How to Make a Perfect Snowman (Snowboy) Guide | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Rolling snowballs and building a perfect Snowboy to get Large Snowflakes and seasonal DIY Recipes can be quite tricky in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH).

So if you wanna build a perfect Snowman (and get the song out of your head), you can find our tips and tricks below. Soon you'll be thinking about your ears and not Olaf, we promise!

How to Make a Snowboy

Can Only be Done While There is Snow

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Northern Hemisphere December 11 to February 24
Southern Hemisphere June 11 to August 24

Steps to Make a Snowboy

1 Find 2 snowballs.
2 Kick a snowball 13 times to make it bigger.
3 Adjust the size by rolling it with your hands.
4 Roll the second snowball, and put it over the larger snowball.
5 Get rewards based on your Snowboy's proportions.

1. Find 2 Snowballs

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To make a Snowman, or Snowboy, you first need to locate the two snowballs that have spawned somewhere on your island.

You can't make a Snowboy with only one, so find both and plan ahead!

You'll also only be able to make one Snowboy per day, so to get the DIY Recipes and Materials, you'll want to make it perfect.

Snowballs are found on the same layer and are nearby each other

Snowballs seem to always appear on the same layer, whether on the ground level or on your cliff areas. But don't worry, they will be relatively close to each other!

2. Kick the Snowball 13 Times to Make it Larger

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Note: 13 kicks only apply if you don't kick it over any non-snow-filled areas.

The snowballs found on the island start off pretty small, and then you kick it with your foot to make it roll and grow in size. To kick it and get the ball rolling, simple walk towards the snowball and your character will do the rest!

When you kick it, it will move a set distance ahead and can easily break against walls or other objects, or fall into rivers, so carefully aim while you move it around.

3. Push by Hand to Control the Size

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After kicking the snowball for 13 times, it'll reach a certain size and you'll be able to roll it using your hands.

You need a large bottom, and a smaller top in just the right proportions to create the perfect Snowboy, so be sure to keep that in mind before rolling away!

Make the snowball smaller by rolling it over snow-free ground!

If your snowball has gotten too big, you can decrease its size by rolling it over ground that doesn't have snow on it.

Be careful when rolling over bridges and inclines!

Be careful when rolling snowballs down arched bridges and inclines! They will roll down at a faster speed and you won't be able to control them, so make sure the area below is free of obstacles.

4. Roll the Second Snowball Into the Larger Snowball

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After making the two snowballs the perfect size, it's time to build the snowman!

Roll the smaller snowball into the large snowball for Snowboy to be formed. Just like with kicking, this will happen automatically.

5. If Done Perfectly, You Get Rewards

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Other than being showered with praise when you build Snowboy perfectly, you will also get multiple rewards (which you can check out in the next section), so master rolling those snowballs!

Snowballs Respawn After Being Destroyed

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Don't worry if you accidentally destroy a snowball! Simply enter and exit any building, and a fresh snowball will appear.

Snowboy Rewards

DIY Recipes from the Ice (Frozen) Series

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If you get just the right proportions, Snowboy will come to life and he will give you a DIY recipe from the Ice (Frozen) series. He will also give you a Large Snowflake, which is a material used to craft items from that series, so be sure to save it!

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A recipe is guaranteed the first time you build Snowboy

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You will always get a recipe when you make a Snowboy for the first time, regardless of whether you made him correctly or not. However, the next time you attempt to make a Snowboy, you will be judged by how you build him.

No rewards for wrong proportions!

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Failing to make a perfect Snowboy means no DIY recipe and no Snowflakes, so check out our tips and tricks for making the perfect Snowboy in the next section to get it right every time!

Large Snowflakes Every Day

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When you make a perfect Snowboy, you can talk to him to get a Large Snowflake from him every day, for a total of 4 days until he melts, including the day he was made.

You can do this for each perfect Snowboy you have, so aim for perfection each day to rack up those Large Snowflakes for crafting!

Get Nook Miles for Building Perfect Snowboys!

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After building a perfect Snowboy for the first time, you will unlock the Nook Mileage activity "Snowmeastro!"

Activity Summary Miles Titles
Build a perfect Snowboy for the first time. 300 Cold-Sensitive/Sprite
Build 10 perfect Snowboys. 500 Snow/Angel
Build 20 perfect Snowboys. 1000 Cool/Imp

Tips and Tricks for Making the Perfect Snowboy

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There are various opinions regarding the ideal snowball sizes. If you have other ideas of to do this, please share with them with us in the comments!

Important Notes When Building a Snowboy

  • Take advantage of the Camera app.
  • Snowball size for the head should be as tall as the player's chin.
  • Snowball size for the body should be as tall as the player's ears.
  • Be careful of dung beetles! They might roll the snowball away.

Take Advantage of the Camera App

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We recommend using the Camera app on your NookPhone to measure the snowball proportions before putting them together.

The Head Should Reach Below Your Ears

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Use the Camera app to measure the size of the snowball for Snowboy's head. We recommend rolling the snowball until the size reaches up to your chin, or the bottom end of your ears. A slight difference is size is acceptable as long as you keep in mind what the general size should be.

The Body Should Reach the Top of Your Ears

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The snowball size for the body should be as tall as your eyes, or the top of your ears. If you have long hair, or are wearing accessories, you can remove them first, if it helps you. Again, using the Camera makes a whole lot of difference.

Watch Out for Dung Beetles!

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Even if you get the right proportions, keep an eye out for dung beetles, as they can roll the snowballs without you knowing! You can tell this when a snowball is slowly rolling on its own, so be careful before putting the 2 snowballs together!

How Long Does Snowboy Last Before Melting?

A Snowboy Will Last 4 Days

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
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A built Snowboy will stay for 4 days before completely melting. If he is made perfectly, he will give you a Large Snowflake each day.

You Can Have More Than 1 Snowboy On Your Island

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If you build a Snowboy each day, you can have more than 2 Snowboys on your island at a time!

Since they melt 4 days after you build them, you can have a max of 4 Snowboys on your island at any time. If they're all perfect, that means 4 Large Snowflakes a day!

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4 KF10 days

Please see photo, since your character limit is too small for me to add what I have learned about making snowfolk.

3 Anonymous10 days

>>1 They hide. Often in white flowers. I found mine were across the Island from one another and the 2nd was always the hardest to find. I tried a couple of different things but what worked best was to ignore the close one and go hunt the other one down and bring it toward the first. Also, bottom snowball - just keep rolling it around and it never gets bigger than a certain size. While conveniently is the same as recommended by the article. I tried rolling it around for quite awhile too.

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