How to Unlock Flying in Wrath of the Lich King Classic

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How to Unlock Flying in Wrath of the Lich King Classic

Unlock flying in Wrath of the Lich King Classic is a key part of adventuring in the world after TBC. It's still an essential part of the game and one many people don't understand how to unlock as it's not quiet as simple in Wrath.

So, you want to fly around the frozen north of Northrend? Well, all those lovely mounts you collected and loved in TBC will have a slight issue when we get into Wrath. The icy cold of the north just won't let those wings flap. For those of you using the Eng mount, it will just freeze the gears, and even though Al'ar is a firebird, it can't stay lit in Northrend. Don't argue about it; it's just how frost magic works. We don't make the rules, I'm afraid.

So, you'll need to save those gold coins because when you get to Icecrown and Storm Peaks, you'll need to take to the skies. Not only are these zones late-game zones, but running simply isn't an option here.

How much does flying cost in Wrath of the Lich King Classic

Cold Weather Flying costs 1,000 gold in Wrath Classic. That's it, right to the point bam you're done. You won't even need to jump through any hopes, either. Just head to the trainer, hand over those gold pennies, and you can fly. You don't even have to worry about Normal or Epic flying in Wrath as Cold Weather Flying is more like an “unlock” than it is a new skill. However, you will still need to pick up Epic Flying if you want to zoom around Icecrown at breakneck speeds.

What level can you fly in Wrath Classic

It's not level 80, thankfully. It's something that many people forgot back in the day, so don't make that mistake. In fact, it's level 77 that will see you take to the skies and thank the old gods it is, too. Because that's when you'll need it. However, don't be too upset because buying the flying unlock isn't your only option.

You can head to “Honest” Max at K3 in Strom Peak and pick up a loaner flying mount. It does come with a few caveats, sadly. Firstly, it only flies at 60% speed, so back to those old Normal TBC flying speeds. It can also only fly in Storm Peaks, Sholazar Basin, and Icecrown. Admittedly those are the only zones you actually “need” to fly in. However, it is annoying non the less.

Where can I learn flying in Wrath Classic

Hira Snowdawn Wrath Classic

So, you've got your gold, you've hit level 77 and you want to fly? Well, providing you've already got at least Expert Riding and a lovely mount to sit on, you're good to go. Side note for those Druid players, you'll just need to meet the requirements to train your FLight Form before learning Cold Weather Flying.

Once all of the above are met, head to one of the three NPCs mentioned below:

  • Roxi Ramrocket  in Storm Peaks at the K3 base
  • Pilot Vic  in Sholazar Basin at the River’s Heart
  • Hira Snowdawn in Dalaran at Kraus’ Landing sells the  Tome of the Cold Weather Flying to send to your alts to learn Cold Weather Flying at level 68. Don't worry; she'll also tell you how to fly. The tomb will cost you a cold 1,000 gold, and you must have one character at level 80 before the item becomes available.

New flying mounts in Wrath

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Firstly, all those lovely TBC flying mounts will still work in Wrath Classic. However, a new expansion brings an entirely new selection of flying mounts to love and cherish.

The ever-lovely Mei Francis in Dalaran will sell you an excellent Epic variant of your Gryphon or Windrider mounts.

Later in Wrath Classic, Phase 3 will open up, allowing players to head to the Argent Tournament. A new currency will become available called “Champion's Seals.” With these, you'll be able to purchase Argent Hippogryph (Alliance) or the Sunreaver Dragonhawk (Horde).

For those Death Knight players, you'll be able to pick up the Winged Steed of the Ebon Blade, a unique variant purchased from the vendor in Archerus.

There are also several mounts that can drop, be crafted, or earnt from PvP and reputation:

Click on the mounts to find out how to unlock each – will open in a new tab

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A lot of the above mounts are tied to achievements. With Wrath Classic (arriving in the pre-patch) achievements give us a new way to show off our accomplishments. You'll find all of the following via such methods: Red Proto-Drake, Rusted Proto-Drake, Ironbound Proto-Drake, Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher, Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher, and Violet Proto-Drake, Albino Drake, Black Proto-Drake, Blue Dragonhawk, Plagued Proto-Drake, Red Dragonhawk

Flying mount speed in Wrath Classic

Mounts will come in three flavors during Wrath Classic. Normal 150%, these will be your Rare (blue) mounts. Epic 250%, these are your Epic (purple) mounts. Lastly, 310% “special” mounts are also epic but normally the rarest of them all. These are PvP Arena mounts or rare boss drops. A complete list can be found below:

150% speed mounts: Flying Carpet, and all TBC Rare flying mounts

280% speed mounts: Frosty Flying Carpet, Green Proto-Drake, Magnificent Flying Carpet, Red Dragonhawk, Red Drake, Red Proto-Drake, Silver Covenant Hippogryph, Sunreaver Dragonhawk, Time-Lost Proto Drake, Twilight Drake, Albino Drake, Argent Hippogryph, Azure Drake, Black Drake, Blue Dragonhawk, Blue Drake, Blue Proto-Drake, Bronze Drake

310% speed mounts: Ironbound Proto-Drake, Mimiron’s Head, Onyxian Drake, Plagued Proto-Drake, Relentless Gladiator’s Frost Wyrm, Rusted Proto-Drake, Violet Proto-Drake, Black Proto-Drake, Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher, Deadly Gladiator’s Frost Wyrm, Furious Gladiator’s Frost Wyrm, Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher,

So go forth on your flying journey as you tackle the Lich King and his foes in the cold north of Azeroth. Come prepared for Wrath of the Lich King Classic, and remember to enjoy yourself.

How to Unlock Flying in Wrath of the Lich King Classic
David Hollingsworth
David has written for games media outlets for the last ten years. With his first major esports role being with Esports News UK covering mostly UK League of Legends. David is also a member of the British Esports Association and is an advisor to them on World of Warcraft Esports. More recently David has worked for Esports Insider and Red Bull as an esports journalist. David later became Editor at ESTNN and now leads the current team.