Cold Weather Flying  – All You Need to Know in WOTLK Classic

This guide will cover all the details of Cold Weather Flying in Northrend, from how to obtain it, how to make Cold Weather Flying cheaper, and so much more. If you need to know about Flying in World of Warcraft, check out our other guide about WoW, which highlights some fun mounts to get during WOTLK Classic. Without further ado, let’s get into the article.

What is Flying in World of Warcraft?

Flying is a taught ability that allows players to fly on mounts through the skies of Azeroth and all other continents. However, in WOTLK Classic, it should be said that you can only fly in Outland and Northrend (After Cold Weather Flying). Flying is an integral part of World of Warcraft and is required to do certain questlines or enter certain instances (dungeons).

In WOTLK Classic, to get flying in Northrend (The Zone of the new expansion), you will need to get a cold weather license.

We will go over how to get Cold Weather Flying and how much it costs, along with small details you may not know.

Cold Weather Flying

Cold Weather Flying, as mentioned before, is required to fly throughout the skies of Northrend. To learn this, you must be level 77 and have enough gold. If you are struggling with gold, as we know a lot of players are, check out SSEGold to get gold easily on your server. The requirements for cold weather flying are as follows:

  • Level 77
  • Expert Flying (Expert Flying was the skill that was required in TBC)
  • 1000 Gold
  • No Reputation Required

As you can see by the last bullet point, you don’t need a certain amount of reputation to learn cold weather flying, so it is regarded as one of the easier flying expansions.

Is 1000 gold too expensive for you? Not a problem, there is a way to reduce the cost of flying throughout Northrend, and it is as follows for both Horde and Alliance:

  • Alliance – Earn Exalted reputation with Valiance Expedition
  • Horde – Earn exalted reputation with Warsong Offensive

As an Alliance member, you can purchase your flying through these trainers:

  • Maigra Keenfeather in Valiance Keep
  • Roxi Ramrocket at K3, Storm Peaks
  • Pilot Vic at River’s Heart, Sholazar Basin
  • Hira Snowdawn at Krasus’ Landing in Dalaran

As a Horde member, you can purchase your flying through these trainers:

  • Wind Rider Sabamba in Warsong Hold in Borean Tundra
  • Roxi Ramrocket at K3, Storm Peaks
  • Pilot Vic at River’s Heart, Sholazar Basin
  • Hira Snowdawn at Krasus’ Landing in Dalaran

You will also be allowed to purchase a flying mount at all of these trainers, or you can simply use your previous TBC flying mount.

Mounts of Northrend

Looking for a little bit of spice to endure the cold weather? Check out these rare or difficult-to-obtain mounts throughout Northrend:

Time Lost Protodrake

The Time-Lost Protodrake is one of the rarest mounts to get in WOTLK Classic; with a slow respawn rate and a heavily farmed patrol, this mount can take players weeks to get. If you have the grit, check out our other articles on how to get rare or hard-to-obtain mounts here. You will need all your good luck charms to get this or strike a deal with others to secure this highly sought-out elusive mount.

Grand Black War Mammoth

Feeling a bit nostalgic while flying over the white hills of Northrend? You can get a Grand Black War Mammoth during the VoA (Vault of Archivon) to crave that nostalgic energy and look cool. This mount has an incredibly low drop chance of 1% per boss defeated in VoA, which requires your faction to win Wintergrasp to enter. With those odds being so low, we thought this mount would be an honorable mention for all you achievement/mount hunters.

Violet Protodrake

The Violet Protodrake is no joke; this mount looks pretty but is one of the hardest mounts to obtain and requires you to play through all 8-holiday events. Once you have participated and achieved all the holiday achievements, you will get access to this beautiful Violet Protodrake.

Cold Weather Flying – Alts (Alternative Characters)

Let’s get back to the main topic of Cold Weather Flying. As we know, Cold Weather Flying allows us to fly throughout Northrend, but is that all Cold Weather Flying has to offer? Thankfully not, as Cold Weather Flying does not necessarily have to be purchased at level 77 for alt characters. If you have a level 80, patch 3.2 is out, and you have extra WotLK gold, you can purchase a tome which will allow you to trade flying to your alternative characters on your account.

Let’s break that down a little if you have the following requirements:

  • Level 80
  • Patch 3.2
  • 1000 gold

You can get flying on any other alternative character by simply purchasing the tome from Hira Snowdawn in Dalaran; once purchased, you can send this tome through the mail to your alternative characters to allow for Cold Weather Flying at as low a level as 68. This tome applies to Alliance and Horde members, so check that out when patching 3.2 is released for WOTLK Classic.


We hope you enjoyed this article related to all things Northrend Flying; if you did, make sure to check out our other guides specifically tailored to what our community is asking. If you are struggling with end-game gear, gold, or leveling up, check out SSEGold store for quick and easy trading. As always, happy flying!

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WotLK Classic Gold
1 year ago

Nice Guide for cold weather flying. It is a must-learn skill for every player.