Part of the fun in mount farming is the need to move around the world becomes an issue – without planning ahead you can easily spend a large amount of time traveling between instances.
Mages have it easy – lots of ways for them to get around! Although see the base of this post for one of the trickier portals for mages to learn.
Everyone else has to use tricks to get around the world at a reasonable pace. Most of this is written from an alliance point of view, however the horde have equivalents of all of the below.
- The Shrine of Seven Stars
- Shattrath City
- Teleportation items
- Putting it all together
Portals from Stormwind are:
- Hellfire Pennisular
- Blasted Lands
- Twilight Highlands
- Tol Barad
You appear in the mage tower in Stormwind and there are a couple of portals close to where you enter. Just a short step away from you is the portal to the Burning Crusade-era Hellfire Pennisular.
That drops you at the Dark portal and is the closest point to reach the Tempest Keep instances and The Eye raid instance.
The other portal is at the enterance to the Mage Tower and is to the Blasted Lands.
This portal brings you out close to the ruins of Nethergarde Keep. Its also the fastest way to get to Karazhan which is just a short flight to the west.
The other Stormwind portals are in the north of the city
Just to the right of that isle of portals is the portal to the Jade forest – handy if you don’t have your hearthstone set to the Shrine.
The portals available to you on the portal island are shown below; you need to have done some questing at the right level to have opened all of these. Hjyal and Deepholm are pretty easy. Uldum requires you survive a couple of cut scenes and do some sort quests. The others can also be done relatively easily, but aren’t that useful for moving around the world.
Once inside, the portal to the Caverns of Time can be found beyond the portal on the left
Another portal in Dalaran is the one to Stormwind which can be found with the class trainers. The portal to Wintergrasp can also be found around there.
There are a number of teleportation items which can be used to move around the world. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just the useful ones.
|Shroud of Cooperation||Stormwind / Orgimmar||8 hrs||Guild achieve: A Class Act|
|Wrap of Unity||Stormwind / Orgimmar||4 hrs||Guild achieve: Guild level 15|
|Cloak of Coordination||Stormwind / Orgimmar||2 hrs||Guild achieve: Master Crafter|
|Argent Crusader’s Tabard||Argent Tournament||30 mins||50x Champion’s Seals|
|Ring of the Kirin Tor||Dalaran||30 mins||8,500g from Harold Winston in Dalaran|
|Dimensional Ripper: Everlook||Everlook, Winterspring||4 hrs||Engineering only|
|Dimensional Ripper: Area 52||Area 52, Netherstorm||4 hrs||Engineering only|
|Wormhole Generator: Northrend||Northrend zones||4 hrs||Engineering only|
|Wormhole Generator: Pandaria||Pandarian zones||4 hrs||Engineering only|
|Boots of the Bay||Inn at Booty Bay||1 Day||1st or 2nd place Fishing competition|
|Potion of Deepholm||Temple of Earth, Deepholm||1 min||Alchemy|
If you did challenge modes during Mists of Pandaria and got gold ranking on any of them then you’ll have spells which will teleport you to outside the relevant instances, all on an 8hr cooldown.
Of these, the most useful is Path of the Necromancer which places you outside the enterance to Scholomance – just a short 2 minute flight from the enterance to Stratholm for farming the Baron’s mount.
So, putting it together for travel. Say I’d like to farm the following raids for mounts:
- Tempest Keep – The Eye
Then if I was starting at the Garrison I would take the following route:
- Take garrison portal to Ashran
- Take Ashran portal to Stormwind
- Take portal to Blasted Lands
- Fly west to Karazhan
- Kill The Horseman
- Fly east to the Blasted Lands portal
- Take portal to Stormwind
- Take portal to Hellfire Pennisular
- Fly north to The Eye in Tempest Keep – take in the sights of the ships lost to the nether as you go!
- Kill Kael’thas
- Hearth to the Shrine
- Take the portal to Stormwind
- Fly north to the Isle of Portals
- Take the portal to Uldum
- Fly north (ish) to Dustwallow Marsh
- Kill Onyxia
By the end of the above the Garrison hearthstone should be off cooldown and you can hearth back again! Naturally you can also use the Cloak of Coordination to get back to Stormwind. Or use the Dalaran ring to teleport to Dalaran and then use the Stormwind portal from there.
If you’re a mage you’ve got it fairly simple – you’ve got teleportation spells to most parts of the world. Almost all of those are learned from portal trainers you’ll come across as you level.
However there is one teleportation spell which isn’t so obvious to get. And which is not only useful for getting to some instances, but also rather handy for rude people who demand portals.
Its the telport to the old location of Dalaran – Ancient Teleport Dalaran – which drops you here:
In other words, the location of Dalaran before Wrath of the Lich King was released.
Unfortunately you go back to exactly where you would’ve been teleported to if you appeared in the Dalaran portal room. Which means that you appear relatively high up. Add the crater made by Dalaran leaving and it means it’ll be a fatal drop – unless you have slow fall at the ready or another way of surviving a long drop.
To get the teleportation spell you have two ways – run Scarlet Halls or visit a vendor in Dalaran.
Scarlet Halls is a part of the Scarlet Monastery instances, found in Tirisfal Glades. Horde have it easy, you just have to get to the Undercity. Alliance need to fly up from Stormwind to Chillwind Camp in the Western Plaguelands.
Once there, you need the instance on the right – Scarlet Halls. Since you can do this on normal and not the level 90 heroic its easy to just run through, killing as you go.
Once you get to the end of the instance and kill Flameweaver Koegler, loot the boss and a book on the shelves in the library becomes usable – this gives you the Ancient Tome of Teleport: Dalaran. Only mages can get this & its also sellable on the auction house.
Once you’ve learned the spell, the Ancient Tome of Portal: Dalaran is purchasable from Endora Moorehead in Dalaran. When its used, the portal still has the mouseover of “Dalaran” – there is no hint there is a plummet to the ground behind it!