While this won't be a comprehensive guide on how to get every mount in the game, we will help you get started with mounts in World of Warcraft -- and point you towards some that you can pick up some awesome rides, even at lower levels.
When can I train riding?
You can start your WoW riding career at level 20, and gain access to better, faster mounts from there. Here's the skill training breakdown:
Speed: +60% (ground)
Cost: 4 gold
Speed: +100% (ground)
Cost: 50 gold
Speed: +150% (flying)
Cost: 250 gold
Flight Master's License
Cost: 250 gold
Allows flying in Azeroth
Cold Weather Flying
Cost: 500 gold
Allows flying in Northrend
Speed: +280% (flying)
Training cost: 5,000 gold
Speed: +310% (flying)
Cost: 5,000 gold
Wisdom of the Four Winds
Cost: 2,500 gold
Allows flying in Pandaria
If this sounds expensive, bear in mind that the costs drop as you gain standing with whichever faction the vendor is -- and, don't worry, you'll gain plenty of reputation as you level up and do quests. Here's the discounts reputation will net you:
- Friendly: 5% off
- Honored: 10% off
- Revered: 15% off
- Exalted: 20% off
Where you go to train depends on your race. For Apprentice and Journeyman Riding, you'll find riding trainers near your race's starting zone. Here's who you're looking for:
- Human: Randal Hunter in Elwynn Forest
- Night elf: Jartsam in Darnassus
- Dwarf: Ultham Ironhorn in Dun Morogh
- Gnome: Binjy Featherwhistle in Dun Morogh
- Draenai: Aalun in The Exodar
- Worgen: None, they receive the Running Wild skill instead
- Orc: Kildar in Orgrimmar
- Troll: Xar'Ti in Durotar
- Tauren: Kar Stormsinger in Mulgore
- Undead: Velma Warnam in Tirisfal Glades
- Blood elf: Perascamin in Eversong Woods
- Goblin: Revi Ramrod in Orgrimmar
- Pandaren: Can train at any trainer of their faction
- Paladins and warlocks: Both of these classes automatically get Apprentice Riding in order to access their class-specific mounts. (You will, however, still need to train Journeyman Riding.)
- Stormwind City: Bralla Cloudwing (Alliance)
- Hellfire Peninsula: Hargen Bronzewing (Alliance)
- Shadowmoon Valley: Ilsa Blusterbrew (Alliance)
- Borean Tundra: Maigra Keenfeather (Alliance)
- Shrine of the Seven Stars: Cloudrunner Leng (Alliance)
- Dalaran: Hira Snowdawn (Neutral)
- Sholazar Basin: Pilot Vic (Neutral)
- The Storm Peaks: Roxi Ramrocket (Neutral)
- Orgrimmar: Maztha (Horde)
- Shadowmoon Valley: Olrokk (Horde)
- Shrine of Two Moons: Skydancer Shun (Horde)
- Hellfire Peninsula: Wind Rider Jahubo (Horde)
- Borean Tundra: Wind Rider Sabamba (Horde)
Once you've reached level 90, you'll want to pick up Wisdom of the Four Winds to fly in Pandaria. When you've got the gold, talk to Cloudrunner Leng in Shrine of the Seven Stars if you're Alliance or Skydancer Shun in Shrine of the Two Moons if you're Horde.
Each race has a type of ground mount just for them, which are available in a variety of colors and styles. But if you want a different race's mount, be aware that you can buy mounts of other races in your faction once you've hit exalted with that race. (Note: Since all mounts are account-wide, if you want another race's mount, you may find it easier to roll an alt of that race and level them to 20 to pick up the mount you're after. But Alliance still can't get Horde mounts and vice versa.)
You'll typically find all mount vendors near the riding trainers. Here are your options:
- Draenei: Elekk
- Dwarf: Ram
- Gnome: Mechanostrider
- Human: Horse
- Night elf: Saber
- Worgen: Mountain Horse (see Astrid Langstrump in Darnassus)
- Blood elf: Hawkstrider
- Goblin: Goblin Trike
- Orc: Wolf
- Tauren: Kodo
- Troll: Raptor
- Undead: Skeletal Horse
- Pandaren: Dragon Turtle (Alliance Pandaren see Old Whitenose in Stormwind, Horde Pandaren see Turtlemaster Odai in Orgrimmar)
Don't like any of your mount options? Don't worry. While the mounts for your race and faction are the most straightforward to get -- and they'll certainly help you get around -- they're far from your only option. You can also get mounts through PvP, quests, drops, achievements, professions, reputation, buying on the Blizzard store, or winning them from rare cards in the WoW TCG. If you're looking for options, here are some of our favorites that you can get by yourself, with enough time, effort, and gold:
- Venomhide Ravasaur: All Horde players can get this mount by completing the They Grow Up So Fast quest in Un'Goro Crater.
- Winterspring Frostsaber: All Alliance players can get this mount by completing the They Grow Up So Fast quest in Winterspring.
- Netherwing Drakes: You can buy Netherwing Drakes in a variety of colors once you've reached exalted reputation with the Netherwing in Outland -- which is, we won't lie, a time-consuming grind, though there are some fun dailies, too. They're one of many reputation mounts in Outland, but definitely our favorite.
- White Hawkstrider: This is dropped by Kael'thas Sunstrider in Heroic Magisters' Terrace. While "Heroic" makes it sound like a challenge, the fact that this dungeon is designed for level 70s means higher level characters (80 to 90) can likely complete it alone or with a friend.
- Flying Machines: The Flying Machine and Turbo-Charged Flying Machine are crafted by high-level engineers.
- Flying Carpets: If you're a tailor, you can make a number of different flying carpets for youself at higher levels.
- Fossilized Raptor and Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank: Archealogists aren't left out with these unique mounts.
- Jeweled Panthers: Jewelcrafters can create their own panther mounts out of different types of gems.
- Sea Turtle: This speedy aquatic mount can be pulled out of the sea by those with enough fishing skill (and patience!).
Happy riding, everyone!
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