There seems to be a bizarre competition going on between MMORPG developers to one-up each other’s games with progressively impractical mounts. I guess when you’ve seen one horse done a million times, your heart yearns for something, anything different.
But then we start getting things like roller beetles, giant bees, and racing snails, the limits of credulity become strained. I’ve spent way too much time as a grown man trying to figure out how, in these fictional universes, these creatures were flagged as tamable transport when there were so many better and tried-and-true options available. Even my incredible imagination can’t summon up an explanation.
In your opinion, what is the most impractical MMO mount ever devised? What about it is just ridiculous to you?
To celebrate the arrival of Mists of Barovia for Neverwinter
on PC this week, PWE
has kindly given Massively OP 30 mount keys to give away to our readers! Suratuk’s Darkfish Fey Wolf
mount grants +80% Movement Speed and offers three Insignia slots. And he’s such a good boy! Lookit that face! (PWE assures me he doesn’t bite.)
The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2020, and the mounts are bind-on-pickup. Critically, the mounts are redeemable on PC only, so if you’re a console person, you can skip this one! The keys should work for all PC players except those located in Russia, China, Korea, Egypt, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Read on to enter to win!
To celebrate the arrival of the Lost City of Omu expansion for Neverwinter
on console this week, PWE
has granted Massively OP 20 Painted Spider mount keys to give away to our readers: 10 apiece for PlayStation 4 (Blue-Spotted version) and Xbox One (Tropic-Colored version). Arachnophobes should probably nope right out now!
“The visionary Suratuk is back at it again with a pair of limited run, custom- mounts. Freshly-coated and prepared to scurry into battle with the release of Lost City of Omu, these vicious arachnids didn’t become Blue-Spotted and Tropic-Colored without inflicting several bites on the artist.”
Both grant +50 movement speed and include two insignia slots. The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2020, and the mounts are bind-on-pickup. Critically, these codes are redeemable on console only in the regions as outlined below, so if you’re a PC person, you can skip this one!
B2P MMORPG sandbox Wild Terra isn’t resting on its laurels: Developer Juvty Worlds patched up for the faux-holiday at the beginning of April, adding “crystal” equipment and letting players vote on gear. Want to give it a go? Juvty has issued Massively OP a bundle of keys for the B2P game, worth $14.99 apiece on Steam, to distribute to our readers. There are no regional restrictions, other than the caveat that the game must be available to you on Steam for you to use the key. Read on to enter to win!
Leave it to the sly folks at Standing Stone Games to slip a little spring surprise into Lord of the Rings Online
The studio behind the Middle-earth MMO teased players with the foreknowledge that there would be a special and secret event on March 21st. In quick order, the community rooted it out and discovered that it was a quest that led to the acquisition of a new type of armored goat mount. Cue lots of collaboration between players and servers to solve the puzzle.
The particular quest is called The Secret Stone and requires players to have completed the introduction to Northern Mirkwood. To complete the quest, riddles and codes will need to be solved, but the community has already done the heavy lifting on that if you want the answers.
To celebrate the arrival of Lost City of Omu
on PC last week, PWE
has kindly given Massively OP 50 mount keys to give away to our readers! The Suratuk’s Teal-Dusted Axebeak
grants +110 Movement Speed and offers three Insignia slots. And he’s a beauty!
The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2020, and the mounts are bind-on-pickup. Critically, these codes are redeemable on PC only, so if you’re a console person, you can skip this one! The keys should work for all PC players except those located in China, Korea, Egypt, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Read on to enter to win!
February was a big month for MMORPG sandbox Wild Terra. Developer Juvty Worlds heavily overhauled the taming and mount system in the game as of its 0.9.50 patch, as well as added new spear types, new damage types for metal armor, destruction mechanics for buildings, new projectile animation graphics, and improved territory control mechanics.
In celebration of the update, Juvty has issued Massively OP a bundle of keys for the B2P game, worth $14.99 apiece on Steam, to distribute to our readers.
Eagle-eyed readers will recall that we tried granting these to commenters earlier today but ended up DDOSed by keyseller bots, so we’re dispatching those that remain in a manner a bit more friendly to site uptime!
There are no regional restrictions, other than the caveat that the game must be available to you on Steam for you to use the key. Read on to enter to win!
Sometimes, the choice of mount in an MMO is limited by functionality. If I want to cart someone around in Final Fantasy XIV, I need to use a two-seat mount. There are many environmental obstacles in Guild Wars 2 that require specific mounts to bypass. And you could argue that your “mount” in EVE Online is kind of what determines your character abilities at any given moment, so you have to take that into consideration.
But there are times when you could be riding (or flying) anything, and you still have to choose. So what do you pick? Do you go with something specific to a given character? The rarest mount? The most expensive mount? The one that looks the goofiest? Or do you just abuse any “random mount” button with joy? Tell us, dear readers; how do you choose your character’s mounts in an MMO?
Such dog, very mount, many lunar new year, WoW. Yes, World of Warcraft has introduced a new mount for the Year of the Dog, and it is… a dog. It’s just a big old dog. Why is Shu-zen, the Divine Sentinel available for purchase? Because you can get him over in the Chinese version of the game for buying a large amount of game time, and the rest of us want to be able to fly around on a good dog too.
Obviously, the dog in question can fly, because of course it can. It also features all of the usual elements of a cash shop mount, unlocking on all of your characters for one purchase price of $25. If this addresses a pressing need in your life to have a flying dog in the game, it’s available now; if you can’t understand why someone would drop $25 on a flying dog mount, feel free to mutter “heck” and move on.
While Guild Wars 2’s Lunar New Year patch this past week had plenty for players to absorb and enjoy, it’s one change in particular that’s put some of the community into a grumpy mood.
One of the small fixes has resulted in a huge change to how the game’s griffon mounts perform: “Fixed a bug in which griffons could interrupt the delay that occurred after performing a diving wing flap by immediately pitching up.”
According to some players, the course correction turned the griffon into a more clunky and awkward flying mount — and they are not happy about it. The Guild Wars 2 subreddit post criticizing the change has received 1,314 upvotes and generated 263 comments.
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?
If you’re told that there are new creatures in Dark and Light, your goal should be capturing, taming, and riding those creatures. They exist to be your new ride; that’s all they’ll ever be. So it’s good that the new creatures from the Blackice Peaks patch can indeed be tamed and ridden, and three of them are on display in the latest community video just below.
Do you want to ride on a hyena and wield an enormous hammer? Would you like to shoot enchanted arrows from the back of a stag with horns that glow like they’ve been dipped in something highly radioactive? Or would you just like to ride on the back of a cyclops and have said cyclops throw enormous rocks at anything you find interesting? You can see all three on display down below, so rest assured that you have a surfeit of riding options.
To celebrate the arrival of the Tomb of Annhilation expansion
on console, PWE
has granted Massively OP 100 Firesoul Gorgon mount keys to give away to our readers– 50 apiece for PlayStation 4 (Teal Stained Gorgon) and Xbox One (Vert Stained Gorgon). Quick, to your color wheels!
“Gorgons are dangerous and hard to control, but this beast unique to the jungles of Chult has been tamed and its metallic scales have been stained bright green and teal. These uncommon mounts are ready to charge through the dangers of Chult with plumes of smoke billowing from their nostrils.”
Both grant +50 movement speed and include two insignia slots. The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2017, and the mounts are bind-on-pickup. Critically, these codes are redeemable on console only in the regions as outlined below, so if you’re a PC person, you can skip this one!