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Order of the Cloud Serpent
When I first saw the Heart of the Aspects mount, I was quite fascinated by the look of it, until I saw it in-game. I didn’t realise just how huge it was. It hovers even when it’s low to the ground and has a kind of backstroke swimming animation. That didn’t stop me from buying one though as I was amped to play the beta and get immersed in the rich Chinese landscapes.
In order to get your own Cloud Serpent in Pandaria, you’ll first have grind reputation with the Order of the Cloud Serpent – an order of ancient flying warriors, founded during the Zandalari wars. Only by gaining favour with them, will they reveal the secrets of training a cloud serpent to become a loyal mount.
To begin, you’ll have to decide which colour you want out of three possible colours – blue, green or gold. The egg you choose will promptly hatch into a tiny little mini-Serpent which you will raise through a series of quests.
From there you’ll complete daily quests until he matures into a fully grown, rideable mount; much like the Venomhide Ravasaur (Horde) or Winterspring Frostsaber (Alliance) mount. At revered you’re told to see Instructor Windblade who will teach you the rules of the racing course. The next series of quests involves training your serpent to race through the training track.
Once you’re exalted, you can purchase the other two mounts from the quartermaster.
The question is: which to get first?
Oh and don’t forget about the three hatchlings you can capture once you’re exalted too.