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
That 20% discount takes 1,000 gold off of the cost of Artisan or Master riding, so it's nothing to scoff at.
Where do I train riding?
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.)
For Expert, Artisan, and Master Riding training, as well as purchasing a Flight Master's License and Cold Weather Flying, you'll want to talk to a Flying Trainer. They can be found in the faction capitols as well as scattered throughout Outland, Northrend, and Pandaria. You can train at any of the trainers who aren't hostile to your faction, so just browse the list below and find the one closest to you!
If you're a druid, you can skip training Expert Riding -- you'll get it for free with your level 60 Flight Form
ability. (You will, however, still have to train Artisan Riding.)
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.
What kind of mounts can I get and where do I get them?
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:
Night elf: Saber
Worgen: Mountain Horse (see Astrid Langstrump in Darnassus)
Blood elf: Hawkstrider
Goblin: Goblin Trike
Undead: Skeletal Horse
Pandaren: Dragon Turtle (Alliance Pandaren see Old Whitenose in Stormwind, Horde Pandaren see Turtlemaster Odai in Orgrimmar)
And each faction has specific flying mounts: Alliance have Gryphons while Horde have Wind Riders. Like ground mounts, these will typically be available for purchase near your Flying Trainer.
What if I don't like my race's or faction's mounts?
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!).
If this basic guide has only made you hungry for more mounts, check out Warcraft Mounts
for the details on every in-game mount you could want or, for the collector who needs everything, our own guide on the Mountain o' Mounts achievement
Happy riding, everyone!
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