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This article is about the Shadowlands race. For the blue drakonid, see Varos Cloudstrider.

Cloudstriders (AKA lighthoofs[1] or kirin)[2][3] are antlered, goat-like beasts found in Bastion.[4]

A type of airborne kirin (or kirin-like creature) called the swift windsteed is said to be one of the rarest and most majestic beasts in Pandaria on Azeroth.[5]


As a mount

The  [Swift Windsteed] was formerly available for purchase from the Blizzard Shop.

Notes and trivia

  • These creatures are based on the qilin (麒麟, qílín), a Chinese mythological creature which somewhat resembles a cross between a horse and a dragon, and which is often referred to as a "Chinese unicorn". The similarly-named quilen in World of Warcraft bear little resemblance to the mythological qilin and are instead based on Chinese guardian lions.
  • Cloudstriders were first introduced in patch 5.1 in the form of the  [Swift Windsteed] mount, though at the time of its release it was not identified as such and did not show any hint of a connection to the Shadowlands. No other members of the race were seen until World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, four expansions after the Swift Windsteed was introduced.
    • Their sound files are named "SwiftWindSteed".