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Riding skills and abilities Edit

NOTE: After Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, speed is not based on mount class but only on riding skill!


A Human Mage riding a Swift White Steed, an Alliance Epic Mount.


Blood Knights riding their Horde paladin mounts.

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Class Quality Ground Air Water
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Ground mounts Rare/Epic 60% 0%
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Flying mounts Rare/Epic 100% 150%
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Amphibious mounts Rare/Epic 0% 250%
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Aquatic mounts Rare/Epic 100%/350%
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Vanity mounts Rare/Epic 0% 0%

This paragraph only appears if notall= is NOT set. Ground mounts cannot fly, but flying mounts are able to run (or fly) along the ground in areas where flight is prohibited. Both flying and ground mounts can swim (but not any faster than swimming without a mount). Aquatic mounts can walk on land (but not any faster than walking without the mount). Vanity mounts confer no benefits (and thus, require no riding skill or character level).

General Riding SkillEdit

There are five general tiers of riding which can be learned from trainers as a character increases in level. These become available for characters to train once they meet the particular level requirements. The speed of a character's mounts generally increases with each tier of riding skill, while some tiers of riding grant the ability to ride flying mounts. The general riding skills are:

  • Apprentice: Level 20
  • Journeyman: Level 40
  • Expert: Level 60
  • Artisan: Level 70
  • Master: Level 80

Class-Specific Riding SkillsEdit

At level 40, paladins and warlocks can learn [Summon Charger] and [Dreadsteed] from their class trainers after learning the Journeyman riding skill from the riding trainer. There is no need to purchase a new mount. Death knights receive their epic ground mount, the [Acherus Deathcharger], after the completion of the quests Grand Theft Palomino and Into the Realm of Shadows at level 55. Druids can learn [Flight Form] from any flight trainer at level 58.

Unlocking Flight in Specific AreasEdit

In areas where flying is allowed, a character typically needs to train a specific riding skill in order to unlock the ability to fly in that region. These types of skills and their requirements can be found in the table below.

Riding SkillsEdit

Proficiency Cost +Speed Required for Requires
Skill Mounts Air
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75 Apprentice 4Gold 1Gold 60% Rare land mounts Level 20
150 Journeyman 50Gold 10Gold 100% Epic land mounts Level 40
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225 Expert Bc icon 250Gold 50Gold 150% Rare flying mounts Level 60
300 Artisan Bc icon 5000Gold[1] 100Gold 280% Epic flying mounts Level 70
375 Master Icon Cataclysm 18x18 5000Gold[2] 310% Extremely fast speed Level 80
[Flight Master's License] Icon Cataclysm 18x18 250Gold Flying in Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor and Deepholm Level 60 & 225 skill
[Cold Weather Flying] Wrath-Logo-Small 500Gold Flying in Northrend Level 68 & 225 skill
[Wisdom of the Four Winds] Mists-Logo-Small 2500Gold Flying in Pandaria Level 90 & 225 skill
[Cloud Serpent Riding] Mists-Logo-Small Flying Cloud Serpent mounts
(requirement removed in Patch 6.0.2)
Level 90 & 225 skill
[Draenor Flying] Warlords-Logo-Small Flying in Draenor Money achievement Draenor Pathfinder