Let’s face it, when we find a class we love, most of us have more reasons than “kicks ass in Raids or PvP”.
Each class has unique touches, ‘flavor’, if you will, that makes the class feel more appealing than the others.
And one of the nicest touches of style or flavor any class could have is a special way of getting around.
Before the Burning Crusade, there were two classes that stood apart from all others in terms of mounts, and say it with me friends; Warlocks and Paladins.
Each class had neat looking mounts at 40, and even neater mounts at level 60. And those mounts were not just given away; they had to be earned, at least somewhat, through gathering mats, completing a quest chain, and in the end, fighting a special battle with friends. Even today, getting a party together to help a friend complete their epic Warlock mount quest is a special event.
Now, I have to admit, I like the idea, but I wish that Blizzard had taken that next step and implemented the same thing for all classes. Each class should have a mount or mundane travel method unique to them. Yes, even Mages with their Teleports and Portals.
With the Burning Crusade, Blizzard added a new class to those with unique travel abilities; Druids and the Swift Flying Form. And it is very cool.
But I’d like to say that I REALLY think every class should have some kind of unique mount that they can quest for, gather for, and battle to earn at level 70. It wouldn’t affect game balance, and every damn player would love having something unique to their class to push towards. Just as Swift Flight Form is a mark of distinction for Druids at 70, so too would the other mounts be for each class. And as long as you retain the requirement of having to purchase the Epic Flight skill first, where is the harm?
I want to throw the discussion open to you, my friends. What mounts can you envision, that you would love to see available as a unique mount for a class at level 70?
I’d love to see ideas for lots of classes… the Druids already got the love, how about everyone else?
I’d like to start the suggestions, by saying that Warlocks not only SHOULD get a flaming flying skeletal steed, but to show everyone that the bloody design already exists in game.
The above image is of the Skeletal Griffon, which can be seen circling above Karazhan. The images above were snagged by standing atop the open air tower stair landing right before entering the chamber prior to Prince in Karazhan. The Skeletal Griffon circles in the distance, but with Deathblow goggles on zoom, well…. as you can see, you can get a nice clear view. All Blizzard needs to do is add some fire… some lovely green fire… and Warlocks are all set.
What are your ideas for neat mounts?
EDIT: Favorite user ideas added below…
As a Hunter, I still think it would be cool to be able to tame a mount, perhaps one of a small selection of animals out there.
A questline to acquire a special magic taming rod springs to mind… after acquiring it, it could be used once on an animal of choice which would turn into an elite miniboss. With the help of a party you should bring this beast to 5% at which point you can tame it to become your mount.
I’d like to say that for Hunters, that is the coolest idea I have heard. I love it, I really do. I’d like to add to your idea, by saying that I think if your choice of animals have to come from named creatures in specific instances, that it would make it easier to place it among the other already existing epic mount quests.
As a sneaky rogue, my dream mount (not necessarily evan a flying one since I haven’t even experienced a regular flight mount yet) would be one that could go in to stealth mode with me.
That would be so cool to be able to ride fast instead of having reduced movement speed as I tiptoe around places.
I hadn’t thought that Rogues might like a mount with their favorite effect rather than a unique appearance, but if you’re starting with the effect, of being stealthed or unseen/unnoticed while traveling at high speed, then what I’m thinking would be cool is… the Whispering Wind.
Just like a Druid shifts into a Flying Form, a Rogue might shift into a Whispering Wind, blowing past unremarked… and you couldn’t fight as the wind, after all. And the quest chain to capture and master the winds of the four corners of the world would be mighty fun.
While I don’t have a problem with a class mount for all classes, I have to admit that some would be hard to rationalize. What would a Warrior get?
Remember, a Warrior corresponds with the basic Footman of the Warcraft RTS games. These guys really aren’t anything special. They don’t use magic. They don’t summon demons. They don’t even have a higher calling ala the Paladin.
The BEST a Warrior could hope for is a racial mount in the livery of their faction. (Come to think of it, that’d be kind of cool… a mount that used your guild tabard or faction symbol?)
Dorgol, I would love to see Blizzard make some attempt… ANY attempt… at introducing more personalization. And I think you hit on the right path for Warriors… How about this. Have a long quest chain for Warriors that would lead them, eventaully, to be recognised as a Commander or General of their respective races’ armed forces. This would give them the right to a racial mount with a unique ‘military’ style to it, barding and such. It would especially be awesome if another part of the quest chain reward was that the military guards of that race in their capitol city would do the “/salute” emote when you came within range, and gave you a greeting like the Skettis guards do.