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.

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

Horse Isle 3 – Photography!

This is a fun new feature that not only lets you take pictures of wildlife, plants and geological formations around the Infinite Wilds, it also allows you to earn Essence and Quest Points as you snap!

For each unique photo you take, of the items listed in your Profile, you earn 10 Essence and 10 Quest Points.  Each photo needs a Film kit, which can be crafted.  There is also a Trophy to be won at different numbers of photographs taken.

Interested in becoming an intrepid photographer?  Here’s how to do it.

First, you need to unlock the camera.  It’s a one time unlock through the Equipment menu but it needs 1,000 Essence with 250 of that being from the Volcanic Biome.

Next, you’ll need Film Kits.  These can be made five at a time at your Crafting Shed, or you can buy them from other players.

For each Film Kit you need 5 Paper, 3 Caribou Moss, 2 Red Algae, and 1 Silver Ore.

Silver Ore can be bought at Importers.  TigerTon’s Importer sells them, for example.

Red Algae is found by digging in those pink pools you find among the geysers.

Caribou Moss is a white, branchy looking stuff you can find in Tundra.

Paper is made at your Crafting Shed and takes 2 papyrus each.  Papyrus is found in the rare and elusive Fertile Oasis, which is usually in the middle of massive dune seas.

Here are pictures of what everything looks like, and a couple example photos at the end.  To take a picture, have at least one Film Kit, and press N to open the camera.  Once you have your cross hairs over something that is on your photography list, it will tell you.  Left-click to take the shot.  After that it will give you your reward and also save a copy of the picture on your computer’s hard drive.  If you take a second picture of the same animal/plant/feature, it will replace the image and use up another Film Kit.

Picture below!  But first:

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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.

Red Algae
Found in Volcanic Biome, this is a Red Algae Pool
Caribou Moss
Caribou Moss in Tundra Biome
Reindeer Moss Close Up
Close-Up of Caribou Moss
Oasis Wide View
Fertile Oasis, where you find Papyrus
Papyrus
Papyrus Close-Up
Meteor Crater photo
Taking a Photo

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Horse Isle 3 – Sailing

I’ve promised to write about this for a while, and now I’m doing it.  Sometime back there was a huge update where sailing was introduced.  If you’re still unsure about whether it’s worth it to spend 10,000 Esssence, or maybe have a little trouble doing it, or are unaware of the feature, read on.

Sailing is really handy for crossing the huge oceans in Horse Isle 3.  The speed will vary depending on wind direction and how you set your sail, and it can be a lot of fun trying to sail as fast as possible.  Some players have even created ocean courses that have to be completed in a sailboat.

Your sailboat requires Essence to  unlock.  You’ll need 10,000 of it.  The colors are based on the ones you’ve picked in your appearance settings.  If you decide to do a Ride-Along, up to four players can travel together in one sailboat, including the owner.  The owner is always Captain.

J is the shortcut key to activate the Sailboat, and X or J puts it away.   How fast you go depends on the wind direction, which is represented by a blue arrow on your Compass.

There are two components to moving the sailboat – the sail, and the rudder.  The rudder helps you turn and the sail can be moved to catch more wind.  Arrows superimposed on the water show you your current speed and direction, generally the longer the arrow the faster you are going.

Sailboat 3
Arrows show wind direction and speed.

Controlling the sail is done with Shift plus A and D, or Shift plus left arrow and right arrow, so you can use either hand.  The rudder is handled with the same keys without shift, and W or up arrow is used to centralize it.  You want to do that when you’re going in the proper direction.  Without centralizing the rudder, you’ll just keep turning.

For those times when the wind is in the exactly wrong direction, you can either try tacking, or do what I do – put the boat away and use either swimming or a kayak!  Be aware, the sailboat will run aground if you are in water that’s too shallow.  Like so:

 

Here are some images showing various views of the Sailboat!

sailboat 6

Sailboat 5
Note the arrows and little blue arrow on the compass, near South.
sailboat 2
View from the cockpit

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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 Update – Holiday Frolic!

The holidays have reached the Infinite Wilds.  Along with some great updates, like being able to catch rare purebreds in the Wilds, and those long awaited pony carts, now we have a holiday tree and Santa hats!

The Santa hats can be had for 1,000 Mobia.  This price is designed to keep them relatively rare.  They look like your standard Santa hat, except that the red part can be redyed to any color you want.  Once you own one, it’s yours forever unless you give or trade it away.

The Club holiday trees are a bit more transitory.  They take up one decor spot at a club, must be built on flat ground, and will disappear on their own sometime after January 1.  They are quite large and impressive looking, and lack any particular religious imagery as they are meant to include all players in the fun.  They also react when someone plays an in-game musical instrument near them!

Under the tree you may find presents, they are to be opened on December 25th.  Buying a present for the Tree costs 50 Mobia, but the great thing about them is all club members get to open them on the big day.  So if you have 20 presents under the tree, every single club member gets 20 for their own.

The presents are similar to what you’d get by dropping a Wishing Coin into a Fountain, with the added possibility of getting Coal or an Esroh Essence.  It’s not established exactly what Coal is good for yet.  I’ll be saving mine, just in case!

Here are a couple pictures of what the Tree looks like, as well as a few new pictures of local wildlife.

 

(If you’d like to join this awesome game, 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.)

Holiday tree day 1
Tree on first day at night
Holiday Tree Club TigerTon
Tree with lots of presents!
Fennec 2
Fennec in Desert Biome
Coyote in Mesa
Coyote in Mesa Biome

Horse Isle 3 Update – Wild Animals

Infinite Wilds just had a really cool update, just in time for the holidays.  Wild animals are now roaming the lands, and not just rabbits!  There are various kinds of deer, bear, wolves, big cats, foxes, boars, and more.  In the Wonderland biome you can see them in their baby forms.

Each biome has its own unique creatures.  I’m particularly happy to report that black panthers can be found in the Jungle biome, where my club is related!

At the moment the creatures will wander around, paw at the ground, appear to eat things or somtimes scratch an itch, and occasionally run away from you.  You can’t interact with them but you can usually walk right up and take a close look.  The devs have said that they might create some kind of photography feature in the future, but in the meantime I’ve taken plenty of screen cap snapshots.

One of the really neat parts about this is all the animals will actually go to sleep during Horse Isle’s short night cycle!  It’s pretty cool to come along and see a sleeping panther or wolf.

If you want a full list of critters and where they can be found, check out the Library for a new book devoted to them.  I’m sure more is to come, however this is a really great and fun update!

Photography Tip:  If you really want to take great pictures, turn off the GUI up in Settings at the upper right of the game screen.  It looks like a wrench.  Also, if you take pictures from a distance with a Telescope, the critters will look more natural.  Get too close, and they will tend to face you all the time.

Interested in joining? 

Click  HERE or go to the HI3 site and put in my user ID, 1023.   You’ll be rewarded with 10 Esroh Essence (good for more energy) and 1000 gold dust to help you get started!

White Wolf Satl Flats
White Wolf on Salt Flats
White Tiger Black Sands
White Tiger on Black Sands
Sleeping Panther
Sleeping Panther
SandTiger and Friend
My new friend and I
Racoon
Raccoon
Puma on Mesa Top
My horse faces off with a panther on a mesa top
Moose Cow - Swamp
Moose cow in Swamp
Jungle Panther
Black Panther in Open Jungle
Deer in fall forest
Doe in Fall Forest
buck in fall forest
Buck in Fall Forest
Black Wolf Dark Forest
Black Wolf in Dark Forest
Bear cub and deer
Bear Cub in Wonderland

 

 

Horse Isle 3 Update – Pony Carts!

At long last, Horse Isle players can have a use for the horses that are too small to ride.  For the quite reasonable unlock cost of 2,000 Essence with 250 of that needing to be Mesa Essence, you can have a cart that automatically appears when you try to mount a horse that is too small to ride, but over .41 in their Strength stat.  This can be trained, by the way.

The Pony Cart uses the equipment colors you set in your profile, and you can change those by going to “Myself” and then “Change My Appearance” and then selecting your two equipment colors.

Speed of your majestic pony cart varies depending on how strong your pony is as well as how fast it is, and it can only be used by horses 12 hands and below.  Now, here are some pictures!

Pony Cart
The Cart, and my brindle pony
Pony Cart 3
The view when driving
Just the pony this time
Pony wants a portrait too!

Interested in joining? 

Click  HERE or go to the HI3 site and put in my user ID, 1023.   You’ll be rewarded with 10 Esroh Essence (good for more energy) and 1000 gold dust to help you get started!

Horse Isle 3: Guide to Tack Imbuement

So… you may be wondering, what in the heck is tack imbuement?

Well, it’s the way you can add special crystals to your tack so it now gives bonuses!

The bonuses are added in levels.  Level 1 takes 1 crystal and 1500 gold dust.  Level 2 takes 3 crystals, level 3 takes 6 crystals, level 4 takes 16 crystals, and you can have up to 7 levels.

So, each time you raise a stat a level, it takes more crystals, but each time it also costs more gold dust.  You can choose to raise one stat several levels, or spread it around in multiple stats.  The main limitation is how much money you want to spend and how many crystals you have.

Each stat has its own color, and you can Imbue not only the saddle but also the bridle and saddle pad, and the bonuses stack!

Your saddle pad, if Imbued, will get a nice little crystal symbol on it, and there is also a subtle edge glow on the saddle that corresponds to the color of your crystals.

Blue is Agility,

Green is Endurance,

Purple is Intelligence,

Yellow is Speed,

Red is Strength.

Where’s that Imbuer place again?

It’s a building that appears in clubs that have built one.  TigerTon has one but I know quite a few other clubs do too.  It looks like this:

Imbuer.PNG

Great!  Now, how do I get crystals?

Right now there are basically three ways to get them.  Well, four, but the fourth way is to buy them from other players.

They are sold for 1,000 gold dust each at an Import Store, if it has been set up to sell them.  (TigerTon has all five varieties of crystals, of course.)  An Import Store looks like this:

import store

You can also get them by using a Wishing Coin at a Fountain, if you are very lucky.  I wouldn’t count on that though, it’s only happened to me once.  When it DID happen, though, it gave me six crystals!

Fountain

The third way to get crystals, which is also my favorite, is to go out into a swamp and find Pitcher Plants.  They give all kinds of crazy random items, including crystals.  The ones with the “lids” open are ready to be gathered.  If you are lucky enough to get a crystal, you can get one to three at a shot.

Pitcher Plants

Now, here’s what a saddle and saddle pad look like with some Imbuement done to them.  The effect is somewhat subtle.  This saddle is one of the new Monotone Saddles, dyed my favorite color.

Imbued Saddle

Imbuement does give bonuses to a horse’s stats, but those effects are somewhat subtle.  Unless you put a fair amount of money and time into Imbuement, you aren’t going to create any Monster Horses, which is kind of a good thing.  As with the rest of Horse Isle 3, the creators set things up so you need to earn the bonuses you get, but at the same time, once you make something great, you can be proud of it!

I hope this guide was useful and if there are questions, please ask in the comments or drop me a line in-game.  I’m SandTiger.

Interested in joining? 

Click HERE or go to the HI3 site and put in my user ID, 1023.   You’ll be rewarded with 10 Esroh Essence (good for more energy) and 1000 gold dust to help you get started!