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3-14-2009 @ 5:10PM
Coolio, turtles for the win. Say how hard are the mount achievements would you say? I have no idea, recently got the idea in my head that it could be fun. I've always been a fan of completion, with the thought of all the mounts that exist in this game I fancy the idea of having every single one. Not that it's possible and at any rate RNG limits the possibility further. But 100 is a nice goal. Like I said I like completion/collecting but I've always been too lazy to go to great lengths to do so. However I finally have more energy in my life and I play casually, so it's a good time for this. That said there's so much to complete in WoW, and collect, a obsessive person like me wants to complete everything fully, so how do I choose which things to do and in what priority? Usually I get so frustrated from the thought of everything that I haven't completed, and in turn end up doing none of the things. Anyway I find mounts as a nice thing to collect, so why not start with that.This leads me to my question, should I go for it? How difficult, how time consuming, how costly will it actually be? I have 8 mounts only, but I haven't given collecting a thought until now, and I have roughly 4000g and no problems earning more easily. 1000g needs to go for Dual spec though.Any need-to-knows, tips would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. ^^
3-14-2009 @ 6:50PM
You're going to need a lot of patience and a lot of gold. I know you said the latter wouldn't be a problem, but it's going to be even more cash than you think, most likely.I'm halfheartedly working toward this myself, but here's the deal: You're going to need to grind every base faction, Alliance or Horde, that you can get to Exalted, except your own (but you'll probably hit it along the way). Then you'll have to have enough gold to buy all the mounts, slow and swift, and that's just for ground mounts. You'll need to find people willing to grind ZG with you if you can't solo it, and run Stratholme over and over. You'll need to wait in hours-long AV queues so you can get enough tokens for both all the PVP mounts (30 for each one = 150) and your AV faction mount (50). Not to mention grinding the other battlegrounds. And that's just vanilla.You'll need to grind rep like a madman in outlands. Netherwing, Cenarion Expedition, Shatari Skyguard, Mag'har/Kurenai. You may also need to pay off a friend of the opposite faction to sit in Halaa for you for hours while you bomb the crap out of them. (This is what Death Knights are for, am I right?) And flying mounts cost a lot of cash. The Netherwing drakes run about 200g apiece, but the Cenarion hippogryff is 1600 (iirc, I haven't gotten this one yet). Then there's the drops from Kael'thas -- good luck with those, though you could probably find other people willing to run them with you since they're popular. And make sure you buy all the regular flying mounts from your faction vendor.Northrend is a bit kinder than Outlands, but the deadline on a couple of mounts is ticking. If you want the Black or Plagued Proto-Drake, you'd better get on the achievements for them fast. A lot of the others are luck -- Time-Lost Proto Drake, Green Proto-drake, etc. And others are grinding. Run H-COT-Strat a thousand times, H-UP a thousand times ... oh, and wear your Wyrmrest tabard while you're at it, so you can buy the red drake. And make sure to buy mounts from the vendor in Dalaran, and save your stone keeper's shards for a black mammoth.Then there's all the holiday mounts...If you're a Paladin or a Warlock, you'll have a bit of a bonus, since their class mounts count toward the total.I'm only up to 41 myself, but like I said, I'm just doing this halfheartedly. I've gotten all the Horde faction mounts and a few Netherwing drakes, a couple PVP mounts, and a couple miscellaneous drops. It just takes patience, mostly.
3-14-2009 @ 11:35PM
Some things that help to get the mounts you need:Exalted in all your faction citiesExalted with the NetherwingExalted with the KurenaiExalted with Shatari300 Riding Skill (to buy all the mounts)Buy *all* their mounts, including the slow ones.Buy all the flying mounts from Shadowmoon Valley (including the slow onesBuy the vendor mounts in DalaranBG tokensAfter this it is effort vs desired awardThese can get you some more mountsExalted with Cenarion ExpeditionExalted with HodirExalted with Wyrmrest AccordMount Achievements (slaughter the other factions leaders, etc)This will get you a good part of the wayAfter that a lot of it is the rare stuff. It requires grinding instances, raids and some quests.I was very surprised to get the white bear mount as fast as I did.I haven't hit Netherwing, CE, Wyrmrest exalted yet and can't afford the multi-passenger mammoths from Dalaran and Hodir. Nor have I bothered with Frostsaber rep.There's a lot of work in it of course. Most of my exalteds came from BC in the QD 70 phase when I was bored. I'm revered in CE and Neutral with Netherwing so those mounts are not too likely.
3-16-2009 @ 7:34AM
Dez, the 100 mount achievment is one of the truly hardcore ones, and will require huge amounts of time, gold, patience and RNG luck. The 50 mount achievment on the other hand is much more possible, and rewards and albino drake, cooler imo than the dragonhawk. Others have explained some of the various methods, but I'll narrow it down for the 50 mount one (and you really should aim for this first just to make it more achievable).First, grind to exalted with all of your factions. If you're a dranei or belf, congratulations, your job just got easier. If not, these 2 factions are harder to get exalted, but not impossible. There are some decent posts on wowinsider explaining how. Basically you'll want to do *all* low lvl starting area q's for *all* factions, as these give loads of rep. Then move up in areas, most lvl1-30 q's will reward rep, and some afterwards. Start stacking up on runecloth for the ones you just can't seem to get. Now buy all of the faction mounts, slow and fast, and in all colours. Next start grinding outland rep. The two quickest are mag'har/kurenai (horde/alliance) and netherwing. The dailies from netherwing should give you some much needed gold to buy mounts, while the lower lvl ogre mobs you grind for kurenai rep also drop runecloth if you haven't got all faction reps exalted yet. Again, buy all mounts from these guys, and also pick up all flying ones from SMV, slow and fast.If you're allie, congrats, you should now be at 50 mounts! If you're horde, you might be short 1 or 2 (changing in 3.1). For these either pick up some of the northrend ones if you have the money, or grind some BG tokens to pick up a pvp mount. Now head to your nearest mailbox and marvel at how the managed to fit an entire albino drake in there. This can be done in 1-2 weeks, depending on how fast you manage the netherwing grind. The 100 mount achievment really is a lot harder and a lot more expensive, so if you really want to, start planning how, and good luck.
3-18-2009 @ 2:38PM
The statement about running H CoT a lot is somewhat misleading... just get a good group to run it 5 days in a row.
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