Finally hunters are getting what we’ve always wanted, customizable pets. As a hunter I don’t currently see any difference between pets other than a few abilities (especially since the normalisation of pet attack speed all those patches ago) and the way they look. Sure there are slight differences to their base armour, damage and health but these things don’t seperate one hunter’s pet to another’s. So finally, after 3 and a bit years, pets are going to finally be varied. And I do mean varied.
The Talent trees for pets have already made their way onto the net and are certainly looking good. With three different talent trees (depending on your pet depends on what tree you get) there’s alot of variety there. Cunning, Tenacity and Ferocity are the names of the new talent trees. They are available for the following pets:
Cunning – Bat, Dragonhawk, Nether Ray, Owl, Ravager, Serpent, Spider, Spore Bat and Wind Serpent
Ferocity – Carrion Bird, Cat, Hyena, Raptor, Tallstrider and Wolf
Tenacity – Bear, Boar, Crab, Crocolisk, Gorilla, Scorpid, Turtle and Warp Stalker
This means that if you tame a Bat, you will have access to the talents in the Cunning tree. Now to be completely honest, after looking at each trees’ abilities, it’s quite obvious to see what Blizzard want each pets to be good at. Cunning; to me, looks like a nice solid raid PvE spec. There are talents for extra damage and even a nice little ability that will recover 40% of the hunter’s mana over 8 seconds. I don’t however see it being a truely restrictive PvE only tree as there are talents to remove all impairing effects on your pet and also an ability that reduces it’s chance to be critted when under 35% health.
Ferocity to me looks like the pure PvP build pet. There’s extra damage, reduced stun duration, but most interestingly, an instant self res. I can see it being very useful in PvE, don’t get me wrong, but I can see this talent alone being VERY useful in Arena or PvP. Heart of the Pheonix will resurect your pet on 10% health and is only bound to a 10minute cooldown. But if you are going to spec BM for PvE and get those extra 5 points to spend, you’ll be able to hit some of the nicer talents in this tree for PvE. There’s a talent to increase your pets attack power by 5% and subsequent hits have a 50% chance to increment that by 5% all the way up to 25%. With the effect lasting 30seconds and the ability only being on a 10second cooldown, this will be a nice little talent to dump some Focus.
Finally, Tenacity. Without a doubt (and you could probably tell by looking at the pets that can have this tree) this is the tanking tree. The talents in this tree are amazing for getting a pet to help with the leveling to 80 and also the grinding of gold from then on. There are talents to increase its bonus from healing, increase its dodge chance and even a Last Stand like talent, but with 2 minutes less of a cooldown than Warriors at only 6 minutes. There are taunting talents in this tree and even an Intercept talent. This tree will definately be my favourite when leveling to 80 and beyond.
Well, i’ve written enough for one post but if you want to look at all the talents for yourself, here are the links for them over at mmo-champion.