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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 Powerup 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.

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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 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.
  • 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.

    Hack-n-Slash 
  • In Dynasty Warriors, (particularly the later installments) allows you call your horse from any location unless they're in certain buildings.
  • 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 loation; 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.

    MMORPG 
  • Mabinogi players have a Hyperspace Arsenal for pets, almost invariably including at least one mount.
  • 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.
  • In Elsword, if you have acquired a mount, you can choose to summon them at will whenever you like (except in PVP).
  • 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.
  • ScarletBlade: player characters are given futuristic bikes operated this way, but at least the setting is high-tech one. Phlebotinum ahoy.
  • In both EverQuest and EverQuest II, mounts are summoned via Hyperspace Arsenal by merely activating an item in your inventory.
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    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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!)

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ''Mekton Zeta has the "Summoning Your Mecha" Stupid Mekton Trick, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.

    Wide Open Sandbox 
  • Whistling while out in the wilds in Red Dead Redemption immediately summons your horse, regardless how far away you "parked" it.
  • The "Drop a Deuce" guitar solo in Brütal Legend, instantly repairs and summons Eddie's signature car anywhere in the world (except quest locations).
  • The ability to summon cars exists in all the Saints Row games. In the first, it even summons The Driver along with the car to chauffeur you around. In 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). In Saints Row IV, your summoned vehicle simply appears around you, since it takes place inside a computer simulation.
  • No More Heroes gives Travis the ability to call his friend in order to retrieve his motorcycle anywhere in the city.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed III allow the player to use a whistle that summons a horse to wherever they were, even if such a location seemed impossible for one to reach. How this manages to summon only one horse has not been explained.
  • 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.)
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    Non-video game examples 
  • In Dragon Ball, Goku usually shouts "Flying Nimbus!" to make the cloud fly in to him until he learned how to fly himself and it became obsolete, although he still uses it later on to save his energy.
  • Parodied in one Lucky Luke episode where Luke whistles for Jolly Jumper... and gets every horse in the vicinity.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

 
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