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WoW Classic Mounts Guide - Trainers, Costs and more

WoW Classic Mounts Guide - Trainers, Costs and more

An in-depth guide on Classic WoW Mounts

WoW Classic Mounts
an in-depth Guide

Introduction

Getting a Mount in World of Warcraft Classic is the first milestone each player struggles to achieve, and it's one of their most memorable moments during their adventure in Azeroth. Training Riding Skills and buying Mount is beyond the reach of the majority of players, as it costs quite a bit of Gold. In this Guide, we would like to introduce you to the Riding/Mount System, tell you how to save up Gold for your first Mount, what classes can get cheaper Epic Mounts, and what rare Mounts can be looted from slain enemies in World of Warcraft Classic.

World of Warcraft Classic is nothing like the current games that offer "Fast Travel" features. Traveling between locations back then really was time-consuming (and still is), and it made most players simply progressed by completing quests in adjacent locations back in WoW Classic. After traveling on foot for hours for the first 40 levels, getting a Mount slowly becomes the number one priority for players, but not all of them understand how hard it is to accumulate nearly 100 Gold while Questing casually.  This guide will not only give the most basic information on where to Train Riding Skills, buy your first Mount, but we will also share the most efficient ways to earn money for your Mount in WoW Classic.


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Riding Skill, Trainer Locations, and prices

You can train Riding Skills at a trainer appropriate for your character Class when you reach level 40. Initially, Mount will increases your Movement Speed by 40%, which can be upgraded at level 60 to 100% by learning Epic Riding Skills and buying an Epic Mount. Each character Class has to learn different Riding Skills, and each Class has different Mounts associated with them that they can use.

Riding Skill and Trainers
Alliance Icon WoWAlliance Faction
Dwarf

Race: Dwarf

Skill: Riding SkillRam Riding

Trainer: Ultham Ironhorn in Amberstill Ranch (Dun Morogh)
Dwarf Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Dwarves can ride Rams and with Gnomes, they are among the only two Races allowed to use Mechanostriders. Rams can be bought from Veron Amberstill at Amberstill Ranch, while Mechanostriders which are natively Gnome Mounts. 

Human

Race: Human

Skill: Riding SkillHorse Riding

Trainer: Randal Hunter in Eastvale Logging Camp (Elwynn Forest)
Human Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Humans can learn how to ride Horses and purchase them from Katie Hunter at the Eastvale Logging Camp. Some rare Horses can also be obtained from Unger Statforth in Menethil in the western part of Wetlands. 

Night Elf

Race: Night Elf

Skill: Riding SkillTiger Riding

Trainer: To train Tiger Riding, go to Jartsam in the Cenarion Enclave in Darnassus
Night Elf Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Night Elf Faction Mounts can be obtained from Lelanai in the Cenarion Enclave, Darnassus. 

Gnome Icon

Race: Gnome

Skill: Riding SkillMechanostrider Piloting

Trainer: You can learn Mechanostrider Piloting from Binjy Featherwhistle in Kharanos in Dun Morogh for the standard fee of 20 Gold
Gnome Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Gnomes and Dwarfs can exclusively ride Mechanostriders which can be purchased from Milli Featherwhistle in Kharanos in Dun Morogh found right next to the Faction's Riding Trainer

Horde Icon WoWHorde Faction
Orc

Race: Orc

Skill: Riding SkillWolf Riding

Trainer: To train Wolf Riding, you must go to Kildar in The Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar
Orc Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Orcs can ride Wolves which are acquired from Ogunaro Wolfrunner, found also in Ogrimma's Valley of Honor

Troll

Race: Troll

Skill: Riding SkillRaptor Riding

Trainer: To learn Raptor Riding, you must go to Xar'Ti in Sen'jin Village in Durotar and pay the standard fee of 20 Gold
Troll Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Trolls can ride Raptors purchased from Zjolnir in Sen'jin Village (Durotar)

Tauren

Race: Tauren

Skill: Riding SkillKodo Riding

Trainer: To learn Kodo Riding, you must head to Bloodhoof Village in Mulgore and talk to Kar Stormsinger
Tauren Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Tauren characters can only ride Kodos, Wolves and Neutral Drop Mounts. Even if you receive Exalted Status with other Factions, you won't be able to use their Mounts. Kodos can be purchased from Hard Clawhoof in Bloodhoof Village

Undead

Race: Undead

Skill: Riding SkillUndead Horsemanship

Trainer: Undead Horsemanship is thought by Velma Warnam in Brill in Tirisfal Glades
Undead Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Skeletal Horses can be bought from Zachariah Post in Brill in Tirisfal Glades

Riding Skill Training and Mount prices
Level 40 Riding  Level 60 Riding
Mount rarity: Rare  Mount rarity: Epic 
Speed: 40% Speed: 100%
Price: WoW Gold20 Gold for learning Riding Skill, WoW Gold80 Gold for a standard Rare Mount Price: WoW Gold1000 Gold for Epic Mounts before discounts

There are two available discounts which reduce the price of Riding Skill Training and Mounts by 10% each. These are:

  1. Honored status with the Faction you are buying your Mount from;
  2. Rank 3 in PvP - available starting from Phase 2.

Discounts are cumulative, so you will receive a total of 20% discount from the base price, meaning you can save up to WoW Gold200 Gold when buying an Epic Mount

 

How to earn Gold for Mounts in WoW Classic?

Getting Gold for your Mounts will be one of your biggest concerns when are you are on your road to level 60. Getting 100 Gold on level 40, and 1,000 Gold on level 60 is not something you simply get while leveling up casually, and only a few players can afford it right away. There are a lot of ways to earn that much Gold, and it's not impossible. The easiest way is to simply pick two gathering professions, but except for the high income, they will give you less direct bonuses and end-game additions, so it won't work for everyone. Below we will briefly present the most basic ones and redirect you to more detailed articles we have on the subject.

5 Best ways to earn Gold for Mount in WoW Classic
  1. Gathering Professions - obviously the easiest and the most effortless way. Pick two of the following: Mining, Herbalism, Skinning; gather resources with those and dump them on the Auction House. Unless you are spending stuff on something silly along the way, you should have Gold for both the Mounts if you invested some extra time on exploring Areas and collecting materials. You can also make money on every other profession, however, crafting ones will require significant investments and expensive Recipes to give you sufficient income (something this may even exceed the price of the Mount itself). You could also go Fishing if you have decided to learn different professions, though I have found fishing to be the most boring activity you could possibly do in WoW.
    You can also check our Most profitable professions in WoW Classic Guide for more detailed information
  2. Mats Farming - there are plenty of enemies that can be farmed for valuable items including crafting materials, Cloths, reagents, and more. This is somewhat similar to Gathering Professions, as your goal is to collect materials used by other players to level up their Professions, so depending on the market, they can be quite valuable. You can check our Best Gold Farming Locations article for more info on this subject
  3. Grinding Dungeons for "Bind on equip" Rares - some BoE Rares can be very expensive, as they give lower level players a big boost during their leveling process. You will usually want to grind Dungeons slightly below your current level to make the runs go smooth and fast, as BoE Items are not guaranteed drops and you will also have to roll for them with other Group members (unless you make it clear before the run that you are basically carrying the team solely for the BoEs and see if they accept your terms)
  4. Farming for Pets - this is a very good way to earn a lot of Gold with low DPS/Gear-wise requirements from your character. The two most popular Pets that can be farmed by low-level characters are Hyacinth Macaw - dropped by all Bloodsail Pirates in Stranglethron Vale, and Whelpling Pet that can be looted from any Whelp (various Whelps can be found in Wetlands, Swamp of Sorrows and Badlands). Keep in mind that the drop chance for both the Pets is lower than 0,1% so it will require a lot of luck
  5. Sniping deals on the Auction House - if you are lucky enough, this method can bring you a lot of Gold in a very short time. Basically you are aiming at buying underpriced items and sell them for their normal prices shortly after. Occasionally you may find BoE Epics listed for way under their regular value as a result of type for example, but remember that a lot of people will be also looking for those so you need to be extremely fast

Other useful Tips:

  1. Try to save money on everything, this includes using mainly conjured Food, selling Portals and such;
  2. Don't buy all the Skills, make sure you follow up a specified path and pick only the skills that are essential for your character. It will be easier to earn money for them when you are fully geared level 60;
  3. Try to keep your Backpacks full of vendor quality items. Make sure you know what you got, as some of the Whites can be quite valuable if they are used by some of the Professions;

 

Neutral, Class, and Lootable Mounts

On top of the standard Racial Mounts that are available to players of each Class, there are also several other Mounts available in the game. You will rarely see them as they usually have a very low drop chance or they are a reward for time-consuming Quest or endless Faction Reputation grinding. In the table below we will present all the additional Mounts that were available in Vanilla WoW even if they still weren't introduced in the Classic version. They are, however, planned to be added in the upcoming Phases.

Neutral Mounts - these Mounts are obtained as Loot from Raid/Dungeon Bosses and can be used regardless of the player's Race and above any beforementioned restrictions. All of the Neutral/Drop Mounts in WoW Classic are "Bind on pickup" and you will have to find yourself a Group of level 60 players to obtain them
Reins of the Deathcharger Icon Name: Reins of the Deathcharger
Rarity: Rare 
Level: 40
Location: Stratholme
Drops from: Baron Rivendare
Reins of the Deathcharger
Swift Razzashi Raptor Icon Name: Swift Razzashi Raptor
Rarity: Epic 
Level: 60
Location: Zul'Gurub (unlocked in Phase 4)
Drops from: Bloodlord Mandokir
Swift Razzashi Raptor
Swift Zulian Tiger Name: Swift Zulian Tiger
Rarity: Epic 
Level: 60
Location: Zul'Gurub (unlocked in Phase 4)
Drops from: High Priest Thekal
Swift Zulian Tiger
Class Mounts - both Paladins and Warlocks can obtain Mounts via Quests chains, allowing them to save up a ton of Gold. Currently, only level 40 Mounts are available though as the Epic ones will be unlocked in Phase 2. Both these types of Mounts originate directly from Spells and you do not use any consumables to unlock them
Paladin (Alliance Only)
Riding Name: Warhorse
Level: 40
Details: You need to visit Stormwind to learn the Summon Warhorse Spell. After you reach level 40 simply head to Stormwind City's Cathedral Square and find Duthorian Rall, and accept and complete his Tome of Nobility Quest. Enjoy your free level 40 Mount
Summon Charger

Name: Charger
Rarity: Epic 
Details: getting Summon Charger Spell requires you to be level 60. The Quest Starts again in Stormwind's Cathedral Square, and you have to talk to Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker to start the Quest chain. You will be required to visit Dire Maul to obtain the Mount. Completing the Quest will also require a significant amount of Gold, and a bunch of Materials (it will be still much cheaper than what other classes have to spend). You will need a total of 350 Gold, 40 Runecloth, 6 Arcanite Bars, 10 Arthas' Tears,5 Stratholme Holy Water, 20 Enriched Manna Biscuits, Azerothian Diamond, and Pristine Black Diamond. 

Summon Charger

Warlock (both Factions)
Riding Name: Felsteed
Level: 40
Details: You need to go to Strahad Farsan in Ratchet in The Barrens and accept and complete his "Summon Felsteed" Quest. Enjoy your first and free Mount :)
Summon Dreadsteed

Name: Dreadsteed
Rarity: Epic 
Details: same as Paladin's Mount, you will need to be level 60 to start the Quest Chain, and access to Dire Maul is required. You start off by accepting the "Mor'zul Bloodbringer" Quest which requires you to find this NPC in the north-western part of Burning Steppes. Quest Givers can be found in Stormwind, Ironforge, Ogrimmar, and Undercity for both major Factions. You will need a total of approx. 400 Gold, 2 Elixir of Shadow Power, 6 Large Brilliant Shards, 25 Dark Iron Ores, 35 Black Dragonscales, 1 Arcanite Bar, Shadowy Potion, J'eevee's Jar, Black Lodestone, and Xorothian Glyph.

Dreadsteed

 
Quest Mounts - currently only one Alliance-exclusive Mount falls into this category. These Mounts are obtainable by repeated Quest-grinding
Reins of the Winterspring Frostsaber

Name: Reins of the Winterspring Frostsaber
Rarity: Epic 
Details: this Mount is exclusive to the Alliance Faction and is obtainable after you reach Exalted reputation with the Wintersaber Trainers faction. It can be found in Winterspring area. Rivern Frostwind is your quest-giver and he is located at the top of Frostsaber Rock. After you reach the required reputation level, you will be able to buy Reins of the Winterspring Frostsaber for 900 Gold.

Reins of the Winterspring Frostsaber

 
PvP Mounts - these Mounts are obtainable after you reach higher Ranks in PvP Battleground and earn reputation with your corresponding Faction. Just like the regular Mounts, two "variants" are available for both level 40 and level 60. 

Alliance PvP Mounts

Level 40 PvP Mounts will be available in Phase 2. You need to achieve Rank 11 in PvP Battlegrounds, and you will be allowed to buy them from Lieutenant Karter in Champions Hall in Stormwind City. Level 40 PvP Mounts have Epic Rarity and cost 100 Gold. There is a total of 4 Mounts available for each Race, and riding them requires the corresponding Riding Skills. For the level 60 Mount you will need to reach Exalted Reputation with the Stormpike Guard Faction. After that, you can buy the Mount from Thanthaldis Snowgleam located outside of Alterac Valley. It costs 800 Gold.

Black War Ram

Name: Black War Ram
Race: Dwarf
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black War Ram WoW Classic

Black War Steed Bridle

Name: Black War Steed Bridle
Race: Dwarf
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black War Steed Bridle WoW Classic

Reins of the Black War Tiger

Name: Reins of the Black War Tiger
Race: Night Elf
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Reins of the Black War Tiger WoW Classic

Black Battlestrider

Name: Black Battlestrider
Race: Gnome
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black Battlestrider WoW Classic

Stormpike Battlecharger

Name: Stormpike Battlecharger
Race: Alliance Faction
Level: 60
Rarity: Epic 

Stormpike Battlecharger WoW Classic

Horde PvP Mounts

Just like with the Alliance Faction, Level 40 Horde Mounts can purchased after you reach Rank 11 in PvP. The vendor for this Mounts is Raider Bork, who can be found in Hall of Legends in Orggrimmar. Level 60 Epic PvP Mount becomes available when you reach Exalted Reputation with the Frostwolf Clan, and you will be able to buy it for 800 Gold from Jekyll Flandring just outside Alterac Valley.

Horn of the Black War Wolf

Name: Black War Wolf
Race: Orc
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black War Wolf

Black War Raptor

Name: Black War Raptor
Race: Troll
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black War Raptor WoW Classic

Black War Kodo

Name: Black War Kodo
Race: Tauren
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black War Kodo WoW Classic

Red Skeletal Warhorse

Name: Red Skeletal Warhorse
Race: Undead
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Red Skeletal Warhorse WoW Classic

Horn of the Frostwolf Howler

Name: Frostwolf Howler
Race: Horde Faction
Level: 60
Rarity: Epic 

Frostwolf Howler WoW Classic

 

END NOTE

If we have missed some important information in our guide, or you have found any of the information inaccurate, make sure to leave a comment below. We will appreciate any feedback including constructive criticism, as it allows us to improve our WoW Classic content designed specifically for you!

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