After Waterstrider will Blizzard nerf all older mount functions?

Vixie with the logic post for 3 points.


Did I miss something? Are they obsoleting the Water Strider Mount?

Considering the “functions” of those mounts come with actual extra NPCs, seats, and eject buttons, I’m going to go out on a limb and say: No.

What they should do, however, is “nerf” the sky golem and let us apply that functionality to other mounts as well. I’m so tired of using that damned thing.

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I’ve been around here since day 1 in classic. I’ve seen it all.

And I don’t need to see random forum complaints to know that is simply not how the experience actually is in game.

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I’m here every day and I don’t recall ever seeing this.


Appreciate this. I hadn’t seen this yet. This is not as bad as some of what I picked up off Wowhead.

I came at it with skepticism because of the history of what Blizzard has done when it comes to player QoL concerns.

But… this actually doesn’t seem too bad.

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They said they weren’t touching golems. I have a feeling that will change since I got a bunch in my bank. Price will drop out on those I fear.

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Does someone have a link to the strider nerfs? I can’t find anything. :o

And we could then get a mining equivalent, to allow us to mine while mounted, and a skinning equivalent.

And while we are at it, how about an extra seat piece of equipment, making all mounts capable of being two seaters? And what about another extra seat making them all three seaters, like the mammoths? And flying equipment that would make ground only mounts capable of flying?

Once you take the first step down the path to idiocy, you might as well take all the rest and reach the end of that road.

/moo :cow:


Good. Im so tired of only seeing everyone on eaither water strider or sky golem mounts while level. I feel forced to use my sky golem all the time for the same reason. Ugh.

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As a herber with the sky golem mount I would welcome this. I hate that mount but if you are not a druid and you are not using the sky golem to gather herbs you are doing it wrong.

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So Blizzard’s solution to a problem they created is to nerf a mount and devise a completely new system?

Why should I have to spend gold/crafting materials to replace something I already have? Goodbye Sky Golem and vendor mounts.


If they would let the striders keep their functionality but ignore gear so I can actually choose what equipment to use rather than be locked in to the water walking equipment on most toons so that I don’t lose an ability I’ve had for years, I would love it if they would also add herbing equipment (without removing the function from the Sky Golem so, again, I gain options rather than losing them).

I’ve been wanting for years for Blizzard to add something, anything beside the Sky Golem and its recolor that actually lets you herb while mounted. Ugliness and noisiness aside, flying in the Sky Golem gives me motion sickness. That’s not an aesthetic complaint. The blasted thing makes me nauseous.

(And since I’ve heard it before, no, the solution is not “roll a druid”. I have a druid. She’s my main, and an engineer. Making her an herbalist would be stupid, and wouldn’t help the four herbalists I already have. Stirrups don’t fix the problem either. They’re expensive, and requiring me to use stirrups to get the functionality of a mount I already have is basically a motion sickness tax. I was so desperate for a permanent solution that I even bought the Nightmarish Hitching Post, but the transformation removes the Sky Golem’s herbing function.)


I very rarely see players on striders outside of Nazmir, or perhaps taking a shortcut across Tiregard Sound.


I’ve seen people complaining about how they’re “forced” to use the water striders. What I don’t actually see are a lot of water striders being used in game, unless people are actively crossing water.

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What game have you been playing because clearly it hasn’t been this one…


Because of the dominance of Water Strider, they are removing its ability to walk on water according to T&E. However as Blizzard clarified, if you have the mount equipment system unlocked, you can use the equipment on level 20 characters.

T&E announced that if you have a Water Strider on 8.2’s launch, you will get a free [Inflatable Mount Shoots] item which lets all your mounts walk on water. In addition, if you head to the vendor where you bought a Water Strider, you’ll be able to buy more of this item for a greatly reduced price as an advantage for those who already have the Water Strider.

In short, Water Striders won’t be able to walk on water any more. If you want that functionality, you can use an item on each character to allow all mounts to walk on water. If you already have the water strider, you’ll get one free item and can buy more at a discount. The item is BoA and can be sent to alts.

There will be other mount equipment things that provide other functionality (like a parachute so you can jump off high places without taking fall damage) but you can only use one at a time and it’s destroyed when replaced, like gems.

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this makes me assume there is someone they didn’t lay off, with worse OCD than mine, who really really really really wants the toothpaste put back in the tube

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It’s not “overboard” at all to see this as yet another step toward removing even more features, conveniences, and content from the game. This expansion we get “equipment”, next expansion it is removed and replaced with nothing.

Where did my Findle’s Loot-A-Rang go? It was nerfed into uselessness after I paid much gold to buy it on 40 characters.


Thanks a lot! :smiley: