Preparing for Legion: Mounts
Mounts are very similar to real world vehicles. Not just that they allow you to get around faster, but also that they are something of a status symbol. There are many who are happy to have a basic vendor mount that can get them from one place to another. But there are also people like to show off their fancy mounts just as they would a fancy car.
Then there are the mounts with a certain amount of utility. These are often sought out for what they allow you to do that other mounts do not. An easy example of this would be the Reins of the Traveller’s Tundra Mammoth which gives access to two vendors, one with the ability to repair.
Utility should not be underestimated. Luxury vehicles sell at a high price because they have features that other models do not. Unfortunately we cannot sell the Reins of the Traveller’s Tundra Mammoth or the Reins of the Grand Expedition Yak. But there are many that we can sell, and some that can make a very nice profit.
Profession: Engineering, 600
Recipe Obtained: Schematic: Chief Engineer Jard’s Journal can be obtained randomly when looting any mob in Pandaria. It can also only be found by a character with Engineering at 600 or higher. Using the journal will teach you several recipes. Among them, Jard’s Peculiar Energy Source and the Sky Golem.
Assessment: The Sky Golem is unique among all mounts in the game. It allows you to remain mounted while gathering herbs. This utility makes it almost a must-have mount for any non-druid player who gathers herbs often.
Living Steel can be bought from the Auction House. It is much cheaper to create it with an Alchemist, especially one with Transmutation Mastery. Creating Living Steel can only be done once a day if created using only Trillium Bars. It will be much cheaper than the alternative and, because it will take 30 days to create all the Jard’s Peculiar Energy Source, it is better to take advantage of the crafting option that costs less.
Pros: Unique utility among all mounts.
Cons: Requires a large time investment.
IMPORTANT! This mount is a common target for duplication. Be sure to check the price on your realm before deciding to craft this.
Profession: Alchemy, 525
Assessment: The Vial of the Sands is the only flying mount that can be crafted and can also carry a passenger. This gives it a unique amount of utility. The only other mounts which can do the same are rewards from the RAF program.
A new expansion will bring in more players, both old and new. Some of these people will be playing with friends, family or significant others. Having a flying mount that allows a passenger can be a great luxury for such people.
Flying may not be available in the Broken Isles at launch but it will still be possible in other zones and this mount can be used to carry a passenger along the ground as well.
One important thing to note is that this mount is a common target for dupes. Specific information on how this is done is not widely known but somehow people are able to duplicate items. They can then sell them at very little profit, or even at a loss, because it is technically a profit if the item costs nothing to duplicate.
Pros: Incredible profit margin. Very little competition.
Cons: Recipe can be very time consuming to obtain. A frequent target for dupes.
Profession: Engineering, 450
Recipe Obtained: The Horde variant, Schematic: Mechano-Hog, can be purchased from Gara Skullcrush (Borean Tundra) or Sebastian Crane (Howling Fjord). The schematic can only be purchased if you are Exalted with the Horde Expedition.
The Alliance variant, Schematic: Mekgineer’s Chopper, can be purchased from Logistics Officer Silverstone (Borean Tundra) or Logistics Officer Brighton (Howling Fjord). The schematic can only be purchased if you are Exalted with the Alliance Vanguard.
Assessment: Similar to the Vial of the Sands, these motorcycles can be crafted and can also carry a passenger. Flying will not be available in the Broken Isles at launch. Players searching for a passenger mount will be more likely to buy the cheaper option until flying is unlocked.
The Horde Expedition, and it’s equivalent the Alliance Vanguard, are different from other factions. You gain reputation with them by gaining reputation with the four “sub factions” of each. Once you have reached exalted with 2 of these “sub factions” (or an equal amount of reputation spread across all four) you will also reach exalted with the Horde Expedition or the Alliance Vanguard.
The easiest way to gain reputation with these factions is to complete all 80H dungeons from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. However I would suggest doing the trash farm in the Pit of Saron on Heroic. This will allow you to gain reputation quickly but also has a chance at looting the rare Battered Hilt.
Crafting this can be very expensive. On some realms the cost of Titansteel Bar can all but eat up your entire profit margin. It is recommended to have a character with Mining, the ability to smelt bars for yourself can help to improve the profit margin of many crafted items, including these mounts.
Pros: Little competition.
Cons: Profit can be very low.
Mount Obtained: The Coalfist Gronnling is a reward from a rare garrison mission, Breaker Two. This mission will only be available if two or more of your followers have an item level of 675. The mission will also appear randomly and cannot be farmed in the traditional sense.
Assessment: There is, currently, a massive surplus of Coalfist Gronnling on the market. The price of the Coalfist Gronnling will never be this low again. Once Legion has been released most players will leave garrisons behind. There will only be a small few who continue sending their followers out on missions. This will drive the supply down.
At the same time, the launch of Legion, and the release of the Warcraft movie, will bring more players into the game. New players will join and old players will return. Players who may not have yet learned the Coalfist Gronnling mount. And, assuming that there will be future expansions, this will be true of every expansion.
The more outdated and irrelevant the Warlords of Draenor expansion becomes the more valuable this mount will be. Some predict the price will increase to a few thousand gold during Legion. Some predict that it may reach over 10k, but only after Legion has become outdated and irrelevant.
It’s pure speculation on how much it will change. Almost everyone seems to agree that the price will increase, just not by how much. This being the case, it’s not a matter of whether or not this mount becomes profitable. It’s a matter of whether or not it is worth taking up the bag space for a long period of time.
Pros: Cheap and plentiful now.
Cons: Can’t be farmed. May not be worth the storage space.
Risk: Very High
Nok-Karrosh can be soloed by a skilled Hunter. To my knowledge no other class is capable of defeating Nok-Karrosh yet. But once Legion has been released we will be doing far more damage than we are currently. Especially after a few raids have been released. By next year it is very possible that farming Nok-Karrosh will have become a popular way to make some quick gold.
So why would I even put this on the list? Because it will take time for people to get that kind of gear. And Nok-Karrosh will be all but forgotten while everyone is busing leveling up through the Broken Isles. Players who were brought in from either the movie or the launch of Legion may have never had access to the mount before.
But this is a very risky scenario. The window of opportunity for these sales is very small and there is every possibility that the price will not increase at all. I can only suggest trying to profit off the Garn Nighthowl if you can find some for very cheap or enjoy taking a risk.
Pros: Potential for a decent profit.
Cons: Very risky.