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Some animals including horses, cows, bulls, pigs and pheasants can be branded using a branding iron. Branding works only when on a deed you are a member of. Once branded, examining the animal shows the village it belongs to and allows members of that village to lead it, no matter where it is.

  • On PvE servers branded animals cannot be attacked by another player unless they have the correct permissions.
  • Branded horses have the same protection when dead as when alive (until the next server restart), meaning only those who have permissions may take items from the corpse.
  • PvE also prevents the sacrificing of branded animals.
  • The maximum number of branded animals per deed (PvE) is (number of tiles)/11.
    • You can see the number of branded animals in Settlement info: The tile per creature ratio of this deed is 45.621952. Optimal is 15.0 or more. This is a good figure. There are 35 creatures currently branded.
  • When a deed disbands, all brands are removed from their animals.
  • Only premium players are allowed to brand animals.
  • Branding only applies to the server you branded the animal on. If you cross over to another server, that animal is not considered branded on the new server.


  • Heat the branding iron to "it is hot" or hotter.
  • Make sure you and the animal are within the deed you are a member of.
  • Activate the branding iron, right-click the animal, and select Brand.
  • After use, the branding iron appears to lose 0.10 Quality instead of taking actual damage.

Messages given when branding:

You prepare to brand [animal, e.g. Young fat horse].
Determined, you raise your branding iron.
The [animal] makes a horrible sound as you press your branding iron against it.

When examining the animal after branding, it will say: "It has been been branded by and belongs to the settlement of [Settlement]."

Once branded, members of that village can lead the animal anywhere, even on deeds that they don't belong to. You still need a rope to lead it.


To unbrand an animal, simply use the branding iron on that animal again. You can also unbrand in the manage animals menu.

Messages while unbranding using a branding iron:

You prepare to remove brand on a [animal].
You promptly raise your branding iron.
The [animal] makes a horrible sound as you press your branding iron against it and remove the brand.

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