Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 1.6 Update Finally Adds Mounted Combat [FULL PATCH NOTES]

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Riding horses in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim isn’t that entertaining, let’s be honest we all expected mounted combat to be apart of our Skyrim adventures from the get go, but annoyingly it wasn’t an option. Fortunately for us the RPG will see mounted combat added in the next Patch update. This will surely make those long journeys across the dangerous lands of Skyrim a little more entertaining.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Adds Mounted Combat

Besides the addition of mounted combat, Patch 1.6 will also add heaps of new optimizations and bug fixes, more than one focusing on the recent killcam problems the game has been having. The full patch notes are as follows:


  • Mounted Combat – Skyrim now allows you to do melee and ranged combat while riding a horse


  • General stability and memory optimizations
  • General AI pathfinding optimizations and bug fixes
  • Optimizations and crash fixes for data leaks
  • Fixed rare crash with lighting
  • Fixed crashes related to loading and saving games
  • Fixed crash with summoned creatures/NPCs
  • Fixed rare issue where saves would be corrupted
  • Improved logic for when ranged kill cams are played
  • Fixed issue with ranged kill cams while killing a dragon
  • Fixed rare issue with certain ranged kill cams not playing properly
  • Fixed issue with nirnroot lighting not properly cleaning up
  • Fixed issue where bow damage was being calculated incorrectly
  • Fixed rare problem with werewolf kill moves would not finish animating properly
  • In “The Break of Dawn” fixed rare issue where Meridia’s Beacon would disappear from player’s inventory
  • Fixed occasional issue where followers would disappear after player pays off a bounty after committing a crime
  • Fixed issue where certain creatures and NPCs would fail to respawn properly
  • Fixed rare issue with dialogue subtitles not displaying properly
  • Fixed issue with water appearing blurry when loading a saved game after creating a save underwater
  • Fixed issue where map cursor would occasionally disappear after closing a message box with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed rare issue with shouts only performing the first level and not other unlocked levels with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed issue where the shout buttons would stop working properly if users mashed LB and RB during cooldown with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)

If you get your daily dose of Skyrim on the PC, you can try the mounted combat and bug fixes through the patch beta on Steam nowIf you do decide to use the patch beta program for Skyrim, just make sure you back up your save files before installing the patch, or just create a new save file to be safe.

As for when the patch will make its way to consoles, it is not known yet, but we will keep you posted. Bethesda will probably see how the patch beta works on Steam before going ahead with the console versions.

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