You’ve probably heard you can feed horses carrots and apples in Breath of the Wild. You probably also know that you can feed dogs at stables, and they’ll lead you to treasure. That’s child’s play. Have you ever fed a squirrel or a mountain goat? Have you ever wondered how people manage to stack 500+ hours in a single BotW playthrough?
Fire up the teleprompter. Here comes some breaking news:
You can offer tasty treats to nearly every animal in Breath of the Wild. It’s true! All it takes is a set of Shiekah stealth armor and a little background knowledge of which foods appeal to each animal. So buckle up. I’m about to transform you from a barbaric Hylian who bombs enough trees to paint a frown on the Lorax’s face to an anti-deforestation stiff who can whisper to the woodland creatures better than a Disney princess!
Or you can use this information to bait animals and hunt them, I suppose. That seems more practical. Be warned! I’ll tap into your subconscious and call you a heartless monster every time you do it.
What not to do:
You get the point. Be patient. Treat this activity like real-life hunting, and you’ll get to hand out some tasty snacks to Hyrule’s wildlife. Also, use your camera at maximum zoom to get a better view!
Here’s the coveted list of every feedable animal in BotW, their favorite foods, and where you can find them. I’ll sort them from easiest to most difficult.
Carrots and apples.
Horses gallop around various plains throughout BotW.
Feeding endura carrots to your horse grants a temporary three spur boost to its stamina. Special horses share the same diet (skeletal Stalhorses or the majestic Lord of the Mountain on Satori peak.) Unfortunately, they won’t gain temporary stamina from endura carrots. Stalhorses clearly don’t have stomachs. Can someone explain to me where that food is being stored?
Meat and fruit.
Domesticated dogs hang out around horse stables. They’re adorable little creatures that Link refuses to pet. He probably thinks they’re plague-ridden parasites. Honestly, who doesn’t pet a dog?
Dogs will lead you to treasure if you haven’t fed them before. This treasure doesn’t spawn until the dog is satisfied, meaning they won’t lead you to a chest you’ve already raided.
If it’s a fruit, the Sand Seal will devour it. Listen closely, and you can hear it sloshing the food around pretty noisily!
Sand Seals thrive in harsh desert climates south of the Gerudo Highlands. If you’re in a hurry, you can rent one from Frelly or Kohm in Gerudo Town. You can also hop in the fence to the rental stable and feed them for free! Just don’t try that at an amusement park.
Shield surfing on the back of a Sand Seal is the fastest, most stylish way to traverse the Gerudo desert. These guys deserve a nice snack! If you feed Riju’s pet Sand Seal, she will reward you with tips and prophecies that a Gerudo guard will happily translate from seal-speak. “Arf, arf, arf, arf!” is Sand Seal for “Gross, brussel sprouts!” in case you were wondering.
Carrots, Radishes, Pumpkins, Hyrule Herb, Safflina, Apples, Hearty Durians, and likely much more!
Goats often roam the highlands of rocky mountaintops. Domesticated goats also live near stables and towns.
Domesticated goats are easy targets for snack supply drops. Goats aren’t picky eaters, either. They eat their vegetables and leafy greens just like their mothers taught them.
Vegetables and fruit.
Boars are easiest to find in the Hyrule Field and Lanayru Great Spring regions.
Boars will flee or charge toward Link upon seeing him. If you can lay down a nice meal for one before that happens, it’ll scarf down that food like, well, you know, a pig. Boar hunting in BotW is great archery practice for new players since they hang out in regions that new players need to explore.
Hyrule Herb, Safflina, and an assortment of veggies.
Bulls and cows in BotW are mainly found in marshy areas like wetlands and near lakes throughout Akkala.
Who says Hylians can’t befriend cows? They’re pretty cute when you aren’t mashing them into cheeseburgers. Be careful walking through marshy areas! One loud step and you’ll startle them!
Veggies, Herbs, and Fruit.
Temperate forests and plains throughout Hyrule.
Deer can be mounted! The deer in BotW may not be picky eaters, but they aren’t fond of prying eyes. Find a nearby tree or use your cryonis rune to create an impromptu cover. Pro Tip: You can set bait for the deer hunting minigame in Hateno Village before talking to Dantz – if you’re itching for in-game mechanics to exploit.
Tabantha Moose roam the northwestern tundra regions of Hyrule. They can be spotted in Hebra, Tabantha Highlands, and sometimes in the Gerudo Highlands, too.
Moose are exceptionally dignified eaters! They’ll kneel to eat, which is pretty cool to watch. Despite their massive antlers, they’ll disperse upon hearing the faintest noises. Since you’ll likely want to wear the Snowquill set to stay warm, I highly recommend eating some [stealth food] before approaching a herd of Tabantha Moose.
Herbs and veggies
The Great-Horned Rhinoceros are easy to spot throughout the Tundra. Same usual suspects: The Hebra Mountains and Gerudo Highlands.
Rhinos in BotW live in a pretty desolate and unforgiving climate. They’re happy to take food wherever they can find it! They are pretty slow to notice it lying in front of their faces, though.
Grassland Foxes are orange with a white-tipped tail and white bust. You can locate Grassland Foxes in meadows and dense forests, particularly throughout Lanayru Great Spring and Hyrule. Snowcoat Foxes are a pale Tiffany blue. They like to romp around near Moose and Rhinos in BotW.
Foxes seem to ignore meat because… science. The Hyrule compendium states that foxes love meat, but they’ll walk away in favor of a glistening red apple. Feeding foxes is satisfying because you get to watch them jump for joy when fed. It makes befriending a fox a fun and wholesome experience.
Meat, meat, and more meat!
Wasteland Coyotes flourish in deserts and savanna climates throughout Hyrule. The compendium lists habitats in the Gerudo Desert and Highlands, but you can sometimes spot them in East Faron. Wolves are much more abundant. They’re common in the Tabantha frontier but scatter throughout Akkala and the Great Hyrule Forest.
Beware! Wolves also love to feast on tenderized Hylian hero meat. They’re pretty ungrateful little pups. One howl and a whole pack will arrive, panting and drooling at the sight of Link. Meat tastes good, but Link tastes better.
Fish, Meat. Honeyvore Bears seem to ignore Courser Bee Honey. I could argue it’s the biggest disappointment in Breath of the Wild. The compendium says these guys love honey, too. Maybe Nintendo wanted to draw inspiration from the Vikings who named Iceland.
Honeyvore Bears are the rarest animal in BotW. You can track down bears in the Tabantha Frontier and Akkala Highlands. Honeyvore Bears also appear specifically in the Hickaly Woods in West Necluda if you’re in a hurry to find one!
Lure bears in with food so you can ride them! What’s more exciting than riding the wildest, most exotic animal in Breath of the Wild? Heads up, bears are aggressive, too.
Acorns, Chickaloo Tree Nuts, Apples.
Squirrels live in dense forests throughout Hyrule. They tend to congregate in areas crowded with Chickaloo Tree Nuts.
Squirrels are very skittish! If you want to catch them eating your delicious gifts, you’ll need to lay the bait, take a few dozen steps back, and find a nearby tree to climb. You’ll want to pull out the camera on your Sheikah Slate to get a decent view.
Herbs and veggies.
As the name suggests, ostriches live in the unforgiving scorched earth of the Eldin region.
Finding an ostrich in a location where food won’t burst into flame is tough, and ostriches are an easily spooked species in BotW. If you’re looking for a difficulty spike that rivals the Dark Souls series, these guys and squirrels are your target audience. Ostriches will eat, though.
Pro tip: You can bait fish with foods that share a matching secondary effect. Armored carp will gravitate toward Ironshrooms. You can draw out Mighty Porgy with Mighty Bananas. Fish ignore herbs with matching effects, though. Still, this is an effective way to collect top-tier BotW cooking ingredients.
Birds, Blupees, and various critters won’t respond to food no matter how hard you try. Here’s the complete list:
Feeling adventurous? Try handing a few snacks to the unsung heroes, working tireless shifts, attempting to slaughter Link with primitive weaponry.
Bokoblins and Lizalfos:
The story doesn’t end here! You can feed many NPC’s. Some are pieces of side quests scattered throughout Hyrule. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and offer the townsfolk and woodland creatures of BotW their favorite ingredients. [Feed everyone like you’re Oprah Winfrey] handing out snacks!