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I Want My Fast Horse NOW! September 9, 2010

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Lord of the Rings Online, Runes of Magic, World of Warcraft.
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More tales of the LOTRO Store.

While I was on with Silinus, who is level 39 and who owns a fast mount already, I started digging through the various sections of the LOTRO store to see what was available.

Naturally, I ended up in the mounts section.  There you can purchase both temporary and permanent mounts.

A permanent fast mount is 695 Turbine Points, which run a penny a piece, making it a bit cheaper than the controversial Runes of Magic $10 horse of last summer and a lot cheaper than the World of Warcraft greed steed.

Permanent Mounts

Temporary Mounts

The temporary mounts don’t look like an outstanding bargain.  But then as they stand, they are likely to get you to spend just another dollar or two to get the perm version, which is probably the plan.

As I am looking at the mounts, Potshot logs on.  He was interested in the mount question as well.

However, he logged in as Garfinkle, a level 25 minstrel.  When he goes to the LOTRO store and looks at the mounts, the store tells him that there is nothing available for his class/level.

I took a closer look at the mounts.

It says "Level 5"

Helpful friend that I am, I tell him it says level 5 minimum, all classes.

He cannot see the mounts.

I log off Silinus and come back with Roderigo, a level 24 burglar and check out the store.

With Roderigo I am also told that there are no mounts available for my level/class.

This seems a bit odd.

Again, here is a key item for the LOTRO Store, here is a character prime to purchase it (at least once they settle my missing vault slot issue), and for some reason I am being denied.

They don’t want my money.

Well, okay, I didn’t spend any money directly on those Turbine points.  But I know how accounting works.  At some point in the operation, there is somebody who is getting paid to get people to spend those points no matter what their origin.

On a whim, I decided to see if, perhaps there was still some link between mounts and the Hengstacer Farm in the Northern Bree Fields.

Sure enough, when I got there, Eogar (son of Hadogar and cousin of Teri Garr) had the big golden quest ring over his head.  And when I spoke to him, he was offering up the quest Proving Your Quality.

It had been updated.  It is now a level 20 quest.

The Horse Quest

And it also lacks the lead-in quests that used to have you riding to Bree, Michel Delving, and Othrikar.  Those were easy enough at level 35.  By that point you had probably been to all of those places and were high enough level to not have to worry about the fauna taking a bite out of you.

Now it is just a matter of racing through the gates set around the farm.

But I have to wonder what the plan is for mounts.  I only went to the Hengstacer farm because I already knew that was where you had to go for a mount.

Having already gotten my notice to visit the farm for a the old level 20 mount, I am going to guess that there is no trigger event to send me back there for another horse.  I wonder when new characters will get that note.

And I’d also like to know if you could really get a mount at level 5.  You have to finish a level 20 quest to get it.  Will it be available to you at that level?

I might have to roll up a new character to see.

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1. pkudude99 - September 9, 2010

I ran into a similar problem in the beta — I had a key that included 5000 points to use while in the beta, but found that it would only let you do 1 purchase every 24 hours…. but even though it wouldn’t let you do a 2nd purchase in the same play session it would still deduct the points.

I also found that this happened if you attempted another purchase less than 24 hours from the failed attempts, but more than 24 from the successful one.

Tried to report it, but their reporting link put me in an endless loop in the beta forums instead. Ah well.

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2. TheRemedy - September 9, 2010

They do want your money… you have to buy the riding skill which I think is 295 points and is available at level 5 before you can purchase store mounts.

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3. Thomas - September 9, 2010

While I have not tried since beta ended, if you buy the riding skill once you leave the starter instance you can get a fast mount. But the store sounds like it might be bugged so maybe this won’t work.

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4. Tommy Rutledge - September 9, 2010

Remedy is correct.
In order to get a mount, you must have the Riding skill, either from the in-game quest, or purchased from the store.

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5. Wilhelm2451 - September 9, 2010

I think a key failure here is that when Potshot went looking for a horse in the LOTRO Store, it did not tell him to buy the riding skill (or go do the quest) first, it just said there were no mounts for his class or level. He wanted to use points and was sent away without being able purchase nor with an explanation as to why.

I expect I will see “how do I get a horse?” on the Advice channel, probably more often than the question about how to complete that first skirmish quest.

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6. Freddy Facepalm - September 15, 2010

Right, to get a mount at lvl 5 you have to spend TP regardless of subscription level. The Turbine Store is the only place to get the riding ability for Premium/Free players, only VIP’s (subscribers) get the lvl 20 mount quest apparently.

At least this is a one time purchase. Perhaps as the F2P evolves we’ll start seeing things like the “riding service” which will tack on to your monthly fee in order to be able to ride. Ah la the new AH service in WoW: http://www.wowarmory.com/wow-remote.xml

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