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Mountain o’ Mounts: A Guide to Collecting Mounts

Last week, we covered all pets in the game, in anticipation of . This week, we’ll do the same for mounts and outline some easy ways to collect 100. With the split opinions regarding the recent Winged Guardian, it's clear players care about their mounts. Well, there’s a handful of new mounts in Patch 4.2, as well as some older mounts that should be a breeze to farm with the extra levels in Cataclysm. With changes in Cataclysm, all mounts scale up to your highest riding level, so you can use formerly slow mounts with neat models again!

Warcraft Mounts offers detailed info on each mount, as well a way to track your mount collection. You can also use Wowhead's profiler to track which pets you've collected, and out of the remaining ones, which you're interested in still getting. Our friends at WoW Insider also have achievement-themed articles dedicated to obtaining mounts. We've provided some tips on how to acquire all the mounts, from the easy ones to the challenging ones, below. (Note: currency prices listed are the full non-discounted cost. Players Exalted with factions or benefitting from Bartering may save gold on some mounts.)

Here are all of the mount-related achievements thus far. There's nothing new added in for 4.2, but there will probably be some new achievements in a future patch, if the new pet achievements are any indication.

  • Stable Keeper: Obtain 10 Mounts.
  • Filling Up The Barn: Obtain 25 Mounts.
  • Leading the Cavalry: Obtain 50 Mounts. (Reward: Reins of the Albino Drake)
  • Mountain o' Mounts / Mountain o' Mounts: Obtain 100 Mounts. (Reward: Blue Dragonhawk / Red Dragonhawk)


Ground Mounts



At the Argent Tournament in Icecrown, players complete daily quests to unlock rewards from their respective factions. When you become a Champion of a particular race, you can purchase additional pets and mounts from that vendor. Players can purchase 7 faction-specific ground mounts. Most of the mounts look like those you ride while completing the jousting dailies: home-city mounts in unexpected colors. A level 85 should have no problem doing these daily quests; you'll need to do quite a few anyway to finish Justly Rewarded. Along the way, you'll most likely get Ambassador. If you are changing factions and halfway through the Argent Tournament, buy as much as you can because the entire process will be reset when you switch. It will take you 725 Champion's Seal and roughly 43 days to complete this mount collection, if you've already gotten the Crusader title, meaning you're guaranteed 17 Champion's Seal per day from quests.

If you want to learn more about the Argent Tournament, we've got a guide here here.

  • The following mounts cost and 5 Champion's Seal. For all other races besides your character's own faction, you will need to be exalted in order to purchase these mounts, as well as a Champion of that race. To increase reputation, you can buy tabards from capital cities, as well as commendation badges such as Thunder Bluff Commendation Badge for Champion's Writ, if you're deep into Tournament dailies.
    Alliance: Great Red Elekk, Swift Gray Steed, Swift Moonsaber, Swift Violet Ram, Turbostrider.
  • Horde: Great Golden Kodo, Swift Burgundy Wolf, Swift Purple Raptor, Swift Red Hawkstrider, White Skeletal Warhorse.

Five additional mounts for each faction are purchased for 100 Champion's Seal, meaning you'll have to do a fair amount of dailies.
  • Alliance: Darnassian Nightsaber, Exodar Elekk, Gnomeregan Mechanostrider, Ironforge Ram, Stormwind Steed.
  • Horde: Darkspear Raptor, Forsaken Warhorse, Orgrimmar Wolf, Silvermoon Hawkstrider, Thunder Bluff Kodo.

Players exalted with The Silver Covenant / The Sunreavers will have additional vendors unlocked; those who have completed A Silver Confidant / The Sunreavers will have additional Argent Tournament dailies unlocked. Respective faction vendors sell Quel'dorei Steed / Sunreaver Hawkstrider for 100 Champion's Seal.
Both factions can purchase Argent Warhorse for 100 Champion's Seal, obtainable after completing Exalted Argent Champion of the Alliance / Exalted Argent Champion of the Horde.

Death Knights, Paladins, and Warlocks get lucky with several class-only mounts that they can learn from class-trainers. Sorry druids, epic flight form doesn't count towards the mount total.

  • Death Knights: Acherus Deathcharger, a reward from Into the Realm of Shadows in the DK starting zone.
  • Paladins: Argent Charger is purchased at the Argent Tournament for 100 Champion's Seal. At level 20, dwarf and human paladins learn how to Summon Warhorse and at level 40, Summon Charger: blood elf paladins have a unique red version of this mount. In the past, you were required to complete fun quests to obtain these mounts, but now they are learned from trainers. Draenei and Tauren paladins have their own special mounts reflecting the lore of their race: for Draenei, it's Summon Exarch's Elekk and Summon Great Exarch's Elekk, for Tauren it's Summon Sunwalker Kodo and Summon Great Sunwalker Kodo.
  • Warlocks: Felsteed, trained at level 20, and Dreadsteed, trained at level 40, are awesome demonic horses with fiery hooves. The Dreadsteed used to require an epic quest chain to complete; it's no longer completable and players who obtained it the hard way get Dreadsteed of Xoroth.


While the droprates on these mounts may seem frustrating, all are easily farmable and we'll show you how.

Vanilla


  • There are three easy mounts and one rare mount to farm from Ahn'Qiraj. When the instance was first released, players had to obtain bug mounts that dropped from trash because normal mounts did not work in this long instance. The Blue Qiraji Resonating Crystal, Green Qiraji Resonating Crystal, and Yellow Qiraji Resonating Crystal drop quite frequently, while Red Qiraji Resonating Crystal is so rare, it has its own achievement: Why? Because It's Red. Even if you can't find a group to clear the instance, you could probably get a few friends and keep reclearing the initial respawning trash.
  • Deathcharger's Reins, once one of the rarest mounts in the game, drops from Lord Aurius Rivendare. It's the only undead pony model all races can use. This instance is extremely easy to solo at 85--try making a game out of it to see how fast you can clear it out. Rivendare can also drop Runeblade of Baron Rivendare for a fun bonus.

Burning Crusade


  • Fiery Warhorse's Reins drops from Attumen the Huntsman, the first boss in Karazhan, awarding the achievement Fiery Warhorse's Reins. It's very easy to solo the handful of trash packs and Attumen--you need to kill the trash because the boss will aggro it all. Engineers will also be interested in Schematic: Stabilized Eternium Scope.
  • Swift White Hawkstrider drops from Kael'thas Sunstrider on Heroic difficulty Magisters' Terrace. A level 70 instance, this is again easy to solo with some self-healing abilities. Farming this instance can also reward you with Orb of the Sin'dorei, Phoenix Hatchling, several rare recipes, and blood-elf themed gear like Scarlet Sin'dorei Robes.

Wrath


  • Reins of the Grand Black War Mammoth is a rare drop and 3-seater mount from any of the four bosses in the Vault of Archavon. The source of much grief in VoA pugs, it's not a bad idea to get a few friends and try farming this mount every week at 85. Awards the achievement Grand Black War Mammoth.
  • Reins of the Raven Lord drops from Anzu in heroic Sethekk Halls. It was soloable at level 80; it should be even easier at 85. Currently, druids are not required to summon Anzu so all classes have access to the boss--it used to be a boss only druids could summon after doing a long series of quests to obtain epic flight form. Awards the achievement Reins of the Raven Lord.

Cataclysm


  • Amani Battle Bear is a reward anyone in the party can roll on for completing a timed run in Zul'Aman. We've got a guide on how to successfully complete the bear run here.
  • Two mounts were removed when old Zul'Gurub was taken out of the game; two new mounts are introduced in the new Zul'Aman: Armored Razzashi Raptor is a red raptor that drops from Bloodlord Mandokir and Swift Zulian Panther is a dark unarmored saber cat from High Priestess Kilnara. It's entirely possible to farm these two bosses each day with friends-you can skip most of the trash to get to them, and generally win a BoE along the way.

Seasonal


  • During Brewfest, players have a small chance to receive Swift Brewfest Ram or Great Brewfest Kodo after defeating Coren Direbrew.


Archaeology, Engineering, and Fishing offer unique mounts.

  • Archaeology: Fossilized Raptor is generally one of the first rare solves players stumble upon. It takes 100 Fossil Archaeology Fragment to complete from fossil digsites around Azeroth. In contrast, Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank from Scepter of Azj'Aqir is one of the most frustrating solves to acquire--it's from Tol'vir digsites, which are accessible only in Uldum after 450 skill. Players report burning through dozens of solves before coming across this mount, which is a pity, as it's the only currently-obtainable bug mount one can use outside of Ahn Qiraj.
  • Engineers exalted with Valiance Expedition/ Horde Expedition from quests and spillover dungeon rep in Wrath can learn how to craft the BoE Mekgineer's Chopper/ Mechano-Hog. The pattern is fairly pricey to acquire and even worse to craft. Players wanting a mount will have to save up just for the vendor-only parts. It's definitely a fun mount though; the detailing on it is amazing, it carries two players, and grants Get to the Choppa!.
  • Sea Turtle can be fished up in any Northrend or Cataclysm pools. It's extremely rare and grants Turtles All the Way Down. The charm about this mount is that while it's slow on land, it's extremely speedy in water, scaling up to 300% swim speed.


While PvP may be offputting to some, the Justice to Honor Point conversion means you should be able to purchase some of the following mounts without stepping foot in a battleground.
  • The following mounts are purchasable from capital cities, for 2000 Honor Points. Keep in mind that you are capped at 4000 Honor Points. It was worse in the past: you were required to turn in specific battleground marks to purchase them, and before that, you had to achieve a high rank in the old PvP system. These mounts are dark and heavily-armored versions of the traditional ones sold in capital cities.

    Alliance, from Lieutenant Karter: Black Battlestrider, Black War Ram, Black War Steed Bridle, Reins of the Black War Elekk, Reins of the Black War Tiger.
  • Horde, from Raider Bork: Black War Kodo, Horn of the Black War Wolf, Red Skeletal Warhorse, Swift Warstrider, Whistle of the Black War Raptor.

Halaa, a PvP zone in the center of Nagrand, is the key to two unique talbuks: Reins of the Dark War Talbuk and Reins of the Dark Riding Talbuk. These require a mix of Halaa Battle Token and Halaa Research Token to purchase, obtained by killing the opposition in Halaa and looting Oshu'gun Crystal Powder Sample respectively. These mounts are incredibly difficult to get now because of the lack of PvP in Outlands currently. However, they are in a vivid dark shade not available elsewhere.
Reins of the Black War Bear is a reward mailed to you upon completing For The Alliance!/For The Horde!. It's very easy to find a pug in trade chat working on these achievements, especially if you attack at off-hours.
Stormpike Battle Charger/Horn of the Frostwolf Howler used to require exalted with Frostwolf Clan/Frostwolf Clan to purchase; now it simply costs 2000 Honor Points, although you can only buy it from the Alterac Valley quartermasters. This is a mount many vanilla players remember fondly as the first custom item they obtained.
In Wintergrasp, the quartermasters sell Reins of the Black War Mammoth for 2000 Honor Points. It's a large dark mammoth with red armor. Just make sure your faction controls the zone, or else you won't be able to purchase it.
New to 4.2 are rewards for winning Rated Battlegrounds. / are a reward for completing 75 RBGs in the patch. (At subsequent further levels, you'll receive an identical BoA mount that you can send to more alts.) With the changes to Conquest Points requiring players to do RBGs to cap, hopefully it will be easier to find an RBG group in the patch.

Many reputations offer mounts as vendor rewards. You'll get a large chunk of your mount total completed by raising your reputation with the following factions.

Vanilla


  • Raising your reputation with all of the playable races will net you a large amount of mounts. You can purchase mounts at any reputation level with your home faction, but need exalted to buy mounts from other races. Quests and city tabards can speed up reputation gains a fair amount. In the past, rare-quality mounts moved only at 60% speed--this has changed, so you can use the simpler models once again. Unfortunately, since Worgen have Running Wild instead of a mount, the Alliance is at a slight mount disadvantage. All rare mounts cost and all epic mounts cost before discounts.
    Blood elf Winaestra in Eversong Woods sells hawkstriders: Swift Green Hawkstrider, Swift Pink Hawkstrider, Swift Purple Hawkstrider, Black Hawkstrider, Blue Hawkstrider, Purple Hawkstrider, Red Hawkstrider.
  • Draenei Torallius the Pack Handler outside The Exodar sells elekks: Great Blue Elekk, Great Green Elekk, Great Purple Elekk, Brown Elekk, Gray Elekk, Purple Elekk.
  • Dwarf Veron Amberstill in Dun Morogh sells rams: Swift Brown Ram, Swift Gray Ram, Swift White Ram, Brown Ram, Gray Ram, White Ram.
  • Forsaken Zachariah Post in the Undercity sells bony ponies: Green Skeletal Warhorse, Ochre Skeletal Warhorse, Purple Skeletal Warhorse, Black Skeletal Horse, Blue Skeletal Horse, Brown Skeletal Horse, Red Skeletal Horse.
  • Gnome Milli Featherwhistle in Kharanos sells mechanostriders: Swift Green Mechanostrider, Swift White Mechanostrider, Swift Yellow Mechanostrider, Blue Mechanostrider, Green Mechanostrider, Red Mechanostrider, Unpainted Mechanostrider.
  • Human Katie Stokx in Stormwind sells horses. Unger Statforth outside of flooded Menethil Harbor also sells rare-quality horses: Swift Brown Steed, Swift Palomino, Swift White Steed, Black Stallion Bridle, Brown Horse Bridle, Chestnut Mare Bridle, Pinto Bridle.
  • Night elf Lelanai in Darnassus sells saber cats: Reins of the Swift Frostsaber, Reins of the Swift Mistsaber, Reins of the Swift Stormsaber, Reins of the Spotted Frostsaber, Reins of the Striped Dawnsaber, Reins of the Striped Frostsaber, Reins of the Striped Nightsaber.
  • Orc Ogunaro Wolfrunner in the Valley of Honor sells wolves: Horn of the Swift Brown Wolf, Horn of the Swift Gray Wolf, Horn of the Swift Timber Wolf, Horn of the Black Wolf, Horn of the Brown Wolf, Horn of the Dire Wolf, Horn of the Timber Wolf.
  • Tauren Harb Clawhoof in Bloodhoof Village sells kodos: Great Brown Kodo, Great Gray Kodo, Great White Kodo, Brown Kodo, Gray Kodo, White Kodo.
  • Troll Zjolnir in Sen'jin Village sells raptors: Swift Blue Raptor, Swift Olive Raptor, Swift Orange Raptor, Whistle of the Emerald Raptor, Whistle of the Turquoise Raptor, Whistle of the Violet Raptor.
  • New to Cataclysm, goblin Kall Worthaton in the Orgrimmar slums sells Goblin Trike Key and Goblin Turbo-Trike Key.

Burning Crusade


  • A major part of Nagrand is the reputation grind to acquire talbuk mounts from the Kurenai and the The Mag'har which look like the wild talbuks roaming the zone. The riding talbuks aren't armored and cost , while the war talbuks have some armor and cost . They are sold by Trader Narasu / Provisioner Nasela: Reins of the Cobalt Riding Talbuk, Reins of the Cobalt War Talbuk, Reins of the Silver Riding Talbuk, Reins of the Silver War Talbuk, Reins of the Tan Riding Talbuk, Reins of the Tan War Talbuk, Reins of the White Riding Talbuk, Reins of the White War Talbuk. You can get reputation by doing quests, killing ogres, and turning in Obsidian Warbeads.

Wrath


  • When coming across The Sons of Hodir for shoulder enchants in The Storm Peaks, you'll discover they sell mounts as well: Reins of the Ice Mammoth for at Honored and Reins of the Grand Ice Mammoth, a three-seater mount, for at Exalted. For purchasing these mounts, you get achievements as well.

Cataclysm


  • Blacksmith Abasi sells Reins of the Brown Riding Camel and Reins of the Tan Riding Camel for players exalted with Ramkahen in Uldum.
  • One of the most well-known reputation grinds, recently changed, is for the Reins of the Winterspring Frostsaber. Together with the Horde-equivalent, Whistle of the Venomhide Ravasaur, players complete dailies for roughly a month that tend to baby animals, and are rewarded with a unique mount.
  • In Cataclysm, guild reputation and rewards were added. Guilds that have achieved Guild Level 25 unlock Reins of the Golden King / Reins of the Kor'kron Annihilator for and Exalted reputation.


You don't need these mounts to push you over the edge for your achievement, but they've got some fun models. They range in price from $60-$700; something for everyone.
  • The following ground mounts are BoE once redeemed--you can get lucky on the AH and find them. (I've found six!)
    Big Battle Bear is a reward from The Red Bearon card in the Drums of War series. There are several other bear mounts with similar styles and animations, but this one stands out for its dark body and simple armor.
  • Magic Rooster Egg is a reward from the El Pollo Grande card in the Fields of Honor series. It sounds like a chicken but has the animations of a blood elf hawkstrider. It is a very fast chicken that does wonders for your epeen!
  • Wooly White Rhino is a reward from the Wooly White Rhino card in the Icecrown series. It has the skeleton and animations of a kodo but looks like a massive rhino found in The Storm Peaks.
  • Obtaining the code for the Spectral Tiger card in the Fires of Outlands series will net you the two best mounts in the game: Reins of the Swift Spectral Tiger and Reins of the Spectral Tiger, reskinned nightsabers with ghostly textures. Originally, they ran at different speeds, but that's been normalized in Cataclysm. The rare-quality mount looks nearly the same but has slightly less armor on the feet--it tends to sell for much less on the AH, so keep an eye out.

The following ground mounts are BoP once redeemed--you will not be able to find these on the AH.
  • Big Blizzard Bear was a present for attending BlizzCon 2008. It's a BoA polar bear with a flag-waving murloc sitting on its head.
  • Savage Raptor is a new reward from War of the Elements, a dark orange raptor. It's one of the few ways Alliance get to ride a raptor mount--only other way is to try your luck in ZG.
  • Riding Turtle is a reward from the Saltwater Snapjaw card in Heroes of Azeroth. This is a favorite item among twinks as any level can use it. The turtle moves extremely slow, but as the item says "it gets you off your feet."


New


  • is a drop in 4.2 from Firelands: we don't know the exact % yet, but it's a flaming Anzu and looks awesome.


Quests


  • Reins of the Crimson Deathcharger is a reward for completing Mograine's Reunion after a player has completed Shadowmourne and looted the one-time only Sealed Chest from The Lich King. It's a BoE mount that looks like Mograine's mount, a reddish deathknight mount.
  • Reins of the White Polar Bear can be looted from Hyldnir Spoils, a reward for completing dailies from Gretta the Arbiter in Brunnhildar Village. You will have to complete half of The Storm Peaks to unlock these daily quests.


Rare


  • Reins of the Grey Riding Camel is a guaranteed drop from Dormus the Camel-Hoarder. To reach this NPC, you will have to get lucky opening up Mysterious Camel Figurine that randomly spawn in Uldum. There's a large chance you'll find junk, but a very small chance the figurine will port you to the NPC. Rewards Scourer of the Eternal Sands.


Vendor


  • Mei Francis in Dalaran sells several unique ground mounts: Reins of the Armored Brown Bear for , Reins of the Wooly Mammoth for 2175 Justice Points, and Reins of the Traveler's Tundra Mammoth for . You'll make a fair amount of gold back because this mount is not only a three-seater, but one that comes with its own vendors so you can sell junk as you quest.


Sadly, the following mounts are no longer available in-game for various reasons. Some unarmored mounts were removed in early vanilla, replaced by mounts with bulkier armor. Other mounts are tied to achievements removed from the game.
  • In early vanilla, mounts with little armor were available to players from their home cities. This was changed in 2005 because it was thought that the slow and fast mounts looked too similar. The handful of players with these original mounts were invited to turn their old mounts in for one of the new ones, in quests like Frostsaber Replacement, but many realized the rarity of their mounts and did not. Players who held onto these mounts were rewarded with Old School Ride. They are: Reins of the Ancient Frostsaber, Reins of the Nightsaber, Black Ram, Frost Ram, Green Kodo, Icy Blue Mechanostrider Mod A, Whistle of the Ivory Raptor, Whistle of the Mottled Red Raptor, Horn of the Red Wolf, Teal Kodo, White Mechanostrider Mod B, White Stallion Bridle, Horn of the Arctic Wolf.
  • Because it was felt that these achievements would be cheesed in later tiers with too much gear, the following Wrath instance mounts were removed: Crusader's White Warhorse/ Crusader's Black Warhorse for completing A Tribute to Immortality and Swift Alliance Steed/ Swift Horde Wolf for A Tribute to Insanity (10 player). Other Wrath instance mounts were kept in the game, but these for some strange reason were not.
  • Amani War Bear was the reward for completing the original 10-player version of Zul'Aman in BC. It looks similar to the current bear mount, but with a stronger reddish tint.
  • Swift Zulian Tiger and Swift Razzashi Raptor dropped in old Zul'Gurub. It's a shame they're removed--the new mounts in Zul'Gurub just aren't as colorful.
  • Black Qiraji Resonating Crystal was rewarded to any player who rang the gong in the first 10 hours after Ahn'Qiraj was opened. This was the result of completing a truly epic questline, memorialized in Veteran of the Shifting Sands.
  • Swift Zhevra was a promotional reward for participating in the Recruit-A-Friend program. It has since been replaced with a flying mount.


Flying Mounts



These mounts are rewards for completing complex achievements--you will find them in the mail, along with a fun note from a major lore figure thanking you for your hard work.
  • Reins of the Drake of the East Wind is a reward for completing the t11 meta, Glory of the Cataclysm Raider. This meta achievement requires you to defeat every hardmode except Heroic: Sinestra, as well as complete specific achievements related to every boss. As of now, these drakes are difficult to obtain and Blizzard has not stated they are being removed--so organizing achievement runs later in t12 may be feasible for more players. As it is, Stay Chill is incredibly difficult to coordinate.
  • Reins of the Volcanic Stone Drake is a reward for completing the Cataclysm dungeon meta, Glory of the Cataclysm Hero. It's a blue stone drake with hot pink accents. This drake is fairly easy to complete now and working on the meta grants a ton of achievement points.
  • Reins of the Dark Phoenix is unlocked and obtainable from Guild Vendors upon completing Guild Glory of the Cataclysm Raider. It looks like (less cool) purple version of Al'ar and costs .
  • Reins of the Albino Drake is a reward from Leading the Cavalry; a white drake with light blue accents and tan wings.
  • Reins of the Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher is a reward for completing Glory of the Icecrown Raider (10 player) and Reins of the Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher for completing Glory of the Icecrown Raider (25 player). Both of these mounts are skeletal drakes with fun details like earrings and unique armor. The metas require players to complete all hardmodes save for The Lich King as well as achievements specific to each boss. Formerly tricky achievements like All You Can Eat (25 player) should be trivial at 85.
  • Reins of the Rusted Proto-Drake is a reward for completing Glory of the Ulduar Raider (10 player) and Reins of the Ironbound Proto-Drake is a reward for completing Glory of the Ulduar Raider (25 player). These mounts are reminiscent of Razorscale, Thorim's mount who was captured by Loken. They require players to complete all hardmodes (save for Alone in the Darkness (10 player) and Observed (10 player)) and annoying achievements like Iron Dwarf, Medium Rare (25 player).
  • Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake is a reward for completing the holiday meta, What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been. This used to be the only way one could obtain a 310% mount outside of arena or raiding. It requires players to constantly work on holiday achievements, dealing with RNG and PvP whether they like it or not. Along the way, you'll collect a lot of fun pets, titles, and achievement points though.
  • As covered earlier, Blue Dragonhawk/ Red Dragonhawk are rewards for completing Mountain O'Mounts.
  • New to 4.2 is , speculated to be a reward for completing the t12 dungeon meta.


Burning Crusade


  • Ashes of Al'ar, one of the most coveted mounts in the game, is a rare drop from Kael'thas Sunstrider in The Eye. It's a flaming phoenix dedicated to the memory of Ezra Chatterton, a sick child that visited Blizzards offices with the Make-A-Wish foundation's help. Ezra has since passed away but he lives on in the tributes Blizzard created to him. Sadly, this mount has caused tons of ninja-looting and poor behavior since its implementation. Currently, some classes can solo Kael while other players can defeat it with a handful of players. You don't need to kill the other bosses in the instance to activate Kael.

Wrath


  • Mimiron's Head used to be a guaranteed drop from 0-light Yogg-Saron, requiring you to defeat the encounter without the assistance and buffs of the Keepers. It was chance to a low drop in Cataclysm. Guilds trying to complete Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings for vanity and fun each week should consider doing this encounter as well. Phases 2 and 3 would especially be a zerg and negate some of the level 80 mechanics. This mount is a flying helicopter head, part-absurdity and part-based in Ulduar's Norse lore. There's tons of gadgets and dials inside the cockpit.
  • Invincible's Reins, once a guaranteed drop from The Lich King on 25-player heroic difficulty, was changed to be a rare drop in Cataclysm. The mount represents Arthas' faithful horse, whose death affected Arthas greatly. When transformed into The Lich King, Arthas raised the horse from the dead. The mount players receive is an undead flying pony with tons of intricate details on its body and armor. For getting this mount now, your best bet is to team up with some interested players going for achievements, Shadowmourne, or meta-drakes. If you're not careful and take pugs, Defile could wipe you quickly still in phase 2.
  • Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake drops from Skadi the Ruthless on Heroic mode, the third boss in Utgarde Pinnacle. This can be easily soloable by most classes, with the first two bosses skippable with stealth-like abilities. For the first part of the fight, you will need to kill a gauntlet of mobs that continue to spawn two at a time until his mount Grauf is shot down by three harpoons. When you kill the mobs in the gauntlet, some drop clickable harpoons that can be shot up to damage Grauf at specific times in the encounter, before he flies down the entire gauntlet to breathe ice on one side of it. For the second part of this fight, simply dps Skadi and run away when he does Whirlwind.
  • Reins of the Bronze Drake drops from the Infinite Corruptor, available on Heroic mode only, in The Culling of Stratholme. You have 25 minutes to reach this boss, who disappears after that period of time. It was easy to achieve right after Wrath came out; should be extremely easy to do with some friends now. The Infinite Corruptor drops one mount, which everyone in the group can roll on, regardless of flying skill.
  • Reins of the Onyxian Drake drops from the new version of Onyxia, added in Wrath. This is a brown-and-purple mount that looks very similar to Onyxia herself. It's a very rare drop and on top of that, you can only try for it once a week.
  • Reins of the Azure Drake is a brilliant blue drake that is found in Alexstrasza's Gift from Malygos on both 10- and 25- player difficultly. You can reliably farm this mount with several friends once per week, and if you are a hunter, can solo the 10-player version, as described in Wowhead comments.
  • Reins of the Black Drake is a guaranteed drop from 10-player Sartharion with all three mini-boss drakes left alive, granting The Twilight Zone (10 player). You can easily zerg this in a minute with a few 85s now.
  • Reins of the Blue Drake, which used to be a reward in Cache of the Ley-Guardian to encourage players to stay in pug The Oculus runs, was returned to 10-player Malygos in Cataclysm when running Wrath heroics became obsolete. It's both possible to see the Blue Drake and Azure Drake drop at once.
  • Reins of the Twilight Drake is a guaranteed drop from 25-player Sartharion with 3 mini-boss drakes left alive. You'll need a few more players than you did for the 10-player version, but this too is zergable with a handful of friends.

Cataclysm


  • Reins of the Drake of the North Wind drops from Altairus in The Vortex Pinnacle on both normal and heroic mode. The good news is that players can infinitely farm this mount on normal mode--classes like hunters can use Camouflage to bypass the trash; killing only the second boss won't save you to the instance. The trick to defeating this boss is getting high uptime on Upwind of Altairus and negating Chilling Breath with cooldowns.
  • Reins of the Drake of the South Wind has a 1% droprate from the Heart of Wind tied to defeating Al'Akir on both normal and heroic difficulty. It's slightly more vivid than the North drake.
  • Reins of the Vitreous Stone Drake is a greenish drake that drops from Slabhide, the second boss in The Stonecore, on normal and heroic difficulty. This too is soloable by some classes, with helpful tips in Wowhead comments. Slabhide's trick is that he periodically drops some Lava Fissure, breathes Sand Blast on the tank, and flies up to drop Stalactite.

Seasonal


  • The Horseman's Reins is only obtainable during Hallow's End inside the Loot-Filled Pumpkin from killing Headless Horseman the first time each day. It looks quite similar to Attumen's mount.
  • Big Love Rocket, one of the rarest mounts in the game, is found in Heart-Shaped Box upon defeating Apothecary Hummel for the first time each day during Love is in the Air. It's a bright pink rocket with leopard-print upholstery.


Alchemy/Archaeology, Engineering, and Tailoring offer unique mounts.
  • Alchemy/Archaeology: Vial of the Sands, teaching Sandstone Drake, is a very expensive BoE mount to craft--the Cataclysm equivalent of the Mechano-Hog. It requires, among other things, 12 Truegold and 8 Sands of Time which cost . Not counting any discounts, you will spend on materials. You will also need to find an Alchemist who can craft the drake to purchase these items and make it for you. Alchemists obtain this pattern through archaeology, namely digging in Uldum until getting lucky with the contents of a Canopic Jar. This is a two-seater mount and awards the achievement Vial of the Sands.
  • Engineering: Flying Machine (Eng 300) and Turbo-Charged Flying Machine (Eng 375) are two mounts only Engineers can use, from Burning Crusade trainers. However, it is possible to level Engineering solely for the mounts, learn them, and drop the profession--you will still keep the mounts in your overall total even though you cannot use them. These mounts have tons of mechanical wizardry and fun animations--it always seems like they're going to fall apart.
  • Tailoring: Like Engineering mounts, you can learn these mounts and then safely drop the profession. The pattern for Frosty Flying Carpet is sold by Frozo the Renowned, a gnome mage in Dalaran, for 6 Frozen Orb. Tailors can also learn Flying Carpet (300) and Magnificent Flying Carpet (425)--the mats for these both are incredibly easy. Enjoy your very fast rug!


Flying mounts from reputation vendors is another area that will give you the bulk of needed mounts.
  • Reins of the Red Drake requires Exalted with The Wyrmrest Accord for . You can increase reputation by doing related quests and equipping Tabard of the Wyrmrest Accord in instances.
  • Reins of the Green Proto-Drake has a rare chance to hatch from Mysterious Egg after 3 days, an item requiring Revered with The Oracles to purchase.
  • Players exalted with Sha'tari Skyguard can purchase the following mounts for : Blue Riding Nether Ray, Green Riding Nether Ray, Purple Riding Nether Ray, Red Riding Nether Ray, Silver Riding Nether Ray. There are daily quests and mobs by Skettis you can kill to increase your reputation.
  • Also in Outlands is Netherwing: we've got a complete guide to that faction's lore and reputation gains. At Exalted, there's an interesting series of events that results in you flying to Shattrath and choosing a drake for free; you can buy the remaining drakes from Drake Dealer Hurlunk for . They are: Reins of the Azure Netherwing Drake, Reins of the Cobalt Netherwing Drake, Reins of the Onyx Netherwing Drake, Reins of the Purple Netherwing Drake, Reins of the Veridian Netherwing Drake, Reins of the Violet Netherwing Drake.
  • Cenarion War Hippogryph requires Exalted with Cenarion Expedition. It costs and grants Cenarion War Hippogryph. It looks like the typical Alliance mounts by Kalimdor flight masters--navy blue with red accents. Players can increase their reputation quickly with Coilfang Armaments, but at 85, it's probably faster and cheaper to clear out The Steamvault quickly for reputation.
  • From the Argent Tournament, there are two mounts: Silver Covenant Hippogryph/ Sunreaver Dragonhawk requires exalted with The Silver Covenant/ Sunreavers and 150 Champion's Seal, while Argent Hippogryph, a brown and white hippogryph, costs 150 Champion's Seal from all other racial vendors at the Tournament.


Like the ground mounts, these range widely in price and availability, from super-common to extremely-rare.

TCG


  • X-51 Nether-Rocket and X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME are rewards from the X-51 Rocket card in Servants of the Betrayer. Redeeming this card will give you both BoE mounts--the rare-quality version used to be a mount that flew at a slower speed. They're both fun rockets with engineering gadgets and neat details.
  • Mottled Drake, from the Mottled Drake card in the Worldbreaker series, may have the same icon as the Bronze Drake but it looks nothing like it. Players often worry that the mount will be 'ugly and bronze with stripes,' but in reality there's a ton of subtle details--black wings with purple accents, all sorts of rust on the bronze body, green and brown spots covering the drake. Some people have even commented on mine that it looks darker than the Black Drake.
  • Amani Dragonhawk is a BoP reward from the upcoming series, Twilight of the Dragons. You'll have to obtain a code out-of-game (remember, it's acceptable to spend gold on in-game mounts, but only real money on codes) to get this mount, much like the Savage Raptor. It will be nice to have another dragonhawk option as a mount.
  • Blazing Hippogryph, from the Blazing Hippogryph card in the Wrathgate series, is a beautiful maroon-and-gold bird with fiery hooves. The Flameward Hippogryph looks similar, but the feathers are orange and the mount has more armor.


Blizzard


  • Celestial Steed, a sparkly pony loosely based on Invincible's skeleton, is a $25 mount that scales with riding level and is BoA, meaning all of your alts can benefit from it.
  • A recent addition, the Winged Guardian, also for $25, is a majestic lion with white and purple wings. It too is BoA and will be mailed to all toons upon purchase.
  • X-53 Touring Rocket is a reward people received for participating in the Recruit-A-Friend program. It is a two-seater silver rocket.


Class Mounts


  • Winged Steed of the Ebon Blade is a Death Knight-only mount with a unique model of a skeletal gryphon. It is sold by Dread Commander Thalanor for in Acherus, unlike other class mounts that are much cheaper and obtainable from class trainers.


Vendor


  • Alliance: Gryphon vendors in Dalaran, Borean Tundra, Hellfire Peninsula, Shadowmoon Valley, and Stormwind sell gryphons for and : Snowy Gryphon, Golden Gryphon, Ebon Gryphon, Swift Red Gryphon, Swift Purple Gryphon, Swift Green Gryphon, Swift Blue Gryphon. They scale with maximum flying skill now, so you can use the simple and formerly slow models for real. In addition, Mei Francis in Dalaran sells Armored Snowy Gryphon for which looks like the gryphons found at Wintergarde Keep.
  • Horde: Wind Rider vendors in Dalaran, Borean Tundra, Hellfire Peninsula, Shadowmoon Valley, and Orgrimmar sell wind riders for and : Tawny Wind Rider, Green Wind Rider, Blue Wind Rider, Swift Yellow Wind Rider, Swift Red Wind Rider, Swift Purple Wind Rider, Swift Green Wind Rider. Mei Francis sells Armored Blue Wind Rider for .


World Drop


  • Reins of the Time-Lost Proto-Drake is a guaranteed drop from the rare mob Time-Lost Proto Drake in The Storm Peaks. This mob shares a spawn timer with Vyragosa, so it's pretty rare to come across even in Cataclysm.
  • Reins of the Phosphorescent Stone Drake drops from Aeonaxx, a rare mob in Deepholm. Initially friendly at first, players jump on Aeonaxx's back to defeat it, then looting the mount. To learn more about respawn times, visit this thread.


  • These following mounts were given to players that achieved the rank of Gladiator in past arena seasons. Initially, obtaining these mounts was the only way players could get 310% flying. They are: Swift Nether Drake, Merciless Nether Drake, Vengeful Nether Drake, Brutal Nether Drake, Deadly Gladiator's Frost Wyrm, Furious Gladiator's Frost Wyrm, Relentless Gladiator's Frost Wyrm, Wrathful Gladiator's Frost Wyrm.
  • The mount rewards for completing the 10- and 25-player versions of the t7 meta, Glory of the Raider (10 player), were removed (although the drakes for t8 and t10 content remain): Reins of the Plagued Proto-Drake and Reins of the Black Proto-Drake.


Aquatic Mounts



There's a few mounts in-game that only work underwater. Even though the new content in the Abyssal Maw was removed in 4.2, there's still good reasons to have an aquatic mount. It's great for herbing in Vash'jir.
  • Abyssal Seahorse is a quest reward from The Abyssal Ride, one of the earliest quests in Vash'jir. This mount only works in Vash'jir and allows you to speedily navigate the zone, home to The Earthen Ring quartermaster, the only place to farm Azshara's Veil, and several fun rares.
  • Reins of Poseidus drops from Poseidus in the Abyssal Depths and Shimmering Expanse in Vash'jir. Poseidus is on a long and unpredictable respawn rate. Fortunately, the mount is BoE and a few have made it to the AH. It's your call whether you want to spend gold on a mount that only works underwater.


By perculia on 2011/06/19 at 9:17 AM