• Heart of the Nightwing
  • Binds when picked up
  • Unique
  • Mount
  • Use: Teaches you how to transform into an Obsidian Nightwing, allowing you to carry an ally on your back. This is a flying mount.
  • Requires Level 20
  • Requires Apprentice Riding

The Obsidian Nightwing with a passenger

Heart of the Nightwing was originally the third special mount that players can earn only through the Recruit-A-Friend program. It first became available to players claiming their RAF reward after July 16, 2012. Obtaining this mount grants the Feat of Strength achievement  [Friends In Places Higher Yet].

In patch 5.4.1, the Recruit-A-Friend program was updated to include a choice of one mount from all current and previous Recruit-A-Friend mounts, or one companion from event-only promotions.

Mount Journal

When you can't run, you crawl, and when you can't crawl you find someone to carry you.


The mount is mailed in-game to the character you select from Master Handler Sylvester. With the item is a unique letter written up as a shipping manifest:

Heart of the Nightwing

Grasped tightly and clutched to one's breast, this enchanted heart of volcanic glass can transform the bearer into an Obsidian Nightwing.


  • Prior to its being removed as a reward for Recruit-A-Friend, this mount was one of only two mounts which allowed the player to transform into a flying mount capable of carrying another player on their back, the other being the  [Vial of the Sands].
  • In the past, some players have reported that this item can appear as an extremely rare find during Archaeology, although this was possibly due to a glitch.[citation needed] 

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.2.5 (2019-09-24): No longer obtainable with the new Recruit-A-Friend system.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-01): Fixed a bug that was preventing Demon Hunters from using Heart of the Nightwing and the Obsidian Nightwing mount.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2012-07-16): Behold! The Recruit-A-Friend program has unleashed an all new reward mount—the swift and sleek Obsidian Nightwing.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.4 (2012-04-17): Added.

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