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Can you make a saddle in Minecraft?

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So, one big question that Minecraft players have is, “How on earth do you make a saddle?” The reason this stumps so many people is that, despite the game having “craft” in the title, there are some things you just can’t. Saddles, sadly, are one of them. However, this just adds to the fun, as you need to go out and find one instead.

How to get a saddle in Minecraft

Minecraft saddle

We’ll go through the different ways of obtaining a Minecraft saddle below. As mentioned, you cannot make a saddle in vanilla Minecraft, but there are actually a lot of other ways to find them, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get your hands on a couple fairly quickly.

Fishing for saddles in Minecraft

One of the easiest – if more time consuming – ways to find a saddle in Minecraft is simply to fish for one. What’s more, you can craft a fishing rod pretty early game, simply with three sticks and two string. A saddle is classed as “treasure” in the Minecraft fishing loot tables, so it is a rare find, but at least you’re earning other items and XP all the while… and you can stay pretty safe, too.

Trade with a Villager for a saddle in Minecraft

Master-level leatherworker villagers have a 50% chance of selling a saddle for six emeralds in Bedrock edition. In Java edition, a leatherworker always sells a saddle at this level. Master-level is the final stage in a villager’s levelling, so you will need to trade with the leatherworker quite a few times in order to reveal their Master-level trades.

Where to find saddles in Chests

saddly chest fortress
A saddle in a Nether Fortress chest

One of the best ways of finding some of Minecraft’s greatest treasures is actually in the many chests scattered across the Overworld, Nether and End (although it might be a bit late for a saddle by the time you get there). Saddles are no different, and can be found in most of the structures that can be generated in your survival world.

Below are the locations at which you might find a saddle, and the chance of finding a saddle in a chest there. These are the most recent figures for 1.18, but there are some very slight differences if you’re playing in older versions of Minecraft.

Java Edition Bedrock Edition
Dungeon Overworld 27.9% 28.3%
Desert Temple Overworld 23.5% 23.5%
Jungle Temple Overworld 12.9% 12.8%
Stronghold Overworld 2.5% 2.4%
Village — Savanna House Overworld 11.3% 11.3%
Village — Leatherworker’s house Overworld 17.3% 17.3%
Village — Weaponsmith’s house Overworld 16.2% 16.2%
Nether Fortress The Nether 35.3% 35.3%
Bastion Remnant — Hoglin Stable The Nether 13.6% 13.6%
End City The End 13.3% 13.3%

Feeling brave? Get a saddle from a Ravager

Finally, if you happen to find yourself in the middle of an Illager raid, you might actually be able to get yourself quite a few saddles. While Ravagers can only be ridden by Illagers and not players, they still spawn with a saddle on their back. Upon death, all Ravagers will drop a saddle for you to collect. This is probably the most dangerous way of collecting saddles, but also probably the most fun. If you survive.

What is a saddle used for in Minecraft?

As I’m sure you could probably expect, a Minecraft saddle is used to ride mobs. However, you might be surprised by just how many mobs a saddle can be used on.

pig saddle

How to put a saddle on a horse in Minecraft

The process for saddling a horse in Minecraft is actually quite simple. You just need to tame and mount it first. To tame a horse, keep pressing the Use Item button until you see hearts appear. If you don’t see hearts, you can tell whether the horse is tamed or not by clicking your inventory button while on the horse’s back. If it opens the horse’s inventory, the horse is tamed.

Once you have opened the horse’s inventory, simply drag the saddle from your inventory into the horse’s, and you will now be able to control the horse’s movements.

How to saddle a pig in Minecraft

Saddling a pig is far simpler than putting a saddle on a horse as you don’t need to tame it first, and you don’t need to be riding it at the time. Instead, simply walk up to a pig with a saddle in your hand, and click the Use Item button whilst pointing at the pig. Unlike riding a horse, this will not yet allow you to control the pig’s movement. Instead, you will need an extra item – a Carrot on a Stick. Holding a Carrot on a Stick when riding a saddled pig will allow you to control its movements by looking where you want the pig to go.

How to ride a Strider in Minecraft

How to saddle a strider Minecraft
A strider wearing a saddle in The Nether

While saddling a Strider is pretty much the same as the process for putting a saddle on a pig. With the saddle in your hand, approach the strider and click the Use Item button while looking at it. At this point, you will be able to see the saddle on the Strider’s back, and clicking Use Item again while pointing at the Strider will cause you to mount its back.

Despite having mounted the Strider, you still won’t be able to control its movement with just a saddle. Like the carrot on a stick for a pig, you will instead need a Warped Fungus on a Stick. With this item in your hand whilst riding a Strider, you will be able to face the direction you wish to travel and the Strider will follow.

Unfortunately, you can’t ride a Llama, or any other mobs with a saddle at this time. You can, however, put chests on a Llama to give it inventory space, and then lead it – or multiple – around on leads to increase your mobile storage!

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