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An undead riding his giant mammoth.

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Mounts are a much sought after form of transportation in which players ride atop the backs of various more or less exotic beasts (or machinations). They can be accessed via the Mounts and Pets window. Warlocks, paladins and death knights can learn to summon mounts as a class perk. The Alliance Worgen have a race skill Running Wild that they will get at level 20. Druids can shape shift into multiple forms that improve their speed. Mounted travel is almost always faster than walking/running (some vanity mounts such as Sea Turtle provide no speed benefit on the ground). World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade introduced flying mounts in select areas, which further increased the maximum possible player movement speed. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm opened up much of Azeroth to flying mounts.

Mounts were generally expensive in the past, but their prices have been reduced while the training to ride them increased in order to compensate. However, some mounts do not cost any gold or other currencies (such as honor points) and will drop at very low drop rates from bosses in instances such as Stratholme, Zul'Gurub, Tempest Keep, Magisters' Terrace, Sethekk Halls, Karazhan, and Utgarde Pinnacle. There are numerous other methods to obtain mounts as well, such as class quests, completing achievements, and even a select few rare spawns drop mounts.

Mounts have a 1.5 second cast time, which will be interrupted by taking any damage, moving, or entering combat. Mounts also have a special emote that can be seen by either jumping (the Space key by default) while not moving or performing the /mountspecial slash command. For example hawkstriders will shriek and horses will rear up on their hind legs.


Riding skills and abilities

NOTE: After World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm, speed is not based on mount class but only on riding skill!

A Human Mage riding a Swift White Steed, an Alliance Epic Mount.

Blood Knights riding their Horde paladin mounts.

There are a total of five classes of mounts:

Class Quality Ground Air Water
Ground mounts Rare/Epic 60% 0%
Flying mounts Rare/Epic 100% 150%
Amphibious mounts Rare/Epic 0% 250%
Aquatic mounts Rare/Epic 100%/350%
Vanity mounts Rare/Epic 0% 0%

Ground mounts cannot fly, but flying mounts are able to run (or fly) along the ground in areas where flight is prohibited. Both flying and ground mounts can swim (but not any faster than swimming without a mount). Aquatic mounts can walk on land (but not any faster than walking without the mount). Vanity mounts confer no benefits (and thus, require no riding skill or character level).

General Riding Skill

There are five general tiers of riding which can be learned from trainers as a character increases in level. These become available for characters to train once they meet the particular level requirements. The speed of a character's mounts generally increases with each tier of riding skill, while some tiers of riding grant the ability to ride flying mounts. The general riding skills are:

  • Apprentice: Level 20
  • Journeyman: Level 40
  • Expert: Level 60
  • Artisan: Level 70
  • Master: Level 80

Class-Specific Riding Skills

At level 40, paladins and warlocks can learn [Summon Charger] and [Dreadsteed] from their class trainers after learning the Journeyman riding skill from the riding trainer. There is no need to purchase a new mount. Death knights receive their epic ground mount, the [Acherus Deathcharger], after the completion of the quests Grand Theft Palomino and Into the Realm of Shadows at level 55. Druids can learn [Flight Form] from any flight trainer at level 58.

Unlocking Flight in Specific Areas

In areas where flying is allowed, a character typically needs to train a specific riding skill in order to unlock the ability to fly in that region. These types of skills and their requirements can be found in the table below.

Riding Skills

Proficiency Cost +Speed Required for Requires
Skill Mounts Air
75 Apprentice 4g 1g 60% Rare land mounts Level 20
150 Journeyman 50g 10g 100% Epic land mounts Level 40
225 Expert World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 250g 50g 150% Rare flying mounts Level 60
300 Artisan World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 5000g[1] 100g 280% Epic flying mounts Level 70
375 Master World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 5000g[2] 310% Extremely fast speed Level 80
[Flight Master's License] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 250g Flying in Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor and Deepholm Level 60 & 225 skill
[Cold Weather Flying] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 500g Flying in Northrend Level 68 & 225 skill
[Wisdom of the Four Winds] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 2500g Flying in Pandaria Level 90 & 225 skill
[Cloud Serpent Riding] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Cloud Serpent mounts
(requirement removed in Patch 6.0.2)
Level 90 & 225 skill
[Draenor Flying] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Flying in Draenor Money achievement.png Draenor Pathfinder


Increasing your speed

Through guild advancement

The guild perk [Mount Up] will increase your riding speed by 10%.

Through class abilities and talents

Two trolls riding raptors.

Shaman and Druids acquire shapeshift forms ([Ghost Wolf] for shaman and [Travel Form] for druids) that increase their movement speed (not as much as a mount, but it is trainable at an earlier level), while Hunters get aspects to boost their own movement speed and that of their party. Rogues and druids (in [Cat Form]) have an ability to temporarily increase movement speed. Here are the skills and abilities that provide some classes with a bit of a faster mount movement speed, either passively or by the activation of an ability.

  • Death Knight Death Knight
    • Unholy Presence [Unholy Presence] as of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria "Mists of Pandaria", Unholy Presence now grants an additional 15% movement speed, regardless of specialization.
  • Hunter Hunter
    • Pathfinding [Pathfinding] in the Beast Mastery talent tree (tier 3). Increases your speed while mounted by 5%/10%. The mounted movement speed increase does not stack with other effects.
  • Paladin Paladin
    • Pursuit of Justice [Pursuit of Justice] in the Retribution talent tree (tier 3). Increases your movement speed (and mounted movement speed) by 8%/15%. This does not stack with other speed increasing effects.
    • Crusader Aura [Crusader Aura] at level 62. Movement speed while mounted is increased by 20%. The mounted movement speed increase does not stack with other effects.
    • Aura Mastery [Aura Mastery] in the Holy tree (tier 3) does not directly increase mounted movement speed, but it does boost Crusader Aura. With these two abilities combined, it is possible to increase mounted movement speed by 40% for 6 seconds every 2 minutes.

Through items and enchants

A Thundering Jade Cloud Serpent.

There are five other methods for increasing your mounted speed, with no effects beyond level 70:

These last two items effectively increase a mount's speed by 10%. However, they do not stack with the previously mentioned methods, so they are approximately (see below) a 1% improvement over using the above 3 items combined. It should be also noted that for players of WotLK the Riding Crop is only usable for two levels (69 and 70), and the Skybreaker Whip only for one level (70).

All speed improvement items work on both normal and flying mounts (with the exception of npc controlled point-to-point flight).

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Characters higher than level 70 will not benefit from mount speed improvement items and enchants. With Cataclysm, the following are no longer available:


Available mounts

The face of a Grey Riding Yak.

The tables below are separated based on mount source, such as purchase requirements, killing specific creatures, participating in world events, completing achievements or more.

Racial mounts

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Racial land mounts are typically the first mounts players will acquire. To purchase a racial land mount, players must either purchase their race's mount (such as horses for humans, or wolves for orcs), or gain exalted standing with that race's representative faction (such as exalted with Darnassus to purchase sabers). Flying mounts do not require any reputation rating.

In the initial release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm, the worgen did not get a racial mount, but instead used the ability [Running Wild] to achieve mount-like speeds. However, a mountain horse mount (regular and swift) was added in Patch 4.3 as the worgen racial mount.

Class-specific mounts

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An Azure Cloud Serpent.

There are four classes in the game that can acquire special mounts and abilities linked to their own class through lore: death knights, druids, paladins, and warlocks. The original quests to gain the paladin charger, warlock dreadsteed, and druid's swift flight form are all still in-game and reward feats of strength if they are completed. The aforementioned quests are not required to learn the ability, however, and are on the class trainers at the level listed in the table.

Druid and paladin abilities are slightly different based on race and faction. For example, the Alliance charger is blue and golden, while the Horde version is red and bronze. Similarly, night elf druids are black in flight form, while tauren are tan. With Cataclysm, it seems that tauren and draenei paladins will not be getting chargers, but special types of Kodo and Elekk mounts, respectively.[3][4]

PvP mounts

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PvP mounts can be obtained by exchanging honor points or other world PvP currency. For Arena rewards, see the Arena section.

Quest reward mounts

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Some laborious or involved quest chains reward mounts.

Faction reward mounts

As a reward for gaining high reputation standing with various factions, players can purchase mounts. Such high reputation is a function of large quantities of time.


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Rare drop mounts

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Rarely, specific creatures will drop a mount as a reward. If the mount drops, only one mount will appear per kill, no matter the size of the party or raid killing the creature. Also, mounts may rarely be inside other containers rewarded for doing other objectives.


Guaranteed drop mounts

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A guaranteed drop mount will result in one mount being awarded upon killing the specified creature under the condition listed, regardless of the size of the party or raid. For mounts rewarded such that everyone who completes the achievement gets the mount, see the "Achievements" section. There is no direct achievement for killing the Time-Lost Proto-Drake; the hard part is actually finding the drake alive.

Crafted mounts

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Mounts can also be created by players via professions. Typically such mounts are a perk of the profession and are not available to other players, but a few are.

Purchasable mounts

These mounts are available to all players, with no requirements outside of gold or emblems.

General mounts

Mount Type Cost Source Riding skill
Alliance Ability mount polarbear brown.png [Armored Brown Bear] Ground 750g Mei Francis in Dalaran Journeyman (150)
Ability mount gryphon 01.png [Armored Snowy Gryphon] Flying 2,000g Mei Francis in Dalaran Artisan (300)
Horde Ability mount polarbear brown.png [Armored Brown Bear] Ground 750g Mei Francis in Dalaran Journeyman (150)
Ability mount swiftpurplewindrider.png [Armored Blue Wind Rider] Flying 2,000g Mei Francis in Dalaran Artisan (300)
Neutral Ability mount ridingelekk grey.png [Wooly Mammoth] Ground 10,000g Mei Francis in Dalaran Journeyman (150)
Ability mount mammoth brown.png [Traveler's Tundra Mammoth] Ground 20,000g Mei Francis in Dalaran Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Yak.gif Yak mounts  World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

[Blonde Riding Yak]
[Grey Riding Yak]

Ground 3,000g Uncle Bigpocket in Kun-Lai Summit Journeyman (150)
Ability mount travellersyakmount.png [Grand Expedition Yak] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Ground 120,000g Uncle Bigpocket in Kun-Lai Summit Journeyman (150)

Argent Tournament mounts

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

A major draw of the Argent Tournament is the large quantity of mounts rewarded in exchange for [Champion's Seal]s.

Mount Type Cost Requirement Riding skill
Alliance Ability mount ridingelekkelite.png [Exodar Elekk] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of the Exodar Journeyman (150)
Ability mount whitetiger.png [Darnassian Nightsaber] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Darnassus Journeyman (150)
Ability mount mountainram.png [Ironforge Ram] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Ironforge Journeyman (150)
Ability mount ridinghorse.png [Stormwind Steed] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Stormwind Journeyman (150)
Ability mount mechastrider.png [Gnomeregan Mechanostrider] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Gnomeregan Journeyman (150)
Ability mount ridingelekkelite.png [Great Red Elekk] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of the Exodar Journeyman (150)
Ability mount whitetiger.png [Swift Moonsaber] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Darnassus Journeyman (150)
Ability mount mountainram.png [Swift Violet Ram] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Ironforge Journeyman (150)
Ability mount ridinghorse.png [Swift Gray Steed] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Stormwind Journeyman (150)
Ability mount mechastrider.png [Turbostrider] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Gnomeregan Journeyman (150)
Ability mount ridinghorse.png [Quel'dorei Steed] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Silver Covenant exalted Journeyman (150)
Ability mount warhippogryph.png [Silver Covenant Hippogryph] Flying 150 Champion's Seal Silver Covenant exalted Artisan (300)
Horde Ability mount undeadhorse.png [Forsaken Warhorse] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of the Undercity Journeyman (150)
Ability mount kodo 01.png [Thunder Bluff Kodo] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Thunder Bluff Journeyman (150)
Ability mount blackdirewolf.png [Orgrimmar Wolf] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Orgrimmar Journeyman (150)
Ability mount raptor.png [Darkspear Raptor] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Sen'jin Journeyman (150)
Ability mount cockatricemountelite purple.png [Silvermoon Hawkstrider] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Silvermoon City Journeyman (150)
Ability mount undeadhorse.png [White Skeletal Warhorse] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of the Undercity Journeyman (150)
Ability mount kodo 01.png [Great Golden Kodo] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Thunder Bluff Journeyman (150)
Ability mount blackdirewolf.png [Swift Burgundy Wolf] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Orgrimmar Journeyman (150)
Ability mount raptor.png [Swift Purple Raptor] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Sen'jin Journeyman (150)
Ability mount cockatricemountelite purple.png [Swift Red Hawkstrider] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Silvermoon City Journeyman (150)
Ability mount cockatricemountelite purple.png [Sunreaver Hawkstrider] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Sunreavers exalted Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Dragonhawk.gif [Sunreaver Dragonhawk] Flying 150 Champion's Seal Sunreavers exalted Artisan (300)
Neutral Ability mount ridinghorse.png [Argent Warhorse] Ground 100 Champion's Seal <Crusader> Journeyman (150)
Ability mount warhippogryph.png [Argent Hippogryph] Flying 150 Champion's Seal Artisan (300)

Amphibious mounts

Main article: Amphibious mount

Amphibious mounts confer a slight increase in swim speed, but move no faster than walking while on land. Amphibious mounts do not give their riders the ability to breathe underwater, so plan accordingly with one of appropriate items or abilities.

Mount +Speed Source Riding skill
Water Land
Neutral Inv misc fish turtle 02.png [Sea Turtle] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 250% 0% Fishing in Northrend fishing pools and Fishing Fishing-related quest rewards Apprentice (75)

Aquatic mounts

Main article: Aquatic mount
For the Subdued Abyssal Seahorse, see quest rewards.
For the Subdued Seahorse, see Guaranteed drop mounts.

Aquatic mounts confer an increase in swim speed, but cannot be used at all on land. Aquatic mounts do not give their riders the ability to breathe underwater, so plan accordingly with one of appropriate items or abilities.

Mount +Speed Source Riding skill
Water Land
Neutral IconSmall Seahorse.gif[Subdued Abyssal Seahorse] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 350% only in Vashj'ir Reward from N [81] The Abyssal Ride Expert (225)
IconSmall Seahorse.gif [Subdued Seahorse] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 250% Drop from Poseidus Expert (225)

Achievement system mounts

These mounts are obtainable by completing certain achievements. As part of completing the achievement, the mount will be mailed directly to the player, or available for purchase at select locations.

Mount Type Required achievement Riding skill
Alliance Ability hunter pet dragonhawk.png [Blue Dragonhawk] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Mountain o' Mounts Artisan (300)
Inv mount allianceliong.png [Golden King] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Ground Money achievement.png Guild Level 25 Journeyman (150)
Item spellcloththread.png [Pandaren Kite String] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Alliance Money achievement.png Pandaren Ambassador Artisan (300)
Ability mount dragonhawkarmorallliance.png [Armored Blue Dragonhawk] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Mount Parade Artisan (300)
Horde Ability hunter pet dragonhawk.png [Red Dragonhawk] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Mountain o' Mounts Artisan (300)
Inv mount hordescorpiong.png [Kor'kron Annihilator] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Ground Money achievement.png Guild Level 25 Journeyman (150)
Item spellcloththread.png [Pandaren Kite String] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Horde Money achievement.png Pandaren Ambassador Artisan (300)
Ability mount dragonhawkarmorhorde.png [Armored Red Dragonhawk] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Mount Parade Artisan (300)
Warlords Deathwheel World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Warlords Deathwheel Journeyman (150)
Neutral Ability mount polarbear black.png [Black War Bear] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Ground Money achievement.png For The Alliance! / Money achievement.png For The Horde! Journeyman (150)
Ability mount drake blue.png [Albino Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Flying Money achievement.png Leading the Cavalry Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake proto.png [Red Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Hero Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake proto.png [Violet Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been Artisan (300)
Ability mount razorscale.png [Reins of the Rusted Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Ulduar Raider (10) Artisan (300)
Ability mount razorscale.png [Reins of the Ironbound Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Ulduar Raider (25) Artisan (300)
Ability mount redfrostwyrm 01.png [Reins of the Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Icecrown Raider (10) Artisan (300)
Ability mount redfrostwyrm 01.png [Reins of the Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Icecrown Raider (25) Artisan (300)
Inv misc stonedragonred.png [Volcanic Stone Drake] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Cataclysm Hero Artisan (300)
Inv misc stormdragonred.png [Drake of the East Wind] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Cataclysm Raider Artisan (300)
Inv mount darkphoenixa.png [Dark Phoenix] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png Guild Glory of the Cataclysm Raider + 3000g Artisan (300)
Ability mount warhippogryph.png [Flameward Hippogryph] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png The Molten Front Offensive Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake red.png [Twilight Harbinger] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider Artisan (300)
Inv misc orb 04.png [Corrupted Egg of Millagazor] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Firelands Raider Artisan (300)
Jade Pandaren Kite World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png We're Going to Need More Saddles Journeyman (150)
Inv jewelcrafting rubyserpent.png [Crimson Cloud Serpent] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Pandaria Hero Artisan (300)
Inv pandarenserpentgodmount red.png [Heavenly Crimson Cloud Serpent] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Pandaria Raider Artisan (300)
Inv pandarenserpentmount lightning green.png [Thundering Jade Cloud Serpent] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Guild Glory of the Pandaria Raider + 3000g Artisan (300)
Ability mount korkronprotodrake.png Spawn of Galakras World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider Artisan (300)
IconSmall Phoenix.gif Pandaren Phoenix mounts  World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

[Crimson Pandaren Phoenix]
[Ashen Pandaren Phoenix]
[Violet Pandaren Phoenix]
[Emerald Pandaren Phoenix]

Flying Money achievement.png Challenge Conqueror: Silver + 1 Ancestral Phoenix Egg  Artisan (300)
Armored Frostboar World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Advanced Husbandry Journeyman (150)
Armored Frostwolf World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png The Stable Master Journeyman (150)
Felfire Hawk World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Flying Money achievement.png Mountacular Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake blue.png [Emerald Drake] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Flying Money achievement.png Awake the Drakes Artisan (300)
Gorestrider Gronnling World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Glory of the Draenor Raider Journeyman (150)
Inv giantboarmount brown.png [Blacksteel Battleboar] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Guild Glory of the Draenor Raider Journeyman (150)
Frostplains Battleboar World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Glory of the Draenor Hero Journeyman (150)
Challenger's War Yeti World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Challenge Warlord: Silver Journeyman (150)
Inv misc key 06.png [Chauffeured Chopper] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Heirloom Hoarder
Infernal Direwolf World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Glory of the Hellfire Raider Journeyman (150)
Soaring Skyterror World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Flying Money achievement.png Draenor Pathfinder Apprentice (75)
Heavenly Azure Cloud Serpent World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Flying Money achievement.png Lord of the Reins Artisan 300)

Holiday mounts

The Time-lost Proto Drake.


Riding Horse Icon World of Warcraft Riding (Profession)
TrainersMounts
See mount (disambig) for a less gigantic list with specific lists.

An undead riding his giant mammoth.

Mounts are a much sought after form of transportation in which players ride atop the backs of various more or less exotic beasts (or machinations). They can be accessed via the Mounts and Pets window. Warlocks, paladins and death knights can learn to summon mounts as a class perk. The Alliance Worgen have a race skill Running Wild that they will get at level 20. Druids can shape shift into multiple forms that improve their speed. Mounted travel is almost always faster than walking/running (some vanity mounts such as Sea Turtle provide no speed benefit on the ground). World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade introduced flying mounts in select areas, which further increased the maximum possible player movement speed. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm opened up much of Azeroth to flying mounts.

Mounts were generally expensive in the past, but their prices have been reduced while the training to ride them increased in order to compensate. However, some mounts do not cost any gold or other currencies (such as honor points) and will drop at very low drop rates from bosses in instances such as Stratholme, Zul'Gurub, Tempest Keep, Magisters' Terrace, Sethekk Halls, Karazhan, and Utgarde Pinnacle. There are numerous other methods to obtain mounts as well, such as class quests, completing achievements, and even a select few rare spawns drop mounts.

Mounts have a 1.5 second cast time, which will be interrupted by taking any damage, moving, or entering combat. Mounts also have a special emote that can be seen by either jumping (the Space key by default) while not moving or performing the /mountspecial slash command. For example hawkstriders will shriek and horses will rear up on their hind legs.


Riding skills and abilities

NOTE: After World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm, speed is not based on mount class but only on riding skill!

A Human Mage riding a Swift White Steed, an Alliance Epic Mount.

Blood Knights riding their Horde paladin mounts.

There are a total of five classes of mounts:

Class Quality Ground Air Water
Ground mounts Rare/Epic 60% 0%
Flying mounts Rare/Epic 100% 150%
Amphibious mounts Rare/Epic 0% 250%
Aquatic mounts Rare/Epic 100%/350%
Vanity mounts Rare/Epic 0% 0%

Ground mounts cannot fly, but flying mounts are able to run (or fly) along the ground in areas where flight is prohibited. Both flying and ground mounts can swim (but not any faster than swimming without a mount). Aquatic mounts can walk on land (but not any faster than walking without the mount). Vanity mounts confer no benefits (and thus, require no riding skill or character level).

General Riding Skill

There are five general tiers of riding which can be learned from trainers as a character increases in level. These become available for characters to train once they meet the particular level requirements. The speed of a character's mounts generally increases with each tier of riding skill, while some tiers of riding grant the ability to ride flying mounts. The general riding skills are:

  • Apprentice: Level 20
  • Journeyman: Level 40
  • Expert: Level 60
  • Artisan: Level 70
  • Master: Level 80

Class-Specific Riding Skills

At level 40, paladins and warlocks can learn [Summon Charger] and [Dreadsteed] from their class trainers after learning the Journeyman riding skill from the riding trainer. There is no need to purchase a new mount. Death knights receive their epic ground mount, the [Acherus Deathcharger], after the completion of the quests Grand Theft Palomino and Into the Realm of Shadows at level 55. Druids can learn [Flight Form] from any flight trainer at level 58.

Unlocking Flight in Specific Areas

In areas where flying is allowed, a character typically needs to train a specific riding skill in order to unlock the ability to fly in that region. These types of skills and their requirements can be found in the table below.

Riding Skills

Proficiency Cost +Speed Required for Requires
Skill Mounts Air
75 Apprentice 4g 1g 60% Rare land mounts Level 20
150 Journeyman 50g 10g 100% Epic land mounts Level 40
225 Expert World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 250g 50g 150% Rare flying mounts Level 60
300 Artisan World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 5000g[5] 100g 280% Epic flying mounts Level 70
375 Master World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 5000g[6] 310% Extremely fast speed Level 80
[Flight Master's License] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 250g Flying in Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor and Deepholm Level 60 & 225 skill
[Cold Weather Flying] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 500g Flying in Northrend Level 68 & 225 skill
[Wisdom of the Four Winds] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 2500g Flying in Pandaria Level 90 & 225 skill
[Cloud Serpent Riding] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Cloud Serpent mounts
(requirement removed in Patch 6.0.2)
Level 90 & 225 skill
[Draenor Flying] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Flying in Draenor Money achievement.png Draenor Pathfinder


Increasing your speed

Through guild advancement

The guild perk [Mount Up] will increase your riding speed by 10%.

Through class abilities and talents

Two trolls riding raptors.

Shaman and Druids acquire shapeshift forms ([Ghost Wolf] for shaman and [Travel Form] for druids) that increase their movement speed (not as much as a mount, but it is trainable at an earlier level), while Hunters get aspects to boost their own movement speed and that of their party. Rogues and druids (in [Cat Form]) have an ability to temporarily increase movement speed. Here are the skills and abilities that provide some classes with a bit of a faster mount movement speed, either passively or by the activation of an ability.

  • Death Knight Death Knight
    • Unholy Presence [Unholy Presence] as of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria "Mists of Pandaria", Unholy Presence now grants an additional 15% movement speed, regardless of specialization.
  • Hunter Hunter
    • Pathfinding [Pathfinding] in the Beast Mastery talent tree (tier 3). Increases your speed while mounted by 5%/10%. The mounted movement speed increase does not stack with other effects.
  • Paladin Paladin
    • Pursuit of Justice [Pursuit of Justice] in the Retribution talent tree (tier 3). Increases your movement speed (and mounted movement speed) by 8%/15%. This does not stack with other speed increasing effects.
    • Crusader Aura [Crusader Aura] at level 62. Movement speed while mounted is increased by 20%. The mounted movement speed increase does not stack with other effects.
    • Aura Mastery [Aura Mastery] in the Holy tree (tier 3) does not directly increase mounted movement speed, but it does boost Crusader Aura. With these two abilities combined, it is possible to increase mounted movement speed by 40% for 6 seconds every 2 minutes.

Through items and enchants

A Thundering Jade Cloud Serpent.

There are five other methods for increasing your mounted speed, with no effects beyond level 70:

These last two items effectively increase a mount's speed by 10%. However, they do not stack with the previously mentioned methods, so they are approximately (see below) a 1% improvement over using the above 3 items combined. It should be also noted that for players of WotLK the Riding Crop is only usable for two levels (69 and 70), and the Skybreaker Whip only for one level (70).

All speed improvement items work on both normal and flying mounts (with the exception of npc controlled point-to-point flight).

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Characters higher than level 70 will not benefit from mount speed improvement items and enchants. With Cataclysm, the following are no longer available:


Available mounts

The face of a Grey Riding Yak.

The tables below are separated based on mount source, such as purchase requirements, killing specific creatures, participating in world events, completing achievements or more.

Racial mounts

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Racial land mounts are typically the first mounts players will acquire. To purchase a racial land mount, players must either purchase their race's mount (such as horses for humans, or wolves for orcs), or gain exalted standing with that race's representative faction (such as exalted with Darnassus to purchase sabers). Flying mounts do not require any reputation rating.

In the initial release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm, the worgen did not get a racial mount, but instead used the ability [Running Wild] to achieve mount-like speeds. However, a mountain horse mount (regular and swift) was added in Patch 4.3 as the worgen racial mount.

Class-specific mounts

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An Azure Cloud Serpent.

There are four classes in the game that can acquire special mounts and abilities linked to their own class through lore: death knights, druids, paladins, and warlocks. The original quests to gain the paladin charger, warlock dreadsteed, and druid's swift flight form are all still in-game and reward feats of strength if they are completed. The aforementioned quests are not required to learn the ability, however, and are on the class trainers at the level listed in the table.

Druid and paladin abilities are slightly different based on race and faction. For example, the Alliance charger is blue and golden, while the Horde version is red and bronze. Similarly, night elf druids are black in flight form, while tauren are tan. With Cataclysm, it seems that tauren and draenei paladins will not be getting chargers, but special types of Kodo and Elekk mounts, respectively.[7][8]

PvP mounts

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PvP mounts can be obtained by exchanging honor points or other world PvP currency. For Arena rewards, see the Arena section.

Quest reward mounts

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Some laborious or involved quest chains reward mounts.

Faction reward mounts

As a reward for gaining high reputation standing with various factions, players can purchase mounts. Such high reputation is a function of large quantities of time.


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Rare drop mounts

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Rarely, specific creatures will drop a mount as a reward. If the mount drops, only one mount will appear per kill, no matter the size of the party or raid killing the creature. Also, mounts may rarely be inside other containers rewarded for doing other objectives.


Guaranteed drop mounts

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A guaranteed drop mount will result in one mount being awarded upon killing the specified creature under the condition listed, regardless of the size of the party or raid. For mounts rewarded such that everyone who completes the achievement gets the mount, see the "Achievements" section. There is no direct achievement for killing the Time-Lost Proto-Drake; the hard part is actually finding the drake alive.

Crafted mounts

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Mounts can also be created by players via professions. Typically such mounts are a perk of the profession and are not available to other players, but a few are.

Purchasable mounts

These mounts are available to all players, with no requirements outside of gold or emblems.

General mounts

Mount Type Cost Source Riding skill
Alliance Ability mount polarbear brown.png [Armored Brown Bear] Ground 750g Mei Francis in Dalaran Journeyman (150)
Ability mount gryphon 01.png [Armored Snowy Gryphon] Flying 2,000g Mei Francis in Dalaran Artisan (300)
Horde Ability mount polarbear brown.png [Armored Brown Bear] Ground 750g Mei Francis in Dalaran Journeyman (150)
Ability mount swiftpurplewindrider.png [Armored Blue Wind Rider] Flying 2,000g Mei Francis in Dalaran Artisan (300)
Neutral Ability mount ridingelekk grey.png [Wooly Mammoth] Ground 10,000g Mei Francis in Dalaran Journeyman (150)
Ability mount mammoth brown.png [Traveler's Tundra Mammoth] Ground 20,000g Mei Francis in Dalaran Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Yak.gif Yak mounts  World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

[Blonde Riding Yak]
[Grey Riding Yak]

Ground 3,000g Uncle Bigpocket in Kun-Lai Summit Journeyman (150)
Ability mount travellersyakmount.png [Grand Expedition Yak] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Ground 120,000g Uncle Bigpocket in Kun-Lai Summit Journeyman (150)

Argent Tournament mounts

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

A major draw of the Argent Tournament is the large quantity of mounts rewarded in exchange for [Champion's Seal]s.

Mount Type Cost Requirement Riding skill
Alliance Ability mount ridingelekkelite.png [Exodar Elekk] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of the Exodar Journeyman (150)
Ability mount whitetiger.png [Darnassian Nightsaber] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Darnassus Journeyman (150)
Ability mount mountainram.png [Ironforge Ram] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Ironforge Journeyman (150)
Ability mount ridinghorse.png [Stormwind Steed] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Stormwind Journeyman (150)
Ability mount mechastrider.png [Gnomeregan Mechanostrider] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Gnomeregan Journeyman (150)
Ability mount ridingelekkelite.png [Great Red Elekk] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of the Exodar Journeyman (150)
Ability mount whitetiger.png [Swift Moonsaber] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Darnassus Journeyman (150)
Ability mount mountainram.png [Swift Violet Ram] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Ironforge Journeyman (150)
Ability mount ridinghorse.png [Swift Gray Steed] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Stormwind Journeyman (150)
Ability mount mechastrider.png [Turbostrider] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Gnomeregan Journeyman (150)
Ability mount ridinghorse.png [Quel'dorei Steed] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Silver Covenant exalted Journeyman (150)
Ability mount warhippogryph.png [Silver Covenant Hippogryph] Flying 150 Champion's Seal Silver Covenant exalted Artisan (300)
Horde Ability mount undeadhorse.png [Forsaken Warhorse] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of the Undercity Journeyman (150)
Ability mount kodo 01.png [Thunder Bluff Kodo] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Thunder Bluff Journeyman (150)
Ability mount blackdirewolf.png [Orgrimmar Wolf] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Orgrimmar Journeyman (150)
Ability mount raptor.png [Darkspear Raptor] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Sen'jin Journeyman (150)
Ability mount cockatricemountelite purple.png [Silvermoon Hawkstrider] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Silvermoon City Journeyman (150)
Ability mount undeadhorse.png [White Skeletal Warhorse] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of the Undercity Journeyman (150)
Ability mount kodo 01.png [Great Golden Kodo] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Thunder Bluff Journeyman (150)
Ability mount blackdirewolf.png [Swift Burgundy Wolf] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Orgrimmar Journeyman (150)
Ability mount raptor.png [Swift Purple Raptor] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Sen'jin Journeyman (150)
Ability mount cockatricemountelite purple.png [Swift Red Hawkstrider] Ground 500g5 Champion's Seal Money achievement.png Champion of Silvermoon City Journeyman (150)
Ability mount cockatricemountelite purple.png [Sunreaver Hawkstrider] Ground 100 Champion's Seal Sunreavers exalted Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Dragonhawk.gif [Sunreaver Dragonhawk] Flying 150 Champion's Seal Sunreavers exalted Artisan (300)
Neutral Ability mount ridinghorse.png [Argent Warhorse] Ground 100 Champion's Seal <Crusader> Journeyman (150)
Ability mount warhippogryph.png [Argent Hippogryph] Flying 150 Champion's Seal Artisan (300)

Amphibious mounts

Main article: Amphibious mount

Amphibious mounts confer a slight increase in swim speed, but move no faster than walking while on land. Amphibious mounts do not give their riders the ability to breathe underwater, so plan accordingly with one of appropriate items or abilities.

Mount +Speed Source Riding skill
Water Land
Neutral Inv misc fish turtle 02.png [Sea Turtle] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 250% 0% Fishing in Northrend fishing pools and Fishing Fishing-related quest rewards Apprentice (75)

Aquatic mounts

Main article: Aquatic mount
For the Subdued Abyssal Seahorse, see quest rewards.
For the Subdued Seahorse, see Guaranteed drop mounts.

Aquatic mounts confer an increase in swim speed, but cannot be used at all on land. Aquatic mounts do not give their riders the ability to breathe underwater, so plan accordingly with one of appropriate items or abilities.

Mount +Speed Source Riding skill
Water Land
Neutral IconSmall Seahorse.gif[Subdued Abyssal Seahorse] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 350% only in Vashj'ir Reward from N [81] The Abyssal Ride Expert (225)
IconSmall Seahorse.gif [Subdued Seahorse] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 250% Drop from Poseidus Expert (225)

Achievement system mounts

These mounts are obtainable by completing certain achievements. As part of completing the achievement, the mount will be mailed directly to the player, or available for purchase at select locations.

Mount Type Required achievement Riding skill
Alliance Ability hunter pet dragonhawk.png [Blue Dragonhawk] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Mountain o' Mounts Artisan (300)
Inv mount allianceliong.png [Golden King] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Ground Money achievement.png Guild Level 25 Journeyman (150)
Item spellcloththread.png [Pandaren Kite String] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Alliance Money achievement.png Pandaren Ambassador Artisan (300)
Ability mount dragonhawkarmorallliance.png [Armored Blue Dragonhawk] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Mount Parade Artisan (300)
Horde Ability hunter pet dragonhawk.png [Red Dragonhawk] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Mountain o' Mounts Artisan (300)
Inv mount hordescorpiong.png [Kor'kron Annihilator] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Ground Money achievement.png Guild Level 25 Journeyman (150)
Item spellcloththread.png [Pandaren Kite String] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Horde Money achievement.png Pandaren Ambassador Artisan (300)
Ability mount dragonhawkarmorhorde.png [Armored Red Dragonhawk] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Mount Parade Artisan (300)
Warlords Deathwheel World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Warlords Deathwheel Journeyman (150)
Neutral Ability mount polarbear black.png [Black War Bear] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Ground Money achievement.png For The Alliance! / Money achievement.png For The Horde! Journeyman (150)
Ability mount drake blue.png [Albino Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Flying Money achievement.png Leading the Cavalry Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake proto.png [Red Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Hero Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake proto.png [Violet Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been Artisan (300)
Ability mount razorscale.png [Reins of the Rusted Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Ulduar Raider (10) Artisan (300)
Ability mount razorscale.png [Reins of the Ironbound Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Ulduar Raider (25) Artisan (300)
Ability mount redfrostwyrm 01.png [Reins of the Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Icecrown Raider (10) Artisan (300)
Ability mount redfrostwyrm 01.png [Reins of the Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Icecrown Raider (25) Artisan (300)
Inv misc stonedragonred.png [Volcanic Stone Drake] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Cataclysm Hero Artisan (300)
Inv misc stormdragonred.png [Drake of the East Wind] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Cataclysm Raider Artisan (300)
Inv mount darkphoenixa.png [Dark Phoenix] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png Guild Glory of the Cataclysm Raider + 3000g Artisan (300)
Ability mount warhippogryph.png [Flameward Hippogryph] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png The Molten Front Offensive Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake red.png [Twilight Harbinger] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider Artisan (300)
Inv misc orb 04.png [Corrupted Egg of Millagazor] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Firelands Raider Artisan (300)
Jade Pandaren Kite World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png We're Going to Need More Saddles Journeyman (150)
Inv jewelcrafting rubyserpent.png [Crimson Cloud Serpent] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Pandaria Hero Artisan (300)
Inv pandarenserpentgodmount red.png [Heavenly Crimson Cloud Serpent] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Pandaria Raider Artisan (300)
Inv pandarenserpentmount lightning green.png [Thundering Jade Cloud Serpent] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Guild Glory of the Pandaria Raider + 3000g Artisan (300)
Ability mount korkronprotodrake.png Spawn of Galakras World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider Artisan (300)
IconSmall Phoenix.gif Pandaren Phoenix mounts  World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

[Crimson Pandaren Phoenix]
[Ashen Pandaren Phoenix]
[Violet Pandaren Phoenix]
[Emerald Pandaren Phoenix]

Flying Money achievement.png Challenge Conqueror: Silver + 1 Ancestral Phoenix Egg  Artisan (300)
Armored Frostboar World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Advanced Husbandry Journeyman (150)
Armored Frostwolf World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png The Stable Master Journeyman (150)
Felfire Hawk World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Flying Money achievement.png Mountacular Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake blue.png [Emerald Drake] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Flying Money achievement.png Awake the Drakes Artisan (300)
Gorestrider Gronnling World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Glory of the Draenor Raider Journeyman (150)
Inv giantboarmount brown.png [Blacksteel Battleboar] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Guild Glory of the Draenor Raider Journeyman (150)
Frostplains Battleboar World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Glory of the Draenor Hero Journeyman (150)
Challenger's War Yeti World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Challenge Warlord: Silver Journeyman (150)
Inv misc key 06.png [Chauffeured Chopper] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Heirloom Hoarder
Infernal Direwolf World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Ground Money achievement.png Glory of the Hellfire Raider Journeyman (150)
Soaring Skyterror World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Flying Money achievement.png Draenor Pathfinder Apprentice (75)
Heavenly Azure Cloud Serpent World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Flying Money achievement.png Lord of the Reins Artisan 300)

Holiday mounts

The Time-lost Proto Drake.

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Outside of game mounts

A Tauren riding a Heart of the Aspects

A Blazing Hippogryph mount

The mounts in previous sections are acquired using solely in-game means. The mounts that follow require some real-world interactions, such as getting a rare loot card in the TCG, going to BlizzCon, the Recruit-A-Friend program, sending a Scroll of Resurrection, or purchasing mounts from the Blizzard Store.

Mount Type Requirements Riding skill
Neutral Ability mount bigblizzardbear.png [Big Blizzard Bear] Ground BlizzCon Apprentice (75)
Ability mount celestialhorse.png [Celestial Steed] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Inv mount wingedlion.png [Winged Guardian] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Inv dragonchromaticmount.png [Heart of the Aspects] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Ability mount swiftwindsteed.png [Swift Windsteed] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Ability mount epicbatmount.png [Armored Bloodwing] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Inv faeriedragonmount.png [Enchanted Fey Dragon] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Ability mount clockworkhorse.png [Warforged Nightmare] Ground Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Ability mount ironchimera.png [Iron Skyreaver] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Ability mount quilenflyingmount.png [Imperial Quilen] Flying Special Edition mount Apprentice (75)
[Reins of the Illidari Felstalker] Ground World of Warcraft: Legion Collector's Edition Apprentice (75)
Inv misc reforgedarchstone 01.png [Obsidian Nightwing] Flying Recruit-A-Friend program Apprentice (75)
Ability mount rocketmount.png [X-53 Touring Rocket] Flying Recruit-A-Friend program Expert (225)
IconSmall Zhevra.gif [Swift Zhevra] Ground Recruit-A-Friend program Journeyman (150)
[Cindermane Charger] Ground Recruit-A-Friend program Journeyman (150)
[Emerald Hippogryph] Ground Recruit-A-Friend program Apprentice (75)
Ability hunter pet dragonhawk.png [Amani Dragonhawk] Flying Trading Card Game Artisan (300)
Ability mount warhippogryph.png [Blazing Hippogryph] Flying Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability mount warhippogryph.png [Corrupted Hippogryph] Flying Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability mount feldrake.png [Feldrake] Flying Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability mount rocketmountblue.png [X-51 Nether-Rocket]
Ability mount rocketmount.png [X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME]
Flying Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability mount drake bronze.png [Mottled Drake] Flying Trading Card Game Artisan (300)
Inv egg 03.png [Magic Rooster] Ground Trading Card Game Journeyman (150)
Ability hunter pet tallstrider.png [Swift Shorestrider] Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability hunter pet turtle.png [Riding Turtle] Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability mount camel gray.png [White Riding Camel] Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability hunter pet rhino.png [Wooly White Rhino] Ground Trading Card Game Journeyman (150)
Spectral Tiger
Swift Spectral Tiger
Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Big Battle Bear Ground Trading Card Game Journeyman (150)
Savage Raptor Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Alliance Spectral Gryphon Flying Scroll of Resurrection Apprentice (75)
Little White Stallion Bridle Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Horde Spectral Wind Rider Flying Scroll of Resurrection
Little Ivory Raptor Whistle Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)

Retired mounts

Arena System reward mounts

At the end of each Arena season, the top 0.5% of teams in the 3v3 and 5v5 bracket each battlegroup are rewarded with a 310% speed flying mount.

Such mounts are inherently time-limited and are not currently available.

Mount Season Riding skill
Neutral Swift Nether Drake[Swift Nether Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Season 1 Artisan (300)
Merciless Nether Drake[Merciless Nether Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Season 2 Artisan (300)
Vengeful Nether Drake[Vengeful Nether Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Season 3 Artisan (300)
Brutal Nether Drake[Brutal Nether Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Season 4 Artisan (300)
Deadly Gladiator's Frostwyrm[Deadly Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Season 5 Artisan (300)
Furious Gladiator's Frostwyrm[Furious Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Season 6 Artisan (300)
Relentless Gladiator's Frostwyrm[Relentless Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Season 7 Artisan (300)
Wrathful Gladiator's Frostwyrm[Wrathful Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Season 8 Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeTwilight.gif[Vicious Gladiator's Twilight Drake] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Season 9 Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeTwilight.gif[Ruthless Gladiator's Twilight Drake] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Season 10 Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeTwilight.gif[Cataclysmic Gladiator's Twilight Drake] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Season 11 Artisan (300)

Removed from game mounts

These mounts are no longer obtainable in the game.

Mount Type Original availability Removed Riding skill
Alliance IconSmall Horse.gif [Palomino], [White Stallion] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Ram.gif [Black Ram], [Frost Ram] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Mechanostrider.gif [Icy Blue Mechanostrider Mod A], [White Mechanostrider Mod B] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Saber.gif [Ancient Frostsaber], [Nightsaber] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
Crusader's White Warhorse World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Ground Money achievement.png A Tribute to Immortality Patch 4.0.3 Journeyman (150)
Horde IconSmall Wolf.gif [Arctic Wolf], [Red Wolf] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Kodo.gif [Green Kodo], [Teal Kodo] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Raptor.gif [Ivory Raptor], [Mottled Red Raptor] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
Crusader's Black Warhorse World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Ground Money achievement.png A Tribute to Immortality Patch 4.0.3 Journeyman (150)
Neutral IconSmall Bear.gif [Amani War Bear] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Ground Ashli's Bag, Zul'Aman Patch 3.0.2 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall ProtoWhite.gif [Plagued Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Raider (10) Patch 3.1.0 Artisan (300)
IconSmall ProtoBlack.gif [Black Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Raider (25) Patch 3.1.0 Artisan (300)
Black Qiraji Battle Tank Ground Bang a Gong! Patch 3.2.0 Journeyman (150)
Razzashi Raptor Ground Bloodlord Mandokir, Zul'Gurub Patch 4.0.3 Journeyman (150)
Swift Zulian Tiger Ground High Priest Thekal, Zul'Gurub Patch 4.0.3 Journeyman (150)
Core Hound Ground Money achievement.png Boldly, You Sought the Power of Ragnaros January 13, 2015 Journeyman (150)

Flying mounts in Kalimdor & Eastern Kingdoms

With careful use of Eagle Eye or Far Sight, it is possible to see why Flying Mounts are not allowed in the old world until the Cataclysm expansion hits.

At BlizzCon 2009 it was revealed that flying mounts will be available in some form to use in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms with the release of the next expansion, titled Cataclysm. Blizzard officials had previously stated that it was unlikely that they would allow flying mounts in these continents since doing so would require them to redesign the continents with flying mounts in mind.

Prior to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm, the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor were unsuitable for flying mounts; there were visual glitches like mountains and high buildings whose tops cannot be seen, and places where the terrain abruptly changes from one tileset to another, creating a grossly unrealistic appearance in some areas. There are also zones which should have been there lore-wise but were empty and unfinished.

With the expansion, rebuilding the continents is precisely what zone developers did, which explains why flying in those continents became possible.

Vanity mounts

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Vanity mounts only exist to put the player on a mount. They confer generally no bonuses to movement speed, and thus require no riding skill. The two non-temporary, vanity mounts are the [Rickety Magic Broom], a fairly common reward for completing daily quests during Hallow's End, and the [Riding Turtle], available from the TCG.

See also

Patch history

Legion

World of Warcraft: Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

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Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

Mists of Pandaria

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Upon reaching level 20 and level 60, characters will automatically receive a new quest directing them to visit the racial riding trainer and mount vendors.
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria β Patch 5.0.1 (Beta): Most mounts will be Account-wide mounts.

Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Alliance [Vicious War Steed] or Horde [Vicious War Wolf] awarded for winning 75, 150, or 300 rated battlegrounds.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King/ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): All mounts now scale to the appropriate riding skill. This means that all 310% speed mounts earned from achievements or were awarded from this patch onward are 280% in order to match the current max riding skill, Artisan. Players who already have a 310% mount are grandfathered into the system.
                PvP mounts now cost 2,000 Honor point
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King/ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Mounts that are both ground and flying will no longer need to be dismounted and then re-mounted to switch between types. This will now be automatic.

Wrath of the Lich King

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Battlegrounds will no longer award Marks of Honor. Items which previously required Marks of Honor will have their costs adjusted to remove these requirements.
                PvP mounts now cost 50,000 Honor point
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Knockbacks no longer dismount players. If on a flying mount, you will be knocked back a short distance before being able to resume flying.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): Undocumented change
                The riding trainers in Thrallmar and Honor Hold are now part of the Orgrimmar and Stormwind factions respectively. Note also that this change doesn't apply to trainers in Northrend.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009):
    • The cast time for summoning any ground or flying[9] mount is now 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds.
    • Apprentice Riding (Skill 75): Can now be learned at level 20 for 4g. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 20 directing them to the riding trainer.
    • Journeyman Riding (Skill 150): Can now be learned at level 40 for 50g. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 40 directing them back to the riding trainer.
    • Expert Riding (Skill 225): Can now be learned at level 60 for 600g from trainers in Honor Hold or Thrallmar. Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold for Alliance; Thrallmar for Horde). Flight speed at this skill level has been increased to 150% of run speed, up from 60%.
    • Artisan Riding (Skill 300): Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold or Valiance Expedition for Alliance; Thrallmar or Warsong Offensive for Horde).
    • Flying over Dalaran and Wintergrasp is now possible so long as players keep a healthy distance above the ground.
    • The ravasaur trainer Mor'vek has returned to Un'Goro and will offer to help Horde players raise and train a [Venomhide Ravasaur] as a mount... if they can survive the creature's deadly poison.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): All Ground Mounts may now swim without dismounting the rider. Flying Mounts still may NOT, and will dismount the rider upon entering water.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Racial restrictions on mounts have now been lifted. Night elves on mechanostriders? Tauren on raptors? You're not seeing things.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008):
    • Mounting is now permitted in Ahn'Qiraj.
    • New Vanity Pet and Mount changes: Players will now be able to access their non-combat pets and mounts by clicking on the pets tab in the Character Info panel. These pets and mounts will be now learnable much like spells or abilities. Once a vanity pet or mount is learned, the icon will disappear from within a player's inventory and reappear in the appropriate tab under the pet tab under Character Info. Say goodbye to your vanity pets and mounts taking up bag and bank slots! Lost pets and mounts (one time quest rewards) can be recovered by visiting a stablemaster.

Burning Crusade

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15): Mounts at 30?! Yes, it's true: Apprentice Riding and mounts are now available at level 30. Training costs 35g.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Nutral, the flight master in Shattrath City, now has a quest for characters who are level 70 and do not yet have a riding skill of 225. The quest will direct a character to visit the appropriate riding instructor in Shadowmoon Valley so that the player will know where they can purchase the skill necessary to use a flying mount.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007):
    • Swift Flying Mounts: All the swift flying mounts will now display as epic items, rather than superior-quality items.
    • Using abilities and casting spells that cannot be used while mounted will now auto-dismount players as needed. This can be disabled by turning off the auto-dismount option in the UI options.
    • New Lua conditional [flyable] which is true if you're in a location where you could use a flying mount.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): New macro command: /dismount
  • World of Warcraft/ World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): Honor system revamp
                PvP mounts no longer limited to rank 11s, now available for 30 Warsong Gulch Mark of Honor30 Arathi Basin Mark of Honor30 Alterac Valley Mark of Honor each.

Classic

World of Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.

  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.12.1 (26-Sep-2006): The riding skill has been changed. A riding skill of 75 is now needed to ride level 40 mounts and a skill of 150 for level 60 mounts. Those that already have mounts will automatically be granted the appropriate level skill.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.12.0 (22-Aug-2006): The Items that summon mounts have been changed in their color/quality. Items that summon normal mounts are now blue (superior) items and items that summon swift mounts are now purple (epic) items.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Clarified the error message when trying to attack while mounted.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Many of the Swift Mounts have gained eye glows and some have had other tweaks made to them to improve their looks.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Level 60 mounts purchased at vendors now have a whole new look. Faster undead mounts already have a different look and so have not changed. The new mounts can be seen standing near the mount vendors. If you have one of the old fast mounts, you can exchange it for one with a new look at the mount vendor.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Mounts now are Horde or Alliance restricted in the tooltip. We do not intend to allow Horde players to ride Alliance vendor-purchased mounts and vice versa.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.2.0 (18-Dec-2004): Players will now be able to purchase and train mounts from other races in their faction. However, you will first need to obtain "Exalted" reputation status with that race in order to do so. Mounts of the opposing faction are not available for purchase.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.1.0 (07-Nov-2004): Tauren players will no longer have the [Plainsrunning] ability, due to the availability of Kodo mounts! Tauren players can purchase the Kodo mount at Bloodhoof village.

Notes

  • Mounts have a special emote they can do: This can be invoked while motionless on the ground, either by the /mountspecial slash command, or by pressing the Space key
  • Flying mounts can perform a loop! Press Pitch Up or Pitch Down (normally Ins and Del) while in flight to perform a loop. On a macintosh, the Help key, or the Fn+Del combination (on the laptop) will start it.
  • Additionally, while in a loop, you can use your strafe keys.
  • Mounts that allow passengers (the two choppers, the [Grand Ice Mammoth], the [Traveler's Tundra Mammoth] and [Grand Black War Mammoth]) allow other characters to ride as passengers. Currently, the only flying mount that allows passengers is the Recruit-A-Friend mount, the [X-53 Touring Rocket‎‎].

References

  1. ^ As low as 3750g with reputation discounts.
  2. ^ As low as 3750g with reputation discounts.
  3. ^ Tauren Paladin lvl20/40 mounts #23 by Kisirani - 2009/09/19 04:04:43 AM
  4. ^ Pally Mounts #2 by Vrakthris - 2011/02/14 11:58:46 PM
  5. ^ As low as 3750g with reputation discounts.
  6. ^ As low as 3750g with reputation discounts.
  7. ^ Tauren Paladin lvl20/40 mounts #23 by Kisirani - 2009/09/19 04:04:43 AM
  8. ^ Pally Mounts #2 by Vrakthris - 2011/02/14 11:58:46 PM
  9. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym 2009-07-11. Re: Flying mount changes latest PTR patch?. Archived from the original on 2009-07-11. Retrieved on 2009-07-11.

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Outside of game mounts

A Tauren riding a Heart of the Aspects

A Blazing Hippogryph mount

The mounts in previous sections are acquired using solely in-game means. The mounts that follow require some real-world interactions, such as getting a rare loot card in the TCG, going to BlizzCon, the Recruit-A-Friend program, sending a Scroll of Resurrection, or purchasing mounts from the Blizzard Store.

Mount Type Requirements Riding skill
Neutral Ability mount bigblizzardbear.png [Big Blizzard Bear] Ground BlizzCon Apprentice (75)
Ability mount celestialhorse.png [Celestial Steed] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Inv mount wingedlion.png [Winged Guardian] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Inv dragonchromaticmount.png [Heart of the Aspects] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Ability mount swiftwindsteed.png [Swift Windsteed] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Ability mount epicbatmount.png [Armored Bloodwing] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Inv faeriedragonmount.png [Enchanted Fey Dragon] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Ability mount clockworkhorse.png [Warforged Nightmare] Ground Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Ability mount ironchimera.png [Iron Skyreaver] Flying Blizzard Store mount Apprentice (75)
Ability mount quilenflyingmount.png [Imperial Quilen] Flying Special Edition mount Apprentice (75)
[Reins of the Illidari Felstalker] Ground World of Warcraft: Legion Collector's Edition Apprentice (75)
Inv misc reforgedarchstone 01.png [Obsidian Nightwing] Flying Recruit-A-Friend program Apprentice (75)
Ability mount rocketmount.png [X-53 Touring Rocket] Flying Recruit-A-Friend program Expert (225)
IconSmall Zhevra.gif [Swift Zhevra] Ground Recruit-A-Friend program Journeyman (150)
[Cindermane Charger] Ground Recruit-A-Friend program Journeyman (150)
[Emerald Hippogryph] Ground Recruit-A-Friend program Apprentice (75)
Ability hunter pet dragonhawk.png [Amani Dragonhawk] Flying Trading Card Game Artisan (300)
Ability mount warhippogryph.png [Blazing Hippogryph] Flying Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability mount warhippogryph.png [Corrupted Hippogryph] Flying Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability mount feldrake.png [Feldrake] Flying Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability mount rocketmountblue.png [X-51 Nether-Rocket]
Ability mount rocketmount.png [X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME]
Flying Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability mount drake bronze.png [Mottled Drake] Flying Trading Card Game Artisan (300)
Inv egg 03.png [Magic Rooster] Ground Trading Card Game Journeyman (150)
Ability hunter pet tallstrider.png [Swift Shorestrider] Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability hunter pet turtle.png [Riding Turtle] Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability mount camel gray.png [White Riding Camel] Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Ability hunter pet rhino.png [Wooly White Rhino] Ground Trading Card Game Journeyman (150)
Spectral Tiger
Swift Spectral Tiger
Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Big Battle Bear Ground Trading Card Game Journeyman (150)
Savage Raptor Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Alliance Spectral Gryphon Flying Scroll of Resurrection Apprentice (75)
Little White Stallion Bridle Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)
Horde Spectral Wind Rider Flying Scroll of Resurrection
Little Ivory Raptor Whistle Ground Trading Card Game Apprentice (75)

Retired mounts

Arena System reward mounts

At the end of each Arena season, the top 0.5% of teams in the 3v3 and 5v5 bracket each battlegroup are rewarded with a 310% speed flying mount.

Such mounts are inherently time-limited and are not currently available.

Mount Season Riding skill
Neutral Swift Nether Drake[Swift Nether Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Season 1 Artisan (300)
Merciless Nether Drake[Merciless Nether Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Season 2 Artisan (300)
Vengeful Nether Drake[Vengeful Nether Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Season 3 Artisan (300)
Brutal Nether Drake[Brutal Nether Drake] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Season 4 Artisan (300)
Deadly Gladiator's Frostwyrm[Deadly Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Season 5 Artisan (300)
Furious Gladiator's Frostwyrm[Furious Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Season 6 Artisan (300)
Relentless Gladiator's Frostwyrm[Relentless Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Season 7 Artisan (300)
Wrathful Gladiator's Frostwyrm[Wrathful Gladiator's Frost Wyrm] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Season 8 Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeTwilight.gif[Vicious Gladiator's Twilight Drake] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Season 9 Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeTwilight.gif[Ruthless Gladiator's Twilight Drake] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Season 10 Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeTwilight.gif[Cataclysmic Gladiator's Twilight Drake] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Season 11 Artisan (300)

Removed from game mounts

These mounts are no longer obtainable in the game.

Mount Type Original availability Removed Riding skill
Alliance IconSmall Horse.gif [Palomino], [White Stallion] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Ram.gif [Black Ram], [Frost Ram] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Mechanostrider.gif [Icy Blue Mechanostrider Mod A], [White Mechanostrider Mod B] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Saber.gif [Ancient Frostsaber], [Nightsaber] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
Crusader's White Warhorse World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Ground Money achievement.png A Tribute to Immortality Patch 4.0.3 Journeyman (150)
Horde IconSmall Wolf.gif [Arctic Wolf], [Red Wolf] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Kodo.gif [Green Kodo], [Teal Kodo] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall Raptor.gif [Ivory Raptor], [Mottled Red Raptor] Ground 1000g Patch 1.4.0 Journeyman (150)
Crusader's Black Warhorse World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Ground Money achievement.png A Tribute to Immortality Patch 4.0.3 Journeyman (150)
Neutral IconSmall Bear.gif [Amani War Bear] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Ground Ashli's Bag, Zul'Aman Patch 3.0.2 Journeyman (150)
IconSmall ProtoWhite.gif [Plagued Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Raider (10) Patch 3.1.0 Artisan (300)
IconSmall ProtoBlack.gif [Black Proto-Drake] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Flying Money achievement.png Glory of the Raider (25) Patch 3.1.0 Artisan (300)
Black Qiraji Battle Tank Ground Bang a Gong! Patch 3.2.0 Journeyman (150)
Razzashi Raptor Ground Bloodlord Mandokir, Zul'Gurub Patch 4.0.3 Journeyman (150)
Swift Zulian Tiger Ground High Priest Thekal, Zul'Gurub Patch 4.0.3 Journeyman (150)
Core Hound Ground Money achievement.png Boldly, You Sought the Power of Ragnaros January 13, 2015 Journeyman (150)

Flying mounts in Kalimdor & Eastern Kingdoms

With careful use of Eagle Eye or Far Sight, it is possible to see why Flying Mounts are not allowed in the old world until the Cataclysm expansion hits.

At BlizzCon 2009 it was revealed that flying mounts will be available in some form to use in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms with the release of the next expansion, titled Cataclysm. Blizzard officials had previously stated that it was unlikely that they would allow flying mounts in these continents since doing so would require them to redesign the continents with flying mounts in mind.

Prior to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm, the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor were unsuitable for flying mounts; there were visual glitches like mountains and high buildings whose tops cannot be seen, and places where the terrain abruptly changes from one tileset to another, creating a grossly unrealistic appearance in some areas. There are also zones which should have been there lore-wise but were empty and unfinished.

With the expansion, rebuilding the continents is precisely what zone developers did, which explains why flying in those continents became possible.

Vanity mounts

Main article: Vanity mount
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Vanity mounts only exist to put the player on a mount. They confer generally no bonuses to movement speed, and thus require no riding skill. The two non-temporary, vanity mounts are the [Rickety Magic Broom], a fairly common reward for completing daily quests during Hallow's End, and the [Riding Turtle], available from the TCG.

See also

Patch history

Legion

World of Warcraft: Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

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Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

Mists of Pandaria

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Upon reaching level 20 and level 60, characters will automatically receive a new quest directing them to visit the racial riding trainer and mount vendors.
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria β Patch 5.0.1 (Beta): Most mounts will be Account-wide mounts.

Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Alliance [Vicious War Steed] or Horde [Vicious War Wolf] awarded for winning 75, 150, or 300 rated battlegrounds.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King/ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): All mounts now scale to the appropriate riding skill. This means that all 310% speed mounts earned from achievements or were awarded from this patch onward are 280% in order to match the current max riding skill, Artisan. Players who already have a 310% mount are grandfathered into the system.
                PvP mounts now cost 2,000 Honor point
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King/ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Mounts that are both ground and flying will no longer need to be dismounted and then re-mounted to switch between types. This will now be automatic.

Wrath of the Lich King

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Battlegrounds will no longer award Marks of Honor. Items which previously required Marks of Honor will have their costs adjusted to remove these requirements.
                PvP mounts now cost 50,000 Honor point
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Knockbacks no longer dismount players. If on a flying mount, you will be knocked back a short distance before being able to resume flying.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): Undocumented change
                The riding trainers in Thrallmar and Honor Hold are now part of the Orgrimmar and Stormwind factions respectively. Note also that this change doesn't apply to trainers in Northrend.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009):
    • The cast time for summoning any ground or flying[1] mount is now 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds.
    • Apprentice Riding (Skill 75): Can now be learned at level 20 for 4g. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 20 directing them to the riding trainer.
    • Journeyman Riding (Skill 150): Can now be learned at level 40 for 50g. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 40 directing them back to the riding trainer.
    • Expert Riding (Skill 225): Can now be learned at level 60 for 600g from trainers in Honor Hold or Thrallmar. Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold for Alliance; Thrallmar for Horde). Flight speed at this skill level has been increased to 150% of run speed, up from 60%.
    • Artisan Riding (Skill 300): Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold or Valiance Expedition for Alliance; Thrallmar or Warsong Offensive for Horde).
    • Flying over Dalaran and Wintergrasp is now possible so long as players keep a healthy distance above the ground.
    • The ravasaur trainer Mor'vek has returned to Un'Goro and will offer to help Horde players raise and train a [Venomhide Ravasaur] as a mount... if they can survive the creature's deadly poison.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): All Ground Mounts may now swim without dismounting the rider. Flying Mounts still may NOT, and will dismount the rider upon entering water.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Racial restrictions on mounts have now been lifted. Night elves on mechanostriders? Tauren on raptors? You're not seeing things.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008):
    • Mounting is now permitted in Ahn'Qiraj.
    • New Vanity Pet and Mount changes: Players will now be able to access their non-combat pets and mounts by clicking on the pets tab in the Character Info panel. These pets and mounts will be now learnable much like spells or abilities. Once a vanity pet or mount is learned, the icon will disappear from within a player's inventory and reappear in the appropriate tab under the pet tab under Character Info. Say goodbye to your vanity pets and mounts taking up bag and bank slots! Lost pets and mounts (one time quest rewards) can be recovered by visiting a stablemaster.

Burning Crusade

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15): Mounts at 30?! Yes, it's true: Apprentice Riding and mounts are now available at level 30. Training costs 35g.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Nutral, the flight master in Shattrath City, now has a quest for characters who are level 70 and do not yet have a riding skill of 225. The quest will direct a character to visit the appropriate riding instructor in Shadowmoon Valley so that the player will know where they can purchase the skill necessary to use a flying mount.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007):
    • Swift Flying Mounts: All the swift flying mounts will now display as epic items, rather than superior-quality items.
    • Using abilities and casting spells that cannot be used while mounted will now auto-dismount players as needed. This can be disabled by turning off the auto-dismount option in the UI options.
    • New Lua conditional [flyable] which is true if you're in a location where you could use a flying mount.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): New macro command: /dismount
  • World of Warcraft/ World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): Honor system revamp
                PvP mounts no longer limited to rank 11s, now available for 30 Warsong Gulch Mark of Honor30 Arathi Basin Mark of Honor30 Alterac Valley Mark of Honor each.

Classic

World of Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.

  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.12.1 (26-Sep-2006): The riding skill has been changed. A riding skill of 75 is now needed to ride level 40 mounts and a skill of 150 for level 60 mounts. Those that already have mounts will automatically be granted the appropriate level skill.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.12.0 (22-Aug-2006): The Items that summon mounts have been changed in their color/quality. Items that summon normal mounts are now blue (superior) items and items that summon swift mounts are now purple (epic) items.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Clarified the error message when trying to attack while mounted.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Many of the Swift Mounts have gained eye glows and some have had other tweaks made to them to improve their looks.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Level 60 mounts purchased at vendors now have a whole new look. Faster undead mounts already have a different look and so have not changed. The new mounts can be seen standing near the mount vendors. If you have one of the old fast mounts, you can exchange it for one with a new look at the mount vendor.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Mounts now are Horde or Alliance restricted in the tooltip. We do not intend to allow Horde players to ride Alliance vendor-purchased mounts and vice versa.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.2.0 (18-Dec-2004): Players will now be able to purchase and train mounts from other races in their faction. However, you will first need to obtain "Exalted" reputation status with that race in order to do so. Mounts of the opposing faction are not available for purchase.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.1.0 (07-Nov-2004): Tauren players will no longer have the [Plainsrunning] ability, due to the availability of Kodo mounts! Tauren players can purchase the Kodo mount at Bloodhoof village.

Notes

  • Mounts have a special emote they can do: This can be invoked while motionless on the ground, either by the /mountspecial slash command, or by pressing the Space key
  • Flying mounts can perform a loop! Press Pitch Up or Pitch Down (normally Ins and Del) while in flight to perform a loop. On a macintosh, the Help key, or the Fn+Del combination (on the laptop) will start it.
  • Additionally, while in a loop, you can use your strafe keys.
  • Mounts that allow passengers (the two choppers, the [Grand Ice Mammoth], the [Traveler's Tundra Mammoth] and [Grand Black War Mammoth]) allow other characters to ride as passengers. Currently, the only flying mount that allows passengers is the Recruit-A-Friend mount, the [X-53 Touring Rocket‎‎].

References

  1. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym 2009-07-11. Re: Flying mount changes latest PTR patch?. Archived from the original on 2009-07-11. Retrieved on 2009-07-11.

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