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A feature of some Wide-Open Sandbox games (but not exclusive to that genre), which allows you to summon a car/horse/any other means of moving faster than on foot to anywhere on the world map with a few key strokes, regardless where and in what condition you left them before. In some games, the ride exists only as long as needed and disappears into the ether the moment the character dismounts.

Subtrope of Power-Up Mount—in this case, you summon a mount rather than having to first catch it in the wild. Also a subtrope of Easy Logistics. May overlap with Automaton Horses. The ride may be summoned by a Holler Button.

Not to be confused with a Warp Whistle, which doesn't summon means of transportation but transports you where you want to go right away.


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    Action-Adventure 
  • In Darksiders, once reunited with Ruin, you can summon him with the press of a button. He instantly appears in a flame, and similarly vanishes when dismounted.
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising lets you conjure your chosen steed anywhere. Fenyx leaps into the air and the mount appears in a shower of golden sparks to let Fenyx Land in the Saddle.
  • In any The Legend of Zelda title in which Link's Cool Horse Epona appears, there will be some means to summon her by playing or whistling her theme. Similarly, in Skyward Sword, Link summons his Loftwing by jumping off the edge of a Floating Continent and whistling. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games had the magic flutes which would summon your animal companion (except in the sunken city). You get to meet all three as the plot requires, but which one stays with you depends on your actions.

    First Person Shooter 
  • In Paladins, the Champions can call their mount manually by pressing a key on the keyboard at the start of the round. Otherwise, the game will auto-mount players five seconds before the round starts.
  • In Realm Royale, the fighters can summon their mount at any point during the match.

    Hack-n-Slash 
  • In Dynasty Warriors, (particularly the later installments) allows you call your horse from any location unless they're in certain buildings. Holding the button will have your character automatically mount it as soon as it's close enough.
  • In Samurai Warriors (the sister series of Dynasty Warriors), starting with Samurai Warriors 3, you can summon the horse you started the stage riding in just about any outdoor location; if you didn't start the stage riding a horse, the Holler Button button summons a generic one with poor stats. Prior to 3, this ability was exclusive to Yukimura, Keiji, and Toshiie, and basically worked in exactly the same fashion.
  • Warriors of Fate have certain areas where you can collect gongs. Picking up one will have the sound of a gong going off, followed by a horse instantly coming to your side, which makes you faster and give you a height advantage over most mooks.
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    MMORPG 
  • In Elsword, if you have acquired a mount, you can choose to summon them at will whenever you like (except in PVP).
  • In both EverQuest and EverQuest II, mounts are summoned via Hyperspace Arsenal by merely activating an item in your inventory.
  • Mabinogi players have a Hyperspace Arsenal for pets, almost invariably including at least one mount.
  • ScarletBlade: player characters are given futuristic bikes operated this way, but at least the setting is high-tech one. Phlebotinum ahoy.
  • Various mounts (both technological and living) in Star Wars: The Old Republic can be summoned and unsummoned at will outside of combat in any outdoors location.
  • Warhammer Online: using a special item takes a few seconds and results in instant materialization (no explanation within universe) of the respective fantasy horse variant under your character. Take some damage or dismiss the mount willingly and that horse instantly vanishes.

    Platform Game 
  • In Mega Man (Classic) games, Rush's main function is to provide means of transportation for Mega Man to traverse through stages easily. Its uses are limited in number, though. Rush is Mega Man's Robot Dog who teleports to Mega Man whenever he needs him and transforms into various vehicles depending on the game. Such as a jet board, a motorbike or a Drill Tank.

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    Role-Playing Game 
  • Once you get the Global Airship in Bravely Default, you board it by tapping a button on the menu—which is specifically a safeguard against forgetting where you parked it.
  • Cyberpunk 2077: V can call any of the cars they own to come to their location.
  • The Crusader class in Diablo III has a spell that summons a magical steed for just a few seconds, allowing him to enter or escape combat quickly.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: A button summons the Inquisitor's mount. Party members are forced to walk and disappear altogether once you get on the horse/dracolisk/hart.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC expansion has the "Summon Arvak" spell, which summons a Hellish Horse who serves you as a steed until the spell expires. There is also a Game Mod called "Convenient Horses" that lets the player learn to whistle and summon their horse to them.
  • Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light: The dragon—which serves the same function as the Global Airship in other Final Fantasy games—can be summoned anywhere on the world map by using the Dragon Harp.
  • In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, you can use a flute to summon Latias or Latios anywhere in the overworld and have them fly you around, whether or not they're in your active party (indeed, they'll ferry you around even if you've traded them away!)
  • In Secret of Mana, the party acquires the Flammie Drum, which summons a large dragon that serves as the Global Airship of the game. It can only be used outdoors for obvious reasons.

    Tabletop Game 
  • Low-to-mid-level Paladins in Dungeons & Dragons, d20 System, and other games derived from them gain the ability to summon their personal divine mounts anywhere they require.
  • Arkham Horror has the Summon "Shantak" spell, which summons an otherworldly bird... thing and gives you an extra movement point while bypassing any monsters safely.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The 5th Edition sourcebook "Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes" features a magical item called "Infernal Tack" that can be used to bind a Nightmare into an evil character's service. A nightmare subdued by the tack must appear before its master if the spurs are clicked together and serve them as a steed for 24 hours.
    • The Phantom Steed spell summons an illusionary horse that's nevertheless real enough for the caster to ride on for the next hour. It's also twice as fast as a normal horse and is immune to fatigue.
    • Earlier editions had the Obsidian Steed, a small statue of a black horse that would summon a Nightmare that would serve as a mount for a period of time. However there is always a chance that it will instead take you into one of the lower (evil) planes and dump you there.
  • ''Mekton Zeta has the "Summoning Your Mecha" Stupid Mekton Trick, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • One scenario for The World of Darkness contained a Garou magic item, "the checkered whistle", which, when used, created a minor magical coincidence that would direct the nearest free cab towards the user.

    Wide Open Sandbox 
  • Assassin's Creed:
  • The "Drop a Deuce" guitar solo in Brütal Legend, instantly repairs and summons Eddie's signature car anywhere in the world (except quest locations).
  • In Ghost of Tsushima, Jin can whistle for his horse which he handwaves as the bond between a warrior and his mount.
  • In GTA Online, you can call your mechanic to bring you a vehicle as long as: you're not too close to your house/garage; the vehicle is not destroyed or impounded; and you're not in an area with no roads or some type of obstruction that can be accessed normally.
  • No More Heroes gives Travis the ability to call his friend in order to retrieve his motorcycle anywhere in the city.
  • Whistling while out in the wilds in Red Dead Redemption immediately summons your horse, regardless how far away you "parked" it. In Red Dead Redemption II however, there is actually a range for how far the horse will reach (though it's still pretty generous).
  • The ability to summon cars exists in most of the Saints Row games.
    • Saints Row summons your car and a driver along with it to chauffeur you around.
    • Saints Row: The Third: The Boss can call a homie who will bring any ground vehicle from their garage to their location—even if that vehicle was just blown to smithereens by the Boss themselves (though there is a Cooldown on this ability).
    • Saints Row IV: Your summoned vehicle simply appears around you, since it takes place inside a computer simulation.
  • Sleeping Dogs has a Face upgrade that lets you specify a vehicle that you can have a valet deliver to you when you call him on your cellphone.
  • Terraria did this with the mount items that used be used via the inventory before 1.3 gave them a dedicated slot and dye slot that allows quick access by pressing R by default. Pressing R again, using a grappling hook or entering certain liquids caused it to disappear and they appear/disappear in a cloud of their respective particles (sparkles for the giant bunny, honey for the bee mount, slime for the slime mount, etc.)
  • Geralt in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can call his horse, Roach, from anywhere in the world, and she will arrive in short order, even if she had to cross rivers, mountains and oceans from the other side of the map. This, combined with her invulnerability, is all for the sake of convenient gameplay. This is lampshaded in-game during the quest "Equine Phantoms" in the Blood and Wine expansion where Geralt now being able to understand Roach after taking a special concoction asks Roach about it, to which Roach simply states that she will simply go wherever Geralt is as long as he needs her.

    Non-video game examples 
  • In Real Life, having a personal driver is the closest equivalent of this trope. Services like Uber try to approximate this with a traditional taxi service.
  • Aang buys a bison-shaped whistle in an early episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It appears useless, but can be used to summon his flying bison Appa from a distance.
  • In Dragon Ball, Goku usually shouts "Come to me Kinto'un/Flying Nimbus!" to make the cloud fly in to him until he learned how to fly himself and it became obsolete. After this he used it only once to save on energy as he raced to save the survivors of Vegeta and Nappa's brutality.
  • Parodied in one Lucky Luke episode where Luke whistles for Jolly Jumper... and gets every horse in the vicinity.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In the Marching to the New Wonderland series, Weslie can ring his bell to summon the Xiha trains.
  • The Silver Surfer can summon his board with a cry of "To me my board!" from just about anywhere.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, while in Toontown, Eddie puts a toon thumb on his hand and instantly summons Benny the Cab.

 
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