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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.

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 area of effect attacks by an additional 80%. Reduces the range at which enemies detect your pet.
[Dash] 0 n/a 20 sec Increases your pet's movement speed by 80% for 10 sec.
[Growl] 0 30 8 sec Your pet growls at the target, generating threat, taunting the target to attack the pet.

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, Blood Beast, Boar, Camel, Carapid, Carrion Bird, Chimaera, Core Hound, Crocolisk, Devilsaur, Direhorn, Dragonhawk, Feathermane, Fox, Hound, Hydra, Hyena, Lizard, Mechanical, Pterrordax, Ravager, Ray, Riverbeast, Serpent, Shale Beast, Spider, Stone Hound, 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] Aqiri, Bear, Bird of Prey, Cat, Crab, Raptor, Rodent, Scorpid, 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, Courser, Crane, Gorilla, Gruffhorn, Mammoth, Monkey, Moth, Oxen, Scalehide, Sporebat, Stag, Toad, 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.

Pet specialization abilities

Cunning abilities

Ability Focus Range Cooldown Description
[Master's Call] 0 40 yd 45 sec Your pet removes all root and movement impairing effects from itself and a friendly target, and grants immunity to all such effects for 4 sec.
[Pathfinding] Passive n/a n/a You and your pet gain 8% increased movement speed.

Ferocity abilities

Ability Focus Range Cooldown Description
[Predator's Thirst] Passive Melee n/a You and your pet gain 10% Leech.
[Primal Rage] 0 n/a 6 min Increases haste by 30% for all party and raid members for 40 sec. Allies receiving this effect will become Sated and unable to benefit from Primal Rage or similar effects again for 10 min.

Tenacity abilities

Ability Focus Range Cooldown Description
[Endurance Training] Passive n/a n/a You and your pet gain 5% increased maximum health.
[Survival of the Fittest] 0 n/a 3 min Reduces all damage you and your pet take by 20% for 6 sec.

Family-specific abilities

Family Special Ability Exotic Ability Bonus Ability Basic Attack
Aqiri [Tendon Rip] Dune Strider [Claw]
Basilisk [Petrifying Gaze] [Bite]
Bat [Sonic Screech] [Bite]
Bear [Thick Fur] [Rest] [Claw]
Beetle [Harden Carapace] [Bite]
Bird of Prey [Talon Rend] [Trick] [Claw]
Blood Beast [Blood Bolt] [Bite]
Boar [Bristle] [Bite]
Camel [Hardy] [Bite]
Carapid Bulwark (pet ability) Calcified Carapace [Bite]
Carrion Bird [Bloody Screech] [Bite]
Cat [Catlike Reflexes] [Prowl] [Claw]
Chimaera [Frost Breath] [Froststorm Breath] [Bite]
Clefthoof [Thick Hide] [Blood of the Rhino] [Smack]
Core Hound Obsidian Skin [Molten Hide] [Bite]
Courser Fleethoof [Smack]
Crab [Pin] [Claw]
Crane Chi-Ji's Tranquility [Trick] [Smack]
Crocolisk [Ankle Crack] [Bite]
Devilsaur [Monstrous Bite] [Feast] [Bite]
Direhorn [Gore] [Bite]
Dragonhawk Dragon's Guile [Bite]
Feathermane Feather Flurry [Updraft] [Bite]
Fox [Agile Reflexes] [Play] [Bite]
Gorilla [Silverback] [Smack]
Gruffhorn Gruff (pet ability) [Smack]
Hound [Lock Jaw] [Bite]
Hydra Acid Bite [Bite]
Hyena Infected Bite [Bite]
Lizard Grievous Bite [Bite]
Mammoth [Trample] [Smack]
Mechanical Defense Matrix [Bite]
Monkey [Primal Agility] [Smack]
Moth [Serenity Dust] [Smack]
Oxen Niuzao's Fortitude [Smack]
Pterrordax Ancient Hide [Updraft] [Bite]
Raptor [Savage Rend] [Claw]
Ravager [Ravage] [Bite]
Ray Nether Energy [Bite]
Riverbeast [Gruesome Bite] [Bite]
Rodent Gnaw (hunter pet) [Rest] [Claw]
Scalehide Scale Shield [Smack]
Scorpid [Deadly Sting] [Claw]
Serpent [Serpent's Swiftness] [Bite]
Shale Beast [Solid Shell] Shimmering Shale [Bite]
Spider [Web Spray] [Bite]
Spirit Beast Spirit Pulse [Spirit Mend] [Spirit Walk] [Claw]
Sporebat [Spore Cloud] [Smack]
Stag [Nature's Grace] [Smack]
Stone Hound [Stone Armor] [Eternal Guardian] [Bite]
Tallstrider [Dust Cloud] [Claw]
Toad [Swarm of Flies] [Smack]
Turtle [Shell Shield] [Bite]
Warp Stalker [Warp Time] [Bite]
Wasp Toxic Sting [Smack]
Water Strider [Soothing Waters] [Surface Trot] [Bite]
Wind Serpent Winged Agility [Bite]
Wolf Furious Bite [Bite]
Worm [Acid Spit] [Burrow Attack] [Bite]

Patch changes

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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