Mount Change in 3.2 – excellent

Apparently Patch 3.2 will lower the cost, increase the speed, and lower the level requirement for mounts.

Linkage via WoW.com, and the WoW Forums.

That is great; bring it on. Especially the speed increase for normal flyers. Nothing but win for anyone leveling at the moment. I’m happy about this even though I purchased normal riding yesterday on an alt.And I quote:

In the next major content patch, we intend to adjust mount requirements to further improve the leveling experience in World of Warcraft. In addition, cast times for summoning all mounts will be reduced to 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds. The following is a breakdown of the upcoming cost and level requirement changes we are making for each riding skill.

Apprentice Riding (Skill 75)

60% land mount speed
Requires level 20
Cost: 4 gold
Mount cost: 1 gold
Mail will be sent to players at level 20 guiding them to the riding trainer

Journeyman Riding (Skill 150)

100% land mount speed
Requires level 40
Cost: 50 gold
Mount cost: 10 gold
Mail will be sent to players at level 40 guiding them back to the riding trainer

Expert Riding (Skill 225)

150% flying mount speed; 60% land mount speed
Requires level 60
Cost: 600 gold (faction discounts now apply)
Mount Cost: 50 gold
Can now be learned in Honor Hold (Alliance) or Thrallmar (Horde)

Artisan Riding (Skill 300)

280% flying mount speed; 100% land mount speed
Requires level 70
Cost: 5,000 gold (faction discounts now apply)
Mount Cost: 100 gold

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4 thoughts on “Mount Change in 3.2 – excellent

  1. Looks like Blizzard are continuing to shift the focus to end-game. How much further will they go?

  2. At least 2-3 more content patches, each of which will be harder and harder for casual and new 80s to access. Its the way of things, and is not such a bad thing. This is what keeps the raiders interested. Most serious raiders are done with Naxx emotionally as well as gear wise, so new content is what they strive for. Then at the end of the WotLK expansion the content will get adjusted downward so more casual folks can see more of it.

    I also suspect that holiday events and bosses will drop nice loot, which in turn gives new toons and casuals better access to get into the newer content.

  3. I agree that end-game is where it’s at with WoW. What I’m wondering is what further steps Blizzard will take to speed up the 1-80 grind? And I can even see further changes leading to a paradigm shift for MMOs. Perhaps an ‘end-game’ only design.

    Also, wouldn’t it be interesting to see the figures Blizz use to make these decisions? All that lovely data šŸ™‚

  4. Leveling will increase in speed fro Alts; as a new +10% xp item is being added, which stacks with the +10% shoulders, and the Rested and recruit a Friend. For folks doing it for the 1st time I’d say eventually we will see xp boosted again.

    However if you’re on your first toon through a set of content; it should not be hyper-quick. If you’re on your 3rd to 6th; then it should be damn fast.

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