Hyena – Snickerfang Hyena (50)
Overall Rank: 20/23 – Not Recommended
Damage reduction: 51.92%
Skills: Bite, Dash
|Solo: (C) They lose agro and then laugh at you.
Instance: (D+) Bring it and annoy others around you with their attack sound.
BG: (C+) Dash keeps it from being horrible.
Arena:(C-) Nothing special here.
Hyenas really are just wolves without Ferocious Howl. In fact, before FH came out, there was quite a bit of debate as to whether wolves and hyenas were actually the same pet family. With hyenas, you may lose in a ‘meh’ ability, but you gain loads of personality. Very few hunters roll with hyenas, and those that do, usually take the SM hounds for some reason. (Licorice was inspired by a friends SM hound named Jellybean.) I like the animations of hyenas much better than their wolf counterparts, and in general, I liked their sound effects better. The one exception is the ‘attack’ sound which can really get on your nerves after a while.
The rest is basically the same as wolves. No focus dump meant hard soloing, and it doesn’t bring anything great to groups. In PvP, there’s no utility beyond what any other pet would bring to make up for it’s lack of DPS. At least things are looking up for WotLK.