Mount up! On the Subject of Random Mount Addons (pt 2)

Note

This is a multipart post.


BeStride

BeStride is one of the better offerings, and it brings a lot of unique options.

mount selection

BeStride Mount Selection

Selection of favorite mounts is comprehensive and well ordered. The only thing missing here is a 3D model preview, which becomes far more of an issue than I had first thought it.  Seeing what the mount looks like, it turns out, is very important to me personally. Others without my special … quirks … may not have issues with this omission.

One thing of note: BeStride does figure out if you’re in a non-patrol Warfront and deals with it correctly.

class options

BeStride Class Options

This addon offers the best class-based options of all the addons I’ve reviewed.

  • Death Knights get Wraith Walk when moving.
  • Demon Hunters gain Fel Rush when moving and Gliding when falling.
  • Druids have several options for travel and flight form.
  • Mages gain slow fall when falling, blink when moving.
  • Monks gain Roll when moving, and Zen Flight when falling.
  • Paladins gain Divine Steed when moving.
  • Priests gain Levitate when falling.

The only thing missing is Rogues’ Sprint when moving.

mount options

BeStride Mount Options

This addon offers some of the most esoteric and unique options of all of ’em.

  • Auto enable new mounts when learning them
  • Remount immediately after dismount
  • Random usable mount if no mounts in your favorites are usable
  • Protect from flying dismount inadvertantly
  • Force flying mount availability in non-flying zones – in other words, the default is to not do this.
  • Force flying broom
  • Prioritize passenger mounts in group
  • Prioritize Nagrand mounts when applicable
  • Occulus mounts
  • Force Sky Golem if you’re a flower picker
  • Force a repair mount if below certain durability, which you can adjust in three different dimensions

Keybinds are carried out via the addon’s interface, as well as the Blizz keybind interface.

The addon does not support the native blizz addon interface. Or, rather, it offers an entry in the interface options dialog, but it only offers a “click this button to open my own interface” button. And it tosses out an exception. Fortunately, /bestride brings up the configuration interface for the addon with no issues.

Overall, this addon is excellent and will do quite nicely in place of GupPet as long as the companion features are not a big deal for you. It’s well ahead of others in terms of class support, and otherwise provides an excellent experience. The lack of a 3D mount preview takes away from that a bit, but other than that it’s excellent.

Choose Mount

button bar is stuck

That button bar is stuck and in the way.

So this one is just a BoBB (Big ol Button Bar) supporting several categories of mounts – racial, class, faction (ground and flying), professions, aquatic, and Qirajii – the last being fairly unique. A big problem with the button bar is that it was not relocatable. And overall, it was impossible to select which mounts were applciable to which button, making it impossible to personalize per alt.

While it claims it supports Masque for skinning, it did not appear in the Masque prefs and thus was unskinnable. (You had one job)

I was unable to find a way to bind mounts via slash commands or keybinds.

As best I can tell, it’s not very customizable and fairly generic. There is no way to customize per alt or bind to keys, rendering use very clumsy. If I were out of options, I’d use this in place of a macro. Which garnishes it a grade of D, no minus or plus.

Easy Rider

mount bar and tooltip

The button bar, and tooltip thereof.

This is another BoBB (Big ol’ button bar) addon that offers little beyond that. There is no way to control what mount is summoned per button other than setting a “preferred mount” per type. There is no way to change the keybinds. And there is no way to configure anything else beyond where the bar appears and its visibility.

Another version of “I’d use this over a macro but little else”.

gmMounts

configuration

They call it configuring. I call it a hack.

This one barely makes it in, and it almost didn’t. This addon has no UI elements other than slash commands. There is no way to configure which mounts you want other than hacking its code directly (which is what you are instructed to do by the author). And there’s no way to support profiles for each alt. You can work around it since the configuration supports ‘categories’ – as many as you want – and you could therefore, in theory, designate a category per alt or class.

This fact alone opens this addon up to massive instability.  Since WoW uses the LUA language for its addons, and LUA is such a fragile language, it is very easy to blow up your ui if you make even the most miniscule mistake. Say, left out a comma.

Overall, this one ranks slightly below “I’ll just use a macro”.

Posted on April 8, 2019, in Addons and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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