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Riding skills and abilities Edit

NOTE: After Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, speed is not based on mount class but only on riding skill!

There are a total of four basic classes of flying mounts:

Class Quality Ground Air Water
Flying mounts Rare 100% 150%
"Very fast" flying mounts Epic 100% 280%
"Extremely fast" flying mounts Epic 100% 310%


Scaling mounts Rare/Epic 60–100% 150–310% 0%



Expert: Level 60

Expert riding skill (225) costs 250Gold for training and an additional 50Gold for each mount, both reduced by the appropriate reputation discounts. Rare flying mounts increase movement speed by 150% in the air and 60% on the ground. Formerly, flying mounts were only usable while within Outland and Northrend, but in the Cataclysm expansion players are able to use flying mounts in Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms following the purchase of a Flight Master's License available at level 60 for the cost of 250Gold. However, flying in Northrend requires Cold Weather Flying training (see below).

Druids can learn [Flight Form] from any flight trainer at level 58 for 3Gold.

Flight Master's License

Cataclysm-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Fully active in Patch 4.0.3a, players with Cataclysm-Logo-Small expansion installed and activated can purchase a [Flight Master's License] for 250Gold at any Riding trainer which allows them to fly in any of the WoW Icon 16x16 classic (aka "vanilla") zones in Azeroth including, of course, new Cataclysm-Logo-Small zones.

Artisan: Level 70

Artisan riding skill (300) costs 5,000Gold for training and an additional 100Gold for each mount, both reduced by the appropriate reputation discounts. Epic flying mounts increase movement speed by 100% on the ground and 280% in the air. No class-granted abilities award artisan flying, although the Druid ability [Swift Flight Form] requires it.

Cold Weather Flying: Level 68

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The [Cold Weather Flying] skill used to cost 1,000Gold. This non-discountable training grants players the ability to also use their flying mounts in Northrend. It required at least level 77 and expert riding skill. From Patch 3.2 up to just prior to Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, level 80 characters could buy a bind to account heirloom, the [Tome of Cold Weather Flight], which allowed characters of level 68 to learn the spell, making flight in Northrend possible from an earlier level at the time.

As of Patch 4.0.1, the cost was reduced to 500Gold (which could further be reduced by faction discounts down to 400Gold if exalted) and requires level 68 and expert (225) riding skill, which eliminated the need for the Tome of Cold Weather Flight.

Master: Level 80

Master riding skill (375) costs 5,000Gold for training, reduced by the appropriate reputation discount. Introduced with Patch 4.0.1, this opens up 310% flying speed to any level 80 that can afford it. However, any characters that already had a 310% speed flying mount pre-4.0.1 were given this skill automatically and free of charge with 4.0.1. Purchasing this riding skill will unlock 310% flying speed for all flying mounts a player can own.

One considerable exception to this is the reward from the meta world events achievement Money achievement What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been, the [Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake]. After many posts on the forums from disappointed players who had been working on the achievement, Zarhym announced that the Violet Proto-Drake would be hotfixed it so that obtaining it after Patch 4.0.1 will award Master riding.

Wisdom of the Four Winds: Level 90

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The [Wisdom of the Four Winds] training costs 2,500Gold, grants players the ability to also use their flying mounts in Pandaria and requires at least level 90 and expert riding skill. As of Patch 5.0.4, it can only be learned from either Official alliance mini-icon Cloudrunner Leng <Flying Trainer> in the Shrine of Seven Stars or Official horde mini-icon Skydancer Shun <Flying Trainer> in the Shrine of Two Moons.

Cloud Serpent Riding: Level 90

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The skill [Cloud Serpent Riding] is a reward from the quest Neutral 15 [90] Riding the Skies. As of Patch 5.0.4 the quest is available only to those who have become Exalted with the Order of the Cloud Serpent faction. Cloud Serpent Riding allows players to ride Cloud Serpent mounts.

Summary Edit

Proficiency Cost +Speed Required for Requires
Skill Mounts Air
225 Expert Bc icon 250Gold 50Gold 150% Rare flying mounts Level 60
300 Artisan Bc icon 5000Gold[1] 100Gold 280% Epic flying mounts Level 70
375 Master Icon Cataclysm 18x18 5000Gold[2] 310% Extremely fast speed Level 80
[Flight Master's License] Icon Cataclysm 18x18 250Gold Flying in Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor and Deepholm Level 60 & 225 skill
[Cold Weather Flying] Wrath-Logo-Small 500Gold Flying in Northrend Level 68 & 225 skill
[Wisdom of the Four Winds] Mists-Logo-Small 2500Gold Flying in Pandaria Level 90 & 225 skill
[Cloud Serpent Riding] Mists-Logo-Small Flying Cloud Serpent mounts Level 90 & 225 skill


Mounts that can fly Edit

Base faction mounts Edit

Flying mounts do not require any reputation rating.

Mount type +Speed Cost Requirements
Land Air Faction Riding skill
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Gryphon Gryphon mounts Bc icon 60% 150% 50Gold Official alliance mini-icon Expert (225)
IconSmall Gryphon Swift gryphon mounts Bc icon 100% 280% 100Gold Official alliance mini-icon Artisan (300)
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Wyvern Wyvern mounts Bc icon 60% 150% 50Gold Official horde mini-icon Expert (225)
IconSmall Wyvern Swift wyvern mounts Bc icon 100% 280% 100Gold Official horde mini-icon Artisan (300)

Class-specific flying Edit

There are four classes in the game that can acquire special mounts and abilities linked to their own class through lore: death knights, druids, paladins, and warlocks. Only the druid's swift flight form allows flying. Swift flight form is a feat of strength if achieved. The aforementioned quests are not required to learn the ability, however, and are on the class trainers at the level listed in the table.

Druid abilities are slightly different based on race and faction. For example, the Alliance night elf druids are black in flight form, while Horde tauren are tan.

Class Mount/form +Speed Source Level
IconSmall Druid Druid IconSmall Raven [Flight Form] 150% 3Gold from trainer 60
IconSmall Crow [Swift Flight Form] 280%-310% 20Gold from trainer 71

Faction reward flying mountsEdit

As a reward for gaining high reputation standing with various factions, players can purchase mounts. Such high reputation is a function of large quantities of time.

Mount type +Speed Cost Faction Riding skill
Land Air
Official alliance mini-icon Inv misc questionmark [Drake of the West Wind] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 280%/310% 200 Achievement zone tolbarad Baradin's Wardens exalted Artisan (300)
Official horde mini-icon Inv misc questionmark [Drake of the West Wind] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 280%/310% 200 Achievement zone tolbarad Hellscream's Reach exalted Artisan (300)
Neutral 15 IconSmall Hippogryph [Cenarion War Hippogryph] Bc icon 100% 280%/310% 2,000Gold Cenarion Expedition exalted Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeNether Netherwing drake mounts Bc icon 100% 280%/310% 200Gold Netherwing exalted Artisan (300)
IconSmall Netherray Nether ray mounts Bc icon 100% 280%/310% 200Gold Sha'tari Skyguard exalted Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeRed [Red Drake] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 280%/310% 1,600Gold Wyrmrest Accord exalted Artisan (300)
Inv misc questionmark [Disc of the Red Flying Cloud] Mists-Logo-Small 100% 150%/310% 600Gold The Lorewalkers exalted Expert (225)
IconSmall SerpentCloud [Thundering August Cloud Serpent] Mists-Logo-Small 100% 280%/310% 10000Gold The August Celestials exalted Artisan (300)
IconSmall SerpentCloud [Thundering Ruby Cloud Serpent] Mists-Logo-Small 100% 280%/310% The August Celestials exalted Artisan (300)

Rare drop flying mounts Edit

Rarely, specific creatures will drop a mount as a reward. If the mount drops, only one mount will appear per kill, no matter the size of the party or raid killing the creature. Also, mounts may rarely be inside other containers rewarded for doing other objectives.

Mount +Speed Source Riding skill
Land Air
Neutral 15 Inv misc summerfest brazierorange [Ashes of Al'ar] Bc icon 100% 310% Kael'thas Sunstrider, The Eye Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake azure [Azure Drake] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 280% Malygos 10- or 25-player, Eye of Eternity Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake blue [Blue Drake] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 280% [Cache of the Ley-Guardian], Heroic Oculus Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake proto [Blue Proto-Drake] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 280% Skadi the Ruthless, Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle Artisan (300)
Ability mount drake proto [Green Proto-Drake] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 280% [Mysterious Egg], Oracles revered Artisan (300)
Achievement boss onyxia [Onyxian Drake] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 310% Onyxia 10- or 25-player, Onyxia's Lair Artisan (300)
Inv misc stormdragonpale [Drake of the North Wind] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 280% Altairus, Vortex Pinnacle Artisan (300)
Inv misc stormdragonpurple [Drake of the South Wind] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 280% Heart of Wind 10- or 25-player, Throne of the Four Winds Artisan (300)
Inv misc stonedragonblue [Vitreous Stone Drake] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 280% Slabhide, The Stonecore Artisan (300)
Inv misc stonedragonpurple [Phosphorescent Stone Drake] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 280% Aeonaxx, Deepholm Artisan (300)

Guaranteed drop flying mounts Edit

A guaranteed drop mount will result in one mount being awarded upon killing the specified creature under the condition listed, regardless of the size of the party or raid. For mounts rewarded such that everyone who completes the achievement gets the mount, see the "Achievements" section. There is no direct achievement for killing the Time-Lost Proto-Drake; the hard part is actually finding the drake alive.

Mount +Speed Achievement Creature Riding skill
Land Air
Neutral 15 IconSmall DrakeBronze [Bronze Drake] 100% 280% Money achievement Culling of Time Infinite Corruptor Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeBlack [Black Drake] 100% 280% Money achievement Twilight Zone (10) Sartharion Artisan (300)
IconSmall Deathcharger [Invincible's Reins] 100% 310% Money achievement The Light of Dawn The Lich King Artisan (300)
IconSmall ProtoBronze [Time-Lost Proto-Drake] 100% 280% Time-Lost Proto Drake Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeTwilight [Twilight Drake] 100% 280% Money achievement Twilight Zone (25) Sartharion Artisan (300)
Inv misc stonedragonpurple [Phosphorescent Stone Drake] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 280% Aeonaxx, Deepholm Artisan (300)
IconSmall SerpentCloud [Thundering Ruby Cloud Serpent]Mists-Logo-Small 100% 280%/310% Alani Artisan (300)

Crafted flying mounts Edit

Mounts can also be created by players. Typically such mounts are a perk of the profession and are not available to other players, but a few are.

Mount +Speed Required skill
Land Air Profession Riding
Neutral 15 Ability mount gyrocoptor [Flying Machine Control] Bc icon 60% 150% 300 Engineering Expert (225)
Ability mount flyingcarpet [Flying Carpet] Wrath-Logo-Small 60% 150% 300 Tailoring Expert (225)
Ability mount gyrocoptorelite [Turbo-Charged Flying Machine Control] Bc icon 100% 280% 375 Engineering Artisan (300)
Ability mount magnificentflyingcarpet [Magnificent Flying Carpet] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 280% 425 Tailoring Artisan (300)
Inv chest cloth 52 [Frosty Flying Carpet] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 280% 425 Tailoring Artisan (300)
Inv alchemy potion 06 [Vial of the Sands] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 310% Expert (225)
Inv misc questionmark [Jeweled Panther] Mists-Logo-Small 615 Jewelcrafting Journeyman (150)

Dalaran flying mounts Edit

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Mei Francis in Dalaran sells mounts to all comers, with no requirements outside of gold or emblems.

Mount +Speed Cost Riding skill
Land Air
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Gryphon [Armored Snowy Gryphon] 100% 280% 2,000Gold Artisan (300)
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Wyvern [Armored Blue Wind Rider] 100% 280% 2,000Gold Artisan (300)

Argent Tournament mounts Edit

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A major draw of the Argent Tournament is the large quantity of mounts rewarded in exchange for [Champion's Seal]s.

Mount +Speed Cost Requirement Riding skill
Land Air
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Hippogryph [Silver Covenant Hippogryph] 100% 280% 150 Ability paladin artofwar Silver Covenant exalted Artisan (300)
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Dragonhawk [Sunreaver Dragonhawk] 100% 280% 150 Ability paladin artofwar Sunreavers exalted Artisan (300)
Neutral 15 IconSmall Hippogryph [Argent Hippogryph] 100% 280% 150 Ability paladin artofwar Artisan (300)

Achievement system flying mounts Edit

These mounts are obtainable by completing certain achievements. As part of completing the achievement, the mount will be mailed directly to the player.

Mount +Speed Required achievement Riding skill
Land Air
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall Dragonhawk [Blue Dragonhawk Mount] Bc icon 100% 280% Money achievement Mountain o' Mounts Artisan (300)
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Dragonhawk [Red Dragonhawk Mount] Bc icon 100% 280% Money achievement Mountain o' Mounts Artisan (300)
Neutral 15 IconSmall DrakeAlbino [Reins of the Albino Drake] Bc icon 100% 280% Money achievement Leading the Cavalry Artisan (300)
IconSmall ProtoRed [Red Proto-Drake] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 280% Money achievement Glory of the Hero Artisan (300)
IconSmall ProtoViolet [Violet Proto-Drake] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 310% Money achievement What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been Artisan (300)
IconSmall ProtoRusted [Rusted Proto-Drake] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 310% Money achievement Glory of the Ulduar Raider (10) Artisan (300)
IconSmall ProtoPlated [Ironbound Proto-Drake] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 310% Money achievement Glory of the Ulduar Raider (25) Artisan (300)
Ability mount redfrostwyrm 01 [Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 310% Money achievement Glory of the Icecrown Raider (10) Artisan (300)
Ability mount redfrostwyrm 01 [Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher] Wrath-Logo-Small 100% 310% Money achievement Glory of the Icecrown Raider (25) Artisan (300)
Inv misc stonedragonred [Reins of the Volcanic Stone Drake] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 310%? Money achievement Glory of the Cataclysm Hero Artisan (300)
Inv misc stormdragonred [Reins of the Drake of the East Wind] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 310%? Money achievement Glory of the Cataclysm Raider Artisan (300)
Inv mount darkphoenixa [Reins of the Dark Phoenix] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 310%? Money achievement Guild Glory of the Cataclysm Raider + 3000Gold Artisan (300)
Ability mount warhippogryph [Flameward Hippogryph] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 100% 300% Money achievement The Molten Front Offensive Artisan (300)

Holiday flying mounts Edit

There are several disguises and time-limited items that are available during holidays. Time-limited items exist only during the duration of the holiday itself. Previously, time-limited items had a set time such as seven or 14 days, but were changed to be directly tied to the holiday.

Holiday Mount +Speed Limited Requirements Source and notes
Land Air
Neutral 15 Love is in the Air Inv valentinepinkrocket [Big Love Rocket] 60% 310% No Apprentice (75) Apothecary Hummel. Scaling mount
Hallow's End IconSmall Broom [Magic Broom] 60% 280% Yes Apprentice (75) Headless Horseman. Scaling mount
IconSmall SkeletalHorse [The Horseman's Reins] 60% 280% No Apprentice (75) Headless Horseman. Scaling mount

Trading Card Game flying mounts Edit

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All the TCG mounts must first be unlocked using a code found on a loot card, then they can be purchased from Landro Longshot in Booty Bay.

Mount +Speed Cost Riding skill
Neutral 15 Ability mount rocketmount[X-51 Nether-Rocket] 150% - Expert (225)
Ability mount rocketmount[X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME] 280% - Artisan (300)

Blizzard Store flying mounts Edit

Mounts are also available from Blizzard Store. They function exactly like Pet Store-purchased pets do: all characters on the account will get mail from Breanni with the mount attached.

Mount +Speed Cost Riding skill
Neutral 15 Ability mount celestialhorse [Celestial Steed] 60-310% $25 at US Store or €20/£17 at EU Store Apprentice (75). Scaling mount
Ability druid tigersroar [Winged Guardian] 60-310% $25 at US Store or €20/£17 at EU Store Apprentice (75). Scaling mount
Inv dragonchromaticmount [Heart of the Aspects] 60-310% $25 at US Store or €20/£17 at EU Store Apprentice (75). Scaling mount

Recruit a friend mounts Edit

These mounts are obtainable by recruiting a friend with the Recruit-A-Friend program.

Mount +Speed Available Riding skill
Land Air
Inv misc questionmark [Heart of the Nightwing] 100% 150–310% 17 April 2012 – Present Expert (225)

Scroll of Resurrection mounts Edit

Mount +Speed Riding skill
Land Air
Official alliance mini-icon IconSmall SpectralGryphon [Spectral Gryphon] 100% 150%–310% Expert (225)
Official horde mini-icon IconSmall Wyvern [Spectral Wind Rider] 100% 150%–310% Expert (225)

These mounts are faction specific and only available if you send someone a Scroll of Resurrection in game or online. Once the process is complete, the mount can be claimed.

References Edit

  1. ^ As low as 3750Gold with reputation discounts.
  2. ^ As low as 3750Gold with reputation discounts.

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