Mounts are an essential part of most MMO games, not only do they make travelling the world a lot quicker and easier but they can also be very aesthetically pleasing, however like most aspects of Elder Scrolls Online there is far more to mounts than your average MMO. In ESO players have the ability to feed their mounts once every 20 hours giving a permanent boost to the horse’s stats (speed, stamina or carrying capacity) as well as eventually changing the mounts appearance, this allows players to tailor each of their mounts to their characters needs and style.
Buying a Mount
Mounts are both purchased and managed through Stables which can be found in every major town across all three factions. To locate a stable open your map (default key M) and look for the symbol that resembles a horses head.
Currently there are a total of six mounts available to players in Elder Scrolls Online none of which are faction specific and while mounts are at the moment all horses it has been announced that Guar mounts are going to be added in the near future. There are four base horses of varying prices and stats which are available to all players with owners of the Imperial Edition upgrade having access to the Imperial Horse on top of these, there is also the Palomino horse which is available via the Elder Scrolls Online Store which can be found at https://account.elderscrollsonline.com/store. The Imperial and Palomino Horses are different only in appearance, they share the same stats as the Common horse and have no special abilities.
Stats: 15% Speed, 10 Stamina, 0 Carrying
Stats: 15% Speed, 10 Stamina, 10 Carrying
Stats: 25% Speed, 10 Stamina, 0 Carrying
Stats: 15% Speed, 20 Stamina, 0 Carrying
Cost: 1g (requires Imperial Edition upgrade)
Stats: 15% Speed, 10% Stamina, 0 Carrying
Cost: Prices vary with currency, check website for cost https://account.elderscrollsonline.com/store
Stats: 15% Speed, 10% Stamina, 0 Capacity
Feeding, Stats and Appearance
Once every 20 hours players can feed their horses one of three different types of food Apples, Wheat and Oats
Each time you feed your horse it will increase in level up to a maximum level of fifty, feeding your horse will not only permanently increases one of it’s base stats of Speed, Stamina and Capacity but will also eventually change appearance depending on what it has been fed. It takes twenty of the same food to change the appearance and appearances do stack with each other however as horses currently have a maximum level of fifty you will only be able to obtain two of the three appearance changes. Each food increases a different stat and has its own unique appearance effect.
Stat: increase horse speed by 1% each use
Appearance: changes the saddle (the thing you sit in)
Stat: increase horse stamina by 1% each use
Appearance: adds armour
Stat: increase inventory by 1 each use
Appearance: add saddle bags