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The OverAchiever: 100 Mounts Achievements

Dan O'Halloran

Every week The Overachiever gives advice, walkthroughs and guides on completing your latest Achievement obsession.

Yes, that's right. You better start looking at ranch property because you have 100 mounts to collect. Here's the series of Achievements involved:
  1. Stable Keeper
  2. Filling up the Barn
  3. Leading the Calvary
  4. Mountain of Mounts (Alliance/Horde)
And what is your reward? Why, more mounts, of course! The 50 Mount Achievement will net you an Albino Drake (and put you mount closer to the final achievement.) The 100 Mount Achievement is separated into Horde and Alliance rewards due to racial mounts making for different requirements. The Horde 100 reward is Red Dragonhawk Mount and the Alliance 100 reward is the Blue Dragonhawk Mount.

Resources and advice after the jump!

I was going to compile a list of all the mounts available in the game and then categorize them by group for you to pick and choose which mounts of the 100+ available were the best for you to pursue. But a little Googling showed me that this has already been done. So here are some excellent lists for you to read to plan which mounts you are going to go after:

And for tracking your current mounts, I can't more highly recommend Bennlinger's WoW Mount Check List.

The lists generally break down like this:

Faction mounts
There's your racial mounts (remember, you can buy more than one) and the mounts of the other races in your faction. Take advantage of the Lunar Festival to help you grind to Exalted with the other racial factions, as each Elder you talk to gives you +75 faction across all of them. Bonus, as of Patch 3.0.8 you can actually ride the mounts of other races as well. You can also do the quests in the starter zones of each race to gain faction with that area's capital as well.

Then there are the Burning Crusade faction mounts:
And the Wrath faction mounts:
There are a total of 80 mounts for Horde players and 84 for Alliance players. This is where the bulk of your mount collection will be coming from.

PvP Mounts

There are 5 mounts from Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin tokens, 2 from AV tokens, 2 from Nagrand's Halaa tokens and 1 from Wintergrasp. You can probably snag these if you are an avid PvP'er as they are still available. The flying mounts from winning each season are retired.

Crafted Mounts

Mostly restricted to the crafters that make them. Tailors have two versions of their flying carpets. Engineers have their two flying machines and their chopper that non-engineers can ride (Mechano-hog/Mekgineer's Chopper). You can buy one off the AH or commission one from an Engineer. Either way, you're looking at 16k gold.

TCG Mounts

There are five of these, but you are looking at laying out actual cash to get your hands on them. Fortunately, you can avoid them entirely.

Achievement Mounts
The proto-drakes are very involved to acquire, but I'm listing them here because, hey, it's a column about Achievements, right?
Class Mounts
The two class mounts for Warlocks, Paladins and Death Knights count toward the total for this achievement. You will have to quest for them still. Sorry Druids, flight form doesn't count.

Dropped Mounts
These are an option, but you are facing the random number generator and we all know how that goes. Fortunately, there are good twenty to go after. And I hear the Baron is bit more generous than the days when we used to take down for his pants.

Seasonal Event Mounts
There's the Brewfest Ram/Kodo and the Hallow's End dreadsteed. If you don't want to wait until October to finish this Achievement, you may want to skip these. The temporary Flying Broom won't count.

Specialty Mounts
The Swife Zhevra mount from recruit a friend and the polar bear from the BlizzCon '08 card will also count.

To sum it up, work on your faction mounts from vanilla WoW, Burning Cursade and Wrath while mixing in runs for dropped mounts and consider PvP and Crafted options.

NEXT WEEK: Love is in the Air Achievements (A/H)

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