If enough mice stand on a visible balloon (approximately 3), the balloon will pop and cause a spirit effect, pushing the mice away.
Airships are a common use of balloons.
Balloons have a single anchor that is activated by any other anchor key. When anchored to objects, the balloon will attach itself to the object by a string. The force of the balloon will have different results based on the weight, shape, and size of the object. For example, while a single balloon can easily carry a single small crate, at least three balloons are required to lift an anvil effectively.
After the 8 August 2010 update (V0.52), shamans can attach balloons to mice. The connection to the balloons breaks if the mouse in question moves, but the Shaman can nudge the balloon with objects such as cannon balls, spirits, or attach runes to it. This won't break the connection the balloon has on the mouse, but rather add some degree of locomotion.
Balloons come in red, blue, green, and yellow. Despite rumors that say the colors of the balloons correspond to what anchor hotkey you use (C, V, B, or N), the color of the balloon is completely random and generated differently, client sided (each user sees the same balloon as a random color).
However, when you purchase 2 or more custom balloons from the shop when spawning it will spawn a random balloon or you can press the hotkey 3 to scroll through your balloons and select which one you want to use.
Balloon floating bugs Edit
Balloon Spirit Break Glitch Edit
Balloon Swing Edit
Balloon Elevator Bug Edit
It is possible to create a balloon elevator that will go smoothly up to the sky.
Balloon Plank Bug Edit
Balloon Walk Edit
Allows you to walk in a single direction while being attached to a balloon (instead of having to remain still).
Soulmate Separation Glitch Edit
Balloon Into The Future Edit