Recently, Blizzard had the Battle Chest on sale for five dollars, and I picked up a copy not that long at Future Shop for the same price. That got me doing some thinking in my head, and it involved some basic match principles.
- The Battle Chest gives you everything up to, and including, Burning Crusade. Also, thanks to a recent change, that includes the Goblin and Worgen races.
- The Battle Chest includes a month of play.
- Recruit A Friend is free.
- You can use a Battle Chest to upgrade a Recruit A Friend account.
- As soon as the RaF account pays for a month, your account gets a month free.
- The RaF account must be active for 60 days for your account to qualify for the mount.
So, with these particular details in mind, that means you buy the Chest for five dollars and pay for an additional month. Doing so pays for a month of your regular account, so that’s a wash. You would have paid for that month just the same, so you’re still only out that initial Battle Chest purchase. But that month you purchase on the second account does two things. You get a regular month free, as I just mentioned. But it also then triggers the RaF Mount. For five dollars. To me, it’s worth about that. To some it might be worth more (or just the same, worthless). But this gives you a perspective on what the cost would be to get said mount without actually finding a person to recruit.
There’s other bonuses as well. The two accounts are linked for 90 days. During that time, if your characters are within five levels of one another, and within close proximity of one another, your XP is boosted by 300%. Also, the recruited toon can grant levels, equal to half of what it’s earned. So if your Shaman is now level 40, she could give twenty levels to one of your main account toons (so long as they’re of lower level). Also, you can cross faction items on the auction house. My suggestion is roll a toon of the opposite faction on your server and put them in the AH of the nearest city. On the RaF account, make another toon and get them to Booty Bay. Now you can mail yourself the items and then sell them to yourself, and be on both accounts at the same time (reducing the chances of someone stealing said item out from under you). I recommend you put the Horde toon in Booty Bay. It’s just really easy to create an Orc, run up the Hidden Path and swim across the bay to Ratchet.
Another bonus is the linked accounts can summon one another to wherever they are. That’s damn handy let me tell you. It’s literally a second hearthstone.
So whether you just want the mount, or a few other bonuses as well, you can see how the cost works out in perspective. I got it for the mount originally, and then realized the leveling bonuses. As such, it turned out to be a worthwhile decision for me. Your thoughts and situations may differ so you may just get it normally, or wait until you can snag one as well for the five dollar price tag. Either way, hope this helped!