Mounts and Vehicles

A good mount can help you move more quickly through the wilderness, but its primary purpose is to carry the gear that would otherwise slow you down. The Mounts and Other Animals table shows each animal’s speed and base carrying capacity.

An animal pulling a carriage, cart, chariot, sled, or wagon can move weight up to five times its base carrying capacity, including the weight of the vehicle. If multiple animals pull the same vehicle, they can add their carrying capacity together.

Mounts other than those listed here are available in fantasy gaming worlds, but they are rare and not normally available for purchase. These include flying mounts (pegasi, griffons, hippogriffs, and similar animals) and even aquatic mounts (giant sea horses, for example). Acquiring such a mount often means securing an egg and raising the creature yourself, making a bargain with a powerful entity, or negotiating with the mount itself.

Barding. Barding is armor designed to protect an animal’s head, neck, chest, and body. Any type of armor shown on the Armor table can be purchased as barding. The cost is four times the equivalent armor made for humanoids, and it weighs twice as much.

Saddles. A military saddle braces the rider, helping you keep your seat on an active mount in battle. It gives you advantage on any check you make to remain mounted. An exotic saddle is required for riding any aquatic or flying mount.

Vehicle Proficiency. If you have proficiency with a certain kind of vehicle (land or water), you can add your proficiency bonus to any check you make to control that kind of vehicle in difficult circumstances.

Rowed Vessels. Keelboats and rowboats are used on lakes and rivers. If going downstream, add the speed of the current (typically 3 miles per hour) to the speed of the vehicle. These vehicles can’t be rowed against any significant current, but they can be pulled upstream by draft animals on the shores. A rowboat weighs 100 pounds, in case adventurers carry it over land.

Mounts and Other Animals

ItemCostSpeedCarrying Capacity
Camel50 gp50 ft.480 lb.
Donkey or mule8 gp40 ft.420 lb.
Elephant200 gp40 ft.1,320 lb.
Horse, draft50 gp40 ft.540 lb.
Horse, riding75 gp60 ft.480 lb.
Mastiff25 gp40 ft.195 lb.
Pony30 gp40 ft.225 lb.
Warhorse400 gp60 ft.540 lb.

Tack, Harness, and Drawn Vehicles

ItemCostWeight
Barding×4×2
Bit and bridle2 gp1 lb.
Carriage100 gp600 lb.
Cart15 gp200 lb.
Chariot250 gp100 lb.
Feed (per day)5 cp10 lb.
Saddle
Exotic60 gp40 lb.
Military20 gp30 lb.
Pack5 gp15 lb.
Riding10 gp25 lb.
Saddlebags4 gp8 lb.
Sled20 gp300 lb.
Stabling (per day)5 sp
Wagon35 gp400 lb.

Waterborne Vehicles

ItemCostSpeed
Galley30,000 gp4 mph
Keelboat3,000 gp1 mph
Longship10,000 gp3 mph
Rowboat50 gp1½ mph
Sailing ship10,000 gp2 mph
Warship25,000 gp2½ mph