Choosing Your First Pet: Durotar

This article is part of a series for new hunters on choosing your first pet.

Durotar is the homeland of both orcs and trolls — making it the only newbie area that supports two races of hunters. In addition, Durotar is easily accessible from the Blood Elf lands. (There is a teleporter in the back of Silvermoon City that takes you to Undercity; from Undercity you can take the zeppelin to Orgrimmar. No danger involved!) So it’s not surprising that Durotar has a plethora of pets that are just perfect for the young hunter!

Suggestions:

Creature Pros Cons
Corrupted Mottled Boar
(levels 10-11)
Diet: Eats almost anything!
Known Skills: Charge (Rank 1), Gore (Rank 2)
Longevity: A popular pet at all levels.
None!
Elder Mottled Boar
(levels 8-9)
Diet: Eats almost anything!
Known Skills: Charge (Rank 1), Gore (Rank 2)
Longevity: A popular pet at all levels.
None!
Durotar Tiger
(levels 7-8)
Diet: Fish and Meat
Looks: Very attractive classic tiger. You won’t see this look again until level 30.
Longevity: A popular pet at all levels. Can learn Dash and Prowl eventually.
Known Skills: No innate skills except Cower (Rank 1). You’ll want to untrain Cower and teach this pet Bite and/or Claw as soon as you can.
Level: Must be leveled up a bit.
Venomtail Scorpid
(levels 9-10)
Diet: Meat only (but there’s a lot of meat in Durotar)
Known Skills: Claw (Rank 2), Scorpid Poison (Rank 1)
Looks: An usual look for scorpids. You won’t see this look again until level 52.
Looks: Some hunters find scorpids creepy.
Corrupted Scorpid
(levels 10-11)
Diet: Meat only (but there’s a lot of meat in Durotar)
Known Skills: Scorpid Poison (Rank 1)
Known Skills: You will want to teach this pet Claw as soon as you can.
Looks: Some hunters find scorpids creepy.
Bloodtalon Scythemaw
(levels 8-10)
Diet: Meat only (but there’s a lot of meat in Durotar)
Longevity: A popular pet at all levels. Can learn Dash eventually.
Known Skills: No innate skills. You will want to teach this pet Bite and/or Claw as soon as you can.
Corrupted Bloodtalon Scythemaw
(lvl 10-11)
Diet: Meat only (but there’s a lot of meat in Durotar)
Looks: A fairly unusual striped orange. You won’t see this look around very much.
Longevity: A popular pet at all levels. Can learn Dash eventually.
Known Skills: No innate skills. You will want to teach this pet Bite and/or Claw as soon as you can.
Encrusted Surf Crawler
(levels 9-10)
Diet: Bread, Fish, Fruit, Fungus
Known Skills: Claw (Rank 2)
Longevity: Never gets any special skills, not even Dash. Some hunters are not enthusiastic about hunting with a … crab.
Corrupted Surf Crawler
(levels 10-11)
Diet: Bread, Fish, Fruit, Fungus
Looks: A gorgeous blue that’s fairly rare at higher levels.
Known Skills: No innate skills. You will want to teach this pet Claw as soon as you can.
Longevity: Never gets any special skills, not even Dash. Some hunters are not enthusiastic about hunting with a … crab.
Dreadmaw Crocolisk
(levels 9-11)
Diet: Fish and Meat
Known Skills: Bite (Rank 1)
Looks: Crocs are known for loud Darth-Vader-like breathing. It gets on some hunters’ nerves.
Longevity: Never gets any special skills, not even Dash.

Recommendation:

There are a lot of great choices in Durotar, but for overall diet and most useful skills I recommend the Corrupted Mottled Boar. Charge is a great skill — in addition to being the only low-level skill that increases pursuit speed (how fast the pet runs to its target during an attack), it also immobilizes the target for 1 second and gives the boar some bonus attack power for its first attack (which is handy for keeping aggro on the pet and off the hunter). In addition, Gore is a simple damage skill but it is very effective and has a chance to do double damage.

(Disclaimer: Keep in mind that this is by no means a complete listing of pets from Durotar — just the ones that I might suggest for new hunters at level 10. More advanced players who are leveling their umpteenth hunter character will find a number of other very interesting choices here as well.)

17 thoughts on “Choosing Your First Pet: Durotar

  1. Sellia

    Nice … i like that serie ! *smile*
    A little correction for the Corrupted Surf Crawler.
    You list Claw 2 as a know skill, but this pet don’t have any skill when you tame him.

    Merry Christmas !

  2. Nina

    I completely recommend the CMB. I found one as my Blood Elf Hunter and I haven’t complained about it once! The only downside (if you want to call it a downside) is that it takes a while to locate and sometimes they’re level 11 and not 10. But I loved the challenge!

    Thanks, Mania!

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  4. Mania Post author

    Coincedentally, I was actually just reading your blog where you choose a Corrupted Mottled Boar last night, Nina, just after I posted this. Good choice! *grin*

  5. Ronorin

    Good article, but the Longevity section is a bit lacking in my opinion. For instance, it doesn’t mention that Cats are intrinsically superior to Boars who are superior to Raptors, due to Dash and Prowl being superior to Charge which is superior to just Dash. And Scorpids are in an entirely different playstyle, but still useful, due to Scorpid Poison. However all of these are somewhat mediocre in late game PvE compared with a Wolf.

    Yeah, you can use any pet at level 70 if you want and for leveling it doesn’t make a difference, but it’s still something worth mentioning. Nothing is worse than leveling a Turtle to level 70 only to find out you’ve somewhat gimped yourself. And that’s also one of the saddest things about the limited stable count in WoW, having to abandon a pet just to be truly competitive or useful. I count myself as lucky that the two pets I picked as a newbie basing things only on looks (Rotting Agam’ar and Humar) turned out to be useful. I was contemplating a Crocolisk and no guides warn you that Hunters just don’t bother with some species at high levels unless they’re just rebelling (Turtles, Crabs, Crocolisks, Nether Rays, Sporebats, etc…)

    The article rules though and when they’re all done it will be an especially useful guide even for experienced Hunters who are just looking for a quick reference of their options when rerolling a new one.

  6. Mania Post author

    Ronorin: I added longevity as a pro for any pet that’s generally considered pretty good at high levels, and as a con for those who are generally considered pretty bad. And I left it out for the others. That’s as complex as I want to get with this level of guide. :> I think that the specifics — for instance, the ordering you give to cats, boars, and raptors — depend too much on your playstyle and activities to be useful in a simple guide like this.

  7. Tzia / Yazmin

    Love the little guide. Its extremely useful if you are just starting a hunter. Wish it had been around when I started out, had to learn through a lot of trial and error. I recomend a boar every time a new hunter asks for a good pet. They are great while learning the class, can hold aggro like a champ, and eat almost anything. Keep up the great work Mania!

    And have a happy holiday everyone!

  8. Maddie

    if you like scorpids I would say a tan scorpid is best yeah there low levels but there the only tan scorpids in game so if you really want a unique scorpid go 4 tan!

  9. Morgella

    I did just start up a new hunter, and I did grab a boar from browsing my options on petopia. Charge is a wonderful skill for a pet until you can get dash, but the problem is the only way to upgrade charge and gore is to go to Redridge and tame a Great Goretusk (or go even further and tame a board in Loch Modan). The same thing applies to the next level in skills, go to Redridge once again, or wait a few more levels and go into RFK.

    If you’re a fan of keeping your pets abilities up to date, but not a big fan of going into the heart of enemy territory to do so, I really can’t recommend a boar as a long term pet.

  10. MadKaugh

    For first pet, or rather, early pets, I’ve been doing catch and release; tame a pet, learn it’s skill, abandon it, and go get something with a different skill. I keep my current favorite in the kennel, aka stable.

    My level 13 orc has tamed the black and the molted piggies, (molted is in the kennel), and a red raptor. The raptor is more fun, looks cool, and does some good foe-rending damage; I’ll probably keep him (her?), even though the pig is a solid performer. The pig is easier to feed, though. I’ll get some scorpids tonight.

    Why more than one? I think it is useful to have level one of a skill, even if the particular pet does not need it (has a higher level), especially for something as universally used as bite or claw; that way you can teach it to another pet sooner after you tame it. So tonight, I’ll hunt Claw 1 as well as Claw 2.

    Low level (pet not much higher than level 10) skill importance:

    Bite is essential, since you can train most of the pets in Bite. Claw is second or third; of the few things that can’t bit, most can claw; some pets can do both, so that’s two attacks. Howl or Screech is the other one you really want to have, if your pet does it.

    Pigs should have charge and gore, so if you are going to work with a pig, get these skills.

    Scorpid Poison looks like it should be awesome. Pet class specific – so if you aren’t going to use a scorpid, you don’t need this.

    Cower – forgo using it for now. At present, it is counterproductive. I want to learn it in case I want to train it latter.

  11. Paytonater

    Boars as always rule at low levels. But ive found that as far as longevity goes you will be much happier with a raptor or a scorpid as a pet that can take you from lv1-70. Personally i like the scorpid for leveling. It will give you enough dps to use as a tank and does some decent dps with scorpid poison. Only con to the scorpid is the lack of dash later on and it still cant top the raptor the in dps.

  12. shortzippo

    just wanted to give a hand. in orc/ troll starting area above the little town where you start is a scorpid that i dont remember the name but looks just likea currupted scorpid, has claw, growl, and posion, o and cower(weak). has good stats and woops, just follow the cliff side around and theres a ramp up to there.

  13. tiffany

    my first 2 pets on my lvl 10 troll hunter were dire mottle boar and durotar tiger and i love being a hunter with these 2 pets ha i love it

  14. 45t4r0th87

    If you like Scorpids, I highly recommend the rare spawn Death Flayer on the west coast (the island just below Southfury Watershed). Its Lvl 9 and comes with a nice little kick to it with its high speed and DPS. It only spawns every hour or two, so you may have to camp on the little island for a little while, but I say it’s well worth it to have such an awesome pet at an early level.

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