Tripping and Bad Luck in ACNH | Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Tripping with King Tut Mask on
Here you can learn how bad luck and tripping works in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Read on to learn what causes you to trip, how to minimize tripping, and how to get rid of bad luck.

Tripping in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Why Do I Keep Tripping in ACNH?

Did your Animal Crossing character just faceplant to the ground? Want to know what it means?

Tripping is usually a sign of bad luck and it occurs when you're sprinting while holding a balloon or when wearing the King Tut Mask.

Walk to Avoid Tripping

You'll lose your balloon for good if you trip while holding it, so be careful! If you want to avoid tripping, it's best to just walk instead of sprinting.

What is Bad Luck?

Luck is a gameplay mechanic from previous Animal Crossing games. Tripping was an indication of having bad luck.

Having good luck in previous games meant your chances of getting rarer items or bells are way higher!

Bad Luck Items

King Tut Mask ImageKing Tut Mask

This mask was present in past Animal Crossing games as an item to purposefully lower your luck.

In New Horizons, wearing this mask causes you to trip constantly.

Good Luck Items

ACNH - C.J. Bronze Fish Trophy Mail.png
Trophies received from the bug catching and fishing competitions are considered 'lucky' items. It has no proven effect, however.

Luck in New Horizons

ACNH Summer Update 2 - Next update in Fall
The tripping mechanic may be an introduction to a new game mechanic or new characters and items for a new update! May luck be in our favor!

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Lucky Days

ACNH Isabelle Horoscope
On days that Isabelle announces her horoscpe fortune, some players have reported getting valuable DIYs from balloons and catching rare fish!

Although this has yet to be confirmed, there's no harm trying out something bold today!

Does Feng Shui Affect Luck?

Feng Shui was used to boost luck in previous Animal Crossing games. It does not seem to affect luck in the current state of the game, but this may change in a future update.

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