The Hyborian Cavalry - A Guide to Mounts
Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures is a vast world with many areas to explore. As players continue to level up they will need to acquire a more mobile means of transportation. At level 40 you can obtain your first horse to aid in traversing the vastness of Hyboria. These can be found at three different Stable Masters throughout the world who offer a number of different mounts.
Learning to Ride
There are a couple of things you must do before you can mount up and start riding your new mount around Hyboria. The first thing you need to do is reach level 40. After that you will need to purchase a basic riding manual from the Stable Master. Once you have your riding manual click on it to use. This will add the new innate ability of horse riding to your character.
There are two types of books for you to purchase. The first is Basic Riding Training. This book is the basics of riding and will teach you all that you need to know about the basic principles of riding. In other words it will let you use a tier 1 mount. This book sells for 25 silver at the Stable Master merchants.
The second book is called Advanced Riding Training. You can only use this book after you reach level 80 and have already trained in Basic Riding. This book will allow you to use advanced mounts such as armored horses and he new Snow Mammoth. Along with the advanced riding you will also learn a few mounted attacks that will aid you in mounted combat. These books sell for 50 gold at the Stable Master merchants so start saving early.
At the time of this guides writing there are three Stable Masters in Hyboria through which you can purchase mounts and riding manuals. One in each of the starting towns for each race. Each of these stable masters sell the current three versions of horses and the three versions of the Snow Mammoth in Hyboria.
There are currently three kinds of horses you can purchase each with their own advantages.
The Standard or Basic Horse is the first mount you can purchase upon reaching level 40. These mounts sell for 75s and offer extra benefits to speed. You will need to purchase and use the Basic Rider Training manual from one of the three Stable masters.
The Swift Horses become available once you reach level 60 and are faster and drain less stamina than the Standard Horse. These mounts cost 50 gold.
The Armored Horses become available at level 60 and cost 50 gold. However you need to buy the Advanced Riding Book from a Stable Master merchant. Unfortunately you can not use this item until level 80 which creates a minor discrepancy. These mounts are heavily armored and add a bonus to the riders hitpoints and knockback resistance.
There are many different looks for the mounts you can choose from, but trying to figure out which one is best for you can become an expensive process if you are unfamiliar with what each one looks like. To that end, we have assembled these screenshots to aid you in deciding which mount look is best suited to your needs and save you the coin from experimenting. You can't simply ride into combat, you need to ride into combat and look good while lopping off heads.
If you preordered Age of Conan you may
have gotten one of the preorder mounts that was included with certain
preorders. Funcom recently added the Snow Mammoth to the live game and
this is the only non-preorder mount players can acquire without the
initial preorder codes. Siege Mounts, as the name implies, are
useful in Massive PvP sieges as they can help bring down enemy walls
and buildings. These mounts also possess certain
attacks that only they can use such as the Mammoth Sweep, which can
knockback a group of enemies. The mounts of this type are the War
Rhino, the Snow Mammoth, and the War Mammoth. All provide the same
bonus and their
difference is more aesthetic than anything else.
The War Rhino is larger than a horse, but smaller than a War Mammoth. These large creatures are ideal for leading an assault on buildings in Massive PvP.
The War Mammoth is the biggest mount in the game currently and its sweeping attack can be very useful in Massive PvP battles as one swing has the potential to send multiple enemies flying through the air.
The Snow Mammoth is a new siege mount and the only one currently available to players without a preorder. These expensive siege mounts sell for 100 gold and also require you to have used the Advanced Riding Skills book. These new mounts come with the war paint colors of blue, red, and purple.
While not everyone can have a preorder Siege Mount they can acquire a Snow Mammoth and one of the many types of horses available. Mounts are a needed commodity in Hyboria and provide one of the fastest and primary modes of transportation. If you don't believe me, try running around Hyboria for an hour on foot and then on horse. You will be amazed at how useful that small speed enhancement can be.