The donkey is a basic mount. Although rather slow, the donkey is your first introduction to the training life skill and will help you level to Beginner: 5 so you can unlock the capture rope to tame your first horse. If you buy a horse from the Marketplace you can of course ride a horse from the start.
Don't underestimate donkeys though: they can be trained the same as other mounts to level and then become faster and can carry more weight. The maximum level is level 15. Additionally donkeys are very useful for commerce and trading to move heavy Trade Packs until you own a vehicle.
The Shai is the only class able to use any advanced skills that the Donkey may learn.
Obtaining a Donkey
Upon reaching level 10 there is a quest (Big Fish in a Small Pond) from the Black Spirit. Talk to the town chief in Velia. He will give you a donkey (you can choose one of three different colors: grey, black or brown). After receiving your Donkey Token you must take it to a stable to register it (name it). NOTE: This special quest-granted Donkey is an ultra rare "super" version with a much larger weight capacity and item count than usual, and is nearly impossible to replace. Take care not to lose it!
You can always buy another donkey from Stable Keepers as long as they have a Shop option:
- Normal Donkey - standard donkey with 3 colors to choose from - 10k silvers
- Healthy Donkey - A Healthy Grey Donkey can carry more items than normal Donkeys. - 30k silvers
- Strong Black Donkey - A Strong Black Donkey can carry more items than Healthy Donkeys. - 50k silvers
|Donkey type||Inventory slots||Level||HP||Stamina||Weight||Stats|
|Normal donkey||5||Level 1||1000||5001||225||101%|
|Healthy Gray Donkey||6||Level 1||1200||6001||270||101.3%|
|Strong Black Donkey||8||Level 1||1400||6501||360||101.5%|
Donkey vs. Horse vs. Vehicles
Donkeys have at least 5 slots of inventory compared to the 2 slots of a horse. They can carry much heavier weights without slowing down. They are quite nimble in cluttered areas and they need no carrots at all while leveling up. Normal donkeys, if trained, can easily compete with tier 1 horses for weight, stamina and speed. And they can be faster than horse-pulled wagons - but the latter don't need carrots and can carry more items.
Donkeys have their own unique versions of Mount Equipment, identified by having the text [Donkey] in front of their names. Unlike horse/camel equipent, Donkeys have access to several pieces of equipment that can increase their weight limit; only the Elephant has a similar item (certain armor types once they are upgraded). With all of the relevant weight limit items equipped and well upgraded, a well-trained Donkey can have a weight limit greater than several wagon types.
Last but not least donkeys train easily and are rather cheap so they present an option to level your training skill. They can not be used to pull carts or such, will not acquire any skills that non-Shai classes can use and they cannot be bred.