- checked 3rd April 2012, added information about Heart of the Aspects, Spectral Gryphon & Spectral Windrider.
Albino Drake – this drake, a creamy white with turquoise edging along the wings and claws. It is the reward for collecting 50 mounts.
Black War Bear (Alliance) / Black War Bear (Horde) – these mounts are the reward for completing the “For the Alliance / For the Horde” achievements – killing each of the opposing faction’s leaders. This has become noticeably harder in Cataclysm and the leaders now need a lot more concentration and coordination to complete. Visibly the fur is a dark, deep brown colour, and as with other bears, the Alliance armour is blue, the Horde armour is a rusty brown.
Black Proto-Drake – this gorgeous proto-drake was implemented as a reward for those that completed Glory of the Raider in Tier 7. Unfortunately, and without warning, Blizzard removed these drakes without warning when Ulduar was patched in. This certainly caused uproar in the community and as of the 26th January 2012, they haven’t done this with any of the other meta achievement raid drakes. Visually it is a dark brown with paler brown edging/wing tips etc. THIS MOUNT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN GAME.
Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher – this frost wyrm, with red tips and drips over it, is a reward for completing the 10 man version of the Glory of the Icecrown Raider.
Blue Dragonhawk – this is the Alliance only reward for completing the 100 mounts achievement. It is the only non-TCG dragonhawk that is available to the Alliance. Visually it is a stunning mix of purples, blues and greens.
Blue Drake – similar to the Azure Drake, this mount can drop from Malygos on either 10 or 25 man. It is a bright, turquoise-y blue with white wing tips and talons. It used to, during Wrath of the Lich King, drop from a special bag that was offered to people who completed the instance using the dungeon finder. Now it ONLY drops from Malygos.
Corrupted Egg of Millagazor / Corrupted Fire Hawk – this gorgeous fire hawk – a reskin of the fire hawks/protodrakes – is a reward once you have completed the Glory of the Firelands Raider meta achievement. It is a bright, neon purple in colour and moves on both land and in the air. It has intricate purple armour with dark metal edging.
Crusader’s Black Warhorse (Horde) / Crusader’s White Warhorse (Alliance) - This mount, a black/white armoured horse very similar in model to those of the Argent Horses, used to be a reward for completing Trial of the Grand Crusader on 25 man without a single wipe AND without a single person dying in any attempt…so pretty hardcore stuff!!! It’s a lovely mount but essentially almost identical to the other skirted horses. The alliance version of this is that it’s skirts are very bright white with the Argent Crusade emblem on the skirt flaps and white armour throughout. THIS MOUNT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN GAME.
Drake of the East Wind – this drake, a model shared by 4 drakes introduced in Cataclysm, is a reward for the individuals who complete Glory of the Cataclysm Raider. Visually it is a pinky red colour with green wing flaps and lightning coursing across its body.
Drake of the North Wind – this drake, a model shared by 4 drakes introduced in Cataclysm, is a rare drop from the boss Altairus in Vortex Pinnacle. It has a 0.8% drop rate. Visually it is a grey colour and also has lightning coursing across its body.
Drake of the South Wind – this drake, a model shared by 4 drakes introduced in Cataclysm, is a rare drop from Al’Akir in the Throne of the Four Winds raid. It has a 0.7% drop rate. Visually it is a dark purple/blue with lightning covering its body.
Flameward Hippogryph – this mount is a reward for completing the “unlock the areas” achievement for the quest hub within the Molten Front in Mount Hyjal. The bird is a normal hippogryph in model but with an interesting skin of oranges, reds, purples and yellows with glowing blue eyes. The base of its wings are flaming and fiery as is its tail. When it is flying, sparks of fire fall through the air and off its wings.
Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher - this frost wyrm, which glows with an eternal icy blue light, is a reward for completing the 25 man version of the Glory of the Icecrown Raider.
Ironbound Proto-Drake – one of my favourite proto drakes in game, this is a reward for completing Glory of the Ulduar raider on 25 man. Visually it is black wtih icy blue edging and shiny bits.
Plagued Proto-Drake - this gorgeous proto-drake was implemented as a reward for those that completed Glory of the Raider in Tier 7. Unfortunately, and without warning, Blizzard removed these drakes without warning when Ulduar was patched in. This certainly caused uproar in the community and as of the 26th January 2012, they haven’t done this with any of the other meta achievement raid drakes. Visually it is shares the model with the plagued drakes in Icecrown. THIS MOUNT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN GAME.
Red Proto-Drake – this proto drake is the reward for completing the Glory of the Hero 5 man achievement for the Wrath of the Lich King heroics.
Red Dragonhawk - this is the Alliance only reward for completing the 100 mounts achievement. It is the only non-TCG dragonhawk that is available to the Alliance. Visually it is a stunning mix of orange, yellow and red.
Rusted Proto-Drake – another proto-drake for completing a Glory meta – this time the 10 man meta achievement. Visually it does what it says on the tin – it’s rusty brown with runes.
Twilight Harbinger – this is another reskin of Alexstraza, but with a purple colour. It is a reward for completing the Glory of the Dragon Soul raider.
Vicious War Steed - this is an unusual mount as it is a reward for three achievements – and becomes BoA so can be sent, once you receive it the 2nd and 3rd time, to other characters that you have. It is the reward for winning 75, then 200, then 300 rated battlegrounds. Skin wise the horse is black furred, with heavy heavy armour. You cannot see the mane but the horse has a pale brown tail that has been bound in to sections. The armour is blue metal with silver edging and red cloth extras, and there is an orc skull hanging from the back of the saddle. The foreleg armour has a large alliance emblem embossed on it. It is only available to the alliance.
Vicious War Wolf - this is an unusual mount as it is a reward for three achievements – and becomes BoA so can be sent, once you receive it the 2nd and 3rd time, to other characters that you have. It is the reward for winning 75, then 200, then 300 rated battlegrounds. This large wolf, definitely slightly different in model to the normal wolves, is a pale grey with darker grey points and a knotted tail. The armour is wooden with metallic plates and a large metallic mask, with alliance (presumably human) skulls hanging from the back of the saddle. The panels on the armour are sewn together pieces of red leather.
Violet Proto-Drake – this is the reward for completing the “long strange trip” meta achievement which is for completing every single holiday achievement. The drake is a deep purple with black touches.
Volcanic Stone Drake - this stone drake, coloured a deep purple with orangey-red crystals and blue wing flaps, is a reward from the meta achievement for completing all the achievements required for the Glory of the Cataclysm Hero achievement.
Guild Achievement Rewards
Dark Phoenix – this mount, a reskin of the golden Ashes of A’lar mount, is a reward for the guild (buyable once you are exalted) once they have killed all Tier 11 bosses.
Golden King - this mount, alliance only, is available once your guild reaches Level 25. You must be exalted with your guild in order to buy the mount and it costs 1,500g. It is a lovely reskin of the normal lions in game with a lovely brown fur and luscious mane, and will always carry a banner that matches your guild tabard/icon.
Kor’kron Annihilator - this mount, horde only, is available once your guild reaches Level 25. You must be exalted with your guild in order to buy the mount and it costs 1,500g. This mount is a scorpion, a very very large version of the scorpions in game that are mobs/critters. It has a dark brown skin with black claws and, as with the lion, has a banner with your guild icon.
Abyssal Seahorse - this seahorse is a reward for everyone who completes the first few quest lines in Vash’jir. Unfortunately this mount can only be used IN Vash’jir, so if you want a universal water mount, get ready to farm Poseidus (mentioned in the World Grinds section)
Crimson Deathcharger - this very special, very rare mount is a reskin of the death knight mount. This mount is available upon completion of the Shadowmourne legendary, which awards you several quests to hand items in and reap rewards – one of which is this horned, red armoured mount. This mount is BoE, and therefore sellable (I have one myself that was a gift!), and can go for a huge amount of money.
Venomhide Ravasaur - this is the Horde equivalent of the Winterspring Frostsaber, a reward from a 20 day long quest line where you nurture your raptor. Visually it is quite attractive, a chocolate brown back and head with paler brown underbelly and neck and neon green stripes.
White Polar Bear - this mount can drop from the quest reward bag when you complete the Hyldnir Spoils quest in Icecrown. There is a 3% chance it will drop from the bag, and actually a 0.3% chance it might drop from your Satchel of Exotic Mysteries as well. The bear is identical for horde and alliance, and is white (logically), with a chocolate brown armour matching the design of the other bears’. He has greeney-blue glowing eyes. This is probably, because LK is a past expansion now, one of the rarer mounts you’ll see around.
Winterspring Frostsaber - this mount is Alliance only and is a reward for completing a series of daily quests for 20 days, growing your wintersaber cub in to an adult. This mount does reward a Feat of Strength because the mount *used* to be incredibly difficult to get – it took a very very long grind. Model wise it is similar to the other unarmoured sabers but without the large teeth. It is pure white but with pale purple stripes.
Recruit A Friend
Swift Zhevra - this mount which was replaced by a 2 person rocket some time ago, was the second in game “unicorn”. It was a zebra, with a single brown horn. It was a reward for completing several steps of the “recruit a friend” program. THIS MOUNT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN GAME.
X-53 Touring Rocket – this mount, an awesome two person rocket with a grinning face painted on it, is available for those that complete the full recruit a friend process. It replaced the zhevra mentioned above.
Spectral Gryphon - this translucent, basic gryphon is quite attractive. It is a single use (ie, not across the whole account) mount that can be given to a single one of your characters if you can convince a friend to return to the game and pay for a single month of game time. This is alliance only. **added 3rd April 2012**
Spectral Wind Rider - this translucent, basic wind rider is also quite pretty, for a wind rider. It is a single use (ie, not across the whole account) mount that can be given to a single one of your characters if you can convince a friend to return to the game and pay for a single month of game time. This is horde only. **added 3rd April 2012**
Celestial Steed – the first mount ever to be sold on the Blizzard Store, the celestial steed (or sparkle pony as it was known) caused a huge amount of drama and forum QQ and whatnot. It is automatically generated on every new character you create, and is a winged, flying horse made similar to the constellation mobs and statues of Ulduar. It has purple and gold armour along the head and back.
Heart of the Aspects - this mount is the first to enter the game that mimics the style of the new expansion, Mists of Pandaria. It is golden in colour and has a travel-sickness inducing flight that bobs up and down. It’s most striking features are not only its size (it’s very long) but also the fact its /mountspecial is do to a loop the loop in the air. **added 3rd April 2012**
Tyrael’s Charger – I’m putting this here because you do essentially pay Blizzard for it, but for a brief time if you subscribe for the Annual Pass you will get access to the Diablo 3 beta and this mount, which is absolutely gorgeous. Visually the horse is a dark, blue grey gorse with stunning golden armour and see through, shining, translucent wings. His hooves are white on the underside. and look to me (although it may just be perspective) to be much large than a normal horse. Like…it’s a bit like the Clydesdale of the WoW horse world.
Winged Guardian – this was the second mount to be introduced to the Blizzard store and is a sphinx like dark blue lion with golden trimmings and edgings. It can walk and fly and will be sent to all your characters. In the air it will flap its wings leaving streams of gold underneath it.
Blizzcon / Invitational
Big Blizzard Bear - this ground mount came from those who attended the Blizzcon Invitational in Paris in 2008. You can pick this up for £200 plus and it’s an extra special mount because it is a white unarmoured bear with a little tiny murloc carrying a flag sat on its head. It’s very very cool.