Possible Upcoming Mount - Year of the Pig Chinese New Year Mount (Speculation)
Every patch there are some encrypted models, kept secret until a special event or promotion occurs on Blizzard's end. With Patch 8.1, some signs point towards a possible mount themed after the Year of the Pig.
The Encrypted06 model has a glowing icon resembling a pig, the animal for Chinese New Year 2019. Artistically, it is similar to the icon used for
, a shop mount released with the Year of the Dog in 2018. Perhaps this is an upcoming shop mount or Lunar Festival mount.
This new encrypted model is larger in size than the dog mount--1.5mb. We can surmise this is a flying mount due to the wings texture Creature\Encrypted06\Encrypted06_Wings.blp. Some parts of the body also use physics, likely the tail.
The mount has some interesting effects, including holy light effects that are shared with
Here's the appearance of
There are other icons tied to encrypted models, which may be related to upcoming promotions. The following batch of icons, along with the pig icon, was datamined with a fox icon used for the
shop mount. What do you think these could be for?
The first icon appears to be a very large complex mount, as the size is 4.3 MB. Due to the texture names, we can tell it has a saddle and wings:
The next icon resembles a cloak. The blue and gold coloration, as well as the large circular jewel in the center, remind us of the icon used for
The next two icons are for encrypted spells for the Alliance and Horde. Possibly these will be tied to faction-specific toys.
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