The Hyrule seen in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is big. Really big. Fast-travel is a boon when you need to get around in a jiffy, but for those times when you're exploring uncharted portions of the map where no Shrines exist, you really need to get yourself a decent mount.
Horses can be found in various locations in the game, and some are faster and more obedient than others. If you want to find one of the best rides in the game then investing in amiibo is a good option, but there's a beast hidden away in Hyrule that even outclasses the mighty Epona.
We're talking about the legendary Lord of the Mountain, a horse-like beast which inhabits a pool on Mount Satori (does that name sound familiar?). If you've seen the sublime Hayao Miyazaki anime Princess Mononoke then the inspiration behind this strange-looking creature should be obvious. Surrounded by coin-giving Blupees, The Lord of the Mountain is majestic and bewitching - so it's no wonder that any self-respecting Zelda fan's first thought upon seeing it should be "Can I ride that thing?"
The good news is that you can indeed hop on board The Lord of the Mountain, but the bad news is that it's one heck of a ride. Saddle up, because we're going to explain how to tame this creature.
Where to find The Lord of the Mountain
The Lord of the Mountain is found on Mount Satori, which lies just west of Hyrule Field. The Mogg Latan Shrine is near the top, and right next to the pool in which The Lord of the Mountain appears. The catch here is that he doesn't appear there all the time; he's only present when you can see a glow coming from the top of Mount Satori.
This glow is normally witnessed at night but there have been reports of players stumbling upon The Lord of the Mountain during daylight hours - we've seen the glow in the wee hours of the morning. The glow doesn't appear every single day, either - in fact, we went through several day/night cycles without seeing it. You simply have to bide your time and check the horizon whenever possible to see if the glow is there; when you spot it, fast-travel to the Mogg Latan Shrine.
How to mount The Lord of the Mountain
First things first, make sure you equip the Stealth armour set as you'll need to be as quiet as possible when approaching this beast. It also helps if you can consume a meal which increases your stealth. Approach the pool of water marked on the map and you'll see loads of cavorting Blupees, with The Lord of the Mountain in the middle of the pool. Make sure you're crouching and walk slowly behind the beast, making sure not to get into its line of sight.
We've heard several reports of people manually saving their games at this point so they can attempt the catch again if things go wrong, but for us that didn't work - re-loading the save we discovered the Lord of the Mountain had vanished, so you really have to do this in one go.
Once you're on its back, it will take around two full stamina wheels to soothe The Lord of the Mountain and bring it under your control. Use your stamina-restoring items in good time, if you need them. If you get thrown off or the Lord of the Mountain escapes, you'll have to come back another time and try again.
The Lord of the Mountain is faster and has more stamina than any other mount in the game, but there's a catch - you can't register him at a stable so once you lose him, you'll have to go through the process all over again.
This is part of our Zelda Breath of the Wild walkthrough, which includes All Shrine Locations And Maps and help with specific shrines, including the Keo Ruug Shrine Puzzle Solution, Mirro Shaz Shrine Puzzle Solution, Sha Warvo Shrine Solution, Shae Loya Shrine Puzzle Solution, Eventide Island - How To Beat The Hardest Shrine Quest, and Shee Vaneer And Shee Venath Shrine Answers and Solutions.
If you're just starting out, Getting Started And Beginner Tips will be useful. We also have BOTW guides to help you with the Tarrey Town Quest, how to get equipment such as the Hylian Shield, the Master Sword, the Green Tunic, and the Radiant Set, plus advice on the Best Clothing And Armour Sets and How To Find Every Item in the Master Trials DLC. We can help you find key places such as All Captured Memory Locations, All Great Fairy Fountain Locations, and Where to find The Lord of the Mountain, too.
If you're looking for general advice on various topics, you might want to check out the Best Recipes And How To Cook Food, How To Farm Star Fragments, How To Farm Dragon Parts, How To Defeat Guardians, How To Shield Surf Like A Pro, and How To Get Unlimited Korok Seeds. And if you're wondering what amiibos work with the game, our guide to All amiibo Unlocks lists them all.
Nintendo has formally announced a direct sequel to the game, too — find out more about Everything We Know So Far About Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2.