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.
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
Family-specific abilitiesThis section contains information that is out-of-date.
|Family||Raid buff||Special Ability||Exotic Ability||Bonus Ability||Basic Attack|
|Bird of Prey|
|Carrion Bird||Mortal Wounds|
|Core Hound||Bloodlust effect|
|Nether Ray||Bloodlust effect|
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.