More fun stuff is coming out of this weekend’s initial datamining, this time related to pets. MMO-Champion has been posting a bunch of new models, and some of them look like they could become Hunter pets.
Standard disclaimer: This is still super early in the beta process and literally everything could change.
Pet buffs removed?
It looks like raid buffs in general may be getting the axe in Legion. Our own Trueshot Aura was removed (as are other class buffs), and all Hunter pet buffs (Furious Howl, Blessing of Kongs, etc.) are kaput. Pets that had non-buff abilities are still intact.
It’s possible that pets which used to provide a raid buff will get a new ability such as a snare, root, or interrupt. I would hate to lose pet family abilities entirely. If they go down this route, there’s a lot of work to do as many pets provided buffs only. Some Exotic families will need extra love because their main benefit was providing 2 buffs.
I’d say I am indifferent to the idea of buffs being removed from the game. The odd time I can whip out the correct pet and provide a missing buff is cool, but nowadays it just seems like having full buffs is a given. Where is the gameplay and complexity in the current raid buff system? Seems more like trimming the fat to me.
Potential Hunter pets
I stress the word “potential” here. First up, I’m going to start with my favorite.
Look familiar? It’s basically a Mystic Runesaber without the mount hardware. I wanted one of these as a pet ever since I saw it teased at the start of the mount’s video. Pretty sure I’ve nagged Muffinus on Twitter about it like 3 or 4 times now. This isn’t a confirmation that it’s going to be a tameable pet, just that the model was added to the Legion database.
UPDATE 11/25: The above cat (or one similar to it) is listed as a tameable Manasaber (cat) in the database. This is subject to change but it looks like we will be able to tame them.
Also on the cat front is this Night Saber. I think it’s safe to say these are the Broken Isles cat models.
Nope. I’m not much for spider pets (none at all in any of my stables), but if you like spiders I’m sure you’ll find this one interesting.
Nope nope nope.
This particular wolf is actually a boss, so don’t expect it to be tameable in this state. The main thing to take away is this could be the new Broken Isles wolf model. Looks very similar to the Draenor wolves, just with a different sized head and more of a snarl. Actually, kind of like a cross between the Draenor wolves and the Northrend saber worgs.
This is what happens when you combine an owl and a cat: Owlcat. OK, don’t get too excited for this one. My guess is these are mounts or Druid forms only, but hey, maybe I am wrong. I’ve already seen tons of stuff happen in Legion that I was sure would never happen.
Moose. Enough said.
Great looking Raven that’s hopefully tameable somewhere.
This appears to be the new bear model in Legion. New dwarf Hunters will start with a similar bear, and I’m sure they’ll be tameable in the Broken Isles. No idea yet if they are replacing vanilla bear models with these or leaving them intact.
Mech pets? YES!
Mechanical pets will be available for both Gnomes and Goblins from the get-go, and other races can learn the ability to tame them with the Mecha-Mind Synchronization Fluid. Nanobots. WoW has officially done everything. This item is crafted by engineers (very fitting).
Gnome Hunters will start out with the above mech bunny.
Petopia has a list of a few mechanical animal models that already exist. These aren’t confirmed pets, just examples of possible pets.