Serpent – Coilskar Cobra (68)
Overall Rank: 18/23 – Not Recommended
Damage reduction: 51.03%
Skills: Poison Spit, Bite
|Solo: (C+) I liked the uniqueness of poison spit, but not useful enough.
Instance: (D) Meh. Will get you through, but many better choices.
BG: (D-) No dash, no DPS, no good.
Arena:(C) Poison spit is at least poison so it can minimally reduce Viper from being cleansed. Doing it from ranged is nice as well.
I’ll restate what I said in my blog post while testing this pet. Serpents are Windserpents-lite. You want ranged ability for pulling? They both have it, but Windserpents give you more initial threat. Want DPS? Windserpents’ are higher DPS. Want a movement ability? None for serpents, while windserpents get dive. The only reason to take serpents over windserpents is their looks, but if you’re taking a pet on looks, you should just be browsing petopia.
But looks they have. I do wish they were a bit more varied, but I found most of the models pleasing. The idle animation and sound effects are a nice change of pace as well. Poison spit is a nice ability, but like many others it just doesn’t cut it. 8s DoT on a 10s cooldown would be a nice bonus damage if it had a focus dump as well. In fact if it did, I’d take it over scorpids for soloing. Also, as magic based damage it scales with RAP.
The only other thing to say is that since Scorpid Poison is a ranged attack, it suffers from the same ‘going to range’ issue that Lightning Breath does. However, even that is worse. The LB fix is to add to your shot rotation macro a line to force it to cast when it’s ready. When I did this for Poison Spit, rather than casting, it would cause it to stop moving away, face the target, and then turn around and try to get to ranged again. It ended up stuttering in place repeatedly until the mob was at a ranged distance. I found that if I stopped spamming the macro for a bit (a couple seconds), the ability would go through as if there was a short cast time on it, but then I’m delaying my main DPS for a weak DoT. In the end it’s an annoyance that can easily be avoided by taking a better pet.