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There is a beautiful serpent flying around the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, teasing all the Mount Collectors in the game. She is called Alani.

I heard that you need some shard(s) to get to remove her shield thing, but I am not sure how to get these shards or how to use them.

So basically, my question is:

  • How can I get the shard(s) that I need.
  • How do I use the item(s) required to be able to attack Alani.
  • Is the Mount a 100% from Alani, or does it get mailed or instantly added?

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The shards don't remove the shield, the sky crystal does. To answer your 3 questions:

How can I get the shard(s) that I need?
Skyshards can drop from every enemy in Pandaria. The problem is that they are really rare. The drop chance is way lower than 1% so be ready to invest some time if you really want the mount.

How do I use the item(s) required to be able to attack Alani?
Very simple: Once you have 10 Skyshards, click them to create a sky crystal and then find Alani, target him and Click the Sky Crystal.

Is the mount a 100% from Alani, or does it get mailed or instantly added?
The mount is a 100% Drop but remember that it requires an exalted reputation with the August celestials! You also need Cloud Serpent riding to fly this mount.

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  • "Skyshards can drop from every enemy in Pandaria" - All PvE Enemies on the continent of Pandaria? Does this include Raids/Instances? Commented Jul 15, 2014 at 13:32
  • @HowlinWulf I got some Skyshards from Mogushan Vaults back in the day. But I'm not sure how it works with the new raids. I think ToT and SoO don't drop shards. The easiest place to farm is The Vale of Eternal Blossoms, since really every NPC can drop them. I think there are some exceptions to Pandaria but really not too many (I remember looting one from monkeys right at the launch of MoP in the first area)
    – Jutschge
    Commented Jul 15, 2014 at 13:37
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    The Skyshards drop almost exclusively in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms (see on Wowhead). I even think all other areas are bugs (in Wowhead's data gathering or in Wow itself).
    – Raidri
    Commented Jul 15, 2014 at 13:55
  • I've leveled 3 toons to 90 (incl doing vale quests) and done dailies until Golden Lotus Exalted on one; and have a grand total of 1 shard.
    – M.M
    Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 22:17
  • Corollary question: if you fail to kill Alani do you have to get another 10 shards to try again, or what?
    – M.M
    Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 22:17

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