breath of the wild horse tips
so i just caught this real good horse
and i thought i’d write out everything ive learnt since i started wrt horses??
catching a horse
catching horses is very simple, either drop down on it from above or sneak up on it. dont stand directly behind it incase it kicks.
you can run at a group of horse to split them up so its easier to sneak up on the individual horse when its calmed down, as when theyre in a group if one horse spots you they will all run away.
finding a good horse
there’s like lots of theories about horse colour and relation to stats but personally i dont find that a very practical way of identifying if a horse is good or not.
heres my advice:
- my general experience has been that solid coloured horses have wild personalities and the ones with the patchy butts are mild
- the harder it is to break the horse (soothe it into letting you ride) the higher its level.
if you don’t have much stamina, cook up some stamina restoration/boosts
- generally, the higher level the area, the higher level the horse.
That is to say, if the surrounding monsters are Extremely Dangerous, the horse will probably have more stars. I found Franziska beyond two lynels.
- If you want to find a fast horse, get on the nearest horse and chase some of the others around for a bit (dont boost!).
Wild horses wont gallop at full speed so if you have to hammer A to keep up, dismount and sneak up on it cause that horse is much faster than yours! Otherwise, you’ve found the fastest horse already.
increasing your bond
there are a few specific moments where you can soothe your horse to raise its bond. you’ll need to get the timing right, but these are the triggers:
- when you get on your horse and tell it to move, you can soothe it.
- when your horse slows down and regains a spur, you can soothe it.
- new horses will sometimes toss their heads, you can soothe them then
- additionally a new horse will occasionally veer in a different direction. Redirect it back to the path, and you can soothe it
- as well as this, if you tell your horse to leave the path (turning sharply after leaving it on autopilot) you can soothe it
- if your horse doesn’t move at the speed you tell it to, you can soothe it and then boost
- if your horse rears back, you can soothe it
- if your horse jumps over something, you can soothe it
- if your horse gets hit, you can soothe it providing you’re still on it.
your horse will misbehave occasionally until you register it even if you max its bond
riding your horse
so in games like ocarina of time and twilight princess, the most efficient way to ride epona is to use between 1-4 boosts and leave the last boost so she doesnt get tired and recovers the boosts faster
not so in breath of the wild. there’s no slowdown penalty for using up all your spurs, it’s more efficient to use all the spurs and then soothe your horse when they slow down, and repeat.
trust your horse to know the best path, and only direct it when the path forks. if you’re riding a wild horse be alert for your horse running into walls, but otherwise let your horse pick the path.
you can climb most hills on your horse, but stick to cantering & non-boosted gallops, or you’ll not be able to direct your horse.
bonus: catching deer
to catch a deer easily, consume something that gives you speed up, or drop onto it from above.
If you want to sneak up on it like a horse, you’ll want level 3 stealth, their hearing is very sensitive.
I find it’s easier to just chase them, they’re not too difficult to catch with a bit of practice as theyre not as fast as horses.