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With the release of World of Warcraft's third expansion, Cataclysm, comes a whole new host of mounts for the air, land, and even sea. Two new races, archaeology, and new reputations and rare drops all offer chances to find a fun new best friend, or build mount count toward the Mountain o' Mounts achievement.
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Goblin Trike, Goblin Turbo-Trike
Goblins, the new Horde race, come with two new unique racial mounts: the Goblin Trike, and the Goblin Turbo-Trike. These mounts may be purchased by Goblins, as well as any other member of the Horde if they have gained Exalted reputation with the Bilgewater Cartel.
The basic trike is made simply of wood and metal, with green accents. The Turbo-Trike is red and gold, with flame details and black tires. There are no other colors available for these mounts.
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Worgen, the new Alliance race, have a unique racial mount skill called "Running Wild." This skill allows the Worgen to drop to all fours, and run across the ground like a wolf. This skill scales with ground mount speed.
Unlike other racial mounts, no Alliance member other than Worgen can learn the skill Running Wild.
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Upon entering Vash'jir, an underwater low-level Cataclysm zone designed for levels 80-82, players will complete a quest series which will reward them with an Abyssal Seahorse. This mount is an underwater-only mount, and only works in Vash'jir zones (so it cannot be used in water in any other area). It is granted to the player for free upon the completion of the quest, and has its own unique mount speed under water. Only one other mount, the Sea Turtle, may be used underwater in Vash'jir.
Although originally offered in multiple colors, the Seahorse is now only available in a single blue color, with silver tack.
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One of three mounts obtained through Archaelogy means, the Fossilized Raptor is a rare artifact that may be discovered in the Fossil Category. The mount is bind on pickup, so only a player who learns Archaelogy and gets the luck to find the Raptor will be able to find and use it.
The Fossilized Raptor is a skeletal raptor, which uses the same animations as the regular raptor mounts.
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Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank
Identical to the Blue Qiraji Battle Tank once available in Ahn'Qiraj, the Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank is a rare archaeology discovery (Scepter of Azj'Aqir) from the Tol'vir category. Like the Raptor, it is bind on pickup, so only a high level Archaeologist will be able to obtain this mount.
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A special archaeology discovery, the Sandstone Drake requires an alchemist to find the pattern for Vial of the Sands from a rare Tol'vir archaeology project, the Canopic Jar. In addition to having the pattern, the Vial requires approximately 29,000 gold of materials. However, the mount, when created, is only bound when used, allowing players who are not Alchemists to gain the drake.
Unlike other mounts, the player turns into the Sandstone Drake, and a friend can then mount them, making it a unique two player mount.
The Sandstone Drake is a stone drake, dark grey with yellow crystals.
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Brown & Tan Riding Camels
Players who earn Exalted with Ramkahen will be able to purchase their own brown or tan colored camel, a new type of ground mount in Cataclysm. Purchasing this mount also grants the achievement "One Hump or Two?". These mounts only appear on the Quartermaster once a player has reached Exalted.
These camels come with one hump, a saddle, and a nasty underbite.
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Spectral Wolf, Spectral Steed, & Drake of the West Wind
The newly released Tol Barad - a world PvP zone with daily quests and a raid, similar to Wintergrasp - has three mount rewards for players. At exalted status with the appropriate faction (Baradin's Wardens for the Alliance, and Hellscream's Reach for the Horde), players may use Tol Barad Commendations earned through battle and daily quests to purchase one of two mounts.
The Spectral Steed (Alliance only) and Spectral Wolf (Horde only) are armored versions of the Human and Orc mounts, but featuring the spectral look common to the Spectral Tiger or Celestial Steed.
The Drake of the West Wind uses a new model featuring wings and body lit with elemental power. It is olive green and purple with blue-green elemental accents.
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Grey Riding Camel
Searching carefully around Uldum will sometimes let players find the Mysterious Camel Figurine, a small grey camel object on the ground. While most will crumble into dust, some have a chance of teleporting the finder to Feralas, where Dormus the Camel-Hoarder waits. Killing this elite mob will grant the reins to this rare and hard to find camel.
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Phosphorescent Stone Drake
Wrath of the Lich King players may remember the hunt for the Time Lost Proto-drake, a rare mob that circled Storm Peaks. The Phosphorescent Stone Drake is a rare mount similar to the the Time Lost. Players wanting to find this mount must first find Aeonaxx, a rare drake circling around Deepholm, and kill him. Doing so will grant them the reins to this drake.
The Phosphorescent Stone Drake is a green stone drake with purple crystals.
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Drake of the North Wind
The Drake of the North Wind is one of the elemental armored drakes. This rare drake's reins come from Altarius in the Vortex Pinnacle. They may be obtained on Normal or Heroic Mode, but have a very low drop rate - only about 1%.
The drake is light and dark grey with blue armor and blue elemental highlights.
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Drake of the South Wind
A rare drop drake also waits for raiders in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Found off Al'Akir in the Throne of the Four Winds, rumor has it that this drake's drop rate mirrors other rare drops at about 1%, and can also be found in any version of the raid (10 or 25 man, normal or heroic).
One of the four elemental drakes, this drake is purple and blue with silver armor.
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Golden King and Kor'kron Annihilator
One of several new guild rewards, the Golden King (Alliance) and Kor'kron Annihilator (Horde) are for guilds who reach Guild Level 25 (the current maximum level) in the new Guild system. To purchase this mount, a player must have Exalted status with the guild in question, plus pay 1,500 gold.
The Golden King is a lion with blue and gold barding and armor, and shares the same animation as other cat mounts, such as the Night Elf Sabers.
The Kor'kron Annihilator is a brown scorpion with poisoned tips, and red barding.
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The guilds who strive for perfection and progression will be rewarded with a truly rare mount: the Dark Phoenix. A dark purple version of the Ashes of A'lar, this flying mount costs 3,000 gold for guild members once the guild has earned the achievement "Guild Glory of the Cataclysm Raider." That achievement requires completing a Blackwing Descent Guild Run, Throne of the Four Winds Guild Run, and Bastion of Twilight Guild Run - by having the majority of players in the raid in the guild, and defeating all the bosses present.
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Volcanic Stone Drake – Glory of the Cataclysm Hero
Equivalent to the Red Proto-drake reward, the Volcanic Stone Drake is a special reward earned from completing the "Glory of the Cataclysm Hero" achievement. This achievement requires that the player complete every Cataclysm heroic dungeon, plus additional achievements on Heroic mode, depending on the instance.
This stone drake is grey with red crystals.
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Drake of the East Wind
Perhaps considered the "ultimate" achievement so far, the last of the elemental drakes is a reward from completing Glory of the Cataclysm Raider. This achievement requires the player to complete all current raid content (Blackwing Descent, Throne of Four Winds, and Bastion of Twilight) on Heroic difficulty, as well as a host of achievements in each raid zone (which may be completed on normal or heroic).
This elemental drake is red with blue armor and blue elemental highlights.
A closer look at the new World of Warcraft Cataclysm gear and mounts.