This post isn’t about whether MMOs should have mounts or not. I love them and even Guild Wars 2 found a way to implement them in a meaningful way. However, what I’m wondering is if I’m the only one who loves collecting mounts but then only uses one or two of them most of the time?
I realized that when I got a Tarken Lifter from the daily login rewards in Rift last month. I really love these mounts as they remind me of the Magus in Warhammer Online with their living Discs of Tzeentch. I even placed one in my dimension, because I really like the look of them! However, I never use any other mount than my black Budgie, Vox, that I got from a cross-promotion with Trove. It’s not just cute, it also keeps its height steasy. Some other mounts move onto their hindlegs or do some other idle animations which push my camera up and down. Hello there, simulation sickness.
It’s similar in Elder Scrolls Online. I squeal whenever I can get my hands on a new mount, like the camel. In this game, however, I use one specific mount for each character. My argonian has her Guar mount, because I think it fits visually and Guar originate from the Argonians’ homeland. The other mounts, like horses, a wolf or even a camel, are cool, but I don’t like the look of her on these mounts. My necromancer, on the other hand, has a leopard mount with a leopard cub as non-combat pet. The combination is too adorable. Apparently, I’m not the only one who likes matching mounts and pets.
As I mentioned, mounts have a meaning and a purpose in Guild Wars 2. If I want to reach the top of the mountain, I will not use the raptor mount as that one can jump far ahead, but not upwards. The springer mount can do that, though. Maybe the newer mounts are more versatile, but I don’t own them, so my choice is between these two when I want to travel somewhere. The point is, mounts are not purely cosmetic and I choose the mount I need to use, not the one I want to use.
Lord of the Rings Online is another semi-special case. But I don’t think it’s for the worse: While Rift has been adding more and more silly mounts (like a hovering surfboard), LotRO sticks to the lore as closely as possible. You get goats, horses (for humans and elves) and ponies (if you’re a dwarf or hobbit). But even then, the mounts have different colours and decorations on them. I still have my favourites that I always choose for certain characters. Unless I’m in Mines of Moria, where I have to use a goat, I am using the Cremello Pony.
I guess World of Warcraft, being the oldest of the MMOs I’m playing, also has the most mounts. My account only has 75 unlocked. But that’s still… 75! My undead priest always has her brewfast ram with her that I got years ago and my draenei mage has only used her dragon mount ever since she first got it. My current main, my undead warlock, has the regular green wind rider (it fits her skin colour!). But with so many mounts to choose from, why do I limit myself to only a couple of them? And, more importantly, why do I still want to collect more mounts? I don’t even have the “collect them all”-urge, but more is still always better, right?
I regularly have rants and ramblings in my mind, but never really know if I should post them, so “Paeroka’s Ponderings” is where I will try to give these rants a place. Sometimes they will make sense, sometimes they won’t.