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Vial of the Sands Guide

Updated Tue, Feb 14, 2012 by Mem

Every World of Warcraft player loves a good looking mount. Mount fans on all servers make it their personal mission to seek out the best looking and most unique mounts available. Sometimes going to great lengths and spending huge amounts of time and gold to add even just one new mount to their often vast collections. All for the chance for the feeling one gets when riding or flying about on a mount that you are sure inspires nerd envy in those around you. The Vial of the Sands is one of those mounts.

Introduced in Patch 4.0.1 the Vial of the Sands mount allows the player to morph themselves into a Sandstone Drake that is capable of carrying along a passenger. While the Sandstone Drake is no longer Bind on Pickup it has become no less difficult to obtain. This fact holds especially true for those among us who have to go about things the old fashioned way, by actually farming for the mount, rather than dishing out a ton of money for it from another player.

Bordering on insane, collecting this mount will be no easy task. To keep you from total insanity, we here at Ten Ton Hammer have compiled this handy guide from information sources all over the web, as well as personal experiences, with all the who’s, how’s and whys on what you need to do to nab this mount for your very own. So get ready to empty your purse and read onward steeling yourself for the journey ahead.

Vial of the Sands Source

Vial of the Sands which teaches the Sandstone Drake transformation ability, is learned from Recipe: Vial of the Sands. While a player wishing to make the Vial of the Sands will need to have at least 525 Alchemy to use this mount, you do not have to be an Alchemist to ultimately make use of the Sandstone Drake. Despite its link with Alchemy, the Vial of the Sands drop itself is truly linked with the Archaeology profession. Contained inside the Tol’Vir common artifact known as the Canopic Jar, players will need 450 Archeology to be able to collect this item.

For those of you not familiar with Archaeology or those who need a bit of freshening up on the subject you will want to keep in mind the following facts while attempting to collect the recipe for the Vial of the Sands:

  • Once Archaeology has been trained you will be able to see digsites on both Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms.
  • Four digsites will always be available at any given time.
  • Once you excavate a digsite it will randomly respawn in another location on that continent.
  • Canopic Jars only come from Tol’vir digsites which can only be found on Kalimdor inside Uldum.
  • The Canopic Jar is one of 7 common Tol’vir artifacts and requires 45 fragments to complete.
  • A skill level of 450 Archaeology is required to spawn Tol’vir digsites.
  • There are currently 16 (up from 9) Tol’vir digsites in Uldum, which contain 9 to 18 fragments each.
  • You cannot choose which Tol’vir artifact you want. An artifact will be randomly assigned to you and you will need to complete it before being randomly given another.

Once the jar has been collected simply open it to see what is contained inside. Keep in mind this recipe is a random drop, meaning that it is not guaranteed to be found inside every jar and only a bout of excellent luck will grant you the recipe on the first try. Once you have the recipe in your hands the journey is far from over. Instead a new phase of work begins as you attempt to collect the staggering and expensive list of materials needed to create the Sandstone Drake.


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