The search for the Grey Riding Camel can be broken into two parts: Uldum and Feralas. Of the two, Uldum is by far the more involved, but Feralas is more fun.
While I've searched for my own special little camel on the live realms, I didn't think to take any pictures at the time, as it wasn't then the subject of an achievement. Consequently, we're going to abuse Wowhead liberally today, folks.
Here's the deal: All over Uldum, Mysterious Camel Figurines
spawn. They look like small gray camels, they're about the size of an average critter (which is to say tiny), and they spawn in a set pattern all over the zone. You'll always
find one next to something -- a tree, a building, a grave, or random objects scattered around the scenery -- so stick to the many ruins and digsites of Uldum rather than the open desert. Fortunately, the figurines count as NPCs rather than objects, so if you make a /tar Myster
macro, you can (and should) spam it while running around the zone. The addon NPCScan
can also be a big help, but odds are good you'll run through a lot of camels before you get the one you need. If you're not someone who wants to spend a lot of time clearing your cache out in order to keep the mod useful, just use the target macro instead.
The most frustrating part of the endeavor is the sheer nuisance of finding figurines. Even if you're the only player out looking for them, they're horribly, horribly rare. As a note on this, I hit the patch 4.1 PTR to try to get pictures for this article, figuring there'd be less competition than on the live servers. After three hours of fruitless searching with only myself and one other player in the zone, I gave up. The only way to keep yourself sane is to look for them while you're questing through Uldum, or combine the search with a mining/skinning/herbing trip. The latter is actually quite lucrative, as there are a lot of gathering nodes and skinnable mobs within sight of figurine spawn points.
Once you find a figurine, right-clicking it will cause one of two things to occur:
The vast majority of the time, you'll get Crumbled Statue Remnants. This isn't what you're after -- but hey, it's a free 25 gold from a vendor of your choice.
Once you finally luck out, you'll find yourself helpless in a cyclone for a few seconds, and then you'll be forcibly teleported to Feralas. Don't panic.
After the teleport, you'll find yourself in the Steam Pools in southern Feralas (they're on the map between the Ruins of Isildien and the Writhing Deep, though elevated) among a huge pack of neutral camels and a not-so-neutral Dormus the Camel-Hoarder
. Dormus is an ettin-type mob with 271,215 health, weak melee, and no major abilities of note with the exception of a nature damage AoE that you can simply move from. You've only got 20 minutes to kill him before he despawns, but that's plenty of time, assuming you can manage ... uh, 226 DPS. Sneezing once or twice in the direction of your keyboard should be sufficient.
The Grey Riding Camel is a 100% drop off Dormus that, as of patch 4.1, will also award the achievement Scourer of the Eternal Sands
. Enjoy your sweet new ride!
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