World of Warcraft‘s upcoming expansion Shadowlands began its beta testing in the past week, and news has followed that it will be harder – and in some cases, impossible – to obtain some mounts found in the current expansion when Shadowlands hits the live servers.
With over 150 mounts released during the current expansion Battle for Azeroth, collectors and casual players alike have had no problem finding a mount that fits them. Even so, Blizzard are looking to sunset some of the mounts tied to more difficult achievements like raid rewards or, in the case of the Mighty Caravan Brutosaur, having a boatload of disposable gold.
Raiders who haven’t gotten around to slaying the expansion’s final boss N’Zoth the Corruptor on Heroic difficulty will miss out on their Uncorrupted Voidwing as the relevant quest disappears in Shadowlands, and Mythic Dungeon delvers will see their chance of getting the Awakened Mindborer head the way of the dodo unless they can clear all the dungeons on Mythic difficulty this season.
Mythic Jaina’s awesome-looking Glacial Tidestorm mount and Mythic N’Zoth’s Lovecraftian nightmare known as the Ny’alotha Alseer will not be removed, but will have their drop rates reduced significantly – a common occurrence with mounts dropped from bosses in previous expansions.
If hoarding money is more your game, then Battle for Azeroth’s prehistoric money-sink, the Mighty Caravan Brutosaur, is available for purchase for an eye-watering five million gold all the way up until the Shadowlands pre-patch scheduled for October 1st. If you’re committed to getting it, the Brutosaur Calculator lets you figure out how much gold you’ll need to earn each hour, day, or week to do so.
Mounts aren’t the only things being culled as Shadowlands approaches. Corrupted gear introduced in patch 8.3 will be cleansed of its corruption following N’Zoth’s defeat, and the Heart of Azeroth necklace will become obsolete too. The necklace will still invoke its use if you choose to enter relevant content such as Horrific Visions, but will otherwise see its Azerite Traits and Essences discontinued.
If you’re hunting achievements, Phenomenal Cosmic Power, Mad World, and Hertz Locker, as well as the Ahead of the Curve and Cutting Edge achievements for killing N’Zoth on Heroic and Mythic difficulties will become unobtainable as well.
With all that’s being taken away in Shadowlands, it’s always good to remember that there’s plenty being added too. New zones to level through, one of four thematic covenants to join and level up, and an ever-changing rogue-like dungeon with a behemoth chasing you down are just some of the features that Blizzard are preparing for players to enjoy as the story continues in Shadowlands.