Should You Buy Path of Exile Pets?
One of the things that online game seem to have in common is having a pet. This idea of a player character having a virtual animal or familiar of sorts by his/her side seems to be universal now in online gaming that Path of Exile is certainly no exception. There are also mounts for those who like to have a steed that they ride into combat. But at least with mounts, they have a purpose of increasing a character's movement speed. What are pets good for anyway, especially in Path of Exile?
Path of Exile does have pets for sale in microtransaction, so you can get one if you think having one by your character's side is a good idea. There are plenty of other games wherein you can have your own pet. The one in the ARPG title Torchlight even has your cat or dog take items to town for selling, even when the player is deep inside a dungeon. Not exactly realistic, but still a neat idea. That doesn't seem the case with Path of Exile, though.
When you look up the definition of a pet in the Path of Exile wiki, it just says, "Pets are a type of microtransaction. They do not participate in combat." Pets don't really do anything other than look cool, but that doesn't really stop dedicated players from buying them since that's exactly why they want them. There's really something to customizing and fine-tuning the appearance of an in-game character that you've spent many hours investing in, after all.
But the community has long requested the addition of pets that can fight alongside characters. This idea also gave way to other ideas like mercenaries that can compliment a character's build in battle and so on, but the idea of fighting pet seems to be a ubiquitous want among players. You can't really blame them since that would indeed be really cool to have one, but there hasn't been any word regarding this being in any stage of development.
There's no clear cut answer to the question of whether pets are worth the money or not. If you're not into novelty POE items or stuff that has no real practical use, then most likely not. However, if you like accessories on your character, then a pet can make a great addition to your character's appearance. Unfortunately for those who are looking for something more, that's all you get from pets—appearance and companionship.
They do work with Path of Exile's policy of ethical microtransactions, which offer optional Path of Exile items that add no gameplay benefit for real money (aside from additional stash tabs). If Grinding Gear Games were ever to include pets that do offer gameplay benefit of any kind, they'll have to add them as a significant part of the gameplay system and never offer them as real money purchases. Doing otherwise would be "unethical" and be against Grinding Gear Games' development manifesto for the game.