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Ever since Funcom's survival RPG Conan Exiles launched into Early Access, people wanted to ride into battle. And with Exiles' latest free content update, they can now do so, as the game now features mounts along with a mounted combat system. Apart from adding mounts, the update also overhauls the game's pet and thrall systems.
Continuing this theme is the latest Riders of Hyboria Pack DLC that expands the game with a good deal of equine-focused cosmetics and decorations for $9.99 or your regional equivalent. Check out this trailer to see the new stuff in action:
Here's more on the new systems:
It is time to mount your steeds and ride across the plains of the Exiled Lands. One of the most sought-after features since Early Access launch is a reality: Mounts are now available in Conan Exiles!
Mounts aren’t the only thing coming in Update 38, though: You will be able to engage in mounted combat and level up your pets and thralls, so they grow more powerful the more time you spend with them.
We really hope you’ll like what you find in this update.
Getting a mount works the same way as getting a regular pet. You will first have to find a foal, then bring it back to a Stable to raise it. Stables work the same as Animal Pens, but are for horses only.
Like Pets/Thralls, horses will grow stronger as they level up. Raise several different horses to find one with the stats you like.
Once your foal has grown into adult horse it can be placed in the world, like a regular Thrall/Pet. To ride into the sunset like your favorite cowboy you’ll need to equip your horse with a saddle, which can be unlocked at level 20.
Saddles will have different effects on your mount:
No matter which saddle you choose, using a horse to get anywhere is significantly faster than running on foot.
- Cavalry Saddle – Fast acceleration, maximum speed, minimum defense, minimum maneuverability
- Scout Saddle – Long sprinting time, medium speed, low defense, maximum maneuverability
- Warhorse Saddle – Slow acceleration, minimum speed, high defense, low maneuverability
With mounts we’re also introducing mounted combat. Shoot your enemies from afar with a bow and gallop away before they know what’s going on. Grab a sword, axe or mace and swing away from the comfort of your steed. Equip a pike or a spear and attack your enemies by stabbing at them or equip a lance and tear through your opponent’s defenses with a mighty charge.
We think mounted combat is going to add a whole new level to Conan Exiles’ PvE and PvP gameplay and we’re excited to hear what you think.
We’re also adding a leveling system for Pets and Thralls that can follow you. Leveling a Follower grants them increased stats and special bonus Perks.
When placing a Follower, they start at level 0 with a base set of Attributes. Faction and Tier determines growth rate and base Attributes, to make sure similar pets and thralls won’t be exactly the same. You can check your Follower’s Attributes by selecting “Info” from the radial menu.
Killing enemies when a Pet or Thrall follows you will grant them experience points. Crafting, exploration and other activities will not. Pets/thralls will only gain experience points when they are following you. Pets/Thralls will gain perks as they level up, which will further enhance their capability and grant bonuses to Attributes. The more specialized the Perk, the greater the bonus.
There are more details about the Pet/Thrall leveling system on our forums and in this FAQ.
Thralls/pets will become a limited resource going forward. This will affect fighters, archers, dancers, and all pets and mounts, but not crafters, which are technically counted as items.
When the thrall/pet cap goes live there will be a grace period where you can dismiss old pets and thralls using the “Break Bonds” command from the radial menu. Once the grace period is over, random pets/thralls will be removed until the limit is respected.
Keep in mind that with the leveling system in place, individual thralls and pets will be significantly stronger than before.
Private servers may opt in to use the system, but it’s not mandatory. As a server admin you can also adjust the number of maximum thralls that players can have.
RIDERS OF HYBORIA PACK
With the release of the mounts update, the new Riders of Hyboria Pack is available. This DLC comes with new armor sets, new weapon skins, and a set of Stable building pieces that are perfect for making a home for your new mounts.
Check the blog post about the Riders of Hyboria Pack for more information. You can find it here.