Mounted Combatant 5e
Published on March 12, 2022, Last modified on May 31st, 2022
Have you ever dreamed of riding your steed into battle, swinging down on your enemies as your charge through the fray? Mounted Combatant may be the feat for you.
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What Is Mounted Combatant 5e?
Using mounts in Dungeons and Dragons has always been relatively uncommon. While mounted combat isn’t much different from normal combat mechanically, it rarely seems to be used in games.
One of the feats in the Player’s Handbook is Mounted Combatant, and while it does make mounts more interesting and viable, is it worth taking?
How Does Mounted Combatant Work?
Whenever you’re mounted and not incapacitated, you gain the following benefits:
- You can force an attack targeting your mount to target you instead.
- If your mount would be subjected to an effect that would allow it to make a DEX saving throw to take only half damage, it takes no damage on a successful roll or half on a failed roll.
- You have advantage on any attacks against a creature in a smaller size category than your mount.
Is Mounted Combatant Good?
We gave Mounted Combatant a C Tier rating In our 5e Feats Tier List, making it a below-average feat in D&D 5e.
This is a solid feat, but it needs a fair amount of setup in order to be effective. Because most mounts are quite squishy (Warhorses only have 19 hit points) even taking half damage from a fireball or dragon’s breath can be enough to finish it off.
This feat really shines for the paladin class because of find greater steed, and is really the only viable option for this feat.
Mounted Combatant 5e Interactions
While technically any creature can be a mount, the Player’s Handbook covers a good selection of creatures that are good candidates. The only restriction is that your mount must be at least one size category larger than you. Sorry, only gnomes can ride mastiffs into battle
Here are a few of the best options for mounts to choose from:
- Riding horses are the standard mount and are easy to come by. Their main advantage is that they can move very quickly.
- Elephants are the largest of your common options, and can therefore have a very high carrying capacity. They also have a stellar charging ability.
- Warhorses are great for combat and offer an excellent hoof attack, but they are quite expensive, costing twice as much as an elephant.
- Elk are also an option, though they can be ridden exclusively through the find steed spell. They offer similar stats to a warhorse but only cost a 2nd level spell slot.
- Pegasus becomes an option for those with the find greater steed spell and offers an impressive 90ft flying speed, but at the cost of a 4th level spell slot.
While we can’t all ride into battle like the Rohirrim, we can get pretty close with the Mounted Combatant feat. It provides just enough extra oomph to encourage mounted combat without being overpowered.
Do you have any favorite mounts in your campaigns? Tell us all your dramatic war horse stories in the comments below!