There are five riding skill ranks in World of Warcraft Shadowlands.

The first rank is Apprentice and will let you ride almost any mount. Some mounts have special requirements, listed on the mount's tool-tip before purchase.

Your speed scales based on your riding skill rank: the higher your rank, the faster any of your mounts will run.

RankSpeedTypeTraining costRequired level
Apprentice Riding60%Ground1010
Journeyman Riding100%Ground5020
Expert Riding150%Flight25030
Master Riding310%Flight5,00040

Note: Flying mounts still go at 100% speed while on the ground.

Check our Flying in World of Warcraft article for additional requirements and special restrictions. 


There are no riding skill ranks in WoW Classic. 

In WoW Classic you learn one single racial riding skill available at level 40 for 20 gold, and this allows you to ride your race-specific mounts. See the Racial Limitations section for more information. 

The speed of the mount depends on the mount itself, and not your riding skill:

  • A blue quality mount runs at 60% speed.
  • An epic quality mount runs at 100% speed

The cost of the mount depends on the quality of the mount:

  • A blue quality mount costs 80 gold
  • An epic quality mount costs 1000 gold

The cost of the mount can be reduced up to a 20% based on your character's reputation and PvP Rank:

  • 10% discount if you are Honored with your city
  • 10% discount if you are PvP Rank 11 or above

There are no level requirements to buy mounts, but you must be level 40 to ride a blue mount, and you must be level 60 to ride an epic mount. If you buy a mount you cannot ride, you cannot refund it back to the vendor.  

Racial Limitations

By default, you will learn your racial riding skill which allows you to ride your race-specific mounts. For example, if you are a Human, you learn Horse Riding, and you can only ride horses.

If you want to learn the racial riding skill of another race to ride their mounts, you must be Exalted with them. For example, if a Human wants to ride Sabers, they must reach Exalted with Darnassus.

Even if you are Exalted with a faction, the following limitations exist:

  • Taurens cannot ride Undead Horses or Troll Raptors. Which means, Taurens cannot learn riding from the Undead trainer at Brill or the Troll trainer in Sen'jin village even if Exalted
  • Only Gnomes and Dwarves can use Mechanostriders. Which means Humans and Elves cannot learn riding from the Gnome trainer in Kharanos even if Exalted

The following mounts which drop from various bosses are considered neutral and can be used by any race: Swift Zulian TigerSwift Razzashi Raptor, and Deathcharger's Reins.

Additional Information

Check the WoW Classic Mounts guide on Wowhead for more details. 


Burning Crusade Classic introduces Riding Skill Ranks.

Unlike in Shadowlands, in Burning Crusade Classic, your speed does not scale based on your riding skill rank. Like in WoW Classic, the speed of the mount in Burning Crusade Classic still depends on the quality of the mount.

  • A blue quality mount runs at 60% speed
  • An epic quality mount runs at 100% speed

Higher riding skill ranks simply let you ride faster mounts, or flying mounts. For example, you cannot ride an epic mount unless you learn Journeyman first. 

RankSpeedTypeTraining costRequired level
Apprentice Riding60%Ground3530
Journeyman Riding100%Ground60060
Expert Riding60%Flight80070
Artisan Riding280%Flight500070

Note: Blue quality flying mounts run at 60% speed. Epic quality flying mounts run at 100% speed.

Level Requirement

You can learn riding at character level 30. You can learn Expert riding and fly at level 70, unless you are a druid, in which case you can learn Flight Form at level 68.


Characters who owned a blue mount before the Burning Crusade Classic pre-patch are automatically granted Apprentice. Characters who owned an epic mount before pre-patch are automatically granted Journeyman.

Riding in Burning Crusade Classic is a bit cheaper than in WoW Classic.

  • In WoW Classic, the riding skill is 20 gold, but the cost of the epic mount is 1000 gold. 
  • In TBCC the Apprentice rank costs 35 gold, and the Journeyman rank costs 600 gold. However, an epic mount only costs 200 gold

The cost of each riding skill rank and mount can be reduced up to a 20% based on your character's reputation with the faction you are buying from:

  • If you are Exalted, you pay only 480 gold for Journeyman instead of 600 gold, and you pay only 80 gold for a blue mount instead of 100 gold 
  • Unlike in WoW Classic, your PVP rank does not give a discount 

Racial Limitations

Racial limitations that exist in WoW Classic continue in Burning Crusade Classic. For example, you still cannot ride mounts from other races unless you are Exalted with their faction.