Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Shoot Down Balloons

As you traverse your island in Animal Crossing New Horizons you may notice balloons floating around with presents attached to them. These balloons (and their presents) can be shot down for you to access. You may be wondering how to go about shooting these balloons down. To help you accomplish this task use our how to shoot down balloons in Animal Crossing New Horizons guide below.

Craft a Slingshot

Image showing the Slingshot recipe in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Before you can get to shooting down balloons you need an tool to actually shoot down the balloons. The tool you need to shoot down the balloons is the Slingshot. To get the Slingshot you first need to get its recipe. To do this you will need to build the Timmy and Tommy shop Nook’s Cranny (shop guide). Once you’ve built the shop you can purchase this recipe. After you have the recipe you can craft yourself a Slingshot with the following material:

Once you have the Hardwood head to your nearest DIY Workbench and craft a Slingshot. Like other tools you can equip this and use it with the A button.

How Do You Shoot Down Balloons in Animal Crossing New Horizons?

Image showing how to shoot down Balloons in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

With the Slingshot in your inventory wander around your island and look to the skies. Often times you will see a balloon floating with a present attached to it. To shoot the balloon down equip your Slingshot and stand below the ballon. Shoot the Slingshot with A. If needs be, readjust your position to hit the balloon (the aiming is a bit wonky). Once the balloon is hit it will pop and the present will fall to the ground. Look the present and open it in your inventory to receive whatever items is inside. It seems like you can get a mix of things from these presents.

That’s all you need to do to pop balloons in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Shooting down balloons when you see them is a good method of getting items like apparel. Keep your eyes on the skies for these floating loot sources.

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