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Observations on pet skills

I wrote two posts on learning pet skills before and although I haven’t created any addons for collecting information, I have been watching the process more carefully. One instance really made me rethink the entire thing.

I was having a hard time picking out a good pet for Khaja so I decided to try taming a fleeting plainstrider, which know Cower 1. For a soloer like me, Cower is basically useless so I deactivated it and then took it off my pet’s bar all together before I even killed anything. So imagine my surprise when I get a message saying that Khaja’s learned Cower 1! This certainly answers a few questions:

  • How many times the pet uses the ability doesn’t affect the learning process
  • What level the mob is probably doesn’t matter either (it’s not “practicing” it on a harder mob)
  • The distance you are away from your pet when it’s attacking doesn’t matter (I thought of this after my initial posts)
  • Whether you’re attacking the  mob or not probably doesn’t matter either (if you can learn an ability without your pet using it, why does it matter what you’re doing?)

With some general obversations, I’ve basically come to the conclusion that it’s just random. I’ve learned a higher level skill the first swipe my pet took at a mob, and other times it’s taken at least 10 minutes to learn a low level skill. I’ve tried meleeing the mob, thinking that the closer I am to my pet while attacking, the sooner I’ll learn the skill. That didn’t seem to affect the results. Neither did pet happiness.

So I’m going to go with Someone’s theory and just say that it’s completely random. It seems to fit the best.


  1. Posted December 1, 2007 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Actually, I believe you *did* make an interesting discovery, even if others had done it before!

    When I talked about randomness, I was referring to random number of times used, but with 1 as a minimum! If your pet learns the skill even WITHOUT you using it, then it could be a different story… Unless…

    Unless Cower can be auto-cast and you did a newbish thing of removing it from the bar WITHOUT first disabling auto-cast. The bar is mainly for your own use, but I think auto-cast can be on even if the ability is not listed there… Still, don’t see Cower being auto-cast as it would be weird to come up with a way for the pet to auto-cast it, so it’s probably what I said above and an interesting discovery took place there right in front of your nose! 🙂

  2. Posted December 1, 2007 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Eheh: Just noted the “deactivated it” part of your sentence (that’s the effect of going through creating a login and validating it before posting a comment: too much time spent away from the post and it becomes blurry!)

  3. Posted December 1, 2007 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    One other quick thing to check: There used to be a bug that if you deactivated a skill and took it off your pet bar, it would spontaneously re-activate. I believe they fixed it, but … you might want to take a quick gander at your pet’s spellbook to make sure it’s still off.

    It was because of this bug that I got in the habit of immediately untraining any pet that came with Cower.

  4. Posted December 2, 2007 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s okay, Someone. I misread things all the time and it gets me into lots of trouble. 🙂

    I distinctly remember disabling auto-cast and then taking it off the pet bar. After you commented, I went back to check just to be certain, only to discover that I had abandoned the plainstrider to make way for Khaja’s new bear pal.

    Thanks for the tip about the bug, Mania. I had no idea it had even existed. Of course now I can’t tell if this is what happened or not. So it’s experiment time! Right away, I’ll grab one of my hunters, tame a pet with a skill that the hunter doesn’t have, and then purposely disable auto-cast and remove it from the pet bar. We shall see if I learn the skill or not!