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Wolf vs. Wasp

While we all know hunters are ranged DPS, masters of long distance pulling, and can lay helpful traps, one element really stands out. One element in my opinion really defines the Hunter: the Hunter’s pet. I believe the pet is more essential to the Hunter than to any Warlock, Shaman, or Mage. In my eyes the Hunter pet is not just a pet, but part of the Hunter him/herself.

Without his pet a Hunter is no longer truly a Hunter, and without the Hunter the pet is of course, just another random mob. I am willing to guess that none of us have ever heard a Hunter exclaim that they have no pet, nor do they desire one. The pet is part and parcel to the Hunter class the way stealth is to Rogues.

When choosing a pet, personal preference understandably plays a role in the choosing. However, most Hunters will find that in a raid setting there will be certain pets that tend to do more DPS, or benefit the raid greatly. Of course, there will be debates about which pet is the best, and heated disagreements as well.

The most common debate I have seen over pets is for Survival Hunters (probably because Survival is the most common raiding spec). The pets in question, are (insert Mortal Kombat voice yelling “FIGHT!” here) the Wolf, and the Wasp. Both are formidable foes, and both have supporters that claim each is the more raid worthy pet, but which should you really be bringing to a raid?

First let’s take a look at what each of these pets can do to gain a better understanding of why they may each be useful in a raid setting.

The Wasp is a Ferocity pet whose special ability is Sting. Sting does nature damage, and also decreases the armor of the target by 5% for 20 seconds. Sting is on a 6 second cool down and the Wasp must be in melee range to use Sting. Sting does not stack with Faerie Fire, or Curse of Recklessness.

You can clearly see why this pet would be an asset to a raid, 5% decreased armor on any boss would be a more than decent DPS boost. Also since Sting lasts for 20 seconds, and the cool down on the ability is only 6 seconds, unless your pet is dead, or chasing the boss, this ability should be up nearly all the time. The one downfall of this ability is of course that it does not stack with Faerie Fire or Curse of Recklessness, however if you have no Druid available, or the Druid in your raid fails to place Faerie Fire on the boss, then this ability is golden. The same applies to the Warlock curse.

The Wolf is also a Ferocity pet, whose special ability is Furious Howl. This ability increases the melee and ranged attack power for the wolf and it’s master for 20 seconds. This ability is instant cast, has a 40 second cool down and the wolf does not need to be in melee range to use the ability.

Once again the usefulness of this special ability is obvious. Who is going to turn down an increase in attack power for both Hunter and pet? However like the Wasp, the Wolf’s special ability does not stack with any other attack power buff that can be given by other classes. As before, if you have none of those classes available or those classes are not giving you the attack power buff the wolf will make itself more than useful.

Now that we have determined what special abilities each pet has, how they both can be useful, and how they can both be warranted useless, I wanted to try for myself if either of these pets could honestly be called better than the other. In order to do this over a course of several weeks, I saved my combat logs from various Ulduar raids, using a different pet (the Wasp, or Wolf) each week with roughly the same group of players. I then uploaded these logs to WWS and was able to study my findings.

I decided to focus on two raids, one from 7-7 and the other from 6-25, in both of which we killed Kologarn. I thought he would be the most ideal boss because the let’s face it, the bosses preceding him are terrabad for pets. Looking at these raids I found what may be rather shocking results.

On the 6-25 raid I had my trusty (and very ugly according to my loving wife) Wasp out, Sting stayed up roughly 75% of the fight. If you then pull up both raids and compare the numbers side by side it seems that with the Wasp the melee, myself, and the tanks, all did more DPS as I somewhat expected.