How to Get Presents from Balloons | Spawn Rates | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Learn how to use a slingshot to get presents from floating balloons in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to also learn about balloon patterns, as well as presents you can get from balloons.

How to Pop Balloons

Use a Slingshot


A slingshot is required to pop balloons. It is available after completing the DIY workshop tutorial at the start of the game. Be sure to craft a Flimsy Axe, so you can hit trees to obtain materials so craft a slingshot right away.

You won't be able to pop balloons without a slingshot. Don't let it be the one that got away!
How to Get the Slingshot

Hit the A Button and Let it Fly

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To see the balloon properly, you can point the camera upwards with the right control stick.

Equip the slingshot and hit the A button to fire off a volley. If you're standing in the right spot, you'll be able to shoot down the balloon.

Presents Can Fall and Disappear

Watch Out for Rocks, Water, and Items Below!

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If you shoot down a balloon over a river, rock, or displayed furniture, the present will fall and disappear, and you will lose your chance to obtain it. Be careful to time your shot when the ground below is clear of any obstacle.

Presents You Can Get from Balloons

Present Contents Depend on the Balloon Color

Balloon Color General Contents
Red Balloon.jpgRed Balloon DIY Recipes
Blue Balloon.jpgBlue Balloon DIY Material
Green Balloon.jpgGreen Balloon Furniture
Yellow Balloon.jpgYellow Balloon Bells (Money)
Golden Balloon.pngGolden Balloon Golden Slingshot Recipe

This is based on the contents of the balloon presents that our walkthrough team gets.

You will generally get items of a category depending on the color of the balloon.

It does not mean that you will always get a certain type of item; but that there is a higher rate of getting items of that category with the given balloon color, with the exception of the golden balloon, which will always give you the Golden Slingshot Recipe.

Seasonal DIY Recipes are Only Available through Balloons

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During events such as Cherry-Blossom Festival, there are seasonal DIY recipes that are only available for a limited time. You will receive 1 free recipe of that series during the island-wide broadcast, but the rest of the recipes can only be obtained from balloons.

Series Appearance Time
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Spring Bamboo Series
Northern Hemisphere: February 25-May 31
Southern Hemisphere: August 25th-November 30th
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Cherry-Blossom Series
Northern Hemisphere: April 1st-April 10th
Southern Hemisphere: October 1st-October 10th
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Summer Shell Series
Northern Hemisphere:
June 1st-August 31st
Southern Hemisphere: December 1st to the end of February
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Tree's Bounty Series
Northern Hemisphere: September 1st-December 10th
Southern Hemisphere: March 1st-June 10th
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Mushroom Series
Northern Hemisphere: November 1st-November 30th
Southern Hemisphere:
May 1st-May 31st
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Maple-Leaf Series
Northern Hemisphere: November 16th-November 25th
Southern Hemisphere:
May 16th-May 25th
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Snowflake Series
Northern Hemisphere: December 11th-February 24th
Southern Hemisphere:
June 11th-August 24th
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Ice (Frozen) Series
Northern Hemisphere: December 11 to February 24
Southern Hemisphere: June 11 to August 24
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Festive Series
December 15 to January 6

Feng Shui Effect on Balloons

Although Nintendo has yet to confirm this, we suspect Feng Shui may affect the rates of certain items in balloon presents.

Rates of Items from Balloons

Feng Shui Furniture Bells Clothes DIY Recipes Materials
3 5 2 0 0
5 1 2 0 2
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Overall Luck
3 2 1 4 0

The table above is a compilation of our finding from opening each color balloon.

DIY Recipes are more difficult to collect, so we suggest raising your Overall Luck to increase the probability of getting them from balloons.

Feng Shui Color and Effect Guide

How Often Do Balloons Spawn?

Balloon Spawn Times and Patterns

Regular Balloons Spawn Every 5 Minutes

Regular balloons, which appear in colors of red, green, yellow, and blue, appear every 5 minutes in multiples of 5. For example, a balloon will spawn at 7:00, another one will appear at 7:05, then 7:10, and so on.

Balloons during events such as Bunny Day will appear more frequently, spawning each minute, and they move faster than regular balloons.

Balloon Type Spawn Times
Normal Balloons Every 5 minutes (Multiples of 5)
Event Balloons Every 1 minute

Wind and Weather | Special Weather

How to Quickly Spawn and Farm Balloons

  • Check the wind direction.
  • Check the beach every 5 minutes.
  • Pop at least 1 balloon before entering a building.
  • Leave events to get more normal balloons.

Ballons Float Depending on Wind Direction

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The smoke is going to the right, which means the wind is blowing from the west.

You can tell the direction of the wind by looking at the smoke coming out of chimneys from houses. After confirming the direction, expect the balloons coming in from that direction.

Wind direction may change every time the clock strikes new hour.

Check the Beach Every 5 Minutes

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A balloon will spawn every 5 minutes, in multiple of 5. This means a balloon will spawn at 8:15, at 8:20, at 8:25, and so on. Check the beach every 5th and 10th minute for spawning balloons.

Listen to the Wind

You will hear whistles of the wind when a balloon is nearby.

Balloons Disappear When Entering Buildings

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When you are at a 5th or 10th minute, make sure to pop a balloon first, because when you enter a building, balloons floating on your island will disappear, and you will not be able to get them even if you exit the building.

Events Will Hinder the Spawn Rates of Normal Balloons

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When there is an ongoing event that also spawns balloons, it will decrease the amount of normal balloons spawning. If you want to only get normal balloons, you can time-travel to get out of the event if you want to.

What to Do When Balloons Don't Come Out?

Enter a Building

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If balloons are not spawning, we recommend entering a building once to reset the appearance rate of a balloon. After that, you can head to the coast of your beach where balloons usually appear.

Check if You Are Connected to Another Person

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Balloons do not spawn if you are connected to another player. If you're hunting for balloons, make sure your airport's gates are closed.

Rewards for Popping Balloons

Get Nook Miles!

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The more balloons you pop, the closer you are to getting more Nook Miles with the activity It's Raining Treasure!

It's Raining Treasure!
Activity Summary Miles Titles
Shoot down 5 balloons. 300 Easy-breezy/Slingshot Ace
Shoot down 20 balloons. 500 Atmospheric/Floaty Thing
Shoot down 50 balloons. 1000 Restless/Hunter
Shoot down 100 balloons. 2000 Flying/Paradise
Shoot down 300 balloons. 3000 Elusive/Vagabond

Nook Mileage Program Activities & Rewards List

Get the Golden Slingshot Recipe

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Upon popping 300 balloons, you can now get the recipe for the Golden Slingshot.

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