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How to Get Cherry-Blossom Petals in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Cherry Blossom

Animal Crossing is a series in which events play out in real time, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is no exception. ACNH came out in March of 2020, which means that April brings the first monthly changeover to the game.

The change is immediately obvious, as trees across your island should have turned light pink with cherry blossoms (this will not affect fruit trees or cedar trees). Not only is the effect aesthetic, but you now have the option to gather a new crafting material: cherry-blossom petals. These petals can be used in new seasonal crafting recipes, such as the outdoor picnic set.

So how do you collect cherry-blossom petals in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? It’s actually pretty simple.

While you’re walking around on your island, you’ll spot cherry-blossom petals gently floating on the breeze. All you need to do is use your bug net to catch them, like you would a butterfly.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Cherry Blossom

Really, that’s all there is to it, though sometimes you’ll have to walk around for a bit before you see a cherry-blossom petal. They’re light pink, so they blend in with the trees a little bit. If you don’t find petals right away, be patient. They’re not rare, so if you play for 10-15 minutes, you should see at least a few.

Before stumbling upon the solution, which seems obvious in hindsight, I spent time experimenting with shaking cherry-blossom trees and chopping them with axes to no avail. Hopefully this simple guide will prevent you from wasting time the way I did. Though, to be honest, wasting time is just part of the joy of Animal Crossing.

Happy April, Animal Crossers!

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