Get there faster!

So, there have been a couple additional travel improvements in recent patch updates on the PTR.

First, the one that druids should be the most excited about:

Swift Flight Form: Druids who have acquired a mount able to go 310% flight speed will now also go that speed while in this form.

I would be excited about this, except that I don’t have a 310% flight speed mount, and I probably won’t have one any time soon. However, it improves my motivation level towards getting one. When you want to fly around as an instant-cast bird all day, the motivation to get different flying mounts is usually low for me.

Second, the one I’m actually more excited about:

Tome of Cold Weather Flying: New heirloom item. Players who have reached level 80 can now purchase this book for 1,000 gold from Hira Snowdawn, the Cold Weather Flying Trainer in Dalaran. Similar to other heirloom items, this item can be mailed to other characters of the same realm, account and faction. The book is consumed when read training the character in Cold Weather Flying. Requires level 68.

This means that my level 73 shaman (that’s mostly abandoned and neglected) can fly around to farm herbs in zones that I’m not likely to die horribly to high level mobs.  I should still level up higher to get the herbs I need for flasks and such, but then leveling up my shaman will be so much easier because getting around is faster. I really just don’t care about running around on ground mounts anymore, and the push to 77 to get access to my epic flying speed on that character just hasn’t gotten me to level very far at all. Since this change requires you to already have one level 80 character on your account, it’s really pretty fair. Once you have done the whole process, you get rewarded so that your alts can fly sooner. There is really nothing wrong with this at all. I think being able to travel faster makes the game more fun once the content isn’t really all that new to you.

One thing that all these travel improvements do is make it harder for them to force us to run around on ground mounts when the next expansion comes out. Most people are now going to be used to flying everywhere since level 60.

5 Comments

  1. Posted July 11, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Thanks for pointing this change out! The swift flight form change is new to me and it sounds really excellent!

  2. Posted July 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I’m excited about the changes, especially the druid one :D I fly around (a lot), so even once I level up my mining flying that fast will help.

  3. Posted July 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I think I must be the only druid on my server at 80 who doesn’t have epic flight form! I’m so horrible at making money in MMOs… 5K feels like such a huge amount! And I find any kind of farming incredibly boring. It’s one of my least favorite aspects of the genre. So, I guess I’m stuck with normal flight. :)

  4. Chipster
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    If you are stick making cash, just do a lot of level 80 quests, and make sure you don’t ever spend money on anything. Epic flight improves the game immensely.

    The Argent Tournament is a good place to do dailies if you need cash

  5. Fleethoof
    Posted July 13, 2009 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    This just makes me even more dissapointed that my s3 rogue partner went super emo and deleted our gladiator ranked 2s team three days before the season ended…

    /sadface

    Though it does mean that I need to level every one of my alts to 60 ASAP in anticipation for the breeze that 60-80 is gonna be!