Conan Exiles has officially launched HORSIES with today’s free update and Riders of Hyboria DLC

    
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It’s mount day in Conan Exiles, folks! Look, every game needs mounts. This is known. This is a good day. It’s an even better day because these mounts do things – like help you smash faces. And let’s be real, that’s what you’re in Conan Exiles to do.

“The free update grants everyone the opportunity to acquire horses, cutting travel time significantly, as well as adding a powerful new aspect to combat. Players will now be able to joust, swing their swords and even fire arrows from horseback, potentially mowing down unsuspecting victims with lightning speed. A new follower leveling system is also in place, meaning Exiles can gain experience points for their thralls, pets and horses. Followers will also be able to gain random perks, some of which are rare and powerful.”

Alongside the freebie update, Funcom has launched the Riders of Hyboria DLC for 10 bucks, and as you might’ve guessed, it’s mount-themed, with exclusive mount skins, saddles, building pieces, armor, weapons, and stable deco. Check out the vid and pics below – they actually look really good! We’ll be streaming it in the near future, so stay tuned!

Source: Official site, press release, patch notes. Thanks, Pepperzine!

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EmberStar

A slight drawback seems to be that followers don’t appear to level up on their own. I don’t have a huge range of experience with “survival games that include pet/follower mechanics.” Pretty much just Conan and Ark. But in Ark, everything that can gain XP earns a little at a slow but steady rate, and then even more if they’re actually helping you.

So a critter you’re riding gets a share of XP from whatever you kill or harvest, ones that are nearby I *think* get a smaller share, and the ones back at base earn (some amount) of XP per minute as long as they aren’t dead. Conan Exiles doesn’t seem to do this, so if you want to have high level NPCs to guard your fort and protect it from The Purge event (or NPCs or other players) you have to drag them around and kill stuff until they level up “enough.” And you can only have one of them following you at a time. And mounts seem to count as followers, so if you have a horse you can’t level up an archer. D:

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alienlegion

Mounts? Who needs mounts?! All anyone needs is two coconut halves to bang together.
Wait, some people want more? Well then my friend, luckily we have Flaming Coconuts! Epic, right?
You need to keep them in your inventory, and you have to equip them every time, and you need to put away any weapon or shield you are carrying, and you can’t do anything else while using them, and the speed boost is comedically trivial. But hey, it’s funny, because of that movie where they did the joke thing with the coconuts that one time. Get it? Get it!

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Cyclone Jack

If you get a Follower to do this, you can still keep your weapon and shield out.

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Natalyia

If you watch the devstream, they thought pretty hard about having clippety-clop noises off-panel, and then having a thrall with coconuts follow the “player” during the reveal stream… :)

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Cyclone Jack

If this isn’t enabled on April 1, then Funcom should just pack it up. :)

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NeoWolf

There is one devastating flaw in your genius my friend. Conan exiles have yet to implement coconuts :)

Maybe in the next update lol