Vial of the Sands is the mount allowing characters to transform into a Sandstone Drake which is capable of carrying another ally on your back like a vehicle.
You will need 450 Archaeology to find the Canopic Jar (a common Tol’vir artifact) and just hope it contains the Recipe: Vial of the Sands. The recipe itself is smart loot so you’ll only be able to see the recipe if you’re an alchemist. To learn the recipe, you’ll also need 525 Alchemy, but you’ll be able to see it and hold it in your bag if you don’t have the required skill level yet.
The mount Vial of the Sands was hotfixed in Dec 2010 so is no longer BoP. Meaning it can be sold in the AH or made for friends. Mind you the mats for the mount are not cheap. You’re looking at a base cost of 29K (26,100K with the 10% Guild perk) just from vendor bought items sold by Yasmin in Uldum. Total cost would be 42K+ (including Guild perk). So expect to pay at least that from the AH. My advice would be to farm what you can to save some money or buy the raw materials as it may work out to be a lot cheaper in the long run.
Fun things to try
If someone uses a Potion of Illusion next to someone transformed into a Sandstone Drake, they will turn into a Sandstone Drake which can’t fly. However, after the hotfix, if they try and mount you as a drake they will lose the illusion.
- You can eject your passenger (giving them a parachute) while still keeping your flight transformation active by using the below macro command: