MoP: New Pet Families

I had intended to post something cute about porcupines until I was distracted by silkworms, but the most recent beta build (15689) is so full of amazing hunter pet news that I’m just going to skip all the adorable and go straight to the awesome.

New pet families. Fen Striders. Basilisks. Goats. Quilen. Plus Cranes and Porcupines, which were probable shoe-ins for new pet families.

But in case you missed the important part, let me repeat:

Basilisks. Fen Striders. Goats.

Goats!

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Current MoP Pet Abilities (build 15544)

Arcane Cunning Tenacity
[Family Abilities]
[Bite/Claw/Smack]
Avoidance
Cower
Growl
Dash
Heart of the Phoenix
Rabid
Spiked Collar
[Family Abilities]
[Bite/Claw/Smack]
Avoidance
Cower
Growl
Dash
Boar’s Speed
Bullheaded
Cornered
Roar of Sacrifice
[Family Abilities]
[Bite/Claw/Smack]
Avoidance
Cower
Growl
Charge
Blood of the Rhino
Great Stamina
Last Stand
Thunderstomp

A couple of caveats:

  1. This will almost certainly change!
  2. Right now, Ferocity pets are showing up as ‘Arcane’ – no idea why.
  3. I only checked about half the pet families, but even within those some – Dogs, for example – are missing many of these abilities.
  4. This will almost certainly change!

Finally! MoP Hunter Pet Talent Info!

Today Ghostcrawler posted the first official word we’ve gotten on how pet talents are going to work in Mists of Pandaria:

Since the system is currently a little hard to ascertain in beta, I’ll try and summarize the basics. Hopefully we’ll have this working in a build or two.

  • Every pet has 3 specs: Ferocity, Tenacity and Cunning. These work much like class specs, with a similar UI.
  • Pets come with the spec you’d expect (Ferocity for kitties) but you can change it. If you want a tanking cat or a DPS crab, you can. If you have a favorite pet, you can just always use that one and swap the spec around.
  • I hope to see A LOT of DPS crabs.
  • Each spec comes with 2-3 active and 2-3 passive abilities. We took a careful look at what pet talents most hunters were taking and tried to take the best of those. Things like Roar of Sacrifice, Last Stand and Heart of the Phoenix made the cut.
  • We didn’t think we were getting a ton of gameplay out of the pet talents on live — players interacted with them even less than the class talents — and we didn’t think pets needed the full tiered system like the Mists talent implementation, so we decided the best way to offer pet customization is to let hunters choose their pet mostly because of how it looks (and its one special ability) and not from its role.

Although I don’t know if this information is going to change or not, I can tell you what the current spec talents seem to be for pets in beta. Err … well, it will take me a moment to get that info together. Next post!

In the meantime, can I just say that I have waited forever for my bloody DPS crab!