Owl – Avian Darkhawk
Overall Rank: 4/23 – Recommended
Damage reduction: 51.03%
Skills: Claw, Screech, Dive
|Solo: (A+) Screech – Agro magnet for AoE pulls. If focus was 100, he never lost agro even going full out. (Turn claw off)
Instance: (B) Flapping can annoy tanks/melee and anyone else that’s not using portraits or keyboard to target. Good damage overall though.
BG: (A-) Hard not to target and annoying
Arena:(A-) Flapping in your face!
I actually had to reduce other pet’s solo grades to make this one superior. I have another hunter where an owl is his main pet and used claw on solo pulls (most of the time) and screech on AoE, but that’s going to change. Dive, growl, screech, screech, screech. I could go full out as soon as the growl hit. If you know you’re going to have multiple mobs, wait on screech until all of them are in range. Max rank mend pet still didn’t pull agro on the mobs. I did still run into problems when the adds came later in the fight. I should also note that either claw and screech should be used exclusively. Trying to use both at the same time will result in quite a bit less threat / damage generation.
The flying animation is definitely a pro/con thing. For PvP, it’s great because it gets in your opponent’s way, for everything else it’s annoying because it gets in your way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve clicked on Axiom instead of the mob, the vendor, the mailbox, or the horde killing me. The stay command is your friend.
In arenas where your pet is mainly there to annoy (if you’re a serious gladiator you’re not BM right now), I can recommend this highly. The increased annoyance is worth the small DPS drop from a ravager or raptor. I would stable it as soon as it’s time to do something else though. An additional annoyance was screech’s sound. I found myself turing off sound effects while it was on auto-cast.