The Daily Grind: What is your favorite MMORPG combat pet?

As a die-hard fan of pet classes in MMOs, I’ve played just about any that were available in the games that I’ve tried. Naturally, some pets have become my favorites, vying for my affection with their blood, sweat, and belly rubs.

In Lord of the Rings Online, my Captain’s Oathbreaker companion traveled with me far and wide across Middle-earth, although right now I’m totally vibing on my Lore-master’s Bog-lurker (which I named Puddleglum). I will always have fond memories of my World of Warcraft Hunter’s spirit wolf, which I tamed back when you really weren’t supposed to be able to tame them. And I’m starting to take a shine to my talkative iron robot dog in Dungeons and Dragons Online, although he is a little too suicidal for my liking.

What is your favorite MMORPG combat pet? Which one did you end up bonding to and loving the most?

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Zen Dadaist

Nothing can beat the glee I felt the first time I got my Engineer in Anarchy Online all twinked out and buffed up to cast her first Slayerdroid. Then ran along behind it after commanding /pet hunt as it just tore up everything that came before it.

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Polyanna

Hunter’s pet “Lamepaw the Whimperer” in WoW. First “exotic” pet I ever tamed on that character, right in Elwynn Forest, and still my favorite.

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Grim🎃 Darhk

My Blueberry. I mean Voidwalker. He’s been with me since I was a level 10 nooblet in Stormwind, back when he had his own little quest to do to get! I’m partial to my horde of hunter pets I’ve been gather since Cata as well. Outside of wow….None really, I don’t care for my Gw2 ranger pets much, and I don’t overly consider the swtor companions pets. I am starting to like Sleipnir my Chocobo in FF14. But he’s got a long way to go before he’s half as useful as my Vw.

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Robert Mann

Probably the ESO Sorc pets. Simply because they weren’t the ‘half your dps’ generic build that so many games go with, but clever use of their abilities actually proved more useful overall than the dps provided.

From tanking VR dungeons before OT without a healer, to soloing (until we all got bored/back from bio) a boss in a raid, they offered a lot of utility without sacrificing a ton of dps… and in several cases actually a solid DPS increase to the group.

In short, they felt useful without making the class feel completely dependent upon them to perform. Which was refreshing, since that idea seems to be a no-go with most MMOs.

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Celestia

City of Heroes had some great pets for controllers and masterminds. Dark Age of Camelot’s Animist, Necromancer, and Theurgist classes were unique takes on pets.

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Kevin Smith

Hands down had to be the squig. Had one of the coolest abilities of any pet in any game I have ever played. You could get in its mouth, ect…Squid Herder was probably the funniest pet class I ever played also.

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Castagere Shaikura

All my Wow pets when i played wow I will always be a BM Hunter in wow no matter what they changed.

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Vexia

So pets, both real and virtual, are a big deal for me as my choice of avatar here can probably attest to. :P For that reason, I can’t pick just one. Some of these pets are easier to play alongside than others, and some of these games are better at doing pet design than others, but if I had to pick three they would be (not in any specific order):

1. My summoner’s kitty in Blade & Soul (I cheered when I saw the announcement video for the summoner’s pets, and this friend is 1/2 of my favorite pet class in any MMO)

2. My chocobo companion in FFXIV (I’ve got a lot of care invested in my cute bird pal, both in terms of raising its stats and perfecting its appearance)

3. My ghost saber hunter pet from WoW (one of my longest-standing MMO pets and still my preferred one to fight alongside if I play, even though others may have more bells and whistles and nicer models)

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CubAvenger

On my Ithorian Creature Handler in Star Wars Galaxies, my two favorites were Milton the Kwi and Virgil the Varactyl.

Virgil was the first combat pet I ever trained. We spent our last Life Day Celebration together.

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Sashaa

The closest I’ll ever be to an Age of Conan Bear Shaman or EverQuest Shaman… on ESO.

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rafael12104

Set aside SWTOR for the moment, because an argument could be made that companions are combat pets and more.

Meet Smokey, my cat familiar for my Lyn in BnS. He is very special. Not only does he share his health with me, tank for me, knock enemies down for me, and quick res group members by giving them cpr (not kidding), but he has died to save me many times. And every time I res him and he snuggles up to me as if to say, “I’m just glad you are alright”, I feel a little strum of the old heart strings.

He is the best combat pet any player could ask for. *sniff*

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rafael12104

Here is a cap of him in action. Yup, that’s his hammer. What’s not to love about that?

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rafael12104

He is the one on my left. I’m the one with the furry hat. It’s cold out there!!!

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CubAvenger

The Blade & Soul familiars are, much like my own cat, the most adorable and vicious killers.

Here’s my Summoner Vinnie Balducci and his familiar Angela Purrelli.

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rafael12104

Oh, nice! Right after you res’ed her? That big jump gasping for air is priceless.

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CubAvenger

I see this as Angela’s “Nine lives, b****es!” jump for joy. LOL

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rafael12104

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Sajiri

Sha’ari from vanilla wow I was most attached to. I downloaded the game for the first time and started playing at 2am while I was sick and delirious and my family had gone on vacation without me. Played a night elf hunter but I wanted a horse mount so once I learned my taming skills I went on a trek to Stormwind. Along the way I found myself in Dun Morogh and came across some rare white wolf, so I tamed him. He was my constant companion while I went exploring azeroth.

I lost the login info for that account so when I went back to the game I got a new account and started as a Blood elf, where upon reaching lvl 76 I came across Loque’nahak, and he’d been with me ever since. Even when I wanted to change specs I just couldnt because then I wouldnt be able to use my spirit cat.

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Thomas

Nobody does “pets” like Bioware/SWTOR, imo. (Pets that actually have personalities and backstories is a real plus.) I am partial to T7-O1 (Jedi Knight) and M1-4X (trooper), but I like most of the others as well. The fact that they can switch roles on the fly (tank, healer, or damage) only makes them more valuable.

WoW seems to be moving — albeit at a glacial pace — in a similar direction with its allies/companions (or whatever they’re called) in WoD and Legion. I wonder if these companions/pets will return in BfA?

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that GW2 will eventually restore its heroes (from GW1) and allow players to replace Canach, Rytlock, Braham, et al. with NPCs/pets that actually … do something … and that you can customize or control to at least some extent.

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tsiya

UO broke my heart. I lost a pet to the stable bug and couldn’t bring myself to log in anymore.

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Peregrine Falcon

Vette!

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Cyclone Jack

Just because I used the pet for so long, Death Flayer from WoW would be at the top of my list. It’s a rare, black scorpid with red spots found in Durotar. He was my Troll Hunter’s faithful companion for many years. Sure, I had a few other pets, but I kept going back to Death Flayer. He was also an awesome pet in PvP, due to the scorpid poison.

Second place would be my Robots from CoV. I loved running into a large group of enemies, hitting Provoke, and then watching the chaos as my bots opened fire in all directions. Add in a few Traps and you had a great character that could easily absorb alpha strikes and then support the team.

Third would be my Chocobo from FFXIV. I loved that you could tailor it to your character, allowing it to properly assist you. The feeding/coloring aspect was a nifty little mini-game/resource consumer as well.

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Daniel Reasor

If memory serves, there was a period when scorpid poison would insulate the Hunter’s Serpent Sting DOT against Druids’ Cure Poison spells, is that right? The scorpid venom would get lifted as the higher priority, allowing you to still mete out poison damage with one of the Hunter’s hardest hitting spells.

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Cyclone Jack

In a sense, yes. The Scorpid Poison would stack (up to 5 times, iirc), and Cure Poison would only remove a single application. And you are correct that it was the higher priority, so your Serpent Sting wasn’t going away. :) Plus, Scorpid Poison being a DoT made things really annoying for Rogues. Ah, the fond memories.

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camelotcrusade

My favorites were the swarm pets from EeverQuest2, like the Warden’s wolf pack, the Conjurer’s aqueous swarm, the pack of thugs from the Brigand, etc. We called them “dumbfire pets” and they scaled poorly and did crap damage as the game went on (at least while I was still playing). Still, I loved the feeling of commanding a horde, even if it was brief.

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Bryan Correll

The Arsonist from CoH’s thugs powerset. Sure, he wasn’t big and flashy like the Assault Bot or others, but he made up for it with insane willingness to charge into a crowd of enemies and spit fire on them. He tended to die a lot. I named him Opie.

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Toy Clown

I’ve become attached to my chocobo in FFXIV! I’m surprised how good the pet AI is in the game compared to others and have been leveling it up as a tank for my white mage, and I’m also in the process of giving it a pretty blue color. Hope to get some fancy barding soon as well.

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Emperor Caligula

A small, cheerful, annoying little fairy, who is totally overpowered.

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hamadubai

Guild Wars 1, an entire party of pets (8 heroes right now) and if you have summoner classes in there then that number just shoots up exponentially. you become a 1 person mob.

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Thomas

Nobody has topped the Heroes from GW1 and how long ago was that? Even the “allies” you occasionally get in GW2 aren’t nearly as useful or as helpful.

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Cyclone Jack

The GW1 Heroes were absolutely amazing, and the fact that they knew how to properly play whatever build you through at them was just awesome. Yet, it is ironic that the escort AI was so appallingly bad! :D

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mistressbrazen

My Anarchy Online pets were the best. Both the triple threat pets of the Metaphysicist as well as the droid pet of the Engineer, although I have to say, imo, the droid pet doesn’t get awesome until the upper levels of the game. For tackling higher level mobs without a team, you couldn’t beat them for great assistance.

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MassivelyMacD

Carlo Pinetti, Crat 220 Pet. What an idea to have the highest level pet of the bureaucrat profession be a lawyer, hitting mobs with his brief case.

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CapnLan

My favorite will always be my dragoon’s wyvern from FFXI. Good ol’ Wuffi stayed by me and ate many goblin faces while other people turned me down because “loldrg”. She was the best. I sadly don’t have any shots of us together as I played back on PS2 and any shots I had from back then are now gone as they were on my 30GB PS2 HDD. Damn I thought I was high rolling with that back then heh.

My favorite today is my Kavat (large cat like pet) in Warframe. Her name is Cocoa Puff and she’s a Smeeta, which is the most sought after breed of Kavat. She can turn herself invisible while creating clones of herself to distract enemies, gives me a boost to resources gained, and every now and then gives me an extremely powerful critical damage buff. Here’s a quick shot of the two of us sneaking onboard a Corpus ship and getting ready for the pain train to begin. She’s also using the Moonless Kavat skin which you can get from Cetus in the Plains of Eidolon.

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George

I was very attached to my White Lion when Warhammer Age of Reckoning was still a thing. I loved how it evolved (aesthetically) during leveling. And I loved the pet system they implemented. For example, you could order the pet to go get an enemy and throw him to you. Awesome skills, different from the usual ones.

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Anthony Dixon

My EQ1 Beastlord pet, I was an Iksar, so had a mini stegosaurus looking scaled wolf, I called her Comedy Mel, she got smaller the more powerful she got, and she ate my foes and gave me loot.

Was a very good steggo doggo.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

The Tamer’s pet in BDO is fantastic. You can ride it in combat and it has skills. You can use it as a DPS pet alongside your character or you can absorb its power for a buff.

I was a bio-engineer in SWG and made some pretty great creatures in that game though too. Toss up for sure.

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Slaasher

For me it was my necro skellie in EQ. Maniacal laughter and all

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Wendigo Runner

Absolutely!

I was going back and forth between the spec (mostly due to “spec to docks!”) and the skel, but the skeleton and its crazy laugh is an easy win.

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Hirku

I only played her for a short time, but I was fond of my Lotro elven loremaster and her BBFF (Best Bear Friend Forever). He was handy in combat, of course, but I just liked him as a character, the Beauty & Beast contrast of the two of them sauntering along in the woods or how he’d sometimes plop down on his big rump and just look around. I liked that bear so much that killing hostile bears in the world started making me uncomfortable.

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Chris Moss

These are all my fav pets ^^

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Phubarrh

The Illusionist’s Personae Reflection in EQ2…because it’s the perfect narcissist companion.

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mysecretid

Warning! Long post! Bring a snack!

I like combat pets in games for the same reason that I like to have a house (or a garrison, or a starship, or whatever) of my own in games — it makes me feel more connected, more immersed in the game world.

I’m there to experience the world of the game; anything that connects me more directly to the world is a bonus.

Favorites? Do companion-type characters count? I love these.

My various ship’s bridge officers in Star Trek Online are all lovingly created and customized by me, and they all have their own backstories to some degree that live in my head (i.e. I will never bore you guys with them :-))

I loved the original wave of companion characters in Star Wars: The Old Republic, although not all of them individually, and not all of them equally.

The second wave of SWTOR companions I loved less, mostly because they had arbitary restrictions placed on them (no romances, for example, even though they all “speak text” with alien-language audio, so this ought to be easier to handle than with first-wave characters).

In typical EAware headsmack fashion, one of the best characters in recent SWTOR (in my opinion) was the overly-exuberant droid Z0-0M (the voice work is top-flight), but the adventure which introduces Z0-0M, and makes her available as a companion character, was only available as a subscriber perk, if I remember correctly.

That’s right, they hid some of their most entertaining recent work behind a paywall. Way to promote your game, EA. Sigh.

In my recent World of Warcraft gaming, I really like the companion characters one can acquire through the Draenor Garrison and the Legion Class Halls, although I do wish it were possible to designate any of the companions as a Bodyguard sub-type so they could follow you anywhere in the game, not just the Garrison grounds or zones, or the Legion zones, respectively.

These WoW companions are not typically super-useful in battle, other than drawing off the odd bit of aggro, but I like having them around, nonetheless.

Lately, in WoW, I’ve been relying on the Hozen (“monkey-man”) ex-pirate, ex-gladiator Ooker Dooker as my combat companion, since he appears because of an in-game Trinket (magic item) I found, and he can appear anywhere in the game with me.

If I had to pick a purely animal companion from a game, I’d have to go with my Temple Cat from the original The Secret World game, whom I named Isis.

She was not, technically, a combat pet, but having her with me in the scariest places in the game helped me to freak out a bit less, and to fight more effectively, so I’d class her as a “combat buff” :-)

Apologies for the insane length. Thanks to anyone who actually read this far!

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Ken from Chicago

YES! STAR TREK ONLINE Bridge officers! Boffs are the single smartest “pets” I’ve seen in any mmo. They flank enemies, heal each other and me if I’m knocked out.

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mysecretid

I sometimes complain at my healer companions in Star Wars: The Old Republic to the effect of, “My Star Trek Online companions can revive me! Why can’t you?” Hee hee hee.

I love my STO companions, and my starships, for sure. They go a long way toward making the game feel like your own personal Star Trek series, written by you.

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Thomas

“I really like the companion characters one can acquire through the Draenor Garrison and the Legion Class Halls, although I do wish it were possible to designate any of the companions as a Bodyguard sub-type so they could follow you anywhere in the game, not just the Garrison grounds or zones, or the Legion zones, respectively.”

Absolutely, yes, to this.

I do a lot of solo questing, and I just like having these guys follow me around. They were a welcome addition to WOW, though I wish players had more choices about whom to recruit as a follower and also greater customizability options with regard to skills and/or appearance.

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mysecretid

It occurred to me yesterday, Thomas, that perhaps Blizzard is “iterating” on how they handle companions in their games?

That is, they’re trying and re-trying the concept (first with Garrisons, and again with Class Halls) until they figure out exactly how they want it all to work?

I dunno, just a guess.

Me, I actually preferred the Garrisons to the Class Halls, because the Garrison felt like it was mine alone, while the Class Hall sometimes make me feel like I’m attending a union conference, or something. :-)

In any case, I did read somewhere that the Blizzard developers supposedly like having the companion feature in the game, so heopefully, we’ll see more from it in the next expansion.

Cheers,

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None. After playing a Mastermind in CoH/CoV back in the day, and the sheer amount of micromanaging the blasted things took, I learned to hate pet classes. I simply refuse to play any class with a pet mechanic now…

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Ben Greenwood

I never got a chance to play games with pets really, since I lived in the country and had the worst internet up until 5 it 6 years ago. (Tried desperately to play SWG but dial up was a big NOPE!). I’d say GW with the ranger pets would be my first. I had fun with all of them really.

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thalendor

Look, it grabbed every mob in a 10 mile radius and it couldn’t path worth a damn, but no pet stirs up as many fond memories as that floating blob of elemental goo my EverQuest Magician used to summon. I wonder how Jobaner is doing these days?

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deekay_plus

i’m not a pet class guy at all, but for a while i loved the frost mage pet until frost mage became a full time pet class.

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Minimalistway

In WoW, Gold Mechanical Spider, you can’t “tame” it without getting an item, in an island where no flying allowed, elite mobs around, pull too many and you are dead, it wasn’t that hard but at least it wasn’t too easy, that pet was the only pet gets me some comments from other players, they think it’s cool.

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Utakata

Can’t say I have a favorite yet, but here’s one that comes to mind and pigtail…

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zoward

I forget what his name was, but there was a named fox from Loch Modan that made a great and distinctive hunter’s pet in WoW.

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Ken from Chicago

CITY OF HEROES’ Mastermind robot pets. Cuz robots rule.

GUILD WARS Heroes. You can train what powers they. You can make them Necro / Monks so they can create more zombies and constantly heal the rapidly decaying zombies for you.

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Pandalulz

I like my Chocobo from FFXIV. I can ride him, fight with him, configure his fighting style, play dress up, and change his color.

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MesaSage

Lotro Loremaster Lynx. Powerful sneak attack and decent AOE with mild tanking ability. After level 30 it’s cat or go home.

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