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For warlock minion abilities, see Minion abilities. For battle pet abilities, see Battle pet abilities.
For the old list of pet abilities, see Pet abilities (old).

A hunter pet can have different abilities, depending on its pet family and specialization. Each pet family, or beast type, has at least one single special skill. All families have an inherent specialization (Cunning/Ferocity/Tenacity), each of which gives access to additional skills. Pets can be re-specced, however, into whatever specialization the hunter desires.

Damaging pet abilities scale with the pet's melee attack power or bonus spell damage. Physical abilities generally gain bonus damage equal to 7% of the pet's melee attack power, while spell abilities generally gain bonus damage equal to 1/3 of the pet's bonus spell damage. See the attack power coefficient article for further details.


For pet specialization abilities, see Pet specializations.

Base ability

The damaging abilities are referred to as focus dumps. They are the basic attack assigned to pet families.

Ability Pet families
Avoidance (passive) All pets
Bite Basilisk, Bat, Beetle, Boar, Carrion bird, Chimera, Core hound, Crocolisk, Devilsaur, Direhorn, Dog, Dragonhawk, Fox, Hydra, Hyena, Nether ray, Quilen, Ravager, Riverbeast, Rylak, Serpent, Shale spider, Spider, Turtle, Warp stalker, Water strider, Wind serpent, Wolf, Worm
Claw (pet) Bear, Bird of prey, Cat, Crab, Porcupine, Raptor, Scorpid, Silithid, Spirit beast, Tallstrider
Growl (pet) All pets
Smack Clefthoof, Crane, Goat, Gorilla, Monkey, Moth, Sporebat, Stag, Wasp

Special ability


These abilities are assigned to one pet family only, and are the hallmark of that family. They largely consist of abilities that provide buffs to allies or debuffs to enemies.

Note that the special abilities for exotic beasts are listed in the exotic ability section.

Ability Pet family
Agile Reflexes Fox
Ankle Crack Crocolisk
Bark of the Wild Dog
Blessing of Kongs Gorilla
Bloody Screech Carrion Bird
Breath of the Winds Wind Serpent
Cackling Howl Hyena
Chitinous Armor Ravager
Deadly Sting Scorpid
Defensive Quills Porcupine
Dust of Life Moth
Energizing Spores Sporebat
Furious Howl Wolf
Gift of Chi-Ji Crane
Grace (pet ability) Stag
Gruesome Bite Riverbeast
Harden Carapace Beetle
Harden Shell Crab
Indomitable Boar
Invigorating Roar Bear
Ability Pet family
Keen Senses Hydra
Plainswalking Tallstrider
Primal Agility Monkey
Reflective Armor Plating Direhorn
Roar of Courage Cat
Savage Vigor Rylak
Serpent's Cunning Serpent
Shell Shield Turtle
Sonic Focus Bat
Speed of the Swarm Wasp
Spry Attacks Dragonhawk
Strength of the Pack Raptor
Sturdiness Goat
Tenacity (pet ability) Bird of Prey
Thick Hide (pet ability) Clefthoof
Updraft Rylak
Warp Time Warp Stalker
Web Spray Spider
Wild Strength Clefthoof

Exotic ability


These abilities are used solely by exotic beasts, which can only be tamed by beasmaster hunters with the [Exotic Beasts] ability. Special abilities for exotic beasts are also included here, rather than in the special ability section.

Ability Pet family
Ancient Hysteria Core Hound, Nether Ray (non-exotic)
Burrow Attack Worm
Double Bite Core Hound
Duality Chimaera
Embrace of the Shale Spider Shale spider
Eternal Guardian Quilen
Fearless Roar Quilen
Feast Devilsaur
Frost Breath Chimaera
Froststorm Breath Chimaera
Molten Hide Core Hound
Monstrous Bite Devilsaur
Qiraji Fortitude Silithid
Solid Shell Shale Spider
Spirit Beast Blessing Spirit beast
Spirit Mend Spirit Beast
Spirit Walk Spirit beast
Still Water Water strider
Stone Armor Quilen
Strength of the Earth Worm
Surface Trot Water strider
Tendon Rip Silithid
Terrifying Roar Devilsaur

Bonus ability


These are largely for vanity reasons and perform no other function, with the exception of prowl.

Ability Pet families
Play Fox
Prowl (pet) Cat
Rest (pet)
Rest (pet)
Bird of prey

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Removed talent system and replaced with specializations.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Removed all previous skill and replaced it with a pet talent system.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Added 2 more basic pet abilities.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.9.0 (03-Jan-2006): Added 3 more basic pet abilities.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Added eight more basic pet abilities.

See also