One of my favorite things about Patch 6.1 is the return of Stampede. A lot of hard work and lobbying went into getting Hunters this ability, and it was a shame to see it go unused for the better part of this expansion.
It’s back, and with 50 stable slots, better coverage of buffs and debuffs, and larger raid sizes, Hunters have greater flexibility when it comes to putting together a dream team of chaos and destruction.
There are many ways a Hunter can configure their stable, here are five of mine.
Unleash The Hounds
This is one of my favorites. All you need is a dog. My preference is the red mastiffs found in the Scarlet Halls of Scarlet Monastery. Grab one of these, the glyph of Stampede and combine it with a /yell macro of you shouting “UNLEASH THE HOUNDS!”
The Tank Buster
Do you hate your tanks? I don’t even know your tank, but I probably don’t like him, or her. If you hate your tanks or melee for that matter, then you’ll want to load your stable with biggest pets you can find.
I’m talking Rhinos and Clefthooves here. You can glyph this one, but my preference is to go with five unique pets. If nothing else it shows you put some effort into your hating.
If you have the Tier 17 four-piece tier bonus, you’ll get a sixth odd-toed ungulate at no extra cost. Destroy the boss and everyone’s frame rates in one convenient package.
Okay, so the idea here is to gather five jungle pets of your choosing. A Rhino, Lion, Gorilla, Crocolisk, and Gazelle make for a fine lineup.
It’s a shame that Hunters can’t transmog into the Thunderlord garb because it’s the perfect look for this Stampede.
If someone out there can find a mail version of the Thunderlord garb or something similar, let me know and I’m all over it.
Also, if there is an addon to make Stampede sound like the Tarzan yell, I might be in the market for one of those too.
Flock of Seagulls
When stampede was added in Mists of Pandaria this was one of the first things I thought of. Seagulls were already a fun pet when they were introduced in Cataclysm, and stampede made them five times more awesome.
Oh, how I long for the days when you could unleash true Hitchcockian terror on your foes with both the seagull Stampede and A Murder of Crows.
This last one is my absolute favorite right now. Get five raptors or use the glyph. Attack something and then hop on your motorcycle and be bad-ass like Chris Pratt in Jurassic World.
— Illidari Vittoriya (@VittoriyaWoW) April 14, 2015
That’s how I Stampede, how do you?