I found myself with quite a bit of time on my hands this weekend. I don’t know how it happened, but I wish I could replicate it. I went off and tamed a serpent, Kite, who has already gained a level and 2 loyalty levels. I think I can make a 2 word summary: “Windserpent lite.” Poison spit has all the disadvantages of Lightning Breath without any of the things that make LB good. LB is a focus dump, PS has a 8s cooldown. LB is instant damage that can crit, PS is a weak DoT. Both are nature damage, so they have the shaman stormstrike issue. Windserpents are high DPS to begin with, Serpents are at +0%. Poison Spit is a ranged attack, which means it has the same bug as Windserpents only worse.
So, situation #1 – not macroed. I pull agro so the mob runs towards me. During that time Spit’s CD is up and the serpent stops pursuit, runs AWAY, and casts the DoT. Now it has to run further to catch back up to the mob and resume DPS. Same thing happened to me with Windserpents, so lets do the same solution of putting it on the SS macro.
Situation #2 – PS on macro. The issue seems to be that there is a hidden cast time on PS since this didn’t happen with Windserpents. I pull agro so the mob runs towards me, and the CD is up just as before. Since it’s on the macro, there’s no cast until I hit it. But with a mob running towards me, I speed up a bit, anyway. The serpent’s reaction is to stop, turn around to back up, turn around again to start a cast, stop, turn away, turn back to start cast, stop, turn away, turn back, (repeat). The serpent basically stays in one place, doing the pet dance with itself. Once the mob is far enough away PS will cast and the serpent runs back to resume DPS. (FYI, if I stop spamming the macro, the serpent goes back to it’s behavior in #1.)
In the end, he’s closer to the mob when Poison Spit is finally cast in situation #2 than in #1, so it still seems worth having it on the macro since normal DPS resumes more quickly.
This whole thing is made worse by the fact that if I’m macro spamming, 8s is just about the time I usually pull agro. I’d say the bug occurs in 50% of my fights. Can I compensate for it? Sure. But isn’t the pet there to support me rather than me being there to support the pet? The sporebat may have some competition. At least Gus didn’t CAUSE problems. On the upside, I do like the animations for serpents.
Since I’m now exalted with SSO, I’m back to only doing the 4 outland based quests that have supply packs as rewards. I’m doing it for disenchanting the gear for extra g and the BoJ’s but I’m in a dry spell and haven’t see one in 3-4 days. I’m thinking Dory’s Embrace is going to be out of reach. So rather than try to grind level 70-72 mobs on the Isle with my below 70 pet, I’ve decided to go for some Consortium rep. I got 3k so far this weekend. By the time Kite hits 70, I might just be revered. I may actually get the ring enchant I want.
Also, this (hit view in 3D) is quite possibly the best looking bow in the game, IMO. I want it so badly…