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How to get a horse in V Rising

One of the biggest downsides to V Rising’s early game is the amount of travel that needs to be done through the northern regions of the map. Anything north of the Farbane Woods starting area requires several hours of gameplay to get to. This can make it difficult to get back to your castle if the sun comes out during your journey. Fortunately, there is a concrete way to make your journey faster and more efficient. After a few hours in V Rising, you can get a horse.

Horses can be acquired at a few different locations on the map. Unsurprisingly, horses can move much faster than on foot or even with the wolf form ability you receive from defeating the alpha wolf. However, horses also need maintenance just like your castle. For a full look at the horses in V Rising and how to acquire them, check out the guide below.

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get your first horse

The place where you will most likely run into your first noble steed is in Dunley Farmlands. This is the region immediately north of Farbane Woods and is home to several farms where horses are bred. You can find a horse in the southeastern part of Dunley Farmlands, just north of eastern Farbane Woods. Near this part of the region, there will be a point of interest simply called “Farm”.

Here you will see a horse in a stable. Once you find it, you can approach it and hold the interact key to mount the horse. From this moment on, that specific horse is yours to keep or lose. If you choose to keep it, you can return to your castle and your horse will stay there until you decide to ride it again. However, if you lose your horse by forgetting where you last dismounted it, you’ll have to return to Dunley Farmlands again and find another one.

When you ride a horse, you can press the inventory key to see your horse’s stats. There are three stats that each horse comes with: top speed, acceleration, and rotation speed. These stats are random for each horse in V Rising and at this time it seems that you cannot modify or increase the stats. So if you want a specific stat tree for your horse, you can ride one, check its stats, and then decide if that horse meets your requirements. Top speed on a horse is how fast it can go, acceleration is how fast the horse can reach its top speed, and rotational speed is how fast the horse can turn.

controlling your horse

Horses need water to survive in V Rising.

Once you are riding a horse, you can control it in different ways. The horse will walk slowly by default, but you can press Space to gallop and increase its speed. You can also attack enemies while on your horse, but only with your melee weapon. Weapon skills and abilities cannot be used while riding a horse. Attacking on horseback can be a bit finicky at times, so we don’t recommend using the horse for all your attacking purposes.

When you’re ready to dismount the steed, you can press Q to bring up a reticle. Aim the reticle at where you’d like to dismount, and then press Q again to fully dismount. The horse will not move from its current spot after you dismount unless enemies start surrounding it. Try to dismount the horse in as safe a place as possible, as you can lose the animal quite easily if it gets scared and runs away.

To keep your horse alive, you must give it water skins. This item can be crafted from the crafting tab of your inventory as long as you have leather and plant fibers. With the skin, you can find a pond to fill it with water. You can then give your horse the full skin to keep it healthy. Each full skin lasts 7.5 hours, so don’t forget to replenish your horse’s health frequently.

To learn more about this emerging survival crafting game, check out our V Rising tips for beginners.

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