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WoW ClassicApr 24, 2024 10:00 am CT

How to unlock flying in WoW Cataclysm Classic

When Cataclysm Classic launches on May 20, players will be immediately available to fly (almost) anywhere in World of Warcraft Classic, which is bit differently than how flying worked in Burning Crusade Classic and Wrath of the Lich King ClassicInstead of being locked behind max level and an ungodly currency sink, most WoW Classic players can easily access the flying trainer to help them traverse through a different Azeroth.

Here’s how you unlock flying in Cataclysm Classic. 

Learning to fly in Cataclysm Classic 

Once a player reaches level 60 and they have the Expert riding skill, they can buy the Flight Master’s License for 250 gold to be able to fly in the Cataclysm Classic zones (Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, and Deepholm). The Flight Master’s License can be purchased from a Flight Trainer in each captions capital city and you’ll get a 5% discount for each reputation level you have with your main faction, Alliance or Horde, up to 20% once you reach Exalted status:

Keep in mind, this is only for Cataclysm Classic zones. Flying in Outland only requires the Flying skill which is already unlocked, but if you want to fly in Northrend you still need to separately unlock the Cold Weather Flying skill. Once Cataclysm Classic arrives, you can unlock it more easily than you could in Wrath Classic by training with any of the three flying trainers in Northrend as long as you are level 68, have the Expert riding skill, and 500 gold to pay the trainer for their services. The only places you can’t fly in are the starter and secondary zones from BC Classic for the Draenei, Azuremyst Isle and Bloodmyst Isle, and Blood Elves, Eversong Woods and Ghostlands.

There will also be a new flying skill level in Cataclysm Classic, Master, which also changes how the fast mounts under the previous skill level can travel:

  • Expert (level 60) — 150% flying speed
  • Artisan (level 70) — 280% flying speed
  • Master (level 80) — 310% flying speed

It’s likely all of the riding trainers will teach up to the Master riding skill in Cataclysm Classic like they did during its original release.

New flying mounts in Cataclysm Classic 

There are also a variety of new flying mounts you can earn in Cataclysm Classic from different activities and surprise, most of them are dragons!

Open world and activity drops

Vendors and factions


Learning to fly in Cataclysm Classic is much cheaper and relatively easier than it was in previous Classic expansions but players who are also starting a brand new character get the added benefit of many new flight paths in zones, reducing the inherent pressure to get flying immediately. There are still a number of cool mounts to get in when Cataclysm Classic releases and we hope to see you in the skies when it does!

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