Since this subject has gotten a decent amount of attention, I just want to make a few things clear. I am not stating that the Chimera is “The Top DPS Pet”. I am saying that I believe it to be an excellent choice for both PvP and PvE based on my experience and from the testing I’d done on the PTR.
So far, most are claiming that some Ferocity pets such as the Devilsaur and Wolf are top dps in 3.1. This is probably correct in theory, so don’t assume that because I sing the praises of the Chimera for DPS that it is what you should raid with. Use what you want, and if min-maxing is your thing, then head over to the EJ Forums.
Many people are assuming that because I posted about the Chimera providing more DPS while target dummy testing in 3.1, that I was claiming it to be the top DPS pet for BM Hunters. I was merely demonstrating that it outperformed my other pets, and was worth taking to raids. Now that the patch is live and I get a chance to actually raid with the new pet changes, the results may prove to be different.
I just wanted to edit this post so that some impressionable readers don’t blindly grab a Chimera thinking it’s the sauce, just because I said so. I would never make a statement as to which pet is the best, but I will say what works best for me. Does that make sense?
Carry on then.
04/14/09: I edited this post at 9pm PST to reflect the new 16% Feeding Frenzy buff in 3.1, up from the previous 12% figure I had been using. Chimera still comes out on top. 🙂
Checking out my site stats this morning, I peeped this inbound link: http://forums.tkasomething.com/showthread.php?t=15168. It is a forum thread over at TKASomething.com concerning my praise of the Chimera.
“The entire ‘test’ was conducted on a training dummy with less than 35% health, giving 100% uptime to Feeding Frenzy, and making me wonder why he bothered posting his ‘results'”.
Now I had stated before that the test was “a bit skewed”, however, let’s look at the tape. Before you throw my tests out the window, disregarding them as rubbish due to the <35% health on the target dummy, hear me out.
I’ll tell you why Chimeras are a good choice for raiding BM Hunters. We already know they’re great for PvP, and are about to be even better.
If we consider my most accurate measurement of Chimera DPS to be around 818.8, we can assume that without the Feeding Frenzy buff he would have done around 706DPS. He creamed the Spirit Beast who only had 644DPS, and trailed the Devilsaur by about 40DPS. With that said, without the Feeding Frenzy buff, the Chimera was 40DPS behind my Devilsaur.
Now, let’s take a look at how the Chimera improved my DPS with Roar of Recovery.
During my tests with Loque’nahak and Krush, I averaged about 1098DPS. With the Chimera, my DPS averaged 1157 throughout 5 tests. That amounts to roughly a 59DPS net increase thanks to RoR.
So, the Chimera trails the Devilsaur by around 40DPS by not taking Feeding Frenzy into account, but my DPS improves by 59. That equates to about a 19DPS improvement overall vs my other top pet.
Now…. consider that the Chimera is doing 16% more damage for 35% of the boss’s remaining health.
It’s this Hunter’s opinion that Chimeras are going to be leet in 3.1. The figures and screenshots from the tests were posted. Based on that info you can decide for yourself. Also, don’t forget that Froststorm Breath is head and shoulders above any other 51 point BM Hunter pet’s special attack. Anyone fore a 30yd ranged slow on a 7 second cooldown that does base crits at around 2k..?! Sign me up.
So that my friends, is why I posted my “results”.