Pets. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. They’re an integral part of staying alive, even if sometimes they’re the ones actually causing you to die.
Pets are multi-purpose in Guild Wars 2. They act as a tank, deflecting damage while you shoot the enemy down. They can do a decent amount of damage by themselves, and their species-specific skill (say that three times fast) comes in handy. Heck, they can even get you up from the downed state while you use your other downed skills, as I found out accidentally. I started off with a jungle stalker, which had the special skill Mighty Roar. It grants – you guessed it, might to allies. I only used it a couple of times since I haven’t yet acquired the coordination to manage my skills and my pet, but thankfully they don’t need much direction. Occasionally, they will assume the position of Leeroy Jenkins and bound after an enemy you didn’t even know was there, but you can forgive them for their flaws.
I stumbled across a Krytan drakehound in Beetletun, and immediately squealed, “Doggie!