Yes, you read that right, a Hunter pet has main tanked Sapphiron. My apologies to the other feats in the queue. You guys have always impressed me every time you pushed the envelope, whether it be main tanking bosses, or soloing dungeons. Congratulations are in order.
Who: Durante of Hydraxis (80)
Pet: Bubbles (80 Gorilla)
Group: Snuggles Raid
Details: Bubbles the gorilla tanked Sapphiron 25 tonight with the aid of my guild Snuggles. The raid had five healers: two holy priests, one discipline priest, one holy pally and one resto shaman. I used a 48/0/23 build to give Bubbles as much HP as possible and getting Hunter vs. Wild, theory being that the extra threat from the AP from that much stamina would help with threat more than the last few points in BM. With full raid buffs Bubbles was over 37k HP.
Threat was pretty restrictive for most of the fight, but Bubbles averaged 2.5k tps or so for the fight, and between being able to stay in during air phases and rotating MD’s threat wasn’t a big issue by the end of the fight.
Its absolutely critical that a pet tank be completely capped off at all times. Our first attemped ended when Bubbles took a 27k crit while at half health. Hypothetically back to back hits without a heal in between could be fatal.
A great thanks for Snuggles for letting me try this, for hanging in for a third attempt, and the best healers around.