Today we’re going to look at mounts that drop in (or, in one case, as part of a quest within) raids. I’d initially expected to include mounts like the Ulduar proto-drakes and Icecrown frostwyrms, but they’re really more the result of a series of achievements rather than encounters themselves. Otherwise, there are more than enough pure drops to keep us occupied today; Blizzard’s always been fond of making unique mounts the potential reward of difficult raid encounters, and you’ll get a few extra feats of strength if you nab some of these beauties.
- Combining The Ambassador and Mountain O’ Mounts
- Mountain O’ Mounts in Outland
- Mountain O’ Mounts in Northrend
- Mountain O’ Mounts in 5-man dungeons
Qiraji Battle Tanks
There are six Qiraji Battle Tanks in the game, but only four drop in a raid. The Black Qiraji Battle Tank was the highly coveted mount given to each server’s Scarab Lord(s), and theUltramarine Qiraji Battle Tank is a maddeningly elusive archaeology reward. Thankfully, the other four are a bit easier to get.
Drop rate The blue, green, and yellow bugs are all very common drops, to the point that you’ll be thoroughly sick of seeing them over the course of a single run. The red … not so much so; players estimate that the drop rate off any given trash mob is 1% at best. The red is sufficiently rare that it’s the subject of its own achievement (technically a feat of strength),Why? Because It’s Red.
I once had two of the damn things drop in back-to-back trash packs in AQ40 while working on Brood of Nozdormu rep, and I gave them to two guildies who were nuts about collecting mounts, because I am a nice person. They left the guild not long after. Apparently, I am also a dumbass.
Also the subject of Why? Because It’s Red if you nab the red one.
Ashes of Al’ar
Al’ar is a very special mount; the first one in the game went to the player Ezra “Ephoenix” Chatterton, a boy suffering from a brain tumor who visited Blizzard’s headquarters as part of the Make-A-Wish program. Ezra’s character is still in the game as Wheathoof the Elder in Thunder Bluff during the Lunar Festival. Look closely and you’ll see him accompanied by alittle phoenix pet.
Where you’ll find it Dropped by Kael’thas Sunstrider in Tempest Keep. This was one of the most legendarily difficult fights of its time, and while raiders were almost universal in their praise for the overall design of the encounter, very few people wanted to run it for kicks after everyone in the guild had gotten keyed for the Mount Hyjal raid. Obviously, “farming” the mount (to the extent that you can with such a low drop rate) is the hell of a lot easier these days.
Drop rate 1%
Also the subject of Ashes of Al’ar, a feat of strength.
This mount has fangs. You are riding a vampire horse that is on fire. Let me repeat that.You are riding a vampire horse that is on fire. I don’t even have to say anything else.
“My mount is a vampire horse on fire.”
Where you’ll find it This is dropped by the first boss of Karazhan, Attumen the Huntsman. If you play a toon comfortably able to solo the first few pulls of Kara, it’s a simple enough matter to clear to the encounter each week and drop Medivh’s huntsman. Unfortunately for all those of us long accustomed to stomping Karazhan in retaliation for all the wipes suffered there at level 70, Blizzard recently decreased the amount of gold rewarded for mob and boss kills there.
Also the subject of Fiery Warhorse’s Reins, a feat of strength.
Grand Black War Mammoth
The Grand Black War Mammoth — no joke — was the bane of our inbox during Wrath (well, that and Blind). Not a week went by without a series of complaints from players about the army of ninjas whose sticky fingers relieved many a VoA run of the three-seater pachyderms.
Where you’ll find it Each boss in the Vault of Archavon, the raid won by the faction holding Wintergrasp, has a chance to drop it. Rumor has it that Argaloth in Baradin Hold (and, I would assume, future BH bosses) also has a chance to drop it, but I’m having the devil of a time getting official confirmation of this. Anyone out there seen it?
Drop rate The drop rate’s generally agreed to be around 1%. Bear in mind that all four VoA bosses have a chance to drop it, so assuming you steamroll the place, you’ll get four shots per run.
Black Drake and Twilight Drake
Where you’ll find them The Black Drake is a guaranteed drop off a 10-man Sartharion with all three drakes up; the Twilight Drake is the 25-man version. The 10-man version was considered the most murderous fight of early Wrath of the Lich King, to the point that players said it couldn’t be done without 25-man gear. Then this happened.
Drop rate N/A — both drakes still drop 100% of the time even now, which surprises me. Both versions of the Sarth 3D fight are now so zergable that I’d thought Blizzard would reduce the drop rate to reflect this, but it turns out it didn’t. My best guess as to why is that neither is a 310% mount, so they’re just cool bonuses rather than being a convenient ticket to a super-fast flyer. The Twilight Drake in particular has very eye-catching coloration.
Drop rate 100%, but only one drops per run.
Reins of the Azure Drake
Where you’ll find it The Azure Drake is dropped by Malygos on the 25-man version of the encounter, but this wasn’t a mount I saw all that frequently even during Wrath. Even if you allow for the low drop rate, this didn’t make much sense — the Azure Drake is a really pretty mount — and I suspect that, at least on my realm, the 25-man Malygos was never a really popular encounter. The vehicle mechanic made it annoying to pug reliably, even past the point that Blizzard allowed for vehicles to scale with gear.
I’m afraid Malygos might be doomed to be one of the least-revisited raid encounters as a result, which is kind of a shame. It was a pretty unique fight, and then there was the minor matter of being able to faceroll phase three with a one-button macro for the drake vehicles …
Drop rate 1%
Reins of the Onyxian Drake
Onyxia was one of the more popular soloing targets until Blizzard revamped her as a cool little “birthday present” for WoW‘s fifth anniversary.
Where you’ll find it Dropped by — who else? — Onyxia, though only in her Dustwallow Marsh locale; you won’t find it off the version you’ll see in tier 11′s Blackwing Descent. The mount looks kind of like an adolescent version of her and was another popular ninja target.
Drop rate 0.7-1%
Where you’ll find it Above Mimiron’s neck. Ha ha! I kid. If only it were that easy. Mimiron’s Head was once a 100% drop off the 25-man version of the Yogg-0 encounter, which made #10 on our list of the 25 most evil achievements in the game and took the best guilds in the world the better part of four months to manage.
Drop rate 1%. At 85, you should have the DPS necessary to trivialize just about everything on the encounter apart from the Insanity mechanic, although you’ll probably be blowing through adds, tentacles, and Yogg himself quickly enough that even that won’t be much of a problem. Good luck!
Also the subject of And I’ll Form the Head!, a feat of strength.
Where you’ll find it The Crimson Deathcharger is technically not a drop but a reward from a quest that happens if you kill the Lich King in Icecrown Citadel under special circumstances. If there’s a player in the raid wielding Shadowmourne, Arthas will drop anUnsealed Chest containing five items that start quests. One of the items in question isAlexandros’ Soul Shard, which starts the quest Mograine’s Reunion. The reward from this is the Reins of the Crimson Deathcharger, which is a death knight’s 100% ground mount with red trappings.
Drop rate N/A. The drama came from the inevitable fight over who got the various rewards, and this was another issue that showed up in our inbox from time to time. Putting a Shadowmourne together required a lot of assistance from your fellow raiders, and not everyone was on board with giving the whole megillah to an already-privileged player rocking what was acknowledged as a hugely overpowered legendary.
Lorewise, Invincible is one of the more interesting mounts in the game: You’re riding the resurrected horse of one of the world’s biggest baddies, and you don’t get much cooler transportation than that.
Where you’ll find it Dropped by Arthas in the 25-man version of heroic Icecrown Citadel.
Drop rate Invincible was once a guaranteed drop off each heroic Arthas kill (and that was the goddamn least that Blizzard could do for you after the nightmare that that fight was … do I sound bitter?), but now it’s probably in the region of a 1% drop.
Also the subject of Invincible’s Reins, a feat of strength.
Drake of the South Wind
Where you’ll find it The Drake of the South Wind is dropped by Al’Akir in the Throne of the Four Winds. It shares a model with the other “Wind” drakes available from early Cataclysmcontent, including the raiders’ Drake of the East Wind, the Altairus drop we saw last week, and the West Wind drake you can get at exalted with Baradin’s Wardens/Hellscream’s Reach.
Drop rate Wowhead lists it as slightly more than a 1% drop rate.
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