As many of you know, there is a balloon you can buy in Horse Isle 3. This article is for those of you who want to know what’s it’s like before earning and spending the massive amount of Essence needed for its use.
First of all, I would not recommend buying the Balloon if you want to use it to travel long distances. After all, it goes at half the current speed of the wind, and in the same direction, and the only way you can control it is by pressing the up or down keys. You can see what direction the wind is going by looking at the little blue arrow on the round map in the upper right hand corner of your screen. However, you likely know this if you already have the Sailboat.
Note of hilarity: If you try to deploy your balloon in shallow water, you get the message “Not a water balloon.”
Basic Balloon Facts
Cost: 25,000 Essence with at least 1,000 of that being from Decay Biome
Fuel: Lantern Oil
Time to take off: 5 seconds of burn
Speed: 1/2 of current wind speed
Hotkeys: Up and Down arrows
Fuel Saving Tips
You will quickly find that flying the balloon takes a lot of Lantern Oil. Rather than spamming the Up-arrow key, it’s best to space out your key strokes to find the best interval where you don’t lose altitude but keep going.
2 or 3 Lantern Oils are required to get off the ground and to a decent altitude, then let off the up button, then wait about twenty seconds, then hold the up button till you see that another Oil has been used. After a while you’ll get the feel for how often you need to use oil, but basically it’s best to hold then button down till you see that an Oil has been used then let up for a while. The higher you go, the harder it is to see.
I would suggest saving up between 30 and 50 lantern oils before your first flight.
Another thing you can do to save oil is to deploy your balloon from a place that’s already high, like a Beach Spiral, the top of a Mesa, or even one of those conveniently located tall towers.
Note: it can be a lot of fun to hit X at the top of the balloon’s flight, putting it away and giving you a chance to skydive!
How to get Lantern Oil
You can buy it, often very cheaply, from player stores. Check the Shopping Board for prices.
There are basically three ways to make Lantern Oil.
You will need a Ranch House and a Furnace for all three methods.
Recipe 1: Melt shovels of Tar at your Furnace.
Tar is found in Tar Pits in Decay Biome. Be careful not to walk on the wet sticky part or you can get stuck, you can still dig from black ground near the wet tar surface. Some clubs are in Decay Biome and have tar pits nearby, so that is a cheap way to get there. It costs 1 shovel of tar per 1 Lantern Oil.
Recipe 2: Make Cooking Oil from Olives then use Furnace.
Olives are found in the dark green portions of Mediterranean Biome, growing on trees. It takes 4 olives to make a bottle of cooking oil, then 2 bottles of cooking oil can be combined at the Furnace to make 1 bottle of Lantern Oil.
Recipe 3: Make Cooking Oil from Coconuts then use Furnace.
Coconuts can be found on coconut trees all over beaches, and it takes one coconut to make a bottle of Cooking Oil. 2 of those can be combined at the Furnace to make 1 bottle of Lantern Oil.
See below for pictures!