So why solo anything at all? Well, there’s bragging rights, of course. There’s also gold to be made, both from the bosses themselves, as well as the items they drop.
Today, I’d like to focus on something else. Some enemies, whether super-tough raid bosses, lowly dungeon bosses, or rare spawning enemies out in the wilds of Azeroth, have a chance to drop mounts and battle pets! Let’s have a look at what Vanilla yields for us!
Fairly sparse for mounts, we have the Deathcharger’s Reins that drop from Lord Aurius Rivendare in Stratholme first. The good things about this mount are that you can reset the instance when it inevitably doesn’t drop, and everything is hilariously easy to kill because it’s probably half the level you are.
For our raid mounts, we’re going to the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj. There are 4 varieties of Qiraji Resonating Crystal; Blue, Yellow, Green and Red (the rarest of the 4). These drop from every enemy in the sprawling dungeon!
Lower Blackrock Spire has 2 battle pet drops. Quartermaster Zigris drops the Worg Carrier, and Mother Smoulderweb drops the Smoulderweb Hatchling. Deadmines has the Green Wing Macaw which drops from the various pirates later in the instance. A number of pets drop from raids too, for the Raiding With Leashes achievement. Temple of Ahn’Qiraj holds the Mini Mindslayer from The Prophet Skeram, the Anubisath Idol from the Twin Emperors, and the Viscidus Globule from Viscidus.
Blackwing Lair holds the Untamed Hatchling from Razorgore, Chrominius from Chromaggus, and the Death Talon Whelpguard from Broodlord Lashlayer. Molten Core has the Harbinger of Flame, Corefire Imp and Ashstone Core from Sulfuron Harbinger, Magmadar, and Golemagg respectively.
Pet-wise, we have the Phoenix Hatchling from Kael’thas Sunstrider in Heroic Magisters’ Terrace. The Lil’ Bad Wolf, Menagerie Custodian, Netherspace Abyssal and Fiendish Imp drops from The Big Bad Wolf, The Curator, Prince Malchezaar and Terestrian Illhoof respectively in Karazhan. Serpentshrine Cavern holds the Tideskipper from Morogrim Tidewalker, the Tainted Waveling from Hydross the Unstable, and the Coilfang Stalker from the frustrating Lady Vashj. Tempest Keep holds the Pocket Reaver from the Void Reaver, the awesome Lesser Voidcaller from High Astromancer Solarian, and the Phoenix Hawk Hatchling from Al’ar.
Speaking of Al’ar, he drops as a mount from Kael’thas Sunstrider in the same instance, Tempest Keep. His dungeon counterpart in Heroic Magisters’ Terrace drops a mount as well as the above pet; the Swift White Hawkstrider. Attument the Horseman in Karazhan drops the Fiery Warhorse’s Reins, with a disgustingly low drop rate.
Wrath of the Lich King
Pets! We have a small number in Naxxramas. Maexxna drops the Giant Bone Spider, Loatheb the Fungal Abomination, and Gluth the Stitched Pup. Let’s hope the next expansion adds more pets to the other raids! Raiding With Leashes 3 or 4 maybe?
There are two dungeon mounts! Both drop from heroic instances, and one is a timed run. The Culling of Stratholme drops a mount. From the point where you have to fight 10 waves of enemies, you have 25 minutes to get to the last alleyway to kill the Infinite Corruptor. He drops the Reins of the Bronze Drake. Skadi the Ruthless in Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle drops the Reins of the Blue Proto Drake.
Sarthation in the Obsidian Sanctum drops 2 mounts; one on 10 man, one on 25 man. Both require you to leave the other three bosses in the raid alive as you engage Sartharion. Reins of the Black Drake drops on 10 man, Reins of the Twilight Drake on 25. Malygos is another double-dropping dragon, but these can be won on any difficulty. Reins of the Azure Drake and Reins of the Blue Drake are your (possible) rewards for mashing 1 1 2 3 repeatedly.
The bosses in the Vault of Archavon all have a chance of dropping the Reins of the Grand Black War Mammoth. All of them are easy to kill, but the Ice Watcher is moderately tougher than the others. Reins of the Onyxian Drake drops from who else but Onyxia! It’s a fabulous purple colour.
The two more difficult kills drop possibly the best mounts in the game. Yogg-Saron on 25 man mode with 0 keepers assisting has a chance to yield Mimiron’s Head, and heroic 25 man Lich King has a chance to give you Invincible’s Reins. Not every class is able to solo these, so try and assemble a small group if you want, and run it until you all have it!
Slim picking here for pets. The parrot still drops from pirates in heroic Deadmines, and Mojo drops from frogs in Zul’Aman. Use Amani Hex Sticks on them to get a chance at the pet!
Dungeon mounts are plentiful compared to previous expansions! Altairus in Vortex Pinnacle drops Reins of the Drake of the North Wind, and is easily soloable, as is Slabhide in Stonecore. He yields the Reins of the Vitreous Stone Drake. Kilnara and Mandokir in Zul’Gurub have a chance to drop the Swift Zulian Panther and the Armored Razzashi Raptor respectively. Zul’Aman has the Amani Battle Bear, which you receive from an NPC after defeating the first 4 bosses within 25 minutes (you start with 15 minutes on the timer, but the first 2 bosses add 5 minutes each on their death). It’s soloable, but not easy!
Al’akir in the Throne of the Four Winds drops the Reins of the Drake of the South Wind, and is an easy solo. What is NOT an easy solo is the encounter before it, and is something I am still working on myself. Do yourself a favour and get a group for this one.
Alysrazor and Ragnaros in the Firelands drop mounts; The Flametalon of Alysrazor and the Smoldering Egg of Millagazor. Alysrazor is a weird fight, but easy to solo once you get the hang of it. Ragnaros is not an easy solo, but doable.
Ultraxion in Dragon Soul is another non-easy solo; as a warlock, you need to be in 570+ gear. He has a chance to drop Experiment 12-B. Madness of Deathwing drops 2 mounts. Reins of the Blazing Drake drops on either difficulty, and either raid size. Life-Binder’s Handmaiden drops from heroic mode only.
Mists of Pandaria
I don’t think most of these fights can be soloed, but hey, you’re welcome to try. The Sha of Anger drops Reins of the Heavenly Onyx Cloud Serpent. Son of Galleon’s Saddle drops from Galleon, shockingly. Nalak drops Reins of the Thundering Cobalt Cloud Serpent. The awful Oondasta drops the awesome Reins of the Cobalt Primordial Direhorn. People still occasionally form raid groups for the purpose of farming these mounts, so hit up OQ or trade chat!
Zandalari Warbringers located around Pandaria have a low chance to drop one of 3 mounts! Their Primordial Direhorn mounts come in Amber, Jade and Slate varieties. Easily soloable by warlocks, one of my earliest guides details how to do so!
Elegon has a chance to drop an AMAZING mount, the Reins of the Astral Cloud Serpent. Horridon in Throne of Thunder can drop Spawn of Horridon, and Ji-Kun Clutch of Ji-Kun. Garrosh Hellscream in Siege drops the Kor’kron Juggernaut with a 100% drop rate on heroic, but this drop chance will be nerfed to stupid-low levels when 6.0 hits.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get some pets and mounts!