Many thanks to Liopleurodon for writing the battling portion of our newest feature, Pet of the Month. Here are some additional points on the Anubisath Idol that she wanted to share!How Do You Use Your Idol?
Hey all! This is the forum post to accompany the first edition of WarcraftPets Pet Of The Month, all about the Anubisath Idol. The purpose of this post is to go deeper into the strategy of using this pet in both PVE and PVP, and hopefully generate some discussion.
On the PVE side of things, the Idol is really clutch for a lot of different taner fights through Pandaria. Aki is an excellent example. Her first pet's only offense doesn't hit very hard, but it applies a buff which causes all moves in the next 2 turns to hit twice as hard, making for some devastating combos. However, using either Stoneskin
means that first ability doesn't hit, so your Idol doesn't get that dangerous debuff. Sandstorm can also be used to avoid AoE abilities when you try to carry lowbie pets for beaucoup XP. Quake
from Wastewalker Shu's elemental pet, or Tidal Wave
from the Flowing Pandaren Spirit Tamer can be largely nullified with an Idol in your pocket.
But, even if Aki's first pet does manage to hit you with that debuff, if you're set up for that combo, a quick Deflection
will serve to avoid the otherwise massive (upwards of 1K) hit from her second pet's Call Lightning
. I also use Deflection on Yu'la during the Celestial Tournament. After she flies up in the air, Deflection that next turn to avoid the hit. Because Deflection always goes first, you don't even have to count out your turns to make sure you get it right.
The PVP side of the Anubisath is a bit more muddy, owing nearly entirely to the ability Demolish
. For both PVE and PVP, Demolish was hitting more frequently than indicated on the tooltip. The number indicated by dev Johnathan LeCraft
was "~65%". This was due to a mechanic to prevent miss streaks. However, in PVP this miss mechanic was so good that Demolish would continue to hit even once the Idol's listed accuracy with that move--or altogether--was zero or lower.
For a while, using this bug to stomp all over the Death Adder Hatchling
(which uses a -100% to hit debuff as a cornerstone of its strategy) was all the rage. There was a fix applied
both this negative accuracy bug and the base accuracy issue. With a bit of playtesting, it seems to be active as of 2/25, though it's somewhat difficult to say with absolute certainty in practice.
Regardless, the Idol makes for either an excellent lead pet or anchor in PVP, because of that forementioned 'you don't have to count as closely' feature of Deflection. AoE teams are seeing a new resurgence in PVP as well, and Sandstorm can really help with that. Whether you choose Demolish or Crush
in your first slot, both are relatively big hits which can really help punch through the defense of a turtle team too.
In general, the Anubisath makes for a safe choice for a number of roles within the minigame. Unlike the old idiom though, he's a jack of all trades, but still a master of punching battle pets in their faces.
So, how do you use your Idol?