Drie Wolf Motion Sickness

Once in a while I get out one of my horde characters to play. My primary horde character is an Orc hunter (surprise!) named Garnatz. I hit level 40 with him a while back and finally decided to get him a mount and try it out.

Orcs get wolf mounts, which seemed like a really neat change. So far I have dealt only with horse and goat mounts for my human and dwarf characters.

There are three flavors of wolf mounts to choose from, the dire wolf, which is grey, the timber wolf, which is black, and the brown wolf, which is, well, brown.

For Garnatz I went with the dire wolf. I think the grey is the better looking of the three colors.

I like the way the mount looks:

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I even like the behavior of the mount when you hit the space bar. The wolf gives a ferocious display.

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I am even okay with the scale. I was a bit worried, given the size of wolves, that Garnatz might end up looking like an adult riding a Shetland pony. But he looks okay. He doesn’t look like his feet might drag on the ground if he slips.

The only thing I do not like about the new mount is actually traveling with it.

The wolf, when it runs, bounces Garnatz up and down.

A lot.

Enough to make my stomach feel a little off.

And that is saying something.

I am not generally prone to the Gary Gannon FPS motion sickness effect, but this bouncing seems to hit me in just the right (or wrong) way.

So for now, when I get the urge to play horde, I’ll just run and put up aspect of the pack on Garnatz.

Maybe, by the time he gets to 60, I can get to exalted with one of the other horde races and try one of the other mounts.

How does a raptor drive?

8 thoughts on “Drie Wolf Motion Sickness

  1. Mallika

    Yeah, raptors also bounce you around like crazy. Back when I was still playing WoW, I spent the 50 or so battleground marks to buy a black war raptor for my blood elf — and instantly regretted it when I mounted it and started running around. Made my head hurt.

    I went to grind rep with Undercity and got myself a snazzy epic purple undead horse instead. Now that is a smooth ride.

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  2. syncaine

    Odd, my main back in the day was an orc, and I never had an issue with his wolf. Is it possible to turn that effect off? I know in the options they have some camera follow options, maybe play around with those?

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  3. Mallika

    To be fair, the hawkstrider is the least bouncy of those, though not as smooth a ride as either the kodo or the undead horse. When my blood elf rode her hawkstrider, I hardly noticed the bounce — unlike the raptor, which really made me feel like a pen was being inserted into my eyeball. :)

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  4. *vlad*

    My Blood Elf has a Wolf mount. I purposely avoided getting the roadrunner (er hawk strider), because no self-respecting Warlock should be seen on one of those.
    The wolf is very bouncy, but after a while you get used to it.
    What I tend to do when I’m riding, is pull the camera forward so that I can’t see my character or mount (the camera is in front of me).

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  5. Ess

    It’s true, the raptors are very bouncy. When I got my first, I couldn’t help but mentally make a boinga-boinga-boinga noise while riding places.

    I’d also say hang in there — you may get used to it after a bit. (Sort of like getting your sea legs… getting your wolf legs?) I had a terrible time with my flying mount at first and was positively reeling after my first flight, but it’s fine now. Bear form on my druid was also barfomatic initially, but I’ve managed to adapt to that, too.

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