Today’s “Ask a Rhino” concerns gem choice for pet tanking. Good thing Ohta just happens to be a gnome-certified gemologist! And now, without ventriloquism or further ado, we begin.
Mr. Ohta Rhino sir, what gems should I put in my gear to help my pet tank better?
Ohta: Just like enchants, we consider which stats will benefit your pet for tanking, in terms of threat and survivability.
For threat, Hit Rating boosts your pet’s hit rate and therefore helps the pet generate more threat. It also scales to your pet 100%, making it a great choice until you are hit capped. Attack Power scales to your pet by 22% and also increases the pet’s damage and therefore threat.
For survivability, all you get is stamina. Your pet receives about 63% of your stamina if you have all the stamina talents, so the return is pretty decent for the investment. You will slash your dps by choosing stamina gems over Agility, Crit, AP, etc. This is why my master is collecting two sets of gear, so he can mix and match to meet our need in the moment. One will be enchanted/gemmed for dps, the other for tanking.
Here is a list of Northrend gems with AP, Hit, and Stam. To be flexible, I have included some gems with Agi and Crit Rating, as you can’t always get the gem you want when you want it. Agility gives AP, and increases your dps, and Crit Rating will increase your pet’s available focus, so they still do give you some benefit.
*These entries do not yet have thottbot links, which I prefer to use for items, temporarily wowhead links.
Thanks for asking,
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