Shortly after I wrote this initial piece on what I felt was wrong with the Beast Mastery fantasy in Legion, the developers announced that they planned on adding a glyph so that Dire Beast would pull from your own stable of pets rather than use random ones from the wild. This addressed one of the primary concerns, but the other big one was Hati.
Since then, Hati has seen a model update (as seen above) and most Hunters seem to agree that it’s a heck of a lot better than the old model. In addition there are different colors of Hati to match your artifact color. After they did this, I was fairly certain that was it for Hati. Having every single BM Hunter stuck with the same wolf wasn’t ideal, but at least it was a brand new model.
However, in the most recent build a very interesting item was datamined.
Essence Swapper: Channel the Essence Swapper at your pet for 10 sec, at which point Hati’s atomic structure will instantly change to match your pet’s.
Hell yeah! I like Hati and all, but she’s going to be there ALL THE TIME. Having options to change her appearance will be great. It’s still a bit unclear to me how it will work (can’t find it in game yet to test). First of all, is it permanent? It sounds like it duplicates your main pet, but if you summon a new pet will Hati copy that one too? I hope not. I would prefer if after using the item, you could dismiss your pet and summon a new one with Hati keeping the previous appearance. That way you could have two unique pets. It’s also unclear how you revert the appearance back to original Hati.
Either way, it’s a way to customize that we didn’t have before. I feel bad nitpicking about it, but I have one more for you, Blizzard: Make Hati flank our left side instead of following behind us. A pet on either side of the Hunter looks way better, plus Hati always clips into larger mounts when following behind.
Dire Frenzy is a new talent that is replacing Exotic Munitions. It replaces Dire Beast as a way to generate Focus.
- One of the most common points of feedback we’ve heard is that all of the specs are cool on their own, but none of them maintain the existing “Hunter + Ranged Weapon + Single Pet” archetype that people have grown attached to (Survival is now Melee, Marksmanship has lost its pet, and Beast Mastery has added a ton of additional pets).
- We’re going to try offering a talent choice that will allow you to opt back into having gameplay focus around you and your one strong pet, rather than the many Dire Beasts that it currently does.
- Exotic Munitions is being removed, and Dire Frenzy will be added in its place. Dire Frenzy triggers a flurry of attacks from your pet, grants an attack speed buff for several seconds, and immediately generates some Focus. It has a 15sec cooldown. It will work with all other talents and abilities that interact with Dire Beast, such as Wild Call (chance to reset its cooldown), One With the Pack (higher Wild Call chance), Dire Stable (more Focus generation), and Bestial Wrath (cooldown reduction on use). And if you get lucky with Wild Call procs, you will find that the attack speed buff can stack.
Keep those in mind for feedback on this build! Thanks!
So if you’re not a fan of constantly summoning temporary beasts, now you’ll have an option to empower your main pet instead. Pretty cool, can’t wait to try it in the next build.