How to find a saddle in “Minecraft” and use it to ride horses, pigs and more

How to find a saddle in “Minecraft” and use it to ride horses, pigs and more

A saddle is one of the rare “Minecraft” items that cannot actually be crafted. Like the Elytra, one of the game’s other transport-related items, you’ll need to find a saddle rather than make it yourself.

Fortunately, there are many ways to find saddles. And once you have one, using it is easy, although you may need to bring a tidbit or two for the creature you want to ride.

Here’s everything you need to know about the saddle in “Minecraft”: how to get one, which mobs can be saddled and the trick to controlling them once you do.

How to find a saddle in ‘Minecraft’

There are four different ways to find a saddle: looting treasure chests, trading, fishing and hunting.

Treasure chests

In both editions of Minecraft, you can find saddles in treasure chests in these places: dungeons, remains of ramparts, desert temples, cities of the End, jungle temples, Nether fortresses, strongholds and villages.

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Your chances of finding a saddle inside a treasure chest vary, but your best bets are with a Nether fortress chest (35.3 percent), a dungeon chest (28.3 percent), or a chest of the desert temple (23.5 percent).

For a Nether fortress chest, you will first need to reach the Nether via a Nether portal made from obsidian. The dungeon chests, on the other hand, are found in the Overworld – you can just start (carefully) digging until you find a cave system. Dungeons are always adjacent to caves.

Finally, desert temples can be found in desert biomes and the temple chests will be enclosed in a room inside the pyramid. Just be careful, as the treasure chests are lined with a TNT trap that, when stepped on, will destroy the chests, their contents and possibly you too.

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You can fish in any body of water, and whenever you do, there is a chance that you can catch treasure instead of fish. However, by default there is a less than 1% chance of staggering in the saddle.

If you’re willing to do a little work, you can increase the odds by blessing your fishing rod with a “Luck of the Sea” spell. Add a level 3 “Lure” spell for faster fishing and you’ll be back in the saddle in no time.

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All you need is a fishing rod and water. Any body of water is also suitable, be it self-contained or part of a large river, ocean or just an artificial pond.

Trade with a master leather craftsman

If you’ve amassed a good amount of emeralds, trade them with your fellow Leatherworker from the village in exchange for a saddle. If you can’t find a Leatherworker in the village, you can turn an unemployed villager into one of them by putting a cauldron in their path.

Trade with the Leatherworker until they have reached “Master” status and you should be able to trade emeralds for a saddle.

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The only problem here is that if you are playing the “Bedrock” console version of the game, there is only a 50% chance that it will offer you this trade.

Kill a Ravager

Finally, if you like the thrill of the hunt, you can kill a Ravager. These are strong enemies that look like bulls and will accompany looters on raids.

Upon death, a Ravager will always drop a saddle.

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How to use the saddle in ‘Minecraft’

Once you have your saddle, you are ready to ride. But which animal to choose?

There are the obvious options, such as horses, donkeys and mules. Each of these animals can be tamed by repeatedly mounting them until they stop chasing you – how many times you need to do this is randomly decided for each animal. Once they are tamed, “use” the saddle on them and you will place it on them.

You can retrieve the saddle by jumping on the animal and pressing the inventory button. You will see that it has its own inventory, from which you can get the saddle.

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But there are some more fun options too, like Pigs and Striders.

Using the saddle to ride a pig

You can get a pig’s attention with a carrot. So, equip the saddle in your hotbar and “use” it on the pig.

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Select the pig to start riding. However, you won’t be able to move it without using a carrot on a stick – hang it in front of the pig to make it run however you like.

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While riding a pig is downright fun, you may find it even more practical to ride a saddled Strider, since they can walk through lava.

Using the saddle to ride a Strider

Striders are a newer mob in “Minecraft” and can be found around the lava oceans in the Nether. Riding a Strider allows you to cross lava without any danger.

Similar to pork, you can first get the Strider’s attention with a coveted cuisine: the warped mushroom.

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When the Strider is close enough, equip the saddle in your hot bar and use it on the Strider to equip it. Then approach the Strider with your “use” action to mount.

Make sure you have a fishing rod handy so that you can make a warped mushroom on a stick, which you will need to guide the Strider around.

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Don’t get too attached to your pig or your Strider – once you’ve given them a saddle, the only way to get it back is to kill them.

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