New mounts in Mists of Pandaria – Guide to drop locations, how to get them, names and more

by on September 27, 2012

Mount collectors have an abundance of riches in Mists of Pandaria. From faction reputation mounts such as the Amber Scorpion and the Shado-pan Riding Tiger to unique mounts like the crocolisk Son of Galleon and the Grand Expedition Yak, the new World of Warcraft expansion has added dozens of new mounts – and that’s not even including the awesome new Cloud Serpents! If you want to know how to get them, or you’re looking for a good guide to drop locations and names, keep reading for MMO Melting Pot’s exhaustive list.


Crafted mounts

Depleted-Kyparium Rocket and Geosynchronous World Spinner

These mounts are created by Engineers, but can be used by any character. They’re account-bound, so expect to see these appearing on the Auction House soon. You can also expect to pay quite a lot of gold to get your hands on one.

Jeweled Panthers

Jewelcrafters now have the opportunity to create (and sell) mounts, just like Engineers. The Jeweled Panthers come in four different colors: Jade Panther, Ruby Panther, Jeweled Onyx Panther and Sunstone Panther. Pick one up from your local Auction House, or find a friendly Jewelcrafter. Either way, expect to splash a significant amount of cash.

Want to learn the recipe yourself? Jewelcrafters can pick it up from San Redscale in The Arboretum (The Jade Forest).

Faction reputation mounts

Dragon Turtle and Great Dragon Turtle

The Dragon Turtles are the racial mounts for the new Pandaren playable race. Pandaren characters can pick these up at level 20. Non-Pandaren characters will need to be Exalted with the appropriate Pandaren faction (Tushui for the Alliance or Huojin for the Horde). They come in six different colors: Black, Brown, Blue, Purple, Green and Red.

Red Flying Cloud

This spinning disc-platform is available for purchase once you hit Exalted reputation with the Lorewalkers faction. It’ll cost you 500g.

Amber Scorpion

In order to get your hands on this fantastic mount, you’ll need two things: an Exalted reputation with The Klaxxi and a cool 10,000g. Ouch. This mount will be attractive to Alliance players in particular, since it’s a scorpion very similar in looks to the Horde-only Kor’kron Annihilator.

Riding Goat

Until now, the closest we’ve been able to get to a ridable goat was the Talbuk, but this new reputation mount is an honest-to-goodness, bone fide goat. You can purchase your goat for a very reasonable 500g once you reach Exalted reputation with The Tillers. Two color varieties are available: Brown and White.

Shado-pan Riding Tiger

A purchasable mount for characters Exalted with the Shado-pan. Again, it’ll cost you 500g. The tigers come in Green, Red or Blue. Fans of the cult ’80′s cartoon He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe may find these mounts particularly exciting.

Riding Cranes

Purchasable for 500g and an Exalted reputation with the Golden Lotus faction. These cranes come in Azure (blue), Golden (off-white) or Regal (black).

Water Strider

While riding a Water Strider mount, you’ll be able to walk on water, which is pretty nifty. Sadly, this particular party trick will set you back 5,000g. You’ll also need Exalted reputation with The Anglers. Water Striders are available in Crimson, Orange, Azure, Golden or Jade.

Cloud Serpent

The new Cloud Serpent mounts, obviously modelled after traditional Chinese dragon iconography, are proving very popular. To get your own Cloud Serpent, you’ll need to reach Exalted reputation with the Order of the Cloud Serpent. You’ll also need to drop 3,000g. The Order can provide you with either a Jade, a Golden or an Azure mount.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Onyx Cloud Serpent

The route to getting an Onyx Cloud Serpent is a little convoluted. You’ll need to be Exalted with the Shado-pan, which will allow you access to the quest Surprise Attack!. The Onyx Cloud Serpent is a reward from this quest.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

August Thundering Cloud Serpent

If you’re Exalted with The August Celestials and you have a whopping 10, 000g to spare, this mount can be yours.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Pandaran Kite

The Pandaren Kite mount is a reward for the Pandaren Ambassador achievement, which requires you to obtain Exalted reputation with every single one of the following factions:

  • The August Celestials
  • The Pearlfin Jinyu
  • The Klaxxi
  • The Brewmasters
  • The Lorewalkers
  • The Order of the Cloud Serpent
  • The Anglers
  • The Tillers
  • The Shado-Pan
  • The Golden Lotus
  • The Tushui Pandaren (Alliance) or The Houjin Pandaren (Horde)

Alliance characters will get a blue Kite. Horde characters receive a red Kite.

Achievement reward mounts

Pandaren Phoenix

Completing the new Dungeon Challenge Modes will make these mounts available to you, but only once you complete each Challenge Mode with a rating of Silver or better.

Unlike most mounts, the Pandaren Phoenix is not bound to your account, so only the character who gets the achievement will be able to use the mount. You can choose from Ashen, Crimson, Violet or Emerald Phoenixes, but each character can only have one Pandaren Pheonix, so choose carefully!

Crimson Cloud Serpent

The reward for Glory of the Pandaria Hero meta-achievement.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Heavenly Crimson Cloud Serpent

The reward for the Glory of the Pandaria Raider meta-achievement.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Thundering Jade Cloud Serpent

The reward for the Guild Glory of the Pandaria Raider meta-achievement.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill. Remember that you’ll also need a good Guild reputation to be able to purchase the mount.

Gold-sink mounts

If you’ve got money to spare, these mounts have no requirements other than deep, deep pockets.

Riding Yak and Grand Expedition Yak

Both purchasable from Uncle Bigpocket in Grummle Bazaar (Kun-Lai Summit). The Riding Yaks cost 3,000g each, and are available in Grey, White, Brown or Blonde. The Grand Expedtion Yak is a huge mount, capable of carrying three people. It costs – brace yourself – 120,000g. That’s gotta sting.

Rare drop mounts

Son of Galleon

This unbelieveably cool rideable crocolisk drops from the new world boss Salyis’s Warband.

World bosses like Salyis’s Warband are designed to be tackled by a full 25-man raid, so you’ll need to be lucky with your loot roll.

Ruby Thundering Cloud Serpent

This badboy is Mists of Pandaria’s Time Lost Proto Drake. It drops from a rare spawn called Alani the Stormborn in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. It has no cost except time and, potentially, your sanity.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Astral Cloud Serpent

A BoP drop from the final boss of the Mogu’shan Vaults raid, Elegon.

You’ll also need the Cloud Serpent Riding skill in order to actually ride this mount – read our guide to getting the Cloud Serpent Riding skill.

Is there a mount we missed? Do you have any good tips for getting these mounts? Let us know in the comments.

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Lyco October 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm

The Ruby Thundering Cloud Serpent isn’t really the new Time-Lost. I can see why people make the comparison but for the Time-Lost one needs luck and/or patience. For the Cloud Serpend one needs huge amounts of time and patience to farm the shards AND to get exalted with the August Celestials (which requires you to be revered with the Golden Lotus before you can start earning proper rep with them) so you can actually use it. Have a friend with the mount just sitting in his bad waiting for him to hit exalted, he is not pleased lol. Plus he’s an obsessive mount collector who has almost every mount (not including TCG and events [like the Blizzard Bear mount for instance) and has done just about every insane grind (including The Insane title lol) usually more than once but the grind for the Sky Shards did threaten his sanity lol.


Hugh Hancock October 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

Yikes! Sounds like a hell of a grind – good luck (and patience) to anyone attempting it.


Dan December 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

The shard grind isn’t nowhere as bad as farming the Time-Lost proto drake and Aeonaxx. I have both of those rares mounts and to be honest the shard hunt was somewhat disappointing. I went in there thinking that it would take me thousands of kills so I put a goal in mind. 1 per day so i won’t screw my sanity at all..
1 day i got 3 in 4 hours. Another day I got 2 in around 4 hours too.. 1 from the bag in the dailies. And the rest a few hours apart.

It really isn’t hard at all. Sit down for no more than 3 hours a day. And I gurantee you, you’ll get a shard in that period of time or even less.


Shell June 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

The Zandalari Warbringer – level 92 rare spawn – has a chance to drop a Primordial Direhorn mount. The color of the mount is in conjunction with the color of the mount when you fight him. He can spawn in any zone in Pandaria.


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Cool – great tip. Thanks!


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