Reins of Poseidus

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  • Reins of Poseidus
  • Binds when equipped
  • Mount
  • Use: Teaches you how to beckon your subdued Abyssal Seahorse. Can only be summoned in aquatic environments.
  • Requires Level 78
  • Requires Expert Riding

The Reins of Poseidus summons the Subdued Seahorse, an epic seahorse mount that can be used in any aquatic environment ( [Subdued Abyssal Seahorse] is limited to Vashj'ir). Therefore, although it is slower than the Vashj'ir version, it is widely sought after.

Several factors make this mount desirable to players. The first would be that it is one of two swimming mounts usable anywhere, the other being the  [Sea Turtle], a very rare fishing drop. Therefore if you can kill Poseidus, you are guaranteed a swimming mount rather than fishing day after day. Another is looks; this is one of only two seahorse mounts in the game, which is very attractive to mount collectors.

Being collectable leads into the third factor, which is 'how much gold is it worth to you?' Being BoE, this mount can be sold to other players, and you can usually find one in the auction house from time to time. Players will farm for Poseidus during its spawn times, solely to get the mount to sell (which can include illegal gold farmers: as always, report a suspected gold farmer to the GMs via ticket). This can be an option for players that do not want to farm for either mount and can afford local server prices, which are often very high for this mount.

A fourth, lesser factor would be utility; if you must swim, are not a druid or a class that cannot walk on water, why not have a mount that can make you go faster? In this regard, the Sea Turtle is actually a better choice, as it is amphibious and both mounts swim at the same speed. Being able to walk on land means the Sea Turtle can jump above the surface, while the Reins of Poseidus cannot, automatically dismounting the player.

Source

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This item is a guaranteed drop from Poseidus, a rare spawn in Shimmering Expanse and the Abyssal Depths.

Notes

  • This mount does not include underwater breathing.
  • Many players assume that while the Reins of Poseidus swims at a speed lower than the Subdued Abyssal Seahorse, that it is faster than the Sea Turtle. The Abyssal Seahorse is indeed the fastest, but the Reins of Poseidus and the Sea Turtle actually swim at the exact same speed.

Aquatic speeds

Movement type yd/sec Run % Swim %
Normal Swimming  4.7222  67.46% 100%
 [Azure Silk Belt]  5.4306  77.58% 115%
 [Glyph of Unending Breath]  5.6667  80.95% 120%
 [Hook of the Master Angler]  6.375  91.07% 135%
[Aquatic Form]  7.0833 101.19% 150%
 [Sea Turtle] /  [Reins of Poseidus]  7.5556 107.94% 160%
 [Glyph of Aquatic Form]  9.4444 134.92% 200%
 [Swim Speed Potion]  9.4444 134.92% 200%
[Sea Legs] (swimming) 10.3417 147.74% 219%
[Sea Legs] (running) 11.2 160% 237.18%
[Sea Legs] on  [Sea Turtle] /  [Reins of Poseidus] 18.8889 269.84% 400%
 [Subdued Abyssal Seahorse] 25.9722 371.03% 550%

Trivia

A WoW developer known to frequent the Petopia forums was once asked why this mount's speed was limited in Vashj'ir. It was explained that the original goal was for it to have Subdued Abyssal Seahorse speed in Vashj'ir, and Sea Turtle speed outside Vashj'ir.

However, they found that they could not enable both speeds properly. They were forced to choose between either applying only the Subdued Abyssal Seahorse properties, locking it to Vashj'ir, or applying only Sea Turtle properties, which would limit the speed in Vashj'ir, but also allow it to be used everywhere else.

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