Skip to main content

Animal Crossing: New Horizons snowboy guide

With the coming of winter in Animal Crossing New Horizons also means the arrival of new seasonal activities. Last season we saw mushroom and Halloween items, but now we’ve moved on to frozen DIYs and Toy Day items! Players who have played the previous version of Animal Crossing will delight (or lament) in seeing the return of a classic in-game activity: Building Snowboys.

Throughout the month of December and well into 2021, you’ll have a chance at creating snowmen (or Snowboys, as they’re referred to in-game). These little guys are tricky to make, but they reward you with some new DIYs and crafting materials to really set your island as a winter wonderland.

Further reading

Making the perfect snowboy

Snowboy Animal Crossing New Horizons
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Snowboys can only be created once your island is completely covered in snow. For the Northern Hemisphere, this normally happens in the middle of December and will continue until mid to late February. For the Southern Hemisphere, this happens in the middle of June and will continue until mid to late August. Once the ground on your island is completely covered in snow, it’s time to find two snowballs.

Somewhere on your island will be two random snowballs sitting together. They’re generally hiding in an open area on your island. To make the Snowboy, you’ll need to push the snowballs around and make them bigger. You’ll need to make them the exact right size in order to create the perfect Snowboy. If you accidently break a snowball, they respawn after you enter and exit a building. It may take a moment for the snowball to come back, but it will. Snowballs will often be found relatively close to each other and on the same layer. So if you find one snowball on the second tier of your island, there’s a good chance the other snowball is somewhere nearby on the second tier. Also remember that snowballs will not spawn if your gate is open.

Making Snowboys is fun. You can honestly make them any size you want. However, if you’re looking for those crafting materials and DIYs, you’ll have to make the perfect Snowboy. You can also only make one Snowboy a day, so remember to be careful as you size up your snowballs. Although it’s tricky to make the perfect Snowboy, it’s also rewarding. Perfect Snowboys will reward you by giving you a new frozen DIY. Additionally, the perfect Snowboy will give you a large snowflake every day until he melts, which is about four days.

Perfect Snowboys can be tough, but there is a trick to it. The first thing you’ll want to do after locating the snowballs is to move them to an open area. This will allow you plenty of space to roll the snowballs back and forth until they’re the perfect size without worrying about breaking them. If you don’t have a fairly open space on your island, now is the time to take a look and decide where a good open space will be. Some spaces that the game considers open really aren’t that open or that great for creating Snowboys, so keep that in mind.

Continuously roll one snowball back and forth until it’s the same height as the character’s eye. Once it’s the size you want, move this snowball to where you want your Snowboy to be. Be sure to leave plenty of room around him so you can interact with him once he’s awake.

Head back to the second snowball and roll it until it’s about the same height as the character’s ear or, if it’s easier to measure, right at the character’s chin. The ones we created were a little small, but it still made a Snowboy. Albeit not a perfect Snowboy, but a Snowboy nonetheless.

Once the smaller ball is the correct size, roll it onto the larger snowball to create a Snowboy. The Snowboy will immediately congratulate you if you created him perfectly. If he doesn’t, you probably got the sizes wrong and will need to start again. You can hard quit immediate to try again if you find that your Snowboy isn’t perfect. However, be sure your game isn’t auto-saving when you hard quit.

There are a few tips that can be helpful to keep in mind. The first is that if you find your snowball is too large, roll it over ground where there is no snow. By doing this, the snowball will reduce in size. Also, be careful when rolling snowballs over bridges and inclines. Much like a real-life snowball, you won’t have control over where it rolls. This could lead to your snowball knocking into something and breaking. Finally, keep an eye out for dung beetles. Northern Hemisphere players haven’t had a chance to interact with them, but they try to move the snowballs around. Sometimes, these pesky beetles will knock snowballs into objects, throw them off cliffs, or toss them into rivers. Be watchful or they may break your Snowboy!

Snowboy DIY recipes

Frozen DIY Animal Crossing New Horizons
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Getting the Snowboy DIYs is definitely worth all the trouble they put you through. The frozen items can help create the perfect winter atmosphere through Toy Day and beyond! They’re great for creating a frozen café or maybe even a nice stop for Santa to come visit. It also helps that for every perfect Snowboy you create, you do get rewarded with Nook Miles.

One of the great things about Animal Crossing New Horizons is that it’s fairly forgiving for players without experience. The first time you create a snowboy, you’re guaranteed a frozen DIY. Even if your Snowboy isn’t perfect, you’ll be rewarded just for trying. However, every time after that, be sure to get the Snowboy as perfect as possible to get the DIYs.

  • Frozen arch: 1 large snowflake, 10 snowflakes
  • Frozen bed: 1 large snowflake, 10 snowflakes
  • Frozen chair: 1 large snowflake, 3 snowflakes
  • Frozen counter: 1 large snowflake, 5 snowflakes
  • Frozen partition: 1 large snowflake, 6 snowflakes
  • Frozen pillar: 1 large snowflake, 3 snowflakes
  • Frozen sculpture: 1 large snowflake, 4 snowflakes
  • Frozen table: 1 large snowflake, 8 snowflakes
  • Frozen treat set: 1 large snowflake, 1 snowflake
  • Frozen tree: 1 large snowflake, 8 snowflakes
  • Ice flooring: 1 large snowflake, 8 snowflakes
  • Ice wall: 1 large snowflake, 8 snowflakes
  • Ice wand: 1 large snowflake, 3 star fragments
  • Snowperson head: 1 large snowflake, 5 snowflakes
  • Three-tiered snowperson: 1 large snowflake, 6 snowflakes, 2 tree branches

Editors' Recommendations

Leijah Petelka
Leijah Petelka is a freelance gaming guides writer for Digital Trends. She covers a variety of game types, but she does love…
All upcoming Switch games: 2023, 2024, and beyond
Bowser in Super Mario RPG.

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular consoles Nintendo has ever produced, with a wide variety of games to choose from and plenty of unique features. We’ve already gotten to play new entries across the Zelda, Super Mario, and Pokémon series on Nintendo Switch, but there are still plenty of great games on the way for the hybrid console. These include exclusive games developed internally by Nintendo, as well as third-party titles and ports of games that are also available on other platforms.

Here's our list of the best upcoming Nintendo Switch games for 2023 and beyond. Of course, some titles without release windows could skip the Switch entirely and wind up on Nintendo's next-gen console.
Upcoming Switch games 2023
The games listed below either have 100% confirmed release dates or solid release windows that we expect them to hit this year. Anything that's up in the air due to more vague launch predictions or previous delays will be listed below confirmed launches.

Read more
When does Hogwarts Legacy come out on Nintendo Switch?
A student waving a wand in Hogwarts Legacy.

Hogwarts Legacy is the latest and greatest adventure in the magical Harry Potter universe. Set in the 1800s, the story focuses on a generic fifth-year student who’s tasked with taking down a brewing Goblin rebellion in-between their school duties. For Potterheads of all ages, a game that allows them to traverse the halls of Hogwarts, learn their favorite spells from the books and films, and fight enemies like dark wizards, trolls, and dragons is an absolute dream.

The game launched on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC in February. While reviews were mixed across the board, longtime fans jumped into the wizarding world in droves — over 15 million copies of the game have been sold to date. Unfortunately, players on the top-tier consoles were the only ones who had access to the game for a while. Instead of launching on all platforms simultaneously, Hogwarts Legacy's release has been staggered.

Read more
All Captain Toad locations in Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Toadette talking to captain toad.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder is taking the series back to its 2D roots with a new and exciting art style and a ton of new mechanics. Alongside new power-ups and badges, this title has perhaps the largest amount of collectibles and hidden secrets of any game in the series. Between all the Wonder Seeds, Wonder Flowers, Flower Coins, and more, there's no shortage of things to do as you run, jump, and flip your way through all the various worlds. Among all the playable characters to choose from, one non-playable character makes his triumphant return. Captain Toad has managed to make his way to the Flower Kingdom, but this intrepid explorer is not so easy to find. Each time you interact with him, he will reward you with some Flower Coins and a hint at an upcoming world, so let's hunt down all his locations in Super Mario Wonder.
All Captain Toad locations

Captain Toad appears in five unique spots on the Super Mario Bros. Wonder world map. Talking to him at each spot will give you a little bit more of his story, plus the aforementioned rewards.
First Captain Toad location

Read more