Riding skills and abilities

NOTE: After World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 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/Epic 100% 150%



General Riding Skill

There are five general tiers of riding which can be learned from trainers as a character increases in level. These become available for characters to train once they meet the particular level requirements. The speed of a character's mounts generally increases with each tier of riding skill, while some tiers of riding grant the ability to ride flying mounts. The general riding skills are:

  • Apprentice: Level 20
  • Journeyman: Level 40
  • Expert: Level 60
  • Artisan: Level 70
  • Master: Level 80

Class-Specific Riding Skills

At level 40, paladins and warlocks can learn [Summon Charger] and [Dreadsteed] from their class trainers after learning the Journeyman riding skill from the riding trainer. There is no need to purchase a new mount. Death knights receive their epic ground mount, the [Acherus Deathcharger], after the completion of the quests Grand Theft Palomino and Into the Realm of Shadows at level 55. Druids can learn [Flight Form] from any flight trainer at level 58.

Unlocking Flight in Specific Areas

In areas where flying is allowed, a character typically needs to train a specific riding skill in order to unlock the ability to fly in that region. These types of skills and their requirements can be found in the table below.

Riding Skills

Proficiency Cost +Speed Required for Requires
Skill Mounts Air
225 Expert World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 250g 50g 150% Rare flying mounts Level 60
300 Artisan World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 5000g[1] 100g 280% Epic flying mounts Level 70
375 Master World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 5000g[2] 310% Extremely fast speed Level 80
[Flight Master's License] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 250g Flying in Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor and Deepholm Level 60 & 225 skill
[Cold Weather Flying] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 500g Flying in Northrend Level 68 & 225 skill
[Wisdom of the Four Winds] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 2500g Flying in Pandaria Level 90 & 225 skill
[Cloud Serpent Riding] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Flying Cloud Serpent mounts
(requirement removed in Patch 6.0.2)
Level 90 & 225 skill
[Draenor Flying] World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Flying in Draenor Money achievement.png Draenor Pathfinder


Mounts that can fly

Base faction mounts

Flying mounts do not require any reputation rating.

Mount type +Speed Cost Requirements
Land Air Faction Riding skill
Alliance IconSmall Gryphon.gif Gryphon mounts World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 60% 150% 50g Alliance Expert (225)
IconSmall Gryphon.gif Swift gryphon mounts World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 100% 280% 100g Alliance Artisan (300)
Horde IconSmall Wyvern.gif Wyvern mounts World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 60% 150% 50g Horde Expert (225)
IconSmall Wyvern.gif Swift wyvern mounts World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 100% 280% 100g Horde Artisan (300)

Class-specific flying

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
Druid Druid IconSmall Raven.gif [Flight Form] 150% 3g from trainer 58
IconSmall Crow.gif [Swift Flight Form] 280%-310% 20g 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
Land Air
Alliance Inv misc questionmark.png [Drake of the West Wind] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 100% 280%/310% 200 Tol Barad Commendation Baradin's Wardens exalted Artisan (300)
Horde Inv misc questionmark.png [Drake of the West Wind] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 100% 280%/310% 200 Tol Barad Commendation Hellscream's Reach exalted Artisan (300)
Neutral IconSmall Hippogryph.gif [Cenarion War Hippogryph] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 100% 280%/310% 2,000g Cenarion Expedition exalted Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeNether.gif Netherwing drake mounts World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 100% 280%/310% 200g Netherwing exalted Artisan (300)
IconSmall Netherray.gif Nether ray mounts World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 100% 280%/310% 200g Sha'tari Skyguard exalted Artisan (300)
IconSmall DrakeRed.gif [Red Drake] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 100% 280%/310% 1,600g Wyrmrest Accord exalted Artisan (300)
Inv misc questionmark.png [Disc of the Red Flying Cloud] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 100% 150%/310% 600g The Lorewalkers exalted Expert (225)
IconSmall SerpentCloud.gif [Thundering August Cloud Serpent] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 100% 280%/310% 10000g The August Celestials exalted Artisan (300)
IconSmall SerpentCloud.gif [Thundering Ruby Cloud Serpent] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 100% 280%/310% The August Celestials 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.

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

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

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.

Mount +Speed Required skill
Land Air Profession Riding
Neutral Flying Machine Control [Flying Machine Control] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 60% 150% 300 Engineering Expert (225)
Flying Carpet [Flying Carpet] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 60% 150% 300 Tailoring Expert (225)
Turbo-Charged Flying Machine Control [Turbo-Charged Flying Machine Control] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 100% 280% 375 Engineering Artisan (300)
Magnificent Flying Carpet [Magnificent Flying Carpet] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 100% 280% 425 Tailoring Artisan (300)
Frosty Flying Carpet [Frosty Flying Carpet] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 100% 280% 425 Tailoring Artisan (300)
Vial of the Sands [Vial of the Sands] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 100% 310% Expert (225)
Inv misc questionmark.png [Jeweled Panther] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 615 Jewelcrafting Journeyman (150)

Dalaran flying mounts

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

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

Mount +Speed Cost Riding skill
Land Air
Alliance IconSmall Gryphon.gif [Armored Snowy Gryphon] 100% 280% 2,000g Artisan (300)
Horde IconSmall Wyvern.gif [Armored Blue Wind Rider] 100% 280% 2,000g Artisan (300)

Argent Tournament mounts

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King This 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 [Champion's Seal]s.

Mount +Speed Cost Requirement Riding skill
Land Air
Alliance IconSmall Hippogryph.gif [Silver Covenant Hippogryph] 100% 280% 150 Champion's Seal Silver Covenant exalted Artisan (300)
Horde IconSmall Dragonhawk.gif [Sunreaver Dragonhawk] 100% 280% 150 Champion's Seal Sunreavers exalted Artisan (300)
Neutral IconSmall Hippogryph.gif [Argent Hippogryph] 100% 280% 150 Champion's Seal 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.

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

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
Land Air
Neutral Love is in the Air Inv valentinepinkrocket.png [Big Love Rocket] 60% 310% No Apprentice (75) Apothecary Hummel. Scaling mount
Hallow's End IconSmall Broom.gif [Magic Broom] 60% 280% Yes Apprentice (75) Headless Horseman. Scaling mount
IconSmall SkeletalHorse.gif [The Horseman's Reins] 60% 280% No Apprentice (75) Headless Horseman. Scaling mount

Trading Card Game flying mounts

TCGlore.jpg  This section contains lore or items taken from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game and expansion sets.

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 Ability mount rocketmount.png[X-51 Nether-Rocket] 150% - Expert (225)
Ability mount rocketmount.png[X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME] 280% - Artisan (300)

Blizzard Store flying mounts

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

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

Scroll of Resurrection mounts

Mount +Speed Riding skill
Land Air
Alliance IconSmall SpectralGryphon.gif [Spectral Gryphon] 100% 150%–310% Expert (225)
Horde IconSmall Wyvern.gif [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

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

See also

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