Mount Buzz

This past week’s biggest news has in the WoW community has been all about the changes (potentially) coming with patch 3.2. And the biggest of these by far is the changes to mounts. Mount prices, levels, speeds, all of it is changing. Some people like it. Some people hate it. But before I go into which side of the fence I’m on, I’m going to go over the changes Zarhym posted for us at the official forums.

In the next major content patch, we intend to adjust mount requirements to further improve the leveling experience in World of Warcraft. In addition, cast times for summoning all ground mounts will be reduced to 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds. The following is a breakdown of the upcoming cost and level requirement changes we are making for each riding skill.

* Apprentice Riding (Skill 75)

  • 60% land mount speed
  • Requires level 20
  • Cost: 4 gold
  • Mount cost: 1 gold
  • Mail will be sent to players at level 20 guiding them to the riding trainer

* Journeyman Riding (Skill 150)

  • 100% land mount speed
  • Requires level 40
  • Cost: 50 gold
  • Mount cost: 10 gold
  • Mail will be sent to players at level 40 guiding them back to the riding trainer

* Expert Riding (Skill 225)

  • 150% flying mount speed; 60% land mount speed
  • Requires level 60
  • Cost: 600 gold (faction discounts now apply: Honor Hold [Alliance]; Thrallmar [Horde])
  • Mount Cost: 50 gold
  • Can now be learned in Honor Hold (Alliance) or Thrallmar (Horde)

* Artisan Riding (Skill 300)

  • 280% flying mount speed; 100% land mount speed
  • Requires level 70
  • Cost: 5,000 gold (faction discounts now apply: Honor Hold or Valiance Expedition [Alliance]; Thrallmar or Warsong Offensive [Horde])
  • Mount Cost: 100 gold

* Movement Speed Training By Class

  • Druid
    • Travel Form: Requires level 16
    • Flight Form: Requires level 60 (150% flight speed)
    • Swift Flight Form: Requires level 70
  • Hunter
    • Aspect of the Cheetah: Requires level 16
  • Shaman
    • Ghost Wolf: Requires level 16
  • Paladin
    • Warhorse: Requires level 20
    • Charger: Requires level 40
  • Warlock
    • Felsteed: Requires level 20
    • Dreadsteed: Requires level 40

As you can see, the changes are many and fairly drastic. However, I think they’ve been needed since Lich King was released. And I think they’re a very good thing, overall. Most of the characters going through this content are alts of already established 80s. And the few who aren’t? Well, from my own experience, they’re friends who are being primarily powered through the content anyway. Why make that take longer than it has to? And for those who enjoy leveling alts through the content for the millionth time? Well, as one of those people, I realize this won’t in any way hamper my enjoyment of that content. After all, just because I have a mount earlier doesn’t mean I have to use it, and doesn’t mean I have to speed through as fast as possible…if that’s not what I want to do. 🙂

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~ by Branwyn on 2009/06/16.

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