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.
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, 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.|
|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.|
|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
|Predator's Thirst||Passive||Melee||n/a||You and your pet gain 10% Leech.|
|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.|
|Passive||n/a||n/a||You and your pet gain 5% increased maximum health.|
|0||n/a||3 min||Reduces all damage you and your pet take by 20% for 6 sec.|
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.