Mounts in most games I have played are a get to a destination thing. They don’t fight they just carry you somewhere. Elder Scrolls Online has a system where you can unlock storage space on your mount, very helpful to us hoarders. You can also unlock speed and stamina. The mount selection is big, but mainly just a re-skin of a current thing. I have about 4 horses, 5 cat mounts, a guar, a giant tick beast (that I love) and 2 bears. Each of my toons has a mount they like to use and the rest I don’t actually use that often. BUT they can be used as housing items. Which I think is VERY clever. Since they have idol motion they give a little life to a otherwise “dead” area. I’m hoping someday they will have Bull Netch mounts cause they are one of my favorite creatures.
Mounts were introduced to Guild Wars 2 in the Path of Fire expansion (which came out September 2017). Having mounts to me is a staple of MMORPG’s – you have to get around to different places. There may be a fast travel, but usually you have to pay for that most of the time. Now you can either run the distance or ride your trusty mount. The mounts in Guild Wars 2 are something else. Not only are they used for transport, but they can also fight. When you dismount you have this sort of attack skill. And each mount has its own thing.
Raptor: when dismounting they do a spin action that pulls the enemy to you. At first I wasn’t to big a fan of this as I am still working through my Thief Skills and thought for sure I was gonna die every time. In the end I was wrong, I have this really cool move I call spin to win and have been working on perfecting it during dismount. It basically is dropping like a stone in the middle of a fight, spinning and drawing enemies to me, hitting the dagger circle spin move then porting myself out of dodge. It’s been sorta kinda successful. Another skill is the long jump and I get a rush every time I use it, cause i’m SURE i’m not gonna make it.
Skimmer: It is a manta-like creature which hovers over ground and water. Its movement ability lifts it significantly higher, so it can cross dangerous areas, reach ledges, and avoid attacks. It doesn’t make any noise and seems like it would have a very rubbery texture in real life. It’s special skill is that it does this barrel roll thing that knocks back enemies and heals your allies. It took me a bit to get used to it – but I have to say I use it the most. The laziness of the travel – it’s like perfect.
During the Four Winds Festival they have Skimmer races and I make pretty good time. They also have a playful personality – spinning in circles. Tapping your back. I feel like if my Skimmer could talk it would have a hippy voice – lol
Springer: IT’S A FREAKIN BUNAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH….I mean let’s be honest it is what it is. This thing jumps SUPER high – its not really to fast over land though, which is it’s downfall. It’s also super cute – because BUNEEEHHHHHHHHHHH. I have to admit I’m surprised the thing doesn’t have brain damage at this point. Image if you will:
ME: There is a mastery point on top of this building
Bunneh: *makes weird llame sheep sound*
Me: OK we are gonna do this right..
First attempt – straight up and down super bounce, *skoot skoot forward*, Second attempt – Straight up and down super bounce.
Me: DANG IT
*skkot,skoot forward* Practice regular hops, a little more skooting
Me: OK me are gonna do this Bunneh…I feel it this time (get more llama/sheep sounds as reply).
Me: 150% confident i’m gonna make it this time. I can FEEL it in my bones….I am of course making weird grunting sounds as well. I press the space bar to jump and BOOM. Full head pound into the ceiling – not once but a number of times. I finally get to the point that I’m surprised the poor thing hasn’t been knocked out. I am also stuck on a ledge.
We are midway up the building – I’m scared to dismount cause I’ve spent a good 45 minutes trying to get up here. There is a crowd of players of griffins and dragons just watching me fail. I’m not yet frustrated, i’m still trying. I know I CAN do it, I just have to figure out HOW I can do it. My friend Murder takes pity on me – we are in discord together even though we are doing different things. (it works for us cause when either of us finds something cool we just tell the other person to come to us). He is laughing at me. After coming over to to where I am and lectures me on the importance of proper training of ones mount. (It wasn’t really a lecture I just took it that way)…Since he’s a mesmer he made me a portal up……. NAILED IT.
SO that’s it for now i guess, these are the only mounts I have – but i’m working on the beetle, which is taking a lot of time.
(Here is a little video I found for you to watch if you want to : https://youtu.be/JA6NSZNPMR0)