Interview With Vanguard
January 9th, 2008
Part 2: Flying Mounts
The upcoming permanent flying mount in the form of a griffon is a hotly
anticipated addition to the game and speculation as to how to acquire
such a beast is already running rampant. Will it be through an epic
quest, large amount of cash, or a combination of the two?
The griffon mount
will be the reward of a challenging quest. You can call it epic if
you’d like, but that’s not the phrase
we’re using. As it is a high level mount most of the content
you’ll need to get through will be high level as well. If
you’re not part of a raiding guild or have raiding resources
though don’t fret, as you won’t be left hanging.
And yes, there will be some monetary costs as well but there will be
ways to lessen them.
There is already a lot of speculation as to the cost of the griffon,
including any saddle, barding, shoes, etc. that the beast may equip.
Rumors are flying that each piece will cost a large number of platinum
pieces. Is there any truth to the rumor and if so, can you tell us why
that amount is so disproportionate to the 10 gold cost of the
: That is a great question.
Unfortunately, the final cost of the griffon has not yet been
There is currently a system in place that dismounts players when
entering a town or city on their land mount of choice. Will flying
mounts be able to fly overhead of cities and towns without the worry of
being dismounted? If they will be dismounted in mid-flight, is it safe
to assume that the current parachute system for rentable flying mounts
will be used to avoid the deadly landings of the player community?
: We will need to evaluate
these areas more thoroughly to avoid giving confusion to the
“pilot”. We’ll be narrowing down the
flight paths and no fly zones in the very near future. It only makes
sense to give some sort of warning ahead of time before they get
dropped on their heads.
Early in Vanguard's history, there was talk of different tiers of
flying mounts, meaning that to fly to the top of the highest mountain,
you would need to eventually obtain the "best" flying mount. Are any of
these plans still in the works, or will the griffon be able to fly to
the tallest peaks within the game?
: All flying mounts can fly
to the same heights. However, they will each have varying air and land
speeds, but that is about the only difference.
have to ask the next question simply out of personal curiosity; can we
expect to see any other permanent flying mounts in the game any time
soon, such as the currently rentable Wyvern or Pegasus?
: Yes. *grin*
to Thom for taking the time to answer these questions for us. Be sure
to keep checking back next week for Part 3!