Mount Up!

Elekk MountReaching level 40 was somewhat of a significant milestone for my Shaman. It meant that I would now be able to wear chain mail amrour, which offers much greater protection than the leather I’m currently wearing. It also meant that I could now put talent points into dual-wielding in the Enhancement spec. The downside to those of course, is now I need to get some one-handed weapons and mail armour.

The thing I was most excited about with level 40 though, was getting my mount. It wasn’t just for the increased speed, because I don’t think it’s a whole lot faster than my Ghost Wolf form, but it’s sort of a status item. Ninety gold, the cost of the riding skill plus the mount, was a lot of money for a non-twink newb like myself. I was half-way through level 39 with just 40 gold to my name. I headed out to Arathi Highlands and began mining iron ore. After about two hours I had enough iron ore to smelt three stacks of iron bars which I put on the Auction House for 20 gold per stack.

The next day, I logged in and discovered that all three stacks had sold, along with a couple other items I put up, and I was now at 108 gold. I felt so rich. A quick bit of adventuring and a couple quest turn ins got me me my level 40 ding and I was off to Exodar to purchase my Elekk mount. I don’t think it’s the greatest looking mount, I’m kind of partial to the Dwarven Ram myself, but I wasn’t about to grind out a bunch of faction just so I could have a different looking mount. Not yet anyway, but I’m sure one day I’ll give in.

Other than that, I didn’t play a whole lot this weekend. I spent a little bit of time running around Stranglethorn Vale doing some miscellaneous quests. I was running into Horde players left and right, most of them a few levels below me. I left most of them alone, but did kill a few of them here and there for fun. Of course, it wouldn’t be a run through Stranglethorn Vale if I hadn’t gotten ganked myself, and in spectacular fashion to boot. I was cruising through the zone when I saw a zone-wide shout from an NPC named Short John Mithril that said, “Arrr, Me Hearties! I be havin’ some extra Treasure that I be givin’ away at the Gurubashi Arena! All ye need do to collect it is open the chest I leave on the arena floor!“. I had just passed by the arena a minute or two before, so I turned around and headed back with visions of free loot in my head. I had no idea what this was all about, and in hindsight, I was pretty naive to think no one else would be headed towards the arena as well, but as soon as I got there, some high-level Horde character’s pet came screaming towards me and killed me in one shot. I was killed two more times afterward as I tried to escape the arena. Lesson learned.

One Reply to “Mount Up!”

  1. I did the Darnassus rep grind at 40 for my cat mount. It wasn’t a whole lot of fun, but I’m really glad I did it at this point. Once you get over level 50 and can start doing Alterac Valley. You can save up 30 marks from each of the three battlegrounds and purchase a level 60 mount of any race you want without the rep grind. My dwarf did that for his Mechanostrider mount.

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