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WoW TBC Flying Mounts – How To Get?

Author: Joy

My name is Joy. I’m a student and a freelance writer in my free time. English has always been close to my heart and the fact that I can use it every day and implement it in my daily life is more than amazing. Other activities I am interested in are playing an instrument /guitar/ and art studies.


World of Warcraft has captured the hearts of many gamers with its insanely addictive gameplay and enormous, wonderfully detailed areas.
To this day, this is still one of the few games that can captivate you with its amazing scenery and fascinating zones. But to see those great views in Azeroth, and experience WoW to the fullest, you’ll need a flying mount. Especially for some of the high-level content.
In this piece, you’re going to learn how to get a flying mount in TBC, the difference between rare and epic mounts, how to control them, and lots of other useful information.


How to Get a Flying Mount in Wow TBC

To get a flying mount in TBC, you’ll need to reach level 70 and acquire the flying skill. So, to experience the fun of flying, first you’ll have to complete the TBC content without going airborne.
You might think that sucks, but Blizzard put those hefty requirements for a reason. This way, players can’t just skip most of the obstacles on their questing by just flying over the difficult areas.
Anyway, after you’ve reached level 70, you’ll need to find a specialized trainer to learn the flying skill, just like the other abilities in the game.
Both trainers for the Alliance and the Horde are in the Shadowmoon Valley.
After training the flying skill, you can now buy flying mounts from the specific NPCs that will be close to the trainer’s location.


Regular and Swift Mounts

There are two types of flying mounts you can get in The Burning Crusade:

  • Rare quality mounts (60% increased speed on both land and in the air).
  • Epic quality mounts (100% boosted speed on land and 280% while flying)

Keep in mind that before being able to use the "Swift" mounts, you will need to train an additional level of the riding skill.
Swift mounts are a game changer. They are so fast that you’ll probably never need to take a flight path ever again! Which will definitely save you quite a bit of time.
So while getting an Epic mount can be a bit expensive, the quality of life improvement is totally worth it. That’s why this is one of the best things to prioritize once you hit level 70.


Buying Flying Mounts in TBC

The mounts that you can buy are actually quite cheap. The price of training the skills is where things can get complicated.
For a Rare mount, you’ll need the Expert Riding skill and that will cost 800 gold. The mount itself is another 100 gold.
Epic mounts require the Artisan Riding, and training that skill will cost 5,000 gold. The mount is just 200.
Basically, you’ll have to pardon some of your gold in order to get flying, even though rare or exclusive mounts are obtained for free.


Types of Mounts

There are basic flying mounts that you can purchase, but there isn’t much difference between them. Alliance players can buy Gryphon mounts, while Horde players can get Windrider mounts.
Rare mounts will have no armor and three skins to choose from. Epic mounts will have armor with four designs.
Things get a lot more interesting when it comes to special mounts. You can get those as PvP rewards, reputation rewards and crafts. But more on those later.


How to Summon a Flying Mount

Just like ground mounts in vanilla, flying mounts in TBC are summoned with the mount item in your inventory. The cast time is around 3 seconds.
Keep in mind that:

  • Mounts can only be summoned out of combat.
  • You’ll be automatically dismounted when moving indoors, as mounts are only usable in outdoor areas.
  • Due to the 3 seconds cast time, flying mounts can only be summoned on land.
  • When you’re on a mount, you cannot attack or use spells and abilities. But you can be targeted by enemy attacks!
  • Your flying mount behaves just like a normal ground mount, and you can travel on land the same way you do with vanilla mounts. However, once you press the spacebar, the mount rises up to the air and keeps flying until it hits the ground again.

Note that flight is only enabled in Outland during TBC, so your flying mount can’t be summoned in Azeroth.


How to Control a Flying Mount

Controlling a flying mount is almost like swimming in aquatic zones:

  • Press Space to increase your elevation slightly, and hold down Space to rise directly upwards from your current position.
  • Press X to decrease your elevation slightly, and hold down X to fall down from your current position.
  • Strafe buttons and W, A, S, D, and work the same as they do on land.
  • The left mouse button can adjust your camera angle when you hold it down.
  • The right mouse button will change the direction your mount is currently facing.
  • When the W key and the right mouse button are pressed at the same time, you can coolly control your flight trajectory while moving.
  • Using your mount item while mounted will cause you to dismount, same as the ground mount. Make sure you don’t dismount while too high in the air(unless you can avoid fall damage) as you will free fall onto the ground.
  • You can once again use spells and abilities when dismounted, even when falling to the ground. This can lead to some spectacular PvP encounters, as some classes can avoid fall damage and do surprise attacks on enemy players below them.

Do You Need Flying Mounts in WoW TBC?

The short answer is YES!
First of all, Flying mounts are incredibly fun. They allow you to see incredible views, travel much faster, and do all kinds of cool stuff.
But they also let you participate in special quests, dungeons, and raids in Outland’s endgame group PvE content.
These days, owning a flying mount is essential, in order to enjoy the game fully.


The Coolest Flying Mounts… and How to Get Them!

The basic flying mounts can be purchased at vendors near the trainers after level 70. But there are others, much more special, that can be obtained by players who put in the time and effort required to earn them.
In fact, Blizzard made the default vendor mounts fairly bland looking on purpose. That way, the more prestigious flying mounts can stand out among other players.
Generally, the exclusive flying mounts in TBC fall under three categories:

  • Reputation rewards;
  • PvP rewards;
  • Crafted via professions;

The only exception to this is an ultra-rare drop called ‘Ashes of Al'ar’ that can only be earned from the Kael'thas Sunstrider in Tempest Keep.
To this day, this is one of the rarest and most desired items in World of Warcraft. And seeing how scarse this mount is, it’s definitely one of the coolest you can have in the game!


Flying Mounts From Faction Reputation Rewards

There are three factions in Outland that offer unique flying mounts to players who have obtained Exalted reputation:

  • Cenarion Expedition will reward you with a Cenarion War Hippogryph (1,600 gold).
  • Netherwing will give you a Netherwing Drake (the first one is free, then it’s 200 gold).
  • Sha'tari Skyguard will reward you with the Nether Ray (200 gold).

The mounts obtained as rewards from these factions are Epic quality and feature the same 100% ground speed / 280% airspeed boosts as the basic swift flying mounts.
Cenarion War Hippogryph from the Cenarion Expedition is by far the quickest one to get. You’ll just need to run The Steamvault in both Normal and Heroic mode, and then turn in the Coilfang Armaments item. This will probably take only a few days of dungeon grinding.
The Netherwing Drake and the Nether Ray from the Sha'tari Skyguard on the other hand need a reputation that is earned primarily via daily quests. And they reset only once every 24 hours, so earning these mounts will take a lot more time and patience.


Flying Mounts From Arena PvP

Another way to get exclusive flying mounts in TBC is from the Arena PvP System. Teams that perform at a top-level throughout an Arena season can earn titles like "Challenger" and "Gladiator" based on their overall rankings.
The Gladiator title is the most prestigious one, and it’s earned by placing in the top 0.5% teams in your region.
Players with this title are rewarded with a special Nether Drake flying mount that looks similar to the Netherwing Drake.
This one though has a special plated armor and it’s extra valuable, because its flying speed is 310%, compared to its Epic counterparts that have a 280% speed boost.
Gladiator titles and the respected reward mounts are given at the end of each Arena season.
You’ll need your personal arena rating to be within 100 points of your team’s rating, to be able to qualify for the rewards. Also, you must have participated in at least 20 percent of your team’s games during the season.
Here are the titles and mount rewards for each Arena season:

  • Infernal Gladiator - Swift Nether Drake (Season 1);
  • Merciless Gladiator - Merciless Nether Drake (Season 2);
  • Vengeful Gladiator - Vengeful Nether Drake (Season 3);
  • Brutal Gladiator - Brutal Nether Drake (Season 4);
  • Deadly Gladiator - Deadly Frost Wyrm (Season 5);
  • Furious Gladiator - Furious Frost Wyrm (Season 6);
  • Relentless Gladiator - Relentless Frost Wyrm (Season 7);
  • Wrathful Gladiator - Wrathful Frost Wyrm (Season 8);

Flying Mounts From Professions

One of the perks of modern WoW is the ability to create custom BoP mounts that can’t be used by anyone without having the profession trained.
This makes those mounts exclusive and in a way, it adds a unique flavor to each profession. And the mounts themselves tend to stand out quite a bit, thanks to their unique visuals and flair.
TBC was the first expansion to introduce profession-specific mounts, but only Engineers were given this privilege at first. In TBC Classic, Engineers are able to craft two exclusive flying mounts:

  • Flying Machine Control - Rare mount with 60% speed boost;
  • Turbo-Charged Flying Machine Control - Epic mount with 280% speed boost;

Both the Flying Machine and Turbo-Charged Flying Machine schematics can be learned from Engineering trainers in Outland:

  • Alliance can train with Niobe Whizzlespark at Wildhammer Stronghold in Shadowmoon Valley;
  • Horde can train with Jonathan Garrett at Shadowmoon Village in Shadowmoon Valley;

These flying mounts have a bit of a cool flavor, like the other Engineering items. For example, the engines on the copters have a chance to fail when the mount is in the air!
If this sounds a bit scary, don’t worry. It’s just for fun and it will not cause any damage to you. The drop in elevation will be only temporary and the engines will restart again.
You can also experience something similar on land, by using the /mountspecial command and have the machine plop down, then it will spring back to life in just a few seconds.


WoW TBC Boosting

Flying mounts are incredibly fun to play with, and they bring a lot of prestige and respect to the player owning them. That’s because they can be quite hard to get and require a lot of daily hours and a ton of effort.
But not everybody can have the free time or the desire to grind daily. Thankfully, with TBC boosting you don’t need to.
Boosting allows you to play only the fun parts of the game, while a top professional player takes care of the boring stuff for you and helps you with whatever you need. You can get assistance with:

  • Farming;
  • Leveling;
  • Clearing Dungeons;
  • Get Legendary Gear;
  • Professions;
  • Reputations;
  • PvP;

And of course, with boosting you can get some of the coolest flying mounts in the game!
Basically, boosting will save you a ton of time and struggle, and it’ll allow you to enjoy the best parts of WoW TBC.

Author Joy
Published 2022-06-10
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