A Hunter’s pet is a key part of their arsenal, so you want to make sure you bring the right one for the job at hand.
With Classic TBC, we already know hunter is not only going to be one of the best DPS classes in the game, but also one of the most popular. With the introduction of the level 58 boost, many players opted to boost the hunter or warlock after the two classes appeared on top of most DPS tier lists. Here at ESTNN, we’ve already offered up a guide to boosting your DPS as a hunter with a handy macro, however, here we’ll look more closely at hunter pets.
Best Hunter pet for Raiding and Dungeons
There are three major pet families that you’ll see a lot of during TBC Classic. Cats, Ravagers, and Scorpids. Two of these (Cats and Scorpids) are popular already in Classic, however, the Ravager is new with TBC and you’ll expect to see them a lot. So where can you get these three lovely pets?
Ravagers: While you can find the Quillfang Ravager in Hellfire Peninsula, this is going to be camp at the start of TBC. If you’re Alliance and reading this guide before TBC is out you can head over to Azuremyst Isle to pick one up early. Either the Ravager Specimen or Death Ravager can be picked up with ease, just remember you’ll need to do some serious leveling first.
Some of the Ravagers you’ll see in Hellfire Peninsula
Cats: Probably the most common pet in Classic, and for good reason. Cats are some of the most powerful pets in the game and they tend to be some of the most aesthetically pleasing as well. With so many to choose from, head over to Petoptia to find the one that suits you best.
Scorpids: Like Cats, Scorpids have been some of the most popular pets in Classic. Less of an offensive option than the Cat, Scorpids tend to be more defensive-minded, with their vast resistances and higher stamina making them ideal solo pets. Only one model of Scorpids exists in WoW, but they’re a fair few colors to pick from.
Important Pet Talents
While you can’t get these for all the pets at the same time, these are some key abilities that can be used by all, alternating a few of the active abilities.
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Best Hunter pet for PvP
For Arena specifically the Scorpid we mentioned earlier is likely your best option. The added stealth of the Cat does come in handy, however, we think it’s hard to see past the stacking poison damage you’re able to do with Scorpid Poison. Only one model of Scorpids exists in WoW, but they’re a fair few colors to pick from.
If the Boars you find in Classic aren’t for you, Hellfire has a selection of demon Boars for you to choose from
Best pet for leveling
If you go BM, you’ll find most pets fit the bill, however, if you want something a little extra special we suggest you go for a Boar. With some good active and passive abilities, like the above-mentioned Gore, plus the addition of both Dash and Charge, Boars are a solid pet. And while there’s only one model, you’ll have a fairly easy time finding them regardless of what faction you play.
Another option comes in the form of Bats and Owls. Bats are more Horde focused while Owls tend to be easier for Alliance. The main thing they do offer is an aoe threat generator with Screetch, something lacking by nearly all other pets. Sadly, Bats and Owls come in very limited looks and colors, so be sure to find the one you like.