Tallstriders are large, flightless birds of prey that look to kill anything they can outrun or overpower. They have a pair of muscular legs, and their vestigial wings flutter as they walk. Their thick, hairless necks swing about topped by a head ending in a heavy, sharp beak as they hunt for prey. Renowned for their speed, tallstriders are difficult to shake for those trying to flee them. Tallstriders are common in Mulgore, Darkshore, the Barrens, and Durotar. Young heroes in these regions hunt these beasts in tests of honor and valor. Tales tell of heroes who attempt to tame tallstriders as mounts or beasts of burden, but these tales are typically humorous ones. If it is possible to domesticate the flightless birds, no one has claimed success at the task.
Tallstriders are tenacious pack hunters. A tallstrider’s main mode of attack is with its beak and talons. It will smash its beak down upon a victim with ruthless efficiency. Tallstriders hunt instinctively in packs. Tallstriders attempt to isolate single members of a pack of prey and run them down. When facing stronger prey, they harry a single victim if possible until, after hours of running, the quarry is most likely exhausted and weak. Tallstriders will attack prey - which includes anything larger than a field mouse - on sight, always fighting to the death. They leap at their opponents while slashing with their claws and stabbing with their beak. If hungry, tallstriders will attack until they or their prey are dead.
- The gnomes modeled their Mechanostrider mounts after striders.
- The blood elf mount is called a Hawkstrider, and looks similar to other striders. The main difference is color and the face. Its running and spacebar animation are also unique, but otherwise it animates very much like an ordinary strider.
The inspiration for the tallstrider is probably some species of immense prehistoric birds like the moa, for instance, or the terrorbirds from South America.
- Tallstriders are skinnable.
- Tallstriders are tamable and become the generic "tallstrider" after taming.
- Most tallstriders are neutral, but Ornery Striders and Mazzranache are hostile, as are the Timberstriders of Azuremyst Isle.
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Though hunters can respec their pet tallstriders into Cunning or Tenacity, they are inherently Ferocity. In addition to the abilities that come standard with all pets (, , ) and those given to their natural or retrained specialization, all tallstriders are given the following:
- Geru Strider
- In Manual of Monsters Appendix Three there are two other subspecies of tallstrider: Axe Beak and Clubnek, however the validity of the source is disputed.
The subspecies below can be tamed by hunters. Tauren hunters start with a purple tallstrider.
Mobs with level numbers can be tamed by hunters.
- Swift Forest Strider (Darkmoon Faire)
- Swift Lovebird (Love is in the Air holiday)
- Swift Shorestrider (TCG Throne of the Tides)
- Swift Springstrider (Noblegarden holiday)
- Although tallstriders are mostly featherless, the bright coloration and horn-like crest on the head could be inspired by the Cassowary.
- Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Bonuses equalized. Damage had a +10% bonus and now has +5% bonus. Armor had no bonus and now has a +5% bonus.
- / Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Major changes. Bite replaced with Claw. Gained new ability, Dust Cloud Tallstriders can now eat bread. Damage had no bonus and now has a +10% bonus.