I ran across a post a few days ago by a blogger called Zardoz, who writes a blog called Armory Data Mining. Zardoz was using the new hunter pet data on the WoW Armory to analyze the most popular hunter pets.
A day later, Zardoz posted a consolidated list of the most popular hunter pets for each of the pet families.
(I wasn’t the only one to notice this: gormanghaste started a discussion about it on the Arcania forums.)
But this is fascinating data! Zardoz looked at just under 45,000 pets from over 10,000 level 80 hunters. First he breaks out the data for the families: for example, almost 30% of the pets in the sample are cats, while only 3% are raptors.
Then he looks at the popularity of individual pets within each family. (I didn’t even know it was possible to get this information from the armory, but apparently it is.)
One of my favorite stats: 31% of the sampled crocolisks are actually hydras (the retired Spirit of Atha) while another 28% are actually slime (the Spirit of Koosu). That leaves only 41% as actual crocolisks — and almost half of those are Mangal crocolisks, presumably because they are the highest level (non-spawned) crocolisk available.
And there’s lots more juicy data like that. Want to know which devilsaur skin is least used? Well, looks like King Krush — no real surprise there I suppose. But King Krush aside, the least popular look is the red devilsaur, while black is the most popular.
Unfortunately, while the Armory can tell us what pets each hunter has in the stables, they can’t really tell us which pets are being used most and for what. But Zardoz is preparing to look at pet talents, so I expect that some very good analysis will come of that as well.
Of course, this data analyzes only a small sample — relatively to the entire player base — of level 80 hunters. But 10k hunters should be enough to draw some decent conclusions from. And perhaps if we ask nicely, Zardoz will be willing to look at a couple other brackets of hunter levels for us as well.