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Zelda: BotW - Every Creature You Can Ride

TheGamer logo TheGamer 6/27/2022 Casey Foot
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While traversing the vast kingdom of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll encounter many animals and creatures that can be mounted. They can be used as a means of travel, as part of a unique battle strategy, or as a fun distraction on your quest to save Princess Zelda.

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Other than the common horse, you can encounter a range of rare and unusual mounts that you’ll want to seek out if you wish to experience everything Hyrule has to offer, including completing both Shrine quests and side quests that are tied to these creatures along the way.

Trusty Steed: Spotted And One-Color Horse

The most common mountable animal you will encounter in Breath of the Wild, horses can be found throughout Hyrule. You’ll find them most easily in the area surrounding Dueling Peaks stable and roaming in large open fields. After encountering a horse, you can sneak up from behind and mount it, allowing you to ride it to the closest stable where it can be registered.

Horses come in different colors and patterns which affect their strength, speed, and stamina. For example, spotted horses have lower stats, whereas one-color horses have higher stats overall.

Fit For A Princess: The Royal White Stallion

This horse is the focus of the Royal White Stallion side quest. To start this side quest, you’ll need to talk to Toffa at Outskirt Stable, who will tell you about a white horse similar to those kept by the royal family of Hyrule.

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You’ll find this royal horse on Safula Hill, where you can mount and tame it. To do so, you’ll want to make sure you have enough stamina, as this horse is one of the hardest horses to soothe. Once you take the horse back to Toffa, he’ll urge you to register the horse immediately. After talking to him a few times, he’ll remark that Princess Zelda once rode upon a similar white horse, and that this horse is most likely its descendant.

Steed Of Evil: Giant Horse

The Giant Horse can be found in the Taobab Grasslands in the Gerudo Highlands. True to its name, this horse towers above all the other horses in the game and has a unique orange mane. To complete the Hunt for the Giant Horse side quest, you’ll need to show this horse to Straia, an NPC found at the Mounted Archery Camp.

The Giant Horse looks eerily similar to Ganandorf’s Steed, which also has an orange mane (in Ocarina of Time) and a black coat. As it’s found in the Gerudo Highlands, this is further evidence that the horse is connected to the one ridden by Ganondorf.

Epona’s Song Not Required: Epona

In order to obtain Epona, you’ll need to scan her into the game using either the Super Smash Bros. Series Link Amiibo or the Twilight Princess Link Amiibo. Unlike other horses, Epona has perfect stats and automatically bonds with you.

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Epona is a nostalgic callback to previous games, appearing as Link’s trusty steed in entries such as Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess. You’ll want to register Epona at a stable as soon as you scan her into the game, as each Amiibo only offers one chance at getting her.

Bone To Be Wild: Stalhorse

The Stalhorse is a skeletal version of the normal horse, roused from the dead by Ganon’s magic. Despite being harmless, Stalhorses can’t be registered at a stable because the stable owner views them as monsters. Stalhorses are often ridden by Stalkoblins and Bokoblins, meaning you’ll have to knock one of these enemies off to mount one.

If you ride a Stalhorse wearing either the Radiant Set or the Phantom Ganon Set, the horse will run with increased speed. Unfortunately, your friendship with your newly-found Stalhorse won’t last for long, as once the sun rises, it will disappear.

A Deer Friend: Deer

The deer are a species of animal that can be found across Hyrule and can either be hunted for their meat or mounted if you successfully sneak up on one. If you’re looking for a way to travel quickly across Hyrule, a deer probably won’t be your first choice, but you’ll need to mount a stag for The Crowned Beast Shrine quest.

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The only species of deer that you can’t mount is the Tabantha Moose, though it’s worth seeking them out anyway, as they drop rare meats when killed.

Beary Fun: Bear

There are two types of bear native to Hyrule - the Honeyvore Bear and the Grizzlemaw Bear. The Honeyvore Bears live in the Akkala Highlands and Tabantha Frontier, while the Grizzlemaw Bears live in snowy areas, such as Gerudo Highlands and the Hebra Mountains.

Both bears will attack you if provoked; however, the Grizzlemaw Bear’s strength makes it much more deadly. As a result, you’ll want to be cautious when attempting to mount these wild animals, making sure to be sneaky so as to not alert them to your presence.

A Fitting Tribute: The Lord of the Mountain

The Lord of the Mountain, also known as Satori, can be found on the top of Satori Mountain on nights when it glows, surrounded by Blupees. If you have enough stamina, you can mount this majestic creature; however, it can’t be registered at a stable, and bringing it to one is viewed as a bad omen by the stable owner.

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The Lord of the Mountain shares a lot of design elements with the Blupees, and it also has large hooves, a horse-like body, and two owl faces. Its name is a tribute to the late Satoru Iwata, who was the President of Nintendo during the development of Breath of the Wild.

Ride At Your Own Risk: Lynel

Lynels are one of the hardest enemies to fight in the game, boasting a multitude of strong attacks. While fighting a Lynel, you can stun it for a brief period of time, where you can mount the monster to deal damage without losing any durability on your weapon.

You can also mount a Lynel by sneaking up on it or landing on its back using your Paraglider, giving you a range of openings to attack this powerful enemy. Unfortunately, after mounting a Lynel, you can’t tame it like other creatures in the game, as it will throw you off its back after a short time.

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