Top 5 Steeds in Gaming

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Horses, Dragons, and Dinosaurs. Oh my! In open world games, the heroes seem to get all the glory -- and we always seem to forget about their steeds. Let's be honest, they're the ones who do all the work. They help you get around, aid you in combat, and are the ones you can trust to have your back.

From horses to mythical creatures, we're taking a look at the steeds who are more than just a mode of transportation.

[Image Source: Skyrim Horse Combat]

Mega Latios/Latias

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

The Eon Pokemon duo are your noble steeds in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. You are able to obtain Latios in Omega Ruby or Latias in Alpha Sapphire once you reach the Southern Island. After you save the legendary from either Team Magma or Team Aqua, you will obtain the Mega Stone for your version’s legendary and receive the Eon Flute from Steven.

With the Eon Flute, you take to the skies and soar over the land of Hoenn. On the back of this majestic Pokemon, you can travel to Mirage Spots, catch Flying-type Pokemon, and even perform aerial tricks. Plus, who wouldn't want to pet and feed cupcakes to these adorable dragons?

Mega Latios and Mega Latias add a little more flare to traveling around the Hoenn region and make the experience all the more memorable.   

[Image Source: Mega Latios/Latias Artwork]

Shadowmere

The Elder Scrolls Series

First appearing in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Shadowmere is the dark horse who originally belonged to Lucien Lachance of the Dark Brotherhood. She is given to the Hero of Kvatch, the protagonist of the game, to help him on his adventure.

Shadowmere is the fastest horse in the game and is capable of reaching areas otherwise inaccessible. Her high health and aggression also make her valuable in combat.

You can also obtain this steed in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online. Unfortunately, these iterations of Shadowmere received a decrease in speed, morality, and apparently has changed gender. If you’re looking for an awesome looking steed and all around tank, Shadowmere is the horse for you!

[Image Source: Shadowmere]

Epona

The Legend of Zelda series

This friendly horse has been by Link’s side ever since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In the game, she is Link’s go-to steed when traveling the land of Hyrule. When Link isn’t using Epona to travel, she can be found in the hands of the Ranch Handler, Malon.

Epona also makes appearances in Majora’s Mask, The Minish Cap, Twilight Princess, Hyrule Warriors (as a DLC weapon), and will appear in Breath of the Wild. It just goes to show, no matter what incarnation of Link needs transportation, Epona will always be there. Just make sure you have plenty of carrots! 

[Image Source: Hyrule Warriors Epona]

Yoshi

Super Mario Series

This green dinosaur made his debut in Super Mario World for the Super Nintendo back in 1990. Yoshi made it much easier to stomp Goombas and Koopas alike. He also has projectiles when he swallows enemies by turning them into eggs which can be hurled at flying Parakoopas. He is so loyal to Mario that he even takes one-hit damage for him! 

Since then, Yoshi has also made an appearance as a steed in Super Mario Sunshine, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and New Super Mario Bros. U. With his abilities to turn enemies into his weapons and undying loyalty to Mario, Yoshi is definitely the steed you can count on to have your back.

[Image Source: Super Mario World Yoshi]

Agro

Shadow of the Colossus

Your only friend throughout your adventure, Agro is the loyal steed that helps Wander travel throughout the forbidden land. Appearing in Shadow of the Colossus for PlayStation 2, Agro also plays a role in battle, as she is necessary to defeat some of the Colossi. Agro is essential when facing the Collosi Basaran, Dirge, and Phalanx.

She always has Wander’s back, as she automatically dodges obstacles and is practically invincible (minus the endgame segment). Right before Wander faces the final Colossus, Agro sacrifices herself in order for Wander to make it to the final boss. If that isn't proof of friendship, I don't know what is! 

[Image Source: Agro and Wander]

Whether they're horses roaming the plains or dragons soaring the skies, these are the 5 steeds who get the job done. Because they're more than your steed; they're your friend that always has your back. They're willing to fight through thick & thin alongside you and take you to your next destination to complete your quest. So next time you mount a steed, think about them as more than just your ride. 

[Source Image: Chain Mail War Steeds]

Published Jul. 9th 2016

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