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Skyrim: Best Horse

What are the best horses in Skyrim? Here is our Skyrim: best horse guide.

Skyrim: Best Horse

Skyrim has a vast-open world that can take a long time to travel on foot. Since the game is set in the medieval era, there are no cars or any other transport like that. As such, your primary traversal companions are horses. That is why you need to find the best horse in Skyrim to ensure that you travel safely and swiftly. 

Skyrim: Best Horse

After trying out multiple options, here are the 4 best horses available in Skyrim:

  • Dwarven Horse
  • Arvak
  • Shadowmere
  • Frost

Finding the ideal horse is an essential thing to do in Skyrim since its speed will matter a lot when it comes to traveling long distances. Plus, you can use them to travel quickly despite being over-encumbered, which is a great thing that can save you a lot of time, effort, and frustration.

1.) Dwarven Horse

Skyrim: Best Horse

It goes without saying that the Dwarven Horse is the best horse in Skyrim due to a number of reasons. First of all, it has unlimited stamina, so you can gallop around without worrying about tiring your horse. Secondly, this horse is unkillable which makes him superior to all the other mounts in the game. Plus, this horse has a unique and cool design that is quite pleasing to look at. This mechanical steed is ideal if you want to gallop around without any worries of either running out of stamina or hurting your traveling friend. 

2.) Arvak

Skyrim: Best Horse

Arvak is only available if you have the Dawnguard DLC and if you begin the “Find Arvak’s Skull” quest. Once you finish this quest by finding the skull of Arvak, his former owner will show you how you can summon this legendary steed. One thing to note is that you can discard his skull after this since you no longer need it. Players often keep it in their inventories since the game doesn’t specify that you don’t need the skull to summon Arvak. 

This undead horse looks cool and you will scare everyone in your way if you ride it into battle. If you want to make your travels more fun, you can always travel at night to see how beautiful this creature looks. 

One of the best features of Arvak is that you can summon it while in combat and he will distract your enemies. While he does not deal a lot of damage, his distraction is more than enough for you to either run away, get to a vantage point, or deal tons of damage while the enemy is busy. Plus, you can always use him to jump from high places without doing any damage to your character. In short, he is a great distraction and a good damage substitute when it comes to jumping from high places that would otherwise kill you.

3.) Shadowmere

Skyrim: Best Horse

This mount is one of the most popular choices when it comes to horses in Skyrim. One of the reasons for that is because you have to complete the “The Cure for Madness” quest that is in the Dark Brotherhood questline. Since this questline is quite common and beloved, most players will automatically unlock Shadowmere without even realizing it. 

This eerie-looking horse has red glowing eyes that are further complemented by its dark shade. This is one of the best beginner horses that the game has to offer. The best part is that the first time you see this mount, it will emerge from a pool; further adding to its mysterious vibe. Plus, its passive – health regeneration – is often exploited by players as well. 

4.) Frost

Skyrim: Best Horse

If you have been playing Skyrim for a while, chances are that you’ve already obtained Frost. This is likely the first special horse that most players will receive. All you need to do is complete the relatively early game “Promises to Keep” quest and this special mount will be yours to ride. 

While he might look like a normal mount, that is not the case at all. Frost has higher stamina and HP than any average mount that you can find in the game; automatically making him a better option. I agree that his appearance can be deceiving since he looks quite ordinary with his tan coat and simple design. 


And that was our Skyrim: best horse guide. Hopefully, it will make your journeys more fun and easier. Getting some of these horses is easy while others may take time depending on how you play the game. Still, regardless of the horse you get, all of them will have the lovable Skyrim horse mechanics where you get stuck on a cliff or a roof.

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is available to play on Steam.

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