Blizzard revealed Diablo 4 mounts at BlizzCon 2019, the first time mounts have been added to a Diablo game.
In Diablo 4, we have what is effectively an open world to adventure in once the main story has been completed. Although waypoints will still be available for faster travel, mounts will allow players to traverse the regions of Sanctuary much faster.
Acquiring a Mount
Mounts become unlocked after completing a questline in the game's story. This can be with any one character you have created.
Character Mount Access
When a player acquires a mount, that mount is available to all of a player's characters and is available in all game modes.
When do you get a Mount?
Mounts only becomes available when you complete a quest called Mount: Donan's Favor at the end of Act 3 when you are summoned to Kyovashad. You are then asked to talk to Oskar, the Kyovashad Stable Master.
Tweaking Diablo 4 Mounts
Mount customisation is a little more interesting than simply cosmetic enhancements with the ability to augment and improve mounts.
Cosmetics are available for mounts such as saddles, armor, different horseshoes, and other trinkets. These customisations are said to improve the performance of a mount. For example, armor could decrease damage and other additions could make them a little faster by X%. Blizzard said these augmentations could be useful in PvP. Mount additions give players something else to strive for when it comes to showing off in the game to other players. A flaming mount, an undead mount, an angelic mount, there are a lot of possibilities.
Trophies can also be attached to mounts. As an example, during the Server Slam event, players who defeated Ashava would be rewarded with the Cry of Ashava trophy. Players had to be over level 20 and defeat Ashava.
The speed a mount moves at is determined by the player. There are four mount speeds:
- Quicker Walk
Mount speed is determined by the distance you move the mouse away from your mounted characters.
There is a final option to boost speed with the mount's Spur ability, which when pressed (SPACEBAR), the mount will get a burst of speed. A mount must be galloping already for the Spur action to work.
Diablo 4 Mounts in Action
Blizzard wants players to able to charge directly into battle from a mount. Abilities activated on dismount bring that effect to life. It’s not known at this stage whether that will be an effective tactic. Firing off a single ability will automatically dismount you. This will execute that skill as you land as you can see in the video below.
More details on Diablo IV mounts will be revealed in the future.