More unique coloring (real easy to do), more really unique animations or forms (more work to do).
Less overlapping pet buffs in the same family, and a bit more usefull options by lowering cooldowns for example (moth is such a one).
There are plenty of simple ways to offer even more distinct and personal pets without ruining the iconic BM pet (its the exotic of exotics...).
Spirit beast heal is too strong to give to MM in pvp for example, and SV should get it's survivability from something other than a pet...
You don't roll retribution paladin with a 1handed sword and shield to..
Pay the price, if you want a spirit beast.
If spirit beasts became normal, they would lose their exotic ability Spirit Mend, making them simply pretty pets. There are only nine of them, and many of us who tamed one or more spent countless hours doing so. To make them normal pets would devalue the time and effort BM hunters put in to get them to an extent; having a rare pet is great, but one that also has a useful ability is much better. There are also enough hunters out there after them without a two-fold increase in competition, and from what I have experienced, there are enough hunters willing to spec BM to get them already.
I do however think that having more rare normals would be nice; already we have Skarr and the five 'challenge tame' spiders, Sambas, Humar, Terropene, Aotona among others. I am very curious as to what creatures MoP will bring with it.
You don't tame a spirit beast for its abilities, you tame it for the unique look, so allowing this look to be used elsewhere would essentially remove the point of having a spec which is the only one capable of taming a spirit beast. I mean, what else do people play BM for? Certainly not versatility or uber dps :P
And i posted this suggestion back then.
All beast / spirit beast are tameable for all hunter, but, you have to spec BM (Beast Mastery) to unlock secendary skills.
Spirit Beast / exotic pets for a none BM hunter = 1 skill (Cat = agi / str buff, T-rex = 5% crit only).
Spirit Beast / exotic pets for a BM hunter = all the skill they have nowdays.
Edit: Just to make sure all understand, that means a none BM hunter dont have prowl for spirit beast, nor their Spirit mend healing, its just the skin we get to use.
Ofc this can also unlock new idea for all the other beast, so BM hunter are not just limited to use spirit beast, like...giving a wolf / cat a secondary skill like a druids "aoe speed roar" or so, raptor can have some "leap" attack, stunning a target for 2 sec, give bird of pray the ablility to to "stun" a target, by taking the target up to the sky with it (like the eagle boss in ZA).
04/03/2012 19:49Posted by MeskohunterNo, but give triple talent system because every hunter should have at least 1 BM spec :P
Yep.I agree.BM is what makes us really special.You can be tank, healer and dps all in one.
I find BM the most effective spec for soloing anything out of all specs out of all classes..