Patch 8.2: Rise of Azshara mounts
Patch 8.2: Rise of Azshara introduces at least 29 new mounts to collect. There are two new zones to explore: Nazjatar - realm of Queen Azshara, and Mechagon - the home of the tech-crazed mechagnomes. As you might expect, many of the new mounts have either mechanical or aquatic themes. In addition, Patch 8.2 opens up flying in BfA zones, for those who complete Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part Two. It also introduces a new mount equipment feature, which allows you to pick an enhancement for your mounts, such water walking, daze prevention or speed increase, while removing inherent water-walking from waterstriders.
Note that dungeon- and raid-related mounts won't be available until at least two weeks after patch launch. PvP Season 3 also commences two weeks after patch launch, though the Gladiator's mount won't be awarded until the end of the season.
Battle for Azeroth Flying!
In 8.2 we'll finally be able to soar through the skies of Zandalar and Kul Tiras (and the new zones)! This won't be granted immediately, however - you'll have to work to unlock it by completing Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part Two. If you've already completed Part One of this achievement then all you need to do is fully explore Nazjatar and Mechagon, and reach Revered with their new factions (one for each zone). This shouldn't be difficult, but it will take a little while.
Mount Equipment is an important change to the way we use our mounts. A slot has been added to your mount journal in which you can add a single enhancement that operates on all your mounts. Because of this, all water striders will lose their innate water-walking ability but if you're already Exalted with The Anglers at the start of 8.2 you'll receive a free Anglers' Water Striders in the mail, so you can slot it and benefit from water-walking on your mounts straight away. You can purchase more of these from Nat Pagle (at Exalted) in Krasarang Wilds. All the other known enhancements (listed on Wowhead) are crafted by professions:
- Comfortable Rider's Barding: prevents you being dazed while riding (Leatherworking)
- Saddlechute: deploys a parachute if you're dismounted while 'high in the air' (Tailoring)
- Light-Step Hoofplates: increases mount speed by 20% (Enchanting)
- Inflatable Mount Shoes: water-walking (Blacksmithing) - for those who can't obtain Anglers' Water Striders
To unlock this system you must have reached level 100 on at least one character on your account, but once unlocked the system can be used by all characters of level 20 and above.
Underwater Mounts On Land in Nazjatar!
In Nazjatar you can purchase a consumable item - Budding Deepcoral, which allows you to use your underwater mounts while on land in the zone. These are sold for 5 Prismatic Manapearls each from the Ancient Relics vendor in your faction hub: either Finder Pruc or Artisan Okata.
To Bee or Not to Bee?
You may notice that there are no bees amongst all these handsome new mounts, and you may feel justified in being a little disappointed. However, there's some evidence that one will be coming soon, and it may be linked to a new bee-related faction in Stormsong Valley. The WoW Secret Finding Community have been investigating and Wowhead has a good article summarizing their findings so far. You can also see the three possible bee mount colours in our model guide.
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Loot - Dungeon Boss Drops
Coming soon - Operation: Mechagon will open two weeks after the release of Patch 8.2. Two mechanical mounts - one aerial and one ground - have a chance of dropping from specific bosses in the new dungeon, Operation: Mechagon.
Loot - World Boss or Rare Drops
The fantastical Junkheap Drifter and Silent Glider drop from specific NPCs in Mechagon and Nazjatar, respectively.
The existing BfA zone factions each offer a new flying mount - for 90,000 gold. In addition, one new Mechagon faction and two new Nazjatar factions (one Alliance, one Horde) offer flying mounts for gold and manapearls, respectively.
Player vs Player - Arena
Coming soon - BfA Season 3 will launch two weeks after the release of Patch 8.2. We believe the Gladiator's mount reward for Season 3 will be this indigo Proto-Drake. Unfortunately it's not in the database at the moment so we can't confirm that.
Player vs Player - Battle for Nazjatar
This swarthy hippocampus can be purchased with 150 Nazjatar Battle Commendations. These are earned by participating in the Battle for Nazjatar zone PvP event for players with War Mode on. A win awards you 5 Battle Commendations and a loss awards you 1.
Achievements - Quest Story Progression
The fabulous Wonderwing 2.0 is the reward for completing Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part Two, which also unlocks BfA flying. The Snapback Scuttler (a crab that moves sideways!) and Mechacycle Model W are rewards for completing a suite of exploration and participation achievements in Nazjatar and Mechagon, respectively.
Achievements - Raid Meta-Achievements
Coming soon - The Eternal Palace raid will open two weeks after the release of Patch 8.2. This stunning fathom ray mount is the reward for completing the meta-achievement for The Eternal Palace raid.
Quests & Exploration - Mount Quest Chains
The Child of Torcali is the reward for completing a quest chain that was introduced at expansion launch but reaches its conclusion in Patch 8.2! The Scrapforged Mechaspider is a mount you can create as part of a quest chain in Mechagon. The sources of the two snapdragon mounts are still uncertain - the quests that they're associated with don't seem to be in the database yet. It's also possible that the quests are hidden because they're part of 'WoW secrets'.
Quests & Exploration - Special Activities
Fabious is earned by taking a S.E.L.F.I.E. of the eponymous NPC when it spawns (rarely) in Nazjatar. The X-995 Mechanocat is created through activities related to the tinkering robot, Pascal-K1N6, on Mechagon, and its different colours are unlocked by finding paints on various NPCs around the zone. The Crimson Tidestallion may be purchased on special days through a complex series of trade interactions with murloc vendors at your base in Nazjatar.
Quests & Exploration - World / Repeatable Quests
Professions / Crafted - Engineering & Blacksmithing
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These looks were added to the database in Patch 8.2, but aren't yet available as mounts. Perhaps they'll appear at a later date.