Paizo Top Nav Branding
  • Hello, Guest! |
  • Sign In |
  • My Account |
  • Shopping Cart |
  • Help/FAQ
About Paizo Messageboards News Paizo Blog Help/FAQ

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game


Pathfinder Society

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

Cavalier Mounts and Unconscious Riders

Rules Questions

Forgive me if this has already been covered elsewhere on this site - I searched, but didn't find anything relevant.

How does a Cavalier mount behave after its rider has gone unconscious, but remains in the saddle?

I've just started DMing a Kingmaker game, and one of my players is a Cavalier. During the first session, his character was knocked unconscious, but managed to stay in the saddle. The player believed that, since Cav mounts are the equivalent of Druid animal companions, and since the last command he'd given to his mount was to attack this one particular foe, that it should keep attacking.

I ruled that the Cav's commands were via reins, knees, and shifted weight (which afaik is how one controls a horse in RL), and so when he went unconscious, his body was flopping around, giving the horse all kinds of mixed signals, and thus I had the horse leave combat.

Is there an "official" way to handle this situation?

Covered under Mount rules.

If You Are Dropped: If you are knocked unconscious, you have a 50% chance to stay in the saddle (75% if you're in a military saddle). Otherwise you fall and take 1d6 points of damage. Without you to guide it, your mount avoids combat.

That paragraph covers both the possibility of falling out of the saddle and what the mount does if you are not guiding it.

Could you teach it a trick, something to do if you fall unconscious?

Perhaps to keep fighting, or to take you to the cleric?

Paizo / Messageboards / Paizo / Pathfinder® / Pathfinder RPG / Rules Questions / Cavalier Mounts and Unconscious Riders All Messageboards

Want to post a reply? Sign in.

©2002–2016 Paizo Inc.®. Need help? Email or call 425-250-0800 during our business hours: Monday–Friday, 10 AM–5 PM Pacific Time. View our privacy policy. Paizo Inc., Paizo, the Paizo golem logo, Pathfinder, the Pathfinder logo, Pathfinder Society, GameMastery, and Planet Stories are registered trademarks of Paizo Inc., and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Pathfinder Adventure Path, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Pathfinder Player Companion, Pathfinder Modules, Pathfinder Tales, Pathfinder Battles, Pathfinder Online, PaizoCon, RPG Superstar, The Golem's Got It, Titanic Games, the Titanic logo, and the Planet Stories planet logo are trademarks of Paizo Inc. Dungeons & Dragons, Dragon, Dungeon, and Polyhedron are registered trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., and have been used by Paizo Inc. under license. Most product names are trademarks owned or used under license by the companies that publish those products; use of such names without mention of trademark status should not be construed as a challenge to such status.