It's a slow time in World of Warcraft right now, without new raids, dungeons, or anything else. But this is the perfect time to focus your attention on collecting in-game items. This is a time-consuming hobby that doesn't provide the kinds of rewards you might get from running a dungeon or winning a PvP match, but it can be fun -- assuming you've got that "gotta catch 'em all" personality that drives you to collect in the first place. We've talked about collecting in-game titles, and now we're moving on to another collection favorite: mounts.
The World of Warcraft is packed with different in-game mounts that can compliment your transmog or just look awesome. Though even the most casual player has probably collected quite a few mounts by the time they've hit level 90, there are always more to pick up. Typically, special mounts require either grinding up to exalted reputation with a particular faction or getting a lucky drop in a dungeon or raid -- but many can be acquired completely solo, so long as you're patient.
And best of all, as you collect more mounts, you unlock even more mounts with rewards for achievements when you've collected 50, 100, 150, and 200 mounts. If you're just getting started, expect it to take some time to get all the way to 200, but whether you're looking for quantity or quality, we've got you covered with a bunch of ways to build your mount collection.
For those seeking a full stable (or two) of mounts, start with these grinds, all of which will net you multiple mounts:
- Racial mounts: You can buy the mount of any race in your faction once you've hit exalted with that faction, and with multiple color options for each race these mounts add up fast. Though the reputation grind can be time-consuming, it's still an easy way to pick up a bunch of mounts all in one place for heading towards mount achievements. Questing can be a great way to pick up racial faction rep -- just head to their starting zone and move forward from there. Another way to get rep is to pick up a faction-specific tabard, typically found at the faction's quartermaster -- when equipped, it will cause you to earn reputation for that faction if you'd rather run dungeons than solo quest. If you're also on the hunt for titles and achievement points, you can nab the Ambassador achievement at the same time.
- Faction mounts: Though we were just talking about the collecting the mounts for playable races, there are also plenty of mounts available for different non-playable factions that you can collect at exalted reputation -- again, questing through the faction's zones and dungeon running with the appropriate tabard will help you get there. You'll find most Pandaria factions have their own mounts, so any reputation path you head down will lead you to rewards. For earlier factions, your milage may vary, but we like the Nether Rays from Outland's Sha'tari Skyguard and Ramkahen's camel mounts.
- PvP mounts: If you're not a PvPer at heart, you might want to skip this section -- but even the most casual PvPer won't have a terribly difficult time collecting the five faction-specific mounts available for honor. Each mount costs 2,000 honor and can be bought from Lieutenant Karter (alliance) or Raider Bork (horde).
- Argent Tournament mounts: Time to head back to Icecrown to participate in the Argent Tournament for a unique tournament mount as well as unique mounts for each race. The dailies are time consuming consider how many times you have to run them to collect all of the tournament's mounts -- lots -- but if it's the kind of time consuming you enjoy, there's no time like the present to head out there and get started.
- Cloud Serpent mounts: Another long grind, Pandaria's Cloud Serpents require a long -- but entertaining -- grind during which you raise your own baby Cloud Serpent to ride. Once you're level 90 -- and have trained Pandaria-level flying (Wisdom of the Four Winds), head over to the Arboretum in the Jade Forest to get started.
- Netherwing mounts: These Burning Crusade mounts require a lengthy grind not unlike the current Cloud Serpents, but they're also a unique look that you won't find flying around Pandaria very often. Head out to Shadowmoon Valley in Outland to get started.
- Talbuk mounts: Though this is another long reputation grind, it rewards you with a total of 8 mounts for your troubles -- and you can pick up 2 PvP mounts with similar models while you're at it. All of these are found in Nagrand -- alliance players will need to reach exalted with the Kurenai while horde players will need to reach exalted with the Mag'har in order to buy them. The two PvP mounts are acquired by participating in PvP activities around Halaa, and can be purchased for Halaa battle tokens -- picked up by PvPing around Halaa -- and Halaa research tokens -- picked up by turning in common drops to an NPC within Halaa. The difficult part of obtaining PvP mounts will likely be finding other players in the area to fight with.
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If you're after unique looks rather than numbers, you may be better served hunting down these mounts -- but be prepared to spend plenty of time farming for them.
- Disc of the Red Flying Cloud: This lone mount is purchasable with exalted faction with the Lorewalkers -- but getting there is surprisingly easy. Though this is likely the easiest mount on this list to get, it's still not one that just everyone has -- and its small size can make it useful for navigating in crowded areas where larger mounts might make it hard to see questgivers and mailboxes.
- Reins of the Raven Lord: Though it's easier to get than it used to be -- previously, the boss that dropped it had to be summoned -- this bird mount remains rare by virtue of a low drop rate. Fight Anzu in heroic Sethekk Halls in Outland for a chance to get one of your own.
- Fiery Warhorse's Reins: This fiery warhorse is a good choice for non-warlocks who want a demonic look -- or warlocks who want a more demonic look. Dropped by Attumen the Huntsman, the first boss in the level 70 raid dungeon Karazhan, this mount is difficult to find both for its low drop rate and the fact that Karazhan has a week-long raid lockout.
- Venomhide Ravasaur: Any horde player can pick up this unique raptor mount if they're prepared to spend some time completing the They Grow Up So Fast daily quests in Un'Goro Crater.
- Winterspring Frostsaber: The alliance counterpart to the Venomhide Ravasor, players can get this uniquely colored saber mount by completing the The Grow Up So Fast daily quests in Winterspring.
- Deathcharger's Reins: If you like the skeletal appearance of undead mounts, this rare drop -- which has a unique color palette and can be ridden by horde or alliance players -- needs to be next on your to-do list. It's dropped by Lord Aurius Rivendare in Stratholme, so start grinding if you want to pick it up.
Looking for yet more mounts? This guide is only a starting point -- there are plenty of others out there. Check out our list of some of the easiest mounts to get or for even more collecting options browse Warcraft Mounts' gallery of all your options to pick whichever mount -- or mounts -- you most want to to collect.
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