How to Camp the Time Lost Proto Drake in World of Warcraft

Time-Lost Proto Drake Guide

The Time-Lost Proto Drake is a level-80 rare spawn in the Storm Peaks in Northrend on the game World of Warcraft. He has the same model as all of the other Proto Drakes, but has a sort of brownish color to him. When I first heard about the Time-Lost Proto Drake (TLPD for short), I just had to find him and catch him for myself.

TLPD was introduced in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. He is on a rare spawn timer, which means that he will not always be flying around and you may have to spend quite some time looking for him before you finally see him. It took me about 1,500 hours over two years before I finally was able to kill him and loot his mount.

At the bottom of this article you will see 2 videos. One is where I follow Vyragosa, showing you just one of the spawn paths. The other one is much longer and I go into more detail, covering everything in this guide. If you would rather watch a video than read, that's the video you should look at.

What he drops when you kill him:

  • [Reins of the Time-Lost Proto Drake] - the mount which looks just like him.
  • Time-Forward Talisman - A level 76 necklace with random stats.
  • Abandoned Adventurer's Satchel - A bag which contains random goods from Northrend (Mainly gold, cloth and Crystallized life)

Time Lost Proto Drake Camping Tips

In order to be successful at catching the TLPD, you need to know what's in store. For those of you unfamiliar with World of Warcraft, camping refers to a player who waits for a rare spawn to appear so they can kill or tame it. Some rare spawns will re-appear only a few minutes to an hour after they died last. Other rare spawns may not re-appear for many hours or days after their last spawn.

Time Lost Proto Drake is a rare spawn that typically only spawns every few hours, I will go over spawn times later.

When camping, you need to have a lot of patience. If you do not have patience you will drive yourself crazy. With the changes to how certain add-ons work with TLPD and the introduction of Cross Realm Zones - you could be in for a rough camp.

You might be one of the extremely lucky players that will find TLPD within a couple hours, or by just flying around. However, you need to be prepared to spend a LOT of time camping. I mentioned earlier that it took me 1,500 hours total to catch my TLPD. I should mention that during those 1,500 hours, I had seen him more than once. I had either missed him because I was away from my computer, or because another player was slightly quicker than I was in attacking him.

How to Pass the Time While Camping

  • Read a book.
  • Watch TV/movies.
  • Play minigames (Add-ons on Curse have mini-games that you can install to play while in-game)

World of Warcraft: Playing multiple Accounts at the Same Time

A little note about having multiple accounts: I have two accounts and play them both fairly often, because I have a ton of characters. Some characters I use only for farming, some for raiding, while some are just profession characters. There are many reasons that you might want two accounts, so if you have enough money, go for it.

If you decide to go this route, you should know that you CAN attach a second account to your account.

By having multiple accounts attached to your you can take advantage of things such as having your account-wide mounts and BoA gear spread out over both accounts while still being able to play them both at the same time.

You will also have to pay to upgrade the new account to your preferred expansion. There are times when blizzard has sales on the expansions, so you can keep an eye out for these sales if you want to grab a new account.

Also, with the option to purchase WoW time with in-game gold - it makes it easier to pay for all accounts without charging your bank account!

NPCscan: Camping for Time Lost Proto Drake

NPCscan is an add-on that used to alert you when a rare mob was within targetting distance, whether or not you have even attempted to target the mob. It made it extremely useful to just be tabbed out or AFK while camping - but still get an alert with the TLPD was nearby.

However, Blizzard has changed the way that mobs are cached in the game. This means that NPCscan and SilverDragon will only alert you if your mouse hovers over the rare.

Basically: if you have hovered your mouse over the rare... chances are you already see it and don't need to be alerted. At least when it comes to a big dragon like the TLPD. :)

If for some reason your mouse hovered over the rare and you weren't paying attention - the button that pops up will help you find the rare. It will look like the picture posted above, but will instead have a picture of TLPD and his name. Simply click on the button and it will target the rare for you. :D


Make a macro and spam this macro while camping. You want it to target the rare and then, preferably, have it cast a spell to pull. Typically you would want it to be an instant cast spell.

/target Time-lost

/cast (Insert instant cast spell here)

The green/blue route is a mix of all of the patrol routes that TLPD/Vyragosa can be found at.
The green/blue route is a mix of all of the patrol routes that TLPD/Vyragosa can be found at.

World of Warcraft Spawn Points and Patrol Routes

The picture above and below show detailed pictures of the spawn paths and patrol routes.

When TLPD spawns, he will begin flying on his patrol route. There are four different places in Storm Peaks from which he can spawn from, meaning there are four different routes he can fly around.

After he spawns he will randomly choose whether he goes clockwise on his route, or counter clockwise.

Time Lost Proto Drake Spawn Points

1. Frozen Lake Spawn Point

The pictures above are what I call the "Bor's Breath" spawn point. Most people refer to it as "Frozen Lake".

In all of the following pictures Time Lost Proto Drake will spawn on the mountain and then proceed to fly down and patrol his route.

The second picture shows the area on the mountain on which you can wait to spawn. If you sit directly on the mountain on the slight incline in the middle of my circle, you should be able to automatically aggro him.

However, a level 90+ might have a lot more trouble getting him to automatically aggro to you.

2. Waterfall Spawn Point

(Click to Enlarge) The red is the Spawn path for the Waterfall Route. The black star represents the Spawn point.
(Click to Enlarge) The red is the Spawn path for the Waterfall Route. The black star represents the Spawn point.
This is the spawn point when looking towards the waterfall.
This is the spawn point when looking towards the waterfall.

3. Brunnhildar Spawn Point

Brunnhildar Spawn path
Brunnhildar Spawn path
He spawns on the cliff right by the trees. Blue Proto Drakes will be flying right above your head, as seen in this picture.
He spawns on the cliff right by the trees. Blue Proto Drakes will be flying right above your head, as seen in this picture.

4. Ulduar Spawn Point

Patrol Route
Patrol Route
He spawns on the cliff here
He spawns on the cliff here

Spawn Times

In Wrath of the Lich King expansion, the TLPD was on a six hour or longer spawn timer. So, when he dies, it would take a minimum of six hours for him to spawn again. In Cataclysm, Blizzard made the wait time much shorter. He can now spawn as quickly as half an hour after his death.

Don’t get your hopes up though: he’s still very hard to find, especially since Blizzard put in the Cross Realm Zones. With Cross Realm Zones, there are many more people in Storms Peaks, making your camp much, much harder. I do not envy those of you who still need to catch your Time Lost Proto Drake.

Vyragosa: TLPD's Counterpart

TLPD has a counter-part that often spawns in his place. Her name is Vyragosa and she is a blue drake. One will not spawn while the other is alive, and most of the time you will see Vyragosa flying around instead of the TLPD.

This is what makes finding the TLPD so annoying, because most of the time you will be running into Vyragosa. Trust me, you will get sick of seeing that big blue dragons face.


Stacking refers to when a player stands on a spawn point that was previously occupied by another player. This player typically plans on stealing the kill away from the person who was at the spot first. Never do this! This is a horrible and very rude thing to do. It's another story if you are going after a spawn that only has one spawn point, because you can't avoid it. With TLPD, however, there are multiple spawn points that people can spread out across.

For example: If I were to go to the Bor’s Breath/Frozen Lake spawn point and camp for a couple hours, then another player comes along and sits next to me and doesn’t move. This player is most likely going to try to take the kill away from me.

They will often times whisper you saying things like “Camping TLPD? Oh, well my friend just killed him about an hour ago at a different spot. So, you can take a break.”

Do NOT listen to these people. They are only trying to convince you to leave a spawn point. The only reason that you should leave a spawn point is if you have to, due to other responsibilities. If you see TLPD spawn, and someone else kills him, you are free to take a 30 minute break but he can still spawn in the next hour. Even though it is highly unlikely that this will happen, it’s still possible.

This problem will probably increase with the cross-realm zone. People aren't afraid to be rude to people who aren't on their server. Just ignore them and continue your camp.

Fighting the TLPD

The fight itself is very easy. Time-Lost Proto Drake doesn’t have very much health at all, a level 85 or 90 could one shot him. Even for a level 80 he is a push over, I killed him on a level 80 holy paladin before.

He flies moderately high in the air, so you may have to try and lure him to the ground to attack him. Some players use Snowfall Lager; however I never got around to using it because I play a priest and could just levitate myself.

You won’t have to worry about any of this if you catch him on his spawn point though, where you can very easily attack him while he's still grounded.

The following video is one that I took of Vyragosa once. I followed her around to show one of the patrols in full. Keep in mind that even though this is not the Time Lost Proto Drake, they both still fly the exact same patrol route and fly at the same speed and height. So, this video is very accurate in showing the route. Just imagine it’s the Time Lost and not Vyragosa.

Have you ever had a stacker when camping?

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WoW Camping Tips

  • The most popular camping spot is the one I have marked as Bor's Breath(Frozen lake). This is because you can see 3 out of the 4 patrol routes from this spot. Because of CRZ, TLPD may not even make it that far but in the event he does, this is the best spot to be.
  • Visit This is a very useful site. It goes into a lot of detail. If you are looking for more detail that I provided, be sure to check this site out.

Video Guide to Farming the Time Lost Proto Drake

My video on the Bor's breath spawn point.

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Comments 29 comments

Hazmodan 3 years ago

Thank you very much for all of this! i've been camping it for a while now, i really appreciate what you wrote, really useful infos!

Pukanini 2 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I wish that Vyragosa would at least drop a pet...Tired of seeing that helm. Yes I kill it every time to make TLPD spawn faster. I'm camping at the waterfall...The sweet spot at the lake usually has a tonne of people at it. People stack on me all the time, even though I've been sitting there for 6 plus hours daily.

Atrameya 2 years ago

The best guide I´ve read about TLPD. Clear and simple. Thank you to share it. Greeting from Spain. Sorry my horrible english.

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amanda5577 19 months ago from Michigan

What a great guide! Thanks for posting.

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missa72542 19 months ago from Arkansas Author

Thank you guys very much! :)

Naxader 17 months ago

I have question , when vyra spawn how much i must wait until another spawn of tlpd/vyra come another 6 hours ?

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missa72542 17 months ago from Arkansas Author

Naxader, you have 30 minutes after a spawn. In WotLK it was 6 hours but in cata they removed that. I've seen spawns as short as 30 minutes. But keep in mind that you still may experience hours before another spawn. Good luck!

Jessica 12 months ago

Npcscan doesn't work outside WoD anymore.

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missa72542 12 months ago from Arkansas Author


To be honest, I haven't even updated this article in a while so I still had old NPCscan information in here. I've updated it now though. NPCscan works, but just not in the same way it used to. You have to hover over or target the rare itself.

Jessica 12 months ago

Npcscan does work, but for farmers, it is useless. I can't tab out and watch a movie, I can't do the dishes, I can't do anything. I have to sit there and stare at the screen. The alert going off after I have already click on him is useless. The information on spawn points and stuff like that still helps a bunch, so your videos aren't useless, in fact, they are informative. I just wish there was a new guide that helped us without using npcscan.

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missa72542 12 months ago from Arkansas Author

It's not completely useless for farmers. Think of it like this: if you are on a mid to high population server, or a connected realm, the chances of him actually making it far away from his spawn point is pretty low because there is usually always someone lurking about. So, if you hover your mouse over the spawn location and then walk away, that atleast gives you a chance to get up and do something for a few minutes.

I'm not saying this is ideal by any means. And it sucks, yes. But at this moment i really don't have any other suggestions, I'm sorry. Any other ideas i have would just involve the targeting macro and using a program like auto hot key, which goes against terms of service so i don't recommend it.

But if i come across anything that'll help, and doesn't break ToS, I'll update this post further.

nickygunz 7 months ago

Just got my kill. Took about 3 days. I stayed at the Bor's Breath spawn point the entire time. She spawned 6 hours after a Vyragosa kill. Thanks for your guide. It was very helpful.

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missa72542 7 months ago from Arkansas Author

Grats on the kill! I'm glad I helped. :) If you plan on hunting more rare mounts, good luck on those!

Cody 6 months ago

Hi and thank you for your write up on this!

I have been farming for this guy for ages now and have only seen him once after another player announced he killed it in /1 chat.

However, I have killed Vyra almost 6 times now :S

Do you have any references for the spawns times you mention currently (half an hour spawn since Cata)?

Please and thank you

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missa72542 6 months ago from Arkansas Author

Hi Cody! Thank you for your comment. :)

I just want to make sure I understand your question correctly. When you are asking for a reference, do you mean: Official word from Blizzard stating that the spawn time can be as soon as half an hour?

If so - no I do not. The only reference I have is personal experience and collaboration with other verified mount hunters, such as Ponderance.

Remember that the Time Lost Proto Drake can spawn any time Vyragosa spawns. So if you see her at 1:00 and kill her, and then see her again at 1:45 - that means that both of those spawns could have been TLPD and therefore, his spawn rate could have been 45 minutes. But keep in mind that it doesn't mean you will ALWAYS see a spawn every 45 minutes. It's all RNG - you might not see a spawn of either Vyragosa or TLPD for hours and hours. But statistically you shouldn't have to wait more than a few hours for a spawn (Otherwise - You've simply missed a spawn due to it spawning somewhere else and someone killing them before you got a chance to notice).

This is a website by Ponderance that has some more details and facts:

Hope that makes sense/answers your question! If not, let me know and I'll try to help more!

Cody 6 months ago

Hey Melissa,

Thank you for getting back to me!

Yeah was mainly looking for any further info (not necessarily Blizzard as I know they don't provide any detailed info such as this) to corroborate spawn times as there is very little recent stuff (WoD-era) and who knows how often Blizzard change things behind the scenes.

I'll definitely take a look at that website you linked and add it to the list of things to keep re-reading to keep me motivated haha!

Another Vyra spawned today. Still only seen the one TLDP...This is the second stint I've had at trying to get this mount (other was during WotLK and got burnt out lol)...almost a month down of logging in every night already this time! ... wish me luck.

Thanks again

Cody 6 months ago

Happy days I finally got my TLPD!!!

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missa72542 6 months ago from Arkansas Author

Oh yay! Grats! :D

I hope you enjoy!

If you don't have aoenaxx, I have a video guide for him too. It's not as updated as this guide and I think I even mention npcsan, but the info on spawns, timers and other information should all be the same. - I'm on my phone right now so I don't have a direct link, sorry lol.

Grats again and good luck if you still have more to camp!

Matthew 5 months ago

Hey! This is awesome, thank you - BUT I have to ask...

My addons show 6 spawn points for TLPD, 4 of which are in different locations than yours...

WoWhead shows 6 locations, 5 of which are different than yours and 5 of which are different than my addon's...

So where does this data come from and how do we know which to trust?


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missa72542 5 months ago from Arkansas Author

Hello Matthew!

Thanks for the comment. I can guarantee you that the spots in my guide are correct. This information was gathered from literally camping out there myself and seeing him spawn in those locations. (I believe the only spawn location I haven't seen him spawn from is the Brunnhildar spawn point, but I've seen videos)

I also collaborate with another camper who has put forth hundreds and hundreds of hours just helping OTHER people get this mount, not only just himself.

I'm looking at wow head right now and I see what you mean about the 6 points. These are incorrect for spawn locations. You may see TLPD in those areas since he flies around, but he doesn't spawn there.

I'm not sure what addon you use, I would have to have it myself to explain that one.

But yes, these locations in my guide are confirmed, I just don't have pictures or videos of them on the spawn location. Sorry.

Hope that helps!

Matthew 5 months ago

Thanks very much - I hope my tone wasn't challenging, I was honestly just curious where the data comes from in general.

I've been mount gathering for a while and WoWhead seems to be right on every time, but in this case I am going with your info. Especially on a mount like this or Aeonaxx, though, it's such a time investment I wanted to at least ask.

I actually have two addons for rares, one is the NPCscan overlay and I think (not sure) the other one is Wholly or Grail (same author, installed together). One uses skulls for spawn points, the other uses colored dots and paths for rares. Given my reading in forums usually implies Blizzard gives out no information on things like this I've always been curious where the info comes from.

I appreciate your answer, am grateful for this resource, and will be using your other articles to help with these last few toughies I have like Aeonaxx and Poseidus.


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missa72542 5 months ago from Arkansas Author

I didn't think your tone was challenging, atleast not in a bad way. You just want to make sure you have the correct information and I was doing the same thing during my camping and researching. :)

I wish you luck on your hunt. It's extremely rewarding. :)

Darathnu 4 months ago

Hi! I just wanted to thank you for your awesome guide. I fell in love with this mount before I stopped playing in Cata, but recently re-activated my account and decided to actually try to get it. Your information has been invaluable, and I am currently sitting on my chosen spawn point and praying for a miracle.... ;)

I'll let you know if I get him.

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CYong74 4 months ago from Singapore

With the movie, I think a lot of players would be revisiting the game, and grinding for these rare achievements. :)

Adobokyd 3 months ago

yteah just today i found a time lost protodrake in Dreanor Nagrand area where you do part of the legendary quest.

Paul 3 months ago

I just wanted to post and say your guide was very informative. I started camping seriously 4 nights ago and have camped pretty dedicated most days while doing other stuff on monitor. I got the drake at waterfall and was lucky to snag it as it spawned basically. I managed to do this on Nightfall battlegroup which is a hugely populated CRZ so there is hope. The main issue was there was ALWAYS someone on each spot, usually Horde and Alliance. I was in full PvP gear which made it easier to swat away annoying Horde and let me be. I used a very similar strategy of waiting on the spawn locations and timings. Saw 1 TLPD spawn at Ulduar early on week, and confirmed Vyra kills, 3 myself that spawned. Best thing is to make nice with the other faction mates camping and see whos on each time you are. They were helpful in reported missed timings, etc, when i took sleep breaks

Onatie 3 months ago

Hi, does cross realm assist help to get more easy?

Matthew 3 months ago

102 days, 4-6 hours every night, and counting. a dozen Vyragosas, no TLPDs...

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