Riding Horse Icon WoW Icon update.png Riding (Profession)

Riding is a secondary profession in which characters may learn to ride mounts, which provide movement speed bonuses and, when applicable, the ability to fly. As of Patch 4.0.1, increasing riding skill grants further increases to movement speed. All ground mounts increase movement speed by 60/100% (Apprentice/Journeyman) and all flying mounts increase ground movement speed by 100% and flying movement speed by 150/280/310% (Expert/Artisan/Master).

More detail on the requirements for each mount can be found on the mounts page.

Skill levels

The following table lists the skill levels available and the cost to train each skill. Due to the high cost of training, the price with discount is also listed in the table. The only discounts available are faction discounts, which vary depending on where you train in the riding skill:

Also, note that the prices listed for the mount itself refer to the basic mounts available to each race, usually purchasable from a vendor near the riding trainer. Special, reputation reward, or vanity mounts may cost more or require special currency to purchase. To save space, faction discounts on the mounts themselves are not included in the table.

Skill Proficiency Riding Friendly Honored Revered Exalted Required for Necessary level
 75 Apprentice 10s 9s 50c 9s 8s 50c 8s Mounted riding (+60% movement speed) 10
150 Journeyman 50g       47g 50s       45g     42g 50s       40g     Faster mounted riding (+100%) 20 with Apprentice
225 Expert Bc icon.gif 250g       237g 50s       225g     212g 50s       200g     Mounted flying (+150% in the air) 30 with Journeyman
375 Master Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif 5,000g       4,750g            4,500g     4,250g           4,000g     Fastest mounted flying (+310%) 40 with Expert
Total Price 5,310g 10s 5,044g 59s 50c 4,779g 9s 4,513g 58s 50c 4,248g 8s

Free riding skills

  • Death Knights receive the 150 skill at character creation (level 55); they learn to summon an [Acherus Deathcharger], a swift land mount, as a quest reward in the Acherus starting zone.
  • Paladins and Warlocks receive the 75 skill as soon as they reach level 10, and as of Patch 5.0.3, automatically learn the spell to summon their class mount.
  • All classes receive the 225 skill at level 71.
  • Draenor flying is rewarded to the player once they complete  [Draenor Pathfinder], unlocking flying for all characters on the account.
  • Allied races receive the 75 skill upon character creation (level 10).

Note that like all professions, all lower ranked skill levels must be learned before training further (e.g. Expert skill is required to train Master skill).

This is a summary of the initial class mounts. Obsolete quests for the paladin and warlock mounts have since been removed from the game.

Class Ability Level
Deathknight Death Knight [Acherus Deathcharger] 8
Demon hunter Demon hunter [Felsaber] ??
Paladin Paladin [Summon Warhorse] (Human)
[Summon Thalassian Warhorse] (Blood Elf) Bc icon.gif
[Summon Exarch's Elekk] (Draenei) Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif
[Summon Sunwalker Kodo] (Tauren) Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif
[Summon Dawnforge Ram] (Dwarf) Battle for Azeroth
[Summon Darkforge Ram] (Dark Iron Dwarf) Battle for Azeroth
Paladin Paladin [Summon Charger] (Human)
[Summon Thalassian Charger] (Blood Elf) Bc icon.gif
[Summon Great Exarch's Elekk] (Draenei) Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif
[Summon Great Sunwalker Kodo] (Tauren) Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif
Warlock Warlock [Felsteed] 10
Warlock Warlock [Dreadsteed] 20

Riding trainers

Alliance Alliance Mount Trainers and Vendors
Type Location Faction Trainer
Horse Eastvale Logging Camp
Menethil Harbor
Theramore Isle
Stormwind Randal Hunter
Saber Cenarion Enclave Darnassus Jartsam
Ram Amberstill Ranch Ironforge Ultham Ironhorn
Mechanostrider Steelgrill's Depot Gnomeregan Binjy Featherwhistle
Elekk The Exodar (front entrance) Bc icon.gif Exodar Aalun
Gryphon Honor Hold Bc icon.gif
Wildhammer Stronghold Bc icon.gif
Valiance Keep Wrath of the Lich King
Stormwind City
Honor Hold
Valiance Expedition
Hargen Bronzewing
Ilsa Blusterbrew
Maigra Keenfeather
Bralla Cloudwing
Horde Horde Mount Trainers and Vendors
Type Location Faction Trainer
Wolf Valley of Honor Orgrimmar Kildar
Raptor Sen'jin Village Darkspear Trolls Xar'Ti
Kodo Bloodhoof Village Thunder Bluff Kar Stormsinger
Skeletal Horse Brill Undercity Velma Warnam
Hawkstrider Thuron's Livery Bc icon.gif Silvermoon City Perascamin
Trike Goblin Slums Bilgewater Cartel Kall Worthaton
Wyvern Thrallmar Bc icon.gif
Shadowmoon Village Bc icon.gif
Warsong Hold Wrath of the Lich King
Warsong Offensive
Wind Rider Jahubo
Wind Rider Sabamba
Neutral Neutral Mount/Cold Weather Flying Trainers
Location Faction Trainer
Krasus' Landing Wrath of the Lich King
River's Heart Wrath of the Lich King
K3 Wrath of the Lich King
Hira Snowdawn
Pilot Vic
Roxi Ramrocket

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13):
    • Artisan Riding removed. Characters who learned it prior to the squish retain the ability.
    • Learning Flight Form no longer automatically teaches Expert Riding.
  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): [Flight Master's License], [Cold Weather Flying] and [Wisdom of the Four Winds] removed.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-07-25): Cold Weather Flying now costs 50 gold, and is automatically learned at level 80.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.2 (2015-09-01): Flying has been enabled on Draenor for characters that have attained the account-wide achievement,  [Draenor Pathfinder].
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Mount Changes
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Mount Changes
    • Master Flying Skill (310% flight speed) can now be purchased from most riding trainers.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Mount Changes
    • Master Flying Skill (310% flight speed) is now available from riding trainers in Dalaran, Valiance Expedition, Warsong Offensive at a cost of 5,000g.
    • Characters that already had a 310% mount pre-4.0.1 are given this skill free of charge. All other characters must purchase Master Flying to receive 310% flight speed.
    • Initially, the [Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake] did not give 310% speed, this was corrected in a hotfix.
    • Cold Weather Flying reduced to 500g.
    • Cold Weather Flying can now be purchased at level 68.
    • The heirloom  [Tome of Cold Weather Flight] has been removed from vendors.
    • The  [X-53 Touring Rocket] can now also be used as a ground mount.
    • The speed of nearly all mounts now scales with riding skill.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): Mount Changes
    • Reduced the expert riding skill price to 250g.
    • Changed the faction discounts for the riding skill vendors in Honor Hold and Thrallmar to use Stormwind and Orgrimmar faction, respectively. This is because newly-arrived 60s in Outland are unlikely to have any Honor Hold or Thrallmar rep.[1]
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Mount Changes
    • The cast time for summoning any ground mount is now 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds.
    • Apprentice Riding (Skill 75): Can now be learned at level 20 for 4g. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 20 directing them to the riding trainer.
    • Journeyman Riding (Skill 150): Can now be learned at level 40 for 50g. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 40 directing them back to the riding trainer.
    • Expert Riding (Skill 225): Can now be learned at level 60 for 600g from trainers in Honor Hold or Thrallmar. Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold for Alliance; Thrallmar for Horde). Flight speed at this skill level has been increased to +150% of run speed, up from +60%.
    • Artisan Riding (Skill 300): Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold or Valiance Expedition for Alliance; Thrallmar or Warsong Offensive for Horde).
    • In order to further equalize the number of purchasable mounts available to each race, a new 60% speed ground mount has been added for night elves, and a new 100% speed ground mount has been added for the undead.
    • Flying over Dalaran and Wintergrasp is now possible so long as players keep a healthy distance above the ground.
    • For 1,000g level 80 Main characters can purchase the heirloom  [Tome of Cold Weather Flight] and give it to their alts level 68+ that have a flying skill of 225+ (not 150 as previously stated) to learn Cold Weather Flying.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Cold Weather Flying added at level 77 at a cost of 1,000g.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15): The level requirement for Apprentice Riding was lowered from 40 to 30. It also reduces the cost from 90g to 35g, and its respective reputation discounts.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): PvP rankings also no longer grant the player an additional 10% discount
Before TBC, the cost of Journeyman riding was 900g, so the total cost of getting an epic mount was the same as before. It has since been reduced to 600g to make it easier to buy Expert riding skill.
  • WoW Icon update.png Hotfix (2006-09-28): We will be issuing rolling restarts across all realms [...] to apply a hot fix that will address an issue with mount riding skills. Players that had a mount in their inventory but were not given the appropriate riding skill should find that this has been corrected after this fix is applied.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.12.1 (2006-09-26): The cost structure and functionality of Riding and Mounts was changed.
Prior to that patch, Riding was an ability rather than a secondary Profession, and had only one rank. Each faction had its own riding skill (tiger riding, horse riding, mechanostrider piloting, ram riding) and the cost was 20g, available at level 40. Exalted reputation was required to learn cross-faction riding skill, but mounts were Bind on Use and purchasable by anyone for 80g. This meant that characters who were PvP rank 3 or higher could pass on the 10% discount directly to other characters by buying the mount for them. This is no longer possible because all mounts are now Bind on Pickup, and the majority of the cost is built into the riding skill training (which is no longer faction-specific) rather than the cost of the mount.

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