As part of our basic gear guides, we’d like to go over mounts today. Mounts in Neverwinter do not only come with an unique look, but also have some gameplay attached to it thanks to their Equip and Combat Powers. This article lists all relevant sources for mounts, as well as the pros and cons. As such it’s mainly intended for new players that want to know which options they have gearing up. You won’t find class or build-specifics hints here.
Gold / Mount Merchant
- Example: Palomino Horse
- PRO: Available for Gold, a very expendable currency
- CON: White quality mounts; only viable for very new characters
The entrance to the world of mounts is the basic Mount Merchant in the Protector’s Enclave that sells white quality steeds for gold. Although these are cheap, and gold a very expendable currency anyway, it’s only viable for brand-new characters. You can’t do wrong with them, but will replace them rather fast.
Astral Diamonds / Wondrous Bazaar
- Example: Gilded Giant Spider
- PRO: Instantly available; unique looks
- CON: Overpriced in terms of gameplay relevance
One way to spend your hard-earned Astral Diamonds is on the Wondrous Bazaar, that, among other things, offers a limited amount of mounts. The skins are unique, but completely overpriced in terms of gameplay relevance. Unless you really like the looks, stay away.
Astral Diamonds / Auction House
- PRO: Auction House offers plenty of mounts; instantly available; cheap uncommon/rare ones
- CON: Purple and legendary qualities are expensive for new players; requires market knowledge to find bargains
The other way of directly investing ADs into mounts is looking up the Auction House. All unbound breeds are obviously available and can be bought. This way you can fill up your stable almost instantly with any combination of mounts you like, but finding bargains requires some market knowledge. The more coveted mounts, especially purple and legendary ones, come with a steep price tag. If you however don’t mind spending a lot, you can almost grab everything on the Auction House.
- Example: Armored Axe Beak
- PRO: The latest lockboxes often feature unique mounts that you won’t find elsewhere
- CON: RNG; not all lockboxes have Mounts
The latest lockboxes often contain unique mounts that you won’t find anywhere else. And that doesn’t only apply to the epic and legendary rewards, but also to the Mount Packs, which often feature serviceable steeds. Of course you have to depend on RNG to get what you want. So looking up the Auction House instead is often the better option. But if you’re about to open a couple lockboxes anyway, you’ll most likely will end up with something to ride on in the process.
- Example: Stormraider Clydesdale
- PRO: Can be claimed by each character on the account
- CON: Often overpriced if you’re looking to equip one character only
The mounts on the ZEN Market might not exactly feel like a bargain, but they have the big advantage of being claimable by each character of your account. The more alts you own, the more it makes sense to at least buy on account unlocked purple mount that all characters then have access to. If you’re looking to equip one character one however, they are almost always overpriced.
- Example: Carpet of Flying
- PRO: Features old lockbox mounts; plenty choices
- CON: Expensive; need to open a lot of lockboxes to get enough Trade Bars; Not the most efficient way to spend Trade Bars
Related to the ZEN Market is the Trade Bar Store. Players can only get Trade Bars by opening lockboxes, a premium lootcrate that requires Enchanted Keys from the ZEN Market. The store features old epic lockbox mounts and in case have a surplus of the currency, it’s an alternate way to get them. Buying mounts for Trade Bars however is not the most efficient way to spend the currency as the mounts are fairly expensive. So this is something for the endgame community.
- Example: Siegebreaker Griffon
- PRO: Usually freely available through dailies during events
- CON: Sometimes the grind is significant and you have to show up daily; bind to character
Events always had mounts in their reward tables, but only as of recently the devs started handing out epic ones for free. The Winter Festival, Summer Festival, and Siege of Neverwinter are such examples. If you participate in the daily activities, you’ll walk away with an epic mount that usually binds to the character. This unfortunately means you can’t use main characters to farm for alts. Additionally the mounts are normally one of the main rewards of the events and you have to show up daily to get enough currency to grab them at the end.
Some events like the Day of the Dungeon Master or Summer Festival even give you a shot at a legendary mount, but it’s gated behind RNG and the chance is very low.
- Example: Medium Snowswift Horse
- PRO: Unique skins
- CON: Need a considerable amount of logins; collectible with little gameplay value
The Vault of Piety offers a limited amount of mounts as well. Since you need to play the game for a while (you can only get one or two Ardent Coins per day), and the mounts come with limited gameplay value, it’s mostly something for collectors. It’s really unlikely that one of the mounts present an upgrade once you have enough Ardent Coins to buy them.
- Example: Heavy Giant Spider
- PRO: Can be claimed by each character on the account; unique skins
- CON: Overpriced
The old Founder’s Packs like Hero of the North etc. each contain one unique mounts. If you’re just looking for something to ride on then these packs are overpriced, but all contents can be claimed by each character on the account. So the more toons you have, the more a Founder’s Pack makes sense. Almost always it makes more sense however to just get an account-unlock from the ZEN Market (see above).
Promotions / Giveaways
- Example: Chartreuse Unicorn
- PRO: Unique skins
- CON: Limited availability; only blue and green ones
Both the community team and Perfect World partner sites usually hand out unique “community” mounts through streams or giveaways. Those are normally re-colored versions of existing mounts and only available for a shirt period after module launches and other events. Collectors might be interested in this, but it’s basically just unique skins without much gameplay value.
That’s our guide to mounts that lists all current sources for them. Have any questions or additions? Share your thoughts and experience on our social channels, in the comments below, or visit the corresponding thread on our message board!
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