Animal Crossing: New Horizons Slingshot Guide – How to Get Slingshot & How to Pop Balloons

Great news, villagers! Animal Crossing is back! With Animal Crossing: New Horizons it’s time, once again, to gather materials, build your house, and learn the ins and outs of the game. While roaming about your island, you may find presents floating through the air, tethered to balloons. Obviously everyone wants these presents, but if you aren’t sure how to get them, the answer is simple: the slingshot. But how do you get a slingshot exactly? Our Animal Crossing: New Horizons Slingshot Guide will tell you!

How to Get A Slingshot in Animal Crossing

Getting a slingshot is super easy! Assuming you’re early in the game and haven’t yet built Nook’s Cranny, just visit Timmy in Resident Services. He’ll sell you a slingshot for 900 Bells! That should be enough to get you started. Going forward though, you’ll want to learn to craft your own to save money. Getting the DIY recipe is as easy as purchasing the DIY recipe from Timmy! Crafting a slingshot will only set you back five Hardwood.

If you don’t have this unlocked yet, make sure to attend the campfire orientation with Tom Nook. He’ll then discuss the DIY workshop with you so you can craft things on your own. Once you’ve done that, you should be good to get crafting them yourself!

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How to Pop Balloons

Once you spot a balloon floating through your island, switch over to your slingshot as fast as possible. You can either open your inventory, navigate over to the slingshot an equip it, use the left and right directional buttons to roll through your tools, or purchase the Tool Ring from the ATM using Nook Miles which will give you a customizable tool ring to speed things up.

After you have your slingshot out, try to figure out which direction the balloon is floating in. Then move about where you see its shadow on the ground and a little bit ahead of where it’s going. Now hold down the B button and get ready to release it when the balloon is in your sights.

Be careful about where you pop the balloon. If it’s over water, you’ll have to pay the ATM some Nook Miles to retrieve it for you.

What’s in the Floating Presents?

Floating presents usually contain various furniture items. It’s still too early to know for certain, but they might also contain exclusive bubble furniture like Animal Crossing: New Leaf did. In the last title, the balloon themed furniture was exclusively obtained from shooting down floating presents.

And that’s it! Hopefully this helps you get settled into your new Animal Crossing: New Horizons island! Much like the game itself, check back throughout the day to see what’s new here on Fanbyte. We already have guides for how to move your tent and how to get across rivers using either the Pole Vault or constructing bridges. Later today we’ll have more guides up including how to get Nook’s Cranny, how to visit mystery islands, and buy and sell turnips!


Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games.

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