We’ve looked at the riders in a previous article, but the true stars in Riders of Icarus are the mounts you’ll ride into battle. After spending the last week scouring the world of Middelas for worthy steeds, we’ve put together a list of the coolest creatures you can find wandering those hills. We’re just scratching the surface of what’s available, as there are dozens more in the current beta, with many more to come as the game rides toward its final release.
Not only are these beasts ready for saddle and bridle, they can be used in a number of other ways as well. With the proper item, they can be turned into pets that will fight alongside you, leveling up as they assist you in battle. Both mounts and pets can be sealed into augments for your gear, letting you turn old companions into useful boosts for your stats.
So here they are, ten of our favorite creatures from Riders of Icarus. All of these guys can be found in the current open beta, and many more wild beasts will be added as additional updates make their way to the game.
You’ll find the giant bear, Trutan, wandering the Gilded Woods of the Hakanas Highlands. A true king of the forest, few beasts can match Trutan in size or tenacity, and it will take some creative thinking and daring actions to make the creature your own. Only by leaping on the great bear’s back from a cliffside will you be able tame him.
Taslan the Devourer
Taslan the Devourer stands guard in the Northern Ruins, ready to wrap unwary adventurers in its webbing and show how it got its name. Naturally, you might want to add the great beast’s power to yours. The only people who’ve interacted with Taslan are the Khabimist cultists, and if you want to tame the massive spider, you’ll have to get ahold of one of their Shadowbind Tomes.
Chakai is king of the northern Dawnbreak Woods, and I think we all know that you can’t get more rock ‘n roll than riding a one-eyed white tiger into battle. So how do tame the feline wonder? Turns out that the tiger has a taste for reindeer meat. Throw some jerky his way, and you can turn those fearsome claws and teeth against your enemies.
There’s nothing more fearsome than a prehistoric beast, and it’s said that Baranosaurus was the first creation of the god of darkness. He can emit a poison mist and let loose a roar that boosts your mana, making Baranosaurus a worthy companion for any rider. You’ll find him in the mystical Morineh Lake, and you can best draw his attention with a bit of beef seasoned in fairy dust.
Lots of these creatures are cool, or fearsome, or majestic, but nobody’s quite as adorable as the Woodland Joey. You’ll find these little guys in the Souther Ruins of Brakarr Forest, but don’t underestimate them. The marsupials make excellent mounts and pets throughout the early parts of the game.
The Windrunner patrols the skies over Elgren Farm, where the peasants regard him as a guardian of the farmlands. His majestic plumage belies strength and power in battle, making him a valuable companion. The Khabimists of the Cemetery look to combine the power of ashtails and blueflame phoenixes in order to bend the mighty beast to their will.
Look, there’s no beating around the bush here. You’re in a fantasy world. You’re looking for a mount. What you really want is a dragon. The black beast Vulkanus is just the ticket. Not only will his dark scales and glowing runes strike fear into your opponents, his dragonly powers will give you just the edge you need in battle. You’ll find Vulkanus at the Broken Caldera.
Lynics fly the Seas of Hakanas near Fort Baellas, and the cries they let loose have earned them the nickname of thunder howlers. The snake-like beasts actually hunt primarily through the use of those cries, bombarding their prey with violent soundwaves. That makes them especially vulnerable to silencing spells. If you’re looking to tame a Lynic, be sure to bring a scroll of silence along.
The grotesque and fearsome Garme is a product of Khabamist magic, and can be found in the Cemetery that they command. He’s always in the company of a young girl called Daveen, who is herself a creation of the cultists’ magic, and it seems Garme shows absolute loyalty to her. You’ll need to defeat Daveen and take her magical perfume to have a hope of taming Garme.
Agnas the Red
The fearsome red dragon Agnas may be the strongest of them all, as he seems to be the last survivor of the War of the Dragons. He flies now near the Guardian’s Gate as a tempting prize for any rider. You’ll need to land a critical blow, suppress his fire powers, and finally make use of a Dragon Emblem to finally tame him. Agnas is the toughest creature in the current beta, and a mighty mount for any rider.
And those are ten of our favorite mounts in the Riders of Icarus beta! More content will be coming to the game later in July and throughout the beta until the game’s final release, and we can’t wait to see what new creatures we’ll see in the future.