|Not even mildly effective. GIEF MOAR CAFFEINE.|
Things have been FAR too serious around this Parish for the last few days. Time to fix that :D Let us talk at some length about my favourite pets.
|GIANT MUTANT PIG FTW.|
Since the Hunter stable was increased to FIFTY slots, I have had half a mind to make a day of wandering about about, picking up a selection of new animals. Of course I never *quite* get around to it with everything else, but it WILL HAPPEN OH YES. For now however I content myself with a selection of useful/cosmetic pet skins, and the knowledge that every pet I pick has a reason for being stabled. Let it not be said that I don't love them all, plus every one has a story to tell. To that end, here are some of my utter favourites.
|Here since TBC. TRUFACT.|
Polar's been my staple bear since TBC began. He ran through pretty much everything soloable with me for years. He was also the companion that helped me get over the THING WE DO NOT SPEAK OF with my first ever pet [*] and so was a constant right the way through until the end of Wrath. I will admit I miss feeding him anything edible (great thing about bears, they'd eat everything you threw at them, no need to hunt around for a meat or cheese vendor, just pick edible stuff off the ground, throw it at him, job done.) If memory served that also included mage food which was doubly useful. He doesn't get out as much as he used to as he's getting on in years but I always take a moment once in a while to check on his well-being.
|Built like a Tank. Obviously.|
I've had a Sherman in my stable, as a Scorpid, since the first days of the Arena. The skin has changed over the years (this is the rare spawn from Uldum, I believe) but the job has always been the same, to get behind people, poison them and be bloody awkward to kill. You'll notice that names are as important to me as the pets themselves, and this one came from probably the most difficult ex-Guildie I ever had to deal with. This therefore is a constant reminder that you are only ever as good as the last thing people remember you for, and if that's being a right royal pain those memories are never happy. Again he doesn't get much time out these days but stands as a reminder to a time passed that although I remember fondly, I'd not want to return to.
|Looks beat stats. ANOTHER TRUFACT.|
Ever since Mogging has been a 'thing' I've kept an eye out for specific pets to match my current outfits. Yes, I know. Just live with it and accept that if ever there was a pet that so utterly matched my current mog, it was this one. This is Julian: when I tame another Direhorn (which I will) it will be called Sandy and if you get THAT obscure British Cultural reference I will be happy to award you with a plate of cookies. Needless to say this is my go-to tank of choice currently and between us we're a pretty effective solo grinding team, even more so I suspect in 5.4. This pet is the reason why I'd love the chance to have a 'real' pet tanking spec for Hunters (but I saw what happened when that was mooted for Locks and I can't see Blizzard granting us both our wish.) For now, I'd expect this to be the Team of Champions on the Timeless Isle. I may actually be getting slightly excited now for 5.4. Don't tell anyone.
|Instant Heriosm. Just add Awesome.|
Finally there is Gromit, my Core Hound since I could tame one. This is possibly the most useful pet in my stable for the business of slapping things as quickly as possible, and I have lost count of the number of times that vital boost in DPS has saved the day and my repair bills. I should not be faster at popping it than actual classes with the ability in LFR either but more and more often now I am the one who gives 24 other people a debuff. Sort it out, people. This is the reason I remain BM for the time being until I start raiding full-time again and swap back to Survival when needed. Frankly, having this as go-to is ridiculously OP for solo play. In fact, by current stable shows just how useful pets can be in that regard for situational abilities.
|HUNTER GO STABLES :D|
Heinz is my Spirit Wolf of choice for self heal, massive mastery boost and all-around top quality gubbins. Julian and Gromit you've met, LeoSayer (IT'S THE HAIR) is my Quilen who award a Battle Rez in combat (yet more useful) and Ghost is my Water Strider which I use when fishing. This is pretty much my perfect 5 slots for the current life I lead: of course I have a selection of other Useful Hunter Buffs (TM) I can bring to the table if needed but for now, this is a decent spread of both utility and fashion-conscious accessorising.
Who was it that said Hunters were vain and shallow creatures? ^^
[*] Go listen to the end of my Behind the Avatar podcast. I'm not saying it again :P