How to Ride Animals in Far Cry Primal

Take to the saddle and defeat your enemies atop a snarling Sabretooth Tiger.


Oros is filled with all kinds of dangerous predators, and if you’re going to stay ahead of them you’ll want to start taming animals as quickly as you can. If you aren’t sure how to tame animals, take a quick peek at our complete guide to taming animals in Far Cry Primal.

Riding animals is a unique thing in Far Cry Primal, and it’s probably one of the most exciting things about this new world that Ubisoft is exploring. This quide will teach you everything you need to know to get your beasts of nature saddled up and ready for the long way home.

Tame the Right Beast

This is one of the most important steps as not all the beasts of Oros are large or strong enough to carry Takkar’s weight. There are two base animals that can be rode and both fall under the Apex Predator taming skill. The first is the Brown Bear, which is fairly easy to find in the first area of the map that you explore, near the Wenja village.

The second animal you can ride is the Sabretooth Tiger, which is a bit trickier to find. Once you have one or both of these animals tamed it’s time to move on to the next part of the process.

It should also be noted that some of the Great Beasts of Oros can be tamed and ridden, however, you will need to unlock their hunting quests and defeat them before you can do so.

Unlock the Right Skills

Much like taming beasts, riding beasts is unlocked via a skill. This particular set of skills can be found under Karoosh’s skill set. You’ll need to unlock the Death From Above skill to be able to get it, but once you’ve one so, save up your skill points and unlock the Mammoth Rider skill. From here things are fairly simple. Complete some more tasks or quests and then unlock the Beast Rider skill.

Once you’ve unlocked the skills you can simply walk up beside your Brown Bear or Sabretooth Tiger and hold down the button that you’d normally feed them with to mount and ride them.

Fighting from the Saddle

Along with riding beasts, you can also fight while on top of the back of a Brown Bear or Sabretooth Tiger. This is accomplished through two different attack methods. We haven’t tried the game out on Xbox quite yet, but on PlayStation 4 you’ll need to press R3 to attack with the animal and R2 to attack with your bow, spears, or clubs. Killing enemies while mounted does offer a good bit of experience, however, we often found it a bit tough to command both Takkar and the animal’s attacks in a coordinated fashion that didn’t end with us wasting half our spears and arrows.

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