Mount up! On the Subject of Random Mount Addons (pt 4)
This is a multipart post.
- Part 1 – Intro, criteria, and the benchmark
- Part 2 – BeStride, Choose Mount, Easy Rider, and gmMounts
- Part 3 – GoGoMount, IntelliMount, KuiMount, LiteMount
- Part 4 – Mandrill Mount, MountMe, MountsJournal, Mount Journal Enhanced
- Part 5 – Conclusions
This addon is very Shaman oriented, but claims to be usable by other classes.
I was unable to get this addon to work on my priest by following the instructions, so I can’t really provide a good evaluation of it.
There is no support for action buttons or hot keys, nor is there a configuration interface of any kind, nor is there a mount favorites selection interface of any kind, nor is there any profiling of any kind that I could detect using the largest tricorder I could find.
If it worked, it looks like you can either create a macro that calls it with a specific set of mounts, or ‘random’, which didn’t work.
Overall grade is F, because if you don’t work, you don’t get a grade. Don’t claim you work for other classes if all you work with are Shaman.
Mount Journal Enhanced
This is heavily focused on enhancing the existing mount journal, so pretty much does what it says on the tin. And while it does a lot of things right, it also does a lot of things awkwardly or not at all.
The mount journal itself is used to designate your favorites, and the core game’s “random mount button” is used to trigger selection. Other than that, there is scarce little way to modify the behavior of the addon.
Fortunately, it does offer the ability to save preferences per-character, so it fulfills one of my basic requirements for such an addon. If the only native random mount feature were per-character, this is pretty much what we’d have, and I’d be pretty content with that.
Overall, a solid C.
This addon is very rudimentary. It uses what you have configured in the pet journal to determine what can be summoned. Rather than define its own keybind, it uses the native “dismount” keybind to drive it.
There are no preferences, profiles, or other niceties.
This one’s not a lot more useful than the default “random mount” action button.
C- – does the job, but a macro would almost do as well.
Journal integration is excellent. Each mount in the journal has three buttons available – ground, fly, and aquatic – which you can mix and match as needed. For example, the Hearthsteed is both a flying and ground mount for my Pali, and can be configured that way. The inherent search and filtering features of the mount journal come into play to help you quickly narrow down what you can see, so if you’re just interested in night elf saber mounts or flying mounts, easily done.
Mount lists can be character specific, or not, giving your flexibility where you want it.
There are several special abilities in the general configuration options.
- Extensive configuration around water striders – can prioritize over land mounts, can prioritize in specific dungeons and expeditions
- If you have Herbalism, can be configured to call the Sky Golem if it is available
- If you have the magic broom, can be configured to call that during Hallow’s Eve
There are a few down sides.
- No support for levitate / feather fall when mounting while falling
- No support for ghost wolf
- No support for Druid travel forms
This is one of the few addons that avoids the Blizzard native interface for keybinds, and that’s probably not a good thing.
Overall, this is a solid addon with a few peccadillos that can be overlooked. B- at worst.