Pet abilities

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For warlock minion abilities, see Minion abilities.

A hunter pet can have different abilities, depending on its pet specialization. Each specialization is generally focused around a specific role. Cunning has high utility and is good in PvP. Ferocity is focused on DPS and is good in dungeons and raids. Tenacity is focused on pet survival and threat generation; good for soloing.

Although each pet family comes with a default specialization, you can change your pet's spec whenever you are not in combat. Each pet family—or beast type—has a special ability; some have a bonus ability. Some pet families are only usable by Beast Mastery hunters and have an exotic ability.

Damaging pet abilities scale with the pet's melee attack power or bonus spell damage. Physical abilities generally gain bonus damage equal to 7% of the pet's melee attack power, while spell abilities generally gain bonus damage equal to 1/3 of the pet's bonus spell damage. See the attack power coefficient article for further details.

General abilities

Universal abilities

Ability Focus Range Cooldown Description
[Avoidance] Passive n/a n/a Reduces the damage your pet takes from creature area of effect attacks by an additional 90%.
[Combat Experience] Passive n/a n/a Increases all damage done by your pet by 50%.
[Growl] 0 30 8 sec Your pet growls at the target, generating threat, taunting the target to attack the pet, and increasing threat that your pet generates against the target for 3 sec.

Basic attacks

These abilities are also known as focus dumps because they are often used to expend excess focus while more efficient or useful abilities are on cooldown. Each pet has one. The differences between these are cosmetic; they are effectively the same.

Ability Used by Focus Range Description
[Bite] Basilisk, Bat, Beetle, Boar, Carrion Bird, Chimaera, Core Hound, Crocolisk, Devilsaur, Direhorn, Dog, Dragonhawk, Fox, Hyena, Hydra, Nether Ray, Quilen, Ravager, Riverbeast, Rylak, Serpent, Shale Spider, Spider, Turtle, Warp Stalker, Water Strider, Wind Serpent, Wolf, Worm 25 5 yd Bite the enemy, causing X damage. Deals 100% more damage and costs 100% more Focus when your pet has 50 or more Focus.
[Claw] Bear, Bird of Prey, Cat, Crab, Porcupine, Raptor, Scorpid, Silithid, Spirit Beast, Tallstrider 25 5 yd Claw the enemy, causing X damage. Deals 100% more damage and costs 100% more Focus when your pet has 50 or more Focus.
[Smack] Clefthoof, Crane, Goat, Gorilla, Monkey, Moth, Sporebat, Stag, Wasp 25 5 yd Smack the enemy, causing X damage. Deals 100% more damage and costs 100% more Focus when your pet has 50 or more Focus.

Cunning abilities

Ability Focus Range Cooldown Description
[Boar's Speed] Passive n/a n/a Increases your pet's movement speed by 30%.
[Bullheaded] 0 n/a 3 min Removes all movement impairing effects and all effects which cause loss of control of your pet, and reduces damage done to your pet by 20% for 12 sec.
[Cornered] Passive n/a n/a When at less than 35% health, your pet does 50% more damage and has a 60% reduced chance to be critically hit.
[Dash] 0 n/a 32 sec Increases your pet's movement speed by 80% for 16 sec.
[Roar of Sacrifice] 0 40 yd 1 min Protects a friendly target from critical strikes, making attacks against that target unable to be critical strikes, but 20% of all damage taken by that target is also taken by the pet. Lasts 12 sec.

Ferocity abilities

Ability Focus Range Cooldown Description
[Dash] 0 n/a 32 sec Increases your pet's movement speed by 80% for 16 sec.
[Heart of the Phoenix] 0 n/a 8 min When used, your pet will miraculously return to life with full health.
[Spiked Collar] Passive Melee n/a Increases the damage done by your pet's Basic Attacks by 10%, and increases your pet's attack speed by 10%, and increases your pet's critical strike chance by 10%.

Tenacity abilities

Ability Focus Range Cooldown Description
[Blood of the Rhino] Passive n/a n/a Increases all healing effects on your pet by 40%, increasing your pet's armor by 20%, and reduces your pet's chance to be critically hit by melee attacks by 6%.
[Charge] 0 8-25 yd 25 sec Your pet charges an enemy, immobilizing the target for 1 sec, and increasing the pet's melee attack power by 25% for its next attack.
[Great Stamina] Passive n/a n/a Increases your pet's total health by 12%.
[Last Stand] 0 n/a 6 min Your pet temporarily gains 30% of its maximum health for 20 sec. After the effect expires, the health is lost.
[Thunderstomp] 20 Melee 10 sec Shakes the ground with thundering force, doing X Nature damage to all enemies within 8 yards. This ability causes a moderate amount of additional threat.

Family-specific abilities

Family Raid buff Special Ability Exotic Ability Bonus Ability Basic Attack
Basilisk [Stone Scales] [Bite]
Bat Multistrike [Sonic Focus] [Bite]
Bear Stamina [Invigorating Roar] [Rest] [Claw]
Beetle [Harden Carapace] [Bite]
Bird of Prey Versatility [Tenacity] [Trick] [Claw]
Boar Versatility [Indomitable] [Bite]
Carrion Bird Mortal Wounds [Bloody Screech] [Bite]
Cat Mastery [Roar of Courage] [Prowl] [Claw]
Chimaera Multistrike [Duality] [Froststorm Breath] [Frost Breath] [Bite]
Clefthoof Versatility / Multistrike [Wild Strength] [Thick Hide] [Smack]
Core Hound Multistrike / Bloodlust effect [Double Bite] [Ancient Hysteria] [Molten Hide] [Bite]
Crab [Harden Shell] [Claw]
Crane Combat resurrection [Gift of Chi-Ji] [Trick] [Smack]
Crocolisk Mortal Wounds [Deadly Bite] [Ankle Crack] [Bite]
Devilsaur Critical strike / Mortal Wounds [Terrifying Roar] [Monstrous Bite] [Feast] [Bite]
Direhorn [Reflective Armor Plating] [Bite]
Dog Stats [Bark of the Wild] [Bite]
Dragonhawk Multistrike [Spry Attacks] [Bite]
Fox [Agile Reflexes] [Play] [Bite]
Goat Stamina [Sturdiness] [Smack]
Gorilla Stats [Blessing of Kongs] [Smack]
Hydra Mastery [Keen Senses] [Bite]
Hyena Haste [Cackling Howl] [Bite]
Monkey [Primal Agility] [Smack]
Moth Combat resurrection [Dust of Life] [Smack]
Nether Ray Bloodlust effect [Netherwinds] [Bite]
Porcupine Versatility [Defensive Quills] [Rest] [Claw]
Quilen Critical strike / Combat resurrection [Fearless Roar] [Eternal Guardian] [Stone Armor] [Bite]
Raptor Critical Strike [Strength of the Pack] [Claw]
Ravager Versatility [Chitinous Armor] [Bite]
Riverbeast Mortal Wounds [Gruesome Bite] [Bite]
Rylak Haste / Stamina [Savage Vigor] [Updraft] [Bite]
Scorpid Mortal Wounds [Deadly Sting] [Claw]
Serpent Spell power [Serpent's Cunning] [Bite]
Shale Spider Critical strike / Stats [Solid Shell] [Embrace of the Shale Spider] [Bite]
Silithid Stamina / Spell power [Tendon Rip] [Qiraji Fortitude] [Claw]
Spider [Web Spray] [Bite]
Spirit Beast Mastery [Spirit Beast Blessing] [Spirit Mend] [Spirit Walk] [Claw]
Sporebat Haste [Energizing Spores] [Smack]
Stag Versatility [Grace] [Smack]
Tallstrider Mastery [Plainswalking] [Claw]
Turtle [Shell Shield] [Bite]
Warp Stalker [Warp Time] [Bite]
Wasp Haste [Speed of the Swarm] [Smack]
Water Strider Spell power / Critical strike [Still Water] [Surface Trot] [Bite]
Wind Serpent Multistrike [Breath of the Winds] [Bite]
Wolf Critical Strike [Furious Howl] [Bite]
Worm Stats / Versatility [Strength of the Earth] [Burrow Attack] [Bite]

Past changes

Originally, there were 6 basic pet abilities: Bite, Claw, Cower, Growl, Dash and Dive.

  • v1.8.0 added eight more
  • v1.9.0 added 3 more.
  • v2.1.0 added 2 more.
  • v3.0.2 removed all previous skills and replaced it with a pet talent system.
  • v5.0.4 removed pet talent system and replaced it with pet specialization system.
  • v7.0.3 removed pet raid buffs.

See also