Whether the product of dedicated engineering, mad scientific endeavour or the necessities of war, mechanical mounts are some of the most visually striking to be found in the World of Warcraft. As I’m not averse to the lustre of polished metal, I’ve accumulated many shiny specimens through the course of my in-game travels, so in this post, I will be taking a look at my favourite machine mounts and what I love most about them.
Setting the prospective biker back a cool 100,000g in the back streets of Stormwind, the Champion’s Treadblade was an object of lust for me before I acquired my own. Seeing a player race past on this marvellous vehicle made me think little more than “I want one”
A bit of scrimping and saving later, and I put down my cash and picked up my own Treadblade. I particularly like the contours of the bike and it’s sleek finish in comparison to the rough, jumbled look of Mekgineer’s Chopper. It also travels well from a variety of perspectives. My warrior sits neatly in the saddle as it rolls swift and low across all manner of terrain, the engines emitting a throaty growl as it does so.
It’s been my mainstay as a mount ever since I bought it at the start of Legion and my current transmog has only cemented its position. I think the clean metal, regal blue and gold trim of the Treadblade fits well with my current Warfront set due their similar colour schemes.
A recent addition to Uthric’s motorcade, the Meat Wagon is a gift for those pre-purchasing the special edition of the remastered Warcraft III. This fiendish contraption is essentially a rolling catapult, its projectile little more than glistening chunks of meat. Bedecked with spikes, chains and spilling blood as it goes, this ghoulish vehicle fits well with the visceral theme of the Scourge and would be a perfect mode of transportation for a Blood Death Knight.
I love the standing animation where it fires, the catapult arm flinging the grisly missile into the distance. The only minor quibble I have is that the meat missile fades after firing. I would have loved to see it splatter against hard surfaces instead! I imagine such an undertaking would be difficult from an animation standpoint so can understand why it doesn’t.
A nice thought though!
One of Silas Darkmoon’s finest, this bloated bad boy will set you back 1,000 Darkmoon tickets. It took me quite a while to grind this one, but I’m glad that I did. This is not just a mount for Darkmoon enthusiasts. The Dirigible is big, fun and silly, the perfect means of flight when you are in a jovial mood and an unapologetically gaudy statement even if you aren’t!
In addition to the dirty chug that comes from its engines, I’m endlessly amused by the lurid paint job and drill-bit nose. It’s a mount that looks like it will catch fire and plunge to the ground at any minute, which just adds to the appeal. Flying past focal points and congregations of players is always made more enjoyable when you’re riding a bag of volatile gas strapped to a propeller!
A product of a deranged engineering mind, the Sky Golem is an armoured vehicle that can stride across the earth and soar through the sky with equal ease. Belching acrid fumes from its numerous exhaust pipes, the machine sports chunky arms, clawed hands and dense, tree trunk-like legs. The anthropomorphic visage is completed by a crazed goblinoid face at its front from within which comes a hazy glow of garish light.
Subtlety is not the Sky Golem’s strongpoint; in appearance, it is pleasingly reminiscent of the old Ork Dreadnaughts in Warhammer 40k with their crude metal plating and oversized mechanical limbs. In terms of movement, the standing animation is a shuddering, twitching spectacle; the force of the engine’s vibrations look like they will rip the Golem apart.
The whole thing is chaotic, vulgar and looks hazardous to operate, but it’s all of these things that make the Sky Golem a uniquely wonderful way to travel.
The Stormwind Skychaser was an in-game gift for those purchasing a virtual ticket for the 2017 Blizzcon. A masterpiece of Alliance technology, the Skychaser is a beautiful symbol of both strength and grace.
Four rotor blade engines carry the Skychaser with elegance, with only a gentle sway as it glides through the air. In addition to the bold Alliance iconography, the Skychaser is well-equipped for war; from prow to stern, the ship is lined with heavy cannon that swivel in their gun ports, firing a thunderous volley as part of the mount’s static animation.
It’s a shame this can’t be unleashed in some fashion on actual targets, but this doesn’t detract from the mount in any way. Gorgeously rendered and exuding an air of supremacy, the Stormwind Skychaser is as much a statement of power as a means of transport.
So there we have it dear readers, Uthric’s top five mechanical mounts!
I’d love to know what you think and what your favourite mechanical marvels are. Do machines ring your bell or do you prefer other types of steed? Are there any metallic mounts you’ve got your eye on?
Let me know in the comments below!