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This guide will detail the best dps spec for your cunning hunter pet for MM, SV, and BM hunters at level 85 in Cataclysm. We’re assuming a raid environment where you need the best possible dps from your hunter pet. Which pet you bring to the raid will depend on what pet buff your raid needs (see best hunter pet), and sometimes what’s best for raid is the buff that is brought by a cunning pet, in which case you need to know how best to spend those pet talents!
We’ll be covering beast mastery spec here as well, but we’ll be starting with the marksman and survival cunning pet spec. The poor guys have four fewer pet talents, so the least we can do is let them go first.
MM and SV Cunning Hunter Pet DPS Spec
Like our ferocity spec, our cunning pet spec is pretty straight-forward. Cunning pets offer a lot of PvP and utility options, but not a huge number of dps options. We’re actually able to pick up every raid dps talent available in the cunning tree. Be sure you don’t forget Owl’s Focus, which is a very large dps gain!
Wolverine Bite offers cunning pets an extra damaging attack, the only hunter pet spec to do so, and between their other focus and dps gains, the dps difference between a cunning and ferocity pet is incredibly minimal (all hunter pets inherit the same percentage of attack power from the hunter).
Note that depending on whether or not your cunning pet flies, it may have the Dive talent (pictured here) or the Dash talent. These are exactly the same thing.
BM Cunning Hunter Pet DPS Spec
Since we managed to get all of the raid dps options without the extra BM talent points, our BM cunning pet options are pretty wide-open and you can really spend them wherever you’d like.
I chose to go with Cornered on the off chance that our pet actually drops dangerously low on health (admittedly unlikely) and then went for movement-increasing talents, since travel time can add up in target switching fights, and is especially painful for BM hunters who need to wait for their pet to reach its target before using their signature shot, Kill Command.