How to Tame a Skeletal Horse in Minecraft


If you’re like me, you were super excited to hear that horses were getting added to Minecraft, and even more excited to hear that there are awesome skeleton and zombie versions. Sadly, as currently implemented, skeletal and zombified horses cannot be tamed like regular horses. Of course, in the world of computer science, nothing is impossible, so here’s how to edit the level file to take a regular tamed horse and turn it into a zombie or skeleton.

Things You Will Need
  • Access to the level files of the world you want to modify
  • NBTExplorer
Step One: Get a Horse

Any horse will do. You can try and find one with optimal run/jump speeds, or you can just change those values in the editor later on.

Step Two: Tame the Horse

Just get it to the point where it’ll let you sit on its back without bucking you off – no further horsing around (ha ha) is necessary. Stay mounted on the horse, make sure your level is saved if you’re on a multiplayer server (via /save-all), and then quit the game (still on the horse).

Step Three: Kill the Horse

Open the level folder for your world in NBTExplorer, find your player character (or whomever is currently sitting on the horse) in the players node, open the Riding node, find the Type value, and change it from 0 to 4 (or 3 if you want a zombie horse). Save the file and close NBTExplorer, then head back to Minecraft.

Step Four: Enjoy Your Awesome Deathcharger

You can’t put armour on it, but you can throw a saddle on and ride it around making everyone wish they were as cool as you are. Don’t forget to use a name tag to give your undead horse a totally metal name.

two Comments

  1. Your mother in law On August 22, 2013 at 14:46

    Hahaha, I see what you did there with the skeleton horse! Do you play WoW a lot?

    • Tom On August 23, 2013 at 11:43

      How did you guess? ;)

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