Pet Attack Speeds

In WoW Classic, pets retain their native attack speeds when tamed. This means that two pets tamed from different wild NPCs may have different attack speeds, even though they're physically identical.

So, how does this affect your pet's performance?

One thing it doesn't affect is its damage per second (DPS), as faster pets (in a specific family) may attack more frequently but they do proportionally less damage per hit (than slower pets in the same family). Likewise, pets from families with higher DPS will do more damage than pets from families with lower DPS, even if they have the same attack speed.

Where it may come most in handy is player-vs-player combat, where rapid, frequent hits may outpace your opponent, especially if it allows you to interrupt a caster.

Possible Attack Speeds:

How do you check a creature's attack speed

I use the following macro, which you can either type into your chat window, or create a macro button with it (hit ESC, then select 'Macros'):

/run mainSpeed, offSpeed = UnitAttackSpeed("target") print(format("%s: attack speed = %.2f", GetUnitName("target"), mainSpeed))

Then you simply target any creature of interest and use the macro.

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