Note: this is an issue that affected some pets in original WoW, but we don't yet know if it will apply to WoW Classic.
Almost all pets of the same level have the same base attributes. But some rare pets have inferior attributes. We don't know why, and we rather wish they didn't -- but they do. Because these pets have very high intelligence and spirit, we call them "caster" pets. Unfortunately, intelligence and spirit are not useful attributes for a pet. And all of the other attributes -- including health, armor, and DPS -- are lower for "casters" than for normal pets. So "casters" really are inferior creatures in all ways.
You can identify a pet with "caster" attributes in two ways:
Of course, you can always skip all the fuss and just check Petopia before you go after a pet. "Casters" are prominently marked on all our pages in order to help you avoid them.
But how bad is it, really? There are some really gorgeous creatures that happen to have "caster" attributes. Can you make up for their faults with carefully-arranged abilities and talents? Or are they really just an utter loss?
After a good bit of research, it appears that the only real difference between "casters" and normal pets is their base attributes. "Casters" benefit from scaling, talents and abilities in exactly the same way that normal pets do. So it is at least theoretically possible to make up for "caster" attributes and end up with a pet that you can live with. It's not so easy, though. If you compare the base attributes in the table below with that of normal pets, you will see the following trends:
To sum up, pets with "caster" attributes are fairly viable at low levels where the differences in their base attributes are relatively small. And you can help make up for their faults for a number of levels just by keeping up with the passive pet abilities Natural Armor and Great Stamina. But at higher levels, you'd have to spend all of your Training Points on these abilities and you'd still fall short. So if you really absolutely want that very special "caster" pet, you might give it a try -- but be ready for a challenge.
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