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Riding is a secondary skill (but functions like a profession) in which characters may learn to ride mounts, which provide movement speed bonuses and, when applicable, the ability to fly or swim underwater. Every mount has a minimum skill level required for riding (With a few exceptions). As of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1, increasing riding skill grants further increases to movement speed. All ground mounts increase movement speed by 60/100% (Apprentice/Journeyman) and all flying mounts increase ground movement speed by 100% and flying movement speed by 150/280/310% (Expert/Artisan/Master).

More detail on the requirements for each mount can be found on the mounts page.

Skill levels

The following table lists the skill levels available and the cost to train each skill. Due to the high cost of training, the price with discount is also listed in the table. The only discounts available are faction discounts, which vary depending on where you train in the riding skill:

Note that only the trainer of your race will teach you riding skill until you become exalted with another race/faction.

Also, note that the prices listed for the mount itself refer to the basic mounts available to each race, usually purchasable from a vendor near the riding trainer. Special, reputation reward, or vanity mounts may cost more or require special currency to purchase. To save space, faction discounts on the mounts themselves are not included in the table.

Skill granted Proficiency Riding Friendly Honored Revered Exalted Required for Necessary level
75 [Apprentice] 4g 3g 80s 3g 60s 3g 40s 3g 20s Mounted riding (+60% movement speed) 20
150 [Journeyman] 50g 47g 50s 45g 42g 50s 40g Faster mounted riding (+100%) 40
with Apprentice
225 [Expert] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 250g 237g 50s 225g 212g 50s 200g Mounted flying (+150% in the air) 60
with Journeyman
300 [Artisan] World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade 5000g 4750g 4500g 4250g 4000g Faster mounted flying (+280%) 70
375 [Master] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 5000g 4750g 4500g 4250g 4000g Fastest mounted flying (+310%) 80[1]
n/a [Flight Master's License] World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 250g 237g 50s 225g 212g 50s 200g Allows flying in Kalimdor, the Eastern Kingdoms and Deepholm 60
with Expert or higher
n/a [Cold Weather Flying] World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 500g 475g 450g 425g 400g Allows flying in Northrend 68
with Expert or higher
n/a [Wisdom of the Four Winds] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 2500g 2375g 2250g 2125g 2000g Allows flying in Pandaria 90
with Expert or higher
n/a [Cloud Serpent Riding] World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 2250g Allows riding Cloud Serpents 90
with Expert or higher
Total Price 13554g 12876g 30s 12198g 6s 11530g 90s 10843g 20s

Free riding skills

  • Death Knights receive the 150 skill at character creation (level 55); they learn to summon an Acherus Deathcharger, a swift land mount, as a quest in the Acherus starting zone.
  • Paladins receive the 75 skill upon reaching level 20 along with the [Warhorse] ability. At level 60 they can complete the Charger quest chain which rewards the Journeyman riding skill (and a Feat of Strength). Note: Training the Charger at level 40 does not provide Journeyman riding skill.
  • Warlocks also receive the 75 skill as part of buying their level 20 mount spell from their trainer. At level 60 they can complete a quest to learn their Dreadsteed summon and get Journeyman riding skill (and a Feat of Strength). (Like paladins, training to summon the fast mount at level 40 does not reward the riding skill.)

Note that like all professions (although Riding is not technically a profession), all lower ranked skill levels must be learned before training further (e.g. Expert skill is required to train Artisan skill).

Class mounts

This is a summary of the class mounts. Associated quests for the paladin and warlock mounts, while obsolete in the sense that they are no longer required, have not been removed from the game.

Class Ability Level
Death Knight [Acherus Deathcharger] 55
Paladin [Warhorse] 20
Paladin [Charger] 40
Warlock [Felsteed] 20
Warlock [Dreadsteed] 40

Riding trainers

Alliance Alliance Mount Trainers and Vendors
Type Location Faction Trainer
Horse Eastvale Logging Camp
Menethil Harbor
Southshore
Theramore Isle
Stormwind Randal Hunter
Saber Cenarion Enclave Darnassus Jartsam
Ram Amberstill Ranch Ironforge Ultham Ironhorn
Mechanostrider Steelgrill's Depot Gnomeregan Exiles Binjy Featherwhistle
Elekk The Exodar (front entrance) World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Exodar Aalun
Gryphon Honor Hold World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Wildhammer Stronghold World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Valiance Keep World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Stormwind
Honor Hold
Valiance Expedition
Hargen Bronzewing
Ilsa Blusterbrew
Maigra Keenfeather
Horde Horde Mount Trainers and Vendors
Type Location Faction Trainer
Wolf Valley of Honor Orgrimmar Kildar
Raptor Sen'jin Village Darkspear Trolls Xar'Ti
Kodo Bloodhoof Village Thunder Bluff Kar Stormsinger
Skeletal Horse Brill Undercity Velma Warnam
Hawkstrider Thuron's Livery World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Silvermoon City Perascamin
Wyvern Thrallmar World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Shadowmoon Village World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Warsong Hold World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Orgrimmar
Thrallmar
Warsong Offensive
Wind Rider Jahubo
Olrokk
Wind Rider Sabamba
Neutral Neutral Mount/Cold Weather Flying Trainers
Location Faction Trainer
Krasus' Landing World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
River's Heart World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
K3 World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Neutral
Neutral
Neutral
Hira Snowdawn
Pilot Vic
Roxi Ramrocket
Wisdom of the Four Winds Flying Trainers
Location Faction Trainer
Shrine of Seven Stars World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
Shrine of Two Moons World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
Alliance Alliance
Horde Horde
Cloudrunner Leng
Skydancer Shun

Flying

Icon-time.svg This section concerns content that is out-of-date. Reason: Needs info about unlock abilities/achievements for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Draenor and World of Warcraft: Legion Broken Isles.

Flying is the next level of riding skill after the initial ground mount riding skill proficiencies. The movement method is similar to swimming.

As of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria it encompasses the following skill proficiencies:

Proficiency Skill level Level available
[Expert Riding] 225 skill 60
[Flight Master's License] (no longer needed as of World of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.3.5)[2] * 225 skill 60
[Cold Weather Flying] (no longer needed as of World of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.3.5)[2] * 225 skill 68
[Wisdom of the Four Winds] (no longer needed as of World of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.3.5)[2] * 225 skill 90
[Artisan Riding] 300 70
[Master Riding] 375 80
* Requires Expert Riding or higher.

Notes

  • Various levels (apprentice, expert, etc.) of riding skill may not appear in the list of trainable skills in the trainer's window unless Available is checked in the Filter list.
  • As of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm release, you cannot fly in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade starting zones for Blood elf and Draenei. This is apparently intended.[3]

Patch changes

  • Upon reaching level 20 and level 60, characters will automatically receive a new quest directing them to visit the racial riding trainer and mount vendors.
  • Mount changes.
  • Reduced the expert riding skill price to 250g.
  • Changed the faction discounts for the riding skill vendors in Honor Hold and Thrallmar to use Stormwind and Orgrimmar faction, respectively. This is because newly-arrived 60s in Outland are unlikely to have any Honor Hold or Thrallmar rep.[1]
  • Mount changes.
  • The cast time for summoning any ground mount is now 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds.
  • Apprentice Riding (Skill 75): Can now be learned at level 20 for 4g. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 20 directing them to the riding trainer.
  • Journeyman Riding (Skill 150): Can now be learned at level 40 for 50g. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 40 directing them back to the riding trainer.
  • Expert Riding (Skill 225): Can now be learned at level 60 for 600g from trainers in Honor Hold or Thrallmar. Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold for Alliance; Thrallmar for Horde). Flight speed at this skill level has been increased to +150% of run speed, up from +60%.
  • Artisan Riding (Skill 300): Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold or Valiance Expedition for Alliance; Thrallmar or Warsong Offensive for Horde).
  • In order to further equalize the number of purchasable mounts available to each race, a new 60% speed ground mount has been added for night elves, and a new 100% speed ground mount has been added for the undead.
  • Flying over Dalaran and Wintergrasp is now possible so long as players keep a healthy distance above the ground.
  • For 1,000g level 80 Main characters can purchase the Heirloom [Tome of Cold Weather Flight] and give it to their alts level 68+ that have a flying skill of 225+ (not 150 as previously stated) to learn Cold Weather Flying.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade/ World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): [Cold Weather Flying] added at level 77 at a cost of 1,000g.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15): The level requirement for Apprentice Riding was lowered from 40 to 30. It also reduces the cost from 90g to 35g, and its respective reputation discounts.
  • World of Warcraft/ World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.0.1 (05-Dec-2006): PvP rankings also no longer grant the player an additional 10% discount
                Before TBC, the cost of Journeyman riding was 900g, so the total cost of getting an epic mount was the same as before. It has since been reduced to 600g to make it easier to buy Expert riding skill.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.12.1 (26-Sep-2006): The cost structure and functionality of Riding and Mounts was changed.
                Prior to that patch, Riding was an ability rather than a secondary Profession, and had only one rank. Each faction had its own riding skill (tiger riding, horse riding, mechanostrider piloting, ram riding) and the cost was 20g, available at level 40. Exalted reputation was required to learn cross-faction riding skill, but mounts were Bind on Use and purchasable by anyone for 80g. This meant that characters who were PvP rank 3 or higher could pass on the 10% discount directly to other characters by buying the mount for them. This is no longer possible because all mounts are now Bind on Pickup, and the majority of the cost is built into the riding skill training (which is no longer faction-specific) rather than the cost of the mount.

References

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