How to get floating presents in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Seen those floating presents in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Pop that balloon and claim your prize!

If you've seen a floating present in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, drifting past your island high above you, it may seem like a cruel prank.

But really it's someone trying to give you a little gift, you just need to know how to get balloon presents down to the ground and enjoy your prize. Here's how to get your hands on floating presents in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to get floating presents in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Don't despair, just get that floating present down with one simple trick!

Floating presents appear randomly sailing past your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so don't miss your chance to get them. All you need to pop that balloon and send that gift down to earth is a slingshot! You can buy a Slingshot from Resident Services for 900 bells, or you can get the blueprint for it for 300 bells. However to build the slingshot you'll need 5 hardwood, which is pretty hard to get. First you'll need to craft yourself an axe and then smash some trees around your island until one of them gives you some hardwood instead of softwood.

Whether you buy the slingshot outright or craft it to save some bells, you'll then have to shoot down the balloon. The best way to shoot down the balloon is to see which way it's drifting over your island and then stand directly under it. The balloon's shadow on the ground should help, stand just in front of it and use the slingshot to shoot directly upwards. If you get it right down comes a present just for you!

Watch out though, because presents can fall into rivers, lakes, ponds or the sea and be lost forever! So be careful when trying to get floating presents in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. For any other help with your new island life, check out some of our other guides.

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