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10 Greatest Video Game Horses

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Horstachio – (Viva Pinata Series)

video game horses : Viva Pinata Horstachio

Abilities: Cute and colorful, candy filled.

Description: Horsachio is no ordinary horse. He is a beautiful paper-mache hodgepodge of childhood delight and Latin festivity. A talking horse is one thing, but a talking horse that is also a candy-filled pinata is on a completely different level. I might feel bad beating Horstachio to a pulp at my next Cinco de Mayo celebration, but his candy entrails will undoubtedly restore my mood.

 

Unicorn – (The Sims 3 Pets Expansion)

Sims 3 Unicorn

Abilities: Super speed and jumping, magical powers.

Description: There is nothing in this world more majestic than the fanciful unicorn. Its trademark horn is only the most obvious of its notable traits however. The Sims 3 version of the mythological creature possesses a unique set of traits including the ability to bless or curse a character, teleportation, conjuration of storm clouds and fire, creating rainbows, and the ability to shine in the moonlight like a Twilight vampire. This horse is truly a magician, with enough gimmicks in his bag of tricks to make this list very proud.

Geryon – (Devil May Cry 3)

Geryon Devil May Cry 3

Abilities: Time travel.

Description: Carriages are an antiquated style of transportation in the 21st century, but Geryon could easily bring them back in style, literally. This ghostly horse’s full name is Geryon the Timesteed, and as his name suggests, he can control the ebb and flow to time. Not only does he rival Back to the Future’s  Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, but this horse makes time-travel a group activity with a stylish and practical wagon on the back. Who wouldn’t want to warp through time and space in the back of a ghost caddy?

The Boss’s Horse – (The Metal Gear Series)

Snake Eater The Boss Horse

Abilities: Regular horse stuff.

Description: The Boss’s horse has no name. He is of Spanish Andalusian breed, and has no inert powers or abilities like many of the other entrants on this list. What makes this mare memorable is his significance within the context of Metal Gear’s narrative, the last remaining symbol of a fallen hero’s memory. During the final heart-wrenching moments of MGS3: Snake Eater, when the student must silence his leader, master, and friend, nothing would remain of The Boss’s valiant memory except Big Boss’s blood stained hands, and his teacher’s equestrian companion. This steed represents a symbol, a symbol of remembrance that has shaped the entire course of his character from that point forward.

Ruin – (Darksiders)

Darksiders Ruin

Abilities: Phasing through objects, outrunning giant sand worms.

Description: A dog may be man’s best friend, but no other companion could do the harbinger of the apocalypse justice other than Ruin. Besides enjoying  strolls in the park and longs walks on the beach, the phantom steed aids his master in the best way that any four-legged-friend could, with combat prowess, destructive abilities, and nostrils that shoot fire. I’m not saying that I want the world to end but I wouldn’t mind being able to drive this horse instead of my Toyota.

 

Rapidash – (The Pokemon Series)

Rapidash

Abilities: Fireblast and the world’s hottest hair.

Description: Fire horses have been seen before but flame-clad unicorns? Not so much. Rapidash represents one of the original 150 Pokemon, back when it was actually possible to name and catch them all. Even though the Pokemon universe has quadrupled in size, and Rapidash is no longer the sole horse of the franchise (not including Ponyta), it will always fulfill a special place in our hearts. 

 

Death – (Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare DLC)

Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare

Abilities: Explosions and zombie-killing.

Description: I don’t know what it is about apocalyptic horses but we now officially have two on the list. Death is one of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse and I assure you his flashy title is not for vanity. While other members of his elite crew feature powerful abilities as well, Death’s are particularly noteworthy. As if constructed of dynamite and c4, the equestrian grim reaper causes zombies’ heads to explode on impact. If that’s not badass I don’t know what is.

 

Agro – (Shadow of the Colossus)

Shadow of the Colossus Agro

Abilities: Agility, speed, and loyalty.

Description: Agro is by far the most loyal candidate on this entire list. His master the Wanderer on the other hand, is rather stupid. Driven by an insatiable urge to resurrect a maiden, he steals an ancient and mysterious sword, enters into the forbidden land, and listens to  a shadowy figure that instructs him to destroy 16 ginormous monsters called colossi. In a rather obvious turn of events, the shadow man deceives him and all that work riding around an empty landscape, climbing up colossus bodies, and stabbing them in the face is sadly for naught.  I think it’s time for Agro to look for different employment.

Shadowmere – (The Elder Scrolls Series)

Shadowmere

Abilities: HP restores very quickly, can ride up mountains.

Description: Transportation comes in all shapes and sizes in the video game world, with cars representing only the tip of the ice berg. Who wants to drive when you can ride on the back of a demon horse? Born out of a pool of darkness and sporting glowing red eyes, Shadowmere is no ordinary horse. Not only does this noble steed carry your character across one of the largest maps in the history of gaming, he is ready and willing to fight just about any creature that you can imagine. Dragon versus horse? Don’t count Shadowmere out.

Epona – (The Legend of Zelda Series)

Legend of Zelda Epona

Abilities: Loves musical instruments, especially the ocarina.

Description: Epona is by far one of the most iconic video game horses of all time. Her story begins as a little pony at Lon Lon Ranch. Throughout a series of fantastical events, time travel, and several musical numbers, Epona becomes the peanut butter to Link’s jelly, a noble steed cohort to the hero of time.

 

There you have it, the top 10 greatest horses in video games. Which is your personal favorite? Would you trade in your car for any one of these gaming equestrians?

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Taylor Stein

Gamer. Sushi-fanatic. Lover of cats. Cartoon aficionado. Overall big kid. Over the past 5 years I've held a number of different positions in the video game industry from content writer to marketing specialist, and it's been an absolute dream come true. Welcome to my journey throughout the world of video games and all around geekery.

  • https://www.facebook.com/rickspears Rick Spears

    Hey Taylor,

    Loved the article, but I can’t help but feel like you absolutely butchered the bit about Shadow of the Colossus. I agree, Agro is the most loyal horse on the list, and I damn near cried when I thought him lost at the end of the game, but you pigeonholed the main character as some kind of obsessive moron. He isn’t, he knew damn well what he was doing and that’s what makes it so tragic. He was will to sacrifice everything for Mono, the girl. At it’s core, SOTC is a love story, and maybe a little bit of a Modern Prometheus. Wander, the main character, battles through the Colossi and in doing so sacrifices himself, little by little, to bring back her back. And it’s not all for naught, he does see her open her eyes at the end of the game.

    Yeah, I know I’m just being sensitive because this game is near and dear to my heart, but don’t gloss over the subtleties of the story.

    Keep up the good work.

    Sincerely,

    Rick S.

    • ryan

      you missed out ixion from ffx, that was alot better than the one from the sims

    • Taylor Stein

      Final Fantasy X is actually one of my favorite games of all time so of course Ixion did cross my mind. I agree that he would be a worthy contender but out of personal choice I thought the Unicorn better represented what I was going for.

      It’s probably because Ixion is my least favorite aeon from the game so I’m a little biased I admit :P

    • Taylor Stein

      Hi there Rick,

      Thanks so much for sharing a piece of your gaming history, I love to see such passion and I totally respect your criticism! To be honest, I absolutely love Shadow of the Colossus, it was an unexpected purchase than turned into a completely unique and appreciated experience for me. While the story as a whole was lacking, only delivering plot through nuances and subtlety, I did enjoy the artistic representation, music, and gameplay very much.

      As for the depiction of a love story, I’m not the most idealistic person in the world so unleashing a demon lord to save a girl that you love resonates as stupid rather than romantic for me but of course I understand that the scenario can be viewed differently.

      I’m sorry that ripped on the main character quite a bit, I was aiming for humor rather than an accurate portrayal of the entirety of the story. I did not connect emotionally with the characters (except Agro who I loved) so I’m sure you can understand my tone.

      Thanks for your input!

  • Marco

    Hey the Sims 3 Unicorn is the shiznit!

    • Taylor Stein

      Thank you Marco, I think so too haha.

  • JS100

    I dont normally use horses in RPGs because I feel it takes away from the exploring, and it is annoying to get on and off the horse constantly. Having said that, I loved the horse in Two Worlds. It was really comfortable to use, and you could engage in mounted combat. Something we apparently only just got yesterday in Skyrim with the arrival of the Dawnguard expansion, which I am only about to begin when I get home from work tonight.

    • Taylor Stein

      I agree with you, I’m not much of a mount person either for those same reasons. I hate taking the time to get on the horse then you come across a treasure chest 5 seconds later and have to get back off. Pretty annoying.

      As for Skyrim, his name is Arvak, he’s a skeleton horse that you’ll find throughout the storyline in Dawnguard. I just got him yesterday xD The cool thing is you can summon him with a conjuration spell, so he’s there when you need him. Speaking of mounted combat, it’s been added with Dawnguard as well so there is plenty of new horse fun to be had.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dontay0100 Dontay

      Epona all the way!

    • Taylor Stein

      Epona is beast!

    • http://gmail.com Aarin

      I like your point about Arvak. I use him to cut down travel time- not how you think. On a high place, need to go down fast? Conjure Arvak, and ride him over the edge. I just conjure him again, and go about my exploring.

    • JS100

      After taking a 3 month hiatus from Skyrim, waiting for the DLC to come out, I just got back into it this week. And the first thing I did was hand in a Dark Brotherhood quest, and they gave me Shadowmere. I hate his guts! He is everywhere. I cant get away from him. Its like having a giant wall appear between you and every enemy you try to attack! He is always in the way. Unfortunately I cant just kill him, like the rest of them (ive said too much)…

    • Taylor Stein

      JS100,

      Haha Shadowmere can be kind of annoying after awhile, good news for you, when you get Arvak the ghost horse, he’ll become your primary horse and Shadowmere shouldn’t appear every time you warp anymore. Arvak has to be summoned too so no more worrying about a horse blocking your way :)

  • http://gmail.com Aarin

    Hello. I LOVED the article. But the version of Shadowmere I loved most was the version from Oblivion. Faster than the finest-bred Cheydinhall black, and an immortal demon horse, he was a must.

    • Taylor Stein

      Thanks so much! You are absolutely right though, Oblivion Shadowmere was wayyyyy faster and in my opinion more useful than Skyrim Shadowmere. Great point.

  • GaySkull

    AGRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!