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Riding is a secondary profession in which characters may learn to ride mounts. Every mount has a minimum skill level required for riding.

In general, a normal mount will require Apprentice riding skill, and a swift mount will require Journeyman skill, but there are exceptions.
(More detail on the requirements for each mount can be found on the Mounts page.)

The following table lists the skill levels available and the cost to train the skill. because of the high cost of this training, the price with discounts is also listed in the table. The two discounts that are available are:

  • 10% Honored Faction discount
  • 10% PvP Rank 3 discount

Skill Proficiency Cost 10% Discount 20% Discount
75 Apprentice 100 90 80
150 Journeyman 1000 900 800

Historical note

The cost structure and functionality of Riding and Mounts was changed in patch 1.12. Prior to that patch, Riding was an ability rather than a secondary Profession, and had only one rank. Each faction had its own riding skill (tiger riding, horse riding, mechanostrider piloting, ram riding) and the cost was 100, available at level 40. Exalted reputation was required to learn cross-faction riding skill, but mounts were BoE and purchasable by anyone. This meant that characters who were PvP rank 3 or higher could pass on the 10% discount directly to other characters by buying the mount for them. This is no longer possible because all mounts are now BoP, and the majority of the cost is built into the Riding skill training (which is no longer faction-specific) rather than the cost of the mount. Note: Exalted reputation is required to buy cross-faction mounts.