The Vial of the Sands is a brand new flying mount in Cataclysm that transforms you into a dragon, with the added ability to give someone a ride. Wrath of the Lich King brought us the Mekgineer’s Chopper, and with Cataclysm comes the flying version! Being able to show off this amazing mount doesn’t come cheap, though. If you’ve got the gold and time to farm the materials (or more gold to buy some of them) then here’s a quick checklist for obtaining a Vial of the Sands mount.
Gathering the Materials
You’ll need several expensive materials to assemble a Vial of the Sands (or have someone else assemble it):
- 1 Pyrium-Laced Crystalline Vial: Obtained from the Innkeeper at Ramkahen for 5,000g (4,000g at exalted).
- 8 Sands of Time: Obtained from the same Innkeeper for 3,000g each (2,400g each at exalted).
That is 23,200g worth of mats that you must purchase from the vendor at exalted! You’ll also need the following other items:
- 12 Truegold
- 8 Flask of the Winds
- 8 Flask of Titanic Strength
- 8 Deepstone Oil
Depending on your server’s economy, this is roughly another 10,000g worth of materials. You can save a lot of gold having an alchemist craft these for you, but keep in mind that Truegold has a daily cooldown.
Once you’ve spent over 30,000 gold on the materials, there are two ways you can turn them into a Vial of the Sands. There’s the easy way – find someone to craft it for you. Then there’s the hard way – craft it yourself!
Crafting a Vial of the Sands: Alchemy & Archaeology
You’ll need to have 525 Alchemy and Archaeology in order to obtain the recipe for Vial of the Sands. The only way to find the recipe is a random chance when opening a Canopic Jar. The Canopic Jar is one of several different Tol’vir artifacts you can find fragments for in Uldum. Every time you complete this jar, you have a small chance of getting the recipe if you’re a maxed alchemist.
The lack of Tol’vir dig sites and small chance of obtaining this recipe make this a time consuming process, even more so if you don’t have either of these two professions leveled up. If you’re somewhat sane, you’ll take the easy route instead:
Have Someone Else Craft It (Don’t Forget to Tip Them Well!)
If you don’t want to spend hours farming for the formula, just find someone else who has it. Be thankful that someone out there is insane enough to put in the time required to obtain these special items! A good tip for crafting a Vial of the Sands is at least 1000g. If it would have taken you 100 hours to farm for the recipe (a very conservative estimate) then 10g per hour is a very small price to pay for saving all that time!