Absolutely fantastic mounts. Up their stamina a few times as well as their weight, and you've got yourself a fantastic globe-trotter. I use mine for getting supply drops at night. Put an otter on your neck for temperature regulation or a Jerboa as a backpack and you've got yourself a perfect world-traveling setup. Griffin's are absolutely fantastic 10/10.
A wild Griffin is a damn dangerous flying monster.
It's fast, does a lot of damage, it' even flying around you like a vulture to make some psychological warfare. It has a dive ability too. Be aware that it is hard to tame it without any trap, but I've got you covered, just use a Netgun and it will instantly fall to ground, then you build 4-5 Gate frames on the Griffin while you have 2 Gates ready to close the entrances, so it stays put. Or have the gates built beforehand, lure it in and then close the gates.
Aaaaand... don't get hit, this thing can slay you and your whole family tree in a matter of seconds.
Once you have tamed it with some meat, prime meat, mutton, or kibble, you can get rid of your trap and mount this Demon without enslaving it with a saddle. It has 2 Seats, stays in air like a helicopter, you can even fly backwards or left and right. In other words: It's maneuverability is extreme. It has a nice Dive ability. The best and fastest way to move this thing is by diving all the time. Fly down until it reaches a nice speed and then pull it back up, with this technique, you are able to cross large distances in a short amount of time. It's able to pick dinos up, but only the small boys n girls.
It's one of the fastest and most dangerous flyiers by the way. You can even breed those Insane and awkwardly beautiful Bird like creatures.
Two people can ride and both can equip tools/guns while riding and can dive for help during combat too. These winged beasts sadly can't be bred because they don't have genders, much like the rock elementals. And you're going going to have a very hard time knocking one out considering they fly fast and have decent attack, but will most likely be worth it. Probably going to have to move to Ragnarok because of these things.
quick tip to go faster with a Griffin. when diving, try landing slightly tilted, for some reason it carries the momentum you previously had, after landing, start flying a second. you’ll basically be slingshot though it only works maybe 50% of the time.
WARNING: if you lag on a server you might clip the ground and not know it and the next time you land your griffin will take infinite fall damage and die. Sometimes you don’t even have to land and your griffin will die mid air. There is no way to prevent this just remember to carry parachutes.
Get yourself a vulture and go kill ovis, but let the vulture harvest it (you can't put anything in it's inventory, it has to harvest it on its own), and the vulture will keep raw mutton fresh for 2 hours while you trap and knock out your griffin. No kibble needed, nearly max taming efficiency for the cost of a few spoiled meat to tame a vulture.
It's basic swipe from the ground is rather weak. It's strength comes from being able to dive swipe. To utilize this, you will want to focus the camera on your target and fly above then straight down at the enemy, while left clicking to swipe a claw in air. This does unreal massive damage, potentially thousands of damage.