Mounts are noble companions that can help you carry things, you can ride them and they can help to fight.
Currently the only mounts in the game are horses. Camels are not yet in the game, but they are in the help files as mounts, so they should come in later, on Thursday.
- Horses as the first mounts were added on April 2, 2021.
Mount is also a command used to mount the various animal mounts.
PLEASE NOTE! April 3rd 2021, 1730 London time: Capita announced fix for horseshoes. Old horseshoes did not protect hooves and still do not protect hooves. Please buy new horseshoes to protect hooves.
Horses can be used for riding, carrying equipment, and combat.
- To mount a horse, you need to learn the mount command from another player (needs 25 base levels in adventuring.movement.riding).
- You do not need to be able to mount a horse to use it for carrying equipment, but you still need adventuring.movement.riding to lead it.
- Horses provide a fast travel system using the ride command, traversing routes between locations they have been taught at much faster speed than normal travel.
- Note however that, unlike magical & divine methods of travel, they do actually traverse the intervening space and the trip can be interrupted mid-way (e.g. due to the horse running out of stamina).
- Horses can also be ridden or led through magic & divine portals, though they cannot remember routes that involve them.
- Horses can fight both alongside their owners and under their owners. The charge and storm commands are combat special attacks that can only be performed while mounted.
Riding & leading a horse requires adventuring Guild Points. If you run out, it becomes likely that you'll be thrown from the horse, or that it will stop following you. This can also happen even with full GP if your riding skill is too low.
If you ride through a doorway (including portals) while mounted, you will be knocked off the horse and incur minor damage (~200 HP). A riding skillcheck will then be performed to determine if you at least automatically start leading your horse. If you do not, you will silently leave your horse behind (though at least on the exit side of the door / portal). Note that if you have insufficient adventuring GP available, you will likely auto-fail the skillcheck.
How to obtain
- Horses can be rented & purchased from Prinscilla at the stable on King's Down (northern Ankh-Morpork).
- Rentals are only available during April 2021.
- You can only own one horse per character.
- Default prices before haggling range between &&&&&&&&&+120000 and &&&&&&&&&+360000 .
- You can haggle to lower the price when buying a horse, this involves a people.trading.buying skill check.
- Essential equipment (saddles, shoes, ever-stylish jodhpurs, etc) can be purchased around the corner from the King’s Down stable, in the Ridings Bit Shop on The Ridings (northern Ankh-Morpork).
- You need some crafts.husbandry.animal.grooming to dress your horse.
- You need to dress your horse yourself with equipment (like the important horseshoes) / clothing. The command is not available to others.
- You can name your horse.
name my horse as Your Horse NameNote the as bit.
- The name works with a space.
- If you're getting something like
You cannot name a buckskin horse Buttercup.it means you did not put the as before the name.
name already takenthere might already be a player with the same name.
- Only the owner can refer to the horse with that name.
- Anyone can see the name by looking at your horse.
Stables & facilities
This table lists stables and horse equipment shops.
|Area||Location||Facilities (unless otherwise noted there is a stable)||Horse supplies sold (unless otherwise noted all clothing are for horses)|
|Ankh-Morpork||King's Down stable, 6 s,w from Deosil Gate||Horse dealer Prinscilla, Supplies in stable, Horsepital||hay, oats, grooming kit, huge brown towel|
|Ankh-Morpork||Ridings Bit Shop, on The Ridings, 2 east of King's Down & King's Way||Horse supplies (not a stable)||iron horseshoes, Lancrastian saddle (riding), Genuan saddle (combat), pack saddle (transport stuff, no riding), pair of brown leather saddlebags (transport stuff behind saddle)|
|Ankh-Morpork||Emerald Necklace coaching inn, nw,w from Hubwards Gate||Supplies in stable, souvenirs shop, Eaterie||hay, oats, grooming kit, huge brown towel,, ,|
|Ankh-Morpork||Cattle Market stables, Chittling Street, south of Shades||Horse supplies shop||hay, oats, grooming kit, huge brown towel|
|Sto Lat||The Palace Inn Stables, Wall Street, from intersection with Heritage Hill 2 e,s||Horse supplies shop, Eaterie, frog board||hay, oats, grooming kit, huge brown towel|
|Bleak Prospect||Stables, from southeast end nw,w,nw,w||Horse supplies shop||hay, oats, grooming kit, huge brown towel|
|Lancre Town||feed merchant, north of Jason Ogg's smithy||Feed (not a stable)||hay, oats|
|Uberwald||Harvest of Thorns, journey nw,w from Escrow's west exit||Horse supplies shop, Misc Shop, Eaterie, Bath, Water, Fire, Lemonery, Tannery, Wood workshop||hay, oats, grooming kit, huge brown towel,,|
|Ephebe||Stables (3), in the outer part of the citadel, before the maze||None||None|
|Tsortean Desert||Lower Djel Trading Post, from Djelibeybi north across the Djel and then west||Eaterie, traders, shop||None|
|Feed to mounts to increases fibre.||+Expression error: Unrecognized word "lb". 11 2/9 lb||20 handfuls of hay, sack weighs 1/9 lb|
|Feed to mounts to increases vitamins.||+Expression error: Unrecognized word "lb". 11 2/9 lb||20 handfuls of oats, sack weighs 1/9 lb|
|Needed to groom.||&&&+1700 1 8/9||Gets damaged when grooming. Need to fix / repair / mend the tools.|
|Dry a mount faster than regular-sized towels.||+Expression error: Unrecognized word "lb". 2 lb|
|Protects horse hooves when worn.||+Expression error: Unrecognized word "lb". 1 7/9 lb|
|(riding)||Slightly reduces stamina consumption from riding.||+Expression error: Unrecognized word "lb". 7 lb|
|(combat)||Slightly reduces stamina consumption from fighting.||+Expression error: Unrecognized word "lb". 5 lb|
|Transport big heavy things on the mount, but cannot ride.||+Expression error: Unrecognized word "lb". 10 lb|
|Transport stuff behind saddle.||+Expression error: Unrecognized word "lb". 10 lb||It can hold about 35 pounds, or about seventy items.|
You need to dress, feed, and groom horses to keep them healthy & functional. If you are careless or inattentive, you will also need to get their ailments treated regularly.
- Basic feed (hay & oats) are available for purchase in the King’s Down stable. Horses have also been known to eat other things, if offered them.
- Feeding hay raises +10% fibre for one handful of hay.
- Feeding oats raises +10% vitamins for one handful of oats.
- Feeding sugar lumps (cubes) raise calories, about 10% for 20 lumps, but it gives the illness toothache after around 40 lumps.
- Horses fed too often might become sick though. It is unclear if this is above 100% of needs or at a lower percentage or if it's when feeding them things other than hay & oats.
- Your mount needs to be groomed regularly to prevent diseases.
- You need a grooming kit. Having the tools in component pouches does not work.
- The tools in the grooming kit lose condition as they are used. You can repair the brushes, fix the combs & pick and mend the towel.
- See the #Illnesses section for details.
- Witches can treat most diseases using turpentine. Witches can fly-in as long as it’s outside and not in no-fly zones.
- There is a horsespital in the south corner of the King’s Down stable, where Doughnut Jimmy offers treatment for ill horses, except for Resurrection sickness. Typically this costs &&&&&&&&&&+20000 to &&&&&&&&&&+24000 .
- Horses must be properly shoed, otherwise they will rapidly become injured (cracked hooves).
- Camels will not require shoes, per the help files, though there is currently no known way to rent or buy a camel mount.
- Hit points
- Horses have finite hit points, and just like players & NPCs their current HP level can be evaluated using the health command.
- Horses may be healed using most normal means, such as rituals (e.g. Cure Light Wounds) and bandages.
- Knowing what's wrong
Since you cannot really ascertain the status, needs, & diseases of your horse until you can assess them successfully, it is recommended you do not buy a horse before developing substantial bonuses in the relevant skills:
- adventuring.movement.riding.horse at least a bonus of 190 (for very high docility horse) or more like 250 (for a high docility horse), used to assess traits and to reliably lead your horse. Possibly higher if you wish to ride the horse frequently.
- crafts.husbandry.animal.grooming to assess needs, no matter what uses your are looking for, at least a 215 bonus.
- crafts.medicine.diagnosis to assess health, strongly recommended in order to detect diseases early, to minimise expense and inconvenience. (210 bonus gives around 20% success rate)
- fighting.special.mounted if you wish to ride the horse into combat.
See the Assess section for more details.
You can practice on any horses you find, such as those sold by Prinscilla. You can use assess on all mounts in the room (assess mounts).
Without sufficient skills, you're unlikely to be able to care for your horse. It will become at first disobedient (walking off on its own, and refusing to follow you or let you ride it) and then ill, eventually leading to the death of the horse. At the very least it will require frequent trips to the horsepital, at significant expense.
Note: horses emit roomchats that seem like they might be conveying its needs, such as that their tummy rumbles or they poke around at you for food, but they can be difficult to interpret (and it’s not yet proven that these horse emotes are actually conveying the horse’s needs, it could for example be indicating that the environment of the horse is likely to increase some disease).
To be healthy, a horse needs certain things. You can see most of those things with
assess <mount> needs.
- Burden: Must not be too high from stuff on the horse.
- Fibre: Feed hay, but not too much or it could become sick.
- Calories: Feed oats, but not too much or it could become sick.
- Cleanliness: Groom the horse to keep this up.
- Stamina: Regenerates over time. (sickness probably reduces this)
|Disease||Cause||Cured by||Not cured by|
|Overweight||Feeding too much oats. Feeding too much hay does not trigger it.||Treat|
|Toothache||Feeding too much sugar lumps, around 40.||Treat|
|Colic||Probably not enough fibre.||Treat|
|Malnutrition||Probably not enough vitamins.||Treat|
|Skin lice||Not enough grooming.||Treat|
|Pneumonia||Wet + cold for too long? There's now a big towel sold at the stable to dry horses.||Treat|
|Cracked hooves||Lack of iron horseshoes, possibly also some riding failure? Not enough grooming?||Treat|
|Concussion||Using the horse retrophrenologist (lower docility and raise other stats or the reverse).||Treat|
|Exhaustion||NOT cured by Treat.|
|Resurrection sickness||(Dead) ghost horse returned to corporeality.||Pale horse's balm from the T-shop||Treat, horse doctor, Soothing Rain, Restore.|
Unfortunately mounts can meet the grim Reaper.
Ghost horses will still follow you around until you get them into more corporeal form.
- You can get your horse raised in a stable.
- You can also ask a priest to perform one of Raise dead or Resurrect rituals on the ghost horse.
- After returning to life it will have Resurrection sickness.
- The Raise Dead Pet ritual does not work on the ghost nor on the player for mounts.
Otherwise you can try to sell your dead mount, but that's unlikely to give you much money in return.
This horse appears to be deceased. Due to some misplaced sense of loyalty, he's still following the unknown object around. He appears to be dead. He is standing. You inquire about the price of the ghost of a blood bay horse. Prinscilla says to you with a Lancrastian accent: Ah yes, I got him just earlier today from a rather suspicious customer. I know he doesn't look like much, but I'm sure there's some use you could get out of him. Prinscilla says to you with a Lancrastian accent: I'll accept no less than A$119.06 for him. haggle with Prinscilla You exclaim to Prinscilla: This horse is dead! Prinscilla asks you with a Lancrastian accent: Come on, he's worth more than that just on novelty value. Whoever heard of a ghost horse? Prinscilla says to you with a Lancrastian accent: I'll accept no less than A$102.80 for him. haggle with Prinscilla You exclaim to Prinscilla: He's passed on! Prinscilla says to you with a Lancrastian accent: Just look at his beautiful coat. Prinscilla says to you with a Lancrastian accent: I'll accept no less than A$90.99 for him. haggle with Prinscilla Saving... You realise something new about haggling with merchants. You exclaim to Prinscilla: He is no more! Prinscilla says to you with a Lancrastian accent: He cost me twice the price when I bought him. Prinscilla says to you with a Lancrastian accent: I'll accept no less than A$82.40 for him. You exclaim to Prinscilla: He has ceased to be! Prinscilla says to you with a Lancrastian accent: I can't go any lower! I have a family to feed, you know.
There are five traits:
- Vitality determines the stamina of the horse. Stamina is consumed during fast travel, regular travel while burdened, and combat - if it runs out, the horse may stop mid-travel, or be less effective in combat.
- Stamina is not consumed during unburdened regular room-by-room travel (including journeying in terrain using “journey <direction>”).
- Docility determines how easy the horse is to use (i.e. adjusts the skillchecks up or down).
- Speed determines how much the horse can carry, how quickly it travels, and how far it can travel before becoming exhausted (in concert with vitality - faster horses cover more distance per unit of stamina).
- Strength determines the horse’s effectiveness in combat (in combination with your fighting.special.mounted), and how much it can carry.
- Intuition determines how many routes & places the horse can remember, and how engaged it can be in combat (from weakly fighting beside you at low intuition, to being a powerful warhorse upon which you trample your enemies, at high intuition).
- A riding skillcheck opposed by the (inverse of the) horse's intuition is required to engage the horse in combat (and perform specials like charge and storm).
- Any ailments of the horse - including simply exhaustion (low stamina) - reduce its effective intuition, potentially making the horse unexpectedly unwilling to fight.
Thus while vitality & docility apply universally, only two of the other three matter for each of the horse’s three uses:
- Speed and strength are important for carrying.
- Speed and intuition are important for riding / fast travel.
- Strength and intuition are important for combat.
Traits are (temporarily) reduced while a horse is sick. The most obvious manifestation of this is increased difficulty getting the horse to do what you want (i.e. reduced docility).
Horses’ traits change only through use, or (in a limited fashion) through a horse retrophrenologist.
It appears horses have 220 points to spread amongst the five traits (similar to the 65 point system for player stats). Increasing one trait requires taking points from another trait. Thus if you e.g. take a horse bred for riding, and use it instead mostly in combat, it will over time increase its strength trait at expense of its speed trait (potentially among others).
The dapple grey horse puffs a breath out of her nose and gazes at you. Somehow, you can tell that she has more strength and less intuition now.
The horse retrophrenologist can adjust only the horse's docility trait directly, lowering it - and thus spreading points out into the other four traits - or increasing it (by reducing the other four traits). Consequently, your riding skill is crucial in determining the ultimate capabilities of your horse, as a higher riding skill allows you to work with less docile horses, freeing up trait points from docility to be spent elsewhere.
There are no known stat modifiers for horses. Bless, for example, gives the appearance of succeeding but has no actual effect.
The following table uses the information from the breed that can be seen by looking at the mount.
- This will not be representative of mounts that have been trained differently. Mounts for sale might have been changed by previous owners. There might be variability even with "new" mounts.
When there is a best task, marked with a "+", this means that the two skills for that task are decent or high.
- If the mount also has decent or better vitality, this is marked with "++".
For the worst task, marked with a "-", this means that there is no best task, because vitality being decent or high means one less task trait that's not poor.
- Thus there is a task for which the two skills are lower, which is indicated.
- Some are just poor on all three task traits, so are marked "- All".
- On the other hand all mounts marked with a "-" have higher than poor vitality, which means they will have more energy to perform the tasks than mounts marked as "+".
|Breed||Best (+) / worse (-) task
(for default traits)
|Vitality||Speed||Intuition||Strength||Docility||Price range (before haggling)|
|April foal||- All||3 high||1 poor||1 poor||1 poor||3 high||&&&&&&&&&&+47624|
|Bad Ass horse||++ Riding||2 decent||2 decent||2 decent||1 poor||2 decent||&&&&&&&&&+380976|
|Chalk pony||+ Carrying||1 poor||2 decent||1 poor||2 decent||3 high||&&&&&&&&&+120000|
|Ephebian horse||- Carrying||3 high||1 poor||2 decent||1 poor||2 decent||&&&&&&&&&+380976|
|Il Drim dreamhorse||+ Riding||1 poor||3 high||2 decent||1 poor||2 decent||&&&&&&&&&+380976|
|Sum Dim horse||- Combat||3 high||2 decent||1 poor||1 poor||2 decent||&&&&&&&&&+380976|
|D'reg warpony||+ Combat||1 poor||1 poor||2 decent||2 decent||3 high||&&&&&&&&&+120000|
|Al-Khalian||++ Carrying||2 decent||2 decent||1 poor||2 decent||2 decent||&&&&&&&&&+380976|
|Copperhead mining pony||- Carrying||2 decent||1 poor||2 decent||1 poor||3 high||&&&&&&&&&+120000|
|Llamedos pony breed||- Riding||2 decent||1 poor||1 poor||2 decent||3 high||&&&&&&&&&+120000|
|Pumpkin pony||- Carrying||1 poor||1 poor||3 high||1 poor||3 high||&&&&&&&&&+120000|
|Tsortean horse||- Riding||3 high||1 poor||1 poor||2 decent||2 decent||&&&&&&&&&+380976|
|Sto Plains charger||+ Combat||1 poor||1 poor||2 decent||3 high||2 decent||&&&&&&&&&+380976|
|Munz charger||+ Combat||1 poor||1 poor||3 high||2 decent||2 decent||&&&&&&&&&+380976|
|Pseudopolis pony||- All||3 high||1 poor||1 poor||1 poor||3 high||&&&&&&&&&+120000|
|Hillshire horse||- Riding||2 decent||1 poor||1 poor||3 high||2 decent||&&&&&&&&&+380976|
|Hunghungese golden horse||+ Riding||1 poor||2 decent||3 high||1 poor||2 decent||&&&&&&&&&+380976|
|Morporkian puller||- Combat||2 decent||3 high||1 poor||1 poor||2 decent||&&&&&&&&&+380976|
|Breed||Best (+) / worse (-) task
(for default traits)
|Vitality||Speed||Intuition||Strength||Docility||Price range (before haggling)|
Note that there are believed to be at least four general levels (implied by the help files regarding intuition), but the higher level(s) might only be achievable through ‘training’ (using the horse such that it improves the relevant traits over time).
There is also higher granularity than just 1, 2, 3, and 4 (which is just used to make the table sortable).
- Complete success with assess traits prove that traits can go up to at least 111 and as low as -1.
- The MUD help files for charge and storm indicate that intuition can go above 40.
- It is not yet known how much (if any) variance there is in exact trait values between specific examples of each breed.
The types of horses are mare (her), gelding (it/its) and stallion (him/his).
|bay||This bay <type> has a chocolate brown body with a black muzzle, eartips, mane, legs and tail, like the markings of a fox.|
|bay dun||This bay dun <type>'s coat is a creamy tan all over with a black mane and tail and faint black striped markings on <possessive> legs.|
|black||While called black, this black <type>'s coat is actually a deep, dark brown, bleached by exposure to the sun.|
|blood bay||This blood bay <type> has a rich red body with a black muzzle, eartips, mane, legs and tail, like the markings of a fox.|
|blue roan||This blue roan <type>'s deep brown, almost black, coat is intermixed with a speckling of white hairs around <possessive> body, giving <pronoun> a silvery brown appearance.|
|brindle||This brindle <type>'s copper brown coat has faint yellow stripe-like markings across <possessive> body and legs.|
|brown||This brown <type> has a dark brown body with a black muzzle, eartips, mane, legs and tail, like the markings of a fox.|
|buckskin||This buckskin <type>'s coat is a cream yellow all over with a black mane and tail.|
|chestnut||This chestnut <type>'s coat is a coppery brown all over with a slightly lighter shade on <possessive> mane and tail.|
|dapple grey||This dapple grey <type>'s copper brown coat is dappled with starry white spots around <possessive> body and legs.|
|dark||This dark <type> has a deep brown, almost black coat with white "socks" on <possessive> feet and white markings around <possessive> muzzle.|
|dun||This dun <type>'s coat is a creamy tan all over with a slightly darker shade on <possessive> mane and tail and faint striped markings on <possessive> legs.|
|grey||While called grey, this grey <type> is actually what most people would call a white horse. However, <possessive> skin under the white coat, visible around <possessive> eyes and muzzle, is black.|
|piebald||This piebald <type> has a deep brown, almost black coat with large white patches around <possessive> body and legs.|
|liver chestnut||This liver chestnut <type> is a dark brown all over with a slightly lighter shade on <possessive> mane and tail.|
|red roan||This red roan <type>'s copper brown coat is intermixed with a speckling of white hairs around <possessive> body, giving <pronoun> a silvery brown appearance.|
|rose grey||This rose grey <type> has a grey coat with a slight pinkish tinge and a mane and tail in a dark shade of chocolate brown.|
|skewbald||This skewbald <type> has a chocolate brown coat with large white patches around <possessive> body and legs.|
|sorrel||This sorrel <type>'s coat is a reddish tan all over with a slightly lighter shade on <possessive> mane and tail.|
GP cost: 25 gp.
- Each additional target uses 25 gp.
- The type of gp used is the same as the skill, crafts gp for needs & health, adventuring gp for traits.
- If you are out of GP, then if you have the skills to always succeed at a lower success result you will get that success, otherwise you'll get a failure.
- Beyond maximum - traits
- Maximum - traits
- Full (100%) - needs
- Very high
- Very low
- Empty (0%) - needs
- A 276 bonus is enough (lower might do it) to always have the output with percentages.
Marginal success (Minimum bonus required: 215)
The sorrel horse: Burden ..................... Empty Fibre ................... Very low Calories ............... Very high Cleanliness ................. High Stamina .................... Empty
The dark horse: Burden ....................... ~0% Fibre ....................... ~90% Calories ................... ~100% Cleanliness ................. ~90% Stamina .................... ~100%
Complete success (between 318 and 321 bonus you have a chance to see it, 345 is more reliable)
The liver chestnut horse: Burden ........................ 0% Fibre ........................ 89% Calories ..................... 50% Cleanliness .................. 65% Stamina ...................... 20%
- A 226 bonus is recommended to always have a marginal success.
The brown horse: To your untrained eye, she seems to be in good health. The brown horse: To your untrained eye, she seems to be sick with some sort of horse illness.
Marginal success (210 bonus gives 9/44 ~20% success rate)
The dark horse: She is in good health. The bay horse: It has the following illnesses: - Overweight
Complete success (325 bonus to get it half the time, 353 gives it all the time)
The dark horse: She is in good health. The liver chestnut horse: She has the following illnesses: - Colic ........................ 20% - Skin lice .................... 20% The blood bay horse: It has the following illnesses: - Pneumonia .................... 23% The bay dun horse: She has the following illnesses: - Cracked hooves ............... 18% The buckskin horse: She has the following illnesses: - Toothache .................... 18% - Malnutrition ................. 17%
The red roan horse: Vitality ............. Unknown Speed ................ Unknown Intuition ............ Unknown Strength ............. Unknown Docility ............. Unknown
The red roan horse: Vitality ............. Very high Speed ................ Very low Intuition ............ Very low Strength ............. Very low Docility ............. Very high
The blue roan horse: Vitality ................. ~20 Speed .................... ~50 Intuition ................. ~0 Strength ................. ~50 Docility ................. ~90
Royal Enfield the bay horse: Vitality .................. 51 ++ Speed ..................... 18 Intuition ................. 48 Strength .................. 22 -- Docility .................. 81