Is the Lore-Master Eagle pet useful enough for a soloer that I should grind through those horrible, horrible level 50 class quests?
I’ve been using the Lynx since I got it. The sabretooth was disappointing – its cone attacks seemed better suited for raids and other mass combat situations.
The very plain and simple answer is : Yes.
The Loremaster’s Eagle pet has several very useful and unique tools that are not only useful solo (as it pertains to the above question) but also in groups.
The visible advantages of the eagle pet include:
Higher level: The eagle pet summons in at only one level below the level of your Loremaster as opposed to the two level difference you get with other pets (the only exception being the bear pet IF you have the “Hardy Bear” trait slotted). Higher level means your pet’s attacks will miss less and be subject to less mitigation. On the defensive side, it means your pet will have an easier time avoiding hits as well as being able to mitigate damage a tad better.
Fan the Flames: This skill allows you to send an enemy fleeing in fear for 15 seconds. The skill requires that the target first has the “Burning Embers” bleed on it. Fan the Flames first removes the bleed before applying the fear (this way this combination doesn’t break itself as fears are subject to a break chance upon damage [it’s less on overtime skills but still applicable]). In a tough spot a Loremaster cannot have too much crowd control so having this extra CC skill available once a minute can be valuable.
Beak Rend: This skill hits 3 targets for what I would consider moderate damage for pets. Sweeter still is that the eagle gets healed an equal amount for the damage dealt with this skill. This skill adds even more survivability for the pet itself which is very important especially in solo as a dead pet can, in lots of scenarios lead to a dead Loremaster (which brings me to the final visible advantage….).
Sacrifice: This skill allows the Eagle to sacrifice itself to revive the Loremaster. There are a few caveats to this however:
- The Loremaster needs to be within 40m of the Eagle.
- The Eagle must be actively in combat (this means fighting something and not parked somewhere in passive mode) at the time the Loremaster dies.
- Upon receiving the Eagle’s Sacrifice rez, you receive a buff that blocks you from receiving another Eagle rez for the next 10 minutes.
This rez is by no means something that’s going to get you back in the fight right away in a solo scenario since you revive with 50% morale and 25% power (never mind the fact that everything will have reset). It will, however, save you a trip to the rez circle and the requisite run back to where you were questing. In group scenarios the eagle could put you back on your feet in a time of great need.
Advantages that you can’t read on a tooltip
There are two advantages to the Eagle that you can only find out (aside from reading it somewhere like here or the loremaster forums) from using the pet and seeing for yourself.
1. The Eagle pet has a “hidden” interrupt skill that it will automatically use if the mob starts an induction while the skill is off cooldown (cooldown is estimated at somewhere between 10 and 15 seconds) or if the skill comes off cooldown while the mob is inducting. Extremely useful in solo as well as groups. This is a great way to cut back on mobs that can shield up or heal themselves doing so without necessarily having to actively watch the target yourself (especially useful when you have more than one such mob and are already keeping something else on lockdown).
2. (This is hard to absolutely confirm, however my own perceptions tell me it’s true) The eagle flanks a lot more than most other pets (except perhaps the bog-lurker [which requires slotting deep into the “Keeper of Animals” trait-line.) More flanks can mean lots more heals for yourself by responding with either “Sign of Battle: Wizardry” or “Sign of Battle: Wizard’s Fire” or it can mean more damage via “Staff Strike”. More Flanks, More Fun.
The grind for the items to complete the Loremaster’s level 50 (accessible at level 45) class quests is undoubtedly a pain… However, it is worth the effort. You get a pet with more bells and whistles than a 5-alarm fire and it’s something that you’ll be able to continue to find uses for down the road. You can perhaps convince yourself you don’t need it or want it right now, but at some point you’ll change your mind… So let this make your mind up to just get it now, get it over with and enjoy all that the Eagle can give to your experience.
This article is part of the “Ask Elborigorn” series, where I encourage CSTM readers to send questions to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org . I then will answer the question either with an entire article or as part of a multi-question weekly article.