[update] Please take note of the update on pet Stamina at the end of this post. [/update]
I found some time this evening to tame myself a level 80 dragonhawk and wolf to match my level 80 “crocolisk” and compared all their stats, with me buck naked and both me and the pets completely untalented.
(Hurray for the equipment manager and dual specs! They make it quick and easy for me to strip clothes and talents both. Now if only I could respec my pets anywhere …)
Naked, my Stamina is 180, my Armor is 356, and my Ranged Attack Power is 328. I contribute 45%, or 81, Stamina[/edit] and about 35%, or 124, Armor to my pets. They also get 72 Attack Power (about 22%) and 42 bonus spell damage (about 13%) from my Ranged Attack Power.
The stats for pets of all three trees — Ferocity, Cunning, and Tenacity — were exactly the same. These were all level 80 pets, freshly tamed, and all unhappy because I didn’t bother to feed them just for this quick comparison.
Their final stats aren’t terribly interesting given that I was naked, but the base AP for all three was 642, the base armor was 9729, and the base health was 6373.
The health bonus and armor bonus for all three pets was clearly +5%. I’ve never had a great method for working out the damage bonus precisely, but I will trust Blizzard that it is also +5%. *grin*
I know that a lot of you will disagree with me on this, but my overriding feeling about standardizing the stat bonuses between the talent trees is … relief. I see a lot less testing and a lot fewer arcane spreadsheets in my future now.
The numbers I originally gave above for pet Stamina inadvertently caused a lot of consternation, because pets are *supposed* to get 45% of the hunter’s Stamina, not 30%.
And indeed, they do. I had originally reported that I contributed 54, or 30%, of my Stamina. But my numbers were wrong. I actually contribute 81 of my 180 Stamina to my pet (naked and talentless), which is 45% — as expected.
Whoops. *chagrin* A minor display bug got me. See, the character panel says that naked I contribute 54 of my 180 Stamina to my pet, which is just about 30% of my Stamina. But the pet panel says I contribute 81 of my Stamina. (This bug is not new — it also affects the live realms — although I have no memory of having noticed it before.)
Now I saw the discrepancy, but I ignored it and went with the character panel numbers … because I got confused and thought I was looking at Armor values. This will take a short explanation … And keep in mind for the next several paragraphs that I am only talking about a naked, talentless hunter with a talentless pet. Otherwise it gets even more complex.
When you look at the pet panel numbers for Armor, the base (white) number does not include the +5% bonus to armor from the pet’s talent tree (which is +0% for Ferocity pets on live). So all pets show the same base (white) Armor values. The green bonus listed after the base Armor value includes both the bonus armor from the tree and the extra Armor contributed by the hunter.
But Stamina is different. The base (white) Stamina value is the same for all pets, like Armor, but the green bonus Stamina includes only the extra Stamina from the hunter’s contribution. The +5% health bonus only shows up in the total Health value (and in the bonus Health tooltip under the Stamina field), not in Stamina itself. Which makes sense, I suppose, since it’s a Health bonus and not a Stamina bonus.
At any rate, I’ve gotten used to ignoring the discrepancy in the Armor bonus between the character panel and the pet panel, at least when I’m just glancing at the values, because I know that it’s just the tree armor bonus … which I can ignore unless I am testing that specifically.
When I saw the discrepancy between the character panel Stamina bonus and the pet panel Stamina bonus, I got it confused with Armor and ignored it, although it should have indicated a bug to me and I should have looked harder.
So the good news is — no nerf! The bad news is … well, I didn’t even know there was a bug there so I’m surprised it didn’t get me before. But now we can report it and maybe it will be fixed. So I guess there is no bad news!