How to Get a Horse in Black Desert Online
Like many other MMORPGs, Black Desert Online has a mount system. In fact, horses represent the primary form of transportation in BDO. They come in various colors, styles, and tiers. Although the customization is far from the complex system reserved for character creation, there’s enough variety to go around.
What’s interesting is that there are also a couple of different ways to get horses in BDO. In this article, we’ll go over how to get your hands on one of the best mounts in the game if you’re tired of riding your donkey.
How To Get a Horse
Making the switch from a donkey to a horse is something you can do in many ways.
You can buy a Tier 1 horse from a stable. It will cost you 15,000 silver, and it won’t be particularly appealing. Beginner horses come in only two colors, brown and grey. It all depends on the emblem you pick.
Furthermore, Tier 1 horses come with a base 94% speed, which is kind of low.
Now, if you don’t want to spend the silver, you can also get a horse for free. You may not know this, but a free horse is part of your new player’s rewards.
On your second day of playing from a new account, you’ll receive a horse emblem. You can locate it in the rewards window, along with some other gifts.
You can then redeem the horse emblem and exchange it for your first horse mount. This may be a free mount, but it will have the same Tier 1 stats as the beginner horse you can buy at a stable.
Of course, there’s another option.
Say you want something better than a Tier 1 horse, and you don’t want to spend too much silver. How does a 7,500-silver horse sound?
That’s how much it costs to tame a horse in BDO (if you’re lucky). In theory, it’s cheaper, and you can get base speeds between 104% and 109%. However, taming is a more complex process that might not be suitable for novice players.
It also requires you to have reached at least level 20 in the game and acquire a few items along the way. But, if you really want to tame a horse, here’s what you have to do:
- Buy lassos and carrots from the Stabler.
- Scour the open fields for herds of horses.
- Aim the lasso at one of the horses for a 50% chance to start taming.
- Alternatively, feed the horse four times to calm it down first.
- Throw the lasso to start the mini-game.
- Stay focused and play the taming mini-game.
- Hit the Space Bar button rapidly to fill the meter.
- Continue playing the mini-games to get close enough to the horse to feed it.
- Attempt to mount the horse.
Note that finishing the mini-games successfully doesn’t guarantee you’ll tame the horse. That’s why it’s essential to have spare lassos and carrots when trying to get a wild horse in BDO.
The complexity of BDO is what made the MMORPG a success with its player base. One of the most exciting systems in the game is the mount breeding system.
If buying or taming aren’t appealing to you, you can try to breed a better horse.
Note that breeding is a mechanic highly reliant on your understanding of mares and their breeding points. Mares can birth a limited number of horses.
But, how does breeding work?
First, you need to ensure that you own a female horse. Then you can go to the Breeding Market and rent a male horse for the night.
Otherwise, you can use the breeding mechanic in your own stable if both female and male mounts have enough breeding points.
The breeding process takes up to three hours. After that, you’ll get a new mount. The new horse will have a single starting skill and its gender selected at random. If you want to mount the new horse or sell it on the market for extra coins, it’s your choice.
This is a relatively new method of getting your hands on a horse. It’s expensive as it costs around 100,000 silver. However, you can rent some pretty amazing mounts from other players for up to a week.
- Go to a stable keeper.
- Click the “Rent” option in the new window.
- From there, click on the “Rental List” option.
- Search the list for horses you like, or that you can afford.
- Rent the mount you like between Tier 1 and Tier 8.
When using a rented horse, it can still gain exp. However, the mount will be locked into its owner’s choice of equipment.
How to Get a Horse in Black Desert Mobile
The taming and breeding mechanics in BDO Mobile are very similar to the ones in the core game but with very minor differences.
For example, to catch a wild horse, you’ll need horse taming rope and sugar (not carrots.) You need the same gradual approach to increase your chances of taming the horse.
- Find a herd in the open.
- Approach slowly.
- Feed sugar when prompted.
- Throw the lasso after feeding the horse three to four times.
- Complete the mini-game.
Note that the chance to successfully tame a horse drops by 10% as the horses increase in tiers or rank.
You can also breed horses in Black Desert Mobile if you already have female and male mounts registered. If you do, head over to your personal camp.
Make sure that you have two horses of the same level and tier, or it won’t work. Empty the horses’ inventories before starting the breeding process.
How to Get a Horse Saddle
Mounts come with five functional equipment slots in BDO. While some items only change the appearance, others affect the stats.
For example, the saddle affects three statistics: max HP, stamina, and turn rate. It’s one of the first pieces of gear you should get for your mount.
If you by any chance already have a camel, you can simply move the saddle from your camel to your horse. These two mounts share many of the same equipment pieces. However, if you don’t, there are other ways to go about it.
You can go to the marketplace and search for saddles under the mount category. Alternatively, you can buy a saddle from a stable keeper if your character has enough Amity to unlock saddles.
It’s also possible to get a horse saddle – and other mount gear – from running events. If you spend enough time in the game and gather resources, you can craft a horse saddle yourself. For example, check the Horse Gear Workshop in Heidel for the crafting requirements.
Black Desert How to Get Horse Armor?
Getting horse armor works similarly to the saddle mechanics. Each stable has its own shop. From there, you can usually buy pretty basic horse armor. However, you need to achieve a certain friendship level on your character to unlock the equipment you want to buy.
Crafted armor offers much better stats. To start crafting, you must first purchase the Horse Armor Crafting House. Once you have that, you can check out different armor sets to see the required materials.
Each armor piece has its own list of materials. Find them, put them in your warehouse and then have your worker craft the desired item.
You Can Get Lost in the Mount Mechanics
Mounts in BDO are very different from what you see in other MMORPGs. Sure, they serve the same basic function of transportation. But BDO takes it to a new level.
You can use horses, camels, donkeys, and other mounts in the game to move around, engage in combat, race, etc. The crafting and breeding mechanics can take a lot of your time. Yet, they also add another dimension to the game and plenty of side content for you to explore.
Tell us, what’s your favorite mount in the game? What was your most successful breeding experiment? Let us know in the comments section below.