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For warlock minion abilities, see Minion abilities.

A hunter pet can have different abilities, depending on its pet family. Each pet family, or beast type, has one single special skill and belongs to one of the three pet classes Cunning/Ferocity/Tenacity, each of which gives access to a certain pet talent tree. In the pet talent tree the hunter can assign talent points for skills. Some are active combat abilities, used to improve combat effectiveness, or passive abilities.

A hunter can specialize his or her pets, to a large degree, by the choice of pet family, pet class, and talent build, for example to make a pet a more effective tank or a damage-dealer.

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.

Pet Skill Calculators

Just like the many Talent Build Calculators out there for classes, there are a few Hunter Pet Skill Calculators to help you plan how to spend your pets training points and minimize leftover unusable points.

These calculators are all third-party, not Blizzard's, and therefore can fall out of date with content patches. Current as of October 22, 2008:

Summary of abilities

General abilities

Universal abilities

Icon Ability Rank levels Focus Range Description
Ability druid cower Cower 5, 15, 25, 35, 45, 55 0 5 yards Cower, causing no damage but lowering your threat, making the enemy less likely to attack you.
Ability physical taunt Growl 1, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 15 Melee Your pet growls at the target, generating threat and increasing the likelihood the target will attack it.

Other general non-talent abilities

Thees 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.

Icon Ability Used by Rank levels Focus Range Description
Ability druid ferociousbite Bite Bat, Boar, Carrion Bird, Chimaera, Core Hound, Crocolisk, Devilsaur, Dragonhawk, Hyena, Nether Ray, Ravager, Serpent, Spider, Turtle, Warp Stalker, Wind Serpent, Wolf, Worm 1, 8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80 25 5 yards Bite the enemy, causing 4-6 / 8-12 / 12-16 / 16-22 / 21-29 / 26-36 / 35-49 / 43-59 / 54-76 / 91-129 / 118-168 damage.
Ability druid rake Claw Bear, Bird of Prey, Cat, Crab, Raptor, Scorpid, Silithid, Spirit Beast, Tallstrider 1, 8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80 25 5 yards Claw the enemy, causing 4-6 / 8-12 / 12-16 / 16-22 / 21-29 / 26-36 / 35-49 / 43-59 / 54-76 / 91-129 / 118-168 damage.
Ability druid bash Smack Gorilla, Moth, Rhino, Sporebat, Wasp 1, 8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72, 80 25 5 yards Bite the enemy, causing 4-6 / 8-12 / 12-16 / 16-22 / 21-29 / 26-36 / 35-49 / 43-59 / 54-76 / 91-129 / 118-168 damage.

General talent abilities

All general active talent abilities are tier 1

Icon Ability Used by Focus Range Description
Ability hunter pet bear Charge Bear, Boar, Cat, Core Hound, Crab, Crocolisk, Devilsaur, Gorilla, Hyena, Raptor, Rhino, Scorpid, Spirit Beast, Tallstrider, Turtle, Warp Stalker, Wolf, Worm 20 8-25 yards 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.
Ability druid dash Dash Cat, Core Hound, Devilsaur, Hyena, Raptor, Ravager, Serpent, Silithid, Spider, Spirit Beast, Tallstrider, Warp Stalker, Wolf 30 n/a Increases your pet's movement speed by 80% for 16 sec.
Spell shadow burningspirit Dive Bat, Bird of Prey, Carrion Bird, Chimaera, Dragonhawk, Moth, Nether Ray, Sporebat, Wasp, Wind Serpent 30 n/a Increases your pet's movement speed by 80% for 16 sec.

Cunning abilities

Cunning talent abilities

Icon Ability Tier Additional pre-requisites Focus Range Description
Ability warrior bullrush Bullheaded 5 Cornered 2 0 n/a Removes all movement impairing effects and all effects which cause loss of control of your pet.
Ability racial cannibalize Carrion Feeder 3 n/a 0 5 yards Your pet can generate health and happiness by eating a corpse. Will not work on the remains of elemental or mechanical creatures.
Ability druid mastershapeshifter Roar of Recovery 5 Owl's Focus 2 0 40 yards Your pet's inspiring roar restores 30% of your total mana over 9 sec.
Ability druid lacerate Wolverine Bite 5 Great Resistance 3 0 5 yards A fierce attack causing 5 damage, modified by pet level, that your pet can use after its target dodges. Cannot be dodged, blocked or parried.

Pet-specific cunning abilities

Icon Ability Used by Rank Levels Focus Range Description
Spell fire burnout Fire Breath Dragonhawk 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 20 20 yards Breathes Fire on the target for 3-5 / 6-8 / 8-10 / 13-17 / 20-26 / 43-57 damage plus 2 / 6 / 8 / 14 / 22 / 44 damage over 2 sec.
Spell nature lightning Froststorm Breath Chimera 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 25 30 yards Your pet simultaneously breathes frost and lightning at an enemy target, inflicting 4 to 6 / 9 to 11 / 12 to 16 / 20 to 26 / 30 to 40 / 64 to 86 Frost and Nature damage and slowing the target for 5 sec.
Spell nature lightning Lightning Breath Wind Serpent 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 20 20 yards Breathes lightning, instantly dealing 6 to 8 / 12 to 14 / 16 to 20 / 26 to 34 / 40 to 52 / 80 to 120 Nature damage to a single target.
Spell shadow soulleech 3 Nether Shock Nether ray 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 0 20 yards Instantly lashes an enemy for 4-6 / 9-11 / 12-16 / 20-26 / 30-41 / 64-86 Shadow damage. Also interrupts spellcasting and prevents any spell in that school from being cast for 2 sec.
Spell nature corrosivebreath Poison Spit Serpent 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 20 30 yards Spits poison at an enemy, dealing 4 / 12 / 16 / 32 / 48 / 104 Nature damage over 8 sec and reduces the target's casting speed by 50% for 8 sec.
Ability druid primaltenacity Ravage Ravager 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 80 5 yards Violently attacks an enemy for 4 to 6 / 12 to 16 / 21 to 29 / 35 to 49 / 54 to 76 / 81 to 115, stunning it for 2 sec.
Spell nature natureswrath Snatch Bird of prey 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 40 5 yards The bird of prey grabs the enemy's weapon with its talons, causing 7-9 / 12-16 / 17-23 / 27-37 / 42-58 / 89-125 damage and disarming them for 6 sec.
Creature sporemushroom Spore Cloud Sporebat 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 25 ? Dusts nearby enemies with spores causing 1-3 / 2-4 / 4-6 / 7-9 / 11-13 / 22-28 Nature damage every 3 sec for 9 sec and reducing armor by 90 / 130 / 200 / 360 / 520 / 700.
Ability hunter pet bat Sonic Blast Bat 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 0 20 yards Emits a piercing shriek, inflicting 4-6 / 9-11 / 12-16 / 19-27 / 29-41 / 62-88 Nature damage and stunning the target for 2 sec.
Spell nature web Venom Web Spray Silithid 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 0 20 yards Sprays toxic webs at the target, preventing movement for 4 sec and causing Nature damage over time (1 / 7-9 / 13-17 / 21-29 / 33-45 / 46-68 per second).
Spell nature web Web Spider 1 0 20 yards Encases the target in sticky webs, preventing movement for 4 sec.

Ferocity abilities

Ferocity talent abilities

Icon Ability Tier Additional pre-requisites Focus Range Description
Ability druid kingofthejungle Call of the Wild 5 Cornered 2 0 n/a Removes all movement impairing effects and all effects which cause loss of control of your pet.
Ability hunter mendpet Lick Your Wounds 5 Heart of the Phoenix 1 0 n/a Channeled. Your pet heals itself for 100% of its total health over 5 sec while channeling.

Pet-specific ferocity abilities

Icon Ability Used by Rank Levels Focus Range Description
Ability hunter pet vulture Demoralizing Screech Carrion Bird 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 20 5 yards Blasts a single enemy for 7-9 / 12-16 / 17-23 / 27-37 / 42-58 / 85-129 damage and lowers the melee attack power of all enemies in melee range by 25 / 45 / 70 / 100 / 210 / 410. Effect lasts 10 sec.
Ability hibernation Dust Cloud Tallstrider 1 20 10 yards Your tallstrider kicks up and obscuring cloud of dust, causing all enemies within 10 yards to miss their next attack. Lasts for 8 sec.
Ability hunter pet wolf Furious Howl Wolf 1 20 45 yards Increases melee and ranged attack power by X of the pet and its master. Lasts 10 sec.
Spell fire windsofwoe Lava Breath Core Hound 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 25 30 yards Your pet breathes a double gout of molten lava at the target for 4 to 6 / 9 to 11 / 12 to 16 / 20 to 26 / 30 to 40 / 64 to 86 Fire damage and reduces the target's casting speed by 25% for 10 sec.
Inv misc bone 09 Monstrous Bite Devilsaur 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 25 5 yards Your devilsaur ferociously bites the enemy, causing 7-9 / 12-16 / 17-23 / 28-36 / 43-57 / 91-123 damage, and boosts its own damage by 3% for 12 seconds. This effect stacks 3 times.
Ability druid supriseattack Prowl Cat, Spirit Beast 1, 30, 50 0 n/a Puts your pet in stealth mode, but slows its movement speed by 50% / 45% / 40%. The first attack from stealth receives a 20% / 35% / 50% bonus to damage. Lasts until cancelled.
Ability gouge Savage Rend Raptor 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 25 5 yards Slashes the enemy with the raptor's talons for 5 / 8-10 / 11-15 / 18-24 / 28-38 / 59-83 damage, and causes the target to bleed for 1 / 2-4 / 3-5 / 6-8 / 10-12 / 21-27 damage every 5 sec for 15 sec. Successful critical strikes with this ability temporarily boost the raptor's attack power.
Spell holy elunesgrace Serenity Dust Moth 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 0 n/a The moth's wings produce a cloud of dust that increases its attack power by 10% and heals it for 40-50 / 150-200 / 210-280 / 340-460 / 555-745 / 825-1115 over 15 sec.
Spell nature starfall Spirit Strike Spirit beast 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 20 30 yards Burns the enemy for 3 / 6-8 / 8-10 / 13-17 / 20-26 / 43-57 Arcane damage and then an additional 3 / 6-8 / 8-10 / 13-17 / 20-26 / 43-57 after 10 sec.
Spell nature slowpoison Sting Wasp 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 25 5 yards Your wasp stings for 2-4 / 7-9 / 13-17 / 22-28 / 47-63 / 64-86 Nature damage, and decreases the armor of the target by 175 / 285 / 395 / 505 / 610 / 1260 for 20 sec. While affected, the target cannot stealth or turn invisible.
Ability criticalstrike Tendon Rip Hyena 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 25 5 Tears an enemy's legs for 2-4 / 7-9 / 13-17 / 21-29 / 33-45 / 49-69 and reducing movement speed by 50% for 6 sec.
Inv misc monstertail 01 Tailspin Fox 1 0 5 yards Your fox twirls its tail around, kicking up an obscuring cloud of dust, causing all enemies within 10 yards to have their melee and ranged attack speed reduced by 20% for 30 sec.

Tenacity abilities

Tenacity talent abilities

Icon Ability Tier Additional pre-requisites Focus Range Description
Ability hunter pet turtle Intervene 3 Cornered 2 20 8-25 yards Your pet runs at high speed towards a group member, intercepting the next melee or ranged attack made against them.
Spell nature shamanrage Last Stand 4 Avoidance 3 0 n/a Your pet temporarily gains 30% of its maximum health for 20 sec. After the effect expires, the health is lost.
Ability druid demoralizingroar Roar of Sacrifice 5 Grace of the Mantis 2 0 40 yards Protects a friendly target from critical strikes, making attacks againsta that target unable to be critical strikes, but 20% of all damage taken by that target is also taken by the pet. lasts 12 seconds.
Spell nature reincarnation Taunt 5 Guard Dog 2 0 5 yards Your pet taunts the target to attack it for 3 sec.

Pet-specific tenacity abilities

Icon Ability Used by Rank Levels Focus Range Description
Spell nature acid 01 Acid Spit Worm 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 20 30 yards Your worm spits acid at an enemy, causing 4-6 / 9-11 / 12-16 / 19-27 / 29-41 / 62-88 Nature damage and reducing its armor by 10 / 120 / 250 / 360 / 520 / 785 per Acid Spit for 30 sec. Can be applied up to 5 times.
Ability hunter pet boar Gore Boar 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 20 Melee Your boar gores the enemy for 9-11 / 17-21 / 23-29 / 37-49 / 57-75 / 122-164. Causes double damage if used within 6 sec of a Charge.
Inv jewelcrafting truesilvercrab Pin Crab 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 0 5 yards Pins the target in place, and sqeezes for 4-12 / 16-24 / 20-28 / 36-44 / 56-72 / 112-144 damage over 4 sec.
Ability poisonsting Scorpid Poison Scorpid 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 20 Melee Stings an enemy for 5 / 10 / 10 / 25 / 35 / 100 Nature damage over 10 sec.
Ability hunter pet turtle Shell Shield Turtle 1 0 n/a The turtle partially withdraws into its shell, reducing damage taken by 50% for 12 sec.
Spell shaman astralshift Stampede Rhino 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 0 10 yards Your rhino slams nearby enemies within 10 yards, causing 7-9 / 12-16 / 17-23 / 28-36 / 43-5 / 91-123 damage and knocking them back 15 yards.
Inv misc monsterclaw 03 Swipe Bear 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 25 5 yards Swipes 3 nearby foes, inflicting 4-6 / 9-11 / 11-15 / 19-25 / 28-38 / 60-84 damage.
Ability golemthunderclap Thunderstomp Gorilla 1, 16, 32, 48, 64, 80 20 Melee Shakes the ground with thundering force, doing 13 to 17 / 36 to 46 / 62 to 88 / 104 to 146 / 227 to 323 / 236 to 334
Spell arcane arcane04 Warp Warp stalker 1 0 30 yards Teleports to an enemy up to 30 yards away and gives the pet a 50% chance to avoid the next 3 melee attacks. Lasts 4 sec.

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 skill and replaced it with a pet talent system.

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