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Elder Scrolls Skyrim: Mounted Combat On Horse UPDATE

Updated on May 27, 2012

Using Weapons While On a Horse

An update to the PC version of Elder Scrolls Skyrim now allows players to use weapons whilst on a mounted horse. This mounted combat has not been implemented to consoles yet. Imagine being able to use a bow and fire arrows at an attacking dragon that is pursuing you while you are on a horse at full speed! What also makes this update useful is that you no longer need to get off your house to confront enemies on your travels in Skyrim. It can often be a pain to have to get off your horse in Skyrim when enemies such as bears, saber tooth's, bandits and other enemies attack you while you are riding a horse. This update to the PC version of Skyrim will now give you the option to fight enemies when you are riding any type of horse.

*Mounted Combat was implemented to the PC version of Skyrim on May 25th, 2012. *

Horses in Elder Scrolls Skyrim USEFUL NOW?

There has been some criticism about the horses in Skyrim because they die easily (except shadowmere). And of course, followers have a hard time following you when you are riding a horse. Then there is the cost of a buying a horse...Is it really worth buying a horse considering it may die and you just lose your investment? At least now, PC Skyrim players can use swords & bows etc. to kill enemies while they are on horseback. Who knows, perhaps followers will eventually be able to ride with you?

Elder Scrolls Skyrim Dawnguard May Include Mounted Horse Combat For Console Users?

New DLC content for Elder Scrolls Skyrim will be releasing in the future. There is a possibly that the update for mounted horse combat will be included with the upcoming Dawnguard DLC. Unfortunately it is hard to say at this time. But hopefully, PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will be able to use weapons while riding a horse in Skyrim.

*Note from author below*

Considering the success and popularity of Skyrim, many more updates will likely follow this one for console owners and PC owners. Perhaps followers will be able to ride on a horse with you or get their own horse? Does it really seem that difficult to implement that into a game of this scale? This would enhance the role-playing experience even more.

What would you like to see updated to the world of skyrim?

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    • JohnGreasyGamer profile image

      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      I mean movement is flawed by the glitches you mentioned, and they can't really balance the speed. Jogging all the way is not fun, especially when I can just be lazy and use the fast-travel system. Acrobatics you're right, is next to useless in a game like this because it doesn't support climbing terrain.... even though the game is based in an environment where it should be a natural way of life. Either way, this horse combat system will be most likely bugged to Hell, though - as stated before - I hope Bethesda know what they're doing ^^

    • David 470 profile image

      David 470 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      Thanks for the comment John

      What do you mean movement is flawed in Skyrim? I think it's messed up if you try and jump on certain objects and get stuck (and can't jump and must load your game or fast travel).

      I actually climbed mountains that I don't think I was supposed to be able to climb, but was able to glitch my way up the top by having my character jump a million times.

      And I agree, Athletics and acrobatics were great skills in OBLIVION! Athough I could prob do without acrobatics in Skyrim, athletics would prove useful considering you need to travel A LOT in Skyrim.

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      It's good to here that Bethesda are going to somehow perfect what Reality Pump did with Two Worlds. Though movement in Skyrim is terribly flawed, and horseback is the only way to properly move in the game unless you have fast travel. Hence my hatred toward the removal of the Athletics and Acrobatics skills.

      Though mounted combat will be a nice addition, it will be severely limited. Shouts won't work otherwise you'll kill your horse with most of them, and if it dies while you're mounted, it'll land on you and crush your character. This happens many times without combat. Furthermore, players will only be able to use maces and swords, and won't have much use for dual-weilding or ranged combat. I doubt magic will work either.

      Though I wish Bethesda the best with this update.

      PS: How many mods were there for this before Bethesda made the update?