Just recieved and leveled the Macabre Marionette
to 25. At initial glance it seems a bit disappointing, but looks can decieve.
Both slot 1 moves are 100% hit moves, thusly low damage. (309)
The slot 2 moves are Death and Decay and Siphon Life, both underwheming on their own.
The slot 3 moves is where it starts to get interesting. Dead Man's Party
is the first undead type stampede ability. While Bone Barrage
unfortunately is on the same slot for the pet, death and decay deals comparable dot damage with greater accuracy, but no initial burst damage.
Cast either of the slot 2 abilities prior to Dead Man's Party to double their damage while they tick. Though from testing, the healing component of Siphon Life is -NOT- doubled, due to the healing amount being hardcoded into the skill and not dependent on the damage done. Like with Siphon Anima.
While Siphon Life arguably deals the highest damage of the slot 2 skills, you have to recast it each time you end a Dead Mans Party, whereas Death and Decay lasts for 9 turns and it cant be swapped out of. So while less damage per turn, it adds up the longer the Macabre Marionette is able to spam Dead Man's Party. And being undead with the H/P breed you can last for a while, albeit having rather high base speed for an undead pet so you may not always be the slowest pet.
Imo, the Marionette is one of the better stampede type pets due to its durability - fairly high hp and being undead. Though I concede the damage level is not on par with a Zandalari Kneebiter
. But bringing it in undead flavor is quite unique.
On the other hand using Bone Barrage
and rolling either of the slot 2 skills allows you a bit more burst and letting you spam your slot 1 skill as well without being locked in place. It might possibly be higher damage than the above.
Just realized that the Macabre Marionette is a doublecounter to Dragonkin. Undead taking less damage from them, and having a humanoid attack. Being the second undead with a humanoid attack, but Macabre Maraca
is much more spammable than the Call Darkness
used by Scourged Whelpling
and not reducing your own efficiency.