When I first saw the Heart of the Aspects mount, I was quite fascinated by its unique look, 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. Not that it stopped me from buying one as I was amped to play the beta and become immersed in the rich Chinese landscapes. 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 need to pick a colour from three possible options – blue, green or gold. The egg you choose will promptly hatch into a tiny little mini serpent which you can raise through a series of quests.

From there, you’ll complete a number of dailies until he matures into a fully grown, rideable mount; much like the Venomhide Ravasaur (Horde) or Winterspring Frostsaber (Alliance) mount. At revered, Instructor Windblade will teach you the rules of the racing course. The next quest involves training your serpent to race through the training track.

For an extra 500 rep, you can find Onyx Eggs scattered around the Windward Isle. This quest is repeatable like the Netherwing rep grind.

Onyx Egg

You can also hand in Quivering Firestorm Eggs which can drop from Huolon (the rare onyx cloud serpent) flying around the Timeless Isle.

At exalted, you can purchase the other two mounts from the quartermaster.

Cloud Serpent Colours

Oh and don’t forget about the three cloud serpent battle pets (Wild Crimson Hatchling, Wild Golden Hatchling, Wild Jade Hatchling) you’ll be able to see and capture once you’re exalted too.

Cloud Serpent Hatchlings