A hunter pet can have different abilities, depending on its pet family and specialization. Each pet family, or beast type, has at least one single special skill. All families have an inherent specialization (Cunning/Ferocity/Tenacity), each of which gives access to additional skills. Pets can be re-specced, however, into whatever specialization the hunter desires.
Damaging pet abilities scale with the pet's melee attack power or bonus spell damage. Physical abilities generally gain bonus damage equal to 7% of the pet's melee attack power, while spell abilities generally gain bonus damage equal to 1/3 of the pet's bonus spell damage. See the attack power coefficient article for further details.
The damaging abilities are referred to as focus dumps. They are the basic attack assigned to pet families.
|Basilisk, Bat, Beetle, Boar, Carrion bird, Chimaera, Core hound, Crocolisk, Devilsaur, Dog, Dragonhawk, Fox, Hyena, Nether ray, Quilen, Ravager, Serpent, Shale spider, Spider, Turtle, Warp stalker, Water strider, Wind serpent, Wolf, Worm|
|Bear, Bird of prey, Cat, Crab, Porcupine, Raptor, Scorpid, Silithid, Spirit beast, Tallstrider|
|Crane, Goat, Gorilla, Monkey, Moth, Rhino, Sporebat, Wasp|
These abilities are assigned to one pet family only, and are the hallmark of that family. They largely consist of abilities that provide buffs to allies or debuffs to enemies.
Note that the special abilities for exotic beasts are listed in the exotic ability section.
|Bird of prey|
These abilities are used solely by exotic beasts, which can only be tamed by beasmaster hunters with the ability. Special abilities for exotic beasts are also included here, rather than in the special ability section.
|(special ability)||Core hound|
|(special ability)||Spirit beast|
|(bonus ability)||Spirit beast|
|(special ability)||Water strider|
These are largely for vanity reasons and perform no other function, with the exception of prowl.
|Bird of prey|
- Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Removed talent system and replaced with specializations.
- / Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Removed all previous skill and replaced it with a pet talent system.
- Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Added 2 more basic pet abilities.
- Patch 1.9.0 (03-Jan-2006): Added 3 more basic pet abilities.
- Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Added eight more basic pet abilities.