Thursday, April 16, 2009

My 3.1 tanking pet: the crocolisk

Gorilladins, you have seen your day. But all the other tenacity pets got jealous as they quietly followed you and your hunter after they were abandoned, and learned the ways of the thunderstomp. Now, all tenacity pets can use this, but you aren't left in the cold! You still have pummel.

My own gorilla, Sasquatch, will not be seeing much of me anymore. I just tamed my friend Cranky, the Crocolisk. It will take some time for us to get used to each other, but we will see that his bad attitude will be focused on the enemy and not at me.

Why did I go with a Crocolisk? While it may be a fun thing to do sometimes, hunters don't tank instances or raids regularly, and when I'm using my tenacity pet its usually when I'm soloing something. This is the only special pet ability in the tenacity group that can damage more than one at a time, which means group aggro will get better. It is also great on fast-hitting bosses :)

What's the best for a single-target boss though, in most cases? I'd have to say either the Turtle, Warp Stalker (yeah, seriously), or the Worm. The turtle can reduce damage done by 50% every minute for 12 seconds, which is 20% of the time (like the Warrior's Shield Wall). The Warp Stalker has an extra 50% chance to dodge three attacks every 15 seconds (for the slow, hard hitting bosses this is awesome, and a great compliment to the Crocolisk). Then there's the Worm who can do damage and reduce 10% of armor, stacking up to two times. (Kinda like a warrior's Devastate. The devastate stacks at a total of 20%, just like the worm's.)

Of course, health is very important for a tank, but I like to focus more on the ability to hold threat. If specced correctly, as BM, your tanking pet should get a 50% bonus of all heals done to her, which is a ridiculous bonus. (Cheer up your healer friends by letting them see how high they can crit on yer tenacity pet!) None of it matters if you/anyone pulls though. That's why I chose the crocolisk.

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