• X-53 Touring Rocket
  • Binds when picked up
  • Unique
  • Mount
  • Use: Teaches you how to summon this mount.  This mount changes depending on your Riding skill and location.
  • Requires Level 60
  • Requires Expert Riding

A druid on his X-53 along with a passenger.

X-53 Touring Rocket was originally the second special mount that players could earn only through the Recruit-A-Friend program. The X-53 was available to players who claimed their RAF reward between April 27, 2010 and July 15, 2012. It replaced the  [Swift Zhevra] reward and was then replaced by the  [Heart of the Nightwing].

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, and one companion from Asian-only promotions.


  • The X-53 is one of the only few flying mounts available in the game that allow for multiple passengers. It originally scaled to match the speed of your fastest owned mount, up to 310% flight speed.
  • The X-53 is likely based off the X-52 rocket located in Area 52, Netherstorm.
  • Using this mount, players who don't have cold weather flying can get the explorer achievement with some help from a friend.
  • Summoning this mount triggers the global cooldown, unlike most other mounts.
  • As of patch 4.0.1 the rocket can now be ridden as a ground mount in no-fly zones at 100% ground speed.
  • 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:
X-53 Nether Rocket

TO: <name>

FROM: B.O.O.M. Rocket Works


- One (1) X-53 Nether Rocket, Touring Model

- One (1) Rocket Ignition Key

- One (1) Rear-Mounted Ejector Seats

- Zero (0) Parachutes

  • Despite what the letter says, a passenger who ejects in mid-air will get a parachute, like for all other two-person flying mounts.

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.2.5 (2019-09-24): No longer obtainable with the new Recruit-A-Friend system.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.1 (2013-10-29): Available once again.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2012-07-15): The previous reward mount, the X-53 Touring Rocket has now been retired from the Recruit-A-Friend program (but those who already earned the vintage rocket in the past will keep it going forward).
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Can now be used as a ground mount in addition to being a flying mount.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2010-04-27): Time is running out for those who wish to claim their Zhevra, as the launch of the X-53 Touring Rocket is now scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27! If you’ve fulfilled all of the Recruit-A-Friend requirements necessary to claim a mount now but choose not to claim the Zhevra, you will be able to claim the X-53 Touring Rocket instead once it launches. Sounds like they’re firing it up for a final test run now...
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Added.

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