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  • Posted on 08th Apr, 2022 17:45 PM

Elden Ring's beloved horned mount, Torrent, is now revealed to have had a special attack at some point during the game's development.

p>Elden Ring is one of the biggest, most substantial games released over the past couple of years, and it's not particularly odd to hear that some of the content that was made during development may have gotten cut in the end. Torrent, for one, the game's exclusive magical mount, may have had a few more tricks up its hooves at some point in time.

According to Zullie the Witch, a Dark Souls and Elden Ring data-miner and hacker, the curious horse and goat hybrid seems to have had a more active role in combat pre-release. Zullie uncovered a variety of unique animations that are exclusive to Torrent, yet completely unused in the released version of the game, and one of them is a powerful backward kick that could launch enemies into the air.

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As good as Torrent might be at getting players around and dealing with specific situations, as well as proving downright instrumental for beating the Night's Cavalry in Elden Ring, the horse-like creature behaves more like an extension of the player than an entity of its own. It only exists when it spawns in, and disappears as soon as the player dismounts. Zullie has discovered that Torrent does, however, have exclusive unused animations for attacking, sitting down, and even freely roaming around.

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Zullie says that Torrent's removed kick attack is fun in its own right, as it allows players to launch enemies into the air. It is also, however, difficult to get it right, and it has virtually no effect on any larger enemy. As there are many lesser-known mechanics and features in Elden Ring, FromSoftware may have decided at some point that there was no real point in making Torrent more complex than it needed to be.

It's no secret that FromSoftware struggles teaching players to play Elden Ring, and it's entirely possible that the apparent streamlining of Torrent's behavior may also have had something to do with that. By immediately de-spawning Torrent as soon as he's no longer being ridden, players don't have to worry about losing access to their mount or if it got killed or wounded by roaming enemies, of which there are many.

Still, Elden Ring players got Torrent into forbidden areas already, so the horse-like creature isn't lacking in utility by any stretch of the imagination. Zullie has previously been a terrific source of information about FromSoftware games' cut and unused content, so it's extremely likely that there's more Elden Ring content coming from her in the future. Odds are good that Torrent might be featured in some of them, too.

Elden Ring is out now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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