What can your animal do if you don’t have a saddle? Look cute? You probably want more than that, so we’re talking about the Minecraft saddle, the item that allows you to ride horses, donkeys, mules, camels, pigs, and striders.
In particular, you need the saddle to control most of these animals. You need to tame equine mobs (horses, donkeys, and mules) before placing a saddle on their back. You can do it by putting the item on your action bar, and using it on the animal.
Lastly, while you can put a saddle on striders and pigs, you can’t control their movement as well as you do on other animal NPCs. You’d need a warped fungus on a stick (striders) or a carrot on a stick (pigs) for better control.
It’s a lot of fun, so let’s show you how to get a saddle.
Get a Saddle in Minecraft
There’re five ways to get a saddle:
- The first one is fishing, but the chance of finding one amount to 0.8%, even with enchantments.
- The second method is trading with master-level leatherworker villages, where you get a 50% chance to buy one for 6 emeralds.
- The third alternative is looting a saddle from mobs. Particularly, zombified piggins raddle striders, so they can drop it. Ravagers always spawn with a saddle, so they can drop it as well. However, they only spawn during raids in villages.
- Similarly, you can loot it from chests in the Overworld. Chests in dungeons have the highest chance of giving you a saddle, but you may also find it in chests from Ancient Cities, Bastion Remnants, Desert Temples, End Cities, Jungle Temples, Strongholds, Villages, and Nether Fortresses.
- Lastly, you can spawn a saddle in your inventory with console commands.
You can’t craft a saddle in Minecraft, though. Blocks like the Blast Furnace or the Crafting Table don’t have a recipe for the item—unless you mod the game.
Best Place to Find a Saddle in Minecraft
In Minecraft survival mode, the best chance of finding a Saddle is by visiting a Dungeon.
If you don’t know where to find a dungeon, you could check your Minecraft Seed, and then put the Seed on an online Seed finding to check the coordinates of key locations.
Here’re the steps to check your Seed in Bedrock:
- Go to Settings.
- Go to Worlds.
- Click the pen button on the first world. This should be the one you’re playing or the last one you played.
- Find your Seed number in the Seed box.
On the Java Edition, press the “T” button on your keyboard and type
/seed to get it.
Once you get the seed, go to Chunkbase and put the number. This is an interactive map, and we’re looking for dungeons. What you’d need to do is click the dungeon icon to check its coordinates.
Clicking the icon will reveal the coordinates. That said, the icon for Dungeons (“Likely Dungeon”) is a square green mob.
You may have to zoom in with the slider below. Otherwise, you won’t see these icons.
Dungeons are underground, though, so they are always connected to underground caves. You’ll know you’ve found the entrance when you see cobblestone stairs going down. Alternatively, you may recognize it because you found various chests and mobs in an underground area.
Generally, dungeons are small rooms with monsters spawning in the center, plus one or two chests. Also, the walls and floor of the dungeon are made of cobblestone.
Lastly, you may also find an entrance at the feet of a mountain, which looks like a cavernous gateway.
The best way of finding these areas is by going to the coordinates and digging below. Use stairs and torches and don’t rush it, though, otherwise, you may put your character at risk.
Chests in dungeons have an above 27% chance of giving you a saddle in Bedrock or Java. However, there’re other key locations you can scavenge to find a saddle. You may use the interactive map as well to reach them.
|Java Edition Chest Location||Saddle Spawn Chance|
|Village’s Weaponsmith chest||16.2%|
|Bedrock Edition Chest Location||Saddle Spawn Chance|
|Village’s Weaponsmith chest||16.2%|
As you see, Nether Fortresses have the highest chance of giving you a saddle in their chests. However, you’d need to repair a Ruined Nether Portal, and go to the Nether. And if you’re asking how to get a saddle, you’ve probably not gone that far.
That said, villages are a nice and safe place to get a saddle and find some animals you can tame. You may also use the interactive map to find village coordinates—just click on the villager icon!
You can also use commands to find villages and teleport to these locations. On Bedrock Edition, go to Chat & Commands, and then type
/locate village. You can walk and go to the location, or use the teleport command.
To teleport on Bedrock, go back to Commands & Chat, type
/tp @p and then type the coordinates in X Y Z format.
If you’re a Java player, you find village coordinates by hitting the “T” button on your keyboard, and then typing
/locate. Finally, select “Minecraftvillages” from the list. The menu will prompt a teleport option.
You can teleport in Java on the “T” chat as well. Type
/tp and then the coordinates in X Y Z format.
Minecraft Console Command to Create a Saddle
Let’s wrap up by teaching you the command to summon a saddle to your inventory.
- On Java: Open the command console by pressing “T”
- On the Bedrock Edition: Go to Chats & Commands and type
/give @p saddle 1 0