Skyrim beta patch adds mounted combat

Skyrim mounted combat

The days of slowly getting off your horse to kill a wolf and then slowly climbing back on to get where you're going in Skyrim are OVER. Fans asked for it in Oblivion, but it never happened. Then we thought Skyrim's muscly chargers might be able to handle a bit of rider combat, but it hasn't happened, until now. The Bethblog mention that mounted combat has been casually added in the latest beta patch. You can opt in and try it out right now by selecting Skyrim from the beta participation list on the accounts tab in your Steam settings menu.

The patch also fixes a few glitches with the recently added ranged and magic kill cams, another feature added in a post-launch patch. We expected a bunch of post-release bug fixes, but these bonus features are a pleasant surprise. Grab a glance at the beta patch notes here.


  • Mounted Combat - Skyrim now allows you to do melee and ranged combat while riding a horse


  • General stability and memory optimizations

  • General AI pathfinding optimizations and bug fixes

  • Optimizations and crash fixes for data leaks

  • Fixed rare crash with lighting

  • Fixed crashes related to loading and saving games

  • Fixed crash with summoned creatures/NPCs

  • Fixed rare issue where saves would be corrupted

  • Improved logic for when ranged kill cams are played

  • Fixed issue with ranged kill cams while killing a dragon

  • Fixed rare issue with certain ranged kill cams not playing properly

  • Fixed issue with nirnroot lighting not properly cleaning up

  • Fixed issue where bow damage was being calculated incorrectly

  • Fixed rare problem with werewolf kill moves would not finish animating properly

  • In “The Break of Dawn” fixed rare issue where Meridia's Beacon would disappear from player's inventory

  • Fixed occasional issue where followers would disappear after player pays off a bounty after committing a crime

  • Fixed issue where certain creatures and NPCs would fail to respawn properly

  • Fixed rare issue with dialogue subtitles not displaying properly

  • Fixed issue with water appearing blurry when loading a saved game after creating a save underwater

Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.