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WoW Guides: Mounts

Updated Wed, May 13, 2009 by jeffprime

Man, your feet are killing you. You’ve spent the better part of a week walking up and down that long, winding road in Stranglethorn Vale. It seems that each quest you get requires you to travel the breadth of Stranglethorn Vale, then walk all the way back, then only to repeat the process again. Worse, as you travel along the road, the dust choking you while the sun beats down harshly upon you, are the higher level jerks who flaunt their fancy mounts in front of you. They gleefully run a few circles around you, do a few mocking jumps, and generally kick dirt in your face as they drive home the message: we’re going a lot faster than you and doesn’t it suck to be you? Well, don’t lose hope, my friend. Salvation is closer than you think. You won’t be able to beat them, but you will be able to join them. Soon, very soon, you will be able to join the ranks of the mounted hero and you too will revel in the joy of faster travel. You will become one of those jerks, prancing around plodding lower-level characters, showing off your superiority. You too will decide to check your mail while riding your giant mammoth, if for no other reason than to just make it more difficult for those lower level peons to see the mailbox.

This handy-dandy guide is here to provide an overview of mounts in World of Warcraft. We’ll look at the different types of mounts that you can acquire, and the different methods in which you can acquire said mounts. Don’t let the sheer number of mounts confuse you. All in all, mounts are pretty simple.

Basically, a mount is an animal (or vehicle) that you summon to ride. While you’re mounted, your speed of travel is increased. Mounts can be broken down into four categories.

Basic Ground Mounts: These mounts are available at level 30 and require you to purchase the apprentice riding skill, which gives you a riding skill of 75. These mounts can be bought at racial vendors and have a speed increase of 60%.

Epic Ground Mounts: These mounts are available at level 60 and require you to have the journeyman riding skill, which is 150. These mounts can be bought at various vendors. These animals have a speed listed as “very fast” which actually means a 100% increase in your movement rate. So, you’ll move twice as fast when riding one of these bad boys.

Basic Flying Mounts: Once you reach the Outlands at level 70, you can get flying mounts. Doing so requires you to get the expert riding skill of 225. Flying mounts are a necessity as that certain areas can only be reached by flying. In addition, being able to fly over pesky obstacles really rocks! The basic flying mounts provide a 60% increase to speed while on the ground or in the air. To be able to fly in Northrend, you have to purchase Cold Weather Flying, which is only available starting at level 77.


Epic Flying Mounts: These mounts are available at level 70, but require the artisan riding skill of 300. These mounts provide a 100% increase in land speed and a 280% speed increase in the air. You will love and worship these mounts.

Basically, there is no real difference between one mount and another, only speed, despite the fact that there are several hundred mounts available in WoW. The differences are cosmetic. The harder to get mounts look way cooler than the normal mounts. A normal epic mount might be a simple armored horse, while a rare drop epic mount might be a spiky armored horse with glowing red eyes with flaming hooves. One looks cooler than the other one, but the speed increase is still the same.

Where to get mounts?
Basic ground mounts are available at racial vendors and the basic flying mounts can be bought from Brunn Flamebeard in the Outlands. He can be found at the Wildhammer Stronghold in Shadowmoon Valley. Epic mounts can be bought from various vendors. In addition, you can get epic mounts (flying and ground) through quest rewards, PvP rewards, by having a high enough reputation with a faction, achievements, and rare drops.

Listed below are the various mounts that you can get in WoW, grouped by type.


Black War Bear

Blue Skeletal Horse








Basic Ground Mounts

Alliance
Horde
Black Stallion Brown Kodo
Brown Horse Gray Kodo
Chestnut Mare Brown Wolf
Pinto Dire Wolf
Brown Ram Timber Wolf
Gray Ram Blue Skeletal Horse
White Ram Brown Skeletal Horse
Blue Mechanostrider Red Skeletal Horse
Green Mechanostrider Emerald Raptor
Red Mechanostrider Turquoise Raptor
Unpainted Mechanostrider Violet Raptor
Brown Elekk Blue Hawkstrider
Gray Elekk Purple Hawkstrider
Purple Elekk Black Hawkstrider
Spotted Frostsaber Red Hawkstrider
Striped Frostsaber  
Striped Nightsaber  

Epic Ground Mounts

Alliance Horde
Swift Brown Steed Great Brown Kodo
Swift Palomino Great Gray Kodo
Swift White Steed Great White Kodo
Swift Brown Ram Swift Brown Wolf
Swift Gray Ram Swift Gray Wolf
Swift White Ram Swift Timber Wolf
Swift Green Mechanostrider Swift Blue Raptor
Swift White Mechanostrider Swift Olive Raptor
Swift Yellow Mechanostrider Swift Orange Raptor
Swift Frostsaber Green Skeletal Warhorse
Swift Mistsaber Purple Skeletal Warhorse
Swift Stormsaber Swift Green Hawkstrider
Great Blue Elekk Swift Purple Hawkstrider
Great Green Elekk Swift Pink Hawkstrider
Great Purple Elekk



Sea Turtle

Black War Mammoth










Epic Ground Mounts

PvP Rewards
Alliance Horde
Black Battlestrider Black War Wolf
Black War Ram Frostwolf Howler
Black War Steed Red Skeletal Warhorse
Black War Elekk Black War Kodo
Dark War Talbuk Swift Warstrider
Dark Riding Talbuk Dark War Talbuk
Stormpike Battle Charger Dark Riding Talbuk

Epic Ground Mounts
Faction Rewards
Alliance Horde
Winterspring Frostsaber Ice Mammoth
Ice Mammoth Grand Ice Mammoth
Grand Ice Mammoth Cobalt Riding Talbuk
Cobalt Riding Talbuk Silver Riding Talbuk
Silver Riding Talbuk Tan Riding Talbuk
Tan Riding Talbuk White Riding Talbuk
White Riding Talbuk Cobalt War Talbuk
Cobalt War Talbuk Silver War Talbuk
Silver War Talbuk Tan War Talbuk
Tan War Talbuk White War Talbuk
White War Talbuk


Epic Ground Mounts
Argent Tournament
Alliance Horde
Great Azuremyste Elekk Swift Forsaken Warhorse
Darnassian Mistsaber Great Mulgore Kodo
Swift Ironforge Ram Swift Ogrimmar Wolf
Swift Elwynn Steed Swift Darkspear Raptor
Turbostrider Swift Silvermoon Hawkstrider


Epic Ground Mounts
Various
Name Notes
Deathcharger Rare Drop
Swift Zulian Tiger Rare Drop
Swift Razzashi Raptor Rare Drop
Fiery Warhorse Rare Drop
Raven Lord Rare Drop
Amani War Bear Rare Drop
White Polar Bear Rare Drop
Swift White Hawkstrider Rare Drop
Mekgineer's Chopper Requires 450 Engineering to make. Alliance.
Mechano-Hog Requires 450 Engineering to make. Horde.
Armored Brown Bear Dalaran Vendor
Wooly Mammoth Dalaran Vendor
Traveler's Tundra Mammoth Dalaran Vendor - comes with vendors
Blue Qiraji Battle Tank Only usable in Temple of Ahn'Qiraj
Green Qiraji Battle Tank Only usable in Temple of Ahn'Qiraj
Red Qiraji Battle Tank Only usable in Temple of Ahn'Qiraj
Yellow Qiraji Battle Tank Only usable in Temple of Ahn'Qiraj
Black Quiraji Battle Tank Quest Reward
Swift Zhevra Refer-A-Friend Reward
Black War Bear Achievement Reward



Onyx Netherwing Drake

Blue Wind Rider








Basic Flying Mounts
Alliance Horde
Ebon Gryphon Tawny Windrider
Snowy Gryphon Blue Windrider
Golden Gryphon Green Windrider

Flying Mounts
Crafting
Name Notes
Flying Machine Requires 350 Engineering.
Turbo-Charged Flying Machine Requires 375 Engineering.
Flying Carpet Requires 380 Tailoring
Magnificent Flying Carpet Requires 420 Tailoring

Epic Flying Mounts
Alliance Horde
Swift Red Gryphon Swift Yellow Windrider
Swift Blue Gryphon Swift Red Windrider
Swift Green Gryphon Swift Purple Windrider
Swift Purple Gryphon Swift Green Windrider



Cenarion Hippogryph

Bronze Drake










Epic Flying Mounts
Faction Rewards
Name Notes
Cenarion War Hippogryph Faction - Exalted with Cenarion Expedition.
Blue Riding Nether Ray Faction - Exalted with Sha'tari Skyguard
Green Riding Nether Ray Faction - Exalted with Sha'tari Skyguard
Purple Riding Nether Ray Faction - Exalted with Sha'tari Skyguard
Red Riding Nether Ray Faction - Exalted with Sha'tari Skyguard
Silver Riding Nether Ray Faction - Exalted with Sha'tari Skyguard
Azure Netherwing Drake Faction - Exalted with Netherwing.
Cobalt Netherwing Drake Faction - Exalted with Netherwing.
Onyx Netherwing Drake Faction - Exalted with Netherwing.
Purple Netherwing Drake Faction - Exalted with Netherwing.
Veridian Netherwing Drake Faction - Exalted with Netherwing.
Violet Netherwing Drake Faction - Exalted with Netherwing.
Red Drake Faction - Exalted with Wyrmrest Accord
Green Proto-Drake Faction - Revered with The Oracles


Epic Flying Mounts
Various
Name Notes
Swift Nether Drake PvP - Season 1 Arena award – 310% speed
Ashes of Al'ar Rare Drop – 310% speed
Armored Snowy Gryphon Dalaran Vendor - Alliance
Armored Blue Wind Rider Dalaran Vendor - Horde
Bronze Drake Instance Drop
Blue Drake Instance Drop
Azure Drake Instance Drop
Black Drake Instance Drop
Twilight Drake Instance Drop
Blue Proto-Drake Instance Drop
Time-Lost Proto-Drake Drop from a very rare monster
Argent Hippogryph PvP Reward
Albino Drake Achievement Reward
Blue Dragonhawk Mount Achievement Reward
Red Dragonhawk Mount Achievement Reward
Red Proto-Drake Achievement Reward
Black Proto-Drake Achievement Reward
Plagued Proto-Drake Achievement Reward
Violet Proto-Drake Achievement Reward



Swift Purple Windrider

Purple Skeletal Warhorse









Other Mounts
These mounts include mounts from the WoW trading card game (TCG), BlizzCon promos, and holiday mounts (mounts that can only be acquired during special events).

Name Notes
Sea Turtle Water mount – get in Northrend via fishing
Riding Turtle TCG mount
Spectral Tiger TCG mount
Swift Spectral Tiger TCG mount
X-51 Nether-Rocket TCG mount
X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME TCG mount
Big Battle Bear TCG mount
Big Blizzard Bear BlizzCon promo
Brewfest Ram Holiday mount
Swift Brewfest Ram Holiday mount
Great Brewfest Kodo Holiday mount
Rickety Magic Broom Holiday mount
Magic Broom Holiday mount
Headless Horseman steed Holiday mount


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