Tips and tricks to acquiring Time-Lost Proto Drake and other mounts that require open world camping (2023)

We’re officially in the pre-expansion lull, and as always many players will take advantage of the time tosolo old expansionsor farm rare mounts. Dragonflight has entered beta, opening up testing of the nextWorld of Warcraft expansion to a new batch of player, but for those not yet in the beta — or those who need a break from the Dragon Isles and new talent trees — Shadowlands season 4 is still ongoing with its promises of fated gear and jellycat mounts.

For most of the prized rare mounts such as Invincible or Mimiron’s Head, farming is simply a game of RNG. You run the dungeon or raid repeatedly until it drops, or you get lucky with the Black Market Auction House. For some other mounts, however, it’s not as simple as rolling the dice — those like the Time-Lost Proto Drake or Huolon aren’t found in an instance, but instead in the Open World where you’re not only competing against RNG, but also other players. A decade ago it was a lot simpler to camp these rares, as your character existed on a specific server.

Nowadays, however, things aren’t that straightforward, and understanding the various configurations will make it easier to find the Open World mount you’re looking for. Here are some general guidelines if you’d like to take on the open world yourself, plus some specific tips for a few of the particularly coveted — but tricky — rare spawns.

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One becomes four: War Mode and Chromie Time change up the open world

BeforeBattle for Azeroth servers were grouped into four types: Normal (aka PVE), PVP, Role-Playing (RP), and RP-PVP. The hard split between PVP and PVE servers ended with the introduction of War Mode in theBFApre-patch, leaving two types of servers a character can be created on: Normal and RP, with Open World PVP a choice a player can toggle. To accommodate the two populations on a given server (WM Off and WM On), each server now had two phases depending on the WM toggle, and as a result any given server could have the same rare up twice. Because WM was uncommon to be turned on normally in old expansion zones, rare hunters found that they had more luck with it on.

The level squish coming intoShadowlands added another wrinkle to the mix: Chromie Time. Choosing Chromie Time when leveling a new character allowed you to level in any expansion beforeBfA with quests and mobs maintaining parity with your character level. Now a player could casually level a toon to 50 (this changes to 60 inDragonflight)in say the Broken Isles or Outland without worrying about hurting their leveling speed — with a notable exception of end expansion zones such as Timeless Isle or Argus; rares in those zones hit a lot harder so if you’re farming Huolon you’re better off not doing it in Chromie Time. To allow this style of leveling, however, each server was given two additional phases in order to accommodate War Mode while in Chromie Time — now there were four phases for every server, meaning four chances for a rare to be up at any given time.

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Chromie Time is inaccessible to players that have reached 50 or higher, but you could sometimes sneak into it by grouping with an under-50 character. If this was the final state of things, finding mount-dropping rares would be a breeze. However, long-time rare hunters know of the bane added in Mists of Pandariacalled Cross-Realm Zones (or CRZ), but that’s not the only stumbling block out there.

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Four becomes both infinite and zero: Cross-Realm Zones and Server uptime

Cross-Realm Zones are problematic for mount hunters because any given zone could have players from every other server in it simultaneously. What’s the point of camping on a low population server if players from a high population server are there as well? While this is generally a good change for those who prefer to see other players while they’re out leveling, for those who want the spawn points all to themselves it can become frustrating — and this frustration extends across all four phases. Fortunately, there is an exception to CRZ: the RP Server. RP Servers never connect via CRZ, allowing players on lower population RP realms a lot more freedom when camping for rares.

One thing to note is that a Connected Realm is not the same thing as CRZ. When realms are Connected they become technically a single shared server. This doesn’t mean that connected realms are necessarily more populated than unconnected realms, as the realms with the highest population tend to remain alone.

Of course, if the population is too low, there’s another unpublished feature of the system that can kick in: full despawn of the NPCs in a zone. If no players are in Storm Peaks or Spires of Arak for 20-30 minutes, all the NPCs are removed from memory until a player arrives again, at which point they are spawned. For someone camping Huolon this is actually great news, because it’s programmed to spawn immediately when the server comes up — kill it (don’t be in Chromie Time), log out for 30 minutes, repeat. However, for the Time-Lost Proto-Drake this is awful, because it’s timed to spawn only two-to-eight hours after the NPCs spawn, so the odds you’ll be able to find TLPD casually logging into an RP server is extremely low.

A few of the prior expansion zones are persistent, but not very many. To determine when the NPCs last spawned, I use an addon called NPC Time because it helps me judge whether a server is recently spawned or has been up for awhile (if you tend to play in a PVP setting, check NPCs that can’t be killed to be certain). If you plan on camping in the Open World you’ll want this or a similar tool, and even if you’re planning to camp on a server that’s part of CRZ you should have it handy because even those zones can despawn if left alone for too long as well.

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The granddaddy of them all: the Time-Lost Proto-Drake

There are roughly a million-and-one stories about the Time-Lost Proto-Drake written, so I’m not going to add to its legendarium and instead discuss the camping basics. The important thing to know is that it a shares a series of four spawn points in Storm Peaks with a blue proto-drake rare named Vyragosa; nine out of ten times Vyragosa spawns instead of TLPD. Every two-to-eight hours one of them will spawn and start flying predetermined paths around the zone, the typical method of camping TLPD involves grabbing four other people so each spawn point is covered. The fifth person is there to sub for breaks — you can’t tag TLPD for an entire raid so there’s little purpose in having more than five in your group. If you’re attempting to get it solo, you can try to sit closest to all four paths, and occasionally fly around to look for it.

The ideal place to camp for it is on an RP server in the Chromie Time phase. War Mode on or off probably doesn’t matter if the population is low enough, just choose one and stick with it. If you’re in a group, make sure the entire group knows when TLPD spawns because everyone needs to be in range of it to get credit and loot the mount — if it’s Vyragosa, just kill her and note the time so you know to start being diligent again in two hours. The important thing to do is make sure someone is active at all times in the zone otherwise it will despawn, and then you’ll be resetting the spawn timer for it.

And that’s pretty much it — sit around and wait and hope RNG favors you with a spawn. With a 10% chance it may take a few days of diligent camping (or a few weeks of less-than-diligent camping) but there aren’t really any tricks to it outside of avoiding a populated zone and keeping the server active.

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Watch out, it spits: the Grey Riding Camel

In the desert of Uldum prior to assault by N’zoth there exists a Mysterious Camel Figurine that when found will teleport you to Feralas where Dormus the Camel-Hoarder awaits; killing Dormus will grant you a feat of strength, the title of “the Camel-Hoarder” and a new camel mount. Of course, there are many places the Figurine can be found, and chances are high that the one you do find will crumble to dust when you pick it up.

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While not one of the more popular rare mounts — lack of flying tends to do that — the Grey Riding Camel is one of the earliest puzzles and it’s an interesting hunt. There are 50 potential spawn points throughout Uldum and a 5% chance that the spawn is the desired one. The respawn timer is two-to-eight hours like the TLPD, but Uldum is a persistent zone so you never have to worry about it despawning like Storm Peaks can (although it can be in CRZ on non-RP realms). Of course, make sure you’re in the correct Uldum — if you see tentacles everywhere go speak to Zidormi outside of Ramkahen to see how Uldum once was.

The biggest help, however, is the Camel Spotter addon. While you still need to fly amongst the possible spawn points to see which one is up, it will help highlight spawns for you as well as track previous finds. With the Grey Camel in low demand, you probably don’t need to sequester yourself on a low population server to find it, although it can only be done solo (friends can help you kill Dormus, but they won’t get the mount). I was able to find it by learning the path between spawn points and checking to see if it was up a few times a day.

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Beyond the edge of reality: the Voidtalon of the Dark Star

The Voidtalon is one of the trickiest mounts to obtain and the only thing keeping it from being uttered in the same breath with the TLPD is that, like the Grey Riding Camel, it cannot fly. It’s still a gorgeous mount for a Shadow Priest or Void Elf when grounded, and may be worth going back to Warlords of Draenor for that reason. That said, this is definitely a mount to plan for when camping.

The mount is obtained by clicking on a portal that sends you into a scenario instance where you can loot an egg that rewards the mount. The hard part is finding the portal — while all the spawn spots are known, the spawn requirements are brutal even by rare mount standards.

The first issue you need to contend with is that for the first 48 hours a server is up the portal can’t spawn. Once it does spawn it will only be up for 10-15 minutes; if no one uses the portal it can respawn again in a minimum of two hours, but if someone does use the portal and gets the mount, the minimum respawn is set to eight hours. When you add the fact that a zone can despawn due to inactivity — resetting the 48-hour timer — it’s a surprise that anyone is able to obtain the Voidtalon these days.

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It’s not all bad news, though. For one thing, Shadowmoon Valley is a persistent zone and will not despawn automatically if no players are present (although you’ll want to use NPC Time or similar to verify that there wasn’t a reset during the week). Spires of Arak also tends to stay loaded due to Rukhmar farming, although on lower population RP servers or in Chromie Time it’s a lot more likely to despawn. Finally, the spawning of portals is zone-independent, meaning a portal can be up in both SMV and Talador at the same time — this lets you focus on one zone’s portals if you’d rather not fly around all of Draenor.

Interestingly Class Trial characters are eligible to enter the portal and loot the egg, so one method of farming is to create new trial characters on different servers to increase your camping odds. This method won’t let you use Chromie Time, but it does let you easily place characters on servers where you expect little competition. Personally I found the easiest thing to do was setup shop in SMV with five characters across different phases and cycle through them, checking all possible spawn points before logging out and trying on a different toon. I still feel lucky that I was able to find the portal when I did, but knowing how the phases worked definitely increased my odds.

Hopefully the information in this article gave you better understanding of how to navigate the Open World in order to find rare spawns. Good luck hunting!

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FAQs

What is the easiest way to get Time-Lost Proto-Drake? ›

Camping is the most popular and well-known way to farm for Time-Lost Proto-Drake. This method of farming involves sitting right on top of the spawn points themselves, and waiting for a spawn, sometimes based on a timer from a previous spawn.

How long to farm Time-Lost Proto-Drake? ›

The spawn time of Time-Lost Proto-Drake is estimated to be around 2-8 hours. Time-Lost Proto-Drake shares his spawn timer, spawn points and flight routes with Vyragosa, a dragon required for the Frostbitten achievement.

How rare is the Time-Lost Proto-Drake? ›

The Time-Lost Proto-Drake (TLPD) is a rare fly mount that drops with a 100% chance from the same-named NPC. It spawns with a 10% chance every 2-8 hours in the Storm Peaks zone and shares spawn timer with Vyragosa.

How do you get the Proto Drake mount? ›

The Ironbound Proto-Drake is easily one of the best-looking mounts in World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King Classic, but acquiring such a beautiful mount isn't easy. The drake can only be obtained by unlocking the Glory of the Ulduar Raider (25 player) meta-achievement.

How rare is the Black Proto Drake? ›

Black Proto-Drake is one of the rarest mounts in game currently obtainable only from the Black Market Auction House (BMAH) and it rarely sells for less than the maximum bid of 10,000,000 gold!

How rare is the Blue Proto Drake? ›

Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake drops from Skadi the Ruthless in Utgarde Pinnacle on timewalking and heroic mode, at an extremely low (1% - 2%) drop chance.

How much HP does Time-Lost Proto-Drake have? ›

General Information. The Time-Lost Proto Drake is a level 80 Elite Rare mob found in The Storm Peaks in Northrend. The drake has about 19K health and two abilities – a teleport spell called Time Shift and a stun called Time Lapse.

Is Time-Lost Proto-Drake Soloable? ›

The mob in question is the Time-Lost Proto Drake: it's a rare elite spawn (but as I said, it's possible to solo it, especially at level 80) that shows up every six hours or so flying around the Storm Peaks.

Can you still get the black Proto Drake? ›

Attention: This achievement remains available beyond Phase 2, however the Black Proto-Drake will not be available after Phase 1 in the same way as the achievement There will remain more than one rewarding title " the Immortal "!

Can you still get Ironbound Proto Drake? ›

Iron Bound Proto-Drake used to be awarded when the player had successfully completed Glory of the Ulduar Raider (25 man) achievement. The 25 and 10 man versions have now gone and there is only one Glory achievement to be had.

Can TLPD spawn twice in a row? ›

It shares spawn sites with Vyragosa, and if Vyragosa is up TLPD is not up. If Vyragosa has just been killed, the TLPD will not spawn until at least 6 hours. Sometimes, TLPD will spawn instead of Vyragosa twice in a row. Sometimes a week or two will pass without a TLPD sighting.

Why is Time-Lost Proto-Drake nagrand? ›

The most likely theory is that since Draenor is a pocket universe created by time manipulation, the “Time-Lost” dragon was somehow pulled from his own timeline into this one. Shifting into Nagrand, the drake would have suddenly jumped to an area much warmer than what it was accustomed to.

What is the rarest Proto Drake? ›

The Blue Proto-Drake is one of the rarest mounts introduced in Phase 1 of World of Warcraft's Wrath of the LIch King Classic expansion.

How do you get the chittering mount on Animite? ›

This mount can be obtained from a level 60 (the highest level) mission on your Shadowlands Covenant Adventure Table. It will take some time to advance your followers and adventure ranking to a level where you're able to complete these.

How many mounts does Albino Drake have? ›

The 50 Mount Achievement will net you an Albino Drake (and put you mount closer to the final achievement.)

What is the rarest mount in WoW? ›

Top 10 Rarest Mounts in WoW
  • Solar Spirehawk.
  • Slime Serpent. ...
  • Heavenly Onyx Cloud Serpent. ...
  • Son of Galleon. ...
  • Prestigious Midnight Courser. ...
  • Risen Mare. ...
  • Thundering Cobalt Cloud Serpent. ...
  • Ashes of Al'ar. [Image Credit: Wowhead] Ashes of Al'ar remains a truly iconic WoW mount. ...
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Why was black Proto Drake removed? ›

According to him, Blizzard will be removing the Plagued and Black Proto-Drake rewards from the Glory of the Raider and Heroic: Glory of the Raider meta-Achievements respectively. Blizzard believes that with guilds progressing into Ulduar and getting significantly better gear, those Achievements would be trivialized.

Is Black Proto Drake 310%? ›

This mount is a 310% speed mount.

Does onyxia drop a mount? ›

The Reins of the Onyxian Drake is a flying mount that drops from Onyxia. The Reins can drop in either the 10-player or 25-player version of the instance, and has an extremely low (1% - 2%) drop chance.

Can you still get the Albino Drake? ›

The Reins of the Albino Drake mount is awarded for obtaining the Leading the Cavalry achievement. To get it, you simply need to collect 50 mounts usable on one character. So not the number that appears in your mount journal but instead the number found within the Statistics page on the Achievements menu.

Can you still get invincible mount? ›

Invincible is one of the rarest mounts in World of Warcraft by drop rate. According to WoW item database and coverage site Wowhead, Invincible's Reins drop at a percentage mark of about one percent.

Is Time-Lost Proto-Drake 310 Speed? ›

People mistake that proto drakes are 310% speed mounts, they got majorly nerfed (thanks to blizzhound), down to 280%.

What drops Vyragosa? ›

Killed at 33,64 in Storm Peaks. Dropped a level 78 leather helm of the sorcerer and a https://www.wowhead.com/wotlk/item=44663 which contained 20gold and 20 frostweave cloth.

How do I get the Emerald Drake? ›

You need to complete the quest Lord Illidan Stormrage and be exalted with Netherwing in order to buy this mount from Malfas (offers the quest Malfas the Purple Netherwing Drake). If you already completed the quest, the drakes can also be bought from Drake Dealer Hurlunk for 200 gold each.

How do you get Reins of the Blue Drake? ›

Once Ley-Guardian Eregos is defeated, one loot bag per character will be provided in his chest in addition to the current rewards. Each loot bag will offer players rare gems, two additional Emblems of Triumph, and a chance of being rewarded the Reins of the Blue Drake.

Can you solo Glory of the Icecrown Raider? ›

all achivs and HC fights (except valithria) can be soloed with a hunter, and i didnt even use spirit mend. Once Bitten, Twice Shy: this one cannot be completed in 1 run. u have to kill the boss twice, once bitten, other one not bitten. bitten part is easy.

How do you get Reins of the Black Drake? ›

This item drops from Sartharion in the 10-man version of the Obsidian Sanctum. It drops only if all three Twilight Drakes have been taken alive into the boss fight.

Is there an addon for rare spawn timers? ›

RareTrackerMaw (RTMW) is an addon that allows users to track and share rare spawn timers in the Maw. The addon takes inspiration from the RareCoordinator addon authored by elvador, which is an addon that has served a similar purpose on the Timeless Isle.

How often does NAKK The Thunderer spawn? ›

Rough spawn time, ~27 hours.

Is Violet Proto Drake rare? ›

Violet Proto-Drake is one of the rarest mounts in game awarded for completion of the epic 1 year long achievement What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been.

How do I claim my Sarge mount? ›

To claim your Sarge mount, you only need to complete Mercenaries' introductory missions. After you have finished the prologue, all you need to do is start a new “Bounty,” but you shouldn't even need to complete it. As soon as you do that, the mount should be in your Mount Journal in WoW.

How do I get the Spectral Gryphon mount? ›

The Spectral Gryphon mount is the Alliance-side reward for when an inactive player accepts your Scroll of Resurrection and subscribes to World of Warcraft for at least 30 days.

What mount does FAMU drop? ›

Endmire Flyer Tether can drop from Famu the Infinite in The Endmire Revendreth North of Darkhaven flight point. It is hidden until you speak with Seeker Hilda to start the event. After a couple of waves the rare will spawn, hard to solo.

Can Cavalry Drake mount fly? ›

Cavalry Drake is a single rider flying terrestrial mount.

What do albino humans look like? ›

Skin. The most recognizable form of albinism results in white hair and very light-colored skin compared with siblings. Skin coloring (pigmentation) and hair color can range from white to brown, and may be nearly the same as that of parents or siblings without albinism.

How do you get a blue dragonhawk? ›

The Blue Dragonhawk mount is awarded for completing the Mountain O' Mounts achievement for Alliance players. To get it, you simply need to collect 100 mounts usable on one character.

Where can I camp Time-Lost Proto-Drake? ›

The Time-Lost Proto Drake still has the same usual four spawn points in Wrath of the Lich King Classic. These are as follows: 31,69 - Frozen Lake. 51,71 - Brunn Village.

Can you still get the Plagued Proto Drake? ›

This 310% mount is no longer obtainable. Players who earned this mount prior to patch 3.1 will be able to keep their mount.

Why was black Proto-Drake removed? ›

According to him, Blizzard will be removing the Plagued and Black Proto-Drake rewards from the Glory of the Raider and Heroic: Glory of the Raider meta-Achievements respectively. Blizzard believes that with guilds progressing into Ulduar and getting significantly better gear, those Achievements would be trivialized.

How do I get the black Proto-Drake? ›

In short, in order to obtain Black Proto-Drake players are required to complete 17 raiding-related achievements in 25-player mode. What makes it extremely rare and valuable is the fact that the difficulty of the 25-man achievements is extremely high.

When was black Proto-Drake removed? ›

This mount was the reward for the achievement Glory of the Raider (25 Player). It was retired in Patch 3.1.

How do I get Onyxia mount? ›

Onyxian Drake. The Reins of the Onyxian Drake is a flying mount that drops from Onyxia. The Reins can drop in either the 10-player or 25-player version of the instance, and has an extremely low (1% - 2%) drop chance.

How rare is Aeonaxx? ›

Aeonaxx has a spawn chance of about 6%. . Each spawn will be random between the six points. Once spawned, Aeonaxx or Blood Seeker will fly in a small circle around the spawn location.

Does Aeonaxx fly around? ›

Once Aeonaxx spawns, he will fly in a small circle near his spawn point, and will continue to do so until killed or until a server reset.

How many people can loot Aeonaxx? ›

Killing Aeonaxx will award the reins to the first 5 players of the same faction who engage in combat. A maximum of 9 players may be eligible for loot as long as the extra 4 are grouped with one of the original 5. The creature's name will grey out once you can no longer obtain credit for attacking it.

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