#1 everyone assumes that those #"s for the pet stars is what makes the pet strong/weak
but those are just simply growth LIMIT's as in how high the growth for attack can go for a magmas which is 7130
do you have enough celebeans to reach 7130? i doubt it. and i highly doubt anyone ever will so the "attack" factor of a magmas pet is worthless.
#2 prior to expansion and corrupts/snowman being removed the fastest way to level was to hunt corrupts/snowman. and you can't hunt corrupts snowman without a magmas.
Only class that can is level 139 + modo anyone else who says you can hunt without magmas is a ****** and probably only gets 1-2 corrupts and 1 snowman each round. Magmas/extinguish makes it possible to get like 6+ corrupts and 3+ snowmen.
I think you all read the title of his thread, and forgot to answer what he asked in his post.
To OP: read the skills list inder each one, in the database. You decide what skills your pet should have to complement your build. Forget magmas right now, snowmen and corrupted mobs were removed with the JD2 expansion. (Although obah blowing snow around in Sunstream, may be a foreshadowing of something to come.)
There are various differences between the pet stars:
1. stats & growth
2. signature skills
3. other specific star skills
1. Stats are important, but can be altered; as someone already said, max growth means nothing if you're not gonna push that stat to its max limit. Further more, if you do however push a non magmas pet's attack to the max, you can also use a trait change potion on it to gain even more growth, so as you can see there are ways to create a good attack focused pet from pretty much any star. But this is just one aspect...
2. Signature skills are very important because those can't be changed (unlike the others) and really differentiate the pets one from another:
- Arborik: reduces target's resistances while boosting the caster's ones;
- Auris: stuns (ignores resitance);
- Flowen: heals (full pet HP restoration), removes bleeds and para effects;
- Logi: increases dmg received by target;
- Luna: reduces target's attack;
- Magmas: reduces target's defence;
- Nestun: drains spirit;
- Sola: pet invincibility;
- Terro: paralyzes (ignores resitance);
3. all stars have their own skills...ppl say magmas are for dmg, nestun are drainers, etc (which is true), but IMO there's no good or weak star, it just depends on your playing style and what you're looking for in your pet. For ex:
- Nestun: can be transformed into all around drainers/debuffers if the pet has the following skills: Wild Lie, Imprison, Drunken Shout. Add to all these Suffering of Akasha and you'll end up with a very useful pet for both PvP and PvE.
- Auris: get Prickle, Jarring Stride and Howl of Rage (all 3 are boosted by the same specialty btw: Heavenfire) and you'll create an interesting attack debuffer which can be (again) very useful for both PvP and PvE.
- Luna: some ppl say a luna pet is weak (maybe is stats growth, and that only on paper), but they can lower/debuff accuracy, curse and silence the targets, remove spirit burn effects, and also have attack increasing skills. Not bad at all IMO!
- Flowen: these are renown for their increased def stats and for their healing ability (Sincere Prayer) - having a pet that heals you can be a life saver and will also lower your grinding costs.
- Magmas: are of course...magmas - they can lower def and resistances, increase the master's attack, drain hp, knock back targets, etc. They're combat focused pets.
- Terro: can para targets (in addition to the signature skill), decrease target's critical strike, increase master's evasion or the damage taken by the target.
- Logi: these can remove para effects from the master, curse targets, decrease target's crit strike and drain some spirit.
- Arborik: they're prolly known for their Tree Shade skill (which is a def buff for both pet & owner), but they can also curse, sleep, slow the targets, and also drain some hp.
- Sola: can also curse the target, remove bleeds, and they have some self defence buffs.
In the end, keep in mind that a powerful and effective pet is one that has a good balance between: stats, specialties, traits, skills and titles.
Thank edb for that well put star/skill round up. Very helpful and accurate. I think the skill/spell combo is what people should look for and how they can utilize it - people are way to fascinated with the star and the numbers they can max out at. If anyone maxes a pet to 7000 and something ... I hope they post it here - I want to see it!