How To Craft A Saddle In Minecraft?

A saddle is one of the most popular items in Minecraft, but players cannot actually make the item on the crafting table or in the furnace. They must venture out in the world and find and gather this item in the world of Minecraft. Saddles are used to ride horses, mules, and pigs in the game of Minecraft.

Saddles were added surprisingly early in Minecraft’s development – in June 2010, during the game’s ‘Infdev’ phase. But horses weren’t added for another three years. So, what was everyone riding all that time? Well, they go “oink”

Saddles, in Minecraft, are mysterious relics from a bygone age. No-one knows how to make them. There’s no crafting recipe. That means there are a finite number of saddles in the world, and when they’re gone, they are gone – so try not to let them burn up in lava.

If you want one, they’re found in treasure chests in strongholds, temples, and dungeons. Occasionally you’ll fish one up. They’re also hoarded by villagers – you can buy them from leatherworkers, or just steal them from their chests when their back is turned.

Once you have one, using it is easy. Hold the saddle in your hand, and right-click a horse, donkey, mule, or pig. The first three of those will let you take the saddle off again by hitting the use button on the animal while sneaking. But the pig? No way are you getting that saddle off again unless the pig somehow meets with a mysterious accident.

Finding a Saddle in Chests

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Saddles cannot be crafted, so one of the best ways to find one is to open every chest you come across.

Saddles have a small chance of appearing in most chests that you find.

You’ll have more luck in certain areas of the world.

Locate a dungeon

dungeon minecraft

You’ll have the best chance of finding a saddle in the dungeons scattered underground. Chests in dungeons have a 54% chance of spawning a saddle as loot.

You’ll know you’re in a dungeon by the cobblestone + mossy stone walls, floors, and ceilings. They typically have a zombie, skeleton, or spider spawner, and one or two chests.

It is possible, but very rare, to find a dungeon without a chest. With two chests, the chances are good that you’ll find a saddle in one of them. Dungeons can occur anywhere in the overworld.

Head to the Nether and find a Nether fortress

Nether fortress

Nether fortresses are another spot where saddles have a higher chance of spawning in chests. To access the Nether, you’ll need to build a Nether portal frame using obsidian blocks.

The Nether is a dangerous place, so make sure you bring strong gear and lots of supplies. You’ll have a 40% chance of finding a saddle in Nether fortress chests.

Find a desert temple

Desert temple

Temple like structures appear in the desert biome, and the floor of the temple structure will always be at Y:64. This means that the temple may be partially or completely covered by sand.

When you find the temple, look for the blue clay block in the centre of the floor. Digging this out will expose the secret chamber containing four chests. Each of these chests has a 15% chance of spawning a saddle. This means you’ll be almost guaranteed to find a saddle from the four chests.

Watch out for the TNT booby trap when you drop into the secret chamber. Don’t drop anything else first to set off the pressure plate, as all the loot will explode. Break the pressure plate to disarm the trap.

Seek out a village blacksmith

Villages have a fairly high chance of spawning a blacksmith. Blacksmith’s have a chest in their building, and there’s a 16% chance of finding a saddle inside.

Look in jungle temples and abandoned mineshafts

These two locations spawn chests that can contain the saddle, but your chances are at around 15% for each of these locations’ chests.

The jungle temple has two chests protected by a variety of booby traps, while abandoned mineshafts may have multiple minecart chests, depending on the size of the mineshaft.

Trading for a Saddle

You can get a saddle from Leatherworker villagers. If you don’t see any in the surrounding villages, you can always place a cauldron and spawn a villager (if possible).

You’ll need to level up the villager, however, as it won’t offer a saddle until it reaches Level 3. This is accomplished by trading emeralds, leather, rabbit hide, flint, and whatever else the villager wants.

Unfortunately, as shown above, you can’t continuously level up the villager in one visit. Eventually, he will run out of items to trade and only refreshes his stock twice a day if he has access to the cauldron.

Once you get the Leatherworker to Level 5 (Master), your chance of acquiring a saddle jumps up to 50%.

Fishing for a Saddle

Craft a fishing rod. You can make a simple fishing rod from three sticks and two pieces of string. Sticks can be crafted from wood Planks, and string can be obtained from cobwebs and Spiders.

Place the three sticks diagonally from the bottom-left of the crafting grid to the top-right. Place the two pieces of string in the other two slots of the right column.

Approach any body of water. You can fish out of any water, and the results will not change depending on where you are. However, casting in water 1-2 blocks deep will result in your fishing rod losing extra durability.

Fish in deeper water, if possible. Cast your line. Use your fishing rod to cast your line out to the water. Watch the bobber closely to determine when to reel in. Reel the line in when the bobber dips underwater.

This indicates that you’ve caught something. Reeling in at the right moment will cause your catch to come flying through the air towards you. You will see a line of bubbles approaching your rod before it sinks below.
Enchant your fishing rod with Luck of the Sea. This enchantment increases your chances of finding treasure while fishing.

The third level of this enchantment will give you a 1.77% chance of getting the saddle, up from 0.84%. Use the Lure enchantment if you are trying to get the saddle or other treasure, as this will higher your chances.

Turn on the cheats

If you don’t want to make any effort in obtaining a saddle, you can always create a world using the Creative mode. Everything Minecraft has to offer is shoved into your inventory. No questions asked.

But if you already created a world, you can still activate a “cheat” mode that allows you to enter commands. Here’s how for most platforms:

  • Java Edition – Open to LAN > Allow Cheats: On > Start LAN World (you’ll need to do this every time you load the world)
  • Windows 10 / Mobile – Settings > Game > Activate Cheats
  • Console – Settings > Cheats > Activate Cheats

To enter a code, do the following:

  • PC – Press the Enter or T key
  • Console – Press right on the D-Pad
  • Mobile – Tap the Chat button

For the saddle-related cheats, you can enter the following:

  • /give playername saddle 1
  • /summon EntityHorse ~ ~ ~ {Tame:1,SaddleItem:{id:329,Count:1}}

Using a Saddle

Tame a wild horse by approaching it and using it with an empty hand. You will climb on top of it, and will likely be thrown off. After a few attempts, it will allow you to remain on it and will give off heart animations.

Open your inventory while on the horse. Make sure that you have the saddle available to use.

Place a saddle in the saddle slot next to the image of the horse. You can now ride around on the horse, using the same controls you use to move normally. Horses can charge a jump by pressing and holding the Jump button.

To remove a horse’s saddle, select the horse and take it out of their inventory.

You can also saddle a pig. You’re not stuck just riding horses! You can saddle pigs and ride them around the world:

While holding the saddle, Use the pig you wish to wear it. The saddle will now be attached to the pig permanently.

Control the saddled pig with a carrot on a stick. After a while, the pig will run five blocks per second.

Note: You can’t remove a saddle from a pig without killing it.

Minecraft Saddle FAQs

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  1. How rare is a saddle in Minecraft?

Saddles can be obtained as a “treasure” item from fishing with a base chance (without fishing rod enchantments) of 0.8%.

  1. Do you need a saddle to ride a horse Minecraft?

In order to ride a Horse, all you need is a Saddle. Unfortunately, you cannot make a saddle, you have to find one. You can find them occasionally in chests around the world.

  1. Can you get a saddle by killing a Ravager in Minecraft?

First, you’ll have to find a Ravager, they don’t fall from the sky! To find a Ravager, you will have to find a Pillager outpost or kill a Pillager captain that you can also find at outposts or on patrols.

When you kill a ravager in Minecraft, it will drop a saddle.