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How to find a Minecraft saddle

A Minecraft saddle is one of the most peculiar items in the sandbox game and it can be tough to acquire, so here’s everything that you need to know.

A pig with a saddle in Minecraft

If you’re wondering how to craft a Minecraft saddle, then we’ve got some bad news for you: you can’t. Despite Minecraft’s adoration of all things, well, crafty, the saddle is one of the items that you literally can’t make in the crafting game no matter how hard you try.

So naturally, finding the Minecraft saddle is hard to achieve if you’re new to one of the best PC games. Now, we’re all left praying to the RNG gods that we’ll find one in a Minecraft dungeon somewhere. Maybe we should just go craft a Minecraft boat instead, or something.

It’s not all bad news though, because there are a few different ways to get your hands on a saddle – and some of them are actually reliable too. So, here’s everything you need to know about Minecraft saddles so that you, too, can ride a pig into battle if you really want to.

How to get a Minecraft saddle

You can get a Minecraft saddle by opening chests in regular dungeons. The chance that any given chest contains a saddle varies a tiny amount depending on whether you’re playing Minecraft Java Edition or Bedrock Edition.

Regardless, chests are still your best shot, and you can find them in the following containers, which we’ve ordered from highest to lowest in terms of loot chance:

  • Nether Fortress – Chest
  • Dungeon – Chest
  • Desert Temple – Chest
  • Village – Tanner’s Chest
  • Village – Weaponsmith’s Chest
  • Bastion Remnant – Hoglin Stable Chest
  • End City – Chest
  • Jungle Temple – Chest
  • Village – Savanna House Chest
  • Stronghold – Altar Chest

You can also get saddles by killing enemies that are using them, such as a Zombified Piglin riding a strider, or a Ravager, which will always drop the saddle if you can defeat it.

You can also get one by trading with a master-level leatherworker: this is a guaranteed trade in Java Edition, but only a 50% chance in Bedrock Edition. Finally, you can also get them by fishing, but the default chance is less than 1% so we don’t recommend it.

Minecraft saddle - a horse with a saddle equipped.

How to use a Minecraft saddle

You can use a saddle to ride various Minecraft animals, but each one requires a different extra step that will let you go for a ride. For example, to ride a pig, you need to equip one with the saddle and then use a carrot on a stick actually to control it. Be warned, though; you have to kill the pig if you want the saddle back. You can craft a carrot on a stick by combining a fishing rod and a carrot. Striders work in basically the same way as pigs, but you’ll need a warped fungus on a stick to control it. You can craft a warped fungus on a stick by – shockingly – combining a fishing rod and a warped fungus.

You can also ride horses, donkeys, and mules, but they’ll need to be tamed first. Generally speaking, you can tame one of these animals by getting on it repeatedly until it stops kicking you off. It can take a bit of time, but you can speed the process up by feeding the animal. Once tamed, all you need to do is place the saddle in the animal’s inventory, and you’ll then be able to ride them and control them at will.

That’s everything you need to know about Minecraft saddles, so you can now go out into the open-world game riding a majestic steed to show off your status. Or, you can just vibe while riding a pig. For more Minecraft tips, check out our guide to the best Minecraft seeds to learn how to grow your own plants. You can also keep up-to-date with everything we know about the  Minecraft 1.20 update if you’re looking forward to its release.