The Daily Grind: What’s the best pet class in an MMORPG?

    
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I hated pets when I first got started in MMORPGs. Pets in early MMOs had such terrible AI and were such a nuisance to control that they gave their masters bad reputations for years to come.

A couple of games changed my mind along the way, though: Guild Wars 1 and Titan Quest, and maybe Hellgate London too. While not all MMORPGs, they all had extremely powerful summoning classes that basically made the game into a steamrolling experience where the player had to do very little but keep the summons coming. By the time City of Heroes added Masterminds, I was actively seeking out a class I once looked down on.

What pet classes and summoning classes have you enjoyed in MMOs? What’s the very best pet class in an MMORPG?

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AmericanSyrup
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AmericanSyrup

olybard Minstrel here. Was fun in the early days taming a Cornish Giant and taking it outside camelot and releasing it!

AGx
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AGx

Beastmaster, FFXI

With a few limitations, you could make any monster you battled your pet.

Robert80
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Robert80

crackfox Robert80  The group I run with hates them. Voice coms will erupt when running dungeons, trials, etc. if a sorc pet is out.
I would love for them to be less of a visual blockade and have some alternate skin colors.

KenFromChicago
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KenFromChicago

STAR TREK ONLINE’s Bridge Officers. You can customize how they look, what they wear, what skills they have and what gear they carry. They are smart enough to fight with you by tactically surrounding a foe for the advantage and thus split up to avoid area attacks; fight for you while you rest on your heels, even revive you should you fall in battle.

GUILD WARS’ Heroes / Mercenaries. You can pick out their armor, weapons, skills and you can even have them look exactly like eight of your alt characters. I say eight because some of really like alts. The last time I played, I had over a dozen (it was cheaper to buy another character for inventory than buy inventory slots). Also I’ve never seen an mmo before or since let you essentially team up with your alts. Also, if you used all minion-centric necro / monks, your 7 heroes / mercs could be roaming the world easily with 20+ minions kept alive as the heroes / monks keep casting heals automatically.

Celestia
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Celestia

olybard So many happy memories of my Earth Theurgist.  Damn, I loved playing that guy back in the day.

Setaflame
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Setaflame

The first game I saw with a pet classes was a Spirit master from Aion ( pain in the ..in pvp) lol
I do like the Summoner in BnS kinda reminds me of SM.
Rift has some nice pet classes too

Kanbe
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Kanbe

Necromacer from guild wars no contest. Sure I had to keep a few of my npcs as monks to help keep them up but it was so much fun.

Vunak
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Vunak

Beast master in FFXI.

Radfist
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Radfist

Guild Wars 1 – Interrupt pet ranger builds. My bear used to destroy casters in PvP.
EQ2 – Summoners and Beastlords are both a lot of fun. Oh and Coercers in PvP where you could charm other players and use them to kill their friends. Classic.

Tamanous
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Tamanous

SpaceOdyssey Ah man I didn’t even think about that game. I played a crat and enjoyed it … even before they became powerful. I never played an engi but having a pet that powerful (far more powerful than the player toon) was an interesting concept. A guy I worked with played that game for years and strictly on his engineer. I always tended to switch mains every so many months so sticking to one class for years must mean the dude REALLY like it.