After taming The Razza and letting him spread his wings in a few BGs, I was off to Tanaris to gather my next PvP pet experiment. My target… Harakiss the Infestor.
I decided to go after Harakiss the Infestor because he’s rare and unusual looking. Harakiss shares the blue ‘brain bug’ model with only one other tamable Silithid in the game – Princess Yauj in Ahn’Qiraj.
Harakiss patrols throughout the Gaping Chasm in southeastern Tanaris. I used a /tar Harakiss macro to get a bead on him once I was near the Chasm. He’s not difficult to spot though… Harakiss patrols above ground, is bright blue and freaking huge. You don’t really need to go hunting for him. If he’s out, you’ll see him within a few seconds of flying over the Gaping Chasm.
Harakiss is level 47, so there’s obviously no trick to taming him apart from making sure you don’t accidentally kill him. 😉 Just drop a Freezing Trap in front of you, start taming… and done.
After taming this new blue beastie, I went ahead and started giving Silithids another PvP test drive in Cataclysm.
The Silithid… a Beast Master’s Spider
What makes a Silithid a better choice for a Beast Master is mainly their added Qiraji Fortitude aura, which boosts stamina by 584 at level 85. Qiraji Fortitude provides the same stamina boost as Power Word: Fortitude, but it’s an aura rather than a casted buff, so as long as you have your Silithid out – all teammates within 100yds will receive the buff without the need to apply it.
It’s not the ‘greatest’ of PvP hunter buffs, but it’s decent. Fort and Commanding Shout can fall off due to death, duration or dispel, but Qiraji Fortitude will remain on you at all times unless your pet dies or gets out of range. I could also see this being a nice buff for 3v3 and 5v5, if a similar buff is not available.
Unbuffed and in full PvP gear, Qiraji Fortitude provides me with 9,422 additional hit points. This is definitely not going to be a lifesaver, but again… for me it’s kind of a throw-in buff. The main reason for rolling with a Silithid is for its Venom Web Spray and Cunning family abilities – including Roar of Sacrifice.
Alright… so now that I’ve brought it out into a few BGs, what do I think of the Silithid as a Beast Mastery PvP pet..?
I like it, but I’m not crazy about it. I guess I still feel about the same as I did back in WotLK… I think Silithids are great, but I prefer the uptime of the Chimaera’s ranged slow over the cooldown on the Silithid’s ranged root. Chimaeras apply a 50% movement speed debuff for 5 seconds, on a *7 second cooldown. Silithids apply a 5 second root on a *28 second cooldown. Personally, I prefer the constant slow over the root. (*with 3/3 Longevity)
I’m speaking mainly in terms of BGs, however. Were I to start up with arena again, I’m sure the Silithid would trump the Chimaera in some cases – especially if the stamina buff was needed.
Now some of you may really like the blue brain bug model and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I’m thinking I may have to do a trade-in. Harakiss definitely has the ‘unusual’ cool factor, but he’s also unusually large. I prefer a low-profile pet for PvP, which Harakiss is not. These types of Silithids stick out like a sore thumb.
For those of you that prefer a larger, more intimidating looking pet — this guy fits the bill perfectly. Otherwise, for the rest of you I might advise throwing a Glyph of Lesser Proportion in to try and trim this bug down a bit.
After using both of these Cunning pets, I’m still a staunch Spirit Beast fan, with my distant second choice being the Chimaera.
My next non-Spirit Beast PvP trial… the Shale Spider.