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.
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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.
if you don't have a slingshot, there's no way to pop balloons, so you'll have no choice but to let it go. Don't let it be the one that got away!
How to Get the Slingshot
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.
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.
|Balloon Color||General Contents|
|Red Balloon||DIY Recipes|
|Blue Balloon||DIY Material|
|Yellow Balloon||Bells (Money)|
|Golden 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.
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.
|Spring Bamboo Series||Northern Hemisphere: February 25-May 31
Southern Hemisphere: August 25th-November 30th
|Cherry-Blossom Series||Northern Hemisphere: April 1st-April 10th
Southern Hemisphere: October 1st-October 10th
|Summer Shell Series||Northern Hemisphere:
June 1st-August 31st
Southern Hemisphere: December 1st to the end of February
|Tree's Bounty Series||Northern Hemisphere: September 1st-December 10th
Southern Hemisphere: March 1st-June 10th
|Mushroom Series||Northern Hemisphere: November 1st-November 30th
May 1st-May 31st
|Maple-Leaf Series||Northern Hemisphere: November 16th-November 25th
May 16th-May 25th
|Snowflake Series||Northern Hemisphere: December 11th-February 24th
June 11th-August 24th
|Ice (Frozen) Series||Northern Hemisphere: December 11 to February 24
Southern Hemisphere: June 11 to August 24
December 15 to January 6
This has not been proven to be accurate, but it also seems like Feng Shui and luck affect the rates of balloon content.
|Feng Shui||Furniture||Bells||Clothes||DIY Recipes||Materials|
The table above is a result of each team member, who specializes in one Feng Shui color, popping 10 balloons.
DIY Recipes are more difficult to collect, so we suggest raising your Overall Luck to increase the probability of getting them from balloons.
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|
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.
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.
You will hear whistles of the wind when a balloon is nearby.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!|
|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|
Upon popping 300 balloons, you can now get the recipe for the Golden Slingshot.
|Tips and Tricks|
|Things to Do Every Day||Island Designer and Terraforming Unlock Walkthrough|
|New Horizons 100% Checklist||Time Traveling Guide|
|How to Increase Inventory Space||How to Get Presents from Balloons|
|How to Get New Villagers||How to Kick Out Villagers|
|How to Get Specific Villagers You Want||How to Raise Your Island's Star Rating|
|Infinite Tarantula Island - How to Get or Create It||Redd Art Guide | List of Fake Art and Real Art|
|How to Get Villager Photos and Posters||How Often Does a Message in a Bottle Spawn?|
|Secrets and Hidden Content | Did You Know?||Tripping and Bad Luck|
|Infinite Scorpion Island - How to Get or Create It||-|
To much. I found a rainbow ballon and it gave me a golden axe Diy resipe
Hit an red ballon and found tree stump diy resipe
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