How to get a saddle in Minecraft

A saddle and horse in Minecraft.Mojang

Saddles in Minecraft are essential items that allow players to ride and control various animals. However, they are not craftable, so players have to find them in the world. Here are the various methods to get a saddle in Minecraft.

Minecraft is a game that allows players to create and explore a vast world of blocks, animals, and monsters. One of the things that players can do in Minecraft other than enchant swords and pickaxes is ride horses, pigs, and other animals. But to do that, they need a saddle, which will let you mount and control animals.

However, unlike most items in Minecraft, a saddle cannot be crafted. Instead, players have to find one in the game world. How can players get a saddle in Minecraft? Where can they look for one? These are some of the questions that we will cover in this article.

Here’s everything there is to know about getting a saddle in Minecraft.

Horse and a saddle in the player's hand in Minecraft.Mojang
Saddles were added to Minecraft in its Infdev phase in June 2010.

Easiest ways to get a saddle in Minecraft

Killing a Ravager

Ravagers in Minecraft drop a saddle when you kill them during raids. They usually start spawning during the third wave of a raid, and attack villagers, players, traders, and iron golems.

However, finding and killing a Ravager is not an easy task. Make sure that you have the best armor equipped before fighting them and during the fight, maintain proper distance to avoid their lethal attacks.

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Ravager mob in MinecraftMojang
Although ravagers are equipped with saddles, they cannot be ridden by the player.

Chest drops from Dungeons, Nether Fortresses, and Desert Temples

The main source of getting a saddle in Minecraft is chests. In Java as well as Bedrock editions, Treasure Chests from these locations can contain a saddle:

  • Dungeons
  • Bastion Remnants
  • Desert Temples
  • End cities
  • Jungle temples
  • Nether Fortresses
  • Strongholds
  • Villages

However, the odds of getting a saddle from a Treasure Chest are much higher in Dungeons (28%), Nether Fortresses (35.3% chance), and Desert Temples (24%).

Here’s how you can find these places in Minecraft:


Dungeons in Minecraft are underground and are always connected to a cave tunnel network. Accordingly, you can search for them by discovering other underground places such as Ravines, Mineshafts, and Caves. There’s a high possibility you’ll end up in a Dungeon after some time exploring underground.

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Dungeons usually contain two chests and a mob spawner. You can expect to get a Saddle from these chests, and putting a torch on the mob spawner should stop them from springing out to attack you.

You can dig down until you discover a cave, but make sure that you don’t fall to your death.

A dungeon in Minecraft.Mojang
Invisibility potions are great to have when exploring dungeons and caves.

Nether Fortresses

After accessing the Nether, visit the fortresses and the chests inside might drop a Saddle. To enter the Nether, you naturally need a Nether Portal which can be crafted with Obisidian.

A Nether Fortress in Minecraft.Mojang
A chest in Nether Fortress has a 35.3% chance of having a saddle in it.

Desert Temples

Desert Temples spawn in the Desert and they have a secret room with four chests that can drop Saddles. Finding them is primarily a matter of luck as you need to search around the Desert biomes.

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Some tips to find a Desert Temple quickly are:

  • Climb a mountain and lower your FOV which provides a zoomed vision.
  • Use the /locate command to find the nearest Desert village. Temples generally spawn near them.
A Desert Temple in Minecraft.Mojang
Saddles were added to Desert Temple chests in version 1.6.1.

It is worth noting that chests in a Desert Temple are surrounded by a TNT trap. Stepping on it can be lethal and could significantly harm your progress.

Fish to get a Saddle in Minecraft

The other method to get a saddle in Minecraft is through fishing. However, there is a less than 1% chance of obtaining the item this way, and we do not suggest it unless you’re confident about your luck.

To increase the odds of getting a Saddle through fishing, use an Enchanted fishing rod.

That covers all about getting a saddle in Minecraft. For more on the game, have a look at:

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