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 – 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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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!

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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:

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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.

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Horse Isle 3 Updates

We’ve had a number of updates lately and here are a few of the neatest things!

We have a wider variety of clothes for our players, as well as new hair and also wider color choices.

Some of you may yet be unaware of the almighty sailboat – which is great because you actually can go pretty fast in it!  Let me know if you want a Sailing Guide, or perhaps a Modes of Tranpsort Guide.

We have some new saddles, including an Ornate version and a monotone version, so we don’t have to deal with two tone saddles anymore.

We can also upgrade our tack using crystals!  A guide for that is also in the works.

And we have a hot air balloon!

We have some new horse animations, with cool reactions to things.  Wild horses also will now react to your presence and occasionally wander away.

And, along with some cool old ruins scattered around the center of the world, we also have some neat journey quests!  It’s a great way to make money, Essence, and quest points, all while getting to see more of the area.  Here’s the endpoint of the quest that leads you to the top of a Candy Mountain:

 

ruins.PNG

 

So if you haven’t played Horse Isle 3 in a while, there’s a good reason to come back.  Let me know in the comments if there’s a guide you’d like me to make.

Happy gaming!

 

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Horse Isle 3 – A Tour of the Dark Forest

The various Biomes of the Infinite Wilds are all interesting in their own way, and most look pretty cheerful.  The Dark Forest is a wonderful exception to that, and a perfect place to explore as Halloween draws closer.

The Dark Forest is rather pretty from the outside, with dark red cliffs and rust colored water.  Once you enter, though, your vision is limited by perpetual fog.  This gives the Biome a wonderfully spooky atmosphere.

mulberry bush
Mulberry Bush

When night falls, though, the Dark Forest really shines.  There are spooky trees that occasionally show red, glowing eyes.  There are also odd plants that cast a red glow.  Also, in the deepest parts of the Forest, you can find the occasional graveyard.  Nobody knows who left the gravestones, though TigerTon Village has a quest that attempts to explain it.

boneyardBoneyard at night

There are also plants here that your horse will be afraid of, Spiderwort flowers that make good dye ingredients, and mulberry bushes that also have silk cocoons.  It was plain that the Dark Forest was lovingly designed!

creepy plant
Eek!  Scary plant!

Two tips for adventurers:

If you are trying to gather Dark Forest Essence, stay on the edges of the Biome so you can see inside.  Spot the various glowing balls and go in after them, then come back out so you can see again.  This is a much easier way of finding Essence.

The horses here are tiny and dark, so if you want to breed miniature horses, this is the best Biome to catch them.

red light plantred lampcreepy tree onecreepy tree

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Horse Isle Hints

These tips assume that you have been playing a while and know your way around.  They are are simple things I have discovered that can be surprisingly helpful.  Mixed in are a couple tips for beginners as well.

Finding Essence Stars

If you have a map, and are going to an Essence Star finding contest, when you arrive at the club town, set your map heading to the town.  That way, you always know exactly how far from the village you are, and can stay the right distance away.

Spacing Ranches

Similarly, you can use the same trick if you are trying to build a ranch near a club town, so you know when you are far enough away from it to begin homesteading.  If you are tapping maple, rubber, or dragon trees, save their location in your Travel destinations – including the time of day that you tapped the tree in the location name.  That way it reminds you to go back to the tree, tells you where, and reminds you when it’s been 24 hours.  You’ll be much less likely to lose your taps or forget to collect!

Ranch Size

If you want to be reminded about exactly where the borders of your ranch are located, build something (like a fence post) but don’t proceed with the construction.  Then you can walk around and see your borders.  When you are done looking, just cancel out and don’t build the object.

Easy Stone Gathering

The easiest way to collect stone and driftwood is to mount a horse, zoom out slightly, and ride slowly over a rocky beach while hitting E repeatedly.

Ornery Horses

When you need to make a horse breedable, feed it a bunch of coconuts then groom it.  That will fill groom and thirst and get mood and hunger up high enough to breed, while only having to do two actions instead of four.

Which Horses to Train

Only train horses you will be using to ride or compete with.  Breeding stock just uses inborn stats.

Rescuing Yourself

If you get stuck in a deep hole, you can usually jump out by pressing up arrow plus right arrow, and hitting the space bar as fast as you can.  Point your view up a bit so you can see when you are making progress.

Rescuing Yourself Part 2

When you are exploring and get near a rainforest biome, where holes are frequent and sometimes hard to avoid, set a Travel location.  That way you can warp out and not lose much progress.

Random Items

A cheap place to get rare though random items is in swamps, by searching pitcher plants.

Wishing Coins

If you get Wishing Coins, save them up for when you need energy or money – it’s no fun to have full energy and have the Wishing Coin refill your bars.

Dangerous Dig Locations

This last item is not a tip but a warning.  If you are writing a Club Quest and a step involves digging, make sure you do any final editing of that spot at your dig location because the game might reset that dig spot otherwise.  This is true even if you are only fixing a typo.

 

TigerTon Village overview.PNG