Before the advent of automobiles and engines, many people used animals such as horses to traverse distances quickly. Even today, we use horsepower to describe the power an engine produces (though a horse can produce around 15 horsepower and a human being a bit over a single unit of horsepower).
In V Rising, these critters serve as a fast means of transport, carrying you through the night quickly and efficiently across the Map. Taming a horse and bringing it home is easy once you know what to do. For more questions about V Rising, be sure to check out our guide hub for the latest and greatest.
Where to Find a Horse in V Rising
Horses can be rather elusive. Wild horses spawn at areas marked with a horseshoe icon (hover over an area to see if it spawns them). Hostile mobs and enterprising players may have already snapped up the local horses in your area, so that may mean waiting for one to spawn. You can also sometimes find them at other, smaller locations not indicated on the map, or simply abandoned by other players.
Once you do find your equine companion, move up to it and hit the prompt to mount it. Once you've done that, start steering that fella back to your base. Ideally, you'll already have a Castle ready to go for security, but beggars can't be choosers. Congratulations! You are now one horse richer. You can name it using the pencil icon in the upper-right corner of its Tab menu.
V Rising: Horse Care and Items
Your horse needs fuel, just like your Castle Heart. By crafting Waterskins, you can keep it hydrated. If you've defeated Keely, you have access to a Tannery. This allows you to turn Animal Hides into Leather and other useful products. Plant Fiber and Leather will net you some empty waterskins. Go to a source of water and fill them up.
Hit Tab when near your horse to put full waterskins in the horse's window like any other crafting station. The waterskins come in stacks of 5 and keep your horse alive for several hours per waterskin. Once you've taken care of the setup it's a trivial, but important, task. Dominated Mounts do not need to be supplied with Water.
V Rising: Horse Controls
Horses are fast, and their primary purpose is to help you (and your stuff) get from point A to point B. They aren't great combatants, but you'll be able to outspeed most enemies, especially if they don't have a ranged attack. Despite this speed, they are harder to turn and you can't spin them around on a whim like with your character. Once you've tamed your horse, you just have to hold the use key (F by default) near them to mount them. Left-click to use a mounted attack, hit E to toggle a gallop, and press Q to dismount. Dominated Mounts can jump with the space bar. Don't forget your horse where you left it!
The three traits a horse has are Max Speed (self-explanatory), Acceleration (the rate at which they gain speed), and Rotation Speed (how fast they turn). You can also check your horse's lifespan via the Tab menu.
How to Use Dominate Mount to Get a Permanent Horse in V Rising
Dominate Mount allows you to permanently own a Horse of your choice. Here's how to use it:
- Find a Horse to Dominate.
- Select "Dominate Mount."
- Note: Like "Dominate Human," you cannot do anything else while Dominating a Horse.
- Wait for the channeling to complete.
- You now have a permanent Mount.
Dominated Horses gain a new ability called "Shadow Leap" which allows you to jump through most solid objects and gain a burst of speed.
Aside from the new movement ability, Dominated Horses can be summoned from anywhere in the world by activating "Dominate Mount" and then pressing R to use the "Recall & Revive Companion" ability. This will summon your Dominated Horse after 5 seconds. This same ability can revive your Dominated Horse if it's killed.
How to Summon Your Dominated Horse in V Rising
- Select "Dominate Mount" on the Ability Wheel
- Press R to summon your Dominated Mount
- Mount your Dominated Mount
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