Today’s “Ask a Rhino” is a discussion of the various hunter glyphs and how they relate to pet tanking and other common hunter tasks. And now, without ventriloquism or further ado, we begin.
Mr. Ohta Rhino sir, what do you think of the different glyphs as they apply to pet tanking?
Ohta: Long before the knowledge of magical symbols became common, I studied them enthusiastically. Sadly the study was never personally practical, owing to my hooves and lack of opposable thumbs, but one can always find a helpful gnome to lend a hand. Those little guys are crazy! I get so nervous when they run in and around my legs…
Glyphs? Oh, right. Several of the glyphs are useful for pet tanking, but I would not consider all of them to be vital for pet tanking. Let discuss some of the more relevant ones.
Glyph of Bestial Wrath – If you feel you need more pet threat, this glyph is a better choice than the last glyph. Combined with the Longevity talent, this makes Bestial Wrath available once or even twice on every pull, and more often during boss fights. On top of the added threat from increased damage, the CC immunity of Bestial Wrath prevents your pet from getting shutdown by otherwise debilitating CC effects.
Glyph of Deterrence – If you find yourself getting aggro alot, you might be considering this glyph. I would suggest that the cooldown will not be significantly reduced. If you are in need of Deterrence often, I would look to improving technique over taking this glyph.
Glyph of Feign Death – Feign Death is a great tool to control your own threat in relation to your pet’s. It can be useful when trying a tricky pull, when you want to open up dps, or when the group is going down. Having it up again quick can be very useful.
Glyph of Freezing Trap – Using CC on top of tanking takes extra focus, but can really help a fight go alot smoother, especially if your group is light on the CC. Since the talents to improve Freezing Trap are out of reach for the hunter build suggested here, this can be a great way to make trapping a little smoother.
Glyph of Mend Pet – Just thinking about this glyph gives me warm, fuzzy feelings. If your pet dies, you can spam mend pet to raise its happiness level instantly, which is great if you don’t have growl (Guard Dog) on, and is a good supplement if you do. Its useful, but optional. If you don’t have Guard Dog, it becomes more valuable.
Glyph of Possessed Strength – This glyph speaks for itself. When using Eyes of the Beast, you lose the ablility to control your hunter. This extra damage can help make up for some of that. It also helps if you are using EotB to make the initial pull, since you won’t be able to misdirect right away.
Glyph of Revive Pet – This glyph is very beneficial to pet tanking. If your pet goes down and you are second on threat, you can take hits while you revive your pet, and then once its healed, use Taunt to get the pet’s threat back up to the top of the list. Repeat as many times as cooldowns will allow.
Remember, at 80 you have 3 major glyphs and 3 minor glyphs, so it shouldn’t be too hard to choose 😉
Thanks for asking,