Read this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch (ACNH) guide on how to get balloon gifts. Includes info on the slingshot, where to find floating gifts (balloons), and spawn times.
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What are Floating Presents (Balloons)?
Presents Floating In The Sky
As you explore your island, you might fight a present floating in the air, attached to a balloon. if you manage to bring it down, you might get a rare item by opening the present!
Get Rare Items From Floating Presents
|Contents Of Balloons|
There are generally four main categories of items you can get from a balloon. Because the pool of possible items is so big, it's really important that you never let a balloon present go by without shooting it down! Always pack your slingshot before heading out.
Seasonal Furniture Recipes Only Drop From Balloons
Every season brings with it some sort of events and limited-time furniture. To get these DIY Recipes, your only option is to shoot down Balloons!Check Out A List Of Spring Seasonal Recipes Here!
Get Furniture Color Variations
The furniture sold at Nook's Cranny on every island is fixed. However, by popping balloons, you'll be able to get recipes for furniture in colors that are not available in your island's store!
Does The Color Of The Balloon Matter?
There are various colors to the different balloons that float around your island, including blue, yellow, red, and green. In our experience, blue balloons often have materials, while yellow ones have bells. It seems that there is indeed a link between balloon color and items contained.Balloon Contents By Color - Our Data Sample
|Iron Nugget||5000 Bells|
|Iron Nugget||10000 Bells|
Special Balloons Spawn During Events
⬆ A balloon that spawns during the Bunny Day event!
During seasonal events which feature DIY recipes or materials to gather, special balloons may also appear on your island. If you break these, you'll be able to obtain seasonal items.Check Out The Full Event Calendar Here
Break 300 Balloons To Get Golden Slingshot
In order to get the Golden Slingshot, you'll need to break a whopping 300 Balloons. This will no doubt take some time, so make sure you don't miss a single one!Learn How To Get Golden Slingshot From Here
Balloons (Floating Presents) - How To Get
Use a Slingshot to Pop
The only way you can bring down a floating Present is by popping it with a Slingshot. Use the A button to shoot upwards and take it out.
How to Get the Slingshot
You'll only be able to get the Slingshot DIY recipe once you've purchase it from Timmy. Just learn the recipe and you'll be able to craft it at any workshop!Check Out How to Get the Slingshot
Balloon Spawn Conditions & Time
Have An Irregular Spawn Rate
Balloons can appear on your island at all times, regardless of weather. It seems that their spawn rate is basically random, so you'll need to keep your Slingshot on you at all times so you never miss one! Make sure you hunt for balloons daily!Check Out Other Activities You Should Do Every Day Here
Two May Spawn At Once
Unlike previous games in the franchise, in New Horizons, two balloons can spawn at the same time. In our experience so far, the overall spawn rate of balloons has increased significantly.
Listen To The Wind
When a Balloon spawns on your island, you'll hear a kind of whistling windy sound in-game. This is a sign that a Balloon has spawned somewhere on the island, so try to find it!
Look Up To The Sky And See
Tilt your R stick upwards to make your character look to the sky. This perspective will let you better survey the skies for the presence of Balloons!