Riding on the Wild Side: A Closer Look at the New Worgen Mounts

Updated Tue, Sep 06, 2011 by Saia

Shortly before World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Blizzard dropped the bombshell that worgen wouldn’t be getting faction mounts, instead they would be going the way of the tauren’s removed Plainsrunning ability with Running Wild.

The reaction was mixed but there were a lot of unhappy folk. Yes the Alliance were finally getting an awesome furry species which could also transform into puny humans, but the faction was also going to lose several mounts that could contribute to Achievements. That drew an outcry. Even worse, if you race-changed from, say, night elf to worgen, you also lost your Nightsabers.

Blizzard has now revealed the latest new feature to be added in 4.3: horses for Worgen. You remember those swift steeds that ferried you from A to B during the Gilnean starter quests? Yes, those are going to be the racial mounts but, no, this isn’t the end of Running Wild. Blizzard was quick to clarify this point and explain that it was more to do with adding in more mounts than taking away an ability which fits in with the whole worgen mythos. Plus it did look kind of awesome.

worgen horses

What is wrong with this picture?

However, rather than making worgen feel special by giving them a more unique mount (like giant foxes), Blizzard chose to use those lovely horses which roam the countryside. The thing is, humans already ride very similar looking stallions. I’m not a roleplayer but my worgen hunter spends all her time in wolf form on principle. If I wanted to play as a human, I would have rolled one.

Yes, Running Wild works better for worgen; it fits in beautifully with the lore but it would have been nice if Blizzard had at least made the Gilnean mount something a bit more unique. Being a Worgen is all about not being human. It’s about playing a character with a wild side, not about one that is human with a wolfy exterior.

The addition of the worgen as a playable race was one of the most awesome parts of Cataclysm, the one thing which made the expansion worth playing for some gamers. Yet after the initial awesome starting experience, the worgen storyline took a bit of a nosedive and you actually had to roll Horde to get to the conclusion. Gilneas was left very much a ghost land and the lack of NPCs or skirmishes (outside of PvP) was disappointing.

Historically, the vocal minority in WoW hasn't taken very kindly to any form of factional imbalance and that certainly extends to the racial mounts. And, truth be told, mounts are essentially a bonus for the worgen at this point. At the same time, Blizzard didn’t necessarily expend any originality or make use of the opportunity to add something as unique as the worgen themselves for their racial mount. We could chalk this one up to missed opportunities, but at the end of the day there are certainly more pressing matters for the development team to contend with, and at least worgen players will finally have a new mount to call their own.

What are your thoughts on the new worgen mounts? Do you think it makes sense for them to be horses given the worgen's human side, or should they have been something wholly unique and more beastly? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Sure, I could see the Worgen using a horse, since the likely did when they were Human. The thing is, however, that Blizzard could have taken the time to give them something unique, like they did with that go kart thing the Goblins get. I don't even play anymore but it mostly seems that this was a mount generated with zero effort to get Alliance players to quit complaining about mount imbalance. I guess that's better than when I did play, which had them saying what amounted to, we don't care. Now it just looks instead like, we don't care....much.

Bears would be better than this...

100% agreement that Worgens look downright absurd on a horse. A horse is, however, the perfect Gilnean mount. Worgen is not "an awesome furry species which could also transform into puny humans"; they are a race that with a foot in BOTH worlds, the wild and the domesticated. Having a mount for each makes perfect sense and I cannot think of anything more perfect for the domesticated mount of a human based race than a horse.

I think running wild looks kinda dumb if you have a long weapon like a pole arm.
I got exalted rep with Darnassus as quickly as possible so that my wolf (dog) could ride a cat.
The scale is about right and it looks good. I later got a horse but it only really looks right if I switch to human form before mounting up.
I wish the Worgen mount was a large wolf, more like the Orcs mount. Those look awesome.

I understand why they choose the horse from Gilnean as it would fit with the story line. But I would like to see something more like what a warlock or Paladin has just more Wolf speced. Keep it a horse if that what fits but if like with the Worgon changabilty can we make the mount changeable as well?

If the changbility is not able to happen can we just make it an off bread of Wolf and a Horse? I looked all over the internet and found no such creature.

Since in Greek Myothology a wolf is a Licoan and your Greek horses have lots of names to choose from so you could mix the 2 and come up with a cool name for this unfound creature.

Just an idea you can run with it!

(Gets the disturbing image of Worgens "mounting" human horses to create their crossbreed mount)

where do i get the gilneas mount tho? thru rep im exaulted?

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