Transportation

The world is huge ! If you have checked the wow map, you would have seen that the world has a couple of continents and an island. So, how does one move around ?

Run Baby Run

Well, you run !

And I run and I run and I run!

Yeah, you can run and run and almost cover all the continent by just running, and that is majorly the way which you will use to go and find other locations in the world. This is also the only way to find flight points all around…

There are some training you can get at later levels which will make running faster. E.g. as a Night Elf at level 20, I get Aspect of the Cheetah which makes me run to about 30% faster – which is quite cool as I am outrunning everyone else ;-). I have an alt on the Horde, a Taurean Shaman, who got ghost wolf form at level 20 which makes one run about 40% faster once I shape shift into the form of a ghost wolf.

Level 40 is what everyone is looking at though. At level 40 you become eligible to getting a mount. For the Night Elves, you get a tiger to ride (one of the big reasons to go night elf) ! The mounts increase your speed on land by 60%. The drawback … they are costly. The training costs 20gold pieces, and the mount itself costs 80gold. If you are honoured with your race you get a 10% discount on everything you buy and instead of shelling out 100 gold, you only need to shell out 90gold. Some people have it easy. Paladins and Warlocks get their mounts for free !

Pretty Warlock lady get horse for free 😦

The only problem – at level 40, I had a few silver pieces only. Now, at level 42, I am at around 20gold pieces. Still a very very long way to go !

I believe I can fly

Up ! up ! and away !

Running though can be quite time consuming. That’s where air travel comes in ! Each submap in the continents has a flight point . Well, not all the submaps have, but its safe to say that most have. Once you have discovered a flight point ( called a flight map), you will be able to hop into the backs of one of the big birds and fly off to the other point. Much faster than running all the way over.

Wanna take a dip?

It better not sink!

But even these amazing beasts cannot fly over the oceans. So, to move between the oceans, you need some other means of transport.

For the humans – these are ships. For the Horde, you get the Zepplins. Once you get to the specif harbors, you can take the ship to the other end.

Some may wonder as to if they can swim over to the other continent. Well, you will drown in the ocean due to fatigue :-).

Trams

Waiting for the deeprun tram

The eastern kingdom is the land where the Dwarves and human races live. As such they are quite good at making contraptions – and one of the unique things they have is a tram which runs between the cities of Stormwind and Ironforge. Though you can take a flight between them, the tram is faster and cheaper (its free).

Hearthing

Another way of tranport is hearthing. You basically have a hearthstone which can be set to a inn in one of the cities or towns. Then you can hearth from wherever you are to that inn. Works reall great if you are in the opposite continent and want to come back to the other one.

It is rumored that in the next expansion we will get mounts which fly to our will ! I am sure it will cost like a million gold pieces or something 😦

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~ by Vibhu on September 12, 2006.

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