That’s right Karoma ate Skoll. I was on my way to CoC(Crucible of Carnage), which btw gives good experience points for pets, to help my guildies when… I found Karoma. What karma?
_NPCscan and Silverdragon went off and I dismounted. That’s when Karoma one shot Skoll. I couldn’t believe it. I thought this must be sign. Karoma wants me to tame him and be my new spirit beast and DPS pet. He was red and aggressive to me on my Beast Tracking and crazy huge compared to Skoll. Before I could tame him I had to back off a little, Feign Death, Revive Pet, Dismiss Pet, then drop the Freezing Trap, and cast Tame Pet. I was epic fast.
Then I specced him like so…
Karoma Spec (DPS, PVE)
The spec allows your pet to get to next add after the first one dies lightning fast or get to the boss when they jump or run far away. The spec and logic behind it is awesome sauce and I take no credit. Thank you Frostheim. Karoma also moves so fast that he gets to the next boss before I can manually switch targets. How amazing is that?
Skoll used to be my DPS 5-man heroics pet and I do believe this soloing spec helps the healers with healing my pet and myself. This spec with Spirit Mend also allowed my pet to tank 3 mobs with Growl turned on, in a heroic after the tank and 2 dps died with the healer still up.
Skoll Spec (Solo, Pet Tank)
So why did Blizzard add more spirit beasts? ‘Cause they are more leet than most non-BM hunters think. It is time to re-spec you MM and SV hunters and tame one.
‘Til next time…
EDIT: I tested this out on the Live server and found out that the glyphed Mend Pet is a 60% increase over the unglyphed Mend Pet. This proves hockeyhacker’s math right. I also collected the data and put it in a spreadsheet for easy comparison. Using the spreadsheet’s data Mend Pet glyphed and talented heals 76% more health per tick than a naked Mend Pet. Using Algebra I figured out that the Spirit Bond talent adds 10% to the glyph 8% per tick on Mend Pet. Glyphed and talented Mend Pet heals 8.8% of the pets health every 2 sec. Spirit Bond heals your pet 16% more while glyphed.
Here is the formula:
(x-5)/5 = 0.76.
x-5 = 3.8
x = 8.8
Read the comments on Wowhead. I will be going on later tonight or tomorrow to test this out myself. Tested and verified. I am currently using this glyph but I was soloing level 70 instances for mounts. Didn’t think it was a buff either until I read the comments on Wowhead. I love it there. Can’t you tell? I have the site linked on several places on this blog.
Mend Pet as a spell looks confusing but look at the buff the spell casts. The buff heals 5% of the pets health every 2 sec. Increase this by 3% provided by the Glyph of Medning. You get a Mend Pet that heals 8% of the pets health every 2 sec.
Here is the example that hockeyhacker gave:
Not nerfed but rather buffed…
before Mend pet healed x health depending on rank and glyph increased x by 40%
now Mend pet heals 25% total health over 10 seoncds or 5% per tick and the glyph increases that 3% total health per tick so now it heals 40% over 10 seconds…
Now for the example, lets say prior to the patch Mend pet rank x healed for 100 per tick un glyphed and now your pet has 2,000 health
Unglyphed prior to change it ticks for 100
Unglyphed post change it ticks for 100 (given the pet has 2K health I just set it at that health for easy comparison)
Glyphed prior to the change it now ticks for 140
Glyphed post change it now ticks for 160…
Now instead of a 40% boost on a flat x value, it is a 60% boost on your pets health.
Well I hope this helps. I found it useful, too. Just wanted to point out on the blog just in case some of you Young Guns don’t read the comments section on Wowhead.
‘Til next time…
EDIT for Patch 4.0.3: I added in the Haste gems.
Gemming your hunter is important. Here is a list of gems to help you gear up your hunter. Use epic gems for gear item level 232 or above. Remember Jewelcrafter’s can use 3 Dragon’s Eyes. You are going to gem your hunter mostly with Agility gems. Match socket bonuses when the bonus is +4 Agi or greater.
Delicate Cardinal Ruby
Delicate Stormjewel – rare drop from fishing daily
Delicate Dragon’s Eye – Jewelcrafter’s only
Remember to match a socket bonus if it is +4 Agility or above. +6 or +8 Agility would be better.
Quick King’s Amber
You would rarely try to meet a socket bonus for a blue gem unless the socket bonus is +6 or +8 agility. I included the hit ones just in case you are short a few hit. 30 hit = 1 % hit. 246 Hit for 8% hit rating. Reforge the rest. You can also enchant your weapon with Accuracy for +25 hit.
Rigid King’s Amber
Rigid Stormjewel – rare drop from fishing daily
Rigid Dragon’s Eye – Jewelcrafters only
Relentless Earthsiege Diamond – 3% increase critical damage is what makes this a winner.
To save gold buy gems with Justice Points or Honor Points.
That’s all for now. Next time I do this it will be for Cataclysm.
‘Til next time…