Upcoming Mount Changes and You

Turtle Mount

Remember when the minimum level for the first land mount went from 40 to 30 and everyone who had slogged to 40 and ground gold to pay for it were all mad? Yeah well, that’s coming all over again.

Blizzard has announced some pretty significant mount changes coming “soon,” which means essentially we have no idea when those changes are coming, but when they do, they’ll make all the difference to those folks who are leveling alts and want the experience of grinding 1-70 a little easier to deal with. Faster speeds, lower costs, easier training, and lower minimum levels await you, thanks to the word that Zarhym let loose in the official forums:

In the next major content patch, we intend to adjust mount requirements to further improve the leveling experience in World of Warcraft. In addition, cast times for summoning all ground mounts will be reduced to 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds. The following is a breakdown of the upcoming cost and level requirement changes we are making for each riding skill.

* Apprentice Riding (Skill 75)

o 60% land mount speed
o Requires level 20
o Cost: 4 gold
o Mount cost: 1 gold
o Mail will be sent to players at level 20 guiding them to the riding trainer

* Journeyman Riding (Skill 150)

o 100% land mount speed
o Requires level 40
o Cost: 50 gold
o Mount cost: 10 gold
o Mail will be sent to players at level 40 guiding them back to the riding trainer

* Expert Riding (Skill 225)

o 150% flying mount speed; 60% land mount speed
o Requires level 60
o Cost: 600 gold (faction discounts now apply: Honor Hold [Alliance]; Thrallmar [Horde])
o Mount Cost: 50 gold
o Can now be learned in Honor Hold (Alliance) or Thrallmar (Horde)

* Artisan Riding (Skill 300)

o 280% flying mount speed; 100% land mount speed
o Requires level 70
o Cost: 5,000 gold (faction discounts now apply: Honor Hold or Valiance Expedition [Alliance]; Thrallmar or Warsong Offensive [Horde])
o Mount Cost: 100 gold

Now when Zarhym says “next major content patch,” a good assumption is that he means it’s coming in patch 3.2, currently in development but not yet on the PTRs. Or perhaps since 3.2 is in development already it’s actually coming in 3.3. Who knows, but I’m sure we’ll get clarification on this in the near future.

And of course, along with mount changes, druid forms and other class abilities that allow for faster travel speed will also have to be modified to keep the playing field level:

Movement Speed Training By Class

* Druid

o Travel Form: Requires level 16
o Flight Form: Requires level 60 (150% flight speed)
o Swift Flight Form: Requires level 70

* Hunter

o Aspect of the Cheetah: Requires level 16

* Shaman

o Ghost Wolf: Requires level 16

* Paladin

o Warhorse: Requires level 20
o Charger: Requires level 40

* Warlock

o Felsteed: Requires level 20
o Dreadsteed: Requires level 40

My alts are jumping for joy right now.

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