Wolf – Bloodmaul Battle Worg (67)
Overall Rank: 15/23 – Not Recommended
|Name: Son of Lupos
Damage reduction: 51.92%
Skills: Furious Howl, Bite, Dash
|Solo: (C) No focus dump makes me sad.
Instance: (B-) If you’re in a group with 4 other physical DPS, they don’t suck, but they’re still not great.
BG: (B-) Just something nice about Wolves in Alterac. Dash is good, but lower DPS is clear.
Arena:(C+) If you have anything other than a 5 man physical DPS team, you probably want a different pet.
I’ve already gotten more comments about this pet before the review is even written. Clearly, I’m not the only “dog person.”
Furious Howl is a potentially great skill, but it has several drawbacks. First off it costs 60 focus which is fine cost/benefit ratio if fully utilized, but for soloing, isn’t that great. The second drawback is it’s range is short. I got the buff at the start of fights and seldom saw it again. Soloing, it essentially becomes a self buff.
On the positive side, it is great bonus damage/threat for the start of fights, and if you’re in a group with melee dps it becomes pretty worthwhile. In fact if you’re raiding with 25 and you’re in a group with 4 melee (MM), it becomes a 25 DPS buff, which almost makes up for the lack of a focus dump. Almost. Basically, that would boost you up to where I rank crabs, and there are many better pets. You probably want to tame a raiding pet if you don’t have one.
For soloing, I was pulling agro left and right as with every other pet that lacks a focus dump. FH’s buff was nice in arenas and BG’s (when my groupmates were around), it was very similar to my thoughts on shaman totems: it doesn’t matter much unless there are others around. You probably should do fine leveling with this pet, but it is not a great endgame pet at the moment.
I’m also one of those guys that like having a unique pet, and this is not it. Despite this not being one of the uber pets, there are many, many people that tame them. Even with all the different looks, you basically get black, white, brown, or gray and then either wolf or dire wolf (longer teeth). Fairly boring. They also always looked like they were in combat which is a bit disconcerting running around town.
This offensive look is contrasted by their sounds which sound way too much like a dog being hurt (even the attack command), and animations which showed him casually sniffing the ground or scratching behind his ears with teeth fully bared.
IMO the programmers/artists who put this pet together were not ‘dog people.” I was hoping for more of a companion and less of a “want-to-be” mindless killing machine.