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How to increase balloon spawn rates in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Published: 10/Apr/2020 19:20 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 15:09

by Meg Bethany Koepp


It can feel like balloons float by once a century sometimes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, especially when you’re on the hunt for new recipes for your island. But there’s actually a way to get them to spawn every five minutes, using a simple trick.

Balloons with presents attached have been a staple of the Animal Crossing series since the beginning, adding an element of mystery and surprise for players to try and find out what’s inside. In the GameCube game, you had to shoot them down over a tree in order to get the gift, but luckily, that died off when Wild World for the Nintendo DS came along.

Spawn rates in New Horizons can feel a bit wishy-washy – sometimes you’ll get two in an hour, and sometimes you’ll see one in a day. Worry not, though – there’s a way to increase their appearances tenfold, and it’s extremely easy to do. If you’re on the hunt for the Golden Slingshot DIY recipe, then this is definitely the trick for you.

Increase balloon rates in New Horizons

Thanks to genius Twitter user @Arumi_kai who worked out how to perform the balloon trick, the spawn rate increases to an incredible five minutes between presents. Firstly, you’ll need to remember that they appear over the ocean every five minutes at four and nine minutes on the clock (think 3:04, 3:09, 3:14, etc.) on one side of your island, so you’ll have to work out what side they’ll be floating from by taking note of the wind direction.

To trigger the glitch, enter the Nook’s shop and go to buy an item. You can either say no or purchase it – doesn’t matter. Then, make sure you’ve left the store before the four or nine minute mark, otherwise the floating gift won’t appear.

Head to the beach on the side of your island they’re coming from, and run up and down the sand until you hear that familiar whooshing noise that comes with a freshly-spawned balloon. Make sure you wait for it to fly over the land before slingshotting it down, otherwise you’ll send it dropping straight into the ocean, lost forever.

Go to buy an item at Nook’s Cranny – you don’t have to actually spend anything, though!

Rinse and repeat the above steps, and you’ll spawn a balloon every five minutes – just make sure to keep on top of the time so you’re not in a building when the clock turns to four or nine minutes. Dexerto has tested the trick, and can confirm it 100% works if done properly.

One of the main reasons to farm the presents is that after you’ve popped 300 of them, the next one will contain the DIY recipe for the Golden Slingshot – a tool which lasts up to 60 uses, which is a far cry from the regular one at 20.

It’s also useful during events – such as April’s cherry blossom season – where you can only obtain the limited-time recipes by shooting down balloons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons released on March 20, and obliterated sales records in just its opening weekend alone to become the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch title to date.

Its debut marked the first mainline AC game in almost seven years, so it’s no surprise that it sold so well given that fans had to wait so painstakingly long for a new entry.

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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.