Best Mounts for Ganking in Albion Online (2022)

Marc Torzar
Marc Torzar
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Most Albion Online veterans would agree that ganking is one of the most lucrative and fun activities in the game. But aside from having optimal ganking weapons and builds, you’ll also need the best mounts for ganking if you want to see those huge profits.

The problem is that there are many available mounts in Albion Online, but not all of them are good for ganking.

There are a total of 80 different kinds of mounts in the game, which may be an overwhelming number for beginners. Not to mention that some of these mounts are inaccessible to even the veterans of the game, let alone the average player.

But don’t worry, we wrote this article to help you. If you’re new to ganking and are looking for the best ganking mounts, read on.

What Makes a Mount Good for Ganking?

Before we delve into which mounts are good for ganking, it’s better to understand first what makes these mounts good.

When looking for the best mount to use for ganking, the single most important factor is its speed. Without enough speed, it’s practically impossible for you or your group to catch anyone.

Most players in full loot zones will be prepared and always have their mounts ready when needed, which leaves you with very little chance of catching them on foot. So aside from trying to dismount them, your best bet is to outrun their mounts using your own.

Base and Gallop Move Speed Bonus

Every mount provides two sets of values as its bonus: base move speed bonus and gallop move speed bonus.

The base move speed bonus refers to the initial speed bonus provided by the mount. It’s the bonus provided to you once you mount up, and your move speed will depend on this during your initial movement upon mounting.

On the other hand, gallop move speed bonus refers to the additional speed buff you receive after a few seconds of moving while on your mount. However, the bonus speed buff is removed when you unmount or when your mount takes damage, which also puts it on cooldown for a few seconds.

T6 Riding Horse demonstration of base and gallop move speed bonuses

As you can imagine, mounts with high base and gallop move speed bonuses are ideal for ganking. Hence, these are the two most important values to look for in choosing your ganking mount.

Gallop Buff Delay (Usually Irrelevant)

Moreover, the delay before gaining the gallop move speed buff is different for every mount. Some mounts like the Direwolf and Saddled Greywolf have a five-second delay, while others like the Moose and Stag only have a two-second delay.

However, the gallop buff timer is almost irrelevant when it comes to ganking. Since you’ll mostly be the one doing the chasing (and inflicting damage), you’ll have the buff on you most of the time.

This factor is usually relevant when you’re the one being ganked. Receiving damage removes your gallop move speed buff, so you’ll have to wait for the gallop timer to gain the buff again. Therefore, the shorter the delay, the higher chance you’ll get away from your gankers.

Average Market Price

Marketplace listing of Swiftclaws
Swiftclaw’s marketplace listing (as of October 2022)

As we’ve mentioned, the most significant factor in determining a good ganking mount is its speed. However, we include the average market price of a mount as another criterion because of practicality.

Players in Albion Online don’t have access to infinite silver (or do they?), so economic concerns are always a factor in most activities, especially risky ones like ganking.

Although some mounts are better and faster than others, their price difference may be too big despite only having a minimal (and sometimes insignificant) upgrade. In these cases, these upgrades may simply not be worth it.

Now that we’re in the clear regarding our criteria, here’s the list of the best ganking mounts in Albion Online.



The Swiftclaw, one of the best mounts for ganking in Albion Online
  • Base move speed bonus: 75%
  • Gallop move speed bonus: 120%
  • Average market price: 110k – 130k silver

The Swiftclaw is arguably the best ganking mount in Albion Online. It’s among the top fastest mounts in the game, and it’s also relatively cheap.

Swiftclaws are generally the default mount for gankers due to the combination of their high move speed bonus and relatively cheap market price. Although the Swiftclaw is slower than some of the other mounts, it’s the optimal mount when you consider its speed-to-price ratio.

This mount has a base speed bonus of 75% and a gallop speed bonus of 120%. These values are both high enough to let you keep up or even overtake other mounts.

Running animation of the Swiftclaw



Direwolf, the second-best ganking mount in Albion Online
  • Base move speed bonus: 85%
  • Gallop move speed bonus: 132%
  • Average market price: 280k – 302k silver

Next on this list is the Direwolf. Direwolves are faster than Swiftclaws, so they’re actually better than the latter strictly in terms of ganking. They are faster than Swiftclaws both in terms of base move speed and gallop move speed bonuses, which means you’ll have better chances of catching up to your targets when on a Direwolf.

However, we’ve decided to place it only second on this list simply because it’s also much more expensive than Swiftclaws. The average market price for Direwolf is around 290k to 330k silver. That’s almost thrice more expensive than the Swiftclaw!

Considering that the speed difference is not game-breaking by any means, it’s better to just buy three Swiftclaws than just one Direwolf, especially for beginners or players who are running short on silver.

Running animation of the Direwolf

However, if you have a ton of silver and don’t mind spending more for a better mount, then no one’s stopping you from using the superior Direwolf.


Morgana Raven

The Morgana Raven in idle, one of the best ganking mounts in Albion Online
  • Base move speed bonus: 85%
  • Gallop move speed bonus: 130%
  • Average market price: 170k – 240k silver

Next on this list is one of the Adventurer’s Challenge mounts, the Morgana Raven.

The Adventurer’s Challenge mounts are part of the several unique mounts that you can get as a monthly reward if you accumulate enough keys within the month. Though you’ll also need to have an active premium in order to claim them, and they’re only available as a monthly reward once a year.

The Morgana Raven was a very common ganking mount until its abilities got nerfed. Its abilities Raven Scream and Reactive Scream used to be able to affect mounted players. They allowed ganking groups to effectively prevent any mounted player from escaping (with enough coordination).

Morgana Raven's Raven Scream ability animation

Fortunately, the abilities were nerfed to only affect unmounted players. You can still fear your targets with these abilities, but you’ll have to be able to dismount them first.

What makes the Morgana Raven a top ganking mount are its high base and gallop move speed bonuses. It has the same base speed bonus as the Direwolf with only a 2% lower gallop move speed bonus. This means that it’s also faster than the Swiftclaw.

Surprisingly, the Morgana Raven is relatively cheap despite being a “rare” monthly reward via the Adventurer’s Challenge.

Saddled Greywolf


Saddled Greywolf in idle
  • Base move speed bonus: 85%
  • Gallop move speed bonus: 130%
  • Average market price: 380k – 400k silver

The Saddled Greywolf is basically the Direwolf—but worse. Saddled Greywolves look just as menacing as Direwolves, but they have a slightly lower gallop move speed bonus and are generally more expensive (with a slightly lower HP as well).

Their base move speed bonus is also 85%, but their gallop move speed bonus is only 130% compared to the Direwolf’s 132%. Although the 2% difference may not seem significant in most situations, having a speed bonus of 132% is always better than having only 130% (assuming all other values are equal).

Running animation of the Saddled Greywolf, one of the best ganking mounts in Albion Online

The worst part is that the Saddled Greywolf is more expensive than the Direwolf by around 60k to 100k silver. Unless you’re so rich that you don’t care about wasting silver, there’s really no reason to get the Saddled Greywolf over the Direwolf.

However, we still put this mount on our top four because despite being an inferior version of the Direwolf, the Saddled Greywolf is still much faster than most other mounts in the game.

Special Mentions – Other Ganking Mounts

The four (actually five) ganking mounts we listed above are the best in terms of speed and cost. However, there are a few other mounts that are still effective for ganking but didn’t make the list either because they require a niche strategy or are too expensive for the minuscule extra bonus speed they offer.

Elite Greywolf

Marketplace listing of the Elite Greywolf mount
Elite Greywolf’s marketplace listing (as of October 2022)

In terms of gallop move speed bonus, the Elite Greywolf is the fastest ganking mount in the game. It boasts a gallop speed bonus of 135%, which is unmatched by any other mount.

Also, this mount is surprisingly tanky for a fast wolf mount. It has a 911 HP, which is more than the Stag (902 HP).

However, the additional 3% increase in speed and extra HP aren’t really worth the extra millions of silver that you have to pay. The average market price for the Elite Greywolf is a whopping 3.4 – 3.5 million silver! You’d have to be great at making silver to be able to afford that and casually use it for ganking.

The Elite Greywolf also possesses the unique ability, Hunter’s Mark. This allows you to fixate on a single target and gain even more speed as you follow your target.

But this ability is more intimidating than practical. It doesn’t really provide much more value for ganking than simply having a competent gank group, and the latter won’t cost you more than three million silver.

Pest Lizard

Running animation of the Pest Lizard

The Pest Lizard is the strangest one on this list. Although it has a high base move speed bonus of 103%, its gallop move speed bonus is an underwhelming 103%. Yes, it’s the same as its base move speed bonus.

The Pest Lizard belongs to the unique group of mounts with a particular theme: their base and gallop move speed bonuses are equal, and they’re all lizard-like creatures.

Other mounts that belong to this group are the Saddled Swamp Salamander, Saddled Swamp Dragon, Elite Swamp Salamander, and the Avalonian, Venom, and Flame Basilisk. All mounts in this category also have relatively high HP.

What makes the Pest Lizard viable for ganking is its unique abilities Toxic Cloud and Toxic Reaction. They work similarly to the Morgana Raven’s abilities, so you can use them to disable your targets.

The idea is to use Toxic Cloud on an entrance to block off your target. You can also purposely let a mob hit your mount to trigger Toxic Reaction and fear any nearby enemies.

However, due to the “cheesy” nature of this strategy—not to mention the low speed and high cost of the Pest Lizard—using this mount for ganking may seem more like a meme at this point. This mount is also expensive, costing at least half a million silver on average.

Divine Owl, Snow Husky, and Spectral Bat

Adventurer's Challenge mounts: Divine Owl, Snow Husky, Spectral Bat
From left to right: Divine Owl, Snow Husky, Spectral Bat

We grouped these three mounts together because they all have exactly the same base move speed bonuses and slightly similar gallop move speed bonuses.

These mounts also belong to the same category as the Morgana Raven. They are all unique mounts from the monthly Adventurer’s Challenge, and their speed bonuses are on the same level as the Morgana Raven, making them perfectly viable for ganking.

However, they’re still unique in their own ways because of the different abilities that they possess. The only issue is that they’re usually more expensive (in the case of Spectral Bat and Snow Husky) or their abilities aren’t as useful for ganking (in the case of Divine Owl).

*All prices indicated are based on October 2022 marketplace average listings.

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Philosophy scholar by day, avid gamer by night—Marc spends most of his free time playing strategy/tactics, FPS, and RPGs on his laptop and console (after he's done all requirements for his graduate studies, of course!).
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