*Gets Gnomish Army Knife ready*
There we go. A resurrected blog! For how long, who knows, but at least for a day, I’m going to put something new up!
What I’m going to talk about today is how to maximize your pet’s DPS. Specifically, I’m going to focus on your pets target. Who your pet is currently attacking.
I learnt a good trick from my raid leader, Zweibel, sometime during DS. He kept his pet on passive, and directed him who to attack. After a while, I decided to give it a go, and see how it worked. I have now been using that trick since halfway thru DS, and have never looked back.
The problem with keeping your pet on assist instead of passive is that whenever you switch targets, even for a short time, your pet will follow you. This is NOT always a good thing. I’m going to use myself as a good example. One of my jobs this tier is soloing the Siege Engineer on Garrosh. Now, if I was keeping my pet on assist, he’d come running over, and try to attack the add while I do. Problem: The add is on a balcony, where the pet could not get to. That would be wasted DPS for a good 15 seconds or so. With my pet on passive, I can keep him on Garrosh (or an add that has a high priority) while I go focus down the add I’m assigned to.
Another example, going back to DS, Yor’sahj, the one with all the different colored blobs. If my pet was on assist, he’d come running across the entire room to get to the add we have to kill, losing valuable DPS time, when it’s not even needed to defeat the add. By keeping him on passive, and directing him to stay on the boss, he is slowly DPSing the boss down while I’m distracted.
Now, one problem I had when first trying to do this was forgetting to even send my pet in to attack. I ended up finding an addon (me, use an addon, what a surprise!) that helped me with this called Pet Attack. This addon does one thing” it shows a big message on your screen telling you if your pet is not attacking anything. The addon is out of date, and once in a while bugs, and will tell you your pet isn’t attacking when in fact he is, but it’s been huge in my success as a hunter.
If you doubt that this will help, go to a cluster of training dummies. Then fire two shots or so at each dummy, swapping targets every time. Pretend these are adds in a boss encounter that for some reason you can’t multishot down. Now watch your pet run from one target to the next, doing very little DPS. You can see how beneficial your pet staying on one target can be. Keeping your pet on passive will allow you to keep your pet on the boss during an encounter when you’re on add duty, or allow you to freely move him to an add that has a high kill priority, or even to an add that will need a stun shortly (Think during Galakras) if you are talented for it.
Keeping your pet on passive, and manually directing him, can noticeably alter your DPS from fight to fight. I recommend trying this out if you’re looking to get an extra boost in DPS. You’d be surprised at how well it can work. Just don’t forget to have your pet attack something!