The patch notes for Patch 2.4.2 say that: “The pet ability Growl will no longer scale with pet Attack Power and now scales with the hunter’s Attack Power.”
The patch notes are wrong. Growl still scales with the pet’s Attack Power just as it did before.
Now there has been a major change involving Growl: The extra bonus attack power that a boar gets from the skill Charge no longer causes Growl to scale. Yes, this is the promised ‘boar nerf’. But that change has it’s own (badly-phrased) patch note (“Boar Charge: This ability will no longer make Growl cast immediately after it generates [sic] excessive threat.”)
But the note about Growl scaling with hunter’s Attack Power? That’s just wrong.
Myself and a number of other hunters (including Nimizar, Ashraf, Znodis and others) did extensive tests on Growl on the PTR. I made a false start with my first testing method, but after I settled on a valid method I gathered a lot of data that indicated no change to Growl scaling.
It was always possible, of course, that Blizzard had made a change to Growl scaling that didn’t make it to the PTR but which would nevertheless be in this patch.
So last night, in preparation for Patch 2.4.2, I performed the following two tests on the live realms. This morning, as soon as I could log in, I performed them again. Note that both tests involve the same character (Mania) with the same pet (a level 70 cat) using Growl (Rank 8), and that there have been no changes in equipment, skills, buffs, or even location. (I logged out last night immediately after my tests, then logged in this morning and immediately repeated the tests.) In addition, all tests were done at maximum range.
Here’s the results:
|Test||Hunter RAP||Pet AP||Growl Threat|
(Growl Threat is expressed as a range since my testing method has a threat resolution of about 9 threat.)
The most important thing to note with these numbers:
- Hunter RAP didn’t change between the two tests (either before or after the patch).
- Pet AP changed by the same amount in the second test before the patch and the second test after the patch.
- Growl threat changed by the same amount between the two tests both before and after the patch.
Clearly, Growl is still scaling with the pet’s Attack Power and not with the hunter’s Attack Power.
In addition, Growl is scaling in the same manner that it did before, as described on WoW Wiki. The formulas are all still the same.
So the only real change to Growl in Patch 2.4.2 is the unfortunate nerf to boars: the extra attack power from Charge no longer adds to the threat generated by Growl. But the second patch note, the one that says that Growl scales with the hunter’s attack power — that’s just wrong.
I posted my results to the Bug Report forum. Hopefully we can get more response there than we did on the PTR forum.
In addition, it is useful to note that the bug with inconsistent pet skill priorities has not been fixed with this patch.
Hortus was kind enough to respond to the thread on the Bug Report forum. He said:
There is still a bug with Growl that is allowing it to scale with some pet attack power buffs as well as the hunter’s attack power. This will be fixed in a future patch, until then enjoy the extra threat from these buffs.
Hortus responded to the bug report again and then locked the thread.
As I have stated many times before Growl scales correctly with Hunter attack power. It has been verified with internal tools multiple times buy myself and other testers both in 2.4.2 and 2.4.1. It may not scale at a rate that you like but it does scale at the rate the developers currently want (and no I can not reveal that rate).
If you feel it should scale differently then you will need to post about it in the suggestions or class forums. Repeatedly posting about it here in this forum will not result in any positive changes but it will result in your posting privileges being removed
Right now Growl is ALSO scaling inappropriately with attack power buffs applied to your pet (such as Blessing of Might) this is a bug that is currently in your favor, it will likely be fixed in a future patch so enjoy it while you can.
As someone who cannot reach the scaling point of Growl without using pet buffs, I am especially sad to see that Growl “scale[s] at the rate the developers currently want”.