Burning Crusade Classic is set to bring with it a host of new content to WoW Classic when it arrives later this year. New races, zones, dungeons, raids, gear and more will all be available once you step foot in Outland. But if you’re an avid collector like me, there’s one thing you probably care about more than all the rest. I’m talking of course about the shiny new WoW Burning Crusade Classic mounts. Well, new as far as the Classic servers are concerned. All these mounts have of course been around for many years at this point.
But even though you can easily get your hands on most mounts from the Burning Crusade era right now in retail World of Warcraft, doing so will be a lot more challenging when the content is current. At least in the case of a good portion of them. With that in mind, today we’re trying to rank all WoW Burning Crusade Classic mounts based on how difficult they will be to obtain. Just keep in mind that some of these will be subjective as they depend on how much time you are willing to pour into various activities like PvP, PvE, reputation grinds, gold grinds, or professions.
17. New Racial Mounts
First off we have the new racial mounts coming in the form of Hawkstriders for Blood Elves and Elekks for Draenei. There will be six color variants for each race, including three Epic ones. Hawkstriders and Elekks will be just as easy to obtain as any other racial mount provided you’re playing the new races. If not, getting them will be a bit of hassle because you’ll need Exalted rep with Silvermoon and/or The Exodar.
16. Standard Flying Mounts
Next, we have the standard Windriders for the Horde and Gryphons for the Alliance. With flying being one of the main features coming in World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic, you’ll want to get your hands on one of these puppies asap. You’ll only be able to do so once you reach level 70 and it will cost you 900 gold if you also include the training cost. Make sure you save up.
15. Basic PvP Mounts
These include black versions of armored racial mounts along with Dark Riding Talbuks and Dark War Talbuks. The latter two can be obtained by gathering Halaa tokens in Nagrad’s open PvP area while the others are obtained by gathering Marks from various Battlegrounds. If you’re planning to do a lot of PvP in WoW Burning Crusade Classic, it shouldn’t take you too long to get your hands on one of these mounts. If not, you’ll want to look into some of the other options.
14. Amani War Bear
This mount has a 100% drop chance upon successfully completing a timed run of Zul’Aman. Back in the day, the mount was pretty tricky to obtain but given that World of Warcraft players are much more experienced nowadays, you shouldn’t have too many problems if you’re running Zul’Aman with a decent group. The Amani War Bear was removed and replaced with the Amani Battle Bear in the retail version of WoW. The original bear is still impossible to get on retail but it should be fairly easy in Burning Crusade Classic.
13. Swift White Hawkstrider
This one drops from Kael’thas Sunstrider in the Magister’s Terrace and has around a 4% drop chance on retail. However, it is believed the drop chance used to be somewhat higher back in the original TBC. The mount has the distinction of being the only Hawkstrider usable by Alliance players.
12. Flying Machine
This is one of two craftable flying mounts coming with the new Engineering profession. The mount only requires Expert riding skill, which isn’t too bad, but you’ll also need a lot of expensive materials in order to craft it, not to mention almost maxed out Engineering (350) to be able to use it. You can save yourself some mats by buying the mount from the auction house, but you’ll still need the appropriate Engineering skill regardless.
11. Epic Flying Mounts
We’re placing these so far below the standard flying mounts because of their price. An Epic flying mount will cost you no less than 5,200 gold when you include the price of Artisan training. Not exactly pocket change. However, because nowadays you can straight up buy wow classic gold this won’t be a huge issue for some. For others, especially new players, farming that much gold will definitely be a major challenge.
10. Turbo-Charged Flying Machine
Same as its Rare counterpart but requires even more materials to build, as well as higher Engineering skill. Namely, 375. The other main difference is that it also requires Artisan riding, which is why it’s a bit more difficult to obtain than regular vendor Epic flying mounts. Expect to spend a lot of gold regardless of whether you’re crafting it yourself or buying it off the auction house.
You can unlock the ability to purchase Talbuk mounts upon reaching Exalted with The Mag’har or The Kurenai, depending on your faction. The rep grind can get repetitive and annoying but the mounts themselves are cheap and only require Journeyman riding. Plus, you can buy a grand total of 8 Talbuks once you reach Exalted, so not too bad all things considered.
8. World Event Mounts
These include things like the Swift Brewfest Kodo, Swift Brewfest Ram, and The Horseman’s Reins. We’re lumping all of them together because they’re more or less equally challenging to get. Especially at level 70. What makes these Burning Crusade mounts challenging to acquire is the fact that you’ll only have a limited amount of tries each year. You can increase your chances by leveling up multiple characters, but the mounts will still be rarer than all the other ones covered so far regardless simply because the time window for obtaining them is so small.
7. Cenarion War Hippogryph
You can get this one after reaching Exalted with the Cenarion Expedition, which may take you a while depending on how much you like to grind. The good news is that you can get Cenarion Expedition rep by grinding certain dungeons, so at least there’s no competition. The bad news is that it costs no less than 1,600 gold. This is in addition to the 5K you’ll need to unlock Artisan riding to be able to use it. The reason why it’s not even lower on this list is because you can go to 5Mmo or similar websites and simply buy cheap wow classic gold. The reason why it’s not higher is because you’ll still need to spend a good chunk of time grinding the rep.
6. Raven Lord
Easily one of the best looking WoW Classic Burning Crusade mounts. There are several things you’ll need to keep in mind when farming this one. First off, the Raven Lord only drops from Anzu in Sethekk Halls on Heroic difficulty. The drop chance is at around 1%, which will make it rarer than the other dungeon drops. The additional challenge comes from the fact that you’ll need a Druid in your party in order to summon the boss that drops the mount. This requirement was later removed on retail but we expect it to be present in TBC Classic.
5. Nether Rays
You can get your hands on five different Nether Rays for 160g a pop after reaching Exalted with the Sha’tari Skyguard. Getting there is quite a hassle because you’ll need to complete a long series of chain quests before you can unlock the ability to grind the rep at your leisure. You’ll also need to have a flying mount just to get the ball rolling. But probably the biggest challenge is that the main rep grind spot is likely to be heavily contested by other players, making it almost impossible to farm unless you’re in a party.
4. Netherwing Drakes
Speaking of almost impossible rep grinds, we have the Netherwing Drakes. These are some of the best looking WoW Burning Crusade Classic mounts but also some of the most annoying ones to get. Getting to Exalted with the Netherwing involves doing a lot of pre-requisite quests, dailies, and Netherwing Eggs hunting. Expect the rep grind to take around 3 to 4 weeks. In theory, you could speed things up significantly by gathering a large amount of Netherwing Eggs and turning them in for rep, but that’s going to be all but impossible on most servers. The eggs spawn very rarely and there’s bound to be plenty of competition from other players. Finding eggs is often difficult even on retail where a good portion of players already have the mount. Imagine how difficult it’s going to be in TBC Classic.
3. Fiery Warhorse
There will only be two mounts that drop from raids in The Burning Crusade Classic, with the Fiery Warhorse being the easiest to acquire of the two. The mount drops from the first boss in Karazhan and only requires Journeyman riding, which doesn’t sound too bad at first glance. However, the simple fact that this is a raid drop on a 1% chance automatically makes things challenging. Not only will you need a decent raid group to defeat the boss but you can only try it once per week (per character, of course). On the off chance the mount does drop, you’re still not guaranteed to get it because you’ll need to roll for it against everyone else in the raid.
2. Ashes of Al’ar
A truly exceptional mount that remains a powerful status symbol even in World of Warcraft Shadowlands, many years after its initial appearance. The mount drops from Kael’thas Sunstrider, the final boss of The Eye. There are many requirements needed to even access the raid and the multi-phase fight will be quite challenging even for experienced players. Besides that, the Ashes of Al’ar is difficult to get for the same reasons the Fiery Warhorse is difficult to get. Only in this case, you’ll need to roll for it against many more people in case it drops. And given how valuable the mount is, not just as a status symbol but also for being the only 310% speed PvE mount in TBC, 90% of the time the Ashes of Al’ar is automatically going to the raid leader.
1. Nether Drake Gladiator Mounts
WoW Burning Crusade Classic takes us back to a time when Gladiator mounts were reserved exclusively for elite PVPers. As mentioned in our top 10 rarest WoW mounts article, old school Gladiator mounts are only awarded to the top 0.5% teams during each Arena season. If you’re particularly good at PvP, you might be able to get yourself a Nether Drake Gladiator mount faster than the Ashes of Al’ar or even the Fiery Warhorse. However, that’s not going to happen for the vast majority of TBC Classic players. The mere fact that only 0.5% of Arena teams will get to fly on these armored Nether Drakes will undoubtedly make them the most difficult to obtain mounts in WoW Burning Crusade Classic.
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