Pets - The Hunter's Best Friend

Pets - The Hunter's Best Friend

Alright, since there's a good Hunter Leveling Guide on the site, I'm going to try to tackle the Hunter's Best Friend.


Table of Contents

  1. Talent Trees
  2. Pet Families
  3. Taming the Savage Beast
  4. Training Your Pet
  5. Stables
  6. Resources
  7. Beast Mastery
  8. Survival / Marksmanship
  9. My Opinion
  10. Stable Masters
  11. Pet Trainers

Talent Trees


There are three Talent Trees for you to choose from Tenacity, Ferocity, and Cunning. Tenacity pets are mostly used as tanks, Ferocity pets are mostly used as DPS, and Cunning is sort of a combination between the two and is mostly used in PVP. That's said, there are really enough talents in all the trees to customize your pet to your unique play style.

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Pet Families
Tenacity:

Bears, Boars, Crabs, Crocolisks, Gorillas, Rhinos*, Scorpids, Turtles, Warp Stalkers, Worms*

Ferocity:

Carrion Birds, Cats, Core Hounds*, Devilsaurs*, Hyenas, Moths, Raptors, Spirit Beasts*, Tallstriders, Wasps, Wolves,

Cunning:

Bats, Birds of Prey, Chimaeras*, Dragonhawks, Nether Rays, Ravagers, Serpents, Silithids*, Spiders, Spore Bats, Wind Serpents
(Pet Families denoted with a * are Exotic Pets and can only be tamed if you take the final talent in the Beast Mastery Tree)

All of the Pet Families have their own unique talents that can also affect your choice. (ex. Bears can Swipe, Cats can Prowl, Spiders shoot Webs)

While you are leveling, you may also want to consider what your pet can eat. (You loot a lot of meat in all zones, but fungus is harder to come by for free)

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Taming the Savage Beast
You can only tame creatures that are labeled as Beasts! Some creatures which look like Beasts are not! (ex. The Hellboars in Hellfire Peninsula are Demons, not Beasts, even though they look like Boars.)

There are also Beasts you can't tame.

Non-Tamable Beasts
Basilisks, Clefthoofs, Diemetradons, Elekks, Frenzys, Giraffes, Ghost Wolves, Gryphons, Hippogryphs, Hydras, Kodos, Krakens, Mana Wyrms, Orcas, Pterrordax, Rams, Sharks, Spirit Wolves, Spore Walkers, Stags, Stegodons, Talbuks, Threshadons, Thunder Lizards, Wyverns, Zhevras

The first thing you need to do is get the quest chain from the Hunter Trainer in YOUR RACE'S starting area to learn the spell Tame Beats at level 10. Tame Beats is a channeled spell and you can't do anything while channeling or you will fail your attempt.

Until level 20, the best idea is to pick a beast a couple levels below you in a nice clear area, use Concussive Shot from max range, cast Tame Beats, and pray you don't die.

At level 20, you get Freezing Trap, so your rotation becomes something like: Concussive Shot from max range, Freezing Trap, Tame Beats. You may still get hit, but it won't be much.

Any beats tamed will automatically be within 5 levels of your level (ex. level 80 Hunter tames a level 1 Spider, the pet is now level 75), so go get anything you want, but you can't tame beasts that are higher level than you.

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Training Your Pet
Training your Pet is easy. Open your Talent window (N key) when your pet is out, on the side there is a tab with a picture of your Pet on it. Open it and if your Pet has any new points, place them in the skill you want.

Your pet will get its first Talent Point at level 20 (the pet's level, not yours) and every 4 levels after that, for a total of 16 Points, unless you go all the way down the Beast Mastery Tree, then you will get 4 Bonus Points for a total of 20 Points.

There are NPCs called Pet Trainers, but all they do is allow you to respec your Pet's Talents. A list of these Trainers is at the end.

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Stables
You can keep up to 4 Pets in Stables located all over the world. They are just like banks, so you can go to any Stable Master and access your pets. Also like banks, you have to buy new slots.

Slot 1 = 5 silver
Slot 2 = 5 gold
Slot 3 = 50 gold
Slot 4 = 150 gold
Total = 205 gold, 5 silver

The Stable Slots are in addition to your active pet, so you can have a total of 5 pets.

While in the Stables, your pets will not level, but when you take them out they will automatically be only 5 levels below you, so they can be useful immediately (don't forget to update their Talent Points).

At level 80 you learn a spell that allows you to call a pet from the Stable without visiting the Stable Master. There is a list of Stable Masters at the end.

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Resources

Obviously, all the the links on this page are from Wowhead, so look there. Another great site for Pets is Petopia. There you will find all the details to pick the perfect Pet(s) for you. Other than that, just search the web, there are tons of Hunter sites out there, I'm sure you can find one you like.

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Beast Mastery (20 Points)

I'm going to cover the Talent Trees for Beast Mastery first, since the leveling guide puts you in that tree.


Tenacity:
While there are talents that can increase DPS in this tree, you'll do better to make these Pets into Tanks. With this build you should be able to Main Tank any Normal 5-man Dungeon, and Off-Tank 5-man Heroics and some 10 / 25-man Raids.

Levels 20, 24, 28, 32: 3 points Great Stamina, 1 point Charge
Stamina is always good. Charge gets you to the mob faster. Take these Talents in any order you want.

Levels 36, 40: 2 points Blood of the Rhino
More Stamina plus healing works better, sign me up.

Level 44: 1 point Thunderstomp
We got here as fast as we could. This gives you AoE Tanking.

Levels 48, 52: 2 points Natural Armor
Back up top for Armor.

Levels 56: 1 point Pet Barding
Armor and Dodge, can't go wrong.

4 Bonus Points: 1 point Pet Barding, 1 point Guard Dog, 2 points Grace of the Mantis
You'll get these points before your Pet hits 60. More Armor, Dodge, Threat, and reduced melee crit.

Level 60: 1 point Guard Dog
You can switch this up with Grace of the Mantis, in the last step, if you want.

Level 64: 1 point Taunt
This could pull that pesky mob off you or your buddy.

Level 68: 1 point Roar of Sacrifice
Really just to open up Wild Hunt, but can keep someone alive until they can get healed.

Levels 72, 76: 2 points Wild Hunt
Boost from your Stamina and Attack Power, no brainer right.

Level 80: 1 point Culling the Herd
More damage for you and your pet after Focus Dump crit.

At 80, you may choose to respec your pet and remove the 1 point from Charge and put it on Culling the Herd.

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Ferocity:

This build should put you near the top of the DPS chart.

Levels 20, 24, 28: 2 points Cobra Reflexes, 1 point Dash
Increased attack speed, overall you will do more damage. Dash will get you to the fight faster, but is really a placeholder. If you want to take something else in the first level, do it.

Levels 32, 36, 40: 3 points Spiked Collar
More Damage, need I say more.

Levels 44, 48: 2 points Bloodthirsty
The Healing will keep your pet alive longer.

Level 52: 1 point Culling the Herd
More damage after Focus Dump crit.

Level 56: 1 point Heart of the Phoenix
Free rez to full health, take it.

4 Bonus Points: 1 point Culling the Herd, 3 points Spider's Bite
Damage after Focus Dump crit and increased crit chance.

Level 60: 1 point Culling the Herd
Last one.

Level 64: 1 point Rabid
Stackable Attack Power increase.

Levels 68, 72: 2 points Shark Attack
More Damage.

Level 76: 1 point Call of the Wild
Increased Attack Power for you and your Pet, who can say no to that.

Level 80: 1 point Wild Hunt
Boost from your Stamina and Attack Power, no brainer right.

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Cunning:

This is basically a PVP build. It's fairly balanced between damage mitigation and DPS, with a few things thrown in to make sure your pet annoys your enemy as much as possible.

Level 20: 1 point Dash
Chase down enemy.

Levels 24, 28: 2 points Natural Armor
Increased Armor. You could put these points in Stamina if you prefer.

Levels 32, 36, 40: 3 points Spiked Collar
Damage, damage, damage

Level 44: 1 point Mobility
This makes Dash have no cooldown.

Levels 48, 52, 56: 3 points Culling the Herd
More Damage after Focus Dump crit.

4 Bonus Points: 2 points Lionhearted, 1 point Wolverine Bite, 1 point Grace of the Mantis
Less Stun and Fear, an attack that can't be stopped after a crit, reduced melee crit.

Level 60: 1 point Grace of the Mantis
Last point here, opens up Roar of Sacrifice.

Levels 64, 68: 2 points Wild Hunt
Stamina and Attack Power.

Levels 72, 76, 80: 2 points Feeding Frenzy, 1 point Roar of Sacrifice
Finish the enemy fast. In a pinch, Roar can save you or your buddy. Put these points in any order you want.

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Survival / Marksmanship (16 Points)

Since you have 4 less points, there are some slight differences in these builds, but they are basically the same. For notes on the abilities, see the Beast Mastery section.


Tenacity:

Levels 20, 24, 28: 3 points Great Stamina

Levels 32, 36: 2 points Blood of the Rhino

Level 40: 1 point Natural Armor

Level 44: 1 point Thunderstomp

Levels 48: 1 point Natural Armor

Levels 52, 56: 2 points Pet Barding

Levels 60, 64: 2 points Guard Dog

Level 68, 72: 2 points Grace of the Mantis

Levels 74, 80: 2 points Culling the Herd

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Ferocity:

Levels 20, 24, 28: 2 points Cobra Reflexes, 1 point Dash

Levels 32, 36, 40: 3 points Spiked Collar

Levels 44: 1 point Bloodthirsty

Level 48, 52, 56: 3 points Culling the Herd

Levels 60, 64, 68: 3 points Spider's Bite

Level 72: 1 point Rabid

Level 76: 1 point Call of the Wild

Level 80: 1 point Shark Attack

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Cunning:

Level 20: 1 point Dash

Levels 24, 28: 2 points Natural Armor

Levels 32, 36, 40: 3 points Spiked Collar

Level 44, 48: 2 points: Mobility
You need 2 points here in this build to get rid of the cooldown for Dash, since you don't have Longevity. If that's not important to you, put 1 point any where you like.

Levels 52, 56, 60: 3 points Culling the Herd

Level 64: 1 point Lionhearted

Level 68: 1 point Wolverine Bite

Level 72, 76: 2 points Feeding Frenzy

Level 80: 1 point Wild Hunt

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My Opinion

These are some Pets I have used and the reasons I like them. This is solely my opinion and not meant to start an argument about which Pet is the best. If you want to do that, start a Forum page and I'll put a link to it here.


Tenacity:
I like Tenacity Pets for leveling. How can you go wrong having your own personal Tank.

Bears: These are my favorite. Having Swipe and Thunderstomp gives Bears a big advantage if you pull multiple mobs, and they are still good for single pulls.

Turtles: The Shell Shield Ability makes them really good as Dungeon Tanks and against 2-3 man Elites (like in Dragonblight) if you're trying to solo them.


Ferocity:
I use these Pets in Groups, Dungeons, and Raids to get near the top of the DPS charts, but they really don't hold aggro well enough, for me, in solo situations. Good in PVP for burning your enemy down.

Cats: Probably the most seen Pet in WoW. Most Forums rank them in the top 3 for DPS.

Wolves: Furious Howl makes these guys a great asset for Groups, Dungeons, and Raids. Also usually ranked top 3 for DPS. (Devilsaurs are the other one, if you're curious, I just don't like them as much)

Spirit Beasts: As far as I'm concerned, Gondria is the coolest looking Pet in the game. Who needs a better reason.


Cunning:
I use these Pets for PVP, but they can be useful in Groups, Dungeons, and Raids also. I don't really like them in solo situations.

Spiders: Their Web keeps people from running out of your range or into your melee range. Can also help your buddy to catch them while you move on to someone else.

Birds of Prey: If you can coordinate Snatch with a Warrior (Disarm) and /or a Rogue (Dismantle) could you kill someone while they are unarmed? Think about it.

Silithid: The exotic form of the Spider, Venom Web Spray also does damage.

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Stable Masters
Alliance:

Alassin Darnassus
Andurg Slatechest The Storm Peaks
Antarius Feralas
Arthaid The Exodar
Artie Grizzlehand Howling Fjord
Asgari Zul'Drak
Astur Bloodmyst Isle
Azzleby Winterspring
Bethaine Flinthammer Wetlands
Boarmaster Bragh The Storm Peaks
Celidh Aletracker Borean Tundra
Chelsea Reese Howling Fjord
Crinn Pathfinder Shadowmoon Valley
Darren Malvew Hillsbrad Foothills
Erma Elwynn Forest
Esbina Azuremyst Isle
Fala Softhoof Zul'Drak
Fiskal Shadowsong Blade's Edge Mountains
Grimestack Stranglethorn Vale
Hadrius Harlowe Sholazar Basin
Heksi The Storm Peaks
Horatio the Stable Boy Howling Fjord
Ilthuril Shattrath City
Imhadria Icecrown
Jaelysia Darkshore
Jenova Stoneshield Stormwind City
Jimmy the Stable Boy Borean Tundra
Joraal Zangarmarsh
Kameel Longstride Zangarmarsh
Kari the Beastmaster The Storm Peaks
Killium Bouldertoe The Hinterlands
Kirk Maxwell Westfall
Laziphus Tanaris
Leassian Terokkar Forest
Lina Hearthstove Loch Modan
Liza Cutlerflix Netherstorm
Luftasia Nagrand
Maluressian Ashenvale
Master Sergeant Lorin Thalmerok Hellfire Peninsula
Matthew Ackerman Grizzly Hills
Michael Dustwallow Marsh
Moonbell Icecrown
Oruhe Shattrath City
Penny Redridge Mountains
Reggifuz The Barrens
Ronald Anderson Borean Tundra
Sentinel Sweetspring Dragonblight
Seraphina Bloodheart Isle of Quel'Danas
Seriadne Teldrassil
Shelby Stoneflint Dun Morogh
Shelgrayn Desolace
Skyguard Stable Master Blade's Edge Mountains
Squire Leoren Mal'derath Silithus
Squire Percy Grizzly Hills
Stable Master Mercer The Scarlet Enclave
Steven Black Duskwood
Stormpike Stable Master Alterac Valley
Sylista Stormwind City
Tassia Whisperglen Dalaran
Thomas Partridge Icecrown
Tim Street Grizzly Hills
Toby "Mother Goose" Ironbolt Borean Tundra
Trapper Saghani Borean Tundra
Trapper Shesh Howling Fjord
Trapper Tikaani Dragonblight
Ulbrek Firehand Ironforge
Wesley Hillsbrad Foothills
Zybarus of Darnassus Dragonblight

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Horde:

Aboda Desolace
Anathos Eversong Woods
Andurg Slatechest The Storm Peaks
Anya Maulray Undercity
Asgari Zul'Drak
Awenasa Thousand Needles
Azzleby Winterspring
Breka Wolfsister Borean Tundra
Bulrug Thunder Bluff
Craga Ironsting Grizzly Hills
Durik Stranglethorn Vale
Durkot Wolfbrother Borean Tundra
Fala Softhoof Zul'Drak
Frostwolf Stable Master Alterac Valley
Garmin Herzog Dragonblight
Gedrah Shadowmoon Valley
Gereck Stonetalon Mountains
Greth Badlands
Grimestack Stranglethorn Vale
Hadrius Harlowe Sholazar Basin
Halona Stormwhisper Borean Tundra
Hekkru Swamp of Sorrows
Heksi The Storm Peaks
Huntsman Markhor The Hinterlands
Huntsman Torf Angerhoof Hellfire Peninsula
Ilthuril Shattrath City
Imhadria Icecrown
Kameel Longstride Zangarmarsh
Kari the Beastmaster The Storm Peaks
Kelsuwa The Barrens
Khalan Zangarmarsh
Kor Grizzly Hills
Laziphus Tanaris
Liza Cutlerflix Netherstorm
Lor Blade's Edge Mountains
Mahana Frosthoof Howling Fjord
Mary Darrow Howling Fjord
Morganus Tirisfal Glades
Ogrin Blade's Edge Mountains
Oruhe Shattrath City
Paniar Ghostlands
Qeeju Ashenvale
Reggifuz The Barrens
Robert Clarke Howling Fjord
Sarah Goode Silverpine Forest
Seikwa Mulgore
Seraphina Bloodheart Isle of Quel'Danas
Shalenn Silvermoon City
Shoja'my Durotar
Shyrka Wolfrunner Feralas
Sikwa The Barrens
Skyguard Stable Master Blade's Edge Mountains
Soar Hawkfury Dragonblight
Soulok Stormfury Grizzly Hills
Squire Leoren Mal'derath Silithus
Stable Master Mercer The Scarlet Enclave
Steen Horngrass Icecrown
Tassia Whisperglen Dalaran
Tharlidun Arathi Highlands
Theodore Mont Claire Hillsbrad Foothills
Thomas Partridge Icecrown
Trag Terokkar Forest
Trapper Saghani Borean Tundra
Trapper Shesh Howling Fjord
Trapper Tikaani Dragonblight
Udoho Icerunner The Storm Peaks
Wilda Bearmane Nagrand
Xon'cha Orgrimmar

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Pet Trainers
Alliance:

Belia Thundergranite Ironforge
Bolyun Ashenvale
Buruk Azuremyst Isle
Caelyb Ashenvale
Claude Erksine Loch Modan
Ganaar The Exodar
Karrina Mekenda Stormwind City
Keldas Teldrassil
Nalesette Wildbringer Felwood
Peria Lamenur Dun Morogh
Silvaria Darnassus

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Horde:

Grokor Swamp of Sorrows
Halthenis Silvermoon City
Harruk Durotar
Hesuwa Thunderhorn Thunder Bluff
Reban Freerunner Mulgore
Telenus Eversong Woods
Xao'tsu Orgrimmar
Zudd Stranglethorn Vale

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