So I'm sure you long-time readers know about Tux and Locke, but who's the third pet in my stable?
Well, currently, it's a level 68 Bloodmaul Dire Wolf from Blade's Edge, named Amarok. Amarok being the name of a giant, fearsome wolf in Inuit mythology, and also the name of an amazing piece of Open Source software. I originally got him partially because I was inspired by my desktop wallpaper and partially because I wanted a pet that still did some damage but also had a little more armor than my other two pets, for grinding and the like. But for some reason I haven't really gotten attached to him the same way that I have to Tux and Locke. Oh, he's a neat little pet, but... I dunno. I'm sorta feeling like something different.
So here is where I turn to you, readers, for help and advice.
Should I stick with the wolf, or try something different?
Oh, and here are the current candidates for "Try Something Different":
Tux was the first pet I ever tamed, and the second was Wash, a Mottled Raptor from Wetlands. I'd had my eye on a raptor pet almost as long as I'd been playing the game, and I went out and tamed Wash the second I was a high enough level. (Oh, and for those of you who do not "get" the name... click here, please.)
For a while, Tux sat in the stable while Wash followed me everywhere. Then I started to feel bad for Tux so I pulled him out again. Then I tried alternating between Tux and Wash for a while but it soon got to the point where I simply could not keep them both up to me in level. Finally while questing in Stranglethorn Vale I realized that level-36-Wash just could not hold aggro on some of the level 40 mobs I was trying to attack, and I was forced to choose between Tux and Wash... and, well, I picked Tux and Wash went to the stable for good.
There he stayed until I was level 69 when I realized that I needed that third stable slot (the other two taken by Tux and Locke) to be able to learn the highest level skills for my kitty and birdy. It was actually something that I'd known I'd have to do for a while, but I'd been putting it off because I'd gotten rather attached to Wash in the short time that he'd quested with me. So finally one day I took a deep breath, pulled him out, took him to the prettiest spot in Nagrand, and released him.
...I cried. Real hunters cry.
(Warning: if you are anything like me, then do not look at these pictures while listening to "When Somebody Loved Me" from Toy Story 2 unless you want to risk bursting into tears.)
*pulls self together*
Anyways, the point is that I still have this little longing in my heart to have a raptor waddling after me again. The downside is that they do fill basically the same role as a cat so it might be sort of redundant to have both. But hey, who said having hunter pets had to be logical, right?
"A feeling is not much to go on."
"Sometimes a feeling, Mister Spock, is all we humans have to go on."
I've never had one. Supposedly they are the highest-DPS-pet in the game and that aspect sort of intrigues me. I'd like to try something else in my raids and heroics; I love Locke but he's gotta get some time off sometimes ya know?
Unlike many people, I find ravagers to be cute in an Aliens/hydralisk sort of way. "Pike, you're nuts for using the words "cute", "Aliens", and "hydralisk" in the same sentence." Yes, yes I know. (Hey, Starcraft is cute.)
I do rather like the idea of trying out a type of pet that I have never tried before... it'd be exciting I think.
My character Lunapike has a Windserpent as one of her two pets (the ever so cute bright red Springpaw Lynx is the other) and I've really enjoyed having him as a pet. Lightning Breath is great and scales with hunter AP, so as your attack power goes up it will make a difference in your noodly Windserpent buddy as well.
I'll admit I'm also inspired by the fact that a hunter friend of mine who I have ridiculous amounts of respect for (and who consistently beats me in PvP although I outgear the heck out of him) runs with a Windserpent. Clearly he knows something that I don't. (Actually I think he knows a lot of things that I don't.) And I think the Windserpent might be a part of that secret. MUST. FIND. OUT.
If I want to stick with my original plan of having a grinding pet, then the ever-fashionable boar might be a good choice. The downsides are that it'd be quite a level grind to bring one up to level 70, and also, the recent boar nerfs make this somewhat less of a must-have-pet than it used to be. Still, it's a solid choice with lotsa armor.
And there you have it. What's a hunter to do for her third stable slot? The nostalgia and overall coolness-factor of the raptor? The damage, unique-ness, and new-ness of a ravager? The fun Lightning-Breath-goodness of the windserpent? The armor of the ol' boar standby? Or should I just stick with my wolf?
What do you think?
I've put a poll up on the sidebar so you can cast your vote. And please feel free to leave your comments on pet-picking!