Taming is the action used to tame domestic animals. Once tamed, pigs and sheeps can be put into a Barn, cows and horses into a Small or Large Stable. The types of animals you can tame are determined by the level of your Animal lore skill, as shown the the following table.
|Wild Animal||Tracking||Behaviour||Skill||Food||Domesticated animal|
|Boar (wild)||Aggressive||Aggressive||AL 30||Wheat and edible taproots||Boar or Mangalica boar|
|Sow (wild)||Peaceful||Peaceful||Pig or Mangalica pig|
|Mutton||Peaceful||Aggressive||AL 30||Peas and cabbage||Ram or Mountain ram|
|Sheep or Mountain sheep|
|Aurochs Bull (wild)||Aggressive||Aggressive||AL 60||Mushrooms and potatoes||Bull or Hairy bull|
|Aurochs Cow (wild)||Peaceful||Peaceful||Cow or Hairy cow|
|Wild horse||Peaceful||Defensive||AL 60||Carrots and apples||Horse or Stallion|
|Moose||Peaceful||Defensive||Carrots and apples||Tamed moose|
- Peaceful animals like pigs and cows ignore you as long as you don't attack them what makes them really easy to tame.
- Peaceful animals like wild horses and mooses flee after a short time when you are too close. Feed them once or twice, let them run away and calm down, then follow them and feed them again.
- Aggressive animals like muttons, boars and aurochs bulls attack you as soon as you come close. Hit them low and they will lay down, then feed them.
- Boars, sows, cows, bulls, and sheep can be knocked out without killing them, use your weapon once or twice then switch to throwing rocks. Horses can also be knocked out but moose can not and will instead of lying down like the others.
- You have to use the right food to tame an animal, you only gain experience for failed attempts if you use the right food.
- High quality food has a higher chance to tame an animal with each attempt. Use low quality food if you want to farm as much experience as possible.
- Animals will age in a barn or stable, but not in a container like a trader cart, horse cart or warehouse. So unless you are using an animal for breeding or producing resources (dung, wool, milk, etc.) you probably should store.This is especially true for horses you are only using for riding, as placing them in a stable will cause them to age and eventually die of old age.
- There is a cap for the quality of tamed animal. It is rumored to be 49 for horses (but there was a bug in the past where it was higher so stories vary) and 79 for sheep.
|Wild Animal||Skill||Food||Tame Animal|
|Boar (wild)||AL 30||Wheat and edible taproots||Boar (domestic)|
|Sow (wild)||Pig (domestic)|
|Ram (wild)||AL 30||Peas and cabbage||Ram (domestic)|
|Sheep (wild)||Sheep (domestic)|
|Aurochs Bull (wild)||AL 60||Mushrooms and potatoes||Bull|
|Aurochs Cow (wild)||Cow|
|Wild horse||AL 60||Carrots and apples||Horse or Stallion|
|Moose||AL 60||Carrots and apples||Tamed moose|
- If you approach slowly until you can just use the tame ("E") ability you can frequently tame an animal without it running. Try taking small steps, pressing "E" while targeting the animal.
- Run after it, if you are fast enough, you will be able to catch up to it and fast-right-click
- Run after it until it becomes tired, then it will stop to rest for a short period of time, then you can right-click it
- Run after the animal and engage it in combat. After a certain amount of damage (depending on the animal), the animal will try to walk away slowly, allowing you to tame it much faster.
After having clicked the Tame action a window will appear, here you must select a food item in your inventory to tame the animal with. The following food items are usable:
A taming attempt usually takes a few tries. Each attempt removes one entity of the selected bait from the players inventory.
A successful taming attempt will add one (domestic version) of the animal as a "deed" in your inventory. You can place small animals into a Barn and big animals into a Small- or Large Stable. You can also store the animal deeds in a warehouse.
- Not all animals are tamable. Currently the only ones which can be tamed are: cows, horses, pigs, and sheep.
- You can use low quality food to raise your skill.
- To get domestic chickens and rabbits one must use a Snare trap.
- For some reason, domestic animals won't appear when using the "Track peaceful animal" ability or set off animal traps. Maybe this is intentional, as for patch 0.2.7.1 it's not implemented.
- Animals will age in a barn or stable, but not in a warehouse. So unless you are using an animal for breeding or producing resources (dung, wool, milk, etc.) you probably should store their deed in a warehouse. This is especially true for horses you are only using for riding, as placing them in a stable will cause them to age and eventually die of old age.
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- Use high quality food to increase the chance of success in taming. Use low quality food if you are more interested in raising your animal lore skill, as each failed taming attempt will still raise your skill.