The Hivemind – Secret Mount Guide

Welcome to The Hivemind Mount Guide. This mount resembles a jellyfish brain with tentacles and is the one the major secrets added in Battle for Azeroth.

The Hivemind Mount Details

The Hivemind mount acts as a vehicle, however only the last people that you completed it with are able to join it. The mount's movement speed will be increased by 10% for every player that joins the vehicle, which is also shown through the Joined Hivemind buff.

If you want to link with different people, you just have to complete the final parts of the puzzle again with a new group.

Colored Crystal Monocles

To start the secret you will first have to purchase Talisman of True Treasure Tracking from Griftah in Shattrath.

/way Shattrath City:Outland 65 69

Equip the Talisman and then 4 items behind Griftah will start glowing.

  • Fish glowing red - trading game puzzle in Vashj'ir
  • Letter glowing blue - anagram letters
  • Feather glowing green - puzzle in Skyreach
  • Pyramid glowing yellow - puzzle in Halls of Origination

You will need the talisman to complete the following puzzles. The reward of each puzzle is a corresponding colored monocle.

Note that you don't have to get all 4 monocles in order to solve the Wild Withered Puzzle. Having one monocle should be enough if every player in your group has a different colored monocle.

Red Crystal Monocle

To get the Red Crystal Monocle you will have to complete the trading game puzzle in Vashj'ir.

While wearing the Talisman of True Treasure Tracking you are now able to interact with multiple vendors. You will have to purchase items and trade them one for another in the order below. You will need a total of 2380 gold in order to buy the initial Seashells from Sir Finley Mrrgglton.

First Item: 50 Glittergill Glitter
/way Shimmering Expanse 44 20 Step 1 - Sir Finley Mrrgglton - Buy 500 Seashell
/way Abyssal Depths 38.8 79.5 Step 2 - Volatile Violetscale - Buy 100 Cavity-Free Great Shark Tooth
/way Shimmering Expanse 52.7 22.1 Step 3 - Manta Stargazer - Buy 50 Razoreel Larva
/way Shimmering Expanse 68.3 48 Step 4 - Lil' Whalley - Buy 250 Well-Fed Doctor Fish
/way Abyssal Depths 66.1 42.7 Step 5 - Gloomy Bluefin - Buy 10 Freshly Molted Crab Skin
/way Kelp'thar Forest 60 59 Step 6 Ol' Fishbreath - Buy 50 Glittergill Glitter

Second Item: 40 Symbiotic Plankton
/way Shimmering Expanse 44 20 Step 1 - Sir Finley Mrrgglton - Buy 80 Seashell
/way Abyssal Depths 66.1 42.7 Step 2 - Gloomy Bluefin - Buy 2 Giant Giant Toenail Clipping
/way Abyssal Depths 45.4 17.6 Step 3 - Little Carp - Buy 4 Makrura Eye
/way Abyssal Depths 38.8 79.5 Step 4 - Volatile Violetscale - Buy 1 Accidentally-Severed Seahorse Fin
/way Shimmering Expanse 53.4 89 Step 5 - Crimson Angerfish - Buy 2 Shiny Sea Serpent Scale
/way Shimmering Expanse 52.7 22.1 Step 6 - Manta Stargazer - Buy 40 Symbiotic Plankton

After you get 50 Glittergill Glitter and 40 Symbiotic Plankton go back to Sir Finley Mrrgglton and buy 5 Scintillating Murloc Skin Lotion.
/way Shimmering Expanse 44.6 20.1 Sir Finley Mrrgglton

Third Item: 5 Potent Gastropod Gloop
/way Shimmering Expanse 44.6 20.1 Step 1 - Sir Finley Mrrgglton - Buy 300 Seashell
/way Kelp'thar Forest 60 59 Step 2 - Ol' Fishbreath - Buy 30 Vantus Black Squid Ink
/way Abyssal Depths 15.6 83 Step 3 - The Blackfish - Buy 30 Super Slick Eel Slime
/way Abyssal Depths 38.8 79.5 Step 4 - Volatile Violetscale - Buy 3 Rock-Encrusted Whelk Shell
/way Abyssal Depths 45.4 17.6 Step 5 - Little Carp - Buy 5 Potent Gastropod Gloop

Fourth Item: 5 Captured Cavitation Bubble
/way Shimmering Expanse 44.6 20.1 Step 1 - Sir Finley Mrrgglton - Buy 1500 Seashells
/way Shimmering Expanse 68.3 48 Step 2 - Lil' Whalley - Buy 300 Very Pretty Coral
/way Kelp'thar Forest 60 59 Step 3 - Ol' Fishbreath - Buy 100 Iridescent Shimmerray Skin
/way Shimmering Expanse 53.4 89 Step 4 - Crimson Angerfish - Buy 20 Luxurous Luxscale Scale
/way Abyssal Depths 15.6 83 Step 5 - The Blackfish - Buy 5 Captured Cavitation Bubble

With 5 Scintillating Murloc Skin Lotion, 5 Potent Gastropod Gloop and 5 Captured Cavitation Bubble go back to Sir Finley Mrrgglton and buy the Red Crystal Monocle.
/way Shimmering Expanse 44.6 20.1 Sir Finley Mrrgglton

Blue Crystal Monocle

To get the Blue Crystal Monocle you will have to complete the letter puzzle which consists of anagrams.

If you want to see how this puzzle was solved then click on spoiler.

Spoiler:

The anagrams were solved by taking the words in capital letters and rearranging the letters to form a new word.
Letter 1: The Wasp Ad Ignition Factor -> Anticipators of Deathwing
Letter 2: Gai's Nature Of Death -> Seat of the Guardian
Letter 3: I Dumbfounded As Subtle Rat -> Multitudes of Undead Barbs
Letter 4: The Streets Of Ms. Sin -> Nest of the Mistress
Letter 5: The World Elite F.C. -> The Derelict Flow
Letter 6: Re: Sine Codex -> Ox Residence
Letter 7: Mice Cleft Hoping Ana -> The Pinnacle of Magic

Use this script to track your progress:

/run local a,b=IsQuestFlaggedCompleted,{40397,40314,40404,40252,40293,40288,50187,50181} for i=1,#b do print((i==8 and "Blue Monocle: " or "Letter #"..i..": ")..tostring(a(b[i]))) end

Make sure to interact with each letter in the following order.

  • The First Letter is found in Shattrath at 65 59, behind Griftah (image)
  • The Second Letter is found in Highmountain at 57.4 27.9, inside the tent (image)
  • The Third Letter is found inside the Karazhan Raid, on a chair in Medivh's Chambers (image)
  • The Fourth Letter is found inside the Razorfen Downs Dungeon, on a hey box behind the last boss (image)
  • The Fifth letter is found in Mount Hyjal at 44.4 46.6, on a table inside the room at the top of the tree (image)
  • The Sixth Letter is found in Icecrown at 70.7 73.3 (image)
  • The Seventh Letter is found in Townlong Steppes at 37.6 63, on the ground near the bell (image)
  • The Gift of Ms. Graham which contains the Blue Crystal Monocle is found in Borean Tundra at 27.5 27.1, at the top of The Nexus (image)

Coordinates:

/way Shattrath City:Outland 65 69 First Letter
/way Highmountain:BrokenIsles 57.4 27.9 Second Letter
/way Mount Hyjal 44.4 46.6 Fifth Letter
/way Icecrown 70.7 73.3 Sixth Letter
/way Townlong Steppes 37.7 63 Seventh Letter
/way Borean Tundra 27.5 27.1 Gift of Ms. Graham

Green Crystal Monocle

To get the Green Crystal Monocle you will have to complete the Skyreach puzzle. Equip the Talisman of True Treasure Tracking and at the end of the dungeon you will be able to interact with "Basic" Instructions.

_______ | 0000132
0000017 | #######
0001032 | #######
0000002 | 0012020
0000610 | #######
0000061 | #######
9113824 | ??????????

If you want to see how this puzzle was solved by the community then click on spoiler. If you want to see how this puzzle was intended to be solved by the developers then you can check Blizzard's post about The Hivemind.

Spoiler:

The solution to this puzzle was discovered unexpectedly while looking for multiples of 9113824, the number in the bottom left corner.
The solution is 102011032032, a number with 12 digits, all of which are either 0, 1, 2 or 3.
Each digit of the number corresponds to a direction:
0 - up
1 - right
2 - down
3 - left
To complete the puzzle you will have to click the Glowing Orbs following the number and the corresponding directions.

Interact with the Small Glowing Orb from the console and multiple colored lights will appear in the distance. You will also get the Inky Blackness buff for 2 hours.

To complete the puzzle press the buttons on the control pad in the following sequence. If it doesn't work, then wait 45 seconds and try again.

Right - Up - Down - Up - Right - Right - Up - Left - Down - Up - Left - Down

After you complete the puzzle a chest containing the Green Crystal Monocle will spawn at the top of the console.

Yellow Crystal Monocle

To get the Yellow Crystal Monocle you will have to complete the Halls of Origination puzzle.

Enter Halls of Origination and follow the path through the dungeon until you get to the elevator room. Head north from the elevator room and take the staircase on the right to reach the Stellar Refraction Device.

Click each constellation to change the colors of the other constellations near them. Once they have all been changed to the same color, they will despawn and a chest will spawn in their place which contains the Yellow Crystal Monocle.

  • The Angular Stellar Refractor changes the colors of constellations positioned in a + formation.
  • The Jagged Stellar Refractor changes the colors of constellations positioned in an X formation.
  • The Round Stellar Refractor changes the colors of constellations adjacent to it.

You can use the Hivemind HoO Puzzle Helper Addon to solve this puzzle. You will have to fill your pattern with the stellar refractors and constellations, and then click on the "GO" button to see the solution.

After the puzzle is solved you can also invite players into your group to get the monocle. Be careful not to click on the Stellar Refraction Device as that will reset the puzzle.

Solving the Monocles

Each of the colored monocles has flavor text inscribed on them.

  • Red: P O T Y A B U V F X
  • Blue Q P C X K B Z H A G
  • Green N R V Q Z J S M G Y
  • Yellow S K M C U F L N J O

Writing the alphabet twice then removing the letters above leaves us with "E E I I D D H L R T W W" which rearranged spell out "WILD WITHERED".

These 4 withered are Rikei, Blom'an, Giluzui and Yorilan. Their initials also match their eye color.

Wild Withered

The next part of the secret quest line must be completed as a group. You will need one person with each color monocle equipped. Initially the Wild Withered are friendly, however after you equip the colored monocle matching their eye color (or their initials) they will become hostile.

Four players will have to go to the withered that matches the color of their monocle:

/way Suramar 71.9 62.6 Rikei (Red)
/way Suramar 46.9 28.6 Blom'an (Blue)
/way Suramar 19.9 46.4 Giluzui (Green)
/way Suramar 43.6 81.8 Yorilan (Yellow)

The fifth person will go to 41 69.5 in Suramar, and stay near a room that's blocked off by four beams of the same colors.

/way Suramar 41 69.5 Suramar Beams

Coordinate with your group to bring the withered npcs down to 1 health point at the same time. They will begin casting Draw Energy, which disables the beams for 6 seconds. When all four beams have been simultaneously disabled, the fifth person can enter the room.

Lost Cat Toy

Inside the room the fifth person will be able to interact with the Lost Cat Toy.

The player interacting with the Lost Cat Toy will get zapped, taking some damage and being teleported outside.

Write down the amount of damage that player took, as you will need that number for the next step.

Lady Chaton and Mana Kittens

Go with your group to Lady Chaton in Court of Stars.

For this step you will have to pet the manakittens and get Purring stacks on each cat corresponding to each digit of the number.

The order of the cats is Mrs. Fluffymuffins > Shadow > Mew > Ash > Bella (the order that Lady Chaton got the cats).

For example, if your number is 12068 then you will have to get:

The code is always 5 digits, however if you get a 3-digit or a 4-digit code then just add zeroes to the front. For example, if the fifth player takes 123 damage then your 5-digit code will be "00123".

After all the cats have the right number of Purring stacks, an Ominous Orb will appear. Interact with it and you will get teleported to the next puzzle!

Phaseshifting Platforms Puzzle

Blizzard has shared info about how the Phaseshifting Platforms Puzzle works:

The next puzzle is a maze of sorts, taking place on floating platforms over a chasm.

It starts with one platform active. Each platform can be ridden by one player and activates 0–3 other platforms. Players can hop from platform to platform. A platform won't deactivate while there's someone on it, but as soon as you hop off it, if nothing is activating it, it'll disappear. Therefore, you must work as a group to progress throughout this maze, taking turns moving from platform to platform.

Once all five members of your group reach the door on the other side, it will open, letting you proceed.

Solutions:

Once all five players have made it through the disk hopping puzzle, you may now jump off the disks, fall to the floor, and run up the ramp towards the door. All 5 players must be at the door and it may take a few moments to open.

Lightlocked Platform Puzzle

Your group can now proceed towards the Lightlock that is pathing back and forth across the bridge. Stand slightly below the top stair and wait for the Lightlock to path back towards your party. You will have to click the vehicle to get on it.

This puzzle is similar to the river crossing puzzle, where players will have to go back and forth multiple times.

Blizzard has shared more info about this puzzle:

There are three roles which the five people are randomly (and secretly) assigned to—one driver, two adults, and two children. The platform must always have a driver, and is big enough to hold one additional adult, or two additional children, but not two adults. It also can’t go across with only a driver.

Therefore, valid combinations that are allowed to cross are driver + adult, driver + child, and driver + child + child. Experiment until you can find who your driver is, then start using them to ferry people back and forth.

The easiest way to handle this puzzle is to go 2 players at a time until a group has passed. From there experiment different group setups until you have figured out which player is the driver.

Once all party members have crossed the bridge full of arcane lava, stand near the door and it will open, letting you proceed.

The Hivemind

Once you are through, each person will run to a shadowy purple circle on the ground and click The Hivemind to start channelling a spell. Once the channel is finished, The Hivemind will be in your bags! Congratulations!

Credits

Guide Writers: Sinnie, Nightswifty

This secret has been solved by the WoW Secret Finding Discord, the community dedicated to solving the puzzles, riddles and various mysteries the game has to offer.