The world of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is enormous. In order to get by faster, you can use horses and other animals as mounts. You’d need to tame them first, but that’s the easy part. Taming horses & other mounts in Zelda: BoTW is simple – it’s keeping onto them and discovering what they can do that takes time. We’ve compiled a bunch of info from preview footage and reports.
In order to tame a horse, you need to approach it and press the mount button. Once you’ve mounted it, quickly mash the soothe button. If you succeed, the horse will be yours. If not, it will throw you off. Once you’ve got a horse, you can register it at a stable, to make it officially yours. You can use stables to switch between horses whenever you like.
Mounts cannot gallop forever – you’ve got three chances to spur your horse before it grows tired. When you’re out and about, you can whistle to call the horse. If you feed it apples, your bond will become stronger. When the horse does something you approve of, press the soothe button – this should affect the bond as well. We still don’t know what strengthening the bond does – it may unlock new abilities for the horse, or increase its stats.
Secret mounts in Zelda BoTW
Horses aren’t the only animals that can be tamed – we’ve seen a player riding an elk in one video even a Skeleton horse. The taming process is the same as with horses, but there are some key differences. You can’t register wild mounts, which means they’ll be off as soon as you dismount them. They also have unique characteristics – they may be slower, but provide something else in return. We’ve seen one player mounting a bear. He said he couldn’t make the bear attack, but it did seem to scare a lot of the enemies away, so there’s that.
Source: A huge thank you to Reddit user FloppyKitties for the great tips on five-star horses