Pigs are one of the few creatures that can be used as mounts in Minecraft. This guide describes how players can mount pigs.
Players can interact with a variety of mobs in Minecraft’s open world. Most passive mobs will drop food that can be eaten to keep hunger at bay, but some of these mobs have other uses, like being used as mounts to get around.
Currently, players can ride all horse types and their variants, as well as Striders found in Nether lava lakes, llamas found in a few overworld mountain biomes, and pigs that are fairly common overworld mobs. Here is how players can ride pigs in Minecraft, as a few essential tools are required.
Minecraft: How to Ride a Pig
Pigs are not typical Minecraft mounts. First of all, they cannot compete with horses in terms of cost-effectiveness and speed. According to the Minecraft Wiki, the maximum speed of horses is nearly double that of pigs, so riding a pig is inefficient and unusual, and is typically done as a novelty.
A saddle and a carrot on a stick are two essential items that players will need to obtain in order to enjoy this cool experience. Without these items, riding a pig is impossible in vanilla Minecraft.
Find A Saddle
Saddles will be the most difficult aspect of riding a pig in Minecraft, as players cannot currently craft them. In the world of Minecraft, saddles are somewhat valuable items that can be found in many places.
The first step is to approach a leatherworker in a village and trade for a saddle. Once a villager reaches the level of master trader, they have a 50/50 chance of selling an item, and it can take some time for them to reach this level.
Alternatively, one could go fishing. A saddle is one of the possible loot options for fishing, though players must ensure they are fishing in an area where they can find treasure loot. This means that AFK fish farms with a single water block will not be eligible for a saddle.
Saddles will primarily be obtained through structure loot or mob drops, as this is the method that the majority of players will select. A few select mobs will drop a saddle (Ravagers, Striders with Zombified Piglins, etc). Villages, dungeons, Nether fortresses, desert temples, jungle temples, Bastion Remnants, End Cities, and strongholds also have a high chance of containing a chest containing a saddle. The odds of obtaining a saddle are highest in desert temples, dungeons, and Nether fortresses.
With so many diverse locations to explore, it is likely that players will stumble upon a saddle without much effort.
Construct a Carrot-On-A-Stick
Once a player has a saddle, they need only one more item before they can approach a pig. Players will need to craft a carrot on a stick in order to actually control the pig. Simply combine a fishing rod and a carrot in the grid to create one.
You can craft fishing rods with three sticks and two pieces of string, and you can also find them in ocean ruins guarded by Drowned mobs. Carrots can be found frequently in villages on farms, within shipwreck chests, and even dropped by zombies. Pillager outposts have a chance to generate carrots, so if players encounter one, they should check inside.
Find And Ride A Pig
With both a saddle and a carrot on a stick acquired, players just need to find a pig. This task shouldn’t be too difficult or time-consuming, as these are common passive mobs found almost anywhere in the world.
With the carrot on a stick and the pig mounted, players can direct the pig in whichever direction the carrot is pointed. It’s also possible to make the pig move faster if players use the carrot on a stick by pressing the use button, usually M2 for mouse and keyboard users. Keep in mind that this speed boost will reduce the durability of the carrot on a stick.