GarsNotes: Best DPS Pets

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GarsNotes: Hunter DPS Pets

Ferocity Pets

For maximum DPS, a ferocity pet is the optimal choice. Although you may have a particular fondness for your Sporebat, he’s not going to make you shine as well as a wolf would in tonight’s raid. Ferocity pets are the undisputed kings of overall DPS.

Best DPS Pets for Marksmanship and Survival Hunters

Wolf - Top DPS Hunter PetWolf

The wolf has been the unquestioned pet-of-choice throughout the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. The primary reason for this being the Furious Howl buff they provide. No other pet special contributes as much overall hunter/pet DPS as that of the wolf’s Furious Howl.

Another attractive feature of the wolf, is the fact that you can still benefit from its DPS enhancing buff even when it’s not in combat. Due to this, wolves are good for pet-unfriendly encounters.

Wasp

Wasps can potentially be the best overall DPS pet to bring along on heroics and raids. This is because of their Sting debuff, which reduces the target’s armor by 5%. The damage portion of the attack is nature damage, so it is not affected by the target’s armor -  another plus.

Now, if your raid group has a Druid providing Faerie Fire, or a Warlock providing Curse of Weakness, then the wasp’s viability is lessened somewhat. Sting does not stack with those debuffs, which makes its special not quite as shiny at that point.

Honorable Mentions

Raptor

Raptors come in 3rd in terms of overall DPS, but they’re not terribly far behind. If you really like raptors and aren’t overly concerned with obtaining the highest-absolute-possible-dps, then using one won’t penalize you too much.

Cat

Same as with raptors, cats are decent, but nowhere near in contention for the top spot. Still… if you’ve a penchant for the feline variety pet, then using a cat isn’t the worst idea – it’s just not the ideal choice for highest DPS.

16 Point Ferocity Pet DPS Build

  • 16 Point Ferocity Pet Build - Best DPSCobra Reflexes 2/2 – Although pet damage is lessened with each hit, your pet gets more attacks in, which means more chances to crit. Cobra Reflexes is a boost to pet DPS. Gotta max it.
  • Dash 1/1 – While not a straight boost to DPS per sé, it gets us to the next tier. Dash also hastens your pet’s ability to switch targets, which does result in more DPS.
  • Bloodthirsty 1/2 – This is cheap insurance for maintaining your pet’s happiness and health. This talent will lessen or eliminate the need for Mend Pet during an encounter, thus leaving you free to use those GCDs for damaging attacks.
  • Spiked Collar 3/3 – 9% additional damage with all attacks. ‘Nuff said.
  • Culling the Herd 3/3 – 3% additional damage for both hunter and pet. You can’t max this one fast enough.
  • Spider’s Bite 3/3 – 9% higher crit chance. A no-brainer.
  • Rabid 1/1 – 20 second stacking attack power buff. Another essential talent.
  • Call of the Wild 1/1 – 10% additional attack power for the hunter and the pet. Macro this five minute cooldown ability with other big busrt abilities. e.g., Rapid Fire, BW.
  • Wild Hunt 1/2 – Increases the pet’s inheritance of attack power and stamina from the hunter. Why only 1/2..? Because we only have 1 point left.

Regardless of which pet you choose, they all should be talented in this manner to achieve highest damage output.

Best DPS Pets for Beast Mastery Hunters

Devilsaur

Devilsaurs are the top-dog of BM DPS pets when it comes to raiding. They provide the best possible DPS for Beast Masters when they have the best available buffs. This is because of their special – Monstrous Bite. It buffs the Devilsaur’s damage by up to 9%, so the more buffs on this beastie the better. They also scale better with gear, so the more geared you are, the more your Devilsaur will shine.

However, until you start getting better geared and participating in raids where more damage enhancing buffs are present, then the best choice is still the…

Wolf

Huh..?! The wolf again..?! Yep. Wolves are a great choice for Beast Masters as well, due again to that wonderful Furious Howl buff. With BM damage shifting more towards the hunter as a result of Patch 3.2.2, Furious Howl became even more attractive for BM hunters.

They’re also a bit smaller than some of the exotic pets, so they’ll make for far fewer grumblings from your tank than a big-ass-giant-red-devilsaur-blocking-their-face will. Wolves are a great choice for heroics and even some 10 mans, but at the 25 man level, Devilsaurs generally pull ahead.

Honorable Mentions

Spirit Beasts

I mention Spirit Beasts here because if I didn’t, some of you might get upset. ;) So yeah… um… Spirit Beasts. :D

In all seriousness though, Spirit Beasts are I think 4th or 5th in the DPS rankings. Use your sparkly wolf if you just love him, but not if you want to rock the meters.

20 Point Ferocity BM Pet DPS Build

20 Point BM Ferocity Pet BuildThe Beast Mastery 20 point pet build for best DPS is just a continuation of the 16 point build. All we’re doing differently is topping off Wild Hunt with 2/2, Maxing Shark Attack with 2/2, and picking up Charge. One could argue the use of the one point in Charge could be better placed elsewhere, but it’s about the only talent left that contributes to DPS in some way. I like it there because it’s nice to have when I take my big green dino into BGs. :twisted:

This is how you should be speccin’ yer big red pet.

A few tips to improve pet DPS and overall ass-kickery

Turn off Growl – This is an obvious tip, but nonetheless a very important one. Growl not only increases your pet’s threat, but also chews through focus. Only use it when soloing.

Make sure your pet’s at full happiness before combat – Pet happiness is pretty well maintained through Bloodthirsty and the Glyph of Mend Pet, but nevertheless, make sure Fido’s happiness icon is green before sending him in to battle.

Feed your pet snackies – Make sure to have some Spiced Mammoth Treats in your pack. Your pet loves ‘em and will reward you by chomping down even harder on your enemies. ;)

Time your abilities with pet buffs – Culling the Herd, Furious Howl and especially Call of the Wild, are buffs that you want to capitalize on whenever possible. CtH and FH both have pretty good uptime, so you don’t necessarily need to micro-manage them, however, Call of the Wild should be maximized with other abilities – e.g., Rapid Fire, Bestial Wrath.

I use Power Auras to tell me when those buffs are active.

Here are some strings you can import if you have the addon.

Call of the Wild

Version:st3.0.0E; gcd:bofalse; b:nu0; anim1:nu2; g:nu0.29411764705882; optunitn:bofalse; ignoremaj:botrue; stacksLower:nu0; target:bofalse; icon:stInterface\Icons\Ability_Druid_KingoftheJungle; size:nu0.1499999910593; torsion:nu1; r:nu1; y:nu10; x:nu-95; customname:st; groupany:botrue; isAlive:botrue; timerduration:nu0; unitn:st; bufftype:nu1; stacks:nu0; focus:bofalse; raid:bofalse; texture:nu4; alpha:nu1; aurastext:st; symetrie:nu0; owntex:bofalse; isResting:nu0; duration:nu0; mine:bofalse; multiids:st; inVehicle:nu0; speed:nu1; anim2:nu0; stacksOperator:st>=; realaura:nu1; InactiveDueToState:botrue; threshold:nu50; exact:bofalse; textaura:bofalse; sound:nu0; wowtex:bofalse; groupOrSelf:bofalse; customsound:st; combat:botrue; id:nu19; inParty:nu0; HideRequest:bofalse; Active:bofalse; aurastextfont:nu1; buffname:stCall of the Wild; inRaid:nu0; tooltipCheck:st; customtex:bofalse; stance:nu10; spec2:botrue; isSecondary:bofalse; thresholdinvert:bofalse; spec1:botrue; Debug:bofalse; beginSpin:botrue; Showing:bofalse; UseOldAnimations:bofalse; begin:nu2; off:bofalse; party:bofalse; texmode:nu2; inverse:bofalse; ismounted:nu0; targetfriend:bofalse; randomcolor:bofalse; finish:nu1; timer.a:nu1; timer.dual:bofalse; timer.HideRequest:botrue; timer.id:nu19; timer.cents:bofalse; timer.HideLeadingZeros:bofalse; timer.enabled:botrue; timer.Showing:bofalse; timer.y:nu10; timer.h:nu0.69999998807907; timer.ShowOnAuraHide:bofalse; timer.Transparent:botrue; timer.UpdatePing:bofalse; timer.InvertAuraBelow:nu0; timer.x:nu-85; timer.Texture:stMonofonto

Furious Howl

Version:st3.0.0E; gcd:bofalse; b:nu1; anim1:nu2; g:nu1; optunitn:bofalse; ignoremaj:botrue; stacksLower:nu0; target:bofalse; icon:stInterface\Icons\Ability_Hunter_Pet_Wolf; size:nu0.1499999910593; torsion:nu1; r:nu1; y:nu-60; x:nu95; customname:st; groupany:botrue; isAlive:botrue; timerduration:nu0; unitn:st; bufftype:nu1; stacks:nu0; focus:bofalse; raid:bofalse; texture:nu4; alpha:nu1; aurastext:st; symetrie:nu0; owntex:bofalse; isResting:nu0; duration:nu0; mine:bofalse; multiids:st; inVehicle:nu0; speed:nu1; anim2:nu0; stacksOperator:st>=; realaura:nu1; InactiveDueToState:botrue; threshold:nu50; exact:bofalse; textaura:bofalse; sound:nu0; wowtex:bofalse; groupOrSelf:bofalse; customsound:st; combat:botrue; id:nu18; inParty:nu0; HideRequest:bofalse; Active:bofalse; aurastextfont:nu1; buffname:stFurious Howl; inRaid:nu0; tooltipCheck:st; customtex:bofalse; stance:nu10; spec2:botrue; isSecondary:bofalse; thresholdinvert:bofalse; spec1:botrue; Debug:bofalse; beginSpin:botrue; Showing:bofalse; UseOldAnimations:bofalse; begin:nu2; off:bofalse; party:bofalse; texmode:nu2; inverse:bofalse; ismounted:nu0; targetfriend:bofalse; randomcolor:bofalse; finish:nu1; timer.a:nu1; timer.dual:bofalse; timer.HideRequest:botrue; timer.id:nu18; timer.cents:bofalse; timer.HideLeadingZeros:bofalse; timer.enabled:botrue; timer.Showing:bofalse; timer.y:nu-53; timer.h:nu0.69999998807907; timer.ShowOnAuraHide:bofalse; timer.Transparent:botrue; timer.UpdatePing:bofalse; timer.InvertAuraBelow:nu0; timer.x:nu85; timer.Texture:stMonofonto

Culling the Herd

This aura displays a warning icon when Culling the Herd is not active.

Version:st3.0.0E; gcd:bofalse; b:nu1; anim1:nu2; g:nu1; optunitn:bofalse; ignoremaj:botrue; stacksLower:nu0; target:bofalse; icon:stINTERFACE\ICONS\inv_misc_monsterhorn_06; size:nu0.1499999910593; torsion:nu1; r:nu1; y:nu-105; x:nu0; customname:st; groupany:botrue; isAlive:botrue; timerduration:nu0; unitn:st; bufftype:nu1; stacks:nu0; focus:bofalse; raid:bofalse; texture:nu27; alpha:nu1; aurastext:st; symetrie:nu0; owntex:bofalse; isResting:bofalse; duration:nu0; mine:bofalse; multiids:st; CurrentMatch:stCulling the Herd; inVehicle:bofalse; speed:nu1.5; buffname:stCulling the Herd; anim2:nu0; InactiveDueToState:botrue; stacksOperator:st>=; realaura:nu1; threshold:nu50; exact:bofalse; textaura:bofalse; wowtex:bofalse; groupOrSelf:bofalse; customsound:st; combat:botrue; spec2:botrue; id:nu25; inParty:nu0; HideRequest:bofalse; Active:bofalse; aurastextfont:nu1; CurrentSlot:nu6; inRaid:nu0; tooltipCheck:st; customtex:bofalse; stance:nu10; isSecondary:bofalse; thresholdinvert:bofalse; spec1:botrue; Debug:bofalse; beginSpin:bofalse; Showing:bofalse; UseOldAnimations:bofalse; begin:nu0; off:bofalse; party:bofalse; texmode:nu2; inverse:botrue; ismounted:bofalse; targetfriend:bofalse; randomcolor:bofalse; sound:nu0; finish:nu1

Lastly, here are a couple of good macros for use with Call of the Wild:

Beast Mastery

#showtooltip Bestial Wrath
/cast [pettarget,exists] Kill Command
/cast Call of the Wild
/cast Rabid
/cast Bestial Wrath

Marksmanship and Survival

#showtooltip Rapid Fire
/cast [pettarget,exists] Kill Command
/cast Call of the Wild
/cast Rapid Fire

If you have an on-use trinket then you can add it into the macro(s) as well. Just add: /use 13 -or- /use 14, depending on whether the trinket’s in the top or bottom slot, into the macro.

I hope you enjoyed this guide on Hunter pets. :) For all you warmongers out there, I also have a guide on PvP pets, so be sure to check it out if PvP is your thing.

Feel free to post any comments or questions that you may have.

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Lolagirl February 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

If your looking for a good looking Wasp pet there are some very pretty ones in Sholazar basin by the Skyreach pillar ( also one of the spawn points for the spirit beast Loque).

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