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Me and my Ghost Saber have been together since level 24, it’s hard to let go with a long-standing relationship like that. Good times, bad times, indifferent times, we’ve seen them all. Nevertheless, my occasional Let’s Try Another Pet nerve has kicked in once again and I tamed a shiny, red Wind Serpent from around where Maggoc roams in Blade’s Edge Mountains literally seconds before being summoned to heroic Botanica.

Pros: Lightning Breath is spell damage and ignores armour. Ranged attack could come in handy for the Netherwing quest to shoot down the drake riders.

Cons: Wind Serpents can, if pushed, be accused of looking rubbish with matching animation. They also hang around at about player height, so watch how they get in your way when you’re trying to loot something. That’s a dirty Voidwalker trick!

So, bearing in mind that the serpent is level 67, and only going with the Lightning Breath that comes installed as standard, here’s how he did…

Not bad lookin’ damage done, he turned out an average of just over 100DPS with… fairly okay averages on the individual, foil-wrapped abilities. Allergic Reaction though? That doesn’t look good. That’s slacking off on the Improved Mend Pet there, bad hunter. Moving on, taking the first heroic I could get my hands on (badges, need them), here’s how GirlsVsWorld did in Hellfire Ramparts.

Pros: Super-cute and ultra-deadly.

Cons: Psh!

Worth noting that the damage meters were reset shortly before the first boss because I was using the wrong ability, Claw instead of Bite which is bound to the same 10second cooldown as the Lightning Breath although costing fifteen less focus. All in all, recount was reporting an average of 200DPS, even with a criminal amount of unused focus. Wind Serpent not looking so good…

I think I’m going to reintroduce the Animal Handler talent to my spec pretty soon, if only for the reduced frequency of seeing that most awful of damage reports: “Miss! (Kill Command)”. Also, I’m just not prepared to start mucking about with the new enchant form of riding crops in the next patch. Any chance we could have it raised to a 10% speed increase though? I don’t see what is apparently so blasphemous about that idea, Paladins have access to 30% extra riding speed or something mental, and they’re not even the world’s official Friends Of The Animals.

Note to self: Also need a macro to call pet back, with dash and a mend pet, some of those boss AoE effects are plain mean to the animals. It’s all well and good the serpent having a ranged special attack but if he’s just going to get in the mob’s grill for the melee anyway, it ain’t a whole hill o’beans, is it?

Back when I was doing pretty much full-time PvP with the Marksmanship spec, I found that my kitty just wasn’t holding the aggro my boosted attack power was generating when I took a breather with some regular questing. So I tamed a boar from Blasted Lands, bringing my Horde piggy name NotoriousPIG to Alliance, and started levelling him from a lowly level 49, ideally up to 70. The good thing about the boars is that they have the charge skill which creates a massive amount of aggro from the start, it would be entirely possible to use a flame-thrower, point blank, at the mob’s face and it wouldn’t make a hint of difference to their attention level towards you.

However, I seem to have been leaving him in the stable stuck at level 61 a lot recently because, never mind the last patch boost to pet XP gain, it’s been going so-o-o-o-o slo-o-o-o-ow! Back in the comfortable home of Beast Mastery again, GirlsVsWorld is doing fine and she’s so much cuter. Having had her from the mid-20’s she’s impossible to get rid of now. We’re too close.

With only three available stable slots, it only gives the opportunity to keep two pets and leave one slot free for going out into the world petless in order to tame new beasts for the skills. Maybe I need to put Notorious out to pasture and think about a more PvP battleground pet. A lot of people seem to recommend a Scorpid, I don’t know though…They’re not that cute are they?

June 2017
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