How to Raise a Cloud Serpent in World of Warcraft

Updated on June 18, 2016
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Dreamhowl has played World of Warcraft since Burning Crusade and owns the expansions up to Legion. She loves pets and mounts.

What is a Cloud Serpent?

In World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Cloud Serpents are snake-like creatures raised by the Pandaren as flying mounts. The Order of the Cloud Serpent - a Pandaren faction - trains Cloud Serpents at the Arboretum in the Jade Forest. Players can visit the Arboretum and train to be a Cloud Serpent rider by becoming Exalted with the faction and doing daily quests to aid both the faction and their Cloud Serpent.

Cloud Serpents start out as eggs, which hatch into baby serpents. After doing dailies for the Order of the Cloud Serpent, players watch their hatchling grow into an adult serpent. Once your Cloud Serpent is old enough, you can compete in races with other Cloud Serpent riders and get prizes for winning. Raising your own Cloud Serpent is similar to the quests to raise your own Winterspring Frostsaber in Winterspring.

Do you want a Cloud Serpent mount? Learn how to train your very own today!
Do you want a Cloud Serpent mount? Learn how to train your very own today! | Source

How to Raise a Cloud Serpent

Raising a Cloud Serpent to adulthood is the only way to obtain it as a mount in the game. While Cloud Serpent mounts are account-wide, Cloud Serpent Riding is not; in order to ride Cloud Serpents, each character will need to complete the Order of the Cloud Serpent quest line to obtain the ability to ride Cloud Serpents. Reaching Exalted allows players to purchase the remaining two Cloud Serpent mounts if they prefer.

1. Visit the Arboretum in the Jade Forest

Once players reach level 90, they can raise their own Cloud Serpent mount by talking to Elder Anli at the Arboretum in the Jade Forest. After expressing your interest in becoming a Cloud Serpent rider, she will send you to Instructor Tong at Windward Isle, where Cloud Serpent Matriarchs mate and lay their serpent eggs.

2. Visit the Windward Isle in the Jade Forest

Your hatchling won't grow until you become revered with Order of the Cloud Serpent.
Your hatchling won't grow until you become revered with Order of the Cloud Serpent. | Source

Once you speak to Instructor Tong, he will give you a few quests to help out the Cloud Serpents and the baby serpents on the island. The island has been experiencing trouble with the Saurok, a race of lizard-people who are disturbing serpent nests and stealing eggs. The quests are simple, and show the player’s loyalty toward the Cloud Serpents and the Order:

  • Beating the Odds: Kill 8 Slitherscale Rippers or Slitherscale Egg Drinkers

  • Egg Collection: Collect 6 Serpent Eggs

  • Empty Nests: Leash and return 6 Windward Hatchlings to their nests

Once the three quests are completed, Instructor Tong will reward you with the option to pick between three rescued serpent eggs: one blue, one green and one yellow. The blue egg will hatch into an Azure Cloud Serpent, the yellow into a Gold Cloud Serpent, and the green into a Jade Cloud Serpent. Other than their colors, the serpents are all the same model-wise and speed-wise - choose whichever color you prefer the most!

3. Do Daily Quests to Raise Your Hatchling

There are several profession-based daily quests to raise your reputation.
There are several profession-based daily quests to raise your reputation. | Source

Returning to the Arboretum with your serpent egg will cause it to hatch, placing your serpent in a pen where you can visit it daily. At this point, daily quests with the Order of the Cloud Serpent will unlock, giving players the opportunity to earn reputation and raise their serpent hatchlings. There are several quests involving your hatchling, Windward Isle and Sri-La Village:

Order of the Cloud Serpent Daily Quests

Quest Giver
Quest Title
Quest Description
Ace Longpaw
The Big Brew-haha
Collect 100 Sri-La Stout
Elder Anli
Dark Huntress
Kill the Windward Huntress
 
The Big Kah-Oona
Kill Lord Oona
 
Madcap Mayhem
Kill the Shadowfae Madcap
 
Needle Me Not
Kill the Orchard Needler
 
On the Prowl
Kill the Windward Saber
 
The Seed of Doubt
Kill the Seed of Doubt
 
Slitherscale Suppression
Kill the Slitherscale Lizard-Lord
Hatchling
Catch!
Catch and return the ball to your hatchling 8 times
 
Feeding Time
Collect 3 Saltback Meat and feed them to your hatchling companion
 
Pooped
Collect 5 Tiny Bags of Poop
 
The Easiest Way to a Serpent's Heart
Collect 5 Tiger Flanks
 
Sweet as Honey
Collect 30 Honeycomb from Angry Honeykeepers
 
Tiny Treats
Collect 100 Tiny Spider Eyes
 
Serpent's Scale
Collect 25 Serpent's Scale
Instructor Skythorn
A Tangled Web
Destroy Widow's Webs to free 5 Sri-La Villagers
 
Disarming the Enemy
Collect 5 Slitherscale Harpoons
 
Monkey Mischief
Kill 13 Oona hozen
 
Restoring the Balance
Kill 8 Slitherscale Rippers or Slitherscale Eggdrinkers
 
Thinning the Pack
Kill 8 Windward Tigers or Windward Alphas
 
Weeping Willows
Kill 7 Weeping Widows
Ningna Darkwheel
Sprite Fright
Kill 7 Shadowfae Tricksters
 
The Shoe is on the Other Foot
Re-steal 14 Stolen Boots
Suchi the Sweet
Emptier Nest
Leash and return 6 Windward Hatchlings to their nests
 
Preservation
Collect 8 Stolen Eggs
Complete daily quests to earn reputation with the Order of the Cloud Serpent!

4. Do Daily Quests to Raise Your Serpent

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Your adult Cloud Serpent is larger and can be flown in races with other trainees.Suchi the Sweet is only one of several serpent trainers you will have to defeat.
Your adult Cloud Serpent is larger and can be flown in races with other trainees.
Your adult Cloud Serpent is larger and can be flown in races with other trainees. | Source
Suchi the Sweet is only one of several serpent trainers you will have to defeat.
Suchi the Sweet is only one of several serpent trainers you will have to defeat. | Source

Once you reach Revered with the Order of the Cloud Serpent, your hatchling grows into an adult! More daily quests become available and are focused on defeating rival trainers and winning Cloud Serpent races. The trainer challenges require players to defeat five different cloud serpent trainers in battle; each trainer has a specific battle style that players must overcome:

  • The Trainer’s Challenge: Ace Longpaw

  • The Trainer’s Challenge: Big Bao

  • The Trainer’s Challenge: Ningna Darkwheel

  • The Trainer’s Challenge: Suchi the Sweet

  • The Trainer’s Challenge: Qua-Ro Whitebrow

  • The Sky Race

Instructor Windblade introduces players to the Sky Race, a daily quest that has the player race against the other cloud serpent trainers. She leads new fliers around the racecourse and points out where all of the cloud rings and checkpoints are. Flying through the cloud rings increases speed, and flying through the checkpoint flags activates them. Instructor Windblade teaches this through a series of “flight training” quests:

  • Flight Training: In Due Course

  • Flight Training: Full Speed Ahead

  • Flight Training: Ring Round-Up

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Once your serpent becomes an adult, you will be shown how to fly the Sky Race.Big Bao attacks his fight opponents relentlessly and with powerful moves.
Once your serpent becomes an adult, you will be shown how to fly the Sky Race.
Once your serpent becomes an adult, you will be shown how to fly the Sky Race. | Source
Big Bao attacks his fight opponents relentlessly and with powerful moves.
Big Bao attacks his fight opponents relentlessly and with powerful moves. | Source

Winning the Sky Race can earn the player a Winner’s Reward, which contains Valor Points and Lesser Charms of Good Fortune. If grinding all of these dailies isn’t your thing, you can also search for Onyx Eggs on Windward Isle; these eggs do not sparkle like the others, and are more rare. Elder Anli takes these eggs in exchange for 500 reputation. You can do the quest as often as you have eggs.

5. Get Exalted With Order of the Cloud Serpent

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Exalted players are awarded with their Cloud Serpent mount and a ceremony!Cloud Serpents love to race, and winning the Sky Race can earn you rewards.
Exalted players are awarded with their Cloud Serpent mount and a ceremony!
Exalted players are awarded with their Cloud Serpent mount and a ceremony! | Source
Cloud Serpents love to race, and winning the Sky Race can earn you rewards.
Cloud Serpents love to race, and winning the Sky Race can earn you rewards. | Source

Once you earn enough reputation to become Exalted with the Order of the Cloud Serpent, your questing is complete! You will earn the achievement “Order of the Cloud Serpent” and be taken to a ceremony where they are officially named a member of the order. Players also receive Cloud Serpent Riding for free, as well as their Cloud Serpent in their inventory to add to their mount collection. Congratulations!

Did You Know?

Did you know that once you reach Exalted, you can catch Hatchlings in the Jade Forest for pet battles? Try getting the Wild Crimson Hatchling, Wild Golden Hatchling and the Wild Jade Hatchling.

While a Cloud Serpent mount alone is a perfect reward, don’t forget the other rewards you can purchase from the Order of the Cloud Serpent Quartermaster San Redscale. Aside from being able to purchase the other two cloud serpent mounts, players can purchase jewelcrafting recipes, pet vanity items and a celebratory tabard:

Order of the Cloud Serpent Reputation Rewards

Reputation
Reward
Cost
Honored
Design: Jade Panther
200 Gold
 
Design: Sunstone Panther
200 Gold
Revered
Cloud Ring
1,000 Gold
 
Floating Racing Flag
25 Gold
 
Racing Flag
25 Gold
 
Floating Finish Line
100 Gold
 
Finish Line
100 Gold
 
Design: Ruby Panther
200 Gold
 
Design: Sapphire Panther
200 Gold
Exalted
Design: Jeweled Onyx Panther
200 Gold
 
Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard
10 Gold
 
Reins of the Jade Cloud Serpent
3,000 Gold
 
Reins of the Azure Cloud Serpent
3,000 Gold
 
Reins of the Golden Cloud Serpent
3,000 Gold
Being Exalted with the Order of the Cloud Serpent has its own lucrative rewards!

So once you’ve reached Exalted, pat yourself on the back and take a break! Try catching some Hatchlings to show off to your friends, or run your own Cloud Serpent races with Racing flags and finish lines. Feel free to leave any feedback or comments in the section below!

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      • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

        Jessica Marello 

        7 months ago from United States

        @Ravioli The Cloud Serpent riding skill was removed entirely in Patch 6.0.2 - sorry if my hub was out of date! The serpents are account-wide with all characters now.

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        Ravioli 

        7 months ago

        In 2018, is the cloud serpent riding skill still not account available??? It would be an extremely daunting task to take all of my toons through the grind to get the ability after I’ve already done this on 2 toons to get the mounts (which I have nearly completed). Does that mean once these two toons have their mounts, my other toons can’t even ride them??

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        Colljac62 

        22 months ago

        I will, although it looks like I'm not going to get my serpent at all. The quest you have to do to with the trainer flying with you? I couldn't keep up, read that you should fly through the cloud loops. But after the second flight, having logged back in the next day, the loops were gone. Nothing I did helped me stay caught up, so I thought "if I abandon the quest, I can pick it up again" Jokes on me, now I cant' get it at all. *disgruntled sigh*

      • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

        Jessica Marello 

        22 months ago from United States

        @Colljac62 I hope so! If you come across a fix before then, let me know and I'll make a note of it in the hub, in case it will help someone else.

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        Colljac62 

        22 months ago

        I tried that, and it seems like it's not just myself having problems. The NPC the quests need to be turned in to never seems to be there. I've tried abandoning the quest, picking up again as it's not given by the same one as who it's turned in to. I've also noticed there are other people wandering in the same area looking for her. I'm hoping that at some point, one of the patches will clear it up. Thanks

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        Jessica Marello 

        22 months ago from United States

        @Colljac62 I had a similar issue with the Warlords of Draenor Garrison dailies, so I'm wondering - have you tried logging out in the fenced area where your cloud serpent is, and logging back in? I don't know if it's a similar issue, but this would reload my Garrison quests when they weren't showing.

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        Colljac62 

        22 months ago

        I've not been able to turn in some of my daily quests in the Jade Forest. Also My baby dragon hasn't had any daily quests in days. Not sure how to correct this issue. Any ideas?

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