Just in time for the Chinese New Year, Blizzard released a new, rabbit-themed mount for World of Warcraft. Like other Zodiac-based animal mounts, the new addition is available for purchase on the Blizzard Shop either as a standalone item or as a bundle that includes a subscription to World of Warcraft.
The Chinese New Year mount tradition for World of Warcraft first started in 2018, when the mount called “Shu-zen, the Divine Sentinel” was added to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Last year, the Year of the Tiger was observed and Blizzard added “Wen Lo, the River’s Edge” as a mount for the occasion. However, the holiday mount’s release came just as Blizzard is prepared to exit the Chinese market. After a few tumultuous years, Chinese tech firm NetEase and Blizzard China have failed to reach a new agreement to keep Blizzard’s games such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch running in China. Between that and the ongoing acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, only time will tell how much of an effect the exit from China will have on the company.
The new rabbit mount, known as “Jade, Bright Foreseer” in the game, is available for $25 USD on the Blizzard Shop. Like the other mounts on the Blizzard Shop, it will be available for all characters associated with the account that either purchased the mount or received it as a gift. However, World of Warcraft players that choose to purchase a six-month subscription will get Jade, Bright Foreseer at no added cost. The six-month plan is available for $77.94 USD, or $12.99 per month. Players that are currently subscribed to the 12-month plan will receive the mount automatically as part of the plan. Jade, Bright Foreseer is only available in Dragonflight, but Wrath of the Lich King Classic players will receive the Hoplet pet as part of the six-month subscription plan to compensate.
Jade, Bright Foreseer is described by Blizzard as “Pandaria’s hoppy rabbit spirit” that is adorned in decorations on its head and paws. The Mists of Pandaria expansion was released in 2012 and drew considerable inspiration from Chinese and Asian art designs. With both Dragonflight and Mists of Pandaria taking players to uncharted lands, the timing and similarities between the expansions have been a point of recent discussion by World of Warcraft players.
The arrival of Jade, Bright Foreseer came with just a week to go until the launch of World of Warcraft Patch 10.0.5. With new features such as the trading post and the ability to transmogrify gray and white quality items coming with the patch, there will be plenty to do in Azeroth to kickstart the new year.
World of Warcraft is available now for PC.
Source: World of Warcraft