The 10 best animal companions in video games

Animals make great companions, and that’s as true in video games as it is in real life. Animal companions can be counted on in times of need and can always be counted on to get the job done. Many players have fond memories of the times they were rescued by their animal companions, creating unforgettable moments that last for years.

Whoever they are, they have earned a permanent place in our hearts. While every player has their favorites, some animal companions stand out from the rest. These are the top 10 animal companions in video games, ranked by how memorable they were.

#10. Sparx (Spyro)

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Spyro’s adventures in the realms would not be complete without his friend Sparx. While Spyro is responsible for flying and fighting enemies, Sparx takes care of defense. Sparx protects you from damage a certain number of times and is your main form of protection in boss fights. When Sparx looks weak, grab some butterflies and your defenses will stand! Sparx can also help you find missing gems, which is perfect for the large areas Spyro is known for.

#9. Faith/Heaven/Shadow (Spirit of Tsushima)

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Jin’s horse in Ghost of Tsushima has three possible names, and you can name it whatever you want. It will always be there for you when you call it, and the horse will be your main mode of transport. With practice, it can also help you in battle. But it makes its mark with the scene where your horse carries Jin to safety at the cost of his life. The scene is particularly memorable and it’s hard not to shed a tear.

The scene is memorable enough that when Jin searches for another horse, you can’t use the same name as your previous horse. That’s what the horse meant to Jin.

#8th. Epona (Legend of Zelda)

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Epona has accompanied Link on many of his adventures in The Legend of Zelda, and getting around without Epona isn’t the same. While you can travel through some games (like Breath of the Wild) on foot, there’s nothing quite like riding through the countryside on horseback and reaching your destination in record time.

#7. Agro (Shadow of the Colossus)

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While you destroy the colossi to revive your loved one, it would be almost impossible to get around without Agro. The horse will accompany you throughout your journey and is also essential for completing some Colossus battles. Agro will even do his best to take you to the last colossus, although unfortunately he doesn’t make it across the bridge. Unlike the horse in Ghost of Tsushima, Agro manages to survive his circumstances.

#6. Ikaros (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)

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Ikaros wasn’t just your everyday eagle. Kassandra could actually see through Ikaros’ eyes, giving her the first true Eagle Vision the series is known for. Ikaros is also capable of fighting enemies attacking Kassandra as well as hunting alone. It’s hard to find a more reliable animal companion than Ikaros that shows great utility.

#5. Brown (Rose Rule)

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Rule of Rose isn’t the most well-known game, but the friendship between Jennifer and her dog, Brown, is one of the best aspects of the game. Brown’s friendship with Jennifer is important to her personality development and he helps her explore the airship. Brown’s death during the game eventually drives Jennifer to stand up for herself and throw out her cowardice. Brown’s effect on Jennifer is something few animal companions can match, making it one of the most memorable.

#4. Dog Meat (Fallout)

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Exploring the wasteland alone makes the world a dangerous place. But when Dogmeat is by your side, no challenge can let you down. Dogmeat is one of the earliest companions you can meet, and he will always be loyal to you. Unlike other companions, who can walk if sufficiently provoked, Dogmeat has absolute loyalty and will follow you no matter what decision you make.

#3. Cockroach (The Witcher 3)

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Roach has long helped Geralt travel against monsters. Geralt calls all his horses “Roach”, but that doesn’t take away from how useful Roach can be. He is fast, helps Geralt in battle and is always there when he needs him. In The Witcher 3, Roach can even help Geralt with a quest. Unfortunately, while Roach can travel long distances and cross oceans, small fences continue to be a recurring obstacle.

#2. Hewie (Haunting Ground)

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One of Fiona’s most iconic animal companions, Hewie is rescued early on and remains loyal to her, giving her comfort as she explores Belli Castle. When Fiona is attacked by various pursuers and enemies, Hewie helps fend them off, buying Fiona valuable time to escape. Thanks to Hewie, Fiona manages to survive the game and get out of the castle unscathed.

#1. Pikachu (Pokémon)

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Not really an animal, but Pikachu was the first companion players could rely on in Pokémon Yellow. Pikachu never leaves your party, cannot be gifted, and is always there when you need someone to lend a helping hand. While it’s not the best fighter against ground-type Pokémon, you can always count on Pikachu to be there for you when you need it. The 10 best animal companions in video games

Curtis Crabtree

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