Sure, in your normal, mundane life you drive a Prius hatchback, but in your virtual existence, you enjoy a ride that’s a bit more flashy, impractical, and… hungry. Finding the best mount for you in an MMO is half about impressing others and half about amusing yourself, really.
Natalyia seems like she’s having a blast in Guild Wars 2: “I think my favorite mount is the Griffon. It’s probably not as technically useful as the Skyscale, but the feel of gliding around on it is just great, and the getting of it was, while a bit involved, not really arduous.”
“Korthos Island getaway is still snowing because of the dragon I’m too terrified to kill on the new 90-day permadeath server in Dungeons and Dragons Online,” said Brandon. “I haven’t played DDO in years, and even when I played I preferred to buy packs and content rather than pay a sub fee. But this is the most fun I’ve had in an MMO all year. We got to a frost trap at one point, and didn’t have a rogue. 10 minutes of trying to find anything to work around it in our spellbooks before we tried sending in our summoned skeletons to die in an attempt to short circuit the trap by turning puzzle tiles. Once that failed we drew lots… I lost and died. The others managed to make it, and I re-rolled.”
Champions Online makes a good case that you yourself can be the best mount, provided that you were cursed with a magic spell as a kid or drank radioactive slime at some point.
“Mounts? Where we’re going, we don’t need mounts,” said Hikari. “The power of personal flight is better than any mount in any game. Hands down.”
And speaking of impractical mounts that will no doubt get caught up on every doorframe in existence, here is Utakata to speak of World of Warcraft’s propensity to keep creating massive mounts that block access to my mailbox.
“That’s not a mount,” she said to herself, “that’s a mountain, Uta!”
Finally, here is a rather striking mount from EverQuest II of all places. I kind of want this one to follow me into other MMOs. Wonder what kind of carrot I’d need to make that happen.
“I haven’t played in awhile but my High Elf Shadow Knight (was a Paladin and did the betrayal quest to switch) on her nightmare mount in Freeport is probably my favorite,” said Iron Salamander.
You look like the kind of person who needs a screenshot challenge to make your Sunday complete. Ready? I’m not ready. I’m literally typing this with no idea what the challenge will be. I guess I’m stalling for time at this point. C’mon, Justin, think. Hm. I still have no idea. You know what? Every once in a while I can take a day off of thinking up stuff, so this week’s screenshot challenge is to post something that is just awesome. You’re awesome. Show us this in the comments there.