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A saddle is definitely a necessity in Minecraft. Place it on a crowd to ride and you can move around comfortably. Although there is no way to craft it, there are three ways to obtain it in the open world.

With the help of crafting, Minecraft players can create a wide range of items such as Honeycombs, Ender Chests, and Spyglasses. However, this list does not include saddles, which is why they are so valuable.

You can only get a saddle by researching it in different terrains, and this guide will cover it all.

The easiest ways to get a saddle in Minecraft

Killing a pest guarantees a saddle

Ravagers in Minecraft drop a saddle when you kill them in raids. They usually start appearing in the third wave of a raid and attack villagers, players, traders, and iron golems.

However, finding and killing a pest is not an easy task. Make sure you have the best armor equipped before fighting them and during the fight maintain a proper distance to avoid their deadly attacks.

Minecraft Crowd Destroyer

Chests in Dungeons, Nether Fortresses, and Desert Temples have Saddles

The main source of obtaining a saddle in Minecraft is chests. In the Java and Bedrock editions, treasure chests in these locations can contain a saddle:

  • Dungeons
  • Remains of the bastion
  • Desert Temples
  • End Cities
  • Jungle temples
  • Nether Fortresses
  • Strongholds
  • villages

However, the chance of getting a saddle from a treasure chest is much higher in Dungeons (28%), Nether Fortresses (35.3% chance), and Desert Temples (24%).

Here’s how you can find these locations in Minecraft:

Dungeons

Minecraft dungeons are underground and are always connected to a network of underground tunnels. As a result, you can search for them by discovering other underground locations such as ravines, mine shafts, and caves. Chances are you’ll end up in a dungeon after exploring underground for a while.

Dungeons usually contain two chests and a mob generator. You can expect to get a saddle from these chests, and putting a torch on the mob spawner should stop them springing up to attack you.

You can dig until you find a cave, but make sure you don’t fall and die.

Minecraft Dungeon

Nether Fortresses

After accessing the Nether, visit the strongholds and the chests inside might drop a saddle. To enter the Nether you naturally need a Nether Portal which can be crafted with Obisidian.

Minecraft Nether Fortress

desert temples

Desert Temples spawn in the desert, and they have a secret room with four chests that can drop saddles. Finding them is mostly a matter of luck as you have to search the desert biomes.

Here are some tips for finding a desert temple quickly:

  • Climb a mountain and lower your FOV which provides magnified vision.
  • Use the /Locate command to find the nearest desert village. Temples usually spawn near them.
Desert Temple in Minecraft

It should be noted that chests in a desert temple are surrounded by a TNT trap. Stepping on it can be deadly and significantly impair your progress.

Fishing for a Saddle in Minecraft

The last method to get a saddle in Minecraft is fishing. However, there is less than a 1% chance of getting the item through this practice, and we don’t suggest it unless you’re confident in your luck.

To increase the chances of getting a saddle while fishing, use an enchanted fishing rod.


Getting a saddle in Minecraft opens up endless possibilities for riding pigs, horses, and walkers. Since we’re on the subject, check out our guide on how to tame a horse in Minecraft.

Image credits: Mojang

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