We love it when video games give us amazing technology and jaw-dropping powers, but we love it even more when they give us a dog companion to come along on our adventures with us. Especially when we get to pet them too.
Whether you want someone to watch your back in a horror game, need a powerful fighting companion to accompany you on an epic adventure, or are just looking for a friendly pup to stay at your side and make you feel better, these video game dogs are here to help with all of the above and more. Heck, one of them might even file your tax returns for you.
Appears in: the Animal Crossing series
Where would we be without Isabelle? This adorable Shih Tzu is both hard working and super organised, and her secretarial skills in New Leaf could put even the most organised town mayor to shame. And if you were in any doubt about just how powerful Isabelle’s ability to sort out your life for you is, just remember that she’s also a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Don’t cross her.
Appears in: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Let’s face it, if you were going to embark on an epic adventure across Skyrim, knowing that you were going to face dragons, vampires, bears, and trainee necromancers galore, you’d want a nice dog beside you to remind you that not everything in the world wants you dead. Especially when you know he’ll defend you in a fight. And also, when you find Meeko, his owner’s just died and he’s sitting all by his lonesome in an empty house. Leaving him behind would just be criminal.
Appears in: Far Cry 5
Boomer is one of the Fangs for Hire in Far Cry 5, and once you’ve rescued him, he’ll become a beautiful and loyal friend who’ll stick by you through thick and thin. Anyone who tries to hurt you will have him to contend with, and if he takes too many hits in battle and falls over, you need only pet him and he’ll be right as rain.
A word of warning, though. If you’ve not played Far Cry New Dawn yet, then don’t go to the F.A.N.G. Center crypt unless you want your heart shattered into a billion tiny pieces.
4. Wolf Link
Appears in: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Still a canine, so it counts. The wolf version of Link is just as handy in battle as his human form ever was, and he’s got the added bonus of special wolf senses that let him spot invisible enemies, sniff out and dig up handy items, and locate the lost spirits of the dead. He’s also the only canine on this list to wear earrings, making him quite possibly the most stylish wolf around.
Appears in: Pokémon Sword and Shield
While we’ve still got a bit of a wait for Pokémon Sword and Shield, everything we’ve seen of Yamper so far from the trailers and gameplay teasers is enough to convince us that we might have found our new favourite puppy Pokémon. Not only is he so full of boundless energy that he quite literally sparks, he’s also a pro at dashing after your first Poké Ball that failed to work and bringing it back so you can try again. Yamper believes in second chances.
Appears in: Blair Witch
A word of advice: don’t go into a creepy haunted forest alone. Take a dog. Like Bullet for instance, who can sniff out enemies and clues, track the people you want to find and warn you about the ones you don’t, fit through narrow spaces, and give you a warm and glowing feeling inside. And in return for all that help, you can pet Bullet as much as you want. Sounds like a good deal to us.
Appears in: Dragon Age: Origins
If you’re looking for a loyal, fierce warrior canine who can be decorated with warpaint and might bring you back a pair of grubby pantaloons as a gift, then Dog is the dog for you. He’ll bring you presents, isn’t fooled by stealthy enemies, and will always love you unconditionally no matter what you do. As dogs go, this is the very definition of a good one.
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