• Swift Windsteed
  • Binds when picked up
  • Mount
  • Use: Teaches you how to summon this mount. The capabilities of this mount depend on your Riding skill and location.
  • Requires Level 20
  • Requires Apprentice Riding

Swift Windsteed

The Swift Windsteed is one of Pandaria's rarest and most majestic beasts.[1] Darting across the heavens on a silver cloud, it is said that good fortune will follow the rider. Sky-goat cavalry, mount up!

Unlike the mounts from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game, this mount was directly purchasable from Blizzard. Released on January 8, 2013, it was the fourth mount to be offered in this way but was retired from the shop on January 19, 2019.


This item is available for purchase from the shop or the In-Game Store for $25 or €25. It was released on January 8, 2013.[1]

With the See You Later Bundle on December 20, 2019, this mount was available at a discounted price with other items. On January 19, 2019, the mount is no longer available for purchase as it entered hibernation in the Blizzard Archive.[2]

Mount Journal

One of Pandaria's most elusive creatures, said to bring good fortune to its rider.

In-Game Store

Cavort among the clouds on this wind-running wonder.

Blizzard Shop

Ride like the wind - Charging from the heavens like a bolt from the blue, the Swift Windsteed gallops high over the battlefield, carrying you to the time and place of your next victory. Airborne cavalry, mount up!


Players are mailed this mount by Mei Francis:

Swift Windsteed


It should come as no surprise that the mist-shrouded lands of Pandaria are host to a wild array of exotic beasts, a rare few of them suitable as mounts.

Behold, one of the very rarest and most majestic...

Mei Francis
Exotic Mounts

Notes and trivia

  • The Swift Windsteed's appearance is based off of the qilin (麒麟, qílín), a Chinese mythological creature which somewhat resembles a cross between a horse and a dragon, and which is often referred to as a "Chinese unicorn". The similarly-named quilen in World of Warcraft bear little resemblance to the mythological qilin and are instead based on Chinese guardian lions.
  • During the Shadowlands alpha, the cloudstriders of Bastion originally used the same model as the Windsteed, but later in development they were changed to a unique model.
  • The Windsteed uses the horse skeleton with the /mountspecial twirl.

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): Added.
    Activated on January 8, 2013.


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