Mountain o' Mounts: A Guide to Collecting Mounts
Last week, we covered all pets in the game, in anticipation of
. This week, we’ll do the same for mounts and outline some easy ways to collect 100. With the split opinions regarding the recent
, it's clear players care about their mounts.
offers detailed info on each mount, as well a way to track your mount collection. You can also use Wowhead's profiler to track which pets you've collected, and out of the remaining ones, which you're interested in still getting. Our friends at
also have achievement-themed articles dedicated to obtaining mounts. We've provided some tips on how to acquire all the mounts, from the easy ones to the challenging ones, below. (Note: currency prices listed are the full non-discounted cost. Players Exalted with factions or benefitting from
may save gold on some mounts.) You can also get seven of these mounts from the
, but it's a very small chance plus you have to be the right class/role in order to be eligible in the first place.
Here are all of the mount-related achievements thus far. There's nothing new added in for 4.2, but there will probably be some new achievements in a future patch, if the new pet achievements are any indication.
: Obtain 10 Mounts.
: Obtain 25 Mounts.
: Obtain 50 Mounts. (Reward:
: Obtain 100 Mounts. (Reward:
At the Argent Tournament in Icecrown, players complete daily quests to unlock rewards from their respective factions. When you become a Champion of a particular race, you can purchase additional pets and mounts from that vendor. Players can purchase 7 faction-specific ground mounts. Most of the mounts look like those you ride while completing the jousting dailies: home-city mounts in unexpected colors. A level 85 should have no problem doing these daily quests; you'll need to do quite a few anyway to finish
. Along the way, you'll most likely get Ambassador. If you are changing factions and halfway through the Argent Tournament, buy as much as you can because the entire process will be reset when you switch. It will take you 725
and roughly 43 days to complete this mount collection, if you've already gotten the Crusader title, meaning you're guaranteed 17
per day from quests.
If you want to learn more about the Argent Tournament, we've got a guide here
The following mounts cost and 5
. For all other races besides your character's own faction, you will need to be exalted in order to purchase these mounts, as well as a Champion of that race. To increase reputation, you can buy tabards from capital cities, as well as commendation badges such as
, if you're deep into Tournament dailies.
Five additional mounts for each faction are purchased for 100
, meaning you'll have to do a fair amount of dailies.
Players exalted with
will have additional vendors unlocked; those who have completed
will have additional Argent Tournament dailies unlocked. Respective faction vendors sell
Both factions can purchase
, obtainable after completing
Death Knights, Paladins, and Warlocks get lucky with several class-only mounts that they can learn from class-trainers. Sorry druids, epic flight form doesn't count towards the mount total.
, a reward from
in the DK starting zone.
is purchased at the Argent Tournament for 100
. At level 20, dwarf and human paladins learn how to
and at level 40,
: blood elf paladins have a unique red version of this mount. In the past, you were required to complete fun quests to obtain these mounts, but now they are learned from trainers. Draenei and Tauren paladins have their own special mounts reflecting the lore of their race: for Draenei, it's
, for Tauren it's
, trained at level 20, and
, trained at level 40, are awesome demonic horses with fiery hooves. The
used to require an epic quest chain to complete; it's no longer completable and players who obtained it the hard way get
The revamped Darkmoon Faire in 4.3 introduced two new mounts:
While the droprates on these mounts may seem frustrating, all are easily farmable and we'll show you how.
There are three easy mounts and one rare mount to farm from Ahn'Qiraj. When the instance was first released, players had to obtain bug mounts that dropped from trash because normal mounts did not work in this long instance. The
drop quite frequently, while
is so rare, it has its own achievement:
. Even if you can't find a group to clear the instance, you could probably get a few friends and keep reclearing the initial respawning trash.
, once one of the rarest mounts in the game, drops from
. It's the only undead pony model all races can use. This instance is extremely easy to solo at 85--try making a game out of it to see how fast you can clear it out. Rivendare can also drop
for a fun bonus.
, the first boss in Karazhan, awarding the achievement
. It's very easy to solo the handful of trash packs and Attumen--you need to kill the trash because the boss will aggro it all. Engineers will also be interested in
on Heroic difficulty
. A level 70 instance, this is again easy to solo with some self-healing abilities. Farming this instance can also reward you with
, several rare recipes, and blood-elf themed gear like
. It was soloable at level 80; it should be even easier at 85. Currently, druids are not required to summon Anzu so all classes have access to the boss--it used to be a boss only druids could summon after doing a long series of quests to obtain epic flight form. Awards the achievement
is a rare drop and 3-seater mount from any of the four bosses in the
. The source of much grief in VoA pugs, it's not a bad idea to get a few friends and try farming this mount every week at 85. Awards the achievement
is a reward anyone in the party can roll on for completing a timed run in Zul'Aman. We've got a guide on how to successfully complete the bear run
Two mounts were removed when old Zul'Gurub was taken out of the game; two new mounts are introduced in the new Zul'Gurub:
is a red raptor that drops from
is a dark unarmored saber cat from
. It's entirely possible to farm these two bosses each day with friends-you can skip most of the trash to get to them, and generally win a BoE along the way.
, players have a small chance to receive
for the first time each day.
offer unique mounts.
is generally one of the first rare solves players stumble upon. It takes 100
to complete from fossil digsites around Azeroth. In contrast,
is one of the most frustrating solves to acquire--it's from Tol'vir digsites, which are accessible only in Uldum after 450 skill. Players report burning through dozens of solves before coming across this mount, which is a pity, as it's the only currently-obtainable bug mount one can use outside of Ahn Qiraj.
Engineers exalted with
from quests and spillover dungeon rep in Wrath can learn how to craft the BoE
. The pattern is fairly pricey to acquire and even worse to craft. Players wanting a mount will have to save up just for the vendor-only parts. It's definitely a fun mount though; the detailing on it is amazing, it carries two players, and grants
can be fished up in any Northrend or Cataclysm pools. It's extremely rare and grants
. The charm about this mount is that while it's slow on land, it's extremely speedy in water, scaling up to 300% swim speed.
While PvP may be offputting to some, the Justice to Honor Point conversion means you should be able to purchase some of the following mounts without stepping foot in a battleground.
The following mounts are purchasable from capital cities, for 2000
. Keep in mind that you are capped at 4000
. It was worse in the past: you were required to turn in specific battleground marks to purchase them, and before that, you had to achieve a high rank in the old PvP system. These mounts are dark and heavily-armored versions of the traditional ones sold in capital cities.
Halaa, a PvP zone in the center of Nagrand, is the key to two unique talbuks:
. These require a mix of
to purchase, obtained by killing the opposition in Halaa and looting
respectively. These mounts are incredibly difficult to get now because of the lack of PvP in Outlands currently. However, they are in a vivid dark shade not available elsewhere.
is a reward mailed to you upon completing
. It's very easy to find a pug in trade chat working on these achievements, especially if you attack at off-hours.
used to require exalted with
to purchase; now it simply costs 2000
, although you can only buy it from the Alterac Valley quartermasters. This is a mount many vanilla players remember fondly as the first custom item they obtained.
, the quartermasters sell
. It's a large dark mammoth with red armor. Just make sure your faction controls the zone, or else you won't be able to purchase it.
Players exalted with
can purchase these faction-specific mounts:
New to 4.2 are rewards for winning Rated Battlegrounds. / are a reward for completing 75 RBGs in the patch. (At subsequent further levels, you'll receive an identical BoA mount that you can send to more alts.) With the changes to Conquest Points requiring players to do RBGs to cap, hopefully it will be easier to find an RBG group in the patch.
Many reputations offer mounts as vendor rewards. You'll get a large chunk of your mount total completed by raising your reputation with the following factions.
Raising your reputation with all of the playable races will net you a large amount of mounts. You can purchase mounts at any reputation level with your home faction, but need exalted to buy mounts from other races. Quests and city tabards can speed up reputation gains a fair amount. In the past, rare-quality mounts moved only at 60% speed--this has changed, so you can use the simpler models once again. Unfortunately, since Worgen have
instead of a mount, the Alliance is at a slight mount disadvantage. All rare mounts cost and all epic mounts cost before discounts.
in Eversong Woods sells hawkstriders:
outside The Exodar sells elekks:
in Dun Morogh sells rams:
in the Undercity sells bony ponies:
in Kharanos sells mechanostriders:
in Stormwind sells horses.
outside of flooded Menethil Harbor also sells rare-quality horses:
in Darnassus sells saber cats:
in the Valley of Honor sells wolves:
in Bloodhoof Village sells kodos:
in Sen'jin Village sells raptors:
New to 4.3, worgen
in Darnassus sells
New to Cataclysm, goblin
in the Orgrimmar slums sells
A major part of Nagrand is the reputation grind to acquire talbuk mounts from the
which look like the wild talbuks roaming the zone. The riding talbuks aren't armored and cost , while the war talbuks have some armor and cost . They are sold by
. You can get reputation by doing quests, killing ogres, and turning in
When coming across
for shoulder enchants in The Storm Peaks, you'll discover they sell mounts as well:
for at Honored and
, a three-seater mount, for at Exalted. For purchasing these mounts, you get achievements as well.
for players exalted with
One of the most well-known reputation grinds, recently changed, is for the
. Together with the Horde-equivalent,
, players complete dailies for roughly a month that tend to baby animals, and are rewarded with a unique mount.
In Cataclysm, guild reputation and rewards were added. Guilds that have achieved
for and Exalted reputation.
You don't need these mounts to push you over the edge for your achievement, but they've got some fun models. They range in price from $60-$700; something for everyone.
The following ground mounts are BoE once redeemed--you can get lucky on the AH and find them. (I've found six!)
is a reward from The Red Bearon card in the Drums of War series. There are several other bear mounts with similar styles and animations, but this one stands out for its dark body and simple armor.
is a reward from the El Pollo Grande card in the Fields of Honor series. It sounds like a chicken but has the animations of a blood elf hawkstrider. It is a very fast chicken that does wonders for your epeen!
is a reward from the Wooly White Rhino card in the Icecrown series. It has the skeleton and animations of a kodo but looks like a massive rhino found in The Storm Peaks.
Obtaining the code for the Spectral Tiger card in the Fires of Outlands series will net you the two best mounts in the game:
, reskinned nightsabers with ghostly textures. Originally, they ran at different speeds, but that's been normalized in Cataclysm. The rare-quality mount looks nearly the same but has slightly less armor on the feet--it tends to sell for much less on the AH, so keep an eye out.
The following ground mounts are BoP once redeemed--you will not be able to find these on the AH.
was a present for attending BlizzCon 2008. It's a BoA polar bear with a flag-waving murloc sitting on its head.
is a new reward from War of the Elements, a dark orange raptor. It's one of the few ways Alliance get to ride a raptor mount--only other way is to try your luck in ZG.
is a reward from the Saltwater Snapjaw card in Heroes of Azeroth. This is a favorite item among twinks as any level can use it. The turtle moves extremely slow, but as the item says "it gets you off your feet."
is a drop in 4.2 from
in Firelands: it's a flaming Anzu and looks awesome.
is a reward for completing
after a player has completed
and looted the one-time only
. It's a BoE mount that looks like Mograine's mount, a reddish deathknight mount.
can be looted from
, a reward for completing dailies from
in Brunnhildar Village. You will have to complete half of The Storm Peaks to unlock these daily quests.
is a guaranteed drop from
. To reach this NPC, you will have to get lucky opening up
that randomly spawn in Uldum. There's a large chance you'll find junk, but a very small chance the figurine will port you to the NPC. Rewards
in Dalaran sells several unique ground mounts:
for . You'll make a fair amount of gold back because this mount is not only a three-seater, but one that comes with its own vendors so you can sell junk as you quest.
appears to be purchasable with 270 tokens in the new Love is in the Air holiday.
is purchasable during the new Noblegarden.
Sadly, the following mounts are no longer available in-game for various reasons. Some unarmored mounts were removed in early vanilla, replaced by mounts with bulkier armor. Other mounts are tied to achievements removed from the game.
In early vanilla, mounts with little armor were available to players from their home cities. This was changed in 2005 because it was thought that the slow and fast mounts looked too similar. The handful of players with these original mounts were invited to turn their old mounts in for one of the new ones, in quests like
, but many realized the rarity of their mounts and did not. Players who held onto these mounts were rewarded with
. They are:
Because it was felt that these achievements would be cheesed in later tiers with too much gear, the following Wrath instance mounts were removed:
. Other Wrath instance mounts were kept in the game, but these for some strange reason were not.
was the reward for completing the original 10-player version of Zul'Aman in BC. It looks similar to the current bear mount, but with a stronger reddish tint.
dropped in old Zul'Gurub. It's a shame they're removed--the new mounts in Zul'Gurub just aren't as colorful.
was rewarded to any player who rang the gong in the first 10 hours after Ahn'Qiraj was opened. This was the result of completing a truly epic questline, memorialized in
was a promotional reward for participating in the Recruit-A-Friend program. It has since been replaced with a flying mount.
was the original Brewfest mount from 2007 and popular because low-levels could ride it. It's since been discontinued--there's a similar ram model, but the methods of obtaining it are quite different.
These mounts are rewards for completing complex achievements--you will find them in the mail, along with a fun note from a major lore figure thanking you for your hard work.
is a reward for completing the t11 meta,
. This meta achievement requires you to defeat every hardmode except
, as well as complete specific achievements related to every boss. As of now, these drakes are difficult to obtain and Blizzard has not stated they are being removed--so organizing achievement runs later in t12 may be feasible for more players. As it is,
is incredibly difficult to coordinate.
is a reward for completing the Cataclysm dungeon meta,
. It's a blue stone drake with hot pink accents. This drake is fairly easy to complete now and working on the meta grants a ton of achievement points.
is unlocked and obtainable from Guild Vendors upon completing
. It looks like the (less cool) purple version of
and costs .
is a reward from
; a white drake with light blue accents and tan wings.
is a reward for completing
. Both of these mounts are skeletal drakes with fun details like earrings and unique armor. The metas require players to complete all hardmodes save for
as well as achievements specific to each boss. Formerly tricky achievements like
should be trivial at 85.
is a reward for completing
is a reward for completing
. These mounts are reminiscent of
, Thorim's mount who was captured by Loken. They require players to complete all hardmodes (save for
) and annoying achievements like
is a reward for completing the holiday meta,
. This used to be the only way one could obtain a 310% mount outside of arena or raiding. It requires players to constantly work on holiday achievements, dealing with RNG and PvP whether they like it or not. Along the way, you'll collect a lot of fun pets, titles, and achievement points though.
As covered earlier,
are rewards for completing
New to 4.2 is
, a reward for completing the t12 dungeon meta.
, one of the most coveted mounts in the game, is a rare drop from
. It's a flaming phoenix dedicated to the memory of Ezra Chatterton, a sick child that visited Blizzards offices with the Make-A-Wish foundation's help. Ezra has since passed away but he lives on in the tributes Blizzard created to him. Sadly, this mount has caused tons of ninja-looting and poor behavior since its implementation. Currently, some classes can solo
while other players can defeat it with a handful of players. You don't need to kill the other bosses in the instance to activate
used to be a guaranteed drop from 0-light
, requiring you to defeat the encounter without the assistance and buffs of the Keepers. It was changed to a low drop in Cataclysm. Guilds trying to complete
for vanity and fun each week should consider doing this encounter as well. Phases 2 and 3 would especially be a zerg and negate some of the level 80 mechanics. This mount is a flying helicopter head, part-absurdity and part-based in Ulduar's Norse lore. There's tons of gadgets and dials inside the cockpit.
, once a guaranteed drop from
on 25-player heroic difficulty, was changed to be a rare drop in Cataclysm. The mount represents Arthas' faithful horse, whose death affected Arthas greatly. When transformed into The Lich King, Arthas raised the horse from the dead. The mount players receive is an undead flying pony with tons of intricate details on its body and armor. For getting this mount now, your best bet is to team up with some interested players going for achievements,
, or meta-drakes. If you're not careful and take pugs,
could wipe you quickly still in phase 2.
is a reward for completing
, which should be easy to accomplish at 85 with a few friends. You'll get tons of achievement points along the way.
As covered in the TCG section, looks quite similar to a loot-card reward. However, you can get this mount for free if you stick with your Molten Front dailies. The hippogryph model with fire accents is definitely one of my favorite models in the game--while I prefer the darker and less-armored version, I'm very excited to see that Blizzard has included an accessible version as well.
on Heroic mode, the third boss in
. This can be easily soloable by most classes, with the first two bosses skippable with stealth-like abilities. For the first part of the fight, you will need to kill a gauntlet of mobs that continue to spawn two at a time until his mount
is shot down by three harpoons. When you kill the mobs in the gauntlet, some drop clickable harpoons that can be shot up to damage
at specific times in the encounter, before he flies down the entire gauntlet to breathe ice on one side of it. For the second part of this fight, simply dps
and run away when he does
drops from the
, available on Heroic mode only, in
. You have 25 minutes to reach this boss, who disappears after that period of time. It was easy to achieve right after Wrath came out; should be extremely easy to do with some friends now. The
drops one mount, which everyone in the group can roll on, regardless of flying skill.
drops from the new version of
, added in Wrath. This is a brown-and-purple mount that looks very similar to
herself. It's a very rare drop and on top of that, you can only try for it once a week.
is a brilliant blue drake that is found in
on both 10- and 25- player difficultly. You can reliably farm this mount with several friends once per week, and if you are a hunter, can solo the 10-player version, as described in Wowhead comments.
is a guaranteed drop from 10-player
with all three mini-boss drakes left alive, granting
. You can easily zerg this in a minute with a few 85s now.
, which used to be a reward in
to encourage players to stay in pug
runs, was returned to 10-player
in Cataclysm when running Wrath heroics became obsolete. It's both possible to see the
drop at once.
is a guaranteed drop from 25-player
with 3 mini-boss drakes left alive. You'll need a few more players than you did for the 10-player version, but this too is zergable with a handful of friends.
in The Vortex Pinnacle on both normal and heroic mode. The good news is that players can infinitely farm this mount on normal mode--classes like hunters can use
to bypass the trash; killing only the second boss won't save you to the instance. The trick to defeating this boss is getting high uptime on
has a 1% droprate from the
tied to defeating
on both normal and heroic difficulty. It's slightly more vivid than the North drake.
is a greenish drake that drops from
, the second boss in The Stonecore, on normal and heroic difficulty. This too is soloable by some classes, with helpful tips in Wowhead comments.
trick is that he periodically drops some
on the tank, and flies up to drop
New to 4.2 is
, a drop from
that's guaranteed on Heroic and very low on Normal.
looks like Gyth from UBRS and drops from
in Normal and Heroic diffculty.
is a guaranteed heroic drop from Madness of Deathwing and looks like
is a rare drop from Madness of Deathwing on normal and heroic mode.
is a reward for completing the Tier 13 meta achievement.
is only obtainable during
the first time each day. It looks quite similar to Attumen's mount.
, one of the rarest mounts in the game, is found in
for the first time each day during
. It's a bright pink rocket with leopard-print upholstery.
offer unique mounts.
, is a very expensive BoE mount to craft--the Cataclysm equivalent of the
. It requires, among other things, 12
which cost . Not counting any discounts, you will spend on materials. You will also need to find an Alchemist who can craft the drake to purchase these items and make it for you. Alchemists obtain this pattern through archaeology, namely digging in Uldum until getting lucky with the contents of a
. This is a two-seater mount and awards the achievement
(Eng 300) and
(Eng 375) are two mounts only Engineers can use, from Burning Crusade trainers. However, it is possible to level Engineering solely for the mounts, learn them, and drop the profession--you will still keep the mounts in your overall total even though you cannot use them. These mounts have tons of mechanical wizardry and fun animations--it always seems like they're going to fall apart.
: Like Engineering mounts, you can learn these mounts and then safely drop the profession. The pattern for
is sold by
, a gnome mage in Dalaran, for 6
. Tailors can also learn
(425)--the mats for these both are incredibly easy. Enjoy your very fast rug!
Flying mounts from reputation vendors is another area that will give you the bulk of needed mounts.
requires Exalted with
for . You can increase reputation by doing related quests and equipping
has a rare chance to hatch from
after 3 days, an item requiring Revered with
Players exalted with
can purchase the following mounts for :
. There are daily quests and mobs by Skettis you can kill to increase your reputation.
Also in Outlands is
: we've got a complete guide to that faction's lore and reputation gains. At Exalted, there's an interesting series of events that results in you flying to Shattrath and choosing a drake for free; you can buy the remaining drakes from
for . They are:
requires Exalted with
. It costs and grants
. It looks like the typical Alliance mounts by Kalimdor flight masters--navy blue with red accents. Players can increase their reputation quickly with
, but at 85, it's probably faster and cheaper to clear out
quickly for reputation.
From the Argent Tournament, there are two mounts:
requires exalted with
The Silver Covenant/ Sunreavers
, a brown and white hippogryph, costs 150
from all other racial vendors at the Tournament.
Like the ground mounts, these range widely in price and availability, from super-common to extremely-rare.
are rewards from the X-51 Rocket card in Servants of the Betrayer. Redeeming this card will give you both BoE mounts--the rare-quality version used to be a mount that flew at a slower speed. They're both fun rockets with engineering gadgets and neat details.
, from the Mottled Drake card in the Worldbreaker series, may have the same icon as the
but it looks nothing like it. Players often worry that the mount will be 'ugly and bronze with stripes,' but in reality there's a ton of subtle details--black wings with purple accents, all sorts of rust on the bronze body, green and brown spots covering the drake. Some people have even commented on mine that it looks darker than the
is a BoE reward from Twilight of the Dragons.
is a BoE reward from the Crown of Heavens--a fel hippogryph.
, from the Blazing Hippogryph card in the Wrathgate series, is a beautiful maroon-and-gold bird with fiery hooves. The
looks similar, but the feathers are orange and the mount has more armor.
, a sparkly pony loosely based on
skeleton, is a $25 mount that scales with riding level and is BoA, meaning all of your alts can benefit from it.
A recent addition, the
, also for $25, is a majestic lion with white and purple wings. It too is BoA and will be mailed to all toons upon purchase.
is a reward people received for participating in the Recruit-A-Friend program. It is a two-seater silver rocket.
is a reward from Blizzard's
'Annual Pass' promotion
for Diablo 3.
is a Death Knight-only mount with a unique model of a skeletal gryphon. It is sold by
for in Acherus, unlike other class mounts that are much cheaper and obtainable from class trainers.
Alliance: Gryphon vendors in Dalaran, Borean Tundra, Hellfire Peninsula, Shadowmoon Valley, and Stormwind sell gryphons for and :
. They scale with maximum flying skill now, so you can use the simple and formerly slow models for real. In addition,
in Dalaran sells
for which looks like the gryphons found at Wintergarde Keep.
Horde: Wind Rider vendors in Dalaran, Borean Tundra, Hellfire Peninsula, Shadowmoon Valley, and Orgrimmar sell wind riders for and :
In addition to the spectral ground mounts, players who enjoy Tol Barad can purchase
is a guaranteed drop from the rare mob
in The Storm Peaks. This mob shares a spawn timer with
, so it's pretty rare to come across even in Cataclysm.
, a rare mob in Deepholm. Initially friendly at first, players jump on
back to defeat it, then looting the mount. To learn more about respawn times, visit
These following mounts were given to players that achieved the rank of Gladiator in past arena seasons. Initially, obtaining these mounts was the only way players could get 310% flying. They are:
The mount rewards for completing the 10- and 25-player versions of the t7 meta,
, were removed (although the drakes for t8 and t10 content remain):
There's a few mounts in-game that only work underwater. Even though the new content in the Abyssal Maw was removed in 4.2, there's still good reasons to have an aquatic mount. It's great for herbing in Vash'jir.
is a quest reward from
, one of the earliest quests in Vash'jir. This mount only works in Vash'jir and allows you to speedily navigate the zone, home to
quartermaster, the only place to farm
, and several fun rares.
in the Abyssal Depths and Shimmering Expanse in Vash'jir.
is on a long and unpredictable respawn rate; you can track it
. Fortunately, the mount is BoE and a few have made it to the AH. It's your call whether you want to spend gold on a mount that only works underwater. (Edit: I shelled out for it yesterday, it's definitely fun to parade about the Stormwind Canals in style.)
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