The Daily Grind: How do you pick a mount in MMOs?

    
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In some games, like Guild Wars 2, there’s more going on with mounts than just “run faster.” Frequently, you’ll have more important choices to make. Playing Final Fantasy XIV means that you sometimes will choose your mount based on its cosmetic abilities, there are abilities present for mounts in Neverwinter… you get the idea. And yet in many of these games, you still probably have a mount (or mount skin) that is distinctly yours, the one you use most frequently.

So how do you pick a mount in MMOs? Do you go for the one that was the hardest to get? The one that best suits the character riding it? The old standby that just feels like it’s closest to your personal aesthetic? The mount that takes up the least space? The mount that takes up the most space? Or just whatever mount gets randomly selected from your expansive collection, assuming you have an expansive collection?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Alex Malone

Does it serve it’s purpose? This is generally about speed / endurance / life. Can the mount get me where I want to go, or will I get knocked off a lot, or fall behind my friends?

After that, it’s all about aesthetics.

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Zen Dadaist

I get as many mounts as possible, but when it comes to a particular favoured mount for any given character, it’s all about the look and feel of the thing meshing with the character and its concept. This is tempered by mechanical reality however. A good looking mount that’s half the speed of another less-good looking one will only be brought up while lounging around in a hub. When it’s business time, the mount with the most useful mechanics is what comes out (I do still try to pick one to suit the character!)

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Melissa McDonald

Speed is extremely important if there are different ones out there. Cosmetics matter a lot too. I would always pick a proper horse over a fantasy creature.

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mysecretid

Honestly, I gotta think it looks cool. That’s about it.

I guess I’m shallow. Ha! :-)

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Kherova

In WoW it was always the Paladin class mount (which I got way back from that huge quest chain) when I traveled on the ground. For flying the Timeless Protodrake. Guess I prefer those that were hardest to get.

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rafael12104

How do I pick a mount? Well it depends on how it’s offered, if I have to raise it, feed it, pick it off the shelf, etc.

But in general, I’ll take them all. I collect them, so about the only line I won’t cross to get a new mount these days is if it came out of a LOOT BOX.

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Ken from Chicago

Big cats (because Cats Rule)
Horses (I love the clip clop of horseshoes on the ground)
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Starships (it’s a STAR TREK ONLINE’s “mount” & housing, that can move FTL)

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Utakata

If they’re a good match for the pigtails. <3

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Gooty

There’s 3 things I consider:
1. Is it annoying or pleasant to listen to, if it makes any noise at all? I love the sharp sounds of hooves on cobblestone. Motorcycles? Not so much.

2. Is it too large or is the animation not pleasing? I prefer medium/small mounts and dont enjoy that camera height shift when you get on/off a huge mount.

3. Does it match my character’s look?

4. How hard did I work for it? I collect mounts in a few games, so I do cash shop for them sometimes, but I’d prefer to ride something I earned in game. I just realized how silly that is.