Pet Introduction FAQ
Introduction to Hunter’s Pet:
- When do I get a pet?
- How does tame beast work?
- My pet shrank as soon as he was tamed! Lame. Why? Will he get bigger?
- How can I tell if a pet is tamable?
- What does Call Pet do?
- What does Dismiss Pet do?
- What does Feed Pet do?
- What does Revive Pet do?
- What are skill points?
- What does Pet Training do?
- How do I get rid of my pet?
- What happens if my pet dies?
- Can I have more than one pet?
- What is the stable?
- How do I level up a pet?
- How does my pet gain loyalty?
At level 10. There will be a hunter trainer, usually in the second town, that will give you a series of quests each called “Taming the Beast” to tame a beast with a taming rod. Once this is completed he will teach you 3 abilities: Tame Beast, Call Pet, and Dismiss Pet. He will then give you a follow up quest called “Training the Beast” which is to travel to your main city and see the hunter trainer there. After completing that quest you will learn three more abilities: Feed Pet, Revive Pet, and Beast Training.
First you need to find a “Beast” that is your level or lower. You cannot tame a pet that is higher level than yourself. If you have a freeze trap, I suggest you lay it down between you the the beast. Now, click ‘tame beast’ from a distance. This will agro the beast and reduce your armor to 0. Taming will take 20 seconds, and you must have the beasts attention for the full 20 seconds. If you attack, drink a potion, or anything else this will break the taming and you’ll have to go another 20 seconds.
Some beasts do a knockdown attack which can also terminate the taming. My suggestion is lay a freeze trap right behind you, agro the beast, and let it attack you until it uses that attack, which typically only happens once a fight. Then quickly, down a health potion, and back up until it hit’s the trap. Now begin taming, and cross your fingers.
When beta testing players found that when they were high level and in a group, pets were so large they would do things like cover up the tank so that the healer couldn’t click on them. In response, Blizzard had them scale down when tamed. And yes, that makes level 10 pets really tiny.
Not to worry though. As your pet levels up, it will get bigger. However, they will never be as large as their wild counterparts at the same level.
Until you get Beast Lore (which can lie), you really can’t tell in game. However there is this general rule: if it’s cool you can’t. Your best bet is to check out the petopia database. For now, here’s a quick list of things that you want to tame, but can’t: Kodo, Thunder Lizards, Zevra, Giraffe, Deer, Stags, Butterflies, Basilisks, Wyverns, Gryphons.
Dragons are not beasts. Don’t ask for dragon taming either, they are intelligent creatures in WoW lore that will gladly snack on your entrails while discussing the flaws of modern cuisine.
Also note, that ‘critters’ are not beasts. So although having a skunk or cockroach would be cool, you can’t do it.
After you’ve tamed a pet, you use this to bring it out after you’ve died, gone out of range of it, or dismissed it.
This is used to put your pet away, which causes it to lose 50 happiness (we’ll discuss happiness next). For instance, you’ve climbed a tower and enemies have respawned below. If you just jump off, your pet many instead choose to go down the stairs and bring the enemies with it. Instead, dismiss your pet, jump, and then call it.
So you’ve tamed your first pet, but you’ll notice a sad, red face next to the health/focus bars. This is your only clue to it’s happiness level, which in this case is unhappy. This means that it’s damage is reduced by 25%, causes your pet to lose loyalty (which you need for skill points), and if you do nothing it will eventually leave you and can no longer be called. There are 2 levels of happiness that are higher: yellow normal and green happy Normal eliminates the damage reduction, and happy gives a 25% damage increase and causes your pet to gain loyalty. You want to keep your pet happy.
If you right click on the portrait of the pet, you will see an item called “pet info.” Left click it, and you will be in a new tab in the character window. You will again see the same happiness icon above your pets picture, but if you mouse over it, you will see a list of foods that your pet will eat: Bread, Cheese, Fish, Raw Fish, Fruit, Fungus, Meat, and/or Raw Meat.
Now, just find a vendor and buy some food that your pet will eat that’s appropriate for your level (the cheapest will do at least until level 16). Now click your ‘feed pet’ icon and then the food. Provied you haven’t changed the default chat settings you can switch over to the ‘combat’ tab and you should see messages saying:
____ gains the feed pet effect
____ gains 35 happiness
It’s a good idea to check this once in a while when your pet gains a level to see if you’re still using the right food.
Things to note:
- Using food that’s too low will lower the amount of happiness gained.
- Using food that’s higher, WILL NOT give your pet more happiness. 35 is the max.
- Feeding your pet while it already has the feed pet effect will reset the effect and just wastes food.
- Once your pet is ‘happy’ you do not need to feed it again. You may still gain happiness, but you will most likely not get the feed pet effect for the full duration.
- Feeding a pet does not increase it’s loyalty. So, don’t believe anybody that tells you to force-feed your pet. They are what we call ‘huntards’ that belong on your /ignore list.
- Some pets eat fish, which you can get through fishing (imagine that!). This is very, very boring, but a cost effective way to save a little money.
OMG, my pet died. You do not need to tame a new pet when your pet dies. Instead, just use the handy, dandy ‘Revive Pet’ ability. You don’t even need to be in range of your pet’s corpse. The only downside is that it takes a lot of mana and 10 seconds to rez your pet. Also, your pet seems to go down one level of happiness each time it dies so have some food ready.
Skill points are used to teach your pet different abilities. To determine the total amount of points your pet has, multiply your pet’s level by your loyalty level minus one. So a level 11 pet at loyalty level 4 will have: (11 x (4-1)) = (11 x 3) = 33 points. The maximum loyalty level is 6 so the current skill point cap is 350 at level 70.
If you click your ‘Beast Training’ icon, it will bring up a menu similar to what crafters see. It’s a list of abilities the hunter has learned and can teach to a pet that meets the requirements in level, family and skill points. If you have a pet out, there will be (## TP) on the right of any skill that can be learned by that pet family. Skills you pet already knows will be at the bottom of the list. Clicking on one of the skills will bring up detailed information below stating the required level of the pet, the number of training points that will be used, and the details of what that abilities specifically does.
Before a pet can be trained in an ability, the hunter must first learn it. Some abilities are available to all pets and can be learned at the pet trainer. Pay some silver or gold and it’s yours. Some abilities certain beasts will know as soon as they are tamed, but to teach it to another pet, the hunter must first learn it. Abilities also require skill points to learn. This is all a bit confusing so let me use some concrete examples.
For my pet I tamed an owl, which knew claw, rank 2 when I tamed it. I then walked up to the <pet trainer> and bought growl (rank 1) which I could then teach to my pet. At level 16, I noticed from the big list of pet skills that my owl could learn a higher rank of claw.
Another thing to know is that if you are teaching your pet a new, higher rank of a skill it already knows, you only need enough training points to make up the difference. For example, upgrading claw rank 2 which is 4 TP to claw rank 3 which is 7TP will cost a total of (7 – 3) = 4 TP.
That depends on what you mean by get rid of. If you want to permanently get rid of your pet, right click it’s portrait, select abandon, and confirm. If you want to set aside your pet for now, so that you can tame a new one, just use the stable. If you want to just walk around without a pet you can use Dismiss Pet.
If your pet dies, you will not lose it. The only penalty for pet death is that it loses happiness, and you need to rez it using Revive Pet. You do not need to be at your pet’s corpse to revive it, but it takes a lot of mana.
Yes, you can have up to 3 pets, but you can only have one out at a time. To tame additional pets (the right way) you will need to put your current pet in the stable, before taming a new one. Pets level up and gain loyalty independently of each other. So if you have a level 15 cat at Best Friend loyalty, stable it, and tame a level 9 owl, the new owl will not gain the stats of the cat, but be level 9 and rebellious.
Note that it is difficult to keep 2 pets at the same level as yourself, and basically requires you not to gain any rested exp. It will also mean that you will always be using a pet that is a level below you. Personally, I recommend using only one pet and only switching when taming a new pet at close to your level, or to temporarily tame a beast for a new level of ability. Once you hit the level cap you can then level up a new pet more easily.
Having 3 pets is silly unless you are at the level cap, since you will not be able to learn any new skills to teach your pets.
The stable is a place to store pets you are not currently using similar to a bank. Just look for the NPC with <stable master> under its name, usually outside of an inn. You pay 10s for the first slot and 5g for the second. You will need to buy at least one so that you can tame temporary pets to learn new skills for your main pet as he levels.
You must fight mobs that you will gain experience from. If you’re level 20 and just tamed a level 5 pet, fighting level 5 mobs will not give your pet any experience. If you pet is far below you, fight the lowest level mobs that are still green to you.
All we really know is that fighting, experience giving mobs seems to be the fastest way. Mania experimented a bit and found that she gained a loyalty level after earning about 5% of her hunters’ experience for the next level. YMMV
I once stayed 10 hours in a capital city to see if you could gain loyalty out of combat. Nothing happened. I gave up. I then went outside the city and gained a loyalty level in 20 min. A bit later I was back in town checking the mail, putting things in the bank, and checking the auction house, and bing, gained another loyalty level. /shrug