Dreamhowl started playing World of Warcraft in Burning Crusade and owns the expansions up to Legion. She loved collecting 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.
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
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
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, as listed in the table below.
Order of the Cloud Serpent Daily Quests
|Quest Giver||Quest Title||Quest Description|
The Big Brew-haha
Collect 100 Sri-La Stout
Kill the Windward Huntress
The Big Kah-Oona
Kill Lord Oona
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
Kill the Slitherscale Lizard-Lord
Catch and return the ball to your hatchling 8 times
Collect 3 Saltback Meat and feed them to your hatchling companion
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
Collect 100 Tiny Spider Eyes
Collect 25 Serpent's Scale
A Tangled Web
Destroy Widow's Webs to free 5 Sri-La Villagers
Disarming the Enemy
Collect 5 Slitherscale Harpoons
Kill 13 Oona hozen
Restoring the Balance
Kill 8 Slitherscale Rippers or Slitherscale Eggdrinkers
Thinning the Pack
Kill 8 Windward Tigers or Windward Alphas
Kill 7 Weeping Widows
Kill 7 Shadowfae Tricksters
The Shoe is on the Other Foot
Re-steal 14 Stolen Boots
Suchi the Sweet
Leash and return 6 Windward Hatchlings to their nests
Collect 8 Stolen Eggs
4. Do Daily Quests to Raise Your Serpent
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
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 they 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
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 you 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!
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
Design: Jade Panther
Design: Sunstone Panther
Floating Racing Flag
Floating Finish Line
Design: Ruby Panther
Design: Sapphire Panther
Design: Jeweled Onyx Panther
Order of the Cloud Serpent Tabard
Reins of the Jade Cloud Serpent
Reins of the Azure Cloud Serpent
Reins of the Golden Cloud Serpent
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!
© 2013 Jessica Peri
Jessica Peri (author) from United States on March 30, 2018:
@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.
Ravioli on March 24, 2018:
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??
Colljac62 on January 20, 2017:
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*
Jessica Peri (author) from United States on January 20, 2017:
@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.
Colljac62 on January 19, 2017:
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
Jessica Peri (author) from United States on January 18, 2017:
@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.
Colljac62 on January 16, 2017:
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?