Posted by: ihlos | October 17, 2008

Pet Feat: Arcatraz – Heroic (MT)

I am happy to announce our first main tank of a heroic! Durante and Bubbles are a powerhouse!

Who: Durante of Hydraxis (70)
Pet: Bubbles (70 Gorilla)
70 BM Hunter
70 MM Hunter
70 Rogue
70 Holy Pally

Details: Main tanked entire instance. Gear quality on the other four players ranged from S1 to early BT, with the healer in a mix of S2, kara and early T5 gear. My gear is unchanged from the OH run submitted earlier.

Comments: Damage is extremely spikey, and requires a very attentive healer. If your healer is watching tv or babysitting their nephew don’t even bother. With kings and Sporeling Snack my pet had 11k health and was taking 2-3k melee hits from certain mobs or bosses with a 7k crit from the first boss. Its imparative to keep up Mend Pet at all time, and the T5 two piece bonus is invaluable. It could be done without, but the healer would likely need high T5-T6 gear. We wiped three times, but all to mistakes or lack of tanking experience, and not the fault of the pet.

Keep in mind if using a gorilla that Thunderstomp will not autocast when attacking only one mob and Smack generates much less threat than Thunderstomp. Aggro can be very underwhelming without it, so try manually casting Thunderstomp or including it in a macro to maximize threat. If threat is still an issue, using Aspect of the Beast cuts your dps, but will give the pet more AP and will help threat slightly.

Other Hunters who have completed this feat:
No additional submission to date



  1. Amazing Vids Durante! I am absolutely impressed! I noticed on another vid that you posted your talent spec, and I just had some questions regarding your choices.

    You have animal handler, which would give your pet +hit. But judging by your gear, I would imagine that you are hit capped already… which would negate the need for this talent, as your pet would be hit capped also, would it not?

    The other I was curious about is GFTT. You don’t have the talent, but I’ve always considered it an essential talent for BM (DPS anyways). What are your thoughts on the requirement of it, keeping tanking in mind.

    And lastly, what are your thoughts on the 4 pet talent points from Beast mastery? Worth it for Tanking? Needed? Thanks for your imput!

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