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Breath of the Wild: How to Ride a Stalhorse

Breath of the Wild Stalhorse

If you’re anything like me, when you discovered a Stalhorse in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, your first thought was: “Can I ride this thing?” Stalhorses, you see, are skeletal versions of horses that the Stalkoblins will sometimes ride around on.

Well, my curiosity got the better of me, and I tried to answer this question for myself. It turns out, you can ride a Stalhorse. While there’s no tangible benefit over riding a real horse, it sure is a lot of fun.

The first thing you’ll need to do, of course, is to find a Stalhorse. The most obvious place to look is near the North Lomei Labyrinth (where the Qaza Tokki Shrine is located). This is where the Tabantha Tundra juts out to the northeast. At the Snowfield Stable nearby, there is a quest to photograph a Stalhorse using the Sheikah Stone’s camera upgrade, and this is where they’ll guide you.

Breath of the Wild Qaza Tokki Shrine Map

I tend to find them on the opposite side of the world, in the Akkala region. They roam the northern edge of the East Akkala Plains, southeast of the Spring of Power.

Breath of the Wild Akkala Map

Of course, no matter where you look, these guys only come out at night.

Breath of the Wild Stalhorse

Once you’ve located a Stalhorse, all you need to do is knock the Stalkoblin off its back and then mount up. If you kill all the Stalkoblins, the Stalhorses will remain active, even once their riders have died. Simply mount one like you would any other horse and you’ve got until 5:00 a.m. (in-game time) to ride around before your skeletal steed vanishes in a puff of smoke.

If you pass traveling merchants, they will cower in terror as you pass by. It’s a great thrill.

Of course, you can try to cheat the time limit by registering your Stalhorse at a stable, you’ll be strongly advised against it.

Breath of the Wild Stalhorse at Stable

And there you have it. Riding a Stalhorse is just one of the many optional activities in Breath of the Wild. It won’t count toward your completion percentage, but it’s an entertaining way to freak out the NPCs of Hyrule.

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