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Animal Crossing New Horizons Balloon Guide: Location, Rewards, Colour Guide, Spawn Rate, And More


Animal Crossing New Horizons is here, and players have now been putting their island paradise together for several weeks.


One of the game's lesser-explained elements, Balloons, can be a little confusing to grasp at first. Here's our guide.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Balloon Guide

What are Balloons in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Balloons float over your island from one direction to another, and that direction changes every 12 hours – although it seems there is no fixed changeover point.

They float over on the fourth and ninth minute of any given 10-minute cycle, so if you're playing at 7 am you'll see them at 7:04, 7:09, 7:14 etc. You can find our full guide to maximising your Balloon haul here.

When one is nearby you'll hear a 'whooshing' sound, meaning it's time to shoot it down with your slingshot. Each contains different items depending on the colour of the balloon.

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What colours are there for Balloons, and what does each one do?

  • Red Balloons – More likely to be furniture
  • Yellow Balloons – More likely to be Bells, the game's currency.
  • Blue Balloons – More likely to be crafting materials.
  • Green Balloons – A mixed bag!
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