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Ability hunter pet turtle

Riding Turtle

The Riding Turtle is obtained by finding a rare Saltwater Snapjaw "Loot Card" from the Heroes of Azeroth expansion set of the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game from Upper Deck Entertainment. The card has a scratch-off code which is used to obtain the item. Originally, a given code would only give you one turtle on one character on one server, so you wouldn't get it on all your characters (unlike the collector's edition companions).

The Saltwater Snapjaw card comes in both loot and ordinary forms; only the loot version has the scratch off code. The card is apparently extremely rare and sells for as much as several hundred dollars on eBay. The initial printing of the card game sold out almost immediately, making these cards even rarer.

The Riding Turtle was originally simply for looks. While mounted on the turtle you move at normal running speed, though you are actually mounted so effects that affect run speed do not operate but effects that affect mount speed do. When the aquatic mount system was added in with the Inv misc fish turtle 02 [Sea Turtle], that was likely when the Riding Turtle also became an aquatic mount.

The mount can also be acquired through the Ability hunter pet turtle [Lucky Riding Turtle], an Asian promotional item.

Icon description[]

"Summons and dismisses a rideable turtle. It may be slow, but it gets you off your feet!"

Mount Journal[]

Slow and steady might not always win you the race but it'll get you there... eventually.


When the player upgrades their Fishing Shack in their garrison to Level 3, they have a chance to fish up a Inv misc fish 46 [Lunarfall Carp]/Inv misc fish 92 [Frostdeep Minnow]. These can be used to summon a Lunarfall Cavedweller/Frostdeep Cavedweller which has a chance at dropping the Riding Turtle.

This mount also has a chance to be listed on the Black Market Auction House by Landro Longshot, for the opening bid of 15,000g.


  • As with all other land mounts it is not usable indoors.
  • Can be affected by +mount speed items.
  • Useable at any level and therefore available for twinks.
    • Using Inv misc plant 03 [Fresh Holly] on the turtle mount turns it temporarily into a level 20 Reindeer mount with 60% speed boost. The holly requires level 30 to use, but you could be level 30 without any riding skill and use the holly and the turtle mount together to at least temporarily get you a "free" level 20 mount.
  • Colored green with a brown shell. The Sea Turtle is a recolored skin, being blue with a green shell.


Before version 2.0.x it was ordinary "white" item. After 2.0.x patch it was made into an Epic (purple) item. The effect of the item was not changed, but you no longer have to worry as much about accidentally deleting it as it is now protected by the item deletion confirmation prompt.

Saltwater Snapjaw[]

Icon-TCG This section contains information from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game and is considered non-canon.

Besides being a potential loot card, the Saltwater Snapjaw card is also useful in the card game. Its ability to prevent all damage to it this turn for a cost of 3 can make it difficult to kill. [1]

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