Horse Isle 3 – Travel in Ice and Snow

Large areas of the Infinite Wilds are frozen over, and this kind of travel has its own challenges. There are various strategies and equipment you can use to help deal with these, with a varying degree of success. Different horses are needed for these different landscapes, too.

Snow

Snow slows you down tremendously, and it can be hard to climb the slippery hills.  Snow fields can also be quite vast so you may be a while crossing them.  Also, the landscapes are quite beautiful and not to be missed!

Equipment

Snowshoes can be purchased with Essence and they equip automatically. They make the terrain less slippery and boost your walking speed. They are really helpful if you want to complete a puzzle or quiz post that’s located on a slope.

 

Skis can also be purchased with Essence and they are great for cross country skiing, giving something of a speed boost, but they truly shine if you have to go downhill. You can reach some pretty respectable speeds!   Steering works better when you use the mouse as well.  The shortcut is =,

Horse Types

For snow, it’s best to have large horses, preferably with big feet, who are good in Speed, Strength, and Bravery. Shires, Shire Sport Horses, other similar drafts, and various flavors of Grade Draft are all good for this. A lighter horse that is still relatively tall, strong fast and brave, can do pretty well too.

Ice Crusts

Ice Crusts are very slick and can be difficult to travel on. Your snowshoes don’t work here and horses get hurt easily on the sharp ice.

Equipment

Skates can’t be used here – and wagons or carts can but it’s a pain to deal with all the ridges and bumps.  Walking or riding is your best bet.  Or maybe a balloon?

Horse Types

I’ve had really good luck with my Hunter Thoroughbred on ice crusts. I think any good runner-jumpers would do well. Horses who are brave and agile do well here, and speed never hurts. I highly recommend getting a Salus Amulet or at the very least, a preventive vet exam.

Ice Sheets

The majority of ice you see will be in sheet form, over the oceans. Horses don’t like this area because it easily frightens them – I don’t blame them! Nobody likes the chance of a cold bath.  However, there are multiple ways of dealing with it.

Equipment

Skis work here, though not very well.  You can also just run, but who wants to do that?   This is where the Ice Skates truly shine. You can use them with alternating key strokes, much like a Kayak, though if you just press Forward you will still make progress, albeit more slowly.  You can also use Pony Carts, Horse Carts, and Chariots, though the ice still cracks under horses from time to time.  Shortcut is ~.

Horse Types

The ideal horse for ice travel is strong, fast, brave, and light. Of course, light horses don’t tend to be as strong, so there’s a balance that must be struck. Strong ponies tend to have a broad chest along with their other attributes. Some people breed miniature ponies with draft breeds to boost the strengh of the resulting foal – this can be tricky but it can work. There are also various breeds that are designed more for ice draft work. Also, the horses of the Decay Biome tend to be tiny and some of them are strong.

Broken Ice

Broken up ice sheets floating on a sea, too spread about to walk across. This situation can be a pain. You pretty much have to either swim slowly through it or sometimes you can use a kayak. Luckily it just borders major ice sheets so you won’t have to endure long stretches of it.

 

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Horse Isle 3 – Rare Items

Many times when trying to complete a quest or create just one more bottle of that rare dye, you will need to look for rare items or areas.  These things will still be difficult to find, but here are some tips that will help you have a better chance.

Basic tips:

If you just need an ingredient but it doesn’t matter where it came from, check the shopping boards to search player shops.  Shopping boards look like a big sign and can be found at most clubs.

You can also use Pitcher Plants to get rare items.  Rare items come from using Wishing Coins too but it’s more rare.  Pitcher plants can be found in swampy areas.  TigerTon’s wagon also has a cheap route to one.  Caveat:  Gathering an item from a pitcher plant doesn’t count for quests.

Some clubs have wagon routes to commonly needed rare areas.  For example, Blood Ruby Knights has a wagon that goes to Fire Flowers.  International Space Station has a wagon that goes to Snow Ghosts and Crystal Flowers.  Check the club profiles and wagons for updates.

If you do use a Club wagon to get to a rare area or resource, take only what you need.  After all, other people might need it too.  If you need to gather a lot, it’s probably best to find your own area and save it as a Travel location so you can come back on your own.

If you get to an area that has resources you need, but someone has picked them, either find another resource area or come back the next day.  Stuff regrows in just a couple days.

If you need to know what a rare flower or plant looks like, build a Planter on your ranch.  The plants will be exactly the same as you would find them in the wild, so you can look at them from various distances and get better at spotting them.

Below are pictures of various resources and where they can be found.  In some cases I’ve included a distance shot as well as a close up so you can get an idea of what it looks like when riding.

Saffron Closeup
Saffron Flower
Saffron Contex
Saffron is found in mesa Valleys – green areas on top of mesas
Desert Rose
Desert Rose
Desert Rose Context
These are found in Desert Oases, green areas in dunes
Red Rose Closeup
Red Rose
Red Rose Context
These are found on Sandstone clifftops
Poppies
Poppy
Poppy Context
Found in Stone Forests – around the columns
Mullein
Mullein Flowers, found near Stone Forests
Salt Pinch closeup
Pinch of Salt
salt pinch area
They look like grey rocks in Salt Flats
Crystal Flower
Crystal Flowers
crystal flower 2
Grow in Snow, most often near Snow Ghosts
Nightshade 1
Black Nightshade
Nightshade 3
Grow in Decay Biomes

 

 

Fire Flower
Fire Flower
Fire Flower in Caldera
Grow in Volcanic Calderas

Volcanic Calderas are a pain in the butt to find on your own because they are rare but obvious once you see them.  They are in Volcanic Biome, of course, and look like a massive black mountain.  If you see whitish gray steam or smoke coming from the top, you know you’ve got yourself a caldera.  Head to “Where the Drafts Go” Village if you want to see one.   Not every caldera has fire flowers, either.  They grow where the lava pools are.  The volcano below no longer exists, I did the screen grab during Beta.

Volcano 2

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Horse Isle 3 – Guide to Caves

Caves, as you’ll remember from my last update, are a huge new feature in Horse Isle 3. 

The interconnected network of caverns stretches under the entire surface and can be found in every biome.  In some cases you can travel from one biome to another.  For instance, my club TigerTon has a cave right outside its borders (go south from the Horse Traders) that starts in Rooted Caves, but from there you can travel to the caves under the nearby Wondershrooms biome.

 

This is handy because it lets you get topazes from the jungle areas and purple crystals from the wonderland areas!  You can also see the different areas on your minimap, represented by different colors.  For example, Spider Caves are purple.

Tips for traveling in Caves:

Crafted Mines
Cave Exit

When opening caves, the more people in an adventuring party, the less energy it takes from all.

You cannot Quick-Travel into a cave but you can Quick-Travel out to any destination.

It’s a good idea to save cave entrances as Quick-Travel spots, so you can warp out and return to where you started.

Ride the bravest horse you can find, they will help you get over and around obstacles.

When in a Dangerous Paths area, it’s easier to get up the walls with a brave horse than it is by climbing – think of how it works around Ice Cliffs.

Where there are crystal shards, there are likely crystals – look around, crystals are glowing and obvious.  I’ve included illustrations below.

You can open cave entrances from the inside but still need at least one other person with you in your Adventure Party.

Bring enough wood so you can use Torches!  It consumes 1 piece of Wood per minute.

List of Collectible Resources:

I found this on the profile of the club “Where The Drafts Go.”  A complete list of all cave types from all biomes is still in the works.  Eventually I’d like to also have a list of all unique areas within the caverns but that’s going to be a BIG job.

Not all resources have a purpose yet, but I’m sure they will.

Imbuement Crystals

Yellow Imbuement Crystal
A yellow Imbuement Crystal, with shards

Red – Black Sands
Yellow – Desert
Green – Swamp
Blue – Decay
Purple – Wonderland

Ores

Coal – Fall Forest
Iron – Sandstone
Copper – Mesa
Silver – Volcanic
Gold – Badlands
Platinum – Ice

Gemstones

Topaz Plinth with Topaz
Citrine on Plinth

Amethyst – Fjords
Citrine – Stone Forest
Diamond – Savannah
Emerald – Rainforest
Ruby – Dark Forest
Sapphire – Tundra
Topaz – Jungle
Tourmaline – Salt Flats

 

Note about crystals, ores and gems:

THEY GROW BACK.   It takes a couple of days for that to happen, but it will.  So if someone cleaned out your favorite gathering spot, don’t despair – just mark the spot (on a hand drawn map) and come back later.  Or, if you see a bunch of shards lying around, come back later – crystals may regrow.

Wild Horses:

Yes, you can catch wilds in the caves.  They are rare, they tend to be small, and they tend to be brave.  Below is a screenshot showing a wilds another player caught.

Cave Poneh

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More Illustrations:

Hopefully these images will help you get a better idea of the wonders that are in the deeps of the Infinite Wilds.

Topaz Plinth
Topaz Plinth without topaz
Topaz Plinth with Topaz
Topaz Plinth With Topaz
Purple Crystals
Purple Imbuement Crystals with shards
Mushroomed Caverns
Non-Glowing Mushrooms
more magic glow shrooms
Glowing Mushrooms
Dark Spider Cave
Dark Spider-Caves – Rubies can be found here
Dark Spider Cave 2
Another Spider-Cave
Dangerous Paths
Dangerous Paths – bring a brave, smart horse
Dangerous Paths 2
The reward for walking the Dangerous Paths
Tall Quartz Crystals
Tourmaline on a pedestal
Underground Sea
A boulder of Ore
Rough Trails
Lava with silver ore boulder

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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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

HI3PhotoAnimal-White WolfHI3PhotoGeology-Meteor Crater

 

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 – 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.

 

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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.

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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!

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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:

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.

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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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