Where would Gandalf be without Shadowfax? Where would Don Quixote be without Rocinante? Where would Shrek be without Donkey? Whatever type of hero you want to play, one thing’s for sure: you’ll need a suitably heroic steed. To help you along, here’s our list of easy mounts to get in WoW.
Once your World of Warcraft character hits level 20, you’ll be able to learn the Apprentice Riding skill, which sounds rather unpleasant for the poor apprentice, but is actually just the skill you need to be able to ride at all. Once you’ve trained that skill, you’ll be able to obtain and ride a mount. As well as making you travel faster, mounts come in a wide variety of types, colors and sizes. Some of the more exotic mounts require you to be either very lucky, very persistant, or – most often – both in order to aquire them, but there are some basic mounts which are easy to get hold of.
By far the easiest mounts to get hold of are those provided by your own race. For Horde characters, these will be Wolves for Orcs, Kodos for Tauren, Raptors for Trolls, Skeletal Horses for Undead, Hawkstriders for Blood Elves, and Trikes for Goblins. For Alliance characters, the choices are Elekk for Draenei, Rams for Dwarves, Mechanostriders for Gnomes, Horses for Humans, and Sabers for Night Elves. Worgen have no racial mount – instead they just get down on all fours and run!
You’ll automatically be able to buy the mounts for your own race, but you can obtain the mounts for other races of your faction once you hit Exalted reputation with that race. The exception to this is the Worgen Running Wild ability, which only Worgen characters can learn.
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Depending on your class, you may have another easy way to get a mount: your class mount. Not every class has a mount, but those that do usually learn the ability automatically and for free at level 20. Warlocks will learn to summon a Felsteed. Paladins will also automatically gain a mount – the exact nature of which will depend on the paladin’s race.
If you’re playing a druid or a shaman, you won’t have access to any class specific mounts, but you will be able to transform yourself into a form with faster movement – a cat for a druid, and a ghost wolf for a shaman.
Easy quest mounts
While the aquisition of most mounts will require some effort, there are a few which are easier than others. If you’re looking for an ususual mount that won’t require too much work to obtain, try one of these:
Available to Horde characters only, this rideable raptor is a reward from a series of daily quests given out by Mor’vek in Un’Goro crater. You’ll need to be of a high enough level to wander around Un’Goro crater without being instantly eaten, but the quests are easy. It’ll take you 20 days in total to get your mount.
Brown Riding Camel and Tan Riding Camel
Once you’re Exalted with the Ramkahen faction in Uldum, you’ll be able to buy these mounts from Blacksmith Abasi.
Armored Brown Bear
There are several mounts which can be bought for cold, hard cash, but this is among the cheapest. At 800g, it’ll still leave your pockets lighter, but if you want to ride an armored bear into battle like Lyra Belacqua, visit Mei Francis in Dalaran.
Getting to Exalted reputation with the Kurenai or Mag’har in Outland can be a bit of a grind, but you’ll get access to eight different talbuk mounts if you do so, which makes it worth considering.