Hunter abilities/Pet abilities

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For warlock minion abilities, see Minion abilities. For battle pet abilities, see Battle pet abilities.
For the old list of pet abilities, see Pet abilities (old).

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.


For pet specialization abilities, see Pet specializations.

Base ability

The damaging abilities are referred to as focus dumps. They are the basic attack assigned to pet families.

Icon Ability Pet families
Spell shadow burningspirit [Avoidance] All pets
Ability druid ferociousbite [Bite] 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
Ability druid rake [Claw] Bear, Bird of prey, Cat, Crab, Porcupine, Raptor, Scorpid, Silithid, Spirit beast, Tallstrider
Ability druid cower [Cower] All pets
Ability physical taunt [Growl] All pets
Ability druid bash [Smack] Crane, Goat, Gorilla, Monkey, Moth, Rhino, Sporebat, Wasp

Special ability


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.

Icon Ability Pet family
Ability hunter pet crocolisk [Ankle Crack] Crocolisk
Ability hunter aspectofthemonkey [Bad Manner] Monkey
Ability hunter pet hyena [Cackling Howl] Hyena
Ability hunter pet scorpid [Clench] Scorpid
Ability druid demoralizingroar [Demoralizing Roar] Bear
Ability hunter pet vulture [Demoralizing Screech] Carrion bird
Ability hibernation [Dust Cloud] Tallstrider
Spell fire burnout [Fire Breath] Dragonhawk
Ability hunter pet wolf [Furious Howl] Wolf
Ability hunter pet boar [Gore] Boar
Inv qiraj carapaceoldgod [Harden Carapace] Beetle
Spell nature lightning [Lightning Breath] Wind serpent
Ability druid primaltenacity [Lock Jaw] Dog
Spell holy divinehymn [Lullaby] Crane
Spell shadow soulleech 3 [Nether Shock] Nether ray
Inv spear 05 [Paralyzing Quill] Porcupine
Icon Ability Pet family
Inv stone 13 [Petrifying Gaze] Basilisk
Inv jewelcrafting truesilvercrab [Pin] Crab
Ability hunter pet gorilla [Pummel] Gorilla
Ability druid primaltenacity [Ravage] Ravager
Ability hunter catlikereflexes [Roar of Courage] Cat
Spell holy elunesgrace [Serenity Dust] Moth
Ability hunter serpentswiftness [Serpent's Swiftness] Serpent
Ability hunter pet turtle [Shell Shield] Turtle
Spell nature natureswrath [Snatch] Bird of prey
Ability hunter pet bat [Sonic Blast] Bat
Creature sporemushroom [Spore Cloud] Sporebat
Spell nature slowpoison [Sting] Wasp
Inv misc monstertail 01 [Tailspin] Fox
Ability gouge [Tear Armor] Raptor
Spell arcane arcane04 [Time Warp] Warp stalker
Ability warstomp [Trample] Goat
Spell nature web [Web] Spider

Exotic ability


These abilities are used solely by exotic beasts, which can only be tamed by beasmaster hunters with the [Exotic Beasts] ability. Special abilities for exotic beasts are also included here, rather than in the special ability section.

Icon Ability Pet family
Spell nature acid 01 [Acid Spit] (special ability) Worm
Inv qiraj skinsandworm [Burrow Attack] Worm
Ability hunter pet spider [Embrace of the Shale Spider] Shale spider
Spell nature reincarnation [Eternal Guardian] Quilen
Ability druid demoralizingroar [Fearless Roar] (special ability) Quilen
Spell nature lightning [Frost Breath] (special ability) Chimaera
Spell frost ice shards [Froststorm Breath] Chimaera
Inv misc monsterhorn 08 [Horn Toss] Rhino
Spell fire windsofwoe [Lava Breath] (special ability) Core hound
Inv misc bone 09 [Monstrous Bite] Devilsaur
Ability hunter pet silithid [Qiraji Fortitude] Silithid
Inv pet celestialdragon [Spirit Beast Blessing] (special ability) Spirit beast
Spell shaman spiritlink [Spirit Mend] Spirit Beast
Ability druid supriseattack [Spirit Walk] (bonus ability) Spirit beast
Spell shaman astralshift [Stampede] (special ability) Rhino
Inv elemental mote water01 [Still Water] Water strider
Spell frost windwalkon [Surface Trot] (special ability) Water strider
Ability hunter pet devilsaur [Terrifying Roar] (special ability) Devilsaur
Spell nature web [Web Wrap] Shale spider
Spell nature web [Venom Web Spray] (special ability) Silithid

Bonus ability


These are largely for vanity reasons and perform no other function, with the exception of prowl.

Icon Ability Pet families
Ability hunter separationanxiety [Play] Fox
Ability druid supriseattack [Prowl] Cat
Ability hunter separationanxiety [Rest] Bear, Porcupine
Ability hunter separationanxiety [Trick] Bird of prey

Patch changes

  • 0500Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Removed talent system and replaced with specializations.
  • 0200Bc icon/0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Removed all previous skill and replaced it with a pet talent system.
  • 0200Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Added 2 more basic pet abilities.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.9.0 (03-Jan-2006): Added 3 more basic pet abilities.
  • 0100WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Added eight more basic pet abilities.

See also

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Patch date28 August 2012 +, 14 October 2008 +, 22 May 2007 +, 3 January 2006 + and 10 October 2005 +

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