Animal Crossing

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

Published: 10/Apr/2020 19:20 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 14:50

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.


Animal Crossing player creates perfect Pokemon Center in New Horizons

Published: 6/Jan/2021 1:02

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player made waves on social media after faithfully recreating a Pokemon Center in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing’s latest outing, New Horizons, was the breakout hit of 2020. Since its debut in March, the lovable Nintendo title has taken over social media as players around the world share their unique creations.

One Pokemon fan used the the game’s new editing tools to accurately build a Pokecenter in the social simulation title. Their stunning recreation of the iconic RPG location is one of the best things you will see all week.

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New Horizons’ features let players create their wildest dreams.

Pokemon fan creates Pokemon Center in Animal Crossing

Originally releasing on the GameCube in 2001, Animal Crossing has become a juggernaut for Nintendo. Its latest release, New Horizons, has given players an unprecedented amount of freedom to shape their island to their wildest imaginations.

Using the new game mechanics, a Pokemon fan set out to recreate what is perhaps the most iconic location in the Game Freak RPG – a Pokecenter. Artist ‘acnh.pokeland‘ shared their incredible project on the r/AnimalCrossing and r/Pokemon subreddits on January 5. “Pokéland is now opened!! 1st section: The Pokémon Center!!” they wrote.

The image shows the user’s Animal Crossing avatar adorably posing in Nurse Joy’s signature medical uniform. The artist creatively used various New Horizons items to bring the location to life, such as a pink shirt behind the counter featuring a Blissey design, and round hats patterned to look like Pokeballs.

animal crossing pokemon center
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ACQueen48 created the Pokemon Center in New Horizons.

Pokemon fans praised the creator’s work, such as one user who exclaimed, “This is so cool!!! You did an amazing job on these.” Another player agreed and wrote, “Wow! I heard the music in my head as soon as I saw the pic! Great Job!”

Screenshot of Pokemon fans reacting to Animal Crossing Pokemon Center.

Incredibly this isn’t the only location the talented fan has created in New Horizons. Over on their Instagram account, they showed off images of their Poke-Mart as well. Longtime players of the RPG will remember the in-game store used to be a separate building up until Gen IV.

This isn’t the first time Pokemon fans have gotten creative in the Switch title. In May, one Animal Crossing user recreated battle Stadiums from the RPG. Players in July also used the custom Fireworks feature to light up the sky with popular ‘mon.

Despite releasing only at the beginning of 2020, New Horizons is already the second highest-selling game in Japan of all time. The social simulation title has sparked the imaginations of millions – including many creative Pokefans.