This is the second installment of “Ask a Rhino”, Where we ask questions of my pet rhino, Ohta. Don’t let that dumb look on his face fool you, this furry, bus-sized monster knows a thing or two! And now, without ventriloquism or further ado, we begin.
Mr. Ohta Rhino sir, what kind of gear should I be looking for as a hunter to facilitate pet tanking?
Ohta: To know what gear the hunter should focus on, all we must look at is what stats directly benefit the pet. The pet benefits from your gear’s stamina, armor, attack power, hit chance, and resistances. From this we can draw some guidelines:
-No leather, unless no better alternative exists. Plenty of good mail gear exists, so why lose out on the chance for more pet armor?
-Heavy stamina gear. The best buff to your pets survivability available through gear.
-If threat is an issue, throw on some more ap. Remember that crit doesn’t scale to your pet.
-Be hit capped unless it interferes with needed survivability.
At first glance, pvp gear seems to fit the bill well. It doesn’t have hit chance though, and don’t forget it, unless threat isn’t an issue. My suggestion is to keep everything you come across, and mix and match “dps” peices and “survivability” peices as needed. Sub in more AP/hit focused gear if threat is lagging or if tanking is not needed for the fight. Sub in more stamina focused gear if your pet is struggling with survivability.
Don’t underestimate the advantage that heavy stamina gemming and enchanting can be on your pet’s HP. Also, if you really want to have some fun, put together some +resist sets for special boss fights. With avoidance, great resistance, natural pet resistances, and a resist set of gear that is heavy on stamina, your pet is a force to be reckoned with.
Thanks for asking, next question!
Mr. Ohta Rhino sir, your master, Ihlos, has been somewhat distracted from wow lately. Whats going on?
Ohta: Well, that is a little off topic, but i’ll field it nonetheless. My master has been busy with the acquisition of a Mechano-hog, as the engineers say. As promised, here is some photographic evidence.
I will never understand this human obsession with vehicles, *huff*
Thanks for asking,
Let the Hunt begin!