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How to get gold roses in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 23/May/2020 22:33

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Gold roses are one of the prettiest flower types in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but you can only get them with a very specific method. Here’s everything you need to know.

Growing hybrids in Animal Crossing is an art that only serious green thumbed gardeners can master. It requires a knowledge of colors, plant types, and in some cases, relies on genetics to spawn certain ones – it’s a science!

Gold roses have been a staple of many towns since they first appeared in Wild World for the Nintendo DS in 2005, largely due to their rare nature and also as a ‘humblebrag’ to make your village stand out above the rest – why would you plant regular flowers when you can have gold ones?

You’ll need a golden watering can.

How to grow gold roses in New Horizons

First thing’s first, you’ll need a golden watering can. Isabelle gives you the DIY recipe after you achieve a 5 star island rating – the guide for which can be found here.

After that, you’ll need to breed red roses together in order to spawn some black ones. It doesn’t work with any other color, you need black specifically and they only appear by using reds.

Once you’ve got yourself some black ones, plant them in a checkerboard pattern just like you would when trying to get any other sort of hybrid. Then water them with your golden can and wait a day to see if any appear.

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Black roses make gold roses, but only using a golden watering can.

Each gold rose sells for 1,000 Bells, so it’s definitely worth trying to breed them in bulk for a way to make money to pay off Tom Nook’s home loan.

If you’re interested in breeding other hybrids as well, check out our guide here. It tells you everything you need to know about which flowers are needed for each type and color.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing


Animal Crossing: New Horizons players appear to be quite divided on one part of the new winter update, as it allowed for a more inclusive range of hairstyles.

On November 19, Nintendo enabled the game’s winter update. Excitement has revolved around new hip reactions that will let them sit on the ground, do workouts and yoga, like many have seen their villagers do on their islands.

The content refresh also includes six new hairstyles: afro, afro puffs, cornrows, buzz cut with faded sides, voluminous curls, and even a bald look. New additions have been a welcome change for people of color playing the game, who wanted to see themselves represented.

Previous versions of the game came under fire for a lack of representation. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, some players were forced to play around with the tan feature to give their characters their actual skin tone.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hairstyle winter update
Nintendo added six new hairstyles to the game in its Winter update

While New Horizons finally represents a far wider variety of skin tones, players felt that not enough had been done for representation and even created a petition in August asking for more inclusive hairstyles.

The campaign ended in victory, but the update has actually been dividing the community on Twitter. A debate has erupted as to whether it can be deemed cultural appropriation if white players use some of the new hairstyles.

It all began on the day after the update launched when user stardewleaf tweeted an image of a white in-game character with what they called “Space buns”. It has sparked a huge debate with many people taking offense that a white user was using a hairstyle added to represent people of color.

One user responded: “They’re not space buns, they’re afro puffs made for POC”, while another explained why people had taken offense, adding: “The reason people are p**sed off is because we don’t really have a lot of hair options that represent us in Animal Crossing, and you do. Then you specifically choose that one, despite what you others pick from.”

Another person defended the style, saying: “As a white person with curly hair, these could in fact be what a white girl’s bun looks like. They’re both afro puffs and buns, games are games.”

Several other people commented that they felt the debate as a whole was ridiculous and trivial: “No one who gets mad at another person enjoying a hairstyle in a video game is worth listening to.”

The original tweet now has more than 5,000 responses and the number still continues to grow.

In general terms, the decision to have additional hairstyles and more representation incorporated into the Animal Crossing world has been a popular move.