Just because you rely on your mount, that doesn’t mean you’re a lazy player. You can hardly get anywhere on Elder Scrolls Online without a mount, because exploration, leveling, and treasure-hunting would be difficult, and all too time-consuming, if you were to travel on foot all the time. Today’s guide covers the basics of mount attributes and diet for ESO account holders.
Understanding your Mount for ESO Account Holders
Basically, your mount has three attributes: speed, stamina, and carrying capacity. You don’t just randomly buy one for the heck of it; ESO account holders have to consider which attribute they prioritize over the other, depending on their preferences and needs. Do you prefer speed over carrying capacity? Or stamina over speed?
Attribute: Speed for ESO Account Holders
The greater the mount’s speed, the faster your mount will move in-game. True enough, with higher speed, getting to and from points A and B is quicker, hence is naturally very useful as it saves time. The value of speed increases if you need to travel big distances when you’re exploring and hunting for sky shards, bosses, and other quests you may have missed, which is very likely to happen on your TESO account.
Attribute: Stamina for ESO Account Holders
Mounts have their own stamina bar. Sprinting increases their run speed and drains the horse’s stamina. You might be thinking, “What’s speed if my horse gets tired easily? I should max stamina, then!” Can’t argue with that because it certainly makes sense—however, there is currently a bug in game which renders Stamina nearly useless. That is, as long as you have any stamina left on your mount, holding down sprint allows you to move at the normal sprint speed, even when your mount’s stamina meter seems empty. The moment you release the sprint button, the game will register this and understand that your mount actually has no stamina left, and should not be able to sprint. If you still insist on getting stamina over speed, one good thing about high stamina is that it also affects how many hits your horse can take until you dismount. It could be a bit useful in some situations, but in a game such as Elder Scrolls Online, you wouldn’t want to stay on your horse more than you would be on your feet now, would you?
Attribute: Carrying Capacity for ESO Account Holders
Carrying Capacity is the perhaps the most interesting horse attribute in ESO since it directly affects your character. Your active mount’s carrying capacity is added to your character’s inventory, increasing your max bag space. Elder Scrolls Online account holders know just how valuable any extra inventory space is when you’re out adventuring. You wouldn’t want to backtrack for items you left behind just because you’re over encumbered. Levelling your mount’s carrying capacity attribute allows you to get a lot more bag space, thus making carrying capacity a worthy investment.
Controlling your Mount’s Diet for ESO Account Holders
You can level your horse all the way to Level 5 by controlling your mount’s diet. Visiting any stable master will give you the option to feed your mounts. You can only feed your horse every 20 hours, and feeding your horse costs 250 gold each time. Feeding your horse immediately grants it a Level, and increases the chosen attribute. A total of 49 attribute points can be spent on your mount, meaning the total cost to get your mount to Level 50 is 12,250 gold—that could be overwhelming for TESO account holders, but there’s really no need to rush. To get your horse to Level 50 or max out its speed, carrying capacity or stamina, you’ll need to wait a minimum of 980 hours anyway. It’s best to just feed your mount whenever you can.
Types of Feed for ESO Account Holders
Feeds not only affect the attributes of your mount, it also affects your mount’s appearance. Simply put, once you have fed your mount 20 times of the same feed type, its appearance will change depending on what it has been fed. Here are the types of feed:
- Hay: Feeding your mount Hay will increase its stamina, allowing it to sprint longer and take more hits before becoming dismounted.
- Apples: Feeding your mount Apples will increase its speed.
- Oats: Feeding your mount Oats will increase its carrying capacity.