I'm creating a Human Ranger Beast Master (D&D 4e) and I would like to have a Warhorse beast companion and use it as a mount. And I have several questions concerning this:
- If I buy a warhorse and "train" him to be my beast companion, does he lose his trample attack and charger mount trait? And will his ability and defense stats change?
- What will the carrying load be of my warhorse if his ability stats change? Because if a beast companions stats change, and loses his normal load from a horse, his carrying load will be 14*10 and will not be able to carry me.
- Do I need the feat beast rider to ride my warhorse?
- Does the Mark of Handling speed and AC bonus stack?
Thanks in advance.
Edit I found Dragon Magazine 392 which gives your the horse beast companion.
Ranging from ponies to warhorses, the horse beast companion is most effective when ridden.
Ability Scores: Strength: 14 Constitution: 14 Dexterity: 16 Intelligence: 6 Wisdom: 12 Charisma: 6
Size: Medium or Large (you choose at creation, but must be one size larger than you if you want to use the Mount ability). Speed: 10 squares Defenses: Armor Class: 14 + level Fortitude: 13 + level Reflex: 12 + level Will: 12 + level Hit Points: 14 + 8 per level Attack Bonus: Level + 4 Damage: 1d8 Melee Basic Attack: Hooves Level + 4 vs. AC 1d8 + Strength modifier damage. Trained Skill: Endurance
These abilities are significantly less then the warhorse and make it a bad choice in heroic tier. I would rather have a normal warhorse mount than a horse beast companion.
What do you guys think of changing the warhorses HP + Defences and ability stats to that of a horse beast companion, and changing the trample to an encounter power? And perhaps the Charger Mount Trait to apply to friendly riders of lvl 5 or higher?