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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?

July 2018
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