It took me about 6 years or so, but I finally got Attumen to hand over his mount!
I had wanted this mount very badly all throughout TBC when I had been running Karazhan with my guild. Never once did I see it drop.
Later on in Wrath I began to solo Attumen on occasion, still hoping to add this mount to my collection, but no luck. In Cataclysm I tried here and there with no success, then I just kind of forgot about it.
About 6 months ago I decided to give Attumen weekly beatings until he handed Midnight over to me. I’d say I hit Kara probably 3 out of 4 weeks for about 5-6 months. In that time I vendored a boatload of Worgen Claw Necklaces, but still no mount.
Then, about a week ago, right before the reset, I thought maybe I’d take my new Paladin alt into Kara to see if he’d have better luck than Garwulf. I think he was level 78 at the time, so I wondered if he’d be powerful enough to run Attumen without it being a hassle, but it ended up being a roflstomp for my god-mode Pally.
Strategy for soloing Attumen was this…pull entire stable, light ground on fire, throw shield around like Captain America, push 2 other buttons occasionally, watch everything die seconds later.
Paladins are just flat-out ridiculous, and way easier to play than hunters, in my opinion. Seriously…is there another class that can tank all the way through Cataclysm while topping the damage meters at the same time? Not that I’ve seen.
Anyhow…after I clobber Attumen, I loot his corpse expecting to see the usual necklace and leather bracers, when my jaw about hits the floor upon seeing that horseshoe icon pop up on my screen. I couldn’t believe it… Fiery Warhorse’s Reins?!?! Are you kidding me?!
I’d run this dungeon probably 80-100 times over the years on Garwulf, the founder and proprietor of the Huntsman’s Lodge. You’d think Attumen would be eager to gift such a fitting mount for a deserving fellow huntsman. No way, man. Dude was not handing it over.
My beastmode Pally comes into Kara…drops Attumen like a chump, then takes his prize after his first ever foray into the place. Blizzard loves Horde and they love Paladins. That’s my theory anyway.
Regardless of how I obtained it, finally getting the Huntsman’s Mount was a most memorable moment for this hunter.