Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos — New Animals and Mounts Detailed

Befriend these new animals in Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos, and use a select few for travel or competition.

New Animals and Mounts in Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos
Image via Natsume

Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos is set to bring a plethora of fresh content to the table, including several new animals and mounts. One of the most consistent and beloved aspects of Harvest Moon is the opportunity to curate a farm filled with all sorts of domestic and exotic creatures, a trend that’s continued in the upcoming entry with an exciting development. While the franchise staple livestock animals provide useful resources to be sold, several new critters can be tamed and even mounted for travel or competition. Here are the new animals and mounts of The Winds of Anthos detailed.

New Animals and Mounts in Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos Detailed

new budgie animal in Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos
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The Winds of Anthos introduces several new animal species to the franchise. These include fierce and fast raptors and zebras, as well as more timid budgies, snowy owls, and ferrets. Developer and publisher Natsume has remained relatively tight-lipped when it comes to other new critters arriving in Anthos. However, we now know that while these exotic animals and others can, in fact, be tamed, the process has changed a bit from past entries.

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As you traverse the vast land of Anthos, you’ll stumble upon a wide variety of wildlife. In the past, you could simply waltz on over to befriend these creatures, but you’ll now need to practice a bit more patience. Some animals, like budgies, tend to spook easily. To avoid scaring them off, you’ll want to approach them calmly and quietly with the sneak mechanic. Up close, you can get to taming your new furry friends.

In the Winds of Anthos, you can tame and ride any one of several new mounts. This includes the aforementioned raptors and zebras to the more familiar horses and camels. Each of these trusty steeds can be summoned throughout Anthos, helping you traverse the varied terrain with ease.

Mounts aren’t new to the Harvest Moon franchise. But very few animals have been available to saddle up in past installments. Moreover, previous entries like Harvest Moon: One World received some criticism regarding the seemingly stunted mobility of horses in particular. Natsume has resolved this issue with improved mechanics and the introduction of raptors and zebras. The striped horses are the quickest and most agile of the mounts, though raptors are very cool.

Which Mounts are Best?

new raptor mount in Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos
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You should consider the circumstances to decide which mount is your best fit. Camels might be best suited for leisurely travel, while raptors and horses can get you from point A to point B in no time. Not to mention, each of your available mounts is eligible to compete in ranked Equestrian Challenges. Saddle up your fastest partner to win.

As we near the launch of Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos on September 26 on PC, Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox, we can expect to receive much more on animals, characters, and crops.

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Olivia Rolls

Olivia Rolls is a freelance writer who earned her degree in English from the College of Central Florida. She currently directs her creative efforts toward writing articles on a wide variety of game titles, a passion she's held close to her heart since adventuring alongside Chikorita in the Johto region of Pokémon Crystal Version. Olivia's all-time favorite franchises are Pokémon and Animal Crossing, but she is generally fond of fantasy RPGs.