How to Tame Creatures in Dark and Light

Taming creatures is something you'll want to know how to do in Dark and Light, so we're gonna tell you how it's done!

As you journey through the world of Dark and Light, you will come across many of the world's other inhabitants -- its wild creatures. Some may be hostile, but the majority of them can also be tamed regardless of their persuasion. Whether you want to try and tame a sheep or something a lot larger and mythical, you'll need to know how to do it and this guide is going to show you how.

Equipment Needed for Taming in Dark and Light

Before you go venturing out to tame yourself a creature, there are some things that you are going to need to take with you -- a way to capture the beast and a way to lure the beast.

Using a Bow

Using a Bow weapon is a rank 2 Ranged Combat skill and gives you the ability to engage creatures at distance, as well as tame those creatures.

To make a Bow, you are going to have to gather:

  • Wood x15
  • Twine x50

Stone Hook Arrow

These special arrows are vital if you are going to have any luck taming creatures. You could say that they have an effect like a sedative, which makes the creature in question go into a sleep-like state, making it easier to capture. You are able to craft them when you reach rank 2 Ranged Combat.

To make Stone Hook Arrows you will need:

  • Stone-tipped Arrow x1
  • Magic Shards x1
  • Twine x5
  • Charcoal x3

What Animals can be Tamed in Dark and Light?

The bestiary in Dark and Light has about 150 creatures in it but not all of the creatures can be tamed. There are real-life animals as well as mythical ones, so if you have ever wanted to catch a Griffin, now's your chance! On your travels, you will come across both herbivores and carnivores, so you need to make sure you have enough of the correct food with you to tame them.

Some of the herbivores in the game include:

  • Sheep
  • Boars
  • Horses
  • Deer
  • Grut Stags

With a few exceptions, all of the herbivores in the game eat grass -- but there are other types of food which have a greater effect on the speed at which taming is successful. From least effective to most effective, these are the types of food you can use when taming herbivores:


Some of the carnivores in the game include:

  • Hyenas
  • Wolves
  • Bears
  • Vrocks (which are like 2-headed vultures)
  • Wyvern
  • Yeti

Also with few exceptions, all of the carnivores in the game eat raw meat, but there are other types of food which have a greater effect on the speed at which taming is successful. From least effective to most effective, these are the types of food you can use when taming carnivores:

Raw meat

One thing you should note is that if you run out of feed before finishing taming, you will have to start again with more feed. All food needs to be presented to the creature in a Feeding Trough because if you don't give it enough feed, the taming process will end. 

Catching Creatures to Tame them in Dark and Light

So once you have your arrows, the right kind of feed, and feeding troughs, it is time to head out into the wild and find your intended target.

Once your quarry within sight, you need to target them with an arrow. When you fire the hook arrow at the animal, you need to left click to hook the other end of the rope to the ground.

The arrows don't start taking effect until the hooks have taken hold. As an animal runs away, the hook will embed itself and the torpor effect starts to take effect. If the animal is aggressive, you will need to fire multiple arrows and attach them to the ground so that when the animal is at a certain distance, the hook will snag and start the process.

When the creature goes down, you can place a trough next to it and fill it with food. As the creature starts to eat, the taming process starts. If the creature starts to come around from the effects of your arrows too soon -- before it is tamed -- you can fire another arrow into it to add to the torpor effect. However, as the creature is no longer moving, you will need to move away until the rope is taut and then fasten it into the ground.

With a little bit of time and patience, it won't be long before the creature will be 100% tamed!

We hope that this guide on how to tame creatures in Dark and Light has been useful. You really must let us know what kind of creatures you've managed to tame! Show us whats out there!

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Published Aug. 2nd 2017

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