Every expansion comes with its own special flavour of mounts that harkens back to the expansion’s theme. Burning Crusade had the glorious Netherwing Drakes, Wrath of the Lich King had various kinds of proto-drakes in addition to the usual ones, and Cataclysm brings us Stone Drakes.
While I was contemplating how I’d like to wrap up this expansion, getting one or more of these drakes crossed my mind as being the perfect souvenir. They look fantastic for one and are deeply reminiscent of Deepholm – an area that is vitally tied to Deathwing. It’s a great way to wrap up the expansion and expand my mount collection all at once! So how does one get a hold of these beauties?
There are a total of eight stone drakes that we can get at the moment. The methods to obtain these are diverse as the drakes themselves so whether you’re a hardcore raider or a solo player, there’s something here for you. Here are our options:
1. Drake of the West Wind
If you love doing dailies, this is the mount for you. Drake of the West Wind requires exalted reputation with Baradin’s Wardens/Hellscream’s Reach and costs 200 commendations. There are two daily hubs for this reputation grind – the first is on the main island while the other hub opens up if your faction controls Tol Barad. You can also offset the rep grind with a bit of pvp in the fight for Tol Barad and by running Baradin Hold.
2. Vitreous Stone Drake
This beauty is a rare drop from Slabhide in Stonecore. Although the place used to have a terrible reputation as a dungeon, things aren’t too bad now. Unfortunately, Reins of the Vitreous Stone Drake are still completely in the hands of the RNG gods with the drop rate around 0.8%. I have yet to see this drop let alone win the roll – but if you’re lucky enough to nab this, I think it’s one of the most beautiful drakes out there!
3. Drake of the North Wind
Another beauty also subject to the whims of RNG. Drake of the North Wind drops from Altairus in Vortex Pinnacle. Note that this mount drops both in normal and heroic modes so you might even end up seeing it up while levelling that 15th alt to 85 😀
4. Vial of the Sands /Sandstone Drake
Well, if you can’t get a stone drake then you can always just turn into one! Vial of the Sands is a crafted mount and is made by Alchemists, although it is not bound until used. Vial of the Sands transforms the player into a Sandstone Drake and allows for one friend to ride on their back. Pretty darn cool. My favourite part was when I would take a friend up real high on this with my druid and then ninja shift into bird form and watch them go “nuuuuuuuuu”. Sulfuron Spire makes for a particularly evil landscape. *Ahem*
The recipe for Vial of the Sands is a rare drop in archaeology, obtained from canopic jars in Tol’vir digsites. If you aren’t an alchemist or simply can’t stand archaeology, have no fear the auction house is here. The mount can cost a pretty penny but hey if gold is to be spent, there are few things cooler than this.
5. Volcanic Stone Drake
This one is a great looking drake with little crystals of red on its slate hide. For once, something that looks this good isn’t subject to pure luck. Reins of the Volcanic Stone Drake is a sure shot reward for completing the achievement “Glory of the Cataclysm Hero” for the heroic dungeons. Most of these achievements are fairly easy to get with a few friends and many of these also incidentally happen while gearing up – so its not always as long a journey as it seems. There are a couple odd toughies like Headed South but most of them are very doable.
I’m working on these on a couple of my toons at the moment and will post pictures of the drake when I’m finally done!
6. Phosphorescent Stone Drake
This drake is a guaranteed drop from a rare spawn Aeonaxx in Deepholm. Much like the Time-lost Proto-drake, Aeonaxx is on a spawn timer and is sought after by many players. Note that he is indeed an elite dragon and one must be able to take him down to get the drake.
7. Drake of the South Wind
This one’s a fantastic electric blue drake that drops from Al’akir in Throne of the Four Winds. The mount seems to drop in normal mode and is an extremely rare sight to see. Al’akir was not the most popular raid boss during Tier 11 so finding a group to take him down week after week for a slim chance at the drake would be a bit of a feat in the current climate. However, if you have a raid team that’s all set for this, it’s certainly worth gunning for!
8. Drake of the East Wind
This mount just looks so amazing that I had to include a picture of it. Reins of Drake of the East Wind is a reward for completing the achievement Glory of the Cataclysm Raider. Requirements for the achievement include killing the heroic version of bosses such as Al’akir and Nefarian. Despite being an obsolete tier, this achievement is no walk in the park. If you’re a dedicated raider and your team is looking for something to wrap up the expansion with, knocking out remaining achievements for the drake is a fantastic option.
Given the recent retirement of my raid team, this one and the Al’akir drake will have to be put into deep freeze for the time being. On my plate for the moment is knocking out the Tol Barad reputation and finishing up the Cataclysm Dungeon hero achievement for those drakes. Once those are done, I’d be willing to turn my attention to Stonecore and Vortex Pinnacle and hope that luck favours me!
Are you currently working on getting a stone drake? Which one is your favourite?