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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom All Horses, Ranked

If you thought The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was massive, think again. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is out now as the follow-up sequel, and it’s much bigger, better, and busier than before. Simply exploring this vast world on two feet is a nightmare. At some point, you’ll have no choice but to find yourself a horse. Or, at least, before you can start building fancy airplanes, monster trucks, and other machines to help you get around. There are different types of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom horses.

With six total horses The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom each one offers unique skills and traits, including speed, temperament, ease of taming, and more. Depending on which horse you choose, it can wind up affecting your gameplay and overall strategy. It begs the question of which horse you should choose and what pros and cons it offers.  So we’ve compiled The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom horses, ranked, breaking down each breed's strengths, weaknesses, and where to find them.

6. Ganon’s Horse

Ganon’s Giant Horse Location | Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Tutorial

Ganon’s Horse is impressive mount to add to your stables. It is an oversized horse, similar to the Giant White Stallion, with the same stats but featuring a distinct, cooler color scheme. This horse is a direct connection to Link's main adversary, adding an extra layer of significance to its acquisition.

How to Get Ganon’s Horse

Ganon's Horse is located in the southeast near Hateno Village. The Hateno Ancient Tech Lab fast travel point or the Zanmik Shrine would be your best starting point for this quest. You should find the horse on a peninsula between Hateno and Deepback Bays, mingling with a herd of wild horses.

To successfully capture Ganon's horse, you'll need to approach it slowly to avoid scaring it off and then mount it. Once close enough, mount the horse. The horse will likely buck and try to throw you off, but if you have enough stamina (or stamina-boosting meals or elixirs), you can hold on until the horse is tamed. It might take several tries to tame the horse, especially if it has a high temper.  Also, having a supply of apples could be beneficial for increasing the horse's affection towards you. Be patient, and eventually, the horse should become yours.

Once you've tamed the horse, you will be able to register it at any stable, making it a reliable and robust mount for your future adventures in the game.

5. Golden Horse

Zelda's Golden Horse Quest - Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Alternatively, you can set out to find Princess Zelda’s golden horse. It’s the perfect horse in the early hours of the game, which, at its core, embodies royal elegance in your travels. Overall, the Golden Horse stats are not too bad. It has impressive speed and stamina, so you can mount it and ride for long distances without worry.

The only downside is that it takes some effort to find it.

How to Get Golden Horse

First, head to the Lucky Clover Gazette and accept the side quest, “Potential Princess Sightings!” from Traysi. Then return to the Snowfield Stable to get the “Zelda’s Golden Horse” quest from the stable worker, Harlow. Head North toTabantha Tundra, and look around. You should spot the Golden Horse among a herd of horses. Tame the horse, like any other horse, then take it back to Harlow to complete the quest and earn the right to register it as your own, forever!

4. Wild Horse

Wild Horse Tears of the Kingdom

Wild horses are the most common and easiest breed to find. They spend their time wandering about the fields and open spaces of Hyrule, usually in herds. Consequently, wild horses are the toughest to tame. However, once tamed, they can be the most loyal buddies to keep you company in Hyrule.

With regard to stats, wild horses have varying skills and traits. So, you may need to experiment with a bunch of them to find the one that best fits your playstyle. A quick tip, though, is that spotted wild horses are relatively easier to tame, while solid-colored ones can have more impressive stats.

How to Get Wild Horse

Since wild horses roam freely in fields and open spaces, often around stables, you’ll need to use stealth to sneak up on one without spooking her. Then, wait for the prompt to press “A” to mount it and initiate the taming process. You may need to constantly calm and reassure the horse by pressing “L.” Keep doing so until the horse submits to you as its rider, then go to a stable close by to register the horse. 

3. Stalhorses (Skeletal Horse)

How to Get Stalhorse Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Stalhorses, or Skeletal Horses, are undead horses that are your means to traverse the gloom. Otherwise, walking in the gloom will quickly drain your health. It’s a unique experience, elevated further by their strict availability only during the night. Thus, you can’t register them at stables. If you’re in the Underground Depths, though, you can ride Skeletal Horses for as long as you please.

How to Get Skeletal Horse

The easiest way is to brave your way to the Underground Depths. You should spot Stalhorses in the northwest areas. Fortunately, they’re already tamed. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until nighttime to spot them in the Hebra Mountains, Akkala Highlands, or Sanidin Park Ruin. Once 5 AM reaches them, they disappear from the overworld.

2. Giant White Stallion

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - Horse God - The Giant White Stallion Horse Location

A Giant White Stallion is a gigantic horse perfect for traversing rugged terrain. It’s huge and equally strong, boasting excellent five-star strength and limitless stamina stats to go around. You can mount this one and travel for miles without losing steam. Plus, it can hold its own during combat. 

On the downside, the Great White Stallion is relatively slow. Also, it’s too huge to pull a wagon, it can’t take the Horse God to upgrade, nor can you customize its mane. So, ultimately, you may need to weigh the pros against the cons carefully before picking this one.

How to Get Giant White Stallion

You can get Giant White Stallion by traveling to the Lake of the Horse God. Cross the Horse God Bridge and speak to Jini and Straia who would also love to catch a glimpse of the stallion. Keep going until you spot it in the Canyon. Just make sure to pack an extra punch of stamina. You’re going to need plenty of stamina-replenishing elixirs to tame it. Once successful, take the horse to the Highland Stable to register it.

1. Epona

How To Get Epona Horse in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom

Epona is no stranger to the Legend of Zelda series. The horse has been in several of the main titles so far, including the spin-off Hyrule Warriors and others. Epona has an interesting backstory. Did you know that it’s named after the goddess Epona? According to Celtic and Roman tales, Epona was the goddess of horses. Pretty neat, huh? Not only horses, but she was also the protector of donkeys, mules, and ponies.

In Tears of the Kingdom, Epona is a gorgeous, spirited horse you can ride. Aside from Link, only one other person can ride her: Malon. Fortunately, Epona is already tamed enough for you to start riding her. It doesn’t have an extreme temperament and is willing to become best friends with you. Furthermore, it boasts some of the most appealing stats of all horses, including four stars for stamina, speed, and strength.

On the downside, you can’t change Epona’s appearance or style. Additionally, it lacks a pull stat as well as the option to fit a Towing Harness on her. So, it’s up to you to decide what you’re willing to part with. Either way, Epona’s impressive stats are quite an incentive for any player. 

How to Get Epona

It’s a little tricky. You’ll need to use the Amiibo functionality, which requires either a Twilight Princess or a Super Smash Bros. Amiibo link. After you finish the Sky Island tutorial and go to Hyrule, scan either one of the Amiibo links in-game for Epona to appear before you. Then, go ahead and register Epona at a stable close by. Or, if you have an existing Breath of the Wild save file that includes Epona, you can go to the New Serenne Stable and talk to the stable owner to get Epona.

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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.