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Air Balloons (Sky Vehicle)

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    Baroque Obama avatar Baroque Obama
    Level 49 : Master Architect
    This pack may be one of the smallest, simplest packs ever but it adds something awesome... Air Balloons!

    Rarely in Sunflower Plains biomes, you'll find an Air Balloon waiting for you on the ground. This is a vehicle that you can enter and fly wherever you like! There are 4 varieties of balloon (appearance-wise), and they all function the same way.

    Don't forget the resource pack!

    Controlling your Air Balloon is extremely simple - just move it the same way you would if you were walking on the ground. The only difference is that you'll also need to specify whether the balloon should be ascending or descending, and this is simple too.

    When you board an Air Balloon, you'll be given a Lufter (a new item that looks like a hot air balloon); when it's your main-hand item, you'll ascend, and when it isn't, you'll descend. When you touch down on the ground again, moving as normal will simply exit the balloon (and take away your Lufter); just board again to fly somewhere else!

    It's literally just that simple. A nice tip is that the Air Balloons technically count as Villages, and so some combination of /locatebiome (for Sunflower Plains) and /locate (for Village) might help you find an Air Balloon more quickly.

    I suppose the best tip is to make sure that the first open slot in your hotbar is selected when you board. This ensures that you transition from walking directly into moving the balloon when you enter it, with no further effort required.

    CompatibilityMinecraft 1.16
    toMinecraft 1.17 Snapshot

    1 Update Logs

    Update #1 : 02/19/2021 4:04:49 pmFeb 19th

    •Added three new balloon models, allowing for variety with 4 balloon types

    •Updated data pack & resource pack downloads

    •Updated project pics

    02/19/2021 9:42 pm
    Level 1 : New Miner
    LouiSwaggadocio avatar
    Any behind the scenes reason the air balloon counts as a village?
    02/19/2021 9:51 pm
    Level 49 : Master Architect
    Baroque Obama
    Baroque Obama avatar
    Yeah, totally. There were a thousand different ways of "giving" a player an air balloon once I had the concept, and the first thing that came to my head was the idea of having them off by their lonesome in the middle of a field somewhere lol.

    If I wanted to do that, a very easy way was to just make a structure with a customized armor stand (the balloon) saved in it, and make it appear as a village in some biome.

    Also, I try to automate as much as I can in my datapacks, and it fit that goal too :)
    02/23/2021 3:41 pm
    Level 1 : New Miner
    rebelwolf7678 avatar
    so what is the hot air balloon model replacing?

    looks awesome btw
    02/23/2021 3:51 pmhistory
    Level 49 : Master Architect
    Baroque Obama
    Baroque Obama avatar
    Thanks very much :).

    Nothing was replaced to include the Air Balloons; aside from adding the balloons & balloon behaviour (and the fact that they can be found in Sunflower Plains biomes), nothing from vanilla was changed.

    The balloons implement custom models that override the Nether Brick item, but don't actually interfere with Nether Brick in any way.
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