The old king of the hill takes on the new contender for the throne. Who will win?
Meet Smaug – previously he could be found sneaking up on unsuspecting adventurers in Un-Goro crater. When tamed, he became a big red killing machine. He has pretensions to the DPS throne. An exotic ferocity pet with bite (54-76 damage at level 64)and Monstorous Bite (Your devilsaur ferociously bites the enemy, causing 43-57 (rank 5, level 64) [rank] damage, and boosts its own damage by 3% for 12 seconds. This effect stacks 3 times. 10 sec cooldown) he thinks he’s a force to be reckoned with.
Meet The Cat with No Name – he’s handsome and cool. He is confident in his status as the No. 1 hunter pet. This one also has one of the prettiest of skins. His claw (56-76 damage at level 64) and rake ( at level 64 – Rake the target for 28-38 bleed damage and an additional 10-12 damage over 9 sec. – 10 sec cooldown) are forces to be reckoned with. He’s not afraid of the devilsaur.
So what happened?
Devilsaurs are exotic pets, supposedly uber pets, right? I expected him to win. But no, the tests shows the cat as the clear winner. Out of the 8 tests, the devilsaur only won 2 rounds, and then the least important ones, and by a smaller margin than the margin between the cat and devilsaur on the big hitting rounds:
Level 60 target dummy
Growl only – devilsaur 233dps cat 216dps
Growl + focus dump – devilsaur 269dps cat 264dps
Special skill only – devilsaur 267dps cat 301dps
Special skill + focus dump – devilsaur 305dps cat 360dps
Level 70 target dummy
Growl only – devilsaur 49dps cat 82dps
Growl + focus dump – devilsaur 93dps cat 137dps
Special skill only – devilsaur 70dps cat 93dps
Special skill + focus dump – devilsaur 95dps cat 120dps
We have a winner! The Cat with No Name goes through to the next round. /cheer!
But don’t release your devilsaur into the wild just yet…
Blizzard have said that they intend to buff exotic pets and that they intend for them to do more damage than normal pets.
The battle of the pets is partly a bit of fun, I don’t claim to be the worlds best theorycrafter, however I think the tests above show that something is not working as intended. Rake should not outperform Monstorous bite given the on paper numbers. The devilsaur was doing a bit higher dps on the level 60 dummy until the special skills were introduced into the equation.
Also, the major drop in dps on the level 70 dummy makes me wonder if the pets really are getting my hit rating? They are supposed to be. But I even took points in Animal handler as I was skeptical about this. It looks like the devilsaur was suffering more misses than the cat, could hit be correctly applied to the cat but not the devilsaur? Unfortunately, I didn’t look at the detail on recount at the time. I may have to do more testing to figure this one out.