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V Rising

Mount & Horse Guide: Color, Controls, & Tips

Scott Peers

Once you get a mount in V Rising, you are free to explore the large world of Vardoran. The map has plenty to offer and your horse will make so much more of the map accessible to you. Whether thats for PvE boss killing, or raiding other player’s bases with your horse. No matter what you want to do, here;s a closer look at the frequently asked questions with horses and how to manage them now you have got one.

Note that we have a more dedicated guide to Horse locations and Horse stats here.

Here’s everything you need to know about mount tips and horses in V Rising.

How to Care For Your Horse

Once you’ve decided that you want to keep a horse, either because you like the color or it has good stats, you can bring it back to your castle grounds and it will stay there indefinitely. The first time you mount a horse, it becomes “tame”. This means that you won’t be able to harm it in any way, nor will your fellow clan members. However, other players and PvE enemies can still harm your horses, so you’ll want to keep them in a safe space. If you’re not going to keep them within the castle walls, you can at lest create a closed-off, fortified space for them somewhere within your borders. Not only can other players still harm your horse, but they can also steal it by mounting it just as easily as you did when you first found it, so try not to leave your horse exposed if you’re playing on a PvP server.

Aside from keeping your horse safe, the main mechanic in terms of caring for them involved providing them with enough water to survive. You can do this by placing Water-filled Canteens in the horse inventory. You can place up to 3 stacks of 5 Water-filled Canteens in the horse inventory, providing 109 hours, 5 minutes, and 19 seconds of life, which essentially equates to making sure that it doesn’t die of thirst. If this time runs out before you fill the horse inventory with more Water-filled Canteens, the horse will die. This should never be a problem so long as you remember to keep providing the horse with more canteens, which are commonly found throughout settlements as drops from stashes, chests, and enemies. You can also craft them as Empty Canteens from the Alchemy Table (using 3 Leather and 15 Plant Fibre), but you will then need to find a water source such as a river, pond, lake, or even a Water Well to fill it. The recipe for a Water Well can be found in the Water Supply tab of the Exterior build menu.

How to Rename Your Horse

Any horse that you encounter will be named as “Horse”, but you can easily rename them by double-clicking on the Change Name icon in the top right of the horse inventory. There’s also randomize name function with some creative names which you can have a bit of fun cycling through!

(1 of 4) You can keep your horses safe within the castle walls, or in a fortified space outside.

Horse Colors

Horse Colors are largely randomized on spawn. If you’re after a specific breed and color hors,e you need to check out horse locations guide for areas to check on. Bare in mind the color and the stats are always randomized on spawns so getting that perfect combo of horse stats and breed type is luck related.

How to Use Your Horse

The most common use for any horse in V Rising is going to be for swift travel along the major roads. Whether you’re heading out to find resources in areas far away from your castle, or if you’re hunting for a specific type of enemy, boss, potential servant or prisoner, the horse will always get you there faster than almost every other method of travel (aside from fast travelling), especially in the early game. The best thing about a horse is that you can move much more quickly throughout Vardoran, without having to worry about the amount of resources that you’re carrying as a restriction, as you do with Vampire Waygates. The movement of travelling on horseback can be tricky to master at first, but you’ll soon get used to them with a bit of practice. We wouldn’t recommend galloping through dense forest on a horse, though!

Horse Controls

When you first mount a horse in V Rising, you’ll notice that the movement mechanics are slightly different to those when you’re running around on foot. On a horse, W-Key will always move you forward and S-Key will always move you backwards. The A-Key and D-Key keys, used for turning left or right on foot, are exclusively used for rotation on your horse. This can make it difficult to view your surroundings if you don’t control the camera properly with your mouse buttons as you ride. In general, it’s a good idea to hold the right mouse button MouseRightButton as you rotate while riding and turning on a horse, as this will allow you to always maintain a view in front of you, while also being able to check behind you briefly if necessary. The standard speed of a horse isn’t much better than when you’re on foot, but once you begin to gallop by pressing the space key Space, you’ll soon pick up speed. Finally, when you’re ready to dismount, you can use the Q-Key key to do so, before selecting a small area around the horse to jump to.

Combat on a Horse

The combat mechanics while mounted on a horse in V Rising are rather basic. You will have one attack option, which is the same button as your Primary Attack, so the left mouse button MouseLeftButton by default. Although simple, this attack will inflict massive damage on most enemies if you manage to hit them while riding by, so it’s worth using in some situations. The main drawback of this attack is that if you get caught by a line of enemies, or even if you’re hit just once, you’ll be immediately dismounted and stunned for a brief moment, leaving you vulnerable to attack. This can turn ugly incredibly quickly, especially if you’re surrounding by multiple enemies, or if there’s a big boss who hits hard on your tale. As a result, you should probably reserve horse combat for when you’re passing through roads, rather than as a main form of combat.

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  • Publisher
    Stunlock Studios
  • Platforms,
    PC, Steam
  • Genre
    MMORPG, Survival
  • Guide Release
    24 May 2022
  • Last Updated
    22 May 2024
    Version History
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V Rising is an survival game developed by Stunlock Studios. First announced on May 5, 2021 for Windows, early access started on May 17, 2022.

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