Awq wrote: Ceyla. You asked for more Dragonkin. I would like you to try the Silver Dragonhawk Hatchling. You own one, but it is green, low level and possibly a non-optimal breed. If you do not want to use a stone on it, or want to level it, I would recommend the Direhorn Runt (ideally Pygmy Direhorn) with its Shield!
I did own a non-optimal B/B breed, but I also had a dragonkin stone lying around and a long forgotten level 5 blood elf alt parked near Silvermoon City, so it wasn't hard get to hold of a better one. The hard part was trying to decide between the 357 speed and the 322 speed breeds: 322 is slower than, say, a DAH which I still see a lot of, but on the other hand faster than most other pets I encounter, and too much speed is essentially a wasted stat ... I ended up stoning the S/S one, since I don't have that many very fast pets already. All that extra speed now means a meagre 1319 HP and a measly 244 power, though.
Ability-wise this is essentially a Conflagrate
pet: I don't think anyone ever will seriously consider Rake
as the other option in the second slot, if I'm wrong, please feel free to explain.
Really convenient is your choice of abilities in the third slot that cause the burning effect needed for Conflagrate: Flamethrower
, so your opponent can't simply swap out of the Conflagrate, or Flame Breath
, which leaves a DoT on the pet in the backline if he does swap out. In the first slot you have your basic choice of spam abilities: Claw
, 90%hit beast damage, or Quills
, 1-3 attacks flying damage. They work out to roughly the same total (if Claw doesn't miss, and Quills hits three times). Shortly: I've tried both options in first and third slots, and either way works.
What's the catch? Conflagrate on the S/S Silver Dragonhawk Hatchling
hits for 396+132 elemental damage for a 4round CD. Compare that to my H/P Fel Flame
or P/S Ominous Flame
or P/S Pandaren Fire Spirit
, all of which hit for 463+154 damage. Or the P/P Harbinger of Flame
, which hits for a whopping 517+172 damage.
I ran several teams with this pet, most of them trying to find ways to increase the damage of Conflagrate.
Fire team: Dragonhawk/Fel Flame/Crimson Shale Hatchling. Won some, mostly due to one opponent that kept swapping at the wrong times.
Lightning teams: Dragonhawk/Wild Golden Hatchling/Dragonbone Hatchling. Dragonhawk/Tiny Twister/Lil Bling. Both teams did pretty well, but in both of them the Dragonhawk was a bit of a dead weight.
DoT teams: Dragonhawk/Squirrel/Cogblade Raptor. Dragonhawk/Blighted Squirrel/Zandalari Kneebiter. These teams did less well.
"Buff Conflagrate" teams: Dragonhawk/Unborn Valkyr (using Unholy Ascension) /Emperor Crab. Dragonhawk/Kovok (using Dark Claw)/Spirit Crab. Here he performed best when I wanted to sacrifice him to save my other pets. The dragonkin racial helps, of course, but was never impressive.
After that I gave up on planned teams and started just throwing him into random groups. Doing so, finally found a real niche for him: sweeper pet. He is really fast, meaning he'll likely go first when two pets are facing off. And the little bit of extra damage from either his DoTs or his Conflagrate can make a win/lose difference.
But ultimately, that's the only way I found to really use him. Not great, not hopeless, and possibly I will now experiment with the other dragonhawk hatchlings to see if I can find one that suits me better.
Vek, I've been leveling pets with Cyclone
to replace my Blighthawk
, because, sometimes, its fun to mess around with an already overpowered strategy. Along the way I discovered a Dragonbone Hatchling
and a Tiny Twister
, both pets I use in other teams now, and I'm leveling a White Tickbird Hatchling
which is similar to a Dragonbone Hatchling ability-wise, but has slightly different stats. You have several pets with that moveset already, pick any one and give it a shot in the pvp battlefields. (To be clear: In the Pets by Family section, under Birds of Prey, any except Ji-kun Hatchling, Dread Hatchling and Brilliant Kaliri).