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World of Warcraft
About World of Warcraft
- Combat Pets
- Non-Combat Pets
In World of Warcraft, there are generally two types of pets: pets that will fight alongside a player, known as combat pets; and pets that are only for show, known as non-combat pets.
Combat pets are pets that will fight alongside a player. Only Warlocks and Hunters can get permanent pets, although priests can control humanoid monsters as a pet for a limited amount of time, and engineers can construct pets. There are also items that players can find that create a pet for a limited amount of time.
Summoning a Pet
If your character class uses pets, you need to first get training to receive your pet. Once you learn the new ability, a summon pet button will appear in your spells menu. Hunters have to convert a pet from the wild with their special ability.
The Pet Action Bar
Pet users get a special, smaller action bar they can use to control their pet. Your pet bar disappears when your pet dies. You can modify the auto-cast status of pet spells in the pet spellbook.
Training Your Pet
You can gain new abilities for your pet by visiting a pet trainer for that specific pet. Trainers are located in major cities and many towns as well.
Keeping Track of Your Pet
Your pet shows up on the mini-map. The mini-map is very useful for keeping track of how far away your pet is as you travel around the world.
Dismissing Your Pet
Right-click on your pet's name bar to see additional pet options. The Dismiss Pet command will cause the Hunter or Warlock's current pet to disappear. Warlocks will have to resummon their pet if they want it back, while Hunters can simply call it back. Note that if you get too far away from your pet, or if the pet gets stuck, it will automatically unsummon.
Abandoning Your Pet
Hunters can abandon a pet forever in order to acquire a new one. If a less permanent solution is desired, they can stable a pet or use Dismiss Pet.
Stabling Your Pet
Hunters can choose to stable their pet at a special stablemaster NPC, usually located in towns and cities. Stabling a pet is like storing it in a bank, a less permanent solution than abandonment. Once the pet is stored, the hunter can tame and train a new pet which can also be stabled or unstabled at any time. Only two pets can be in a stable at any given time while a third is unstabled and summonable at the hunter's command.
While your pet is active you have several buttons to control it:
Select a target, and hit the attack button. There's a hot key to do it too - look it up in the options/controls menu. Pets will try to get behind their targets when engaging in melee combat.
This command tells your pet to ignore everything else and just follow you.
This is useful when you want your pet to stay in place. You can leave it outside of town or a building, go do your business, and then come back to it.
If a monster comes within range of the pet, the pet moves to attack the monster.
The pet responds if attacked but otherwise won't act.
The pet just sits there and does not attack, even if attacked.
Controlling Your Pet
You need to manage the hate of the monster between you and your pet. If the monster attacking your pet is about to kill it then you need to either heal your pet or get the monster to attack you instead. You can transfer the monster over to you by casting spells or using abilities on the monster that cause a high amount of threat.
If the monster is too focused on you, you can use special abilities such as Feign Death, or have your pet use whatever abilities it has to make the monster angry enough to fight it instead. Learning how to properly manage monster hate can take some time. The goal is to keep both you and your pet alive until the end of combat.
All pets receive a percentage of their master's armor, spell damage, spell resistances, attack power, and stamina. You can see these bonuses on your character screen under your stats. For example, increasing your Intellect will also increase your pet's Intellect as shown on the character screen under base stats.
- If your pet is in Aggressive mode inside of a dungeon it will typically go crazy and attack every enemy in sight. Change it to Passive or Defensive mode.
- When traveling, make sure your pet is not in Aggressive mode. Otherwise, your pet will slow you down by attacking everything you pass. You should either change it to Passive mode or unsummon the pet if you don't think you will need it.
- At the start of a battle make sure your pet is attacking. If it is standing around, it's not helping. You can use hot keys to make your pet attack faster. To make the pet attack, press Control-1.
- Warlock and Hunter pets will be automatically dismissed when you summon a mount. These pets will return on dismount. This does not affect pet happiness for Hunters.
- Pets will not attack targets that are under the influence of crowd control (sheep, banish, etc.).
- Pets, summons and guardians are not susceptible to charm.
- If you tell your pet to attack a creature, it won't be distracted unless taunted.
- The pet action bar is greyed out while the pet is confused or fleeing.
- Pets of other party members display in the party UI. You can see pet health and harmful effects on the pet. You can turn this functionality on and off in the Interface Options menu.
For more information on hunter pets, go to Petopia.
In World of Warcraft, players can summon non-combat pets (also known as companion pets, vanity pets, minipets, or small pets). These pets do not fight alongside the player, but one (specifically, the Disgusting Oozling) can have an effect on combat by lowering the player's defense and increasing the chance of the player getting hit by a critical hit. Non-combat pets will follow a player wherever he or she goes, and are mostly there to be seen.
A good website with a database of information on many of the companion pets in World of Warcraft is Warcraft Pets.
World of Warcraft Pets Links
www.warcraftpets.com: This comprehensive list includes pictures, data, and links for all World of Warcraft small pets, vanity pets, minipets, companions, noncombat pets, critter pets, etc.
www.warcraftpets.com: WarcraftPets features battle stats, collecting info, commentary and pictures for all WoW companions, vanity pets, and battle pets. Discover the perfect pet for your ...
www.wow-petopia.com: A visual guide to hunter pets with Cataclysm information.
www.wowwiki.com: A pet is any creature that a player can summon or tame, like companions and mounts. Battle pets...
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