We can have 5 of them, Warlocks get 4, and anyone else only gets one.(i.e, Death Knight Ghouls. No one else gets a permanent pet!)
Unlike everyone else though, we have the glorious chore of levelling our pets. Sure, they auto level to 5 levels below the hunter, but those 5 levels can be huge sometimes. At level 10, your pet catches up from level 5 by the time you get 3/4 of your experience bar. At level 80, however, it takes almost an hour to get your pet to level once, and that’s if you’re in a good spot. Can you all remember how long it takes to level from 75 to 80? That’s pretty much it, except hunters do that grind up to 6 times: once for the player, and once for every pet. On top of that, any new pets have the potential to restart this astoundingly boring chore.
It’s a necessary evil though: the reason why no one else levels their pets is because their pets are tools rather than a companion, something to be used rather than be with. It’s a very important part of the flavour of the class, and it makes hunters different from warlocks. It’s annoying, but it’s necessary and important to our game. It teaches us more than any other class that there are consequences to making a wrong choice, which I find is important.
For example, lets take little Timmy here as an example.
In any case, Little Timmy(Hereby LT) decides it is a good idea to eat some explosives. LT eats the explosives, and he then sits down on a fire in a very abrupt manner. The explosives are filled with Nitroglycerin.
Now, in a world where there are consequences to your actions, LT would suddenly find himself in many places at once. However, if LT lives in a world where there are no consequences, he would burp loudly and move on.
Leveling pets is similar in a sense: it’s a way to make sure that the hunter doesn’t just switch through pets like tissue paper. It teaches the value of having the strongest and most important pets in the game and there are consequences to having pets this powerful.
However, it’s still torture to level pets. Like really? WTB Rare Candy, PST.
The key to leveling pets is to find a good place with fast spawns at your level, not the pet’s. I’ve found one really good place, so long as the leather workers don’t come running in.
This cave directly east of Gromarsh Crash Site is one such area. Fast respawns, easy to kill mobs, and none of them hit particularly hard. Like I said though, this place is frequently crawling with Leatherworkers, so it can be hard to level pets here.
What do you guys think about levelling pets? Is it a necessary evil for our class identity or is it just a pain in the rear? Should they make it shorter? Longer? Do you even care?
Probably the most important question, do you know any other good places to level them?