I'm doing the Apprentice quest in Wetlands, kill six Giant Wetlands Crocolisks. I'm 23, fluffy is 22 w growl 3 only, and the Giant Crocs are either 25 or 26. I have very moderate to low gear -- just whatever random quests i've picked up here and there.
My standard "Quick-kill" technique is to set a fire trap, open with Concussion Shot and autofire, back up, sic kitty on 'im so she hits him the second he hits the trap, switch to serpent sting, repeat serpent and concussion as they wear off, and finish with arcane or melee wing-clip and raptor-strike if fluffy loses aggro. She usually doesn't.
So, this works great on the L25 crocs. We can finish up about half health and/or half mana, and I don't have to mend pet more than once.
Not a prayer on the L26 ones. They come right for me and I'm in melee mode right away. Can't gobble enough health potions due to cool off to survive it.
I was thinking of setting an ice trap, firing ONE concussion shot (i.e., turning off autofire immediately -- and that will require changing my hotbar setup since i don't have a slot for autofire :( letting kitty growl at the croc while he's in the ice trap, and see if that works.