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Horses have a variety of skills they can learn, depending upon their coat. They have a chance to randomly obtain 1 horse skill each time they level. Horse Skill Change coupons can help you obtain the skills you desire. Read more about how this works below.

The most important horse skills for speed are Sprint, Instant Acceleration, and Drift.

Horse Skills List

The table below lists the skills that horses have a chance to learn.

Icon Skill Name Keyboard Description Value
BDO Horse Skill Caution Caution Auto-activates in fall zone Prevents horse from running off a cliff (can still jump over it if timed right) 4,350
BDO Horse Skill Charge Charge Q (Champron required) Horse charges enemies 1,530,000
BDO Horse Skill Drift Drift ← or → + ↓ while Running Drift resets the cooldown on Instant Accel 2,320,500
BDO Horse Skill Fore Chop Fore Chop F frontal attack 4,350
BDO Horse Skill High Jump High Jump SPACE while running fast jump higher while running 86,400
BDO Horse Skill Hind Kick Hind Kick ↓ + F backward AOE attack 4,350
BDO Horse Skill Instant Accel Instant Accel While Running F Horse temporarily runs faster 2,320,500
BDO Horse Skill Quick Back Quick Back Horse steps backward faster 79,200
BDO Horse Skill Quick Ride Quick Ride Auto-activates while riding you can mount the horse faster 86,625
BDO Horse Skill Quick Stop Quick Stop While Riding ↓ you can stop the horse faster 105,600
BDO Horse Skill Roar Roar SPACE (Stirrups required) regenerate HP and Stamina for 30 seconds 264,000
BDO Horse Skill Sideways Sideways ← or → horse can strafe right or left, T5+ Horses only 3,836,250
BDO Horse Skill Sprint Sprint ↑+Shift (Saddle required) horse can temporarily run faster 3,315,000
BDO Horse Skill Start Accel Start Accel Lift front leg with SPACE, then ↑ horse starts immediately running 4,350
BDO Horse Skill Streak Leap Streak Leap Jumps immediately after a jump horse can jump repeatedly without stopping 1144,000
BDO Horse Skill Two-seater Two-seater Guild or Party member R allows another player to ride with you, T6-T8 and Doom Horse only 4,972,500
BDO Horse Skill S: Fore Chop S: Fore Chop AP Up with Fore Chop stronger Fore Chop skill (Horse does a frontal AOE attack), T8+ Horses only 226,800
BDO Horse Skill S: Hind Kick S: Hind Kick AP Up in Hind Kick stronger Hind Kick skill (Horse does a backward AOE attack), T8+ Horses only 226,800
BDO Horse Skill S: Instant Accel S: Instant Accel F during Instant Accel stronger Instant Accel skill (Horse temporarily runs faster), T8+ Horses only 10,687,500
BDO Horse Skill S: Sideways S: Sideways Speed Up in Sideways faster Sideways skill (horse can strafe right or left), T8+ Horses only 10,687,500

 

Dream Horse Only Skills

All T9 Dream Horses start with 3 skills. One unique Doom/Arduanatt/Dine skill, plus Courser’s Spirit, and Double Jump. Other desirable skills have to be learned as the horse levels.

 

Icon Skill Name Keyboard Description Value
BDO Horse Skill S: Charge S: Charge Q while Charging Charge +damage & +range. Horse can use Charge twice, consecutively. T9 Dream Horse only. (20% Chance to learn.) 12,150,000
BDO Horse Skill Courser's Spirit Courser’s Spirit Auto-activated while unmounted Horse regenerates its HP and Stamina when it’s parked. T9 Dream Horse only. (100% Chance to learn.) 9,562,500
BDO Horse Skill Double Jump Double Jump SpaceBar while Jumping Jump a second time in the air. Must have Steak Leap & High Jump. T9 Dream Horse only. (100% Chance to learn.) 13,162,500
BDO Horse Skill Wings of Freedom Wings of Freedom Wings of Wind ← or →
also during descent after using Leap
S to quickly descend
Allows Arduanatt to turn sideways while using Wings of the Wind, T9 Arduanatt Dream Horse skill only. (10% Chance to learn.) 21,937,500
BDO Horse Skill Wings of Wind Wings of Wind E while Double Jump
also during descent after using Leap
S to quickly descend
Glide after Double Jump/Leap. Reduces fall damage by 100% when Arduanatt uses Double Jump. T9 Arduanatt Dream Horse skill only. (100% Chance to learn.) 21,375,000
BDO Horse Skill Earth of Life Earth of Life E
also during movement and while using Sprint or Instant Accel
Heals Dine and 10 friendly targets for 300 HP and 300 MP/WP/SP every 3 seconds for 30 seconds Cooldown: 3 minutes. T9 Diné Dream Horse only skill. (100% Chance to learn.) 21,375,000
BDO Horse Skill Earth of Protection Earth of Protection Auto activates while using Earth of Life All DP, Evasion, AP +10 for you and up to 10 party members for 30 seconds. T9 Diné Dream Horse only skill. (10% Chance to learn.) 21,937,500
BDO Horse Skill Dark Flame Steps Dark Flame Steps E AOE fire damage, based on % HP. T9 Doom Dream Horse skill only. (100% Chance to learn.) 21,375,000
BDO Horse Skill Dark Sprint Dark Sprint F during S: Instant Accel or F during S: Charge Press the key again for an additional IA or Charge. T9 Doom Dream Horse skill only. (10% Chance to learn.) 21,937,500

 

Mythical Arduanatt Skills

Mythical Arduanatt has 3 unique skills that are learned upon birth.

 

BDO Horse Skill Mighty Leap Mighty Leap E during Instant Accel

Swiftly ride the winds to leap mightily into the air. Not available when weapon is unsheathed. 400 Stamina. 100% Chance. T10 Arduanatt only.

  • Gives about the same height as Double Jump, but with one jump.
BDO Horse Skill: Wings of Swiftness Wings of Swiftness Press F during Wings of Freedom

Having learned the ways to read the wind currents, the Mythical Arduanatt pierces through the winds during Wings of Freedom to descend at even faster speeds. T10 Arduanatt only.

  • much faster descent from flight
  • can be used or canceled any time during flight
BDO Horse Skill Mighty Leap Flight ↑ (W) + E while idle or E after raising forelegs with Space

After floating into the air with elegant movement, spend some time floating mid-air. Not available when weapon is unsheathed. 400 Stamina continuously. T10 Arduanatt only.

Lasts as long as you have Stamina.

  • NOTE: Fall damage reduction still only lasts 30s!!!
  • don’t float out of Flight!
  • only activated on the ground (you can’t use Flight mid-air or while falling.)
  • You can be knocked off your horse mid-flight/hover with a Matchlock or BSR.

 

BDO Horse Skills, Coats, & Tiers Tool

For the BDO Horse Skill Tool, click the button below to gallop there. 🙂 The tool has a more complex horse skill list that shows which horses can learn which skills. Includes filterable horse coat data like HP, Stamina, LT, Speed, Acceleration, Turn, Brake, Experience per Level, Color Theory values of Red/White/Black, etc.

 

 

Horse Skill Gain Chance For Dream Horses

 
Arduanatt (Female) Arduanatt (Male) Dine (Female) Dine (Male) Doom (Female) Doom (Male)
Hind Kick 8.10% 10.20% 8.10% 12.30% 16.50% 16.50%
Fore Chop 8.10% 10.20% 8.10% 12.30% 16.50% 16.50%
Drift 4.38% 4.17% 4.38% 3.96% 2.70% 3.12%
Sprint 2.06% 1.99% 2.06% 1.92% 1.50% 1.64%
Start Accel 6% 6.70% 6% 6% 6% 6%
High Jump 4.20% 4.62% 4.20% 4.20% 4.20% 4.20%
Quick Stop 4.20% 5.04% 4.20% 5.88% 7.56% 7.56%
Instant Accel 2.06% 1.99% 2.06% 1.92% 1.50% 1.64%
Charge 2.70% 3.12% 2.70% 3.54% 4.38% 4.38%
Sideways 1.01% 1.01% 1.01% 1.01% 1.01% 1.01%
Quick Back 8.10% 9.15% 8.10% 8.10% 8.10% 8.10%
Streak Leap 6% 6.70% 6% 6% 6% 6%
Roar 4.20% 5.04% 4.20% 5.88% 7.56% 7.56%
Caution 4.20% 4.62% 4.20% 4.20% 4.20% 4.20%
Quick Ride 6% 6.70% 6% 6% 6% 6%
Two Seater 0% 0% 0% 0% ?% ?%
S:Hind Kick 4.05% 5.10% 4.05% 6.15% 8.25% 8.25%
S:Fore Chop 4.05% 5.10% 4.05% 6.15% 8.25% 8.25%
S:Instant Accel 1.03% 1.00% 1.03% 0.96% 0.75% 0.82%
S:Sideways 0.51% 0.51% 0.51% 0.51% 0.51% 0.51%
Courser’s Spirit 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Double Jump 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
S:Charge 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
Earth of Life 0% 0% 100% 100% 0% 0%
Earth of Protection 0% 0% 10% 10% 0% 0%
Wings of Wind 100% 100% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Wings of Freedom 10% 10% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Dark Flame Steps 0% 0% 0% 0% 100% 100%
Dark Sprint 0% 0% 0% 0% 10% 10%

Horse Skill Gain Chance for T8

Thank you to bdocodex.com for the data values.

Also big thanks for a spreadsheet posted by Wolfy in Discord: view source spreadsheet

 

Horse Coat
w/ codex link
R W B
T8A 0 4 5
T8B 2 4 3
T8C 0 0 8
T8D 5 3 1
T8E 0 8 0

 

 

How Horse Skill Gain Likely Works by Cappuccino

Thank you to Cappuccino for the following Horse Skill theory. Quoted from a forum post.

NOTE: This post is an extension of conversations taking place in the Breeder’s Discord, but because of its length could not be easily posted there.

 

 

What does it mean when my horse levels up and I get the message “chances of learning a skill has increased”? Why do horses learn skills early on but not many (if any) in their 20’s? Do costumes, branding stones, and the appearance change coupons work and how?

Skills: The Hidden XP Bar

When your horse is running, it gains xp towards its next level-up based on distance. This is an xp bar you can see and use to predict how long you will need to ride your horse before it levels.

 

Every time your horse levels, more xp is needed in order to level up again. By the time the horse level 28, you might have to autoloop an entire night on a high tier horse in order to hit level 30 as opposed to spending one night to get from level 1 to level 15.

 

Skills seem to work in a similar fashion.

 

Your horse is gaining skill xp every time it levels up, but this is an xp bar that we cannot see.

 

Every time your horse learns a skill, the next skill requires more xp in order to learn, just like how the horse levels. But because your horse is likely learning a set amount of skill xp on each level up, eventually the gap widens and it takes several level ups to learn a skill.

 

This is why early on your horse will learn many skills, then slow down in its teens, and then maybe only learn a couple skills in its 20s.

 

Why are some horses smart and some horses.. not?

The RNG comes into play when the horse is born. (Horses born pre-nerf will learn skills at a rate consistent with old skill gain rates. Early data is indicating that horses coming out of racing seal boxes may not be effected by the nerf either.)

 

Skill gain RNG is effecting one of two things, either of which would result in the patterns we see.

 

a) The set amount of Skill XP the horse gets on level up is determined at birth. A low roll means the horse will not be able to meet as many Skill XP thresholds, resulting in a lower number of skills learned.

 

b) The Skill XP thresholds that must be met in order to learn a new skill may be higher on certain horses, resulting in a lower number of skills learned.

 

In either case, costumes, branding stones, and change coupons will still have the same effect. The nerf probably made the amount of skill xp the horse learns on level up lower than before.

 

How do Costumes and other items that effect horse skills work?

Branding, costumes and appearance coupons likely work by boosting the total amount of skill xp your horse has.

 

Appearance coupons are unique in that even if your horse is level 30, if it was close enough to a Skill Threshold, and the coupon pushes your horse over that threshold, the horse is awarded with a skill.

 

Branding stones don’t seem to make much difference in skill gain, so the skill xp award is probably low.

 

Horse costumes seemed to be bugged for much of the early game, but certain ones are finally causing skill gains on horses. Confirmed with testing are the Lahr Arcien and the Karlstein. (Also, unequipping and re-equipping the costume on the same horse may be negating the bonus. It could be a bug.)

 

There is a lot more data related to this section, such as ideal times to equip a costume or use a coupon, but I feel more testing is needed before publishing.

 

 

Mount Brand Spell Stone

Do Brand Stones Help Gain Skills?
There is a Pearl item called Mount Brand Spell Stone that promises to increase Skill gain chance, but several players report it doesn’t work like expected. Pehaps it’s a very small amount. What has your experience been with this? Does it seem to help?

Benefits of Mount Brand Spell Stone

  • “chance to learn skills increases” (debatable?)
  • recovery and revival 30% cheaper
  • 50% mount gear durability consumption decrease
BDO Horse Mount Brand Spell Stone

 

Horse Skill Gain via Training Skill

Horse Skill Gain chance is improved with your character’s Training Skill.

This can get as high as 100% of the base learn chance at Training level Guru 20. To see all the details, please view our Horse Training Guide, which also has a list of items that will make a happy trainer. 🙂