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How to get Summer Shells & DIY recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 7/Jun/2020 23:44 Updated: 8/Jun/2020 14:50

by Meg Bethany Koepp


There’s a new seasonal event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it involves collecting Summer Shells and exclusive DIY recipes in order to get some pretty epic items.

When New Horizons released in March, it introduced several new features to the series such as Hemispheres, terraforming, and more. One of the most-loved additions is the ability to craft new furniture and clothing using recipes and materials found around your island.

Spring saw the cherry blossom period which awarded players with Japanese-themed items and DIYs, and also housed the bamboo season with similar rewards. Now that summer is here, the next event is all about Summer Shells – here’s everything you need to know about grabbing the exclusive ocean-themed items and recipes.

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Summer Shells are found on the beach, and are very distinct in color.

How to get Summer Shells & DIYs in New Horizons

Starting June 1 until the end of August in the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll be able to find Summer Shells along your beach where you’d usually find regular ones like conches and corals. For Southern players, they will appear from the start of December to the end of February.

They have a distinct blue color compared to others, so they won’t be too hard to spot alongside the shoreline when hunting them down. You won’t always find them straight away, so in order to spawn more shells, pick up everything along your beach and wait approximately an hour.

There are eight DIYs that you can craft using Summer Shells. You’ll need around 30 of them in total to create everything so make sure you pick them up every time you spot one on the sand.

Like other seasons, the recipes are obtained by shooting down balloons using a slingshot. To find out how to spawn them in more often, check out our guide. You can take a look at the Shell wreath in-game below courtesy of Animal Crossing World.

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Find recipes by popping balloons.

The list of every DIY and crafting materials needed can be found below:

  • Shell wand – 3x Summer shells, 3x star fragments
  • Shell wreath – 1x Summer shell, 1x sea snail, 1x sand dollar, 1x coral, 1x giant clam, 1x cowrie
  • Shellfish pochette – 6x Summer shells, 2x giant clams
  • Starry-sands flooring – 3x Summer shells, 1x sandy beach flooring
  • Tropical vista wall – 5x Summer shells
  • Underwater flooring – 3x Summer shells, 3x coral
  • Underwater wall – 3x Summer shells, 5x coral
  • Water flooring – 6x Summer shells
Animal Crossing

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.