You can import your BOTW horses into Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

My trusty horse Snowdrop in Breath of the Wild

Tears of the Kingdom will scan your Breath of the Wild save file and let you keep your faithful steeds.

Here’s a lovely little touch. As reported by IGN, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will scan your Breath of the Wild save file when you load it up, and will import all of your horses from the prequel, along with their customisations. So when you visit a stable in Tears of the Kingdom and talk to the stable master, you’ll find all your old trusty steeds ready and waiting for you. Wonderful!

One of the memorable things about Breath of the Wild was just how much of a relationship you ended up building with your favourite mount, so it’s great that they can be ported across. Personally, I remember spending hours patiently taming and befriending a brilliant white horse I called Snowdrop, while Ryan is very excited to be reunited with his old mate Appleby.

Given this lovely bit of functionality, it’s probably a good idea to make sure your Breath of the Wild save file is on the same Switch that you’re using to play Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, given that you may have upgraded to a Switch OLED or swapped machines in the six years since the previous game launched. If you’re a member of Switch Online, you can download your Breath of the Wild save file from the cloud. Simply go to System Settings, then Data Management, and click on Save Data Cloud. Then select your user name and the Breath of the Wild save file, and hit download.

The horse taming and management system in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom remains the same as in Breath of the Wild, although now there’s the addition of Pony Points, which is a sort of loyalty card system for stabling horses. You’ll get Pony Points every time you use a stable service, and if you save up enough you can get rewards such as a towing harness or special bed.

Given that we know Tears of the Kingdom is reading the Breath of the Wild save file, it makes us wonder if there’s anything else it’s looking for other than horses. We’ll keep an eye out for anything else it imports from the prequel over the coming days…

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