Mounts in WoW have been a collector’s paradise for some time now. With every major content patch, new mounts are added to the game. Some mounts are time-sensitive (such as clearing specific types of content before a season ends), whereas others are obtainable forever.
Today, we’re going to look at 10 of the rarest mounts in WoW. We’re only going to include mounts that you can still obtain (with the exception of our final entry) to give all of you treasure hunters out there some new shinys to seek out.
10. Ashes of Al’arAshes of Al’ar remains a truly iconic WoW mount. The Burning Crusade saw Blizzard Entertainment begin to develop what WoW mounts could and would be, creating a plethora of exciting mounts in tandem with their new gameplay feature, flying.
Dropped by the infamous Kael’thas Sunstrider who dwells within the 25-man raid, The Eye, Ashes of Al’ar is still widely sought after to this day. It’s unlike any other mount in the game (although bears some similarity to the Dark Phoenix mount), and was truly a sight to behold when it first arrived, 15 years ago.
With just a 1.7% drop-rate, you’ll likely need to spend a good amount of time running The Eye to get your hands on this golden golden bird. Thankfully, max-level players can finish the instance in under 10 minutes, so with a bit of luck, it won’t take you too long to get this one in the bag.
9. Thundering Cobalt Cloud SerpentMists of Pandaria brought a brand new type of flying mount to WoW; the cloud serpent. There’s quite a few cloud serpent mounts to get your hands on, but the majority of them are far easier to obtain than the Thundering Cobalt Cloud Serpent.
This particular mount drops from the world boss, Nalak the Storm Lord, who spawns on The Isle of Thunder, towards the top of the island (60.5 37.3). While the drop-rate of the mount isn’t known for certain, it’s estimated to be around 0.02%, making it one of the lowest drop-rates in the game.
Nalak spawns every 15-20 minutes, so you’ll be able to kill him pretty consistently if you’re willing to camp at his spawn point. You’re going to need a lot of patience for this one.
8. Risen MareWhile not the most striking mount on this list, we’ve included the Risen Mare as it is definitely one of the rarest mounts in WoW as of writing this list. Released as a reward for Battle for Azeroth’s Island Expeditions feature, the Risen Mare shares a model with the original Forsaken mounts from Vanilla WoW. It’s known for being the only horse mount in the game that doesn’t have a saddle.
There are currently two ways to obtain the Risen Mare from Island Expeditions. The first method is to run Island Expeditions that have Necromancer mobs present on the island (note that the mount can drop from any enemy, just as long as Necromancers have spawned). We have no exact drop-rate for this one, but it’s low. While the drop-rate increases based on difficulty, it’s below 1% even at Mythic difficulty.
The other way to get the Risen Mare is to purchase Havenswood Salvage using the currencies farmed from Island Expeditions. You can buy the salvage from Captain Nightrunner in Boralus, or Captain Kitt in Dazar’alor.
When you open the salvage, there’s a roughly 5% chance that Risen Mare will be inside. There’s a caveat, though, as the type of salvage the merchants offer rotates each week, so Havenswood Salvage won’t always be available.
7. Prestigious Midnight CourserThis mount is definitely one of the best looking horse mounts in the game, and if you want to get your hands on it, you’ll need to be prepared to grind some PvP. When initially released during Legion, this mount could be obtained by reaching Prestige Level 25.
Nowadays, the PvP progression system has been altered somewhat, and so has the method of obtaining the Prestigious Midnight Courser. Today, you’ll need to grind out Honor to level 250 to ride atop this wicked-looking beast yourself.
6. Son of GalleonAnother Mists of Pandaria mount, the Son of Galleon can be obtained by defeating Galleon in The Valley of the Four Winds on the Pandaria continent. It’s one of the more impressive looking —and rarest —kodo mounts in WoW, iconic due to its large saddle, spiked back, and murky green hue.
While we don’t necessarily condone enslaving Galleon’s son, players who want to do so can camp at Galleon’s spawn point, right on the border of Krasarang Wilds in the eastern side of the zone (71.6 64.4). Kill the world boss each time he spawns, every 15-20 minutes.
Unfortunately, the drop-rate is incredibly low on this one, estimated at 0.01%. Good luck!
5. Heavenly Onyx Cloud SerpentTime for another Cloud Serpent! We’d argue that this is the best looking Cloud Serpent in the game, but it’s also one of the rarest mounts in WoW. This mount drops from the Sha of Anger who can be found in the Kun Lai Summit region of Pandaria, and spawns just west of One Keg (54.4 63.2). You can’t miss this guy; he’s huge!
He respawns fairly often, between 10 and 20 minutes. He also notifies the whole zone by yelling at the top of his voice, so you won’t ever miss the spawn. While he’s extremely easy to farm, the drop rate for the Heavenly Onyx Cloud Serpent is incredibly low. Like the Thundering Cobalt Cloud Serpent from earlier in the list, the drop-rate is approximately 0.02%.
4. Slime SerpentThe Slime Serpent is the anomaly of our list, as although he’s rare, he’s not particularly difficult to get as long as you have decent gear in Shadowlands. He’s rare because it took six months after the release of Shadowlands for a player to discover how to get this mount, and so relatively few players have got their hands on him so far.
To get your own Slime Serpent, you’ll need to solo the final two bosses of the Plaguefall dungeon. Now that we’re just a few months away from the next WoW expansion, Dragonflight, your characters are likely geared to the teeth, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble clearing the dungeon on Heroic difficulty (it doesn’t drop on the Normal version).
3. Solar SpirehawkThis is the second fire-bird to make this list, and while not as iconic as the Ashes of Al’ar, we’d argue that this higher-resolution bird looks a lot cooler. You’ll need to go back in time to get this mount, as the Solar Spirehawk drops from the world boss, Rukhmar, in the Spires of Arak region of Draenor.
Rukhmar spawns on the western coast of the zone (47.1 78.4), and roams around a fair bit once it has spawned. After you’ve killed him once, return to the coordinates above for a more consistent kill. You’ll likely be camped on the shore for a long time, as the Solar Spirehawk has just a 0.2% drop-rate.
2. Silent GliderThis incredibly rare mount drops from an enemy called ‘Soundless’ that can be found in Nazjatar, one of Battle for Azeroth’s patch zones. Rather than dropping from a boss, there are several Soundless enemies that spawn throughout the zone, primarily North East of Newhome in the Coral Forest.
These beasts can be pretty tricky to find, but unfortunately getting the mount to drop is even trickier. The drop-rate is currently estimated to be around 0.9%, making it one of the lowest drop-rates in the game.
1. Fluorescent Green MechanostriderLike we said at the beginning of this list, our final entry can’t be obtained anymore. However, we couldn’t resist including it because of how rare this mount is. So rare, in fact, that only one of these mounts has ever existed in WoW, and unfortunately, it doesn’t exist anymore. Here’s the story…
A WoW player called Narshe accidentally deleted his Green Mechanostrider, and so he reached out to a GM to get it back. The GM granted his request by returning the mount to him, but accidentally gifted him the Fluorescent Green Mechanostrider instead.
A short while later, Narshe threw this good faith in the bin when he used the mount’s rarity to try and sell his account. Naturally, Blizzard decided this was a step too far, and removed the mount from his account. There’s definitely a lesson to be learned here!