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Assassin’s Creed Origins Guide: How to Tame Animals to Fight for You

Another core Ubisoft franchise – Far Cry – lets you tame and mount various animals. Assassin’s Creed Origins takes a page from Far Cry, and lets you enjoy animal husbandry to your heart’s content in ancient Egypt. Main character Bayek is able to tame many different animals that you encounter across the huge open-world map, not even including his eagle companion Senu.

From tigers to hippos to lions, there are a slew of various animals for you to befriend and even join you in combat. Unfortunately, you aren’t able to tame animals right from the start. You are only able to do it by acquiring the correct skills – yes, more than one is necessary – through Bayek’s ability tree.

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Assassin’s Creed Origins: How to Unlock the Tame Animals Ability

  • Go to your menu
  • Navigate to the Abilities tab
  • Unlock Dawn & Dusk under Seer section (unnecessary for this ability but necessary for accessing the required ones)
  • Then unlock the Sleep Darts skill
  • Then continue to unlock skills until you can get Animal Taming for three points. It’s located just before the Master Seer ability

Assassin’s Creed Origins: How to Tame Animals to Fight Alongside You

Assassin's Creed Origins

With the required abilities unlocked, you are now able to tame an animal of your choosing. Since the sleeping darts skill is a prerequisite for taming animals, it is important that you have it equipped to your D-Pad. When you come upon an animal you want to tame, they must be asleep before you can successfully do it.

With the sleep darts, you can shoot them at the animal and force it into sleep mode. Once asleep, walk up to the innocently sleeping creature and press triangle or Y (depending on your controller) to tame it. It will now join you on your journey and fight enemies for you.

We recommend using this skill when attacking fortresses in Origins. Occasionally, you will see caged animals in these heavily guarded and hostile areas. You can put them to sleep, tame them, break open the cage, and let them wreck havoc on all of the unsuspecting soldiers while you quietly go about your business completing your objective or assassinating your target.