If you need more information on taming horses, click here to view our guide.
Before we begin I would like to explain a few things:
The number of horse deaths will have a slight negative impact on breeding results.
Horses have a breeding count and will not be able to breed “safely” once it hits 0.
The horse level highly affects the results. I recommend leveling both horses to level 30 before breeding them if you want the best results.
The horse tier will also affect the results and you should try to breed two horses of the same tier to get the highest results.
There are 3 different ways of breeding horses in Black Desert:
- Breed a female horse you own with another players male horse from the Breeding Market (your female horse will require at least 1 breeding count)
- Breed a female and male horse in your own stable. (Both horses will need at least 1 breeding count)
- Pay 35,00 and LOSE both horses to receive a foal.
(More information on each method will be shown below)
Horses must have full stamina to breed and can only breed once every 6 hours (changing channel will reset the breeding time, but this may be considered an exploit and you should use it at your own risk).
Once you have carried out one of the methods above, it will take 2 hour and 30 minutes for the foal to be born. The time remaining can be seen under the breeding count by clicking the breeding horse(s). After 2.5 hours, you can recieve the foal by click the female horse then “Obtain Horse”. Next you will register your horse. You will be able to see the stats and appearance of the horse but unfortunately you will not know the gender until you have named the horse. Enter a name and click “Confirm”, the horse will now be in the stable.
Breeding method 1
You will need a female horse with at least 1 breeding count to use this method. Go the the stable hand, click “Stable” then “Breeding Market”. Here you will see all the horses available for breeding and the prices you will pay the horse owner to make with your female. Once you have found a horse you would like your horse to mate with, click the icon of the female horse in your stable, then click “Apply”. If you receive an error make sure your horse has full stamina.
Breeding method 2
For this method you will need both a female and male horse. The horses do not have to be in the same stable, but you must be able to register a horse at both of the stables. Use the stables at Trent, Keplan, Calpheon, Epheria, Velia, Heidel, Altinova or Valencia.
Both horses will need at least 1 breeding count. You will need to enter your male horse on the Breeding market. This will put down a 35,000 silver deposit, you will get the money back after the foal is born.
To register your male horse on the Breeding market, go to the stable hand, click “Stable”, then select the horse and click “Registration”. Next tick the “Show Me Only” box, then “confirm”. This is very important that you check the tick box. Otherwise any other play will be able to breed with your horse.
Next open the Breeding Market window and click the “My Horse List” tab at the top. Select the icon of the female horse on the left, then click “Apply”.
After your horse has finished breeding , you can receive your 35,000 silver deposit by opening the Breeding Market window, going to “My Registered” then clicking “Receive”.
Breeding Method 3
This method with result in you losing both parent horses and paying a non-refundable fee of 35,000.
For this method you will need both a female and male horse in the same stable.
Go to the stable hand and click “Stable”. Click “Exchange horse” at the bottom of the screen then enter both a female and male horse. Finally, click “confirm”. (Not all stables will offer this service so if the “Exchange horse” option does not show up you will need to move both horses to a different stable). You will receive the foal instantly and be able to name it. This method can only be used once every 24 hours.
Please note that if you are exchanging a courser horse you will NOT get the extra skill that is available through other breeding methods.
Horse Breeding Calculator
I highly recommend using the breeding calculator by somethinglovely. It is regulary updated, very accurate and easy to use.
To use the calculator, enter the tier and level of both the male and female horse. You can also enter how many deaths the horse has. Underneath you will be told possible results you can get and the chances of each (3F refers to a tier 3 female horse, 5M is a tier 5 male horse). The highest tier you can get from breeding is tier 8. You will also be able to see 2 charts in the details tab which shows what level of horses are required to hit the next breeding “milestone”.
Horses have 3 different colours which affects their appearance: white, red and black. There is a theory that using “purebred” horses will give you higher chances of success. It is currently unconfirmed, but with lots of testing many players including myself do believe this theory to be correct. There is also a small reference to it on the Korean wiki which was written by the developers themselves.
For more information on colour theory and how it all works I recommend reading this guide on the old forums: http://forum.blackdesertonline.com/index.php?/topic/46803-horse-breeding-findings-megathread/&page=806#comment-1349897