Pet Type FAQ
- What is a pet family?
- How are pet families different?
- What’s the coolest looking pet?
- Where do I find a ____?
- Are elite beasts better pets?
- What are caster pets?
- What pet should I choose?
- I keep hearing about boars. Should I take one?
With very few exceptions (usually bugs), the game is set up so that the only difference between two beasts of the same type, is the skin such as being red or green, or slight variations to the model such as some cats having manes. Since there is no difference, we call these groups families. If you tame a cat at level 9 and level it up to 55, it will have the same stats as if you tame a level 55 cat. Basically, a cat is a cat is a cat.
Between different families, there is variation to their stats, their diet, and the abilities they can learn. For instance a crab has lots of armor, while a cat has high DPS. You can get more detail here.
Obviously, that’s a subjective question, but I have an answer. Here is a complete list of every pet skin available. Happy taming.
- carrion bird
- nether ray
- warp stalker
No. Once tamed, every beast reverts to its family’s stats. Although elite pets may have unique skins.
Some beasts are considered by the game to be casters, which like their humanoid counterparts use mana. Once these pets are tamed, they do not completely revert to their family stats, but instead maintain high int and spirit, and lower hp, armor, and dps. But int and spirit are useless stats for a pet. More info can be found here.
Recently, the tooltip on caster pets found that int increased spell critical strike chance by 5%. Should this prove to be true, it could be a nice boost to hunters with the beast master’s talent ferocious inspiration. Though there are many abilities that cannot crit at all.
For now, I recommend avoiding taming one.
Until you hit level 50 and really start getting higher bonuses to gear, the type of pet doesn’t matter that much. You will kill things faster with a high damage pet, need to heal less with a armored pet, take more damage with a high hp pet, and be in between with a balanced pet. There are also pet abilities that can influence your pet choice.
The short answer is take a cat, ravager, owl, windserpent, or raptor (should they get dash in 2.2), but if you really have your heart set on a crocolisk, go for it. It’s been 2 years and they haven’t been improved, but that just means they’re 2 years closer to actually doing something… right?
The long answer is here.
Boars are great for soloing, PvP, and even a bit of off tanking. Not so much for raiding so keep that in mind. The main reason is charge generates a lot of threat which is generally an issue for pets with high armor/hp especially once the level cap is hit. This means that lots of level 70s want them. Which leads to the 2nd reason boars are recommended quite a bit. The highest level boar in the game is only level 60. And it’s ugly. Uglier than the crowd at a Packer home game where they run out of beer. The next highest boars are 47-50. Beyond that, the cooler looking boars are even lower level.
So what you’re really hearing is a bunch of level 70s that were happy with whatever pet the leveled with, complaining about having to tame a pet 20 levels below them (or 10 if they don’t mind being ugly).
Again, for leveling up ANY pet will be fine. It’s only as you get to endgame that differences become exaggerated. If you don’t mind a pig following you everywhere try one out.