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3-14-2007 @ 5:02PM
When I hit 70 I got the regular flying mount and had about 1200g left afterwards. I'm a skinner/miner and I AH everything and only spend gold on repairs, ammo and drinks, so money for the regular flier was not an issue. So now I'm 70 doing all of these quests that now give cash instead of XP and before I knew it I had around 3200g. All this with really no explicit farming, just picking up mining nodes and leather as I came by it in questing. At that point I decided to just suck it up and farm the remaining 2K. It took about a week, 3-4 hours a night, of basically killing Elementals for Primals, mostly Air on the Elemental Plateau. On my server, at the time, I could make about 75-125g/hr.The 5000g price tag seems about right to me. You can't expect to just ding 70 and go and get one. Money does rain from the skies in Outland, but you still have to be frugal with it. The amount of work I put in seemed about right for something that should be fairly rare.For me it's been worth it. It's not just a little faster, it's a LOT faster. Say goodbye to flight paths forever, you have one in your pocket now. Except for direct connections between two FPs where we both start standing next to the flight master, the epic will beat FPs out everytime. I can rape a zone of all it's minerals in about a 1/2 hour, man, mining runs are a breeze now. Ok, and I'm the first in my guild to get one and I can feel my guildmates turning green when I speak with them on vent :)I figure, here we are just a couple months into the XPac and I already have one of the crown jewels of the game and now I don't have to worry about raising the cash for it and I can enjoy it for months to come. I'm already back near 2K gold and now I can concentrate on buying crafted gear (Riding Crop....must...go...faster!), enchants and raid consummables without having to worry about this anymore.And, yeah, that Nether Drake you covet still requires the 5K for the riding skill.
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