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The OverAchiever: Wrapping up Mountain O' Mounts

Pureblood Fire Hawk mount, dropped by Ragnaros.
Every Thursday, The Overachiever shows you how to work toward those sweet achievement points. This week, we find ourselves gleefully counting the inhabitants of our private stables.

Greetings, folks. After last week's tour through the 2011 Brewfest, we're going to wrap up our Mountain O' Mounts series today with a few ill-tempered complaints from WoW Insider's resident cheapskate, and then turn to ... well, that part's up to you. I have a lot of different OverAchievers I would like to do, but no particular preference as to which we'll do next. There are several popular series and guides from Wrath of the Lich King that I would like to update -- among others, I'm interested in revisiting evil achievements, entertaining achievements, tabards, and feats of strength -- but we still haven't done Molten Front achievements, and I've been getting a lot of requests to do a Littlest Pet Shop guide since that was added to the game.

In the grand tradition of lazy writers everywhere, I'm going to let you pick!

What should The OverAchiever tackle next?
Molten Front achievements. You are bad and should feel bad about not having written about them yet.882 (14.8%)
Evil achievements. I enjoy being reminded of the night I put a foot through my monitor.1081 (18.1%)
Entertaining achievements. We should ship a box of kittens to Blizzard in thanks for having put these in the game.707 (11.8%)
Tabards! Or: Why certain factions have aggressively bad taste.475 (8.0%)
Feats of strength. Because my character is better than yours and I want proof.832 (13.9%)
Pets! Pets pets pets pets pets pets pets pets pets!1242 (20.8%)
I dunno, some rambling philosophical essay where Allison starts off vague and then fails to make a point of any significance.701 (11.7%)
None of the above! I'm dropping a suggestion in the comments.49 (0.8%)


Talbuk mount in what later became the Twilight Highlands.
This is the full Mountain O' Mounts series, if you're just joining us:
We've been visiting and revisiting this series on and off since March 2011, so there are a few updates and corrections to the articles above that I'd like to make here for the benefit of players beginning this achievement now. There have also been mounts datamined that subsequently failed to appear in the game. Hmm.

New, forgotten, and missing mount sources
Corrupted Fire Hawk.
So how much is this going to cost me?

Mountain O' Mounts isn't a cheap achievement, although it'd probably be more accurate to say that it isn't a cheap achievement past a certain point. While you can minimize your personal contribution by focusing on drops and anything that won't cost you gold, it's impossible to get to 100 mounts without shelling out some cash along the way.

I think the following categories are broadly accurate for anyone interested in doing Mountain O' Mounts as cheaply as possible:
Something that should be obvious fairly quickly is that so-called "free" mounts usually have a lot of luck or a lot of work associated with them. Unless you have an endless amount of free time and some exceptionally tolerant guildies who are willing to let you snap up rare raid drops, you should not bank on exhausting all of the options that won't cost you gold.

As you work your way up the expense ladder, most mounts will cost you less in time and more in money, so it can be argued that your time is ultimately better spent on gold-making than pursuing individual, cheaper mounts. However, that's up to you.

Working on achievements? The Overachiever is here to help! Count on us for advice on Azeroth's holidays and special events, including new achievements, how to get 310% flight speed with achievement mounts, and Cataclysm reputation factions and achievements.

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