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Dumb question: what does "kite" mean?

#1farcolfeyPosted 5/19/2011 6:27:47 AM
I see it used all the time, and I've tried to pick up the meaning in context, but I sure don't want to get it wrong if I ever need to "kite" something.

I know it usually applies to adds, and it's something a tank typically does, but sometimes DPS needs to "kite" as well.

If someone could give me a top to bottom explanation, I'd sure appreciate it
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#2SalvatorePosted 5/19/2011 6:29:10 AM
Simply, you keep the targets moving so they can't hit you, usually. Sometimes the word "kite" is used incorrectly to just describe movement of the target, but it's proper usage is to keep the target moving without letting it hit anyone.
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#3LinkofHyrule991Posted 5/19/2011 6:31:10 AM
Holding aggro so a mob will follow, but also staying out of range of it's attack.
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#4NiftyManZPosted 5/19/2011 6:41:02 AM
Basically, it is holding the mob's aggro without letting it hit you or anyone else (usually). This way, the mob stays occupied on one person, and limits their damage. Frost mages used to be used a good amount of the time to kit mobs.
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#5kmanweissPosted 5/19/2011 6:49:10 AM
Think of it as flying a kite. You are you and the kite is the creature you are kiting. You hold the aggro and pull the creature with you as you move. DPS typically do this to distract an enemy so the rest of the group can focus on another target. The use of CC to slow or stop the movement of a creature can aid in kiting especially when dealing with enemies that are faster than you.
#6farcolfey(Topic Creator)Posted 5/19/2011 7:39:14 AM
So what DPS classes are best for this?

I can see how frost mages would be good, with the freezes and slows. Hunters with the traps, maybe?
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#7EuridinePosted 5/19/2011 8:17:14 AM
Mage (any spec but frost is best)
Hunter (any spec)
Frost Death Knight

I think that covers them all
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#8MacrossSpecialPosted 5/19/2011 9:59:38 AM
warlocks and druids also
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#9NitroRatPosted 5/19/2011 10:05:40 AM
Frost mages are no longer good at kiting?

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#10SnappySnakePosted 5/19/2011 10:12:08 AM
They're still good... just not as good as before.
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