i personaly agree to sleepinglll, arvak can never die because you summon him. shadow mere can die. in fact he died in my game. i do have one qeustion what specail horse is in hearth fire. i play on the ps3
I prefer using shadowmere as a ride and when it comes to combat he's good as a tank... besides, why not using both for combat? Dismount shadowmere and summon arvak when you get into combat. If you use arvak for a ride, only 1 horse can assist you.
It's so annoying when Frost of Shadowmere after fast travel to some bandit camp immediately starting to fight with 10 enemies, ruining all stealth attacks for me and risking to be shot by my own arrow (happend so many times). Or they can just randomly run away from you to fight some bear/trolls/spiders. Forsing you to defend them. So annoying. Just got Arvak and its really the best horse ever! Only there when you need it!
Arvak, while weaker in a fight, and requiring a spell to be cast to be used, is generally better for getting around. He's always just a single cast away. On a conjurer character, I usually snag Twin Souls pretty fast, so that leaves room for 1 Thrall and 1 situational summon, such as Arvak, a Wrathman, a Boneman, a Seeker, etc.
When it comes to availability, I'd go for Arvak. And he (she?) is much less stressful than most horses in that they don't get in your way during a melee on foot and you don't have to constantly labor to keep your steed alive.
you know i used to ride avark until i got shadowmere i actully like shadowmere more it's good for my playing style im a sitback relax breton heavy mage shadowmere distracts a good amount of dragons so i can kill them
Terawolf119 wrote: ...im a sitback relax breton heavy mage shadowmere distracts a good amount of dragons so i can kill them
That is actually a viable strategy I sometimes use. I'm more of a tanker so I usually go in face-to-face stee-for-steel but every now and then, I let the horses just duke it out and I support with bows or magic.
At least for Shadowmere, whenever he dies, he just respawns in the same place after awhile. Most other horses, when they die, you have to buy a new one from the stables for 1,000 gold and I like to spend said gold on other priorities (i.e. skill trainers).
I personally think that shadowmere is the best. He'll/she'll run up to enemies there for distracting them which allows me to sneak attack! Meanwhile Arvak you have to summon him which can take a minute. Also Arvak has like 200 health and does little to none damage while shadowmere has about 1000 health and can do at least 10 damage. So yeah I think shadowmere is way better.
As an assassin type character, I find arvak more useful to quickly get to a cave or dungeon then despawn him and go in on foot with a crossbow. It's a useful tactic but you'll have to plan it as you can't attack from the back of arvak
188.8.131.52 wrote: i personaly agree to sleepinglll, arvak can never die because you summon him. shadow mere can die. in fact he died in my game. i do have one qeustion what specail horse is in hearth fire. i play on the ps3
Horses are still confusing for me. I've bought so many by now but I'm not sure where to find them. I'm pretty sure that two died, but one of these respawned at the Whiterun stable, where I originally bought it. However, if I ride it, it returns to the stable as soon as dismounted. Now, am I correct that if you dismount any bought horse and ride another, the first horse will return to where it was purchased (but still remain your property)? I assumed earlier that it would remain where you left it, but apparently not, unless a horse bought through a homestead steward behaves differently from one from a city stable.
What about Frost? I rode him to the Riften stables, then eventually fast traveled to Whiterun, and Frost appeared at the Whiterun stable, which is what I wanted. I hope he will stay there until I want to use him again, and not go back to Black-Briar Lodge. Louis Letrush (the guy I had to either double-cross or kill to acquire Frost) is standing next to him. Will this be a problem? (Man, those Riften guys are a jealous lot. Now I have two getting underfoot: first Aerin in Lakeview with my wife Mjoll, and now Letrush still hankering after Frost. )
> you can fast travel anywhere and the horse should be there when you arrive.
This failed once. I was overburdened in the mountains between Markarth and Dragon Bridge, took a carry-weight potion, and fast traveled to Dragon Bridge, hoping my horse would be there. It wasn't. But when I fast-traveled later, it appeared. It might be that the influence of a carry-weight potion interferes with calling the horse.
A horse might be overpriced near the beginning of the game, but once your speech, barter, smithing, and enchanting skills are well developed, the sale of a single well improved and enchanted article will pay for a horse easily. I think the key is to use a horse almost solely for fast traveling home with a lot of loot. If you ride it around very much, especially in territory you haven't visited for awhile, you both become so vulnerable to attack that the horse is a liability.