Social interaction is a huge part of MMORPGs. As a result, it makes sense that having rare and otherwise prestigious mounts plays an important role in showing off. World of Warcraft has been running for close to two decades, meaning that there have been a lot of rare mounts over the course of its existence.
10. X-51 Nether Rocket
World of Warcraft has some very memorable mounts. However, the X-51 Nether Rocket still manages to stand out. This is because it is pretty much exactly what one would expect based on the name, which is to say, a rocket that one rides upon. Something that would be suicidal in the real world but less so in a fantasy setting, though its controllability is presumably not what anyone would consider to be either good or decent or even acceptable. Regardless, interested individuals could get their hands on the X-51 Nether Rocket by submitting a code printed on a copy of the X-51 Nether Rocket card from the Servants of the Betrayer expansion. By doing so, they would get not just the X-51 Nether Rocket but also the X-51 Nether Rocket X-TREME, which is pretty much the same thing but with a somewhat changed color scheme. Both are rare, but the hilarious part is that the X-51 Nether Rocket is known to have become much rarer than its X-TREME counterpart. In any case, the codes for the trading cards don’t seem to expire. As a result, if people want to get their hands on these mounts, they might want to hunt down a copy of the relevant card. Naturally, they should get one that hasn’t had its code used, the specificity of which will probably be the more complicated part to the process.
9. Son of Galleon
Galleon is a very recognizable world boss. After all, it is a huge reptilian creature that comes complete with a cannon plus a saurok warband on its back. There is an item description that says that it is a kushan. However, the context suggests that kushan isn’t a thing. Instead, it seems safe to say that Galleon is just one of the mushan that serve as beasts of burden throughout Pandaria, though it is one of exceptional size and strength. Naturally, the Son of Galleon is a much smaller mushan that is well-suited for carrying a single rider around. It is neither the best-looking nor the coolest-looking mount that can be found in the game. Even so, the Son of Galleon comes with a certain style of his own. After all, getting one of these mounts isn’t easy. Interested individuals need to be willing to take on Galleon and more besides, meaning that riding the Son of Galleon into view is very much a statement being made.
8. Silent Glider
Rays are amazing animals. They aren’t the weirdest animals that can be found out there. However, rays are cartilaginous fishes with flattened bodies as well as huge pectoral fins that have been fused to their head, which are enough to provide them with a very memorable look. Under different circumstances, these animals might look ridiculous. Fortunately, rays possess a remarkable grace in motion, thus enabling them to sell their look. They are an excellent source of inspiration for fantasy creatures. For proof, look no further than the Silent Glider. Lore-wise, Silent Gliders are apparently filled with gasses that enable them to survive in a remarkable range of environments. To be exact, these gasses enable them to survive in the crushing depths of the sea. Simultaneously, these gasses also enable them to soar out in the open. Whatever the case, Silent Gliders are fantasy rays that let interested individuals fly. The issue is that there is a less than 1 percent chance of them dropping from a rare enemy called a Soundless. Even worse, the Soundless will provide just a single chance for a drop on a daily basis.
7. Ashes of Al’ar
There are ancient Greeks who claimed that the phoenix had come from the ancient Egyptians. It is possible that this is a reference to Bennu, an ancient Egyptian bird god with strong connections to the sun, the act of creation, and the act of renewal. However, this remains a matter of considerable contention for the time being. Whatever the case, phoenixes are very cool, particularly because there is a certain sense of beauty to the idea of a fire-bird that can rise again from the ashes. Ashes of Al’ar is used to summon Al’ar, who would be the phoenix of Kael-thas Sunstrider. Unsurprisingly, this means that interested individuals need to fight the latter again and again in order to get their hands on this item. The problem is that the Ashes of Al’ar comes with something like a 1 percent drop rate. Thanks to that, said process could take quite some time.
6. Thundering Cobalt Cloud Serpent
One could say that the idea of a dragon is something that can be found in a wide range of times as well as a wide range of places. However, one could also say that the idea of a dragon is a very versatile one, thus enabling it to encompass a wide range of fantastic creatures from a wide range of times as well as a wide range of places. After all, the original idea of the dragon from ancient Greece was just a huge snake with something strange about it. This meant that huge monster snakes were considered to be dragons by the ancient Greeks. Simultaneously, this means that much stranger monsters such as the multi-headed Hydra and the snake-tailed woman with dogs sprouting from her waist Scylla were considered to be dragons as well by the ancient Greeks. Considering those circumstances, it was no wonder that East Asian dragons were acknowledged as dragons even though the best-known version are effectively four-legged snakes with antlers. The Thunder Cobalt Cloud Serpent is an excellent example of such entities. It isn’t called a dragon because that term is reserved for other entities in World of Warcraft. However, its own lore says that it possesses something of the stereotypical dragon’s fierce temperament, seeing as how riding it is apparently something of a chancy process because of the lightning that bursts forth from its body. Regardless, the Thunder Cobalt Cloud Serpent is rare because it comes with a less than 1 percent drop rate, though there is a small bit of consolation in that it can be gotten from a weekly bonus roll as well.
5. Deathcharger’s Reins
Undead knights have been playing an important role in the Warcraft series for a long time. After all, they were in Warcraft II, which came out in December of 1995. Of course, those undead knights were quite different from their latter counterparts, seeing as how they were the spirits of orcish shamans who had possessed the bodies of human knights slain during the First War. The undead knights of latter times have shown a wider range of circumstances. In any case, undead knights are still knights, so it should come as no surprise to learn that there are undead horses running around. Deathcharger’s Reins are used to call up Rivendare’s steed. A mount that can be summed up as an armored horse skeleton that has managed to acquire a pair of very fancy-looking horns. It is another example of a drop with a less than 1 percent drop rate, so interested individuals should expect to fight Baron Rivendare a lot unless they are particularly lucky.
4. Solar Spirehawk
Speaking of phoenixes, Solar Spirehawk would be another take on the general concept. If people want to get their hands on this mount, they are going to need to take down Rukhmar, a flying world boss that can be found in the Spires of Arak. The Solar Spirehawk has a spectacular look, meaning that a lot of people want to get their hands upon it. Unfortunately, it remains very rare in spite of that for the simple reason that it has a very low drop rate. As in, there are estimates that the drop rate could be as low as 0.03 percent, which isn’t very encouraging to say the least. Besides this, there is another way to get the Solar Spirehawk. The problem is that this way would be going to the Black Market Auction House at Hookpoint because it sometimes makes rare and retired mounts available for sale. Sadly, the available items are randomized, so the chances of a Solar Spirehawk being available for sale aren’t very good to say the least.
3. Obsidian Worldbreaker
As mentioned earlier, dragons are pretty important in World of Warcraft. To name an example, there are black dragons associated with the earth, who winded up being killed for the most part because of their corruption by the Old Gods. The Obsidian Worldbreaker is a clear nod to these dragons, as shown by how its item description is just straight-up a quote from the Dragon Aspect Neltharion. Appearance-wise, it is extremely stylish, being an armored dragon with the classic six-limb configuration, meaning four legs plus a pair of wings. Originally, the Obsidian Worldbreaker was handed out for beating Chromie’s Memories, which was a combination of nine raid bosses meant to celebrate an important anniversary for the game. Nowadays, it can only be found through the Black Market Auction House at Hookpoint. As such, it can still be picked up by interested individuals. Unfortunately, their chances of success aren’t good, so much so that even perseverance might not get them anything.
2. Black Qiraji Battle Tank
The Black Qiraji Battle Tank is another mount handed out for a time-limited event that is now no longer available to interested individuals. In its case, that was Scepter of the Shifting Sands. It is interesting to note that the Black Qiraji Battle Tank came in green, blue, and even red, with the last being the least common of the colors. As such, there were rare and then extra rare versions of the mount. In any case, if there is one consolation, it is that the Black Qiraji Battle Rank is a rather villainous-looking insectoid mount. There are definitely people who enjoy that kind of look for their ride. However, that just doesn’t have the same kind of broad appeal as, say, a huge armored dragon.
1. Fluorescent Green Mechanostrider
The Fluorescent Green Mechanostrider isn’t the most impressive-looking mount that can be found in World of Warcraft. It is 100 percent robotic, which is a neat reminder that the setting isn’t 100 percent high fantasy. However, the fundamental issue is that Mechanostriders are based on flightless birds that run on the ground rather than fly in the sky. Ostriches are strong enough to kill lions and other large predators with their kicks. Similarly, cassowaries have a notorious reputation because their sharp claws can cut flesh as well as inflict other serious wounds with ease. Even so, flightless birds that run on the ground just don’t get a lot of respect in the popular consciousness. Something that carries over to anything based upon them. In any case, the Fluorescent Green Mechanostrider holds the number one position on this list because it is a literal, one-of-a-kind mount. It has shown up once and only once. Furthermore, even the one Fluorescent Green Mechanostrider that existed no longer exists. For those who are curious, a player named Narshe deleted his Mechanostrider by accident. He managed to get it restored by his server’s Game Master. However, he didn’t get a normal Mechanostrider back. Instead, he got a Fluorescent Green Mechanostrider that is available nowhere else. Unfortunately, when Narshe tried to capitalize on its rarity by selling it, the Game Master removed it from his account. As such, it is hard to be rarer than something that no one even owns anymore.