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10-31-2008 @ 2:18PM
Some pet bugs out there:- Auto-cast on pet abilities is currently bugged: When your pet gets called (from dismounting/zoning/calling pet), all spells not on the pet bars will default to autocast. The abilties on your bars behave the way you left them. Put any ability you do not want autocasting on your pet bars.- For many pets, the focus dump is taking priority over their special ability. This is being fixed with the next patch when specials cost 20 focus (and have higher priority) and focus dumps cost 25. In the mean time, you can macro a priority order.- The pet ability Rabid won't cast unless the pet is being attacked. However, you can macro it with Steady Shot to force it to work. Similary, Thunderstomp will only auto-cast if there are multiple NPCs aggro’d in melee range.Sample macro for cats:#showtooltip Steady Shot/cast Steady Shot/cast [target=pettarget,exists] Rake/cast [target=pettarget,exists] Claw/cast [target=pettarget,exists] Rabid/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear();
10-31-2008 @ 2:25PM
Thanks for the macro; I've also been quite frustrated by Rabid not casting in group fights.
10-31-2008 @ 2:59PM
#showtooltip Steady Shot/cast Steady Shot/cast [target=pettarget,exists] Rabid/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear();I actually only use this with a 50/11/0 build. The rake/claw thingisn’t necessary if you have at least 1 talent point in Go For TheThroat, which generates more than enough focus for abundant usage ofboth. The problem with the 51-pt BM talent right now is that GFTT isan 11-pt talent in MM and thus it is mutually exclusive to Exoticpets until LV71. This leaves pets majorly focus starved. With a 51+BM talent spec you have the following options:1) Leave them both on auto-cast, and the results are fairly random.Bite/Claw/Smack will eat up as much focus as they can every 1.25s(pet GCD), often leaving the specials without fuel, and they may takea very long time to re-apply. This hurts stacking effects andDOT/debuff uptime significantly. Specials aren’t presentlyprioritized over focus dumps for pet AI ‘focus budgeting.’ Thisis being fixed next patch when specials are 20 focus, and focus dumpsare 25.2) Disable auto-cast of Bite/Claw/Smack, allowing your pet specialsexclusive use of pet focus. This guarantees specials happen, buthurts pet DPS since Bite/Claw/Smack is a major component of itsdamage.3) Use the original macro I posted above, which prioritizes special,focus dump, and attempts to proc rabid on cooldown (it has no focuscost, but must be manually triggered).
10-31-2008 @ 4:36PM
There are all kinds of weird things going on with pet skills. On top of the aforementioned autocast issues, my Raptor uses Savage Rend with a nearly 90% miss rate against raid bosses. The same problem cropped up for me with the Cats' Rake ability. I can't for the life of me figure out why that might be, and in the meantime I'm considering switching to a pet whose special ability passively modifies their damage. (i.e. a Moth with Serenity Dust.)(Pets are all 70, I do not have the +hit talent for pets, and I've tried both macroing in just Rabid and all three abilities.)
10-31-2008 @ 10:30PM
Auto-cast bugs does not get solve with the pet bar "solution" for some of us. I put both my cower and growl in the pet bar, and turn cower off when soloing. However, cower will still go off when growl cast, and it seems like only the cower effect will pop (I check the threat with omen and it happens everytime). So the only way for my pet to be "useable" now is to turn both Growl and Cower off together (and they will stay off).
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