Riding skills and abilities
NOTE: After Cataclysm, speed is not based on mount class but only on riding skill!
There are a total of four basic classes of flying mounts:
|"Very fast" flying mounts||Epic||100%||280%||—|
|"Extremely fast" flying mounts||Epic||100%||310%||—|
|Amphibious mounts||Rare||0%||—|| 250%
Expert: Level 60
Expert riding skill (225) costs 250 for training and an additional 50 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 250. However, flying in Northrend requires Cold Weather Flying training (see below).
Flight Master's LicenseThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Fully active in Patch 4.0.3a, players with expansion installed and activated can purchase a for 250 at any Riding trainer which allows them to fly in any of the classic (aka "vanilla") zones in Azeroth including, of course, new zones.
Artisan: Level 70
Artisan riding skill (300) costs 5,000 for training and an additional 100 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 requires it.
Cold Weather Flying: Level 68This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
The skill used to cost 1,000. 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, level 80 characters could buy a bind to account heirloom, the , 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 500 (which could further be reduced by faction discounts down to 400 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 5,000 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 , the . 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 90This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
The training costs 2,500, 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 <Flying Trainer> in the Shrine of Seven Stars or <Flying Trainer> in the Shrine of Two Moons.
Cloud Serpent Riding: Level 90This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
The skill is a reward from the quest  . 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.
|225||Expert||250||50||150%||Rare flying mounts||Level 60|
|300||Artisan||5000||100||280%||Epic flying mounts||Level 70|
|375||Master||5000||—||310%||Extremely fast speed||Level 80|
|250||—||—||Flying in Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor and Deepholm||Level 60 & 225 skill|
|500||—||—||Flying in Northrend||Level 68 & 225 skill|
|2500||—||—||Flying in Pandaria||Level 90 & 225 skill|
|—||—||Flying Cloud Serpent mounts||Level 90 & 225 skill|
Mounts that can fly
Base faction mounts
Flying mounts do not require any reputation rating.
|Gryphon mounts||60%||150%||50||Expert (225)|
|Swift gryphon mounts||100%||280%||100||Artisan (300)|
|Wyvern mounts||60%||150%||50||Expert (225)|
|Swift wyvern mounts||100%||280%||100||Artisan (300)|
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.
|Druid||150%||3 from trainer||60|
|280%-310%||20 from trainer||71|
Faction reward flying mounts
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|
|100%||280%/310%||200||Baradin's Wardens exalted||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%/310%||200||Hellscream's Reach exalted||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%/310%||2,000||Cenarion Expedition exalted||Artisan (300)|
|Netherwing drake mounts||100%||280%/310%||200||Netherwing exalted||Artisan (300)|
|Nether ray mounts||100%||280%/310%||200||Sha'tari Skyguard exalted||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%/310%||1,600||Wyrmrest Accord exalted||Artisan (300)|
Rare drop flying mounts
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.
|100%||310%||, The Eye||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%||10- or 25-player, Eye of Eternity||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%||, Heroic Oculus||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%||, Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%||, Oracles revered||Artisan (300)|
|100%||310%||10- or 25-player, Onyxia's Lair||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%||, Vortex Pinnacle||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%||10- or 25-player, Throne of the Four Winds||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%||, The Stonecore||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%||, Deepholm||Artisan (300)|
Guaranteed drop flying mounts
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.
Crafted flying mounts
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.
|60%||150%||300 Engineering||Expert (225)|
|60%||150%||300 Tailoring||Expert (225)|
|100%||280%||375 Engineering||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%||425 Tailoring||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%||425 Tailoring||Artisan (300)|
Dalaran flying mountsThis section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
in Dalaran sells mounts to all comers, with no requirements outside of gold or emblems.
Argent Tournament mountsThis section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
A major draw of the Argent Tournament is the large quantity of mounts rewarded in exchange for . s
|100%||280%||150||Silver Covenant exalted||Artisan (300)|
|100%||280%||150||Sunreavers exalted||Artisan (300)|
Achievement system flying mounts
These mounts are obtainable by completing certain achievements. As part of completing the achievement, the mount will be mailed directly to the player.
Holiday flying mounts
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|
|Love is in the Air||60%||310%||No||Apprentice (75)||. Scaling mount|
|Hallow's End||60%||280%||Yes||Apprentice (75)||. Scaling mount|
|60%||280%||No||Apprentice (75)||. Scaling mount|
Trading Card Game flying mountsThis section contains lore or items taken from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game and expansion sets.
Blizzard Store flying mounts
|60||310%||$25 at US Store or €20/£17 at EU Store||Apprentice (75). Scaling mount|
Recruit a friend mounts
These mounts are obtainable by recruiting a friend with the Recruit-A-Friend program.
|100%||150–310%||27 April 2010 – Present||Expert (225)|