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Professions: The Tamer
Updated July 2009 by Petra Fyde

Control Slots

Control slots limit the number of high-level pets a tamer can control at any given time, while still allowing the diversity of hunting with a pack of lower level creatures.

Every player has five pet control slots, the number of contol slots required by a particular pet varies, governed mostly by how powerful it is, either as a weapon, as in the case of tamer’s pets, or as a tool, as in the case of speciality crafter’s pets such as the giant and fire beetles.

The following table includes examples of pets requiring differing numbers of control slots.

Number of slots Example Pets
One Horse, llama, ostard, ridgeback, swamp dragon, pack horse/llama, frenzied ostard, all ethereal mounts
Two Nightmare, unicorn, ki-rin, fire steed, drake, bake kitsune, imp
Three Giant Beetle, Fire Beetle, Golem, lesser hiryu, rune beetle, white wyrm, dragon, dread warhorse, bane dragon
Four Hiryu, cu sidhe, reptalon, skree
Five Greater Dragon

Bonding and Ressurection

Bonding with a pet results in the following benefits:

  • The pet will recall with the owner and will not need to be lead through a gate
  • Should the pet die, a pet ghost will remain which may be ressurected by a tamer with the required level of animal lore and veterinary skill

To begin the bonding process, feed the pet at the first opportunity. The process takes one week, at the end of this period feed the pet again, if successful you will see the message ‘your pet has bonded with you’ and the tag ‘tame’ will change to ‘bonded’. This bond is broken if the pet is transfered, released or goes wild.

A pet ghost can be resurrected by any character with at least 80 veterinary and 80 lore skill. If the pet is resurrected by someone other than the owner, the owner will be prompted to accept the resurection via a gump. The pet cannot be resurrected if the owner is not on screen.

The death of a pet is not without some penalty, 0.1 skill points will be lost from each of the pets skills for each death. These can be trained back up.

Commanding Your Pet

Tamed pets respond to a series of commands. provided the owner has enough taming and animal lore skill. These commands can be given through speach or through the pet’s context menu (single left click on the pet) Here is a list of valid commands:

Context Menu Command Effect
(Name) come Summons the pet to your location. The pet will pathfind to your location. It will not attack anything, even if it is attacked.*
(Name) Drop Drops it’s loot to the ground (use when pet bonds)
(Name) Follow Follows targeted being
(All/Name) follow me Causes all or one pet follow you, ignoring any attacks upon it.*pet must have a clear path, it will not pathfind
(Name) friend Allows targeted player to give your pet commands
(Name) guard Causes the pet to guard you. Pets can only guard their owner.
(All/Name) guard me Causes all or one pet to guard you
(All/Name) Kill (or attack) Causes the pet(s) to attack the selected target
(Name) release Releases the pet back into the wildcaution, while the context menu initiates a confirmation gump for this act, the command does not
(All/Name) stay The pet(s) will stay in the current spot
(All/Name) stop Cancels any current orders to attack, guard or follow.  The pet will stop attacking. It will not attack anything, even if it is attacked, and may wander.
(Name) transfer transfers complete ownership to the targeted player

These commands must be used in the format listed, the adding of punctuation, eg ‘Rover kill!’ or including them in a sentence, eg ‘Rover kill this creature’ will not work. It is however possible to make a macro to whisper the command while saying something more in keeping with a role played character.

*’All come’ and ‘All Follow Me’ commands must be preceded by the ‘All Stop’ command if the pet is already engaged in combat. If the stop command is not given the pet will attempt to obey the ‘follow’ or ‘come’ command but will continue to defend itself against attack.


Any pet you are mounted on when you log out will log out with you. In theory autostable will stable other pets when you log out, unless the pet is a pack animal with a loaded pack, however taking your pet to the stable and handing it over to the npc stable master is much safer.

To stable a pet go to any town stable and say ‘stable’ or ‘stall’, this brings up a targeting cursor to select the pet you want to stable The cost of this is 30gp which will be withdrawn from your back pack or bank box.

To re-claim your pet say ‘claim (petname), alternatively ‘claim list’ will give you a list of pets currently stabled from which you may select one. Using the word ‘claim’ alone will give random pets to the maximum of your control slots. It is not necessary to return to the same stable, you can claim your pets from any stablemaster.

A pack animal can not be stabled, or autostabled, if it has items in it’s pack. You will be prompted to unload it when trying to stable.

If you log out with a loaded pack animal beside you it will stay in game and eventually go wild, dropping the content of its pack on the ground where it will decay.

All characters are allowed to store 2 pets with an npc stablemaster. The ability to store more is governed by the total combined skill points in animal taming, veterinary and animal lore

  • 160 – 199.9 total skill – 3 stable slots
  • 200 – 239 total skill – 4 stable slots
  • 240+ – 5 stable slots
  • add one slot for each skill at 100 skill (ie 100 tame /100 lore /100 vet = 8 slots)
  • add one slot for each skill at 110 skill (ie 110 tame /110 lore /110 vet = 11 slots)
  • add one slot for each skill at 120 skill (ie 120 tame /120 lore /120 vet = 14 slots)

The 2009 Expansion, Stygian Abyss included a further 2 stable slots for all characters, resulting in non-tamer characters being able to stall 4 pets and fully skilled tamers to stall 16 pets.  The command ‘stablecount’ will tell you the number of pets you have stored and your total storage allowed. Example: ‘2/4 stable stalls used’

Training Pets

Pets have up to 9 skills which may be trained. 6 ‘combat’ skills, wrestling, tactics, resist spells, anatomy, healing and poisoning. 3 ‘knowledge and lore’ skills, magery, evaluate intelligence and meditation. All skills below 100 when tamed may be trained up to 100. Where a creature has skills above 100 pre-tame there will be a skill drop of 10% on taming. The skill shown when tamed becomes the pet’s ‘cap’ in that skill. It can be trained back up to that level after a death, but not beyond it.


  • Rune beetle with poisoning skill, wild 123.4
  • Reduction on taming 12.3
  • Post tame poisoning skill cap 111.1

Pets also have strength, dexterity and intelligence stats. If any of these are below 125 they will increase during training to 125, any stats above 125 are fixed and cannot be increased. Some pets with extremely high stats are weakened upon taming, reducing their post-tame stats to half that of the wild state. Pets affected by this are:

  • Cu Sidhe
  • Greater Dragon
  • Hiryu
  • Lesser Hiryu
  • Reptalon

A few creatures have the special requirement of needing to be ‘subdued’ before they can be tamed, these include the Giant Beetle and the Fire Beetle.  This should be done with extreme care, the margin between ‘subdued’ and ‘dead’ is exceedingly small.

Pet Messages

Having dealt with messages you may give to your pet, here are the messages your pet may send to you.

Pet Messages
Message Occurrence:
[petname] looks around desperately A line-of-sight check failed and the pet’s loyalty level just dropped.
[petname] has decided it is better off without a master Displayed when a pet loses all remaining loyalty to its master, be it from being released or failed commands/line-of-sight checks.
The pet refuses to be transferred because it will not obey [name] The person you tried transferring your pet to failed the skill check for a successful transfer.
The pet refuses to be transferred because it does not trust you You failed the skill check for a successful transfer of the pet.
Your pet refuses to follow that person Commanding your pet to follow the targeted being failed due to insufficient control over your pet.
That wasn’t even challenging Either you have tamed this creature before or it’s skill requirement is far below your current taming level. You will not gain skill from taming a creature that gives you this message.
The animal has been distracted and you cannot continue taming You lost line-of-sight of a creature you were trying to tame. The taming attempt has been aborted.
You do not have a clear line of site to continue taming. There is no clear path between you and the creature you are trying to tame.
The animal is too angry to continue taming The creature received damage of some sort, thus the taming attempt was disrupted.
You are to far away to continue taming. The distance between your character and the creature you are trying to tame is too great
This animal has had too many owners and is too upset for you to tame The taming difficulty of a previously tamed pet is too high for you to attempt taming or it has already had 5 owners and can not be tamed again.
You seem to anger the beast This message informs you of a failed taming attempt. It’s an added step of difficulty in some higher-level creatures and appears randomly before you can actually start a taming attempt.
You have no chance of taming this creature You don’t have the minimum skill required to attempt taming this creature.
You can’t tame that This creature is not tamable.
Your pet refuses to attack that target Pets can not be commanded to attack mechanical targets such as golems, exodus minions and exodus overseers.
Your pet cannot see that target There is not a clear line of sight between the pet and the target.
you must subdue this creature before you can tame it! The creature must be beaten down to low health before a taming attempt can be made
*The creature has been beaten into subjugation* The creature has been beaten down to the point at which a taming attempt can be made
Your subjugation of this creature has caused it to become weakened from its natural state. The creature’s strength, dexterity and intelligence are reduced by half – this also affects hp,  mana and stamina


Last modified: February 11, 2013

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