How to Get a Slingshot in Animal Crossing New Horizons

The slingshot can be obtained from either Timmy at the Resident Services Tent before building Nook's Cranny, Nook's Cranny for 900 Bells or from crafting, which requires 5× hardwood . The recipe for this item can be obtained from Nook's Cranny for 300 Bells.

Animal Crossing New Horizons is a game full of surprises and activities to enjoy, one of which involves shooting down balloons with presents. However, without a slingshot, you won’t be able to shoot them down.

In this guide, we’ll take you through how to get the slingshot and how to shoot down balloons with presents.

First, you need to wait for the island services tent to open, which is located in the top right-hand corner of the main square. Once it’s open, head on over and talk to Timmy, who sells stuff. Go to “look at items for sale,” but don’t stop there. There’s a tab on the right-hand side, and by pressing the R button, you’ll be able to see other items for sale, including the schematic for the slingshot. Buy it, learn it, and head on over to the crafting table. You’ll need five hardwood to craft the slingshot, so if you don’t have it, you’ll need to chop down a few trees.

Once you’ve got all the materials, you can come into the crafting table, choose the slingshot, and craft it. You’ll then have it in your items list, which you’ll be able to select using the menu system. Hold it and press A whenever you want to fire it.

To shoot down balloons, you need to be shooting directly upwards and in line with them. Track the balloon across the screen, and when you’re in line with it, press A. This will bring down the present and the balloon.

And that’s it! You now know how to get the slingshot and how to shoot down balloons with presents in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Leave any comments and questions, and we’ll catch you next time.


Why can't i make a slingshot in Animal Crossing?
To get the Slingshot, you need to obtain the recipe, which is only sold by Timmy for 300 Bells (press R to switch from his furniture selection to his miscellaneous items). While it cannot be upgraded, it will eventually break after many uses. You can use this item to fire upward at passing presents tied to balloons.
When can I get a slingshot in Animal Crossing?
After you shoot down 300 balloons in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can obtain the Golden Slingshot recipe, which is exactly what it sounds like: a DIY recipe for a gold slingshot. After 300 balloons, look for a golden balloon, which will drop the recipe when popped.
How to get a present in Animal Crossing: New Horizons without slingshot?
If the player does not have a slingshot, there's still a way to knock the presents down from balloons. First, the player should find a balloon. If it's drifting towards a cliff (depending on the layout of the town, there will be a cliff to the east or the west) they are in luck. Wait for the balloon to reach the cliff.