Spider – ColdMist Stalker
Overall Rank: 21/23 – Not Recommended
Damage reduction: 51.03%
|Solo: (C-) No focus dump. Consistently lost agro.
Instance: (C-) Bite does not cut it for damage. Fewer attacks means FI isn’t up as much.
BG: (C+) Actually, a bit stealthy. Often overlooked so that mage may not notice why his spell keeps getting pushed back.
Arena:(C) More damage than some, but not great.
This pet was the first to be really close to to the recommended list. The high DPS almost keeps it in contention. Almost. The problem was agro. I was consistently pulling agro before the mob’s health was at 50%. Even when I throttled back it was an issue. It got me a bit curious as to how much threat it was generating. How far behind my crab was it really? I popped up cheeky’s spreadsheet and behold! My crab has 20 more DPS.
What else is there to say? I really liked having a spider next to me. The skittering animation and attack sound are some of my favorites. Watching him disappear over a hill in AV to attack an unseen horde made me giggle menacingly a few times.
While I’m on the topic, I have read “fun to use against arachnophobes” often when discussing advantages. Please. I am one and I will purposely target spiders in game to get the wonderful feeling of killing them without putting myself at risk. Stories of people freaking out are exaggerations of normal suprise-attack, button mashing that would have occurred regardless of pet.
So summary: looks-wise, I love it. Stats-wise, I can’t recommend it.