For the RPG class, see Mounted warrior.
Riders are combat units within an army. What sets them apart from a regular soldier is the ability to ride a mount into battle. Each race has different beasts for each rider, with some being able to fly.
Types of riders
Bats are ridden by Forsaken, trolls, orcs, and demon hunters. They are either used for transport, projectiles, or reconnaissance.
Dragon riders are primarily used for combat. Famous examples are the orcs from the
Second War and the vrykul. The Dragonmaw clan make use of proto-dragons.
Dragonhawks riders are ridden by
high elven and blood elven warriors. Dragonhawks are used for transport but are also the first strike on an enemy.
Gryphons have a bond with the
Wildhammer dwarf|Wildhammer dwarves and use them in coordinated attacks. Gryphons are also used as transport by the Alliance.
Hippogryphs are used by night elves and ride them as archers or scouts. They are also used as transport.
Argent Crusade members also use them.
Flying machines are used by dwarves, gnomes, and goblins for either transportation or warfare.
Cloud serpents are ridden by the Order of the Cloud Serpent, and they use them in defense of the Jade Forest.
Sha'tari Skyguard use nether rays in their ranks to defend Shattrath City.
Wyverns are used by the
Horde for patrolling their cities, transportation and setting buildings on fire.
Many knights of the Alliance ride horses into battle. These troops are known as cavalry. Well known organizations deploying horse riders are the
Knights of the Silver Hand and the Argent Crusade.
Archmagi of the Kirin Tor ride horses as well.
Death knights of the Scourge and the Ebon Blade ride skeletal horses. Dark Riders are cursed humans who also steeds.
Orc war drummers and tauren sometimes use kodo for warfare.
Huntresses use nightsabers when going into battle. They are fast and strong.
Raiders of the
orcs are warriors who charge into battle on wolves.
Shaman have been portrayed riding wolves as well.