From the legendary mare Epona in Ocarina of Time to especially Breath of the Wild, the mounts that Link has used to traverse the lands of Hyrule are almost co-starring characters in his adventures, and the excellent The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom cannot be surpassed in its love of equines. In fact, we would say there are even more spectacular horses (magical, even showy) and there is also a greater involvement of Malanya, the Deity of Horses.
Before I tell you where the rare horses are, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, that the stables have changed a bit (some have closed or even become the headquarters of another company). Horses also have an extra attribute in Tears of the Kingdom: pulling power, obviously used to pull carts…. or just about anything else you can think of. Finally, to learn more on the subject of mounts, you can always pick up a bed of Malanya at a functioning stable: she will reveal some of the most useful secrets for the best knights.
How to get Zelda’s trusty golden horse
Perhaps the most spectacular new feature in the game is this copy of the princess with a shiny golden mane (it almost looks like a carriage) and fairly balanced stats. If you’re looking for where the golden horse is, it’s pretty easy, as long as you don’t get too close to the surrounding Glacial Griock. From the Steppe stable, which you’ve probably already found by going to the village of Orni first, you’ll travel through the center of the northern Tabanta Steppe. Before you arrive at the geoglyph of the demon king, you will see a group of horses among which Zelda’s faithful golden horse clearly stands out.
You need about two full stamina wheels to tame this specimen, and if you fall short in that regard, you can always cook some food or elixirs. Once tamed, try to return him to Harloa at the stable, who will entrust him to your care, along with the royal bridle, the royal saddle and an invigorating elixir for exertion. You can register him now at the stable (we named him Goldie).
How to get the great white horse
Remember the giant horse in BotW that was found south of the Plateau of Dawn? Well, here is the largest mount in the game an albino version of it and a tribute to Malanya and her original Fairy Fountain. You will first learn that he lives near Farone’s Stable and then, either from a passerby or from Malanya herself in the message she gives you in your dreams, you will learn that he is usually seen exactly across the Lake of the Equids, on the south side of the stable’s map.
Of course, it is much more stubborn and will give you a good kick if you try to ride it from behind. It is as big as its predecessor and again requires quite a bit of stamina. But you’ll do well if you already have the Master Sword or have cooked some powerful food.
You can register him in any stable (we named him Santiago, of course), but you can’t change his saddle or bridle because they don’t exist in his size. You won’t be able to improve his attributes either, but they are already beastly by default.
“I also suspect he doesn’t like his hair combed or dyed.”
Of course, he likes apples as much as any son of a horse.
How to get a bony horse
You will have encountered several if you have already gone deep into the Hyrule Underground, but on the Hyrule Surface a few skeletal horses have been spotted again. Indeed, at the stable on the Surface, Tonfar tells you that knowing about them is his greatest wish. He appears every night in the park Sanidin, the one with a horse statue.
Come closer and you will see that it is very easy to catch and then quite docile, but in the stable they are not too happy when you bring in a monster….
“I’m sorry, but we don’t want to take care of that horrible creature.”
And we would call him Boney-M…. Anyway, the point is that Tonfar stays calm because “he has many friends in a very deep and dark place” and in fact, in another mission, he asks you to ride a deer or a bear. Of course, at 5:00 a.m., with the first ray of sunlight, it will be ash. So you can’t keep a skeleton horse for long, unfortunately.
How to get the Lord of the Mountain
One of the most mystical creatures in Breath of the Wild still lives on Mount Satoly, and this time you can see him if you go to his little backwater and make a fruit offering to the idol. He is so kind that he will designate a series of special caves with his divine light, but can you tame him? We’ll leave that mystery to you, but wherever you see a happy blossom, be sure to put down an apple.
How to get good horses
You know that the best specimens are usually of a single color, and Malanya does not hesitate to give you an idea of where to find them by telegram. For example, you see thoroughbreds in:
- Hyrule hills, thunder plateau …
- Farone meadow, Azosa mountain range…
How to improve horse attributes
Although you can find formidable specimens in the world, in Zelda: TOTK it is also possible to improve the attributes of your mounts when you visit Malanya’s fountain in Akkala. To do this, you must pay her in increasingly complex and specific meals. This will allow her to allow you to increase (except in some special cases, such as the Great White Horse, which “says he wants to stay as is) the following attributes:
Stable loyalty points program: guild points card
Another new feature in Tears of the Kingdom is that every visit or action in the posts is rewarded with a point in your loyalty card, which in turn can be redeemed for prizes on the side of the counter.
Equestrian guild points (
- 3 points: harness pulling
- 5 points: horse-god fabric for the Paraglider
- 7 points: access to Malanya beds
- 10 points: increases the number of horses that can be registered to 7
- 13 points: traveler’s saddle and saddle bridle
- 16 points: mane-decoration service
- 20 points: increases the number of horses that can be registered to 8
- 22 points: saddle and saddle bridle