The best mount in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t a horse — it’s a strange and noble creature known as Satori or the Lord of the Mountain. This mount is not too hard to find, but it spawns rarely and (seemingly) randomly. And it’s very difficult to tame. It’s one of the fastest mounts in the game with the highest (infinite) stamina, though, so it’s worth the effort.
There’s no side quest involved in finding the Lord of the Mountain, but there is an NPC named Botrick that will point you in the right direction. You can find him wandering the road somewhere around Outskirt Stable (near Rota Ooh shrine).
He’ll tell you about a nearby location called Satori Mountain. The nearest shrine is to your destination is Mogg Latan. It’s a good idea to go unlock (at least) the fast travel location as soon as you can to save yourself some travel later.
When to look for the Lord of the Mountain
When the Lord of the Mountain spawns is either random or relies on Breath of the Wild’s particular brand of inscrutable logic — like the Blood Moon or shooting stars. But there’s a very obvious sign that it’s time to go look for it.
A prominent green glow will appear on top of Satori Mountain when the Lord of the Mountain is present. You can see it from a long way off, but you’ve got a very clear line of sight from the Central Tower looking west.
Satori often appears at night (but not always) — although it might just be that the glow is more obvious and easier to notice at night. As Botrick mentioned, the Lord of the Mountain is shy, so it won’t appear if you’re nearby — this makes Outskirt Stable and Central Tower good places to watch and wait.
But that doesn’t mean you should stand around and wait for it to appear. The Lord of the Mountain seems to spawn randomly. You might wait for just a few in-game days, or, if you’re as unlucky as we were, you might wait for several in-game weeks. The best approach is to drop a pin on the map so you can easily find Satori Mountain, then wander off to do something else. Check the mountain periodically at night while you do other things. That green glow is hard to miss.
What you need to tame the Lord of the Mountain
You tame Satori just like you tame any other mount in the game — you sneak up on it, then sooth it until it stops trying to buck you off. The Lord of the Mountain, though, is extra skittish and grumpy.
You’re going to want your best stealth armor — the stealth set is an obvious and good choice here. But it’s also cold at night on the mountain, so you’re going to have to balance stealth versus warmth. Our recommendation is to wear the stealth set and drink a warming elixir (or eat a warming meal) — something like a spicy elixir or a spicy meal. If you’d prefer, you could wear warm clothes and drink a stealth elixir, but it’s really up to you and your style.
You’re also going to need a lot of stamina to calm the Lord of the Mountain down enough to ride it. You’ll need well over two full wheels of stamina in our experience. You can max out your stamina by trading in spirit orbs at Goddess statues or you can eat or drink stamina-increasing food. Just make sure you have plenty, because you only have a few shots at capturing Satori.
How to tame the Lord of the Mountain
Now that you’re prepared and the mountain is glowing green, it’s time to meet the Lord of the Mountain. Head to Mogg Latan shrine, then head to the west. Look for a path and tunnel through the mountain to the north. You’ll find an area with a cherry tree and small pond. When Satori is present, the clearing will be full of blupees.
All that’s left is to sneak up on the Lord of the Mountain and tame it. If you run out of stamina and get bucked off, head back up the hill toward the rocks. The Lord of the Mountain will reappear before too long, and you’ll get another shot at it.
As a mount, it is one of the fastest animals you can ride. And it has infinite stamina, so you can get anywhere you want to go in a hurry. The problem is, you can’t register it at a stable and it’ll disappear if you dismount for too long.