why?

My favourite so far has been a black armoured boar from Razorfen Kraul. They are fairly rare at high levels on Aggramar, but when I transferred that character to Moonglade, I was quite dismayed to find out that everyone and his damned brother had one. Hmmph. Anyway, he is pure tank, has a unique skin, eats almost everything, and although he doesn’t do a huge amount of damage on his own, he can hold almost anything so that I can attack from range. His name is Ennui. (Boar-dom? Well, it amuses me.)

There is one very unique pet that you may not have realised that you can now tame…the Ghost Saber.

This is the spawn that you can get from opening cat figurines in the Ruins of Mathrystra. (You have to open a lot of cat figurines, so allow a lot of time to try to get this one to spawn.) The Ghost Saber is permanently semi-transparent, a lovely ghostly cat. It is best to get one when you are close to level 20, however; I tamed mine at level 51 and couldn’t get it to level – so I keep it as a vanity pet. There is also an interesting bug where it occasionally drops dead for no apparent reason.

What are your favourite pets, and why?

10 Comments so far

  1. veronica (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    Ah! You’ve done my homework for me. I was just thinking as I drifted off to sleep last night (that sounds weird, but it’s true) that it’s high time I look for a more interesting pet than old Snoozer the Shadowmaw Panther.

    At 51, a lot more areas are open to me than when I was 38 and in STV. I’m going to start checking the Beastiary on Allakhazam for rare mobs too. And, you know, checking back here to see what people say!

  2. Jbob (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 10:09 am

    I finally took the time this week to grab a ZG bat and a LBRS worg. I know, not origial, but fun to solo.

    Now I just have to work on their loyalty levels – what a pain.

  3. Andrea (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

    I can only recommend Petopia, the best pet website I know. I haven’t played a hunter for a long time, but all the pets there make me sigh and swoon a bit and vow to start playing a hunter again, sometime soon. :)

    That website lists some fabulous pets and where to grab higher level skills for your current pets. Very helpful!

  4. Kamryne (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 12:40 pm

    Good suggestion, I just got one. Only took 10 figurines, too.

  5. Miztress (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 6:54 am

    Sian Rhotam – nice and unusual pet – lvl 58 elite – can only be spawned by horde doing a quest that starts in Everlook. So – as an alliance hunter, I got a horde friend to start the quest – the female lion is spawned that you need to kill, but once you attack her, her boyfriend turns up – and though it took 3 tries to tame him (kept breaking the ice traps) he was well worth the effort…

  6. Jonas M Luster (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 8:15 am

    I had a Ghost Saber for the longest time, leveling him to 60 by my side in MC and ZG, but he’s gone, now. His 2.0 attack speed was tempting for Prowl attacks, but turns out it’s not that much more of a DPS boost in the beginning and doesn’t do what I want cats for, most, interrupt casts.

    Right now, I am juggling three pets and won’t have space to tame another one, so I guess those three will be it –

    a Bloodaxe Worg for Bite 8 and Furious Howl from Blackrock Spire. I am very proud of this one, being I tamed it solo in LBRS (the pat behind Urok) and spent a good amount of time, repair bills, consumables, and trying on it. It’s also my bread and butter raiding pet, in that he stands next to me and has Furious Howl keyed to Multishot (same cooldown).

    a Frostsaber Pride Watcher for her unusual color and mob model (the Pride Watchers use the Night Elf mount model, not the usual cat model). This one is my PvP pet, does decent damage and has a 1.5 speed, which isn’t the fastest but a good tradeoff between speed and prowl attack damage.

    and a Bloodseeker Bat, which I solo tamed as well. Since I had some YouTube video loving, here, and knew where to go, I am not as proud for taming it, but still… 1.0 attack speed and a screech debuff. I am not quite sure what to do with it, yet, being it’s still Loyalty Level 5 and huge, but I might use it instead of the Saber for PvP at one point.

  7. Ravven (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 8:27 am

    Jonas, my personal pet peeve (pet, haha) is Bloodseeker Bats in raids. lol…we have a hunter who has one, and everyone hates it because you can’t see a thing past it. God, if I could accidentally shadowbolt the damn thing, I would in a heartbeat. ;)

  8. Jonas M Luster (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 8:36 am

    Actually, my personal pet peeve is pets in raids at all. They don’t usually provide enough DPS and don’t have enough skills and survivability to make a positive impact, and the lack of control makes it much harder for a RL and the camp to work on a cohesive strategy.

    In my runs we allow passive wolves for the buff, but that’s it. Same for Warlocks. Even though I am 19/32/0, I don’t take my felpup out until Domo where I park him all the way in the back for Soul Link, but not as a fighting pet. Other than that, we’re all Imped if possible, with one SM/DS Warlock saccing a Felpup for the mana regen (Fel Stamina counts as healing aggro, so that’s verboten, too).

    My real personal pet peeve are players with non-combat pets in Raids, though :). It’s not enough to eye 40 players running back and forth from the Horsemen, now I have to also look at five to ten cure cuddly kittens or pigs or rats or Diablos.

  9. Shannon (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 11:59 am

    Taming the LBRS worg was quite an experience for me too, although I duo’d it with another hunter. Still a lot of fun.

    I’m a big fan of owls, because they’re not insanely huge and you still get the screech debuff. Personally, I think owls hold aggro better than any pet out there for NON-BM specced hunters; if you’re BM you could have a pet rock and still not pull aggro off it for the most part.

    Bats are just too big for PvE, and I almost exploded on a hunter that brought one of them to ZG the other night; I spent a lot of time AoEing that I shouldn’t have on my way to the bat boss because I thought there were still bats up. However… this is what makes them awesome in PvP, you can’t see shit around them. :D

    In 5/10 mans, pet DPS is actually worth having them out, especially if you’re running with a BM hunter. Anything higher and a) it’s not worth the risk and b) why are you specced BM? ;)

  10. Will (unregistered) on October 4th, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    I’ve always been tempted to go back and tame King Whatisname in STV, the white tiger guy, but have never actually done it. In fact, I’m a terrible hunter because I still continue to use my very first pet more than any other. She’s a boar named Boar, who I tamed in Dun Morogh and has saved my life a million times. Boars make stellar pets, in my opinion. Their damage output is good, their aggro is good, their diet is very flexible and their durability is outstanding. Highly recommended.

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