Take the reins of one of Pandaria’s most majestic and rare beasts, the Swift Windsteed, and it is said that good fortune will follow. Dart across the heavens on a silver cloud as fast as your riding skill allows. Once purchased from the Blizzard Store, the mount will be available to all present and future characters for a single Battle.net® account.
Honestly, I think that this is the coolest mount to be in the pet store EVER. It flies on a F##K'N CLOUD! A CLOUD! How awesome is that? And it has awesome battle armor Nd a spike on its shoulders. And look at that fu man chu! You guys all just rage after stuff one after the other like dominoes. One person dislikes something, then something sparks up inside everyone else, then every one else starts sharing there opinions. I mean, instead if thinking of the bad things about this awesome mount that blizzard spent alot of time developing, think of the good things! You all talk about blizzard as if they arent actually people, and that they are serving bots designed to fix everything about your game, IE: oh em gee blizz needs 2 stop making kung fu panda and get there sh#t together LOL! My god, you guys.
After reading these comments, I have come to the conclusion that WoW is not getting worse like everyone thinks it is, and instead, WoW's fan base has just grown to become the most negative and whiny fan base I have ever seen... Seriously, you guys are awful... This mount is clearly supposed to be of a "Kirin" nature and it looks fine. It may not be as cool looking as some of the past mounts, but it sure isn't ugly. If you are just going to complain about everything, then do us all a favor and stop playing...
Why so much hate? It looks like a reindeer goat hybrid thing, yes, but it that entirely bad? Do you guys want another reskinned basic mount? Because I sure as hell don't.
Oh...My....Alright...from an animator and modeling standpoint, this is a very nicely detailed creature. Based off the Kirin/Quilin (I will call it Kirin, since that's what I've grown most use to, thanks to Kirin beer that my Dad drinks XD), it does focus back to the details of the myth about them. The body is nicely textured and has some pretty interesting standing animations that show a more deer-like quality of the animal. I do want to be a little nit-picky about the fact in the running animation the Kirin for some reason keeps his mouth open the whole time, but more on that later. The added under spikes and elongated scales of the belly further impose this creature has a more dragon-related body, with most of it's scales hidden under it's heavy fur and armoring, but still pretty visible on the hinds and legs of the Kirin.The armoring is very good and falls into the theme of China, however that spike breast-plate and matching plates on it's withers are a BIT too western for me, they look more like a crude peytral (a metal collar worn by horses in barding or ie: horse armor) then hung on a thickly decorated breaststrap. Most war horses in Asian cultures tended to have breaststraps with tassels or crests or spirit charms, unless this is a decided throw back to maybe farmville's Asian war horse for Chinese new year (which I might add looked more like a full up barded Medieval war horse in gold). But I digress. The saddle is an odd triangular shape, but atleast holds a high cantle and raised pommel, though oddly the cantle carries a looped point that could be interpreted as a horn or maybe just further decoration of the cantle. I call it's shape odd mostly in the fact I'm use to more rectangular or slightly sloping rectangular saddles, however the Kirin, being a more deer-like creature would probably have a less broad back and therefore would fit better with a triangular saddle (I don't know, never ridden a deer myself). The back-over hang from the saddle seems to be a reminiscent mix of a crupper and a croupiere. Cruppers are basically straps that connect to the back of the saddle and loops under the tail of the horse to keep the harness or saddle from slipping, and can be tightened to push the horse's tail up in case the rider wishes for their tails to show a flag or whatnot. A croupiere is the metal armor version in barding which, yes you guessed it, protected the horse's butt.Last on the tack are the reins, which look pretty regular, I would have again preferred tassels as that seems to be more traditional to appear, and a less over-decorated noseband; but since horses don't have horns sprouting from their heads, they probably had less room for decorations and just decorated the noseband for looks, after all, those bushy eyebrows take up a good part of the face along with those horns. (Dear GOD that animal needs to see some hot wax D: Atleast some tweezers!)Now that I'm done with all the tack issues, let's return to the form of a Kirin. The Kirin has gone through MANY different looks, but most of them all refer to a deer-like creature with dragon-scales and horns. Now as it has gone through many changes since it's first appearance in Zou Zhuan in the Zhou Dynasty, in about the 5th century BC. It's gone through looking like a tiger to looking like a giraffe (BIG change there), to the point that the word kirin in both Korea and Japan are the modern day word for giraffe. Many scholars believe that during the Ming dynasty Zheng He brought back some giraffes, zebras, and other cool stuff from his journeys all along the Indian Ocean (He pretty much was China's Marco Polo...kinda weird since Marco Polo went to China but yes you get the picture, he's pretty cool, read up on him). Anyways, Zheng He brings these things to the Emperor, who saw the giraffe and was like 'OMG KEWL!' and proclaimed them magical beasts and a sign of his power and greatness, and kept them as pets. (Dude, why can't I do that D: )With this little history lesson I bring forth three of my nit-pickiness on this creature's design. First, the hooves. I don't know WHO thought chopping off an animals hooves to square shapes was a good idea, but let me clue you, it's NOT. Had I done something like that in my animation classes, I would have been smacked over the head with a rolled up newspaper or told to defend my creation. If we are to think that the creator might have used the Kirin as it's basis and that they may have researched the creature, they would have come across the description of the kirin having feet like an oxen. Or even the giraffe explination for the animal's origin.The closest animal I can guess those....hooves are based off are camels. And we all know what we say about camel toes (*ba-dum-pish!*). Don't believe me? Google giraffe/oxen hoof, even deer hoof! Hell, in Korea they have it on HORSE hooves. But I have YET to hear about them on camel toes...Second, THAT TAIL! Really? Just another horse tail? Most all the stories about Kirin have oxen tails. Has it gotten that hard to just shove a zhevra/giraffe/cow tail on this mount that a horse-tail is what we get? Or was it cause someone didn't want to have to design the extra scales down it's length? I mean really. C'mon guys T_T.My last nit-pick for the day is, whoever ripped off the old night elf's face and plastered it on this poor creature should be BEATEN >_<. Seriously not cool D:. But despite the fact it has a night elf face (Look at those ears and glowing eyes and tell me it's not) the fact that it's WHOLE muzzle is easily mistaken for a NOSE because of the wide bushiness of it's beard, IS A DESIGN FLAW. What were they trying to channel, the Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke? I mean WHAT THE HECK GUYS! Not even the Cloud Serpents have that much fluff on their face! And they're SUPPOSE to be maned. The kirin is said to be maned in either FUR or FIRE, and since we didn't go with the fire theme, fur is the better choice, BUT WHY SO MUCH? If I'm confusing that as it's whole muzzle instead of it's lower jaw, something is WRONG. Why not just a little beard, like on the talbuk, zhevra, or the cloud serpents, hell even the GOAT has just a little beard. This creature's beard is so bushy it looks like it's would fit in a family portrait of the Robertson family from Duck Dynasty!And so, I conclude my Mad-Cow rant (I'm a taureness what do you expect?), and ask the rest of you fine players, what on this creature would you have preferred to see if given the choice? I doubt any of my critique will be heard and anything changed, and maybe in the future I will get over the beard enough to buy this mount, but as of now, those 3 things just kill it all for me. Not 25$ worth to me guys, sorry.Edit: Just a quick edit, this is in NO way to say this mount isn't still pretty damn good as it is. It's well detailed and well animated as I said, those 3 things just bother me way too much not to point out. While I am able to deal with most of them, that beard is probably the hardest thing for me to get over. Though, if you think about it, you won't be looking at the beard for the most part while riding, nor the feet while on clouds (which adds another layer of 'goodness' on this mount), so I might be able to get over my nit-picking fast enough. If you all want an equal following of the GOOD points of this mount, I'll be happy to oblige ;D
Hmmm, interesting cross between a goat, deer, and horse. Very detailed, but not something I'm going to spend $25 Blizzard, sorry, keep up the good work with the new patch though.
What she said.
If you're on the fence about this, I'd recommend looking for it in-game. IMO it looks pretty fantastic-- much better than the GIF and SS shows. I also like its animations. I haven't seen it in "flying" mode yet, though.
This is an abomination. Also, is it wearing pants?
I bought it immediately. Glad to know I'm not the only one who loves it.
Having bought all of the mounts available at the blizzard store, i must say this one does not impress me much, bought it for my collection though. Other mount collectors on my server are of the same opinion.It does have a cloud underneath when flying, but on the ground - it's just another goat mount, nothing special, no special effects, nothing. I wish they'd apply the dragon style to this qilin, with some flame-like effects.But, oh well, still not that bad.
I don't see the wrong with this mount. I might be as some say "Fugly" but somehow it has it's touch. I like it!
And now, since I know ALL of you read my obscenely long rant that I ran out of space on:Mad Cow's rant #2Now, since I have pointed out the overall look of the animal, as well as it's more negative points, let's get into it's more positive light.The texturing, by far, is beautifully done. Following the general overall feel of all of this whole expansion, this mount is HIGHLY detailed and can go toe to ...camel toe with the Cloud Serpents. Kirin, being either the top of the legendary beast list, or third (depending on where you live), is a definite powerhouse of luck, prosperity, and power. In Japan and Korea the Kirin is the KING of all animals, and in China the Prince (only bowing to the Dragon and Phoenix, both King and Queen respectively). So let me reiterate how IMPORTANT this fella is in many Asian myth. This guy is the calling card for the benevolent and wisest to be leaders, said only to be seen at their births or only SEEN by these said people. Confucius being one of those great men (didn't say it had to be an emperor, just a REALLY great man).While some may be confusing the scales for pants, no folks, those are SCALES, just like those on the cloud serpents. In many a myth the Kirin's scales were said to be like those of a fish or a dragon (which furthers some scholars to believe that comes from when Zheng He brought those giraffe's over, as the tessellation of it's coat (those weird lookin' spots.)) The Kirin is considered the Asian unicorn, symbolizing the same ideals as the Western (purity, power, strength, prosperity), NOT because they look the same. And think about it, if you looked at a Unicorn, with a spiral horn coming out of it's head, a horse head, deer body, and lion tail, it's pretty chimerical too. In fact one of the first Unicorn descriptions was possibly of the Java rhino, A RHINO. That's where your Unicorn original descriptions probably come from (that or an oryx/eland though I'm still not big on that theory since many beginning stories of unicorns had them looking like BULLS). So it's not a far fetch to see that if the Western Unicorn had some wild changes in it's look, the Kirin is a hairy, scaly, wild looking creature.Again, let me state, because that's how good it is, the TEXTURING IS BEAUTIFUL! Even with all my nit-picks at the strange parts, I have to admit they are well textured, even down to the odd camel toes and poofy beard. If you go and look at this mount in the WoWhead 3D viewer, you can flip this guy over and even see that it has belly scales as well as some spines jutting out from underneath. You have to admit that is a quality texture-add there.Second, this mount has some serious upgrades on animation. Seriously, even with that night elf face, this guy's ears are moving, which is something rarely seen in many mounts. Granted some mounts don't HAVE ears, but you know what I mean. It's also nice to see a mount that doesn't groom itself while standing. As much as I love wolves as pets, we all have seen the replayed animation of them scratching behind their ear. Cute but kinda repetitive as their only other action is to howl. The bird mounts also have this problem, constantly grooming themselves. The adding of the hippogryph's standing animations that included a little ground pecking was an add-up from the original, 'turn around, chew my feather, flip my tail' one-streak animation of the warhawks and tallstriders.The windsteed seems to have about 4 different standing animations, along with it's mount-special, a grazing animation. Compared to most mounts, that's a good number. One of my favorite of it's standing animations is the deer-like pop of it's ears and raising one foreleg, before stretching out and sniffing, it's ears still whirling and twirling to find that sound it seems to have heard. A little odder is it's looking back animation, where it looks back over it's side, flicks it's ears, then sniffs deeply before returning it's sight to the front.It's sprinting animation further implies it's more deer-like form; giving out strong elongated strides similar to the new stags that we have all come to love since the expansion. It's a much wider, bouncier step in comparison to most horse mounts, as well as more tail flicking action, and the flow of it's catfish-whiskers. If anything the animations are more reminiscent of the upgraded stags, though I can tell you right now the fall is MUCH better.Thirdly, IT FLIES ON CLOUDS. If that's not cool, I dunno what is. With as many flying disc running around Pandaria as I've seen, I'm pretty sure everyone else finds flying on clouds pretty darn awesome. People LOVE after affects of flying things, just look at sparkle pony and the collectors edition quilen, even netherdragons. People LOVE it.Fourth, it's eyes glow. Now true, I have said that it's face was ripped off an old night elf and plastered onto the animal's real face, but still, glowy eyes are cool. If I have to defend this fact, I would have you look again at sparkle pony, winged guardian, netherdragons, imperial quilen, and that's just a few I can remember off the top of my head.So, all in all, this is a GOOD mount, it just as some very confusing components on it that make it appear worse than it really is. Kind of like that new shiny car with a bird poop on it. You can't see that pretty car for that one splatter of birdly injustice. Some further questioning components on the mount are those odd thorns growing out of it's knees. Why? I understand they are to match the more branch-tree-like horns, they're still kinda odd, though not overly bothersome as the other previous stated issues. Overall the animation and texturing is beautiful as well as the cool affects added with the creature's good points, from it's jostling armor and swaying whiskers to those lovely belly scales and puffy top fluff (which is great everywhere, even on that God-forsaken beard!). It's just those strange and cumbersome spots in it's model design that totally throw me off from buying it. That, and again, I'm cheap as hell. <3So give this guy a try if you're not as bothered or cheap as I am; because at some point I know I'll break down and buy it myself....it will just come when I am decidedly ready to let go of 25$....which I'm not ready for with that beard. D: SHAVE!
Simply put, No.
I actually like this one... I mean c'mon guys it is riding on f*ing clouds
I bought this day of release , I am a mountaholic and thought awesome mixed up creature :)By the way I am 30 and female which might stereotype it.the purple caught my eye and blizzard delivered it to my inbox promptly my dk was first to ride it no complaints !
i loved the mont , its a like a chimera mix of the pandaren goat , with double unicorn horns riding a silver cloud . at least the exotic title it deserves ..
Nobody is forcing you to buy it if you don't like it ;)It looks really weird in my opinion, not sure if I would want to ride anything like that, but it is sure going to attract attention.And the cloud is kinda cool...