Boars were one of the most well known and respected pets in the World of Warcraft. They were legendary for holding threat for longer than any other pet could… until patch 3.0 hit.
The changes to pets changed everything for Boars. No longer the top threat pet, they are now underused, and they are harder to find around top end hunters than a Spirit Beast. Boars are the time-old story of fallen kings… the kings of tanking pets.
Boars are tenacity pets. Like all other tenacity pets, Boars are exceptionally good at taking damage without dying, but not so good at dishing out the pain. At the moment, they receive a 10% increase to hit points and a 5% increase to armor. This might change in the near future though, as Blizzard is doing some talking about giving all pets the same bonuses. Tenacity pets will continue to be the tanks, but only thanks to their talents, not their bonuses.
Boars were once immensely popular. Before patch 3.0, boars were the only pets to be able to keep threat on a monster for longer than a few seconds. They had a special, unique move called Charge at the time. Charge doubled the damage they dealt with their next Gore attack. However, Charge is now available to all ferocity pets and all tenacity pets.
Boars have 9 different skins, all of which are tamable! If you see a Boar you like the look of, it’s obtainable somehow. Most pets don’t have that going for them. The skins aren’t the most varied looking though, other than the colours.
Boars are legendary for being the posterchild of a tenacious beast, even in real life. As a result, if you can hunt and kill one, it’s a sign of strength. It’s also a waste of a perfectly awesome pet.
Gore: Does a great deal of damage, and a great deal more when used within 6 seconds of a charge.
First, I’ll start with the bad side. Gore only does damage. That’s it. No armor reducing, no bleed effects: just plain and simple damage.
The good side is that this move does more base damage than most other pet moves, and the damage is doubled whenever it’s used after a charge.
What this means is that the boar is useful anywhere, really. Damage is useful in any situation, and although a wasp might reduce armor, that reduction in armor is useless if you have a druid casting Faerie Fire on the same mob. Damage is damage, and nothing replaces it.
In addition, when used after Charge, Gore’s damage is doubled. That’s pretty much an automatic critical hit… that can, in turn, still critically hit! This means one thing: Gore can do amazing initial damage after any Charge.
It seems the damage is similar to Bite. However, it is less focus to use, and it’s very powerful after a charge. Besides, another move that does damage is another move that does damage. No complaints here.
Boars are well placed almost anywhere, but are found most often in Solo environments, and Battlegrounds. Thanks to their amazing initial damage, Boars get threat instantly on mobs they are attacking. You can shoot the enemy as much as you like, but if a Boar attacked it, the boar is going to tank it.
In battlegrounds, burst damage and survivability are necessary. For beastmasters especially, boars do an incredible amount of damage, combined with an amazing amount of survivability: it’s a perfect candidate.
In arenas, Boars don’t do as well as some other pets because they don’t have any special effect attached to Gore. Whereas a chimaera has a slow, and cats have a bleed, boars have nothing extra. As a result, they are useful, but not the best.
In PvE, tenacity pets are for utility mostly. Boars don’t give a lot of that, and so they shouldn’t be seen in a PvE environment usually.
Although I have not had the experience of hunting next to a boar, I still remember the sights of boars hurling themselves at a foe, smashing bone and tearing sinew with their tusks. Boars seem more to me like a walking bundle of iron-bound muscle and rock-hard bone.
Boars are incredibly stubborn more often than not, and they never give up. If their first charge was a failure, you can bet your gun or bow that they’ll just turn around and slam into your back side. Boars seem to be incredibly agile for such massive, if boorish, creatures.
If there’s one thing I find I like about them though it is this: the noises they make. They’re enough to make me laugh every time. Honestly, HROINK?
Do you even need to ask? Really?