With a new expansion, comes new mounts! World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor seems to have added 46 new mounts to the game, with new achievement, profession, reputation, Garrison, vender, rare spawn, dropped, and PvP mounts.
The achievement mounts will include a Core Hound (as seen above), Felfire Hawk, Emerald Drake, the Warlord’s Deathwheel, Gorestrider Gronnling, Blacksteel Battleboar, Frostplains Battleboar, and the Challenger’s War Yeti. The battleboars are recolors, which seems like a bit of a rip-off when considering they are both rewards for hard to achieve achievements – the Blacksteel Battleboar for defeating Imperator Mar’gok and Warlord Blackhand on mythic difficulty while in a guild raid group and the Frostplains Battleboar for completing a list of Warlords of Draenor dungeon achievements. The Emerald Drake is just a recolor of the other drakes, such as the Albino Drake. The Core Hound will only be available from defeating Ragnaros in the level 100 raid, Molten Core, by January 5th, 2015. Also, unless you logged into WoW between July 25th, 2014 and September 30th, 2014, you will not be able to receive the Warlord’s Deathwheel.
There are two new profession mounts – the Dustmane Direwolf from leatherworking and the Creeping Carpet from tailoring. Both require level 700 in their respective profession. The Direwolf is quite interesting to see, though it is disappointing that the carpet is just a recolor of other carpets that tailors can make. Expect these to take quite some time to create, so start working towards those as soon as possible as they are soul bound and won’t be found on the auction house.
There is a heavy emphasis on Garrison related mounts. 15 mounts are obtainable from your Garrison! The Garrison is a new feature that was released with the expansion where you get to basically have your own home base. With the help of Garrison resources you’ll be able to create a Stable, War Mill, Barracks, Trading Post, basically anything you really need to be able to have your own personal Orgrimmar-esque home front. Eight of these mounts are obtainable from your Stables – the Trained Snarler, Trained Meadowstomper, Trained Riverwallow, Trained Rocktusk, Trained Silverpelt, and the Trained Icehoof. These are rewards for completing quest chains while using these mounts and each mount has a different quest chain. The two other mounts from your Stables are from the achievements Advanced Husbandry, where you get the Armored Frostboar, and The Stable Master, which will give you the Armored Frostwolf. There is also a mount available from the Fishing Shack in your Garrison, the Crimson Water Strider. Two mounts are available from your Trading Post, one for each faction. The Ironside Warwolf for Horde and the Armored Irontusk for Alliance.
The last four mounts from your Garrison are obtained from Invader’s Forgotten Treasure. This is a bag that is given as a reward for getting a Gold Victory from your weekly Garrison quest called Gold Victory! Basically you receive the Invader’s Forgotten Treasure and have a chance at receiving 645 item level gear and/or a one of these four mounts – Garn Steelmaw, Giant Cloudsnout, Smoky Direwolf, or Shadowhide Pearltusk.
There are 7 Rare Spawn mounts, all of which have a 100% drop rate. These six – Great Greytusk, Bloodhoof Bull, Mottled Meadowstomper, Sunhide Gronnling, Sapphire Riverbeast, and the Swift Breezestrider – will give a mount to each person involved in killing the rare spawn. The 7th, Garn Nighthowl, still has a 100% drop rate, but will be rolled for and is not soul bound.
Alliance and Horde both have new faction and vender mounts, with eight new mounts total – 2 are Horde only and 3 are Alliance only. The uneven number is due to Horde players having received the Warlord’s Deathwheel, so now Alliance has the chance to buy the Champion’s Treadblade. The Horde only reputation mounts are the Swift Frostwolf and Breezestrider Stallion, the Alliance ones are the Dusty Rockhide and the Pale Thorngrazer. The three shared reputation mounts are the Mosshide Riverwallow, Shadowmane Charger, and the Domesticated Razorback. Unlike previous reputation mounts, these will not only cost 5,000 gold, but also 5,000 apexis crystals. So I highly recommend doing your daily Garrison quest to get 800-1000 crystals a day.