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Animal Crossing - Mushrooms: How to get elegant, flat, rare, round and skinny mushrooms, including the mushroom DIY recipes in New Horizons explained

How to find all the different types of mushrooms on your island.

Mushrooms are one of the many seasonal materials in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Much like the other autumnal seasonal materials, acorns and pinecones, this means that mushrooms grow on your island during a certain time period.

There are five different types of mushrooms you can find - elegant mushrooms, flat mushrooms, rare mushrooms, round mushrooms and skinny mushrooms.

Each type of mushroom is also used to craft a variety of forest and mushroom themed DIY recipes, but, to do so, you must first collect the mushroom DIY recipes set.

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Mushroom season dates in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Mushrooms are the third seasonal material that you can find throughout autumn in New Horizons, with the first being acorns and pinecones.

In the northern hemisphere, mushrooms can be found throughout November.

Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, you'll be able to find mushrooms in May.

Throughout this month, you'll be able to collect the mushrooms growing across your island and collect the mushroom DIY recipes.

How to find elegant mushrooms, flat mushrooms, round mushrooms and skinny mushrooms in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Throughout the last month of autumn in New Horizons, you'll be able to find five different types of mushrooms growing on your island.

The first four - elegant, flat, round and skinny - can all be found growing on the ground.

All of these mushrooms will grow near cedar, fruit and hardwood trees, much like how tree branches appear on the ground near these trees.

To increase your chances of finding these mushrooms, we recommend not placing any furniture or growing any flowers around the bases of your trees. You don't have to do this for every tree on your island, but, if you want to craft a lot of mushroom furniture, we recommend ensuring that the majority of your trees have a good amount of free space about their roots.

Each mushroom will take up one tile, with tiles being roughly the same size as a flower, so you can use that as a good marker for how much room you should leave.

After you've ensured that there's enough space for the mushrooms to grow, you'll want to conduct an island wide mushroom hunt every day.

Exactly where the mushrooms appear is randomly allocated, but you'll be able to find a good number near your trees every day. Make sure you pick these mushrooms, because they won't grow back during the day and you'll have to wait a full year till mushroom season returns.

There is even a Nook Miles Plus task that will reward you with a minimum of 100 Nook Miles if you pick three mushrooms.

How to find a rare mushroom in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Rare mushrooms are, as the name suggests, harder to find in New Horizons compared to the other types of mushrooms.

Firstly, unlike the other mushrooms, rare mushrooms grow underground and have a much lower spawn rate, so you may find yourself waiting a number of days till you find one.

When searching for a rare mushroom, you'll want to look for cracks in the ground that are near the roots of trees. Digging up this crack may reveal a rare mushroom or, sadly, a fossil.

There is a way, however, to avoid accidently digging up a fossil when searching for rare mushrooms.

New Horizons keeps a count of how many fossils are currently buried on your island and will stop spawning more when this number reaches six. Since this count also includes any unassessed fossils that you might have reburied, you can easily dig up all six fossils and rebury them somewhere else.

Doing this will prevent more fossils from respawning, which will, in turn, allow you to easily identify whether any rare mushrooms have appeared on your island.

Finding and reburying these fossils will take you a couple of days though, as you need to have the maximum of six unassessed fossils buried on your island for it to work.

Thankfully, only the Forest flooring DIY recipes requires a rare mushroom, so, if you're not interested in this flooring, then you don't have to hunt down a rare mushroom.

Mushroom and rare mushroom prices in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you're not interested in the mushroom DIY recipes or are simply in need of some Bells, then you can sell any and all of the mushrooms you collect in New Horizons at Nook's Cranny.

Flat mushrooms, round mushrooms and skinny mushrooms can each be sold for 200 Bells.

Elegant mushrooms, meanwhile, are worth 10,000 Bells.

It's the rare mushrooms, however, which are worth the most at 16,000 Bells.

Animal Crossing mushroom DIY recipe list: How many are there?

The mushroom set in New Horizons consists of twelve DIY recipes, which includes a new umbrella and the fairy-tale like Mush lamp.

Here are the twelve entries in the mushroom set:

  • Forest flooring
  • Forest wall
  • Mush lamp
  • Mush log
  • Mush low stool
  • Mush parasol
  • Mush partition
  • Mush table
  • Mush umbrella
  • Mush wall
  • Mushroom wand
  • Mushroom wreath

How to find mushroom DIY recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Mushroom DIY recipes can be found by popping the balloons that float across your island in New Horizons.

Thankfully, these DIY recipes can be found in any balloon of any colour, so you can pop down every balloon you see with the hope that it might contain a mushroom DIY recipe.

When you first play New Horizons during mushroom season, you'll also receive the Mushroom wreath DIY recipe from Isabelle. This DIY recipe will appear automatically in your DIY recipe list, so, as long as you have the materials, you'll be able to make it.

The rest of the mushroom DIY recipes, however, you'll have to find yourself.

The Animal Crossing 2.0 update and Happy Home Paradise is here! We can help you with the new additions - including where to find Brewster, Gyroids, new villagers, ordinances, new fences, storage shed, new hairstyles, Froggy Chair, group stretching and Kapp'n boat tours. Cooking is now unlockable, so you need to know how to make both flour and sugar, as well as how to grow carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. Meanwhile, if you're new to Animal Crossing, our New Horizons tips can help with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with. One long term goal is building your Happy Home Academy score. Finally, you need tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to fully explore.

Tips for finding mushroom DIY recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Finding the mushroom DIY recipes in New Horizons involves a little bit of luck and, if you want to get them all straight away, a lot of determination, so, to help you out, we've made this list of balloon hunting tips:

  • Depending on the time of day, balloons will appear on either the west or east coast of your island. Throughout the day, balloons will fly in a westerly direction across your island, but from 6pm till the morning, you'll be able to find balloons flying east across the island.
  • Balloons spawn during minutes ending with a '4' or a '9.' This means that balloons will spawn roughly every five minutes in New Horizons, such as 1:04pm or 1:09pm, but it doesn't ensure that the balloon will actually spawn. It's a good idea to pop every balloon you see, no matter the colour, to force the next balloon spawn to occur.
  • Balloons are more likely to appear during the day. We assume this is to discourage you from playing New Horizons throughout the night, but it does appear that balloons are less likely to spawn after 6pm. If you have no choice but to play at night though, you can also change the time on your Nintendo Switch's internal clock by visiting the settings.
  • Watch where you pop the balloon! If you pop a balloon over either water or rocks, then the present tied to it will vanish.
Mushroom DIY recipes are not confined to a specific balloon colour.
  • Listen to the wind! If there's a balloon flying near you in New Horizons, you'll be able to hear the wind blowing around you. When this happens, make sure you check the sky!
  • Bring multiple slingshots! Since the spawn rate for balloons will reset every time you enter or exit a building, it's a great idea to bring multiple slingshots with you. This will ensure that you don't miss a single balloon and the possible mushroom DIY recipes hidden inside the present.
  • Set your camera to rolling mode. This camera mode will give you a better view of the sky and, with that, a better idea about any balloons coming your way.

Good luck finding all the mushroom DIY recipes and don't forget to complete your acorn and pinecone DIY collection before the end of autumn!

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