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My first main character in World of Warcraft was a Gnome rogue. While I enjoyed the mechanostrider mount I initially acquired, I soon became tired of its incessant clanking. What I really wanted was one of the majestic-looking frostsaber mounts ridden by my Night Elf allies. This was way back in Vanilla WoW, and in those days it was next to impossible to raise your reputation high enough to purchase another player faction’s mount. It mean an endless grind of low-level quests and item turn-ins that I just didn’t have the patience to undertake.
Times have changed in the World of Warcraft. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to build up reputation with the capital city of other Alliance races. So easy, in fact, that it’s not uncommon to see characters in their 40’s and 50’s striding by on another race’s mount. The secret to this process is the newly-added capital city quartermasters.
Now, if I ever decide it’s time to go back to my old Gnome rogue, all I have to do is hit up the Darnassus Quartermaster, equip my new tabard, and fire up the dungeon finder tool.
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Alliance Capital City Quartermaster Locations
The first stop on your journey to acquire a new mount should be the quartermaster associated with the race whose mount you’d like to purchase. Before you can buy one, you’ll have to reach revered status with the appropriate faction (Stormwind, Ironforge, Gnomeregan, The Exodar, or Darnassus). While you can get some reputation from doing quests associated with each race, fastest way to build up reputation points is to equip a tabard and run dungeons.
Each faction’s quartermaster will sell you a tabard once you reach friendly status with their respective faction. You’ll find the quartermasters at the following locations:
- Captain Stonehelm, the Ironforge Quartermaster, hangs out near the Flight Master near the Great Forge at the center of Ironforge.
- Next to Stonehelm you’ll also find Master Tinker Trini, the Gnomeregan Quartermaster.
- To find Moon Priestess Lasara, the Darnassus Quartermaster, you’ll need to head out to Darnassus. You’ll find the priestess right next to the portal that teleports you to Rut’theran Village in the Temple Gardens.
- Next to Lasara, you’ll also be able to purchase a Gilneas tabard from Lord Candren, the Glineas Quartermaster (it’s worth mentioning that the Worgen do not have a mount to purchase, but you can still increase your faction standing with a tabard).
- If it's an Elekk mount you're after, the Exodar Quartermaster, Kadu, can be found just outside the entrance to the Exodar.
- The final alliance quartermaster is Captain Lancy Revshon, the Stormwind Quartermaster. You’ll find the captain at the bottom of the ramp that leads to the city’s Flight Master, in the Trade District.
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Gaining Alliance Capital City Reputation
Make sure you equip your newly-acquired tabard, and (once you hit level 15) open up the dungeon finder tool to get started pulling in massive amounts of reputation points. You’ll get a small amount of rep for each mob you down in a dungeon and a much larger sum for each boss you and your party of random adventurers can down.
The benefits of increasing reputation this way are many. First, you also get experience points for each mob you and your group kill, so you can keep up your leveling pace as you work toward purchasing a new mount. Second, the best items in the game come from dungeons, so you’ll quickly find yourself replacing all those greens you’re wearing with shiny new blues. Even if you don’t get any drops from the run, you receive a [Satchel of Helpful Goods] every time you complete a run. Inside should be a piece of equipment suitable for your class.
Quest givers also hang out inside dungeons nowadays, so you can pull in some pretty epic experience and item rewards simply by completing these tasks.
It’s also the fastest way to build up your rep points toward buying that Horse, Ram, Mechanostrider, Nightsaber, or Elekk you’re drooling over.
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Alliance Mount Vendor Locations
Once you hit exalted with your preferred faction, the only thing left to do is run out and buy that mount you want. Each race has their own vendor. Their locations are as follows:
Buy yourself a Ram from Veron Amberstill the Ram Breeder at Amberstill Ranch in Dun Morogh.
Nearby, at Steelgrill’s Depot, you can buy a Mechanostrider from Milli Featherwhistle the Mechanostrider Vendor.
Speak to Lelanai the Saber Handler at the Cenarion Enclave in Darnassus to get your Frostsaber, Mistsaber, or Stormsaber mount.
Finally, if it’s an Elekk you’re after, hit up Trallius the Pack Handler just outside the entrance to the Exodar.
Now, simply right-click to learn to summon the mount you’ve purchased, and you’re good to go. Congratulations, now it’s time to start grinding toward your next Alliance faction mount purchase.