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Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom — Where to Find Skeleton Horses Early in TotK

Here's our guide to help you get a Skeletal Horse in the Depths in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Skeleton Horse, also known as a Stalhorse or Skeletal Horse, is a creepy mount that you can find early in the game if you know where to look. These steeds only come out at night, and while there are a few Skeleton Horses on the surface, there’s one place you can find them easily — the Depths. Here’s our guide to help you get a Skeleton Horse early in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

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How to Get Skeleton Horses Early in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

You can find TotK Skeleton Horses fairly early if you head to Sanidin Park Ruins. To get there, head south from Lookout Landing until you reach the Hyrule Field Skyview Tower. Then, make your way southeast. As you head past the river, you’ll see the Outskirt Stable. One NPC here mentions that Skeleton Horses are nearby, and you can spot them in Sanidin Park Ruins.

The location is further north, so just cross the river and follow the dirt road up ahead. Likewise, make sure that it’s evening (roughly 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.) so that the bony creatures spawn.

How to Get TotK Skeleton Horses

To get a TotK Skeleton Horse early (or at any time!), treat them like any wild animal mount: sneak up behind them, press the A button to mount, and spam the L button when they try to toss you off the saddle. Alternatively, you can freeze them with an Ice Fruit attached to an arrow so they don’t run away while you’re sneaking.

Sadly, your Stahlhorse won’t stick around for long. They’ll disappear come morning when the sun rises, around 5:00 a.m. in-game. As such, you’d need to wait until it’s night to find them in their usual spot.

Other Places to Find Stahlhorses in Tears of the Kingdom

If you do want a Skeletal Horse that will stick around, I suggest heading into the Depths region. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Skeletal Horses in the Depths tend to be fairly close to Bokoblin camps. As such, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for red flames and torches, telltale signs that a camp is in the distance.

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Because the Depths region is shrouded in darkness, Skeletal Horses will remain there indefinitely (they won’t disappear due to the time of day). Even better, they’re completely immune to Gloom. They’re quite similar to the vehicles that you manufacture using Zonai Devices and other structures.

Can Your Register Skeleton Horses at Stables?

Unfortunately, no. You can’t register your Skeletal Horses at stables like you can with other mounts. While those in the Depths won’t disappear when the sun rises, they can’t be added to your rotation of mounts — neither can you call on them whenever you want. You’ll need to either find them at night on the Surface or venture below ground every time you want to ride one.

That’s where to find Skeleton Horses in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Aside from these awesome-looking mounts that you’ll definitely want to get and show off, there’s so much more to do in Link’s latest adventure. For more tips, strategies, and walkthroughs, visit our Zelda: TotK guides hub.


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