Horse Isle 3 – Extreme Sports

I’ll bet this isn’t a post you ever thought you would see!  Along with my ideas for “extreme sports,” I’ve also included some information on training your horse in bravery, because for most of these you’ll need a brave horse.

No-one gets hurt in Horse Isle 3, though you can see some pretty spectacular bounces, so this is all fun and games.  Still, a Salus amulet or preventive exam for your horse are definitely good ideas.

Mini-Guide to Brave Horses

The Bravery stat can’t be changed or trained, and of course the higher the better.

However, you can train your horse’s Intelligence, and that helps your horse’s overall bravery.

Finally, knowing your horse well can increase its Bravery even more.  When I started riding Strider, my primary riding horse, he would follow trails and go over normal hills and through water.  However after I got a couple thousand experience points on him, eventually he was able to ride straight up mountains and across Badlands without a hitch!

Figuring out what your horse’s favorite treat is can really help you too because it gives you a stronger bond.  There are guides to doing this in the Horse Isle 3 player forums.

 

Fountain Surfing

Did you know that you can surf on Club fountains?  Just jump in the middle and see how long you can stay on top of the stream.  A timer starts so you can keep track of the time.

Mountain Climbing

You can do this with our without your horse.   You can climb quite a sheer cliff on foot by holding down the up arrow key plus the right arrow key (for some reason this works better than left) while hitting the spacebar repeatedly.  This is also how to get out of sinkholes.

Ice Cliff Scooting

This can be done with pink Ice Cliffs and also with some Obsidian Spires.  You run at the object with a really brave horse and if you do it right, you’ll scoot right up the side.

Cliff Diving

This can be done in sheer alpine areas, off mesas, off the sides of beach spirals, and off fjords.  Get your horse running as fast as it can go, holding down the spacebar, and release to jump right at the edge.  With practice, you can catch quite a bit of air.

(Note: wearing a Salus amulet or getting a preventive exam at the vet can be really helpful here.)

Cactus Races

Head out to Red Rock country, such as near WestWorld Village.  Pick a fast horse.  See how close you can get to the cactus at a full run without getting stuck!

Skydiving

This one is my favorite!

Get a balloon, and a bunch of lamp oil.  See this article for the guide on that.  Get your balloon up just as high as you can, so you’re above the sky and all you see is a rounded surface below.  It helps to start from a Beach Spiral, tower, or mountain top.  Then put away the balloon by pressing X.

You’ll fall for quite a while and bounce at least twice when you hit!

It can be really fun to hit “print screen” at the same time so you have a record of how high you went.

Base Jumping

Similar to skydiving but can be done without a balloon.  Can be done best from towers, or the Horse Statue at the center of the world.

Deep Sea Diving

Kinda like skydiving – you go out to the deepest ocean you can find and put your boat away, then put on your underwater helmet to see just how deep you can go.  Look around for a while, make lots of Jacques Cousteau references, and then enjoy any notifications you might get, while coming back up.

Do you have any more ideas for Extreme Sports?   Post them as a comment and I’ll include them!

 

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Horse Isle 3 – Unwritten Rules of Politeness

We all know about the Site Terms of Service, but if you’re new to a community it’s also nice to know about the customs and best practices that keep it running smoothly.  You know, those rules that aren’t written down anywhere but if you run afoul of them you’re pissing people off without knowing it.  Since I like to know about that kind of thing, I figured I’d share what I’ve noticed about them here, too.  Knowing some of these can save you time and Essence, too!

Basic Chat Guidelines

Help Chat is great for asking questions and doesn’t use up your Essence.  People are pretty friendly and helpful too.

When getting started, lots of answers are found by looking at the “Beginner Bird” information, found under the blue question mark to the upper right.

Also, lots of great information about where to find wilds, and where to find gatherable resources, is in the Library.  You can find those in most clubs.

Use the right chat for the right reason.  If selling, use Ads.  If asking questions about riddle boxes and such, use Help.

Keep Global conversation light.  Lots of people come to Horse Isle to get away from their troubles, so discussion of heavy topics is best left to PM or some kind of group chat.

Logging

Logging in and around a club, or around someone else’s ranch, usually irritates people.  Sure, trees grow back, but it takes a while and looks ugly in the meantime.  Many clubs (like TigerTon, Where The Drafts Go, and Zoo for example) have designated gathering areas linked to their wagons.  Those are spots meant for people to go and log to their hearts content.

Gathering

Similarly, when you are gathering resources in a place you haven’t discovered yourself, it’s best to take only what you need for a quest or whatever.  Some clubs have gathering quests where they ask you to gather in a particular spot, this is especially important in situations like this.

Other people’s gathering spots

If you are looking for a rare resource and someone kindly shares a spot with you, again, only take what you need.  You can also save your own secret gathering spots but again it’s best to save only those that you’ve discovered yourself, whenever possible.

Catching Wilds

Generally if you see someone else trying to catch a wild, it’s polite to move along.  There are infinite wild horses after all.  And if that wild was one you really wanted for some reason, you can totally ask them (politely) in PM after they catch it.

Placing Ranches

Since creating a ranch means you own that land and can do whatever you want with it, it’s best to only place your ranches in spots you discovered yourself.  I recently heard about someone who had shared a prime location for gathering almonds and plums (a pretty rare biome called an Almond Isle) and later they came back and found someone had built a ranch there so they could no longer gather.  Now, there’s no actual rule against this but it’s basic courtesy.   To be sure, you could always pick Undiscovered areas just to be sure.

Crowds

If there’s a huge crowd, it’s best to avoid using torches or campfires.  Those suck system resources and make slower computers lag badly.  I learned this one the hard way!

 

Anyway, I hope you all found this useful.   This isn’t meant to be some hardcore list of guidelines set in stone, but more a way to help everyone get along better.  Follow these and you’ll never look like a Newb.

 

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Horse Isle 3 – Animal Shapeshifting!

There are so many fun updates right now and this is actually one of my favorites.  Okay, I really love deep sea diving and photography too, but this one is just cute and fun.

Basically it’s a new server event that allows you to shapeshift into a random member of the wildlife population.  It pops up on the right side of your screen, and will ask you if you want to transform.  If you click the button you get to be a wild creature for five minutes.

There are limitations to what you can do.  You can walk, swim, collect items including lucky finds and teleport, but you can’t use tools or ride your horse.  That said, it’s a lot of fun to run around as a random critter!  You “de-animalize” automatically at the end of the time.  Also, what you become doesn’t have anything to do with what biome you’re in, it’s completely random.

Here are some of the creatures I’ve transformed into:

Baby Rabbit
Baby bunny tries to figure out how to catch a horse
black raccoon
A black raccoon discovers a meteor crater
Doe a deer a female deer
Doe… a deer… a female deer…
Gray Wolf
Wolf is lookin’ fine
grey wolf running
Players Who Run With The Wolves
Irony
I do my best impression of Prongs

 

That way, if you ever decide to buy a subscription, even for one month, you’ll get a bonus 1000 essence, plus 10 Esroh Essence to help you get started. 

A subscription costs 500 Mobia per month and you can buy Mobia from other players in-game if you don’t have cash to spend.

Horse Isle 3: Underwater Adventures

To help everyone have something else to focus on right now, Horse Isle 3 just pushed out a pretty massive update.  They opened the oceans for exploration!  You need 2500 Essence to unlock the Diving Bell, with 500 of that being from the Savannah.  They also launched a fun form of jousting, and recently released a horse cart and a chariot, which I’ll cover soon.  By the way, Caverns are in the works too!

Right now the oceans are a bit emptier than they will eventually be, but they are still really cool to see.  The Diving Bell lets you go as deep as you want, and lets you see the ocean bottom through a slightly wavery lens that’s a bit like using the Telescope.  There is a new Lucky Find too, a Giant Clam that lets you gather a pear.  I’ll post a picture of that when I find one, so check back.

Deploying the Diving Bell is easy, just go to your equipment menu to activate.  You can stop using it by hitting X.  It’s really slow to move while wearing diving gear, so it’s best to swim, kayak or sail to where you want to dive, just like in real life.  If you put the diving bell away while using it, all that happens is you float quickly to the surface.  That can actually be handy if you just found the Horse Isle version of the Marianas Trench and went all the way to the bottom.

Under the waves are neat coral (including brain coral) and colorful water plants.  I hope you enjoy the pictures below, as much as I had making them!  I had so much fun being the “Jacques Cousteau” of Horse Isle.  Please see the bottom for a special offer.

Sea vegetation
A likely spot to dive
Diving Bell 3
On the way to a diving site
Diving Bell 4
Surveying an area before diving
diving bell 1
First dive at dusk
Diving Bell 2
Looking into deeper water
Diving Bell 9
Near Fall Forest
Diving Bell 8
Near Fall Forest
Diving Bell 7
Kelp bed near an atoll
Diving Bell 6
Plants near an atoll
Diving Bell 5
Plants near an atoll

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Horse Isle 3 – Balloon Adventures

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!

 

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Balloon in Flight
Skydiving is a fun sport, too
Tower to launch from
Balloon on tower-top
Tower-top

Horse Isle 3 – the Essence Anomaly – Updated

A recent update introduced something called an Essence Anomaly.  Anyone who plays Horse Isle will know that Essence buys equipment and various account perks like the kayak, the pony cart, the chariot, the ability to sense wild horses, the sailboat, the hot air balloon and even musical instruments.  You can run around all over the map and gather Essence that way but it’s nice to get a boost at times.

Enter the Essence Anomaly.  Basically it’s a big ball of essence floating in the sky, and it’s at a random place.  You have 30 minutes to travel to it, or find someone else to help you travel to it.  If you are within 200 meters of it when the time is up, you get 150-250 Essence all at once.  Information about these are announced as Server Events, like Mane Event, water balloon throwing parties, etc.  It’ll show up as a green button on the right side of your screen so you can find out the heading – that way you’ll know how far away it is, and in what direction.

You will also probably see plenty of talk about it in Global Chat.  Most of the time if it’s attainable, someone will set up an Adventuring Party, which I would highly recommend joining.

Here is what the relevant news post has to say about it:

+ A random spot (up to 750 km from center, may be ocean) spawns an Essence Anomaly.
+ Every player who gets there in the allotted time will receive bonus at end.
+ Bonus is 150 to 250 essence.
+ New ‘Anomaly Researcher’ Award tracks completions.
+ Hint: SoundFX is silent as you get near the heart of the anomaly.

(There have been updates since that news posting, in distance from center, and in duration, but I’ve fixed them here.)

Tips if you have a slow computer:

You can be up to 200 meters away from the Anomaly so it’s better to stand near the edge.

Try turning your quality down temporarily.

Look at the ground or away from the group if you start lagging really badly.

Essence Anomaly Etiquette:

Since some of our computers lag terribly at these Anomaly gatherings, especially since a couple hundred players might show up, here are some general hints.

It’s nice to dismount, just to reduce the polygon count.

Don’t light any fires or carry torches.

Put away extra equipment like carts or chariots.

If you’re part of a party, and you’re on the way to the Anomaly, try and grab some Essence.  It benefits the group.

It’s nice to help invite new players who are late to the party.

 

Wondering what that cool Essence Anomaly actually looks like?

I have pictures!  I’m the guy on the black WAR UNICORN at center, with the red saddle blanket.  He’s got big hooves and I’m dressed all in black with a black hat.

Like to join me on this awesome game?  If you would, make sure and use this link or place my ID, 1023, in the box when you join.
That way, if you ever decide to buy a subscription, even for one month, you’ll get a bonus 1000 essence, plus 10 Esroh Essence to help you get started.  A subscription costs 500 Mobia per month and you can buy Mobia from other players in-game if you don’t have cash to spend.

 

anomaly madness
The wackiness as everyone gathers (note stars in sky)
Essence Anomaly
The anomaly itself, taken at night

Horse Isle 3 – finding the elusive Nightshade

It was months until I even saw my first Black Nightshade, despite a diligent search.  Normally I wouldn’t have cared but I needed it for a particularly tough quest that demanded I pick 3.  I searched Decay Biome after Decay Biome, never finding even one.  I asked people for advice.  I used one of my Ranch Planters to display one for me so I could see what I was looking for.  I even traveled 1.5 kk away from Center so I could make sure I was in a Biome nobody had even visited!  My quest taught me a lot and I’m passing these tips on to you.

What’s this stuff good for, anyway?

Most of the time people just use Nightshade for making dyes and for quests.  It’s also a flower you can photograph to get points.  If you just want black dye, a simple and easy recipe is 10 blackberries, though there are plenty others.  Quests require that you pick the nightshade yourself, not buy it, trade it, or find it in a Pitcher.  Unfortunately, Black Nightshade is the rarest item in the game!

Best Tips for finding Nightshade

If you just need it for dyes, visit a Shopping Board (found at most Clubs) and look for it.  There are plenty of people selling.

If you want to find it yourself, you are better off opening Pitcher plants (found in most Swamp Areas) as they are a random item you can get.  You can find up to three at one time in Pitcher Plants.

If you need it for a quest, though, you have to pick it yourself.

So that means finding a Decay Biome.  That’s the one that’s mostly tan, filled with dinosaur bones and opalized wood.  Keep in mind that not all of them contain Black Nightshade.

You can ask others for a nightshade location – but be careful here.  Don’t go and pick the nightshade they’ve shown you.  Use your Map and mark a place a ways off from the original nightshade, and stay over there.  You now know this particular patch of Decay has it, so you can search everywhere EXCEPT where the original flower was.  After all, they may need that one later.

If you just find one flower, you can save a Travel location for it, pick it, and come back.  In roughly three to six days the flower grows back and you can pick it again.  I’ve tested them and they do grow back in generally the same spot.

Try searching from overhead.  This can sometimes filter out the meh plants.

Try looking around Brain Mountains.  The contrast is better, so you can see them a little easier.

Try searching the shadows.  Black Nighthshade have been known to hide in the shadows of bones.

Remember they are rare – but they are there – especially if you search a Decay Biome where flowers have been known to grow before.

That said, don’t search highly traveled spots, as they are likely to be picked over.

Here are pictures of Nightshade so you can see what all the hullabaloo is about.

(But first)

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Nightshade 1
A black Nightshade Flower
Nightshade 2
From Overhead – try searching this way
Nightshade 3
From a distance
Nightshade 4
From horseback