Solo farming Cataclysm instances is a great way to make gold, and obtain mounts!
Mount is not the only thing that drops here
While farming mounts is not directly gold making, instances such as Stonecore offer lots of valuable loot on top of the desired mount. However, this method focuses only on the farming of the second boss. If you'd like to learn more about Stonecore, how to solo it completely and what kind of loot/gold per hour it offers, wait for the Loot Hunters post for this instance.
Reins of the Vitreous Stone Drake is dropped by the second boss, Slabhide, in Stonecore. It drops both in normal and heroic mode and is roughly a 1% drop rate. Since it's one of those low drop mounts, you'd better have some patience if you want to see this one drop. It usually takes about 30-60 runs to get it, but many have obtained it in just a few kills, including me.
|Vitreous Stone Drake|
Looks much like Slabhide itself!
Here's a some tips on how to solo the first trash mobs:
- Kill the Earthshaper first, use interrupts.
- "Kill" Millhouse next, use interrupts.
- Take the melee mobs in whichever order you want.
- If a melee starts to whirl, back off.
- Warrior (Prot)
- Death Knight (Blood)
- Druid (Bear)
- Hunter (Use tank pet)
- Warlock (Demo)
Surprisingly the bosses here are easier to solo than some of the trash. However, bosses in normal mode do no drop anything super valuable. Just blues that disenchant into small heavenly shards. If you're doing this in heroic mode, the loot is a lot more valuable.
|Stonecore's Entrance is located in the center of Deepholm,|
high above the ground.
The next area will have the boss we're after, Slabhide. He's very easy to solo, and requires nothing but avoiding the fires on the ground, on normal mode at least.
Best of luck, and don't forget to post a screenshot if you're lucky enough to see it drop on your first attempts!