Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mount Drop Guide

A rare or exotic mount is always a sure way to turn heads. Sure, you could grind reputation, complete lots of achievements, or shell out tons of cash to impress your friends and random passersby, but why not just try to get lucky instead. Below is a brief rundown of the World of Warcraft mounts available as drops and where you can hope to find them.

Deathcharger's Reins
Baron Rivendare in Startholme drops this long sought after mount. The facts that the instance can easily be completed solo and the drop rate for the Reins was increased to 1% in patch 3.o.2(up from a 1 in 5,000 chance) make it one of the easiest drop mounts to come by.

Reins of the Time-Lost Proto-Drake
Not surprisingly, this exceptionally rare mount drops off the Time-Lost Proto-Drake, a rare spawn who patrols around Storm Peaks. The good news: the Reins have a 100% drop chance. The bad news: this mob only spawns once every 3 to 24 hours, disappears after having flown one of his many possible routes, and shares a spawn with other less alluring mobs. This mount will likely require a long and tedious hunt, but a mob tracking add on like NPCScan will really help your chances.

Sea Turtle
You have an exceptionally small chance of turning up this blue beauty whenever you fish in Northrend fishing pools. It is not a drop per se, but close enough to warrant mention here. If you fish a lot and own a lucky rabbits foot, you may find yourself atop this rare mount.

Swift White Hawkstrider
Kael'thas Sunstrider in Heroic Magisters' Terrace drops this riding chicken. Though he may be a much easier foe here than in the Eye, you will still not be able to bring him down alone. Bring a friend and hope that this rare drop falls into your lap sooner rather than later.

Reins of the Raven Lord
One of the coolest ground mounts available, these Reins drop off of Anzu in Heroic Sethekk Halls. Anzu can only be summoned by a Druid who has completed the epic flight form quest line so buddy up with your friendly neighborhood shape-shifter if you hope to bag this gem. If you are a Druid, Anzu is soloable at endgame, but you better be Feral and your margin of error is as small as this mount's drop chance.

Swift Razzashi Raptor
With approximately a 1% drop rate, odds are you will kill Zul'Gurub's Broodlord Mandokir many times before having a chance to own his beloved mount. Thankfully this entertaining encounter presents little challenge to a small group of endgame players.

Swift Zulian Tiger
This armored cat is the second mount available in Zul'Gurub and drops off of High Priest Thekal. A relatively small group of endgame players should be able to handle this shape-shifter with minimal difficulty, but with less than a 1% drop rate it will take a great deal of finger crossing to take this tiger home.

Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake
Skadi the Ruthless in Utgarde Pinnacle drops this beauty less than 2% of the time when you down him in Heroic mode. Since you will be running Heroics to get some of the new 3.2 badge gear anyway, may as well make Skadi's home on of your primary targets.

Reins of the Bronze Drake
This mount can be found on the Infinite Corrupter in Heroic Culling of Stratholme and has a delightful 100% drop chance. To make things a little more challenging, the Corrupter is at the end of the instance and despawns 25 minutes after the violence begins. It will take a well geared, organized group and lots of chain pulling to land this Drake, but these days that combo is not too hard to come by.

Fiery Warhorse's Reins
To mount this fanged horse, you will need to down Attumen the Huntsman in Karazhan. The drop rate is not good, the instance has a lockout timer, and this old boy is far from soloable so count your lucky stars if you nab these vintage reins.

Reins of the Black Drake/Reins of the Twilight Drake
These mounts drop off Sartharion in the 10 and 25 man versions of the Obsidian Sanctum when the boss is defeated with all three Drakes still alive and well. The drop rate is 100%, but Sartharion 3d is not for the feint of heart. Cozy up with the top raiding guild on your server if you hope to take one of Sartharion's brood as a mount.

Reins of the Blue Drake/Reins of the Azure Drake
These mounts are exceptionally rare drops which can be found at the end of the Eye of Eternity (10 and 25 man versions respectively). You will need a solid group, someone with the right Key to the Focusing Iris, and a lot of luck to come across this rare mount.

Reins of the Grand Black War Mammoth
This mount has a small chance to drop off any of the bosses in 25 man Vault of Archvon. The only way to maximize your chances on this one is to run the raid every week with an honest Master Looter. This Mammoth will truly put your luck to the test.

Ashes of Al'ar
If you want to fly across Northrend on top of a Pheonix, you will need to pull these ashes out of Kael'thas Sunstriders cold, dead hands. The mount has a very small drop chance and the instance is still moderately challenging even by today's standards. You may very well never see one of these mounts wandering your server, let alone own one.

Mimiron's Head
Good luck getting your hands on this one as only a successful completion of Yogg-Saron's 25 man hard mode will give you a shot at this flying monstrosity. If you can handle Ulduar's Old God without the assistance of any Watchers, you will have a guaranteed one in twenty-five shot at this bizarre flying machine.

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